Happy Friday, friends! I've been playing a little catchup around my house this week. Sometimes the cleaning and organization gets put to the side when I'm spending a lot of time in my creative space, prepping for a series of projects on top of not feeling well, which explains the need for a little catching up. I've also finally emptied the last box of personal décor that I packed in preparation for our move to South Dakota. It included a number of black and white photos of my family that now graces our staircase. When I showed my hubby what I had done, while he was at work, he said, "Now it feels like home." He's been talking about a move for a long time, but ultimately, we're being smart and staying put. Our goal is to get his student loans paid off, as well as a little remodeling, before we try to put our home on the market again. Honestly, I'd be just fine staying put. I don't need anything big, and I love our home; but I also believe that the Lord has future plans for us, plans that would require a move.
So, anyway, it felt so good to get those things accomplished this week, but that also means that I didn't have a lot of time to get creative. I will have a little, Valentine project that Adina made for her friends, to share with you all, tomorrow. Until then, I have a few pictures to share, beginning with these of my big kiddo and his teammates taking first place in Awana Quiz, in Liberty, Missouri, a couple of weekends back. Quiz tests the kids on material and scriptures in their handbooks and manuals
and provides individual recognition and rewards.
Anyway, I'm just trying to do the best job I can to help him survive adolescence by giving him opportunities to meet like-minded friends and keeping my eyes and ears open for whatever he may need. Gosh, I love him so. I don't think he has any idea how much. He always thinks we're against him and trying to make his life more difficult. I know some of that is simply because he doesn't see that other kids are doing many of the same educational assignments that he is due to homeschooling and thinks that nobody else has to wash the dishes or pick up their room. I mean, no other kid in the world has computer regulations. Right ;)? I hope you can sense my sarcasm. He's completely irrational, and I know some of that is also just his age; but, well, if he only knew. Sigh.
Okay, enough of that. On a happier note, he's still loving homeschool band and playing basketball. This, too, is his last year to play with Upward. Why do all these activities leave kids high and dry come middle school?! It's fine. There are lots more places to play ball. It would just be nice not to have to keep moving around all the time. Remember what I said earlier about fostering friendships and opportunities to serve? This constant switching teams makes such extremely difficult as well, but we definitely still feel like the new kids in town at this particular school, too. So, maybe it's not so much of a loss. He gets to play baseball with the same group of kids as last year this summer, though, and he's really looking forward to that. Although, while most of the kids are the same age as he is, he's a year ahead in school. So, potentially, this will be his last summer with this group, too. Gracious! Poor kid!