It’s been a crazy few weeks, but whoa.oh.whoa today is the winner of them all.

I’m really excited about it- I love chili, I love competitions, I love when all our Crossroads students get together and bring their friends. And I LOVE that the American football team from Napier University is coming to judge the cook-off. [Read: must. make. lots. of. chili. for. big. boys.]

Which, by the way, I must confess- I just tasted my chili and my.word. If I could put that flavor on EHarmony, I’d have a lot of fellas knockin’ on my door. Or sending me an email. Whatevs.

Back to the chili cook-off.

All the emotions that party planners have, I am having : excited, nervous, happy, stressed, deeply angry [not really. exactly… just more extended stress]. 🙂 I had one of those nights last night where I laid in bed and right as I would fall asleep, my brain would think of another thing for the to-do list.

Do you have a nametag plan?

What if there isn’t enough chili?

Take the sharpies back to the office tomorrow.

Text that girl and that guy to make sure they remember the supplies they are supposed to bring.

So pretty much, I’m running on 3.5 hours of sleep, a long to-do list, and a no water soy chai latte, extra hot.

It’ll all work out. It always does. And I spent the morning in the office getting everything ready….

[those actually will connect… hence the two green leaf halves]

[You can take the teacher out of the school, but you can’t take the school-like crafting out of the teacher.]

Melissa and I went and passed out flyers and hung up signs earlier this week…. we were proud of ourselves, so I took a picture. She’s the cutest.

Tonight is exciting for a lot of reasons…. the friendships, the football team, the chili, the outreach, all of it.

Would you pray for us tonight? Pray that people would come, that their hearts would be open, that all the details would fall into place, that it will be a night FULL of fun and ease and connections and that many would come back!

[For your personal knowledge, I’ve added two things to my to-do list since starting this post. Wowsa.]

When I’m not making to-do lists and boiling two pots of chili on the stove and wondering what songs to put on the playlist, I’m thinking about the fact that these kind of events are really amazingly fun.

I’m also thinking how this is my last big hurrah in Edinburgh.

I’m also thinking that I could really use a nap.

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Do you have a favorite chili recipe? Or a secret ingredient?