I’m happy to report that the jewelry show is over and I can exhale a little. It went well, but mostly I’m just glad to have it out of the way. I have the most supportive coworkers. I’m so lucky. After the show, I headed to Illinois for Tanner’s match.
The tournament was in Belleville and the route to the club takes us right by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. So we took advantage of this and drove through its 40th Annual Way of Lights on the way home. Wow, it’s impressive. Not to mention beautiful.
It’s pretty amazing to see an overtly religious display of any kind in this age of “lest we offend anyone.” But this place conducts mass twice daily, so visitors to this light display know what they’re getting into from the get-go. But I must admit, it was kind of cool — I don’t think I saw a Santa, reindeer or present anywhere. It was all about the story of the birth of Jesus. And it was gorgeous.
It was a challenge to get a decent photo on this journey. Between the dual lanes of traffic, constant movement and low light, it was not photo-friendly.
No detail was too small in this display. Existing sculptures and landscaping were incorporated into the display.
I’m so glad that we did this. It was a much-needed diversion after a stressful day for both of us. We chatted, listened to CDs and read the nativity panels as we crawled along. Nice. And for a small donation, we got the cutest little stuffed lamb. He’s way cuddly and makes me feel fuzzy.