This was an eclectic week! There was school vacation, we had S for the week as somewhat of a trial, Shaun was doing the last push of tax season, we were scrambling to do our own taxes, we had four performances of Passion of the King, Shaun had a birthday, we met a new cousin, we got Shaun back, we celebrated Easter. Full, even by our standards.
And my heart is so full. My soul is smiling having my friend back from tax season. Its also kind of handy having the father of my children around. He came down to the kitchen one night this week and said with a smile, I just read my kids a story and put them to bed! And I smiled and said, Yes, and I did NOT. :) He's the best and we're reveling in having him back.
I could gush about him for a while, but I'll send it over to the photos from this week. I saved you four days worth of Passion pictures....I'll do that separately.
Took all the kids to the home improvement store to take advantage of their weekend plant sale. We picked up a few things, but it seemed like much ado about nothing.
Feeling SO blessed that I can just go to the grocery store four minutes down the road and buy an abundance of fresh fruit. Its just not like that for so much of the world.
Speaking of food, holy moly! Teenage boys can EAT!
8, 7, 7, 7, 6, 5, 4, 4, 3, 2 (I think! :)
The dumb dog was keeping me company in the early hours of the morning going through documents for taxes.
I rewarded her decision to listen to that quiet inner voice prompting her to get out of there by buying candy and we hung out in the lobby until the boys were done. They reported it was great!
I picked up Z for his first overnight with us since he left in August. It was SOO good to see him!! He seems to be doing well and was equally happy to see us, though we all wished it'd been longer.
Six hungry-for-breakfast kids. Grateful to have a houseful.
At one point they were outside playing and I was downstairs doing laundry. I heard someone come in and I knew he/she was looking for me before they said a word. Instead of thinking what now, as I sometimes do, I thought how blessed am I to have little ones who need me. Before I know it, I'll do laundry with no interruptions, without the pitter-patter of little (or big!) feet above.
Later, when the big boys had returned from their training class, I was sitting in the living room meeting with two social workers. I glanced out the window and saw a pair of legs dangling off the roof. I excused myself to go tell S where the boundaries are. I think we still have our foster care license. :)
One of the social workers is new and was watching the household goings-on in amazement. Seven kids, calling me a combination of Lisa, Mom and Auntie in and out, telling on someone, looking for Passion sandals, asking a question. I watched with humor as his eyes got wider. Just another day. :)
It'd been a while since the girls had had a check-up and they needed one for camp this summer.
Amanda made it a hilarious experience and had both the doctor and nurse grinning by the time we walked out. Two healthy girls! Five inches and 1.5 pounds separates them.
Lots and lots of yard work at the new and old house. R worked so hard!
As we have for many years, we went to Easter service on Saturday night. My beautiful kids....