Last night we had dinner with friends — at their house. Yes, it’s true, our new-ish friends invited all eleven of us to dinner and it was great fun. I was a little worried about Kelli cooking for my slew of big eaters. At the age of six, Eby eats like a high school linebacker and Dimples eats like a child who fears she may never see food again – which is a deep fear. I offered to bring a big salad and some fruit to which Kelli protested until I assured her that I really wanted to do it. Plus, I had a very yummy salad in mind that would go perfectly with dinner, so it was fine.
Russ and I loaded up the six youngest and headed over while the three oldest boys showered off the grime acquired from their summer jobs. They’re all doing hard physical work, which makes me proud, and they are earning money, which makes them proud. Once my handsome boys arrived we had dinner – a dinner that I didn’t plan or cook, and thoroughly enjoyed.
The kids ate quickly before heading to the neighborhood park while the rest of us relaxed. Later they played a rousing game that involved running through the house, hiding, screeching, and other rowdy, exciting play that wouldn’t suit calmer families. We played a new card game which was great fun, although being solidly in my forties, I desperately needed my glasses (which I hadn’t brought), and now realize just how poor my vision has become.
Over the months as our friends have gotten to know us, they’ve become familiar with our struggles, but they love us and they love our children. We are thankful.
Have a great weekend everyone. I have ambitious plans to order most of what I need for my homeschool year, clean out the girls’ dressers, figure out school uniforms for Honeybee and Dimples , get the sprinkler system working, mow the path through the pasture, do some detailed architectural drawings for the addition we are hoping (praying) to add to our house, and do some car repairs. Just kidding, Russ is going to tackle the last four.
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