Today we hosted another family to swim and hang during the hot hours of the midday. They were here from around 10-12:30 and I thanked her profusely for driving all that way (we are about 45 minutes from our old home) just to hang. She thanked me for inviting her. I love this lady and her passion for seeking Christ and as we were chatting it came out of my mouth without my even thinking about it. “I love feeling like this is a ministry hosting people out here, providing what they need, snacks, pool supplies, refreshments, and leisurely time to just sit and chat.” It’s refreshing. This was the 3rd day in a row we had ‘friends over to swim,’ as I told the kids. Some people stay all day, and we love it! Some come for a few hours and we love that too!
My friend who came yesterday texted and said, “Thank again, it was such a relaxing afternoon.” I agreed, it is nice to be in your sweet spot. And that’s where I feel like we are right now.
I have so many reasons to have joy! My second born, M, recognized his own sin, big broken cries of grief over it, and recognized his need for Jesus. He asked Him to be Lord of his life on Monday night and we have been rejoicing ever since. I will have a more detailed account of this soon, but it was such a blessing to be a part of. One of the major joys in parenting for sure!
I guess I’ve been on a high from that. Today, after my friend left, and we were stuck home with no car (we had a car, but the keys to it were at work with hubby!), as J napped, I sat down to do some computer work. I’m the treasurer for our homeschool co-op, as well as our family, so I needed to get ready for the fall. I had declared a no screens day, so the big two had pulled a game out and were quietly playing in the school room. Lest you think this is typical, it is not :).
Little A came to me and said, “I don’t have anyone to play with, will you play with me??” This daughter is my best play-by-herself-imagination-for-days girl and she rarely asks for me to play. I told her to let me finish my thought and then I would. She bounced back to her room and brought back the tea set and all sorts of things. She loves playing mommy/baby still and I love not being the mommy :). Role play and habit training at it’s finest. Today I was ‘sick’ and she had to care for me, by (basically throwing on my face) feeding me, you guessed it, cranberry soup (ha!).
Then the game broke up and my oldest went back to crafting and my second born snuck the home phone to the back and called my cell phone. He and A, my little mommy, then proceeded to chat about my condition and how their days were going for 5 minutes. They thought it was just hilarious!!
We had fun just being silly together. I shared I had 5 more minutes left before I needed to get back to work and we dove right back into her story line.
When my hubby got home, he took over and I shut my door and got to work. I forgot to mention that about 3:00 this afternoon I was on the phone with a friend and I heard a loud noise. I asked my kids where it was coming from and they said the AC unit! I turned the air up to give it a break. When hubby got home, it had jumped from 74 to 83! By then it was 4:55 and the AC place is closed (and their number was consistently busy). He got to worrying about it while I sat under the fan working on the computer.
When he came in a little flustered, I was able to remind that because we were obedient to sell, we have a fully funded emergency fund. This too shall pass, we will just call in the morning. We lived in Uganda for 3 months without AC, I think we can do 1 night here.
We told the kids they could eat and then swim until bed time, to keep them cool. When I was at a good stopping point, I decided to jump in the pool fully clothed and just enjoy the evening! The kids thought I was so cool, and I was :). Daddy ended up changing into his bathing suit, so we kept them up for an hour passed their bedtime and just swim and played.
There are no cute pictures from the day, though I did snap this one when he was getting water for the dog. I was remembering when he couldn’t reach the water handle and C, my oldest, ‘always had to do it.’ The days are long but the years are short is proving true and I want to remember the good. The details. The kisses. The love. The JOY!