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This Weekend

Well, we’re done (I think…) collecting shoeboxes. We collected 1,467 total and 116 of those were from our church. This morning we’ll drive them to Philpot, KY.

On Friday night, Jonas had his friend Forrest spend the night. We went to the club 345 game night and then came home to watch Ratatouille. They boys stayed up late and, as usual, Forrest woke up before 7 a.m. He had strict orders to NOT wake up Jonas (who needs at least 8 hours–and usually more–to function without being a grump) and he didn’t. He woke Jason and I up instead, so I made him breakfast and we watched a movie until it was time to wake Jonas up.

Jason took the boys to work at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen while I went to work at the OCC collection center. After we were all finished, we added another boy to our group and we all went for a hike at Audubon Park (where I gracefully tripped over a leaf-covered tree root and hurt my knee). Then Jonas went to Forrest’s house to spend the night and go to church yesterday morning.

When I asked Jonas last night how he liked Forrest’s church, he replied, “It was awesome!”

I asked what the awesome parts were. He said, “We got candy in Sunday School.”

Me: Oh?

Jonas: Yes. We got candy when we answered the questions right. I answered two questions right.

Me: (impressed, obviously) What was Sunday School about?

(note: usually when I ask Jonas this question, I already know the answer)

Him: Um…Hmm…Well, isn’t there a story in the Bible about leopards? Like, three leopards? I think they were surrounded by soldiers? NO! Wait! Samaritans! They were surrounded by samaritans

So last night at youth group, we had the youth from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church over to help us finish up OCC collection and to pack our own shoeboxes. Fun, but crazy!

By the time we left the church, I had been there since before 8:00 in the morning. I was kind of spacing out while the three girls in the car chatted and played with the radio. Two of them were arguing about who sang a song and what it was exactly called when the third decided to speak up about a very sensitive issue from her past. This of course, pulled me back to full attention and so I pulled over in the alley behind her house and had this very personal, but necessary conversation with her.

After she got out of the car, I had a mini-talk with the other girls about keeping personal issues personal, etc. and they resumed arguing about music.

So, all in all, it was a very full weekend. And I had a lot of help!

I’m very grateful to all the people who helped with various activities and ministry–Club 345 volunteers, OCC volunteers, Sunday School teachers, the Confirmation Class volunteer, our drama team coach, Youth Group volunteers…all incredible people! I’m especially grateful to my husband who constantly does more than he ever should and always shows up when I need him to help me and never complains about all I ask him to do.

This is a short week for me! I’ll work today and tomorrow and then take Wednesday-Saturday off.

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