It was a beautiful sight when the kids got home from being at Grandma’s after Matthew was released from the hospital. It was impossible to fully capture the joy, hugs and squeals.
Two days later, we declared it to be our third annual kids day! This is something we started three years ago, and each August we celebrate our fabulous kids with surprises and fun! Jack and Matthew went to the store early in the morning and bought little gifts for everyone. Next, we had waffles and ice-cream for breakfast before setting off on a bowling expedition. The kids had never been bowling before. It was a nice excuse to use the bumpers for us older folks who haven’t bowled since my belly looked like a bowling ball ten years ago!
The second place we went was the dollar movie theatre, which turned out to be a great memory as well! We ended our day with a pop-in at some friends’ and then a visit at Grandma’s to see my brother and his family. Kids’ day was a success, and we are so thankful for our amazing children who bring us so much joy. They challenge and inspire us and constantly keep us seeking God.
When I went to pick up Jack from a friend’s house, it was just about dark as we got ready to drive away. He remembered he left his jackknife in the grass. He ran up the driveway and started to kick the ground around a large area of grass. Five seconds later, he ran back to the car, knife in hand. I looked at him in awe. This is the kid who claims he is not a good “looker” and can’t seem to find something in a well-lit room, let alone a huge lawn in the dark. I asked him how he found it so quickly. His reply? My feet know where everything is. Of course! Next time I will ask his feet to do the finding.
On our drive home we got talking about heaven. He thought for a bit and then said, When everyone on earth is in heaven, this world is going to be left in sadness. Wow.
Elsie, in mother-like fashion was trying to help out an older sibling who was having a bit of rivalry with another sibling. Her advice astounded me and reminded me that I guess they really are listening! This is what she said:
Well, maybe you should work it out. Nope, that wasn’t an option.
Well, maybe you should apologize. Not trying that either.
Well, maybe you should just walk away. Good girl!
I do love overhearing different conversations in the car between the back-seat dwellers. Jack and Elijah were discussing broken bones. He asked Elijah: Have I broken anything?
No, Elijah said.
How do you know?
I’ve been here all your life. Enough said.
Today they were having a “gentleman tea party”, complete with lego “newspapers”. Elijah thinks the raw sugar we use is “camping sugar” and Jack commented about the whole experience: We’re like men. I LOVE that my boys think drinking tea is manly. One conversation during this gentlemanly time went like this:
Elijah: Jack, I was thinking. If the age of driving was about the age of seven, there would be a lot of dead people in the world… No offense.
Nadine was able to start horseback riding lessons again this week. There is a very real hole in her heart that gets filled when she’s around horses. She even jokes that her name is perfect: They call me neighhhhh-deen because I love horses!
Betty is a little walky-talky, except for when she’s sitting in her special little chair… which she brings everywhere. Yesterday while we were driving, she saw some geese. She matter-of-factly said, I love birds. Elsie loves birds. Mommy loves birds. When Jack got home from his friend’s house, she ran up to him, gave him a huge hug and exclaimed: I LOVE you, Jack! She knows how much I love to hear her say, Yes ma’am, so she says it a lot. It sounds a lot like, Yes, man.
Tomorrow, we officially start school. Our school room is ready to go, and teacher is a bit trembling in her gut, but excited. I’m excited to see if our new approach will work smoother than last year, and I’m pumped to share how we do things, after we have settled in a bit. Speaking of, I need to get back to planning!