|Eli and Me|
|Eli on our walk to the creek at our s/d.|
|Caleb and Eli in my bed in the mornings.|
|Caleb working diligently on his trains.|
|Caleb loving on a disagreeable Eli as he finishes lunch.|
|A confederate soilder reinactor talks to Abbey's troop.|
|Abbey at the dog shelter|
|Hg and her long legged rappeling|
|me on the high ropes, attached to a tree|
They visited a local Veteran’s Museum and it was so much fun getting to see his little buddies, and for me to see my friends, too. All my kids have such great parents in their classes, and I always enjoy my time spent getting to know the new parents, as well as spending time with old friends who happen to be parents in the class as well. It is so good to be home for so many reasons.
After that, we had Hg’s 12th birthday party. I pulled off a mall scavenger hunt for her, which was a lot of fun. Again, I had great parents to help us, and it turned out really fun, just really a big bang for the buck. They had to gather samples, ask strangers for pictures, find employees, solve riddles, count kiosks, pretend to be mannequins, etc. The kids were great sports to participate, and were well-behaved. It turned out great. But the whopper of them all was Eli’s 8th birthday! Its significance needs no explanation. Eli had such a great time, and I want to make sure I thank those of you that were able to come out and share such a special day with us. Eli was really just thrilled with it, and I am always eager for an opportunity to help St. Jude.
|Eli leading Soldiers Arise|
Last year, we had signed up long before knowing of Eli’s disease, but the convention fell during his break between radiation and chemo, so we were able to go. He had to use a wheelchair to get around, but was able to at least participate in one activity, Bible reading. So, we signed up again, and I was so proud for Eli to be able to participate in song leading class these last couple of Sundays. The convention is Easter, so I pray that we are fully able to participate this year without any special treatment or preparation. So, we have made it to Thanksgiving, and have made the most of our holiday save Caleb’s puking. Though we did not spend it with extended family, I was so happy that my aunt let me have a to-go box for everyone filled with all the good stuff that we only get once a year from her house. And, it was a great day with the kids after Caleb felt better.
Earlier in the week, we spent an afternoon with friends taking Christmas pictures, then a morning with friends bowling which we love to do but don’t do enough. Also, this weekend, we have completed one of two science projects, one Bible project, one 4-H project, put together two trundle beds, done some Christmas shopping and watched three new movies on DVD. The laundry? Still there, in the floor.