Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Project Monday...err...Tuesday

Yeah. So.

I didn't get this up yesterday. It was our first "full day" at school yesterday which means the first full day of lunch time with a new batch of kids. Let me say this: 1) I am smitten with my new class. In love. They're the best. 2) Meal time at school is about as much fun as meal time at home. And we all know how I feel about that. So, I'm was semi-comatose by last night. It was hard work not maiming my children yesterday afternoon (and by my children I mean, my own two...) because let me just say, they were in a mood. But. I'm here now. So, without further ado...

Have you ever wished the fairy would show up to your house while you're out and take care of some things you just don't have time for or don't want to do?? Well. The fairy stopped by my place last Friday. While I was gone to school a very kind, amazing friend came by and painted the REST OF THE LAUNDRY ROOM. I'm going to let you just sit with that for a moment...


A couple of weeks ago this friend approached me and asked me if I would let her do this for me. I was stunned. My inclination as a good southern girl was to say no. But, I am in a season of learning to ask for help. I'm in a season of understanding the whole "hands and feet of Christ" thing as a receiver. Which takes much more humility than the "hands and feet of Christ" giver role. I knew in my heart I was supposed to say yes to this person. I immediately started thinking of ways I could pay this person back. Amazing gesture for amazing gesture, you know? But the still small voice reminded me to let go. So I did. AND MY LAUNDRY ROOM IS PAINTED. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm praying and praying that the Lord will give me the opportunity to bless this person as well. But He has told me clearly, it can't be from a place of wanting to "repay".

This person reads my blog. This person is reading right now. To you, painting fairy, THANK YOU. I can never say it enough, because this has been about so much more than just the paint on the walls. It's been a teaching moment for my children. It's been a part of the trust journey I am on with the Lord. Every time I walk into the laundry (which is a lot!) I pray for you, and your situation, and the place the Lord has you right now.

The painting fairy made me promise I would not reveal their identity. This person was even specific-no blogging! Which, I'll admit was a bummer, because I pretty much had the post all written in my head! =) So, don't ask me. I'm a horrible liar. =)

I have no pictures yet because my camera is locked in my file cabinet at work. And plus, I sort of wanted to add one more thing before the next picture. It is such amazing fun when I walk in there now. The color is bright and cheerful, and because of this person's blessing of me, I encounter HIM each time I walk in.

Great is His faithfulness.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy September!!

I'm hoping the deliciousness of this picture will help you forgive me for not posting a Project Monday update. Let me just say-this is my favorite picture of my kids together EVER. I assure you they are this cute all the time. It's just a little difficult to capture it on film. I should show you the four pictures that came before this one!!

On the subject of Project Monday, there has been an exciting development. I can't wait to sort of share it with you next Monday. I know the suspense will be killing you!

The weather has taken a crazy turn here since yesterday. It's not 100 degrees!! Yesterday morning we walked out to the car and Drew stood outside and said, "Ah, a cool breeze. Yesss!" In case you didn't know Drew has some serious issues with heat. It makes his ability to make good choices and control his behavior fall somewhere between 0 and -10. We've been working all summer on recognizing when it's the heat causing the issue and taking steps to cool off. Drew has spent the summer lamenting, "I can't wait for winter!" He was rather ecstatic about the cool down. I don't have the heart to tell him that by next week it will probably be a refreshing 95 degrees again. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Tomorrow is Drew's first day of school!! Being a teacher's kid sort of makes the luster of the first day of school somewhat diminished. He's actually spent the last two weeks at the school. But, we're going to celebrate anyway! There will be a front porch picture (perhaps in the rain!). We usually go get doughnuts for the first day, too. Emily's first day is not until Friday. And then there's the issue of Emily really shouldn't have a doughnut because of the dang dairy. So. I've got some more thinking to do about that. I know. Earth shattering considerations I'm working through here...

In other news, I start MY first day of school tomorrow. Having met my class and my parents I don't feel nervous at all. I have A LOT of work to do before tomorrow. And I have no idea when exactly it's going to happen. Me + Caffeine = BFFs!!!

I hope your September is off to a great start! I'm looking forward to a couple weeks from now when things are a little more settled. But, I'm so thankful for all the opportunities I have. And for my kids who troop along like little champs.

Ps. Those orange and white outfits they have on? They picked them out themselves!!