Well, I drove home from church with only three children today. We dropped Gretchen off for her first youth camp. She was absolutely beside herself with excitement. I had always thought we would wait for our children to do away-from-home camps. But this was something Gretchen wanted to do SOOO badly. It was very, very important to her. So I invoked my parenting rule #1: Always be ready to re-evaluate your decisions.
I pray for my sweet girl, that the Lord would speak to her heart this weekend. I pray that she would know Him. And I pray that she would be safe and protected by Him while she is away.
And yes, there is that part of me that hopes she will miss us. At least a little.
So, "the Shoe" is so very quiet. ("The Shoe" is the nickname of our home. Gustav thought it up...think "There was an Old Woman..." I thought it was brilliant!!) Currently, I have 2 of the three left napping away. It is so, so very quiet. So, I've been doing a little Christmas shopping online. A little laundry. A little school planning. A little sorting through outgrown clothes.
And a little reflecting on how in the world my children got to be so big.
Oh, and a little wishing they were here.