Last month I was sitting around in a hotel room in Las Vegas, with my siblings, discussing plans and options for a family reunion next year. What started as a discussion, quickly turned into each of us expressing (in a somewhat raised voice) how busy we are and we don’t know if we can make it work, afford it, plan that far in advance, etc. There were all sorts of excuses as to why we could or couldn’t make it happen. We’re dealing with a missionary, limited vacation time off work, different school schedules, babies and future babies being born, and worst of all…a rock star. This makes for a big challenge when it comes to planning anything. This was, in fact, the first time we’d all been in the same room in four years.
Jason reminded us (for the 47th time, at least) his family are missionaries now and can’t afford much. Jeremy was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his second daughter. Jillian (always the organizer) was pleading with everyone to make it work. Joey (the rock star) made it clear that he could commit to nothing because who knows on what stage, in what city he would be playing in.
“Hold it right there,” I said. “You’re not the only one with gigs around here.”
Everyone looked at me and laughed.
“You heard me right. I am leading worship for a women’s retreat at a church in April. AND THEN I am cooking for a women’s retreat in May. That’s two gigs this year. Who knows how many I will have next year!”
There you go. If I can juggle four kids AND two gigs and make time for a family reunion, then so can they.
See you guys at Bear Lake.