I just got back from a 4 day, 4 night cruise! I had a blast, let me tell ya! The wind blew through my hair, the water glistened as we moved along and all I could think is, “This is bliss!” I was cruising, baby! Cruisin’ in my car, that is.
My 4 day, 4 night cruise started Wednesday at 4 pm. We had Thursday off from work as it was the holiday and I took Friday off. Wednesday evening I went to fellowship with my good friends the Wallaces. It’s nothing like having good friends to spend time with. I’m really bad about keeping up with folks, but the moments of catch up are always entertaining. My fiance went with me to hang with the Wallace’s also but it got late so we had to leave the partiers alone. hahaha
I also had a chance to have a mini-Bible study with some really great men and women of God. I love round-table discussions more than anything. I personally believe that’s what Bible study should be instead of someone standing before the congregation teaching. Give me a facilitator, a table to spread out with my Bible and notebook and give me space to think. I love with people discuss their ideas and it makes me think about something totally different or we all find ourselves mildly stumped, go to the Greek or Hebrew and then discuss some more. All of that to say, it was refreshing.
I stayed the night with another friend. She and I had been planning to have a sleepover for the longest and this was the closest we’ve made to progress. You guys, we were up flapping our gums about everything and nothing until after 2 am. I loved it.
Thursday was the Flood of July…I mean, Fourth of July. I was up bright and shiny with my friend who had to be to work that morning. She, my fiance and I went to go party with the Wallaces and sing a new “song.” Such a beautiful melody. Eventually, friend had to go back to work and the fiance and I went to frolic. I got some exceptionally discounted FROYO at Orange Leaf which left me tickled pink! We then walked around the mall and burned it off. ;)
Day two of my cruise started with lounging. lol I have a really bad habit of waking up early when I don’t need to be anywhere. The fiance and I met up at FirstWatch. It’s a breakfast, brunch or lunch restaurant. He was introduced to it by some friends and highly recommended it so we put it on our itinerary. It was SO good! The portions were filling and it was reasonably priced. He order a multigrain pancake (only one came with his meal but you can order the pancakes in stacks) and the pancake was literally as big as his face…if not bigger.
After leaving FirstWatch, we went over to Gabriel Brother’s as I wanted to see if I could find any good 4th of July deals. They really didn’t have anything…no one did, in all honesty. We quickly left there and when to the movies. We saw After Earth which wasn’t bad but I’m glad I only paid $2 to see it. It was rather thought-provoking. After that, I don’t remember what we did. lol
Day Three: Journey to Mammoth Cave. We were about 2.5 hours away from Mammoth Cave. I had never been and nor has my fiance. We cruised on down the road, got turned around but eventually found where we needed to be (a lot of twists and turns). It was so cool to go into a cave. To see God’s work of art, progressive work even as it’s still growing, was beautiful. It was mildly entertaining to me how it was cold, until we went into the cave, came out and then it was hot. lol The cave stays at a cool temperature.
After leaving the cave, we wanted to frolic in other parts of the state and found a mall about 23 miles further away from home. That’s also where we decided to get victuals considering we were a ways away. We went to O’ Charley’s and we had to download a coin-tossing app because I couldn’t decide on whether or not I wanted to the potato soup (which comes with a dessert) or chicken tenders and fries. I really wanted the chicken and pie. lol I got the chicken but the lady actually brought out an extra soup so I had chicken tenders, fries and a soup to go! #score!!!! Of course, because I didn’t order the soup, I didn’t get the pie but my fiance did and he didn’t really eat the pie. So I got chicken tenders, fries, soup AND pie! #winning I was rather stuffed. We headed on back, visited our best friend-in-laws and called it a night. Day four was Sunday.
The service we attended Sunday didn’t start until 5 pm which meant I had all day to rest up. I couldn’t believe how tired I was! The lady I was staying with gave me an eye mask so I would check to see the time and put the mask back on. smh I slept good though.
Service was pretty good! They did something different - a Q & A about worship. The questions were submitted about a week before service and then a couple of folks answered the questions during Sunday service. There were some really great questions and really great insight. One of the things that stuck with me was a quote shared by a lady named Rachel, she quoted, “If you are trying to measure your worship, you don’t know how much He’s worth.” There were many others but this still stands out.
Once service was over, I had to leave my vacation, my fiance and go back to reality. At the end of the day, though, I had a blast!!! I spent everyday since Wednesday with mi amor and I got to see a lot of good friends, meet new people and experience new things. Who wouldn’t enjoy a weekend like that?