Saturday, September 19, 2015
A Saturday Morning Adventure
My beautiful daughter Melody and I decided to take advantage of a rare happenstance this morning. She has turned into a full-blown teenager, it seems overnight, and she sleeps almost more often than she's awake, particularly on the weekends. But for whatever reason, she was up before the sun, and since I awoke at my more normal 7:30, we quickly got dressed and out the door for a Saturday adventure.
I had explained to Melody that I missed the days when we would awake early on a Saturday and go out to breakfast, so we headed out to Chick-Fil-A to eat. The store on Johns Hopkins Road here in southern Howard County was not very busy, and we had a nice, peaceful meal, and we planned out the rest of our morning with some great conversation.
After eating, we drove over to our favorite park, Schooley Mill Park on Hall Shop Road in Highland. The park was fairly packed, and a spirited game of Cricket was being played on one of the fields. Melody and I took a fun hike down one of the series of trails that criss-cross through the park, and it was a nice workout. The scenery along the trail is really spectacular, and we enjoyed the nice weather as we walked along through the woods.
After the hike, we took a nice little drive along the back roads of the county, finally ending up back in civilization to do some needed shopping in Columbia. Without having much luck finding what we needed, we grabbed a couple of sandwiches at Jersey Mike's, and came home to relax for a bit.
Relaxing is exactly what we did, and I soon found myself snoozing on the couch for a good hour or so. Work has been extraordinarily stressful over the past week, and I think the fallout has placed me in an exhaustive state. The nap did me a world of good, and after a shower and change of clothes, we got ourselves ready for the Saturday evening service at our church, Grace Community.
After a great and meaningful service, with Pastor Mark at the podium, Melody and I grabbed a nice dinner nearby, then crashed at home for the night.
If was a truly memorable Saturday, and I'm so thankful that God blessed us with such a great day.
Have a great weekend, everyone!