Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Secund Status, Seconds, Starlets & Sisterhood

Okay, I know I just asked you to pray for us at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, so I hope you don’t mind repeating the action at 4:30 p.m. TODAY.

When Brett checked in for the unemployment conference call yesterday, he was told to call back again today at the same time. In a way, I’m glad we got the extra day to pray and prepare for the call.

When I left this morning, I told him I loved him, to do his best, and to accept it’s all he can do. We both prayed over the matter and are leaving it in God’s hands. (Like we could do anything else!)

And now I am DONE dwelling on the depressing unemployment situation and crappy economy. There are too many GOOD things going on!

First, I want to send out happy congratulations to my cousin Dave, his wife Cari, and their son Dawson! They are going to be adding another family member in October!

Cari and I join my cousin Jason’s wife, Jennie, to make THREE currently pregnant Rehfeldt family members. If this keeps up, we’re going to have to find a bigger place to hold family get-togethers!

Cari and Dave had their very cool reveal at Dawson’s first birthday party. When they were down to the very last wrapped gift on the table, they asked both Grandmothers to come to the front. Then, they “helped” Dawson unwrap a T-shirt proclaiming, “I’m going to be a big brother!”

I could totally identify with the expression on Cari’s face (captured here, on Mom’s blog). It’s such a relief when you’ve pulled off the big surprise and can share the exciting news with everyone!

Secondly, I want to encourage you to go see Christian Youth Theater’s presentation of Peter Pan. The play is the last week/weekend of April at Hononegah High School in Rockton. My second cousin Megan has aced a part as a Pirate Wench!

(Seriously, how cool would it be to portray a pirate wench?)

I had the opportunity to watch Megan perform in CYT’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and it was a wonderful experience. Megan is such a sweet, polite teenager; you wouldn’t think she had the driving desire for drama in her. But she is a seriously excellent actress.

As an only child, I was engrossed in drama for most of my life. My poor, sainted Boehm cousins were forced to play make-believe with me anytime they came over. In fact, I credit them for helping me express myself creatively though my entire childhood.

Hopefully, the experience didn’t scar them for life.

I loved drama, but unlike Megan, didn’t have the opportunity to be involved in theater life. I was only in one play, Mister Co-Ed, in high school.

I tried out for the lead (because that’s what you DO!), but the lead was a romantic character, and I’m sure my drama teacher didn’t see a 300 pound girl galumphing around the stage as all that romantic.

I can’t complain though, since I did get a nice, juicy part as Cobina Colgate-Brewster, the disapproving grandmother. I had more than my fair share of stage time and got to chew scenery with the best of them.

So, if you are looking for a family-friendly activity and want to support positive arts for young adults, please consider attending this play. Visit the website to purchase tickets, and when it asks, be sure to give credit to Megan Erickson.

Lastly, I want to invite you to attend our church’s upcoming Grace & Truth Conference on April 24-25. This year’s event will be hosted at Wesley Willows with the theme being The Beauty of Holiness.

(I rallied for The Beauty of Being Me but was turned down).

Mom and I went last year and had an amazing time! The food is spectacular, the speakers engaging, and most of all, I’ll be there! Mom, too! Think of two days of stuffing yourself with fabulous food and laughing uproariously with me and Mom – can you imagine a better two days? I think not!

The speakers this year will be Dave and Lucy Burggraff, Holly Stratton (always a crowd-pleaser), Theresa Bixby (cute story from last year!), and our very own Pastor Bixby!

Check out the website for all the details.

I want to assure you - this is NOT your mother’s ladies conference! Like many of you, I’ve just about Laura Ingalls’, hatted, fashion-showed, and gardened-themed myself to death at previous ladies conference.

This one is a truly life-changing experience.

Have I mentioned I’ll be there?

P.S. – Brett and I will appreciate your 4:30 p.m. prayers for us today!


Colleen said...

I don't think I am too scarred from all the play acting, maybe it helped me come out of my shell a little bit, especially when you made your parent's come down and watch us perform. By the way you were great as Cobina in the school play.

Heidi said...

I think I got this one too late.
I signed up for the conference, but don't know if I will be able to go after all. It is the weekend before we leave for Disney World, so Jason is all ready taking the next two weeks off work.