Just before school started,
Dan's mom came over from Orange Beach
with his sister's kids and took them all to ice cream and a movie.
Dan took a day off just before school started,
and we spent the day at Big Kahuna's for one last hurrah!
I wrote a post on Facebook a few days before school started,
and it went viral-ish.
As of today, it has around 84,000 shares, and 6,000 comments.
Lots and LOTS of positive comments from teachers;
most of the negative comments came from parents
grumbling about buying supplies. Fascinating, really.
Pepper wasn't quite sure what to do with herself when the kids went back to school;
I think she's in recovery mode!
She's spent a lot of time doing this:
Since we started back to school,
Wednesdays have become our date days.
It's Dan's long day at church,
so he takes a break for about an hour for dinner,
and we split up with the kids for dinner.
One night he takes Lana and I take Tucker,
and then the next week, we switch.
We are absolutely loving this one on one time with the kiddos,
and we find we have to be intentional with it on our calendar like this
or it doesn't happen!
I love when he is creative and uses his imagination.
This time backfired, though:
he forgot to clean it up, and we wound up with fruit flies. Ugh!
Tucker started playing flag football at Hillcrest.
His coaches are fantastic,
and the best player on the team is a girl!
At practice one evening,
we looked over and found Dan & Dustin had moved all the way over to another set of bleachers to talk. We teased them, but I don't have words for how thankful I am that they are friends and partners in ministry.
Tucker had his vision rechecked,
and it turns out he doesn't need his glasses anymore!
He was so excited to give them to his penguin.
Our kids like to listen to podcasts as much as we do! :)
The night before Lana moved up from Kids Ministry to Student Ministry,
Dan sat at the table for hours, and wrote her a letter that I still haven't read.
I wonder if she'll ever know how blessed she is to have a daddy like him.
We tucked the letter inside a new Study Bible,
and prayed for her time in Student Ministry to be profitable in every way.
This little pipsqueak has stolen our hearts -
we love to watch him and hold him and give him treats.
Pepper is the only one who isn't completely enamored with him: Pepper and Pip
I've been training for a marathon with some friends,
and finally broke the 5 mile mark that has been a block for me for so long!
My time isn't great, but I did it!
Lana's first Sunday morning in student ministry.
She insisted on walking down by herself!
The night before school started,
Tucker started having trouble sleeping.
I think it was just nerves that night,
but now he's kind of psyching himself out,
convinced that he's going to wake up and not be able to sleep again.
We made him a pallet on the floor near my side of the bed,
and he comes in sometime during every night to sleep there.
A few years ago, I never would have allowed this.
I would have insisted that he stay in his bed;
I would have been very strict about the routine.
But as the kids grow, I'm learning that their problems won't always be as easily solved as resting near momma, so for now, this pallet will do just fine.
One of the administrators at the kids' school texted this to Dan. Ha! Look at those sweet girls hanging on his every word. He's so much like his daddy!
One of Dan's co-workers is an incredible artist,
and she gifted this beauty to me!
I hung it in my office in an inconspicuous place -
I like that I'm usually the only one that sees it.
I love its simple, organized beauty.
Tucker started piano lessons with Ms. Block last week -
he was SO excited!
He begs every day to practice more than his allotted time.
I hope this excitement lasts!
Dan & I had a meeting downtown one day,
and as we walked past a restaurant, there was a squirrel in a tree,
chattering so loudly at us.
One of the employees told us he was yelling for a french fry,
and gave me one to feed him!!! He ate it right out of my hand!