Who'd have thunk I would be out and about at 7am on a Sunday, but that was certainly the case this morning - and by my own suggestion as well. I guess the reason for the early venturing was the core to the motivation, which was, of course, to go horse riding. I only had the chance to go once this week and probably wont get a chance at all next week so was making the most of my opportunities which I could (now, there's another general rule of thumb for all part of life).
Originally I was asked to go at 9am Saturday but the impossible princesses dancing concert was on so I couldn't go then but went out at 6pm Saturday arvo (gotta love daylight savings). We actually swapped horses and I found out more about the problems I've been having in terms of the horse I usually ride being an ex-pacer. For this mornings ride I used a different saddle, which I liked better although it was much harder for the horse as it was heavier, but she was still keen all the way through the ride. I've been really enjoying the riding and am so grateful for having that work so well into my life as it did.
The dancing concert was also wonderful. My little girl looked so gorgeous and I am so proud of her! It was such a long day for a seven year old - getting her ready from a little after 8am with making sure costumes were ready, bag was packed with shoes, snacks and drinks, and then doing hair and make up. The drop off was at 9.45am in the city and I had to amuse myself for a few hours before it all started at noon. Fortunately the markets were on in civic park so I got to wander around there - and also got to see the lovely Faerie with her absolutely amazing whimsigals! I also had to buy a ticket to the concert - 28 bucks, thank you very much! I think that's a lot of money for a kids concert but the end of year one is held at the Civic Theatre, which is a beautiful venue and everything else about the event is absolutely beyond fault. We've decided that this will be her last year doing the dancing but I am always impressed at how well organised the girls who run it are. There was another $75 to fork out for photos, which is tough at this time of year, but they also look so lovely. The concert was thoroughly enjoyable and we even one second prize in the raffle. I'm going to have to rethink my claim to that I "never win anything" with that as well as a prize in last months Full Moon Ritual raffle at The Cottage - I feel like I've really hit the big time.
We had a worship team meeting after church today with the music team from out planter church who also came across for the music at today's service - such lovely people and it was so good to spend time with them. Unfortunately our drummer wasn't there and many of the things that were covered were directly related to drums, but I guess that's not the only thing that we need to work on. We had a terrible week last week and I am really feeling moved to get more involved, where I usually take a step back and let the "real musicians" run things. I was feeling like perhaps it was time to step down from the team but since last week I have felt passionately that I need to be doing more in that area, not less. I'm hoping that the new year will bring a refresh to the whole worship team and I hope to be able to better serve and contribute some more of my skills there. I know it seems strange being so involved in Wicca but also being in the worship team in a Baptist church, but to me the thing that I am seeking is connection to the divine and most of the stuff that surrounds that is just labels, which I generally do well to work around. Well, it works for me for now anyway.