During Eli’s treatment we had a wonderful young man, who is headed to Harding University, offer to mow our yard last summer and into the fall at no charge. It was such an enormous load off of our plates, both financially and time-wise, as we were back and forth between home and Memphis. So, Thursday was my first day back at mowing the yard. I have not been able to get ahead of my inside housework enough to participate in the outside housework yet, so Thursday was the day. And, what made it an especially important day is that I put the kids behind the mower. There have been and are going to be many milestones in our family’s growth, but reaching the age of child labor feels so good! Now, understand that I have for many years taken great pains at preparing them for child labor.
But, finally … finally, now we have reached an age where their labor will actually be helpful - for the most part, some are still in training for various things. So, today, I put the oldest three behind the lawnmower and set Caleb to picking up sticks. The girls took turns, and Eli worked in about every three or four passes and picked up sticks. All of a sudden Hg’s nose started pouring blood. I have no idea why, maybe she has a severe allergy, maybe she was dehydrated because if I won’t pour her a glass of water she decides that suddenly she is not so thirsty if she has to do it. But, her head hurt and she laid down for the rest of the evening pretty much. Eli held the straightest line with the mower, but quickly gave out physically. Abbey’s line got better, and she stuck it out until the end and even began cranking it herself. I so much enjoyed working them in, and staying outside all afternoon.
|catching fireflies just like the Wild Kratts -one of|
our fav TV shows.
But if we can go to the pool twice a week and I hand the kids to Vic a couple nights a week (because I’m over that part about not handing him the kids when he’s been at work all day thing), then I might make it through a summer without my weight loss and fitness going backward. That would be huge because of the “training” I’m trying to do for the half marathon at St. Jude. I am incredibly nervous about being ready for it – both in finishing the race without dying, and in raising the $1000 to which I committed. So, here’s another plug that if you regularly give to St. Jude or to charity, please consider using our team as your channel to do so. Your entire donation goes directly to St. Jude and is tax deductible. The team name is North Alabama Foot Soldiers. Something we want to use as a fundraiser is to sell T-shirts to support the cause, but we are looking for a single sponsor to go big with their logo on the back to buy the shirts (use your advertising dollar for good!!). That would pay for the shirts, and then we would sell them to individuals with all funds going to St. Jude. So, if you have a business that has ad dollars to spend, message me. We are also still collecting for an online auction, looking for football/event tickets, memorabilia, gift cards to restaurants, etc. (still a car, yes). Please, please, if you can help with any of those kinds of items, I will be much indebted.
|Again, sorry for the flip-over. Caleb getting ready to "spar."|