Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Week

This is the result from last week's en plein air painting. It's already hanging in the living room.

I may or may not take the time to paint this week....what with it being Christmas and all.

Several years ago, the church asked us to read scripture one Sunday morning. (Our church has two services.) Reese and I did well enough reading in the first service. But when it came time for us to read during the second service, we "sort of" forgot the order of the service, and realized almost too late that it was time for us to be up front. Not only that, but while walking to the front of the sanctuary, Reese realized that he had left his enlarged print scripture in the hymnal in the back of the church. (We are over 40 -- eyesight not so great.) Reese started running back to get it. By the time he got to the front, he was out of breath, but I read first so that was OK. But because the whole incident had flustered Reese so, when we were finished reading, instead of going to the seats on stage to wait for the next order of worship, after which we were to calmly and quietly walk off stage, Reese walked off....which I didn't notice because my back was to the audience (congregation.) As soon as I saw that Reese was leaving me on stage I panicked. I took a flying leap off stage -- three steps worth -- in my skirt and boots and almost fell into the congregants on the front row. It was both stressful and exhilarating at the same time. Because of that, Reese and I were certain that the church would never ask us to do anything during the service again.

They must be desperate, because they asked Reese and me to light the advent candles at the 10pm service on Christmas eve. If y'all want to see the fire trucks respond to a call at our church on Christmas eve, come join us.


Alison said...

Oh my goodness, Sarah, you're hilarious! I wish I was going to be there to witness it all, but we'll be in New Mexico. Merry Christmas!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Hi Sarah, I've been keeping up with you through your blog. I've enjoyed your recent landscapes and your highly entertaining stories. I just wanted to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas season!

Sarah Hazel said...

Alison - at least the fire station is right across the street. Maybe it won't be that big of a production.

Joan - blessings, I accept on behalf of the Hazel family. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

erinhazel said...

ha. love you.