Rose Madrid-Swetman

— Random Thoughts, Stories of Life, and Questions about the Journey —


August 12, 2008

Comings and Goings

Summer seems to be going by quickly. Rich and I were not able to take a real vacation this summer. We tried to figure out a good time but it didn’t seem to work out this year. We had other things that we felt were more important happening the last few months. I have worked at home all summer, trying to get course work done. I have made good headway on finishing up (almost Winn) an Old Testament Theology course and I have started a New Testament Theology course. I have decided to take the pressure off to have my dissertation completed by this January. There was no way I could make that deadline. I am going to take January – January to go through the dissertation process. Making this decision has actually vastly improved getting to sleep and staying asleep at night. It’s also calmed down that feeling I get in my chest that makes me wonder if I am having heart problems:)

It has been nice to be at home with Alex this summer. I am watching him turn into that person that is a preteen but still in some ways a little boy. He just has fun all day long whether he is with a friend or by himself. I love working in my office and hearing his laugh. He has had a great summer. On Saturday we are going to Port Angeles for 5 days. I am working with the Vineyard church there. One of the families has graciously offered us to stay in their lake house. So Alex and I are heading over on Saturday and Rich will join us on Sunday. I am looking forward to being on the lake with some time to be with friends, get some solitude and hang out with Rich and Alex.

Last week Rich and I were in Chicago for the first meeting of the Women’s National Task Force. It took us a while to get there. Chicago was having some sever weather. When we landed the thunder storms and rain were like nothing I’ve seen here in the Northwest (well maybe that famous Columbus day storm in 1962). The drive from the airport to our hotel was incredible, hearing the thunder, watching the lightening and navigating through the torrential rains. When we woke up the next morning we learned that three tornadoes had touched down in Chicago that night.

At the meetings we met some great people, saw some good friends and when it was over had an afternoon and evening to spend in the City (thanks Scot for your recommendations). I am looking forward to the Vineyard moving toward changing the structures to grant women access to all levels of leadership.

July 14, 2008

Jessica Rocked the House with Sting!

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 7:25 am

Jessica was amazing when she sang with Sting on Saturday night at the Gorge. You can see videos of the sound check that led to Sting’s discovery and the actual concert here. May I just say that Jessica is not only an incredible talent, she is one of the most genuine, kind people I know. I am so, so happy for her.

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July 12, 2008

Sting and My Friend Jess at the Gorge

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 7:00 pm

Tonight my friend Jessica Ketola is singing with Sting at the Gorge! I knew she was born to be a rock star…good luck Jess.

Jess & Jo

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The company she works for is one of the concert sponsors. Jess, her husband and friends had VIP tickets and went backstage to meet the band. Well one thing led to another and Sting invited Jess to sing with the band tonight…I was already sad I couldn’t go, now I am really sad to not be there but soooooo happy for Jess.

July 2, 2008

Stop Reading! Doctor’s Orders

Category: All Posts,Random Thoughts,Stories of Life – Rose – 1:42 pm

On Sunday morning I woke up with a very irritated eye. It was blood red, almost like I had scratched it. I thought maybe there was some sort of particle in my eye and I rubbed it red in my sleep. It didn’t feel like anything was still there so I used some Visine and figured it would get better. Today it was still bad so I went to the doctor thinking maybe I had some new-found allergies. After questioning me and examining my eye the doctor asked, “do you read a lot?” To which I replied, “ahh yes.” It seems that all the reading I have been doing recently caused muscle strain which then caused blood vessels to burst. He gave me drops, told me I had to take a bit of a break in reading and needed to rest my eyes.

Who ever heard of such a thing? It’s not what you want to hear when you are on a reading schedule of 75 pages a day so you can finish course work…hmm, maybe I can get Rich to read to me:)

June 24, 2008

Summer is Finally Here

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 9:40 pm

The weather ended up somewhere in the high 70’s today! It is 9:30 on Tuesday evening. Alex’s friend Micah is staying with us while his mom and sisters are away working in a children’s school in Mexico for the next week or so. Rich set up a tent in the backyard for the boys to sleep outside tonight and is now building a fire in the fire pit so they can make smores. It smells like a campfire in my home office right now.

Earlier this afternoon I was working in my home office, trying, trying, trying to get the creative energy to write, write, write!
It was so warm, I opened the window that is over the front yard. Soon I heard the lawn mower going and then some kind of muffled singing? Talking? Yelling? I got up and looked out the window to find Rich, shirt off, mowing the lawn and praying really loud in his prayer language…I wish you could have seen and heard what I was witnessing…I laughed out loud…you would really have to know my husband…I was thinking…this is a great picture of how he is going to age…an eccentric old man praying out loud not even aware that some of the neighbors might think he is out of his mind:)

June 14, 2008

We are so not hip!

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 11:41 am

So Rich and I are going to be away tomorrow. At a church on the peninsula. We thought it might be cool to leave a video greeting to be played when we normally welcome folks at VCC. We have this fun little flip video camera with a tripod. So we thought it would only take a few minutes to video ourselves…uhm…it didn’t go so smooth. We wrote a little script and …

We really are not very slick, or technologically savvy…welcome to VCC

June 2, 2008

Summer Reading

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 11:49 pm

Theology of the Old Testament, The Prophetic Imagination, Brueggemann
God’s Epic Adventure, Griffin
Sections out of two commentary’s – Exodus
Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative, Knowing the Father Through the Old Testament, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright
Women’s Bible Commentary, Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe

Working on my dissertation and OT Theology…

May 28, 2008

Women’s Retreat on Whidbey Island Pics

Category: All Posts,Community,Stories of Life,women – Rose – 8:39 am

I love retreat! Silent retreats (well semi-silent) and our annual Women’s Retreat…Thanks to Donna and Leslie for the pics.

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May 23, 2008

SURPRISE!!!!!

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 10:01 am

It took a lot of effort, but we got him. Rich turned 60 yesterday. On Sunday evening Seth and Laurie threw him a surprise party. They planned it a couple of months ago. They accidentally sent an evite to everyone that was in the office database – so if you got an evite and wondered why…there you go.
So many people knew about the party, nobody slipped and he was totally surprised….(a few people were worried he could have a coronary) we had a brilliant plan to get him to the Vineyard, he thought water was flooding the main room from the kitchen. On the drive there I asked if he thought our insurance would cover it to which he replied (in a very short, grumpy tone) “I don’t know Rose we just have to get there and see”. We pulled into the parking lot, (everyone parked away) there was no sign of 100 people in the main room, he flung open the door to 100 people yelling SURPRISE!!!! Laurie caught the moment….it was a great party…
Happy 60th Rich

Rich 60 surprise

May 15, 2008

Going on Retreat

Category: All Posts,Community,Stories of Life,women – Rose – 8:05 am

This afternoon I go to this beautiful place until Saturday afternoon with about 35 women to laugh, cry, take in the beauty, laugh, eat, make space for God and one another…this is one of the highlights of my year. This is the view we have. We stay a few steps away from the beach (some of us will actually stay in a beach house literally on the beach). The scene is Useless Bay on Whidbey Island. The majestic Olympic Mountains are in the background. It is supposed to get in the 80’s the next two days…Perfect
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIKA!

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