Not much to say. Just checkin’ in, so the natives (you know who you are) don’t get restless. I had a good weekend (I think). The seminar on Saturday was…humbling. And wonderful. God worked in a very cool way in my heart. At one point, I was close to tears. At many other points, my heart swelled with gratitude for the incredible people God used to encourage me. Very, very, very cool.
Went to the pre-seminar dinner with my friend Courtney on Friday night while Mom and Dad watched the girls. Gabe stayed home to work (and/or play). Spent the night there Friday. My grandpa came for a visit while I was gone and stayed a bit to chat after I got back. He’s a professional pianist and delighted the girls by playing every single song they requested–by ear. Man. I can do chopsticks–that’s about it.
Mom and Dad caught a mouse and left it in the trap for the girls to see. Lovely. They all petted it. We ate it later. Mmmmm…tasty. Ava cried at bedtime, because she didn’t want a mouse to get her. I told her that as long as she didn’t sneak Halloween candy in her bed, they’d all stay downstairs.
After the seminar Saturday, I hung out with Mom, Dad and the girls and we got pizza. Livi and Ava told me all about their lawn tractor/CRV rides through the fields with Papaw during Nina’s nap. Headed home around 8:00.
Sunday–Gabe took Livi and Nina to church while I stayed home with Ava. She complained of not feeling well, and she looked really pale. I didn’t want to risk a vomiting incident in the kindergarten classroom. I told her if she stayed home she couldn’t go to Target later to get stuff for the shoebox kids. That’s fine, she said. Well, it wasn’t long before she started feeling better. Hmmm… We watched the first half of Sound of Music and ate popcorn. After lunch, Gabe and Livi went out to rake leaves. I wouldn’t let Ava. She didn’t go to Target either. She cried. Hopefully, she’ll remember this and only “skip” church when she’s deathly ill.
That night before bed, Livi prayed, “…and thank you that Ava learned her lesson not to stay home from church or she won’t get to do anything fun…” Ava wasn’t happy with that part of the prayer.
I’ve been busy working on McGraw-Hill. Not going to make my deadline. That’s okay. I’m learning how to put God and family first, and God figures everything else out.
Have a great week!