This past weekend was all about celebrations!
Friday- After work I went to Wilber to help with the Fish Fry at the church. I love my church family and we always find ways to create laughter. We ended up running out of fish half an hour early, so I'd say it was a successful evening.
Saturday- A baby shower for a neighbor to kick-off the morning, me and Shelby decided on some morning mimosas and we loved helping her celebrate baby that's due in May! I've struggled "fitting in" since me and Travis got together. Although I only moved about six miles down the road from my parents house he went to a different school so we really didn't hang out in high school. That means his whole crew I never was around. It was really hard to find friends, they were all in different stages of their lives and most were married by the time me and Travis got together. It was tough, but I'm so lucky to now have a solid group of girls I feel comfortable calling my friends. We don't have girls night slumber parties but we do take the time to check in on each other. Lucky me :)
Saturday I also enjoyed going to a powerful musical drama of Jesus at the Southview Baptist Church. Er Mer Gerd it was amazing!! Seriously, I had tears in my eyes when they showed them crucifying Jesus, and they even hung him on a cross! Crazy good!! If you're in Nebraska you should probably check it out and add it to your calendar to go watch next year. They had live animals, real babies and I'd say at least 40-50 actors in the play. It was even free to go to! This thing was a huge deal, the time, effort and money put into this was amazingly worth going to, I really wish they would have had a donation box I could have added to!
Then that evening we met up as a family and went to a Pheasants Forever banquet supper. The prime rib was amazing, the socializing was great and I got to hang out with the fam. Bonus! It's nice hanging out with people I don't see as often. I got to chit chat with our neighbors and boy do I miss Ardie's witty-ness! Travis somehow got sucked into staying late at my parents, luckily for me we drove separate. I was home and in bed by one, he was not. Somehow he ended up at the neighbors after he checked cows and was up until 4 am?! Crazy!!
Sunday- Ya, woke up late, missed my alarm and skipped both Bible Study and Church. Ooops! Decided I should do something so I cleaned the house up, organized the office a little bit and vegged out in front of the tv. If you have me on Instagram you'll notice that I snapped this shot on the right. Yup, that's right ladies and gents, I'm officially DONE with school! Like with all of my classes! WOOOOHOOOO!! In four years I have accomplished finishing up both my AgriBusines Degree AND my BusinessAdmin degree. I feel so accomplished and excited to be DONE with classes. This was my first Sunday in four years that I wasn't sitting down to finish up homework that was due at midnight. As an extra special celebration me and Travis went out for Chinese. Then, lucky me he offered to go grocery shopping with me. I ended up using on $10 in coups but hey, I wasn't preparing for this trip!!
This weekend was one of the more eventful ones I've had in awhile, but of course, wouldn't change it!!
*On another completely separate note: I cannot believe that it's been three years to the day that my grandma Dorothy Homolka reached her Heavenly destination. I was extremely close with my Homolka grandparents and I spent a lot of time with them growing up. I miss her dearly and I often think of her especially around this time of year and on holidays. I often wonder what she'd think or tell me if she were around today. What she'd think of me and my accomplishments, of my ever-creative ways to bring in a side income, of my attitude and grace towards others, about my effort and time I put into volunteer work and how rewarding it's all been. I often laugh and wonder if she's up in Heaven watching me pull my crazy shenanigans on Czech Days and laughing while sitting in the information booth up there. The one thing I really wish I could know is what her and grandpa think of Travis. Would they love him to death as much as I do? But the question that burns the most is when will we be able to see each other again and make some strudel's, play kings on the corner and drink diet sodas together? I'll always miss you and I'm sure that you and grandpa are getting your polka on up there. Being's grandpa has those young legs back and you'll have that sassy dark hair again! Oh how I miss both of you so much. Today I've been sending up some extra prayers that the Lord will wrap his arms around me and give me extra hugs in hopes that it'll make the pain of missing you hurt a little less.
This was the last picture taken of me with grandma, it was taken about a week or so before she passed away. I was crowned the Wilber Czech Queen and I was so blessed she decided to attend it. It was almost as if she held on, wanting to make it to see me being crowned. I dedicated my "running" that year to my grandparents, they are the ones, afterall, who pushed me to take pride in my Czech heritage and promote my love of it to others. I love my family more than anything and without them, I'd have no support system.