Summer is officially here, and school's OUT! We've swam, fished, watched fireworks (had one blow up right in front of our garage!), read, had VBS (the kids were Crew Leaders!), baked, and made miniatures for Mary Claire's American Girl dolls. : ) Oh, and we've been to Kansas City AND Dallas for tons of AG fun!!
Here's my photo montage that was backlogged (ok, only about 5% of it, haha!) : )
|Clay was a leader in the preschool room! He was soo good with them!|
|This little boy just adored him!!|
|Ethan's new friend!|
|Clay got to be with Carter, and it's a good thing! He was so clingy.|
|His friend again, Love This!|
|He was going back and forth between siblings. ; )|
|He was soo patient with Carter! Feeding him. : )|
|The leaders were handing out food. : ) Sweet sissy.|
|On the last day, they all wore their VBS shirts!|
|Oh my goodness, Veronica's sweet baby girl!! Love playing peekaboo with her!|
|On the Friday of VBS we had church (the kids sang and presented the blankets they made for a shelter), then a hot dog lunch while we watched a video I made from all the photos from the week. : )|
|Near the end..I think Clay is tired.|
|Mary Claire with Veronica's daughter, Isabella. Precious.|
|Knocking the paper cup off Carter's head without touching it. ; )|
|He loved it.|
|I love seeing Carter want to sit in Ethan's lap..and Ethan so proud that his brother wants to sit with him. When I catch glimpses like this, I know it'll all be okay.|
|Shoot, he caught me!|
|Mary Claire with Sophia, leaders together, checking the schedule. : )|
|One of Arkansas' seminarians, John, joined us all week. Every day he had prayer partners up front with him to pray, LOVE!|
|A quick meeting after the second day to see how it was going for all the leaders, what they could do to improve, etc. Good planning!|
|Leading us in music, ministry, and prayer (motions in music at this second!)|
|He didn't really want to go..he thought he was too old. But he had a great time, met new friends, participated, and I'm so thankful. A sweet week.|
|Mary Claire's group (the bible story ladies did a wonderful job decorating and acting out scenes!!)|
|Daddy got him the Baymax (from Big Hero 6) mask and fist (that shoots off!)|
|American Girl Grace movie premiere! With Leigh & Emma, and Stephanie & Sydney! Sooo much fun! (...I just realized MC and I both were in Navy Chevron. Ohmygosh. Eeeekkk!)|
|Day Two, Brunch at the AG Cafe! With high chairs for all the dolls. Mommas squeezed into the small side of the table, haha!|
|She was so happy. This is her appetizer, tiny fruit kabobs, blueberry muffins, and yogurt dip (in a flower pot).|
|Entree: Tiny hot dog, tiny/slider hamburger, more fruit, teensy pickle slices.|
|Dessert: Full size chocolate cake!|
|Happy Father's Day, Ches!! :o) We love you! He got a case of Topps Finest Cards, a frame, some cards, and dinner at his favorite Mexican restaurant, Jose's! : )|
|My baby has pots and pans in my drawers. He generally uses them to bang or play cook on the floor. I caught him trying to USE MY OVEN. ALL BURNERS. Ok, he didn't light the burners, but is he an overachiever, or what? Haha!|
I've been cleaning little areas around the house, the garage, Carter's in a big boy bed, I gave away his crib (wahhhhhh!!!) (I can't keep everything.), sticking with my friends through some sadness, my family through some icky-sticky spots, and sharing our stuff since I don't need it. It's been a busy six weeks. Thank you, Mom, for prompting me to get back on.
I feel like God has been leading me to something, but I'm not sure what it is yet. I am seeing such juxtapostion in the people and things around me (related or not, I don't know!) Example 1: Chemo is pretty to look at (except it can look like it's full of red food coloring-bad) and it kills cells, but it's good, and I'm thankful for it.
Example 2: I love being only a text away from my kids while I'm here, but texting can kill if used at the wrong time. (and hooray for Minions released a day early in some cities! and i love u! and like this phone case?)
Example 3: Bacon is da bomb. Therapy Dogs love it. I love it. Friends love it. I didn't have to cook it. (#thebest) But, it's full of sodium and fat. And makes your feet swell. (And you gotta get it by 11, or she sells out!)
Example 4: The sweetest, most loving people sometimes are spiritually and physically attacked, and it's hard to watch. Painful even.
Example 5: I love all the different colors of people, and sometimes I wish I was different, darker. But the beautiful colors can cause people to hate and become so ugly. (I think once we all mix up, we'll all be the same color..but it won't be as striking..but then maybe we'll be a kinder people? Is it worth the trade?)
Anyway, I think I'm just finishing up (read: sleepy!) and my brain is foggy. :o) 'Cause I don't normally cite examples, haha. Have a peace-filled day, think before you say the thing, and give a few hugs out tomorrow. We all need to be touched (especially our kids. And our elderly. And our momma friends. And the weak ones. And the hurting ones. And the brave ones who won't let us in. And the ugly-hearted ones. And the slow ones. And the don't-get-too-close ones. And the someone else's problem ones. And the beautiful ones that makes us nervous. And the ones we think get enough hugs..but they probably don't.).