Thursday May 7, 2015
We had tons of fun and were super busy last weekend! On Friday Alex was in a One Act play at school. It was about a group of people that went spelunking and got trapped. Each character was the embodiment of a different emotion and he was the embodiment of anger. He did such a good job!! There was even thunderous applause after one of his monologues. Proud papa and mama moment! 🙂 Aaron had come back that afternoon with an envelope from our bus driver friend addressed to all of us and he said we had to open it up when we were all together. We were all too tired after the One Acts performances, so we decided to open it on Saturday.
We had to wake up early Saturday morning because Izzy was going to be participating in a color run with her school. She was so excited and had such a fun time! She was cracking us up because she is completely my child when it comes to the athletic side of life. We were waiting for her near the finish line when we see her come around the corner. She was not running or even really walking, she was trudging. Hahaha!! When she saw us though she lit up and started running and that was even funnier. Her legs are sooo long and she brings her knees up really high when she runs. She reminded us of something on Loony Toons, like her legs had turned into wheels or something. We probably horrified half the parents standing around us because we were laughing so hard about it. Afterward we told Izzy what she looked like while she was running and she thought it was funny too. At least the sick humor is a family thing and we understand each other.
We went to the rec. center after the race to swim and shower and then we read the letter from our friend. In short the letter said that he was “buying a ticket” for the Sanders family to have a fun weekend and bless everyone around them with their smiles. He gave us a bunch of coupons to different places and $25. He wanted us to go out and eat or go get ice cream. The kiddos’ new favorite place to get chicken is Publix. I went in and got two 8 piece containers of fried chicken and a side of potato wedges. We had a little money left over so we went to Aldi and got a 1/2 gallon of ice cream and some cones. We texted pictures of our fun to our friend.
Sunday morning there was a guest speaker at church. When the speaker was finished and everyone was praying the pastor got up to read a portion of scripture that was on his heart. “The Lord says, ‘I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. Once again you will have all the food you want, and you will praise the Lord your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will my people be disgraced.'” That hit us right in the heart and let us know that God was still aware of where we are. Those verses were some of the first verses we felt like God gave us when the “suffering” part of our journey began. The pastor then prayed a blessing over anyone who was currently experiencing that season. Our circumstances didn’t change, but we were thankful for the reminder that God still sees us and this isn’t the end.
Wednesday May 13, 2015
The kiddos decided to play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Mother’s Day weekend. And it was Mr. Hyde that I got to spend Mother’s Day with. Wow.
Saturday was great we exercised and swam at the rec. center, had a pizza picnic at the park and then went to the mall. Then Mr. Hyde appeared on Sunday morning. The children, overtaken by some devil spirit, argued over everything. Literally ev-ery-thing. If you don’t know about mommas, that makes a momma super crabby. Poor Aaron was stuck between devil children and a snarly faced momma. Part of the problem was that I’m sick and tired of not being able to just take the kids somewhere to eat good food. I wanted to bring them to Jason’s Deli for the salad bar so they could eat all the good food they want to their hearts content. And yes, our children actually do like salad, so it wouldn’t have been a punishment. I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and we went to Aldi, where I bought sandwich fixings and fruits and vegetables. Still good food, but not what I wanted. Get over it Jen. Ok, I did. 😉
We have all been on a kick for healthy food. It’s wonderful to be able to get food from a food pantry, but often what is there is boxed, processed stuff. That has started me thinking about how we can get good healthy food to low income people. Your body just doesn’t feel good eating all that processed junk all the time. Izzy has been earnestly praying for green bean casserole. We go to the rec. center almost every night to swim and every night she will either stay by me (if there are a lot of people in the pool) or she will go to a corner of the pool and thank God for all she has and then ask if she could please have some green bean casserole. Oh. My. Goodness. What a doll!! Insert all the heart emojis!
We have been talking with the boys about the significance of our life right now, and how on a human level we understand that people have to be put in extreme circumstances to make sure they can stand the pressure of the situations they will be placed in in the future. Think Navy Seals or Army Rangers. We know that what we are going through right now is preparing us for the places God is bringing us in the future. The boys said that it gets hard sometimes because God promised us we would have more than enough. After thinking about it for awhile Jack piped up and said, “But, if someone came up to us and said, ‘I’m going to give you $5 a day to live on. Someday I will give you $1,000,000, but for right now you get $5 a day.’ we would keep on living on that $5 and wait for the $1,000,000.” I am so thankful for the time we have to have conversations with them and watch how they grow and how they are able to see that God does things for our good, but that sometimes we need to patiently wait to see the good.