Today was a rainy, dreary, cold, delightful, full of surprises, joyous Halloween day.
We piled on the clothes, under and over our costumes, donned hats and gloves and coats and all piled in the van. We have a method to our trick-or-treating and we always go BIG first........Grandma and Grandpa's house with a quick visit next door to Dean and Diane's.
This year we started out even BIGGER than usual with a visit from Grandma Goats who braved the weather with us...........and brought big treat bags for each child.
So we traveled three streets over and gathered BIG candy bars, packs of stickers, packs of Oreos, fruits snacks, pretzels and more candy..........and that was just at those two houses.
Then onto other houses down the street with a stop at the corner house who also always has BIG candy bars.
Two streets back and we arrive at Zia Maria's house where she stuffed surgical gloves full of chocolate and goodies for each of the kids.
And it was on the way back to our street that it hit me...........our bags were FILLED to overflowing and we barely went anywhere............everyone who we had visited and who lived close FILLED us to overflowing-with love, with candy, with goodies, with blessings.
And that's how I feel about our life right now..........FILLED to the point of overflowing.
We are so BLESSED by our community, by our family, by our friends. This day was a reminder of that, the whole day.
At 10:30 this morning we stood in a room as people filled it.........and every time someone walked in I felt a little zing of happiness, these are my people..........Rachel, Winston, James, Liga, Ryan, Luke, Gavin, Livvie, Annie, Suzi, JJ, Caris, Sam, Harper, Scott, Corey, Sarah, Nic, Ian, Mae, Jack, Andrea, Stephanie and on and on. These are the people who fill me to overflowing - with love, with blessings, with encouragement.
At 3:00 we begin our trek through the rain and wind.......in pursuit of FREE CANDY.......and we meet along the way grandma goats, grandma, grandpa, Diane, Megs, Kevin, Amy, Zia Maria, Nanny, Jeff, Tootie, Paul, Inta, Mackenzie, Molly, Rick and on and on. These are neighbors and family - old and new - who fill me to overflowing - with love, with blessings, with kindnesses, with comfort.
At 5:30 we sit down to dinner with friends who first came three years ago on Halloween day........dragged by their grandmother across the street. These same friends are now the ones we see every Sunday, most Wednesdays, random mornings and text or talk to almost daily. Who knew? And in the midst of chicken noodle soup, fresh tomatoes, cheese and bread we talk, we laugh and solve fights between the children. To end the day we play hide and go seek all around the house. I am filled to overflowing - with food and laughter and love and blessings.
THANK YOU LORD..............for candy and community.
THANK YOU LORD..............for women holding each other up in prayer.
THANK YOU LORD..............for children's voices singing out praises to You.
THANK YOU LORD.............for rainy Halloweens.
THANK YOU LORD...............for a house filled with running, crazy children.
THANK YOU LORD.............for a life filled to the point of overflowing.