After our family’s last few very busy weeks, the beginning of this week seemed anti-climatic when I considered what I would write for today’s weekly wrap-up. It was nice, because I was home, and it was a rather “normal week.” However, I thought writing about doing laundry, washing dishes, and babysitting weren’t very exciting topics–even though everyone could relate!
Last Saturday, we had one of those rain moments where it is warm enough and not thundering or lightening so that the kids could play in the rain. They had an incredible time getting soaked, and the pictures were so cute that I had to put a few on here!
My children are now out of school for the summer, but I let them go to our church’s/school’s day camp a couple of days with our new neighbors who are here for only a week. Our neighbors for the week are missionaries starting their deputation process and had to come to our area for a conference, but they couldn’t take their children to the conference. Two of their daughters were the same ages as two of my daughters, so they hit it off right away and had fun at day camp together. We also were able to have them over for dinner on Tuesday evening and get to know them a little bit better. It was great to make new friends! Dave grilled for me, and I made some salads–and of course made sure we had the most important cookout food item–S’mores!
On Thursday and Friday, I went to my first-ever Homeschool Conference! I do not homeschool my children right now as they are able to go to the Christian school that is a ministry of the church we go to, but I am open to it in the future if the Lord leads us in that direction. The real reason I went to it is to be with my sister who is here for a few months from South Africa. She has to homeschool her children as there are no good schools where she is in South Africa. She also loves it, and has a lot on her blog about her research into the various curriculums. She really wanted to go to order all her curriculum (for the next 3 years!) as you don’t have to pay shipping when you order at a conference, plus she just wanted to experience the conference for herself. We knew it would be a lot of fun to go together to the conference–and I didn’t have to pay for it as I was a pastor’s wife!
We went with another friend of mine who homeschools her daughter, and I ran into a few other people we knew. I spent a lot of money on some different resources–yeah, they got me :), and I bought presents for my sister’s kids’ birthday presents for the next three years! She wanted specific fun learning activities that she could use to supplement the curriculum, and now I have their presents (almost) done!
I went mainly to parenting sessions or sessions that dealt with developing character in children or helping siblings to get along. I didn’t learn any revolutionary information, but everything I heard helped reinforce truths I knew and much of it helped me to focus on what is really important and my task as a mom to raise godly children. We did a lot of laughing and talking.
My wonderful husband took off Thursday off so that I could go to the conference. He took the children out to his mom’s and dad’s house and took them fishing in the little creek that he went fishing in as a child. It’s a creek that they sometimes wade in (when it is warmer), but there are still fish. However, they did not catch any fish. 🙁 They also played at the playground in that neighborhood and ate a picnic lunch I had sent with them.
Our husbands were able to go with us on Friday–and that made the day even more fun! My oldest three children went to day camp, and my parents took my two youngest children along with Amy’s four children! That’s 6 children 6 years old and younger! I am so thankful for their willingness to watch the children so that we could all go together–especially as Joshua decided to ride his bike past their directions and gave them the scare of their lives as they didn’t know where he was for a few minutes!
We had fun laughing together; in fact, we had one of those moments where something all struck our funny bones, and we dissolved into laughter. Every time we thought about that moment the rest of the day, it would bring a new wave of laughter! I would try to share it with you, but it wouldn’t be the same unless you were there. We bought all our items that were on our lists–well, I know at least I did–and a lot more as well!
Dave and I skipped the last session as we had to get back so that he could coach our daughters’ T-ball game. After the game, Dave and I went to join our little conference group for a dinner at Steak and Shake. My niece watched my kids so I could go, and it was fun to be together–without children! Then Dave and I ran to Kohl’s to get a few clothing items we needed (I had a 30% off coupon!)
Today, the Doiel household needs to get back to business and get the house straightened up! I also want to get a loose daily schedule for the kids made up for the summer. I need to pencil in some of our crafty projects–and cleaning projects, as well as reading and devotional time and swimming lessons, or something will be left out!
I hope you had a fun, productive, Christ-honoring week making memories with your family and friends!