the kids have VBS this week, 6:30pm~9:00pm. josh and i have date nights.
tonight we went to sam’s club and then red robin for dinner. we weren’t craving it, or even really terribly hungry, but we hadn’t been there in a long time. and we hadn’t had a date night in a long time(aside from last night). and we don’t know when we’ll have a date night again(we’re not counting tomorrow night).
we sat down. we ordered. i wanted to make a quick trip to the bathroom. on my way i noticed a group of men. i thought, “that’s nice, they must work together and are just getting dinner at the end of the work day.” and i then i noticed one of them looked like mac powell, from third day. without hesitation, i stopped and asked. “are…”, that was all that came out, but i was thinking, “mac powell? third day?” and he said, “yes!”
i asked what they were doing. “finishing our dinner,” mac replied. “no, what are you doing in town?” “oh,” he said, “we’re here for the alive festival.”
and i told them how we used to go to alive, every year. and then we adopted three children and that stopped alive for a few years at least. and he told me he and his wife have three biological children and two adopted, domestically. and another band member, tai, just finalized a domestic adoption.
and we exchanged “nice to meet you’s”. and they told me they’ll be in town again this fall for a concert. and they suggested we get a baby~sitter and come to the show. and i told them i was going to let my husband know they were there, but that he wouldn’t make a scene.
and i went to the bathroom. and in the bathroom i thought, “i should probably ask if i can get a picture.”
and on my way back from the bathroom, i stopped and asked. and they said sure. and their manager asked if i could wait a minute so they could pay. and of course i could do that, so i went back to my seat.
and while i was sitting, and feeling a little nervous, they paid for their dinner. and some of the guys went to the bathroom. and the manager went out to their transportation and grabbed a band photo that he brought back in and had them sign. i watched, from my table, and thought i saw them signing something, but i didn’t want to assume.
and then the manager motioned for me to come over. and i went. and josh brought his phone to take a picture. and the manager took his phone. and josh got in the picture too. and we said good~bye. and they left.
and i couldn’t believe it.
and i still kind of can’t believe it.
they were so kind. and they love Jesus. and they’re adoptive dads, some of them.
tonight was like an early birthday present.