I just saw a van in a parking lot and it said 'Feed my Sheep' catering. The small print said they were a Christian-based catering service. I'm guessing they never run out of loaves or fishes if the crowds swell. Or definitely not.
I wish giving chores to teenagers was easier. Or maybe I'm completely ineffective in making it fun enough. Life is busy and dirty and can become completely disorganized if you don't stay on top of it. Somehow my criteria for 'clean your room' isn't the same as theirs. And probably in one week or month or year it won't matter. Well anyway, the tasks were completed before they went off for fun in the sun. Any tips from experienced parents of teenagers is most welcome. Promising two M&M's doesn't cut it anymore.
We celebrated Father's Day just like we celebrated Mother's Day. At my in-laws. They were kind enough to invite us over. While we were dating, I never really saw the Chairman show a huge interest in kids. I don't remember seeing him hold a baby. I had no idea what kind of father he would be. He showed a deep concern and became almost possessive of holding our little Amara the night she died in our arms. I remember thinking I was able to carry her inside, so now it was his turn. When we went to China and our dear daughter was placed in my arms, he quickly took her when he heard it was time to give her a bottle. I was kind of jealous, but she learned immediately that daddy provides comfort just like mommy. When our son was just born he was ready for his first bottle. Yes, you probably guessed. Daddy got the privilege of giving the first bottle. And he's been that kind of dad ever since. Super responsible. Super caring. Super involved. I'm thankful.
|Doing dishes just like they did on Mother's Day!|
|Be still my heart...|
So the night before his birthday I reminisced. And I gave thanks. For the choices others made. For the choice we made. And I gave thanks for him. For the little baby. For the little boy. For the young man that towers over his dad and me. This tall teenager has grown to be super ambitious, energetic, loving all things fishing and hunting, and people and richer things even more than that. He is just what we needed. Just.
|It would be so much fun to have a day with that little fella again!|
|out on the boat|
|pretty much all his gifts had to do with fishing some way or another|