Sundays always surprise me

This is becoming a weekly habit…letting you all peek inside life in the First Place at the Saunders house! I felt like I was living in some sort of sociology experiment today, so I thought I’d share with you.

  1. We woke up to 2 extra teenagers in our house – both sleeping in our daughter’s bed. Our daughter was sleeping in the family room on the couch. Not sure how that happened.
  2. We got their Dunkin’ Donuts order: 2 plain bagels, 1 cinnamon raisin bagel, glazed donuts, chocolate glazed donuts and chocolate frosted donuts. The only item Dunkin’ Donuts had was the chocolate frosted donut! We went to another branch, where the drive thru attendant was sweet and gentle, and got our order just right.
  3. David’s friend Matt is dropped off at our house. The two guys proceed to build a computer on our dining room table. It looked like a huge erector set in progress.
  4. Jillian and her friends begin to rehearse their new song they had just written on the piano and guitar, with great vocals. This set up a conflict with the guys, concentrating on the computer. Moved the girls to another part of the house, minus piano. Wailing.
  5. Spring, the grad student who lives with us, has her demonstration partner come over so they can film a video for their next class. They film in the house and in the back yard.
  6. Kylie begins work on her graduation slide show, scanning pictures and pulling them all together.
  7. I go to the grocery store (after a quick Iced Doubleshot with Energy Boost) and buy enough food for the extra teenagers and Spring’s grad student, who looks like he can eat a good meal.
  8. By the time I get home, the grad student and extra teens have left, but the pool has filled up with our next door neighbors so we call a Community Dinner night. Good thing I had extra chicken!
  9. David and Matt are still building.
  10. Matt’s wife Kadi and son Ethan come to pick him up and stay to dinner. How did the chicken multiply? I don’t know…but it did!
  11. Reward: the adults spent all evening sitting on the back porch discussing things like marketing and branding for churches and sermon series, small groups vs. affinity groups, the community and third spaces being designed into our new building. We looked at websites and blogs, shared books, ate all the food, and managed to tire out one little four year old boy.

Great day.

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.