Jack and Trey have started school off on a very successful note. I'm driving Chase to preschool four mornings a week: a big schedule commitment, but one that brings him a lot of joy. Tess is now going up and down the stairs with no gate. I'll miss that 12-year-old bright teal barrier handed down from a friend... what will we do now that we don't have to hike our leg over that ugly thing a million times a day?!
AWANA Kids Club has officially started up at church on Wednesday nights, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the boys' enthusiasm to memorize God's Word. What an amazing program. Who knew that learning scripture could make a kid so sweaty? :) While my TNT, Sparks, Cubbies, and Puggles club members are having the time of their lives, I'm upstairs in a ladies' bible study for the next eight weeks. My turn to teach was last night. While I stress ahead of time with the pressure that comes with presenting the Word, I'm beyond blessed every time I have the opportunity.
Tyler has picked up his golf game again, and golfed with our neighbor and seven other retired guys today. You have to tag along with the men who have no jobs when you have a weird schedule like Tyler's. I'm glad he's getting in some much-deserved hobby time after all of these stay-at-home infant years.
New this Fall... we'll be hosting a small group bible study in our home beginning next Monday night. After training last year in our church's Marriage Mentoring curriculum, we are excited to lead a group of premarital / newly married couples. We have led other groups in the past, but this population is a new one for us. We are passionate about marriage and can't wait to discuss practical marriage topics based on the wisdom from God's Word.
Trey is in his last three weeks of Fall baseball. I am enjoying watching this kid - now one of the older ones on his team - get into the game on a whole new level. He's been playing the infield consistently now: catching a lot, and has taken his turn on first and third base. Now if he would adhere to the "There's no crying in baseball" rule, we'd all feel like we're getting somewhere. There is not one activity that Trey doesn't jump in full force, emotions and all.
Why do I all of a sudden feel like I'm writing our annual Christmas letter? Just an early Fall update, y'all. Act surprised when you get the letter. Deal?
Life is busy, even when we feel like we've said no to lots of activities for the sake of our sanity. Four kids are busy. Good luck catching us after 4pm in the midst of homework, post-nap fussy toddlers, supper prep and six people all talking at once. Tyler and I laughed tonight about the time we clock each day just helping children in the potty. Some days I swear it feels like I live in the bathroom. It's a glamorous life I lead. :)
But there's joy in the moment. Joy in knowing that in everything we do, whether it's being involved in an organized ministry, or the daily, not-so-glamorous task of wiping bottoms, it's all for the glory of God.
Yep, I'm pretty sure God sees it all..."So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31