Well it's been a busy three weeks. I live in community with two other sisters and we moved two weeks ago. We're in a slightly smaller but very comfortable house and the process of pruning and sorting was really good. I learned that in order to get an estimate of the length of time and cost of the move we needed to inventory literally every stick of furniture in our home -- tedious and time consuming!
Moving day was quite a spectacle. Our friends...mostly sisters and associates...were everywhere doing the last minute packing of the former house, helping place furniture in the new house, arranging for meals, unpacking boxes, setting up the phone and computer, and endless other little but necessary jobs. The neighbors we've met so far seem really nice. I wish I had taken pictures but everyone was so busy there just wasn't time. I should also commend the moving company, Gentle Giant. The four young men who moved us were amazing. I don't think they ever took a break other than to stop for lunch. They were patient, courteous, careful, and considerate.
In the midst of it all I was actually able to publish the summer issue of Soundings Update. It's available at this link: http://www.csjboston.org/su-Summer-2011.pdf
This issue talks a about our Volunteers in Mission Program that happened in late June and the CSSJ Federation Event in which over 80 of sisters participated. There were several posts about that in the summer and there's a link to the Event website in the upper right section of this blog.
Bethany Health Care Center, a CSJ Sponsored Ministry where many of our infirm sisters live, is celebrating 50 years of the "New" Bethany. There will be a big celebration at the Newton, Marriot. It's not too late to purchase tickets to this event or for the car raffle that is also happening as part of the 50th celebration. Just visit Bethany's website at: http://www.bethanyhealthcare.org/
As Director of Communication for our congregation, I am no longer on a traditional academic schedule. But even though summer doesn't officially end until September 21, there seems to be something embedded in our culture that signals the end of summer when when the school buses start rolling around the corner and the crisp new pencils are poised for action.
And so here we are -- back to business as usual -- whatever that is!!! More and more life rarely seems to be "usual." Every day holds something new.