Friday, July 24, 2009

A Story of Hugs, Hives and Pickles...

Sorry, still haven't had the time to upload my pictures to the computer, but I'm promising a marathon in a few days.

Day two of the family vacation brought us to our reunion destination. Beautiful place called Carson Springs. It is a Baptist conference center. As we walked through the front doors I was immediately greeted by old missionaries who knew me as a young fact the very age my daughter is now. Although, many of the missionary kids, who were my friends, were unable to come, it was still great to be able to talk to my "aunts and uncles" and find out about my long lost MK cousins.

Then the bad news came...we discovered that there is no television, the swimming pool is under construction and the activity center is reserved for another group staying at the center. Panic mode as we realize that we have five kids to keep busy, while a bunch of old folks talking about their Bangladesh days. Enter nice receptionist, who offers suggestions of activities in a town nearby. Who knows what the dads and the kids will get into tomorrow.

Come seven o'clock and we had our first meeting of the reunion. Enter panic... If you have read my post for a while then you know I have this terrible fear. It is called public speaking. I start to turn beet red and hive up like I've had an allergic reaction to something. Hey! I am queen of allergies...can a person be allergic to public speaking? Anyway, they had us play a "game." The point of the game was that you were given a Bengali word and you had to find someone who knew what the word meant, then you would share the word and definition with the whole group. You would also have to tell who you were, and how you first heard of Bangladesh. Easy enough, right? Not for a girl with a fear like mine, especially when I didn't know many in the group. I felt the panic coming on. When I had finally calmed myself down and decided I could do it, I had hived up so bad I think my sister was about ready to take me to the ER.

Truth is, I think very few people realized what I was going through and I pulled it off, talking into the microphone and everything. I'm thinking I deserve a gold star or something.

After the meeting, our family gathered in one of the rooms and played games. We had a lot of fun. Ever played "In a Pickle?" Too fun!!! Or maybe I was too tired. Either way it was a good hour of laughs. Thanks Amb and Kirk! I needed it.

So in summery... I'm staying at a beautiful place, seen some special people from my childhood that I haven't seen in a long while, survived a "fear" moment and shared some laughs with the fam. Overall a nice day.

Wonder what tomorrow holds...


Deb said...

Hopefully, more good things.

You faced a big fear. Way to go!

Jim said...

I was proud of you and Kay and Jor, for your entering into the introduction game, even though it was not easy talking to a lot of strangers. And Jor winning the intro "quiz" game shows they really listened to the presentation on Bangladesh. Proud to be their Poohpa and your Jim-Dad. Always!
Love you bunches,

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said... proud of you! My sister in law gets hives like that. So glad you kept on going and did it!

Enjoy your wonderful vacation!

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Amber said...

I give you two gold stars for your microphone efforts last night. Although you were freakin' me out a little bit.

And my Spring is all up in your Paradise.

E @ Scottsville said...

Oh it will be a picture marathon, won't it?! =0)

Glad y'all are doing okay and hope the dads DO find plenty of fun thigns for the kiddos to do.

Enjoy your trip!

christy rose said...

Sounds like you are enjoying yourself, except the hives thing. OOOH! But you faced your fear and did it. Good Job? What is Pickles? I love family games. Maybe that can be one of your upcoming posts.
continue to enjoy yourself,

He & Me + 3 said...

Never played that game. Good for you facing a fear! Can't wait to see all those pictures.

Heart2Heart said...


Oh public speaking! Been there and mastered that after learning how to breathe while you are talking. I forgot that the first time. Funny how your words get closer together as you run out of air.

Then you are forced to take a big deep breath and then I did it again!

It took me about 4 weeks of doing this all day as a Corporate Trainer, but I still have those days of forgetting to learn how to breathe!

So glad that things popped up to keep you all busy! Those can sometimes be the very best times!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

momstheword said...

Wow, I didn't know that you could get hives from something like that! Who knew?

Yeah, I don't like talking in public either but I'm sort of getting used to it.

I can now make an announcement in church without getting all shakey (although I try to get my hubby to do it if I can, lol) and I feel comfortable leading the ladies bible study now.

But anything else and I'd be a nervous wreck, lol!

Gretchen said...

You know...I can sing with the choir and even on worship team, wherein I'm the only one to hold my part. But when I had to stand up and give my testimony.


Sounds like the family is having fun, and what a sweet reunion.