Last week Peter and I went to Queensland for a week. It was a very busy time with business commitments and family catch up. We actually went over for a family wedding (Peter’s niece); weddings are always a good time to catch up with family. It was the first time we had been back to the area for near on 20years so there were also lots of friends of the family for Peter to catch up with as well.
I guess one landmark was that we left the children at home under the care of big brother Josh. We are very proud of how they looked after each other, and of course their responsibilities here at home. I had planned a menu and filled the pantry – they each had their designated days to cook. They continued with their daily chores and the house was very tidy when we came home. They tell me it is my stuff that clutters up the place – and they may be right! LOL. We were very blessed by our friends who touched based and offered help to the kids, and also visited with them while we were away.
The most important thing to us in leaving the children together was that they would care for and protect their relationship. And to that end we left them with this verse to be their focus:
Titus 3:1-2: Remind people to be submissive to their magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared and willing to do any upright and honourable work, to slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory) and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.
Since we’ve been back we’ve tried to maintain a half morning study schedule but we have not done very well with that! We are very behind in our Jesse Tree study and have not started a Christmas read aloud just yet.
The kids have been busy making Christmas presents. Christmas time and Birthdays are the only time we allow signs like this:
I have been busy trying to get a few scrapbooking projects finished. Can’t show you here – they are Christmas presents!!
Josh went to his last Youth Group as a leader – he was given a great compliment from one of the kids who said, “You are the fun-est Christian I have met.” Josh appreciated the feedback that he was known as a Christian and yet still able to connect with the kids. He has learnt a lot from the key leaders who did invest in him as a young man.
Jess and I have been talking about how little it feels like Christmas here at our place. We have our Jesse Tree ready to go, and we have been playing our favourite Christmas music but other than that, not much is happening. This weekend though we decorate the tree and the house, and we have our Christmas Carols night. We will start a Christmas reading next week, though we have decided to leave our favourite to share with the Grandparents once they arrive. I do wonder though if the ‘feelings’ from celebrating Christmas may be a bit different as our children grow older? Any thoughts from mum’s who have older children? What does your Christmas atmosphere look like?