Mike's parents heard about Restoration Ministries through a seminar held at their church last fall in SD. They had signed up to come down to NE and see Roger Daum, the pastor who leads the counseling last fall after the seminar. In January or so, Ruth emailed me and said that they had prayed about it and they felt that they should give their counseling spot to us and that they would come to NM and watch Sophie and Edward for us the entire nine days (5 days there and 4 days of traveling there and back) that we would be gone. I was completely blown away by their kindness, love and generosity.
They arrived in Albuquerque on Friday, March 11th and Mike and I headed to OKC on the 12th. We stayed with my brother that night and had a great dinner catching up with good friends at the Korean House in MWC. It was really great to be back in Oklahoma and to see good friends again. (Thank you to everyone who was able to come out and see us!) We had breakfast and great conversation on Sunday with some more good friends (I finally got to meet Baby Ben!! and he is so adorable), and then we headed up to Cozad. We arrived there about 2100, in the snow. I had checked out the forecast, which called for spring like weather all week, so when it started snowing when we were still heading north (not even to I-80 yet), I was quite surprised. I was really glad that Mike had suggested that we bring our winter coats. I was still in my depression, so my mind was really not working too well still.
The week was very intense emotionally. I'm not going to write about all the went on in this particular post (because there is so so much to say), so that will be in other posts. Basically it was just Mike and I meeting with Roger for counseling every day. Three days were half days and two days were full days. And then we had assignments to do afterwards in the evening (one was a survey, some were just spending time holding each other, some were watching videos).
|Mike learning about the dark glasses of perception and the headphones of listening.|
|Me learning about the dark glasses of perception.|
Now Cozad, in case you haven't heard of it (I never had) is a very small town. A literal one stop-light town right off of I-80. It's surrounded by lots of beautiful Nebraska farmland. There was a really good little cafe that we ate a few times called the Green Apple. The food was pretty good, although mostly of the fried variety. It looked like they had a lot of good pies for dessert, but we were always too full to order any dessert. There was also an Italian restaurant owned by Rudi Guiliani's (you know, the former mayor of NYC) former personal chef. We ate their once for dinner and the food was really amazing. It was a nice romantic dinner for us toward the end of our week.
|Inside Bella Italia Restaurant in Cozad.|
As I wrote, we arrived in the snow. About three or so inches of it. By the time we got out of counseling the next day though, at 1400, there was no trace of snow, the sun was shining and it had warmed up at least 50 degrees. We definitely didn't need our winter coats after that!
We stayed at a place called the House of Hope. The House of Hope is owned by a couple who had gone through the counseling previously and after a few years through life circumstances, they ended up with an empty house on their land. They lived in the other house on their land. So they opened up their [second] home this year to couples and families who were coming to Restoration Ministries as a place to stay, free of charge. It was really wonderful. They had a kitchen fully stocked with cooking things, plates, mugs, coffee, tea and everything you need to cook or bake with. The bathroom was stocked with fragrant lotions and soft towels and each of the four bedrooms had a comfy bed (not that we tried them all). There was a TV and DVD/VCR in the living room and even a small selection of movies. (By the way, if you haven't seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", you have got to watch it! It is hilarious! Mike and I were laughing for days!) It was a very cozy, warm place to stay for the week. We went to the grocery store and bought our food for the week and fixed our own meals.
|The House of Hope the first morning.|
Mike and I really enjoyed our stay at the House of Hope. The owners had chickens on their property, as well as a goat and a Palomino mare. We enjoyed watching the chickens run around (I had no idea that chickens actually mated before this visit), and petting the horse and goat. There were also some rope swings on the trees (Mike fixed one of them) and we had a great time just swinging in the warm spring sunshine and listening to all the birds sing. Speaking of birds, there were so many birds! I have missed listening to the sound of birds chirping and singing and calling to each other. (We don't get a whole lot of that out here in the desert. Some, but not much.) There were lots and lots of robins everywhere and there were some very friendly cottontail rabbits running around. I loved being out in nature in the middle of gorgeous farmland with grass. Did I mention the grass? There was grass!! And it was starting to turn green! (It was already green in Oklahoma and trees were blossoming too!)
|One of the rope swings we loved swinging on at the House of Hope.|
|One of the many robins in Nebraska.|
On the way back, we drove down to OKC again and stayed with my brother again. We got to see more friends again! yay! We had a quiet breakfast by ourselves at one of our favorite OK restaurants: Jimmy's Egg (the same one we ate at the week before),and then we got on the road. I really loved seeing how green Oklahoma was and how all the trees were blossoming. Mike and I really realized how much we miss Oklahoma when we went through to visit. We felt like we were coming home when we arrived in OK each time we came through.
|A green tree outside of Jimmy's Egg in Midwest City, OK|
The whole week was just life changing for both of us and just incredibly healing. I know, from reading this post, you're probably thinking, how so? But I will get to that in future posts. :) I'm surprised the kids haven't woken up from their naps yet, so they will probably wake up at any time, so I may not get to the posts today. There is so much to write about! 'Till then! :)