Sunday: Day of crazy-busy fun and fellowship!
Grady had an early start by leaving the house at 8:00am for several deacon/elder interviews with new members. That left me to get three kids fed, dressed, in the car, and to church. Ordinarily, this isn't a big deal, but Micah had other plans.
- Make a mess in his underwear: check
- Spill his cereal milk: check
- Throw a tantrum and kick his foot on the wall leaving a big black mark: check
- Receiving a spanking and wail uncontrollably for 10 minutes: check
Oh well. At least Annalyse looked cute as can be. And at least we actually arrived to church on time. And at least by the time we got to church, Micah had changed his attitude.
The Worship Service was nice, as usual. There were sprinkles of red and green throughout the sanctuary - no doubt people digging out their token Christmas sweater to wear once a year.
After the service, it was on to College Group. It was a full house since most everyone was back on Christmas break. It's always fun to have a crowded room and get caught up with friends.
Grady taught this week and his lesson involved help from several volunteers. Actually, from several "volun-tolds." When not enough people volunteered, Grady told them they were going to be involved.
In between laughs and on-the-fly acting, I think Grady communicated a message from Proverbs on the value of diligence and hard work in all areas of life.
After College Group, Grady had a meeting about the upcoming Passion 2010, lunch out with several College Group friends, and then a meeting about a possible summer mission trip to Asia.
After College Group, I had to run around the hallways to collect three kids from different wings of the building - all who made it clear they were tired and hungry. It's always nice to have whining kids as I walk out of church. It really helps me display loving patience since I'm surrounded by hundreds of onlookers. (Ha!)
That afternoon, after a quick lunch and short naps, we headed next door to say Happy Birthday to Miss Elizabeth, a newly-crowned Sweet 16 Year Old, who occasionally babysits the boys.
In a matter of minutes, Grady Lee had emptied several branches from their Christmas tree, Micah had scarfed down a slice of pizza, and Annalyse had been passed through several sets of adoring arms. Thankfully there was a cartoon on in the other room that occupied the boys, and Grady Lee didn't discover the piano in the corner.
Several of the girls donned some wonderfully ugly Christmas sweaters. I scanned our local Goodwill and Salvation Army, but much to my dismay, was unable to find anything. If only my mom would have saved her plethora of snowman sweaters from her kindergarten teaching days...