Yesterday our birthday club met to celebrate my birthday, knowing that once ArtPrize 8 begins tomorrow, I won’t have a minute to catch a breath until it’s all over. Besides, we wanted to celebrate my entry, which is at the Holiday Inn. But, first the girls had a wonderful surprise for me! We stopped at Van’s Pastries, where they have an old-fashioned hymn sing to begin the week
every Monday morning at 9:00! What fun! It was so crowded that we had to stand in the doorway,
and more folks just kept coming.
To start the day praising the Lord brightened my scan more than five cups of coffee could have, and we even got to catch up with a dear friend, “Uncle Charlie,” now retired from Children’s Bible Hour. Second stop was to check out my ArtPrize Entry, titled “From the Rising of the Sun,” based on Psalm 113:3, “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the LORD’s name is to be praised.”
I still need to finish up with the lighting and various other projects,
but hopefully everything will be in order for the official start tomorrow morning. By then, it was time to stop for “Elevensies,” and the girls —knowing I’m on a diet—made the most magnificent banana/egg pancakes
with fruit, nuts, and coconut cream topping! It was amazing and tasted great! In fact, I’ll make a separate post to share the recipe when I get a chance! After our respite by the Grand River, we headed out to see what else we could see of the ArtPrize pieces that are already installed. Of course, with 1,453 entries at 171 venues, we barely scratched the surface, but we had fun, and I now know there’s a lot of excellent competition! We could have spent all day (had we had the leisure), but our last stop (before ending at my house for a prayer time) was a late lunch at Marie Catrib’s, where there’s always a great selection of veggie dishes. We all chose the “Choose 3 Salads” option, and I came home inspired with some new ideas
for how to eat light and still ‘licious! I have to say, it’s great to have friends who are so supportive, not only of what I’m trying to do (like ArtPrize), but what I’m trying not to do (like overeat). Thank you, Lord, for faithful friends! I want to be a faithful friend too.“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).