Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Best Laid Plans

on June 1, 2010

You know how sometimes you plan a day, start to finish, and then everything changes? That was my Saturday.

Original Plan:
Run for Life at 8:30 a.m., Recon team afternoon from 3-5ish, Core team meeting/dinner at 6.

I was excited for this plan. A 5K walk in the morning, relax afterwards, have fun with my Recon team, and enjoy a meeting/dinner with the Core team. But then things began to change. The Recon team fun was postponed, and I was extended an invite for a day of discernment in Fort Worth. All that stood in my way of new plan was the 5K. My hatred of Texas heat (and self-loathing that I had not been training at all for this) convinced me to dump the walk and do the discernment day.

So, I spent Saturday morning and afternoon with the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in Fort Worth. Don’t freak out on me, I’m not joining the convent. I’ve discovered that these days are beautiful, peaceful days, filled with prayer and conversation and loveliness. 

I was blessed to be able to go with my friend Bailey. We arrived in the morning and met up with her friend Kelly. We were greeted by the sisters and ushered into their living space. After a brief snack session and others coming in, we went to the chapel for some morning prayer. After that, we went back to the living space where Sr. Charles Marie was waiting for us. She has served a good portion of her life in Rwanda and shared with us stories of missionary life.

We then celebrated Mass and enjoyed a delicious lunch. After lunch we played games with the sisters and I discovered that the sisters cheat like little kids. 🙂 We then prayed a rosary and visited another building in the convent, where we had kind of a Q and A with the sisters. After that, we did some scripture study with Sr. St. John and then prayer time to end the day.

It was a lovely day and totally refreshed me for the Core meeting that night. We had a fabulous fajita dinner and then planned out some great summer events. John’s kids made a song about us and I got to play with Darth!

Going backwards, Friday was wonderful as well! After FAR TOO LONG, I was able to go to East Texas and visit a very dear friend, her husband, her adorable three-year-old daughter, and her handsome newborn son. Such a joy. I miss them so much and wish they lived closer. I then drove to Fort Worth (lots of miles this past weekend!) and met up with Carrie. Her parents had graciously invited us to join them at Concert in the Garden in the Botanical Gardens. We had great seats and Carrie’s mom and dad prepared a delicious dinner from Central Market. The band was Mingo Fishtrap and they were so much fun. I really enjoyed them.

After two full days, plus a meeting, and Mass, etc. on Sunday, I was grateful for a Monday holiday!

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One response to “Best Laid Plans

  1. flowers says:

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