We had a rich week of fellowship with our guests from India last week. It was another opportunity to understand that we have been blessed to bless others. Despite the menu maneuvering, it was a wonderful week, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.
I ended up doing a lot of 'serve yourself' buffets. We even did a 'Ruby Tuesday's' style salad bar buffet one night and it was a hit with everyone. We ate a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, so hopefully they didn't suffer from our rich American diet too much! Those are Mums' Pumpkin Crunch Muffins, by the way. Mmmmm! I cut the sugar and made some without the 'crunch' topping.
On Friday, 'the boys' took our guests on to their next destination in Elkhart, IN. My Historian took the day off work to drive them there. The guys had a great time together, from all reports. It was a long drive - about 8 hours in the van total, but they had some good bonding time and hit a great quality buffet restaurant - with seafood and tender prime rib. Oh my.
Dreamer and I stayed home to ready her necessities for CAMP! She was so excited! We also had a bunch of laundry to do and cleaning, and it was so hot and humid. I was never so thankful for a/c, let me tell you! It is hard for me to push myself when I am already worn out, but add the heat to that equation, and I'm about as energetic as a damp dish rag!
She and I decided to put off our shopping until after the hottest part of the day, so we planned, cleaned, lazed around and finally headed to the mall at 6 p.m. What an eye opener that was for our sweet girl. She was astounded at the girls her age wandering through the mall on their own and in groups of 2 and 4. She was having a hard time with the reality of these scantily clothed girls, alone and without the protection of their family in a public place. We were both astonished to see them walking into R rated movies without anyone questioning their presence there, and we worried about the older guys we saw 'trolling' around the mall looking for trouble.
All in all, I think it helped her to appreciate our rather different approach to parenting. While she might think it might be 'fun' to have that kind of freedom, she is definitely glad that we take seriously our job of setting boundaries for her safety.
Yesterday, we had the most lovely drive up to Camp. Our Dreamer was so excited that she woke up at 5 a.m. !!!! She had a nap in the car, thankfully. It was a perfect fall day - yes, that's what I said. It felt like early fall. Cool crisp air, bright sunshine and the most amazing cloud formations. There is nothing like driving over hill and dale in northern Ohio on such a lovely day. As we turned to get in the car to leave camp .... without our Dreamer .... *sniff* .... there was a huge cloud burst and heavy rains, but it was short lived and we quickly drove back into sunshine. This is our Dreamer's third year at summer camp. This is her 'freedom in a safe place' for now, and she loves every minute of it. Me? Well, it's another opportunity to trust God with the care of the children He has blessed us with. Do I love having her away? Not so much.
We are praying that our Dreamer will have an excellent week at camp. It was quite amazing to see how the other girls had matured over the last year - we saw it in Dreamer, but just felt it was all happening too soon. It's good to know she is just keeping up with her peers. I think.
So, a week with just the three of us. We will miss our girl, for sure! However, Storyteller will have my full attention, and we will try to do some fun things, but I also have a long list of items that must be 'caught up'.
Check one important item off the list!
I'm going into the Dreamer's room this morning to begin the annual 'our girls is at camp shovel out'. Please pray for me ... I may not come back out! Our girl is a 'messie' pure and simple. I'm estimating a good 8 hours just to find the floor. It's really that bad. I'm sure that if I don't emerge before supper time, they will send in the search party, but one never knows!
I'll be back!