It seems like forever since I have sat down to even think about posting anything! All I can say is that life goes on, and sometimes it seems to carry you along more busily than other times. These lase few weeks have been like that. Nothing so terrible, and nothing so dramatic, just life.
One thing that has been different is that Banana Man Daddy took a couple trips out of town, and life is quite different when he is away. The most recent trip took him to NY to help with the Hurricane Sandy clean-up. That turned out to be a good experience, and it appears that all along the crew found favor in the eyes of the people they met while working. One particular lady was just like a mother to them, fixing them pasta dishes for lunch, home-made cookies and brownies, pumpkin bread, and just making them feel welcome while they were working away from the home circle. This news was encouraging to me at home, since wives tend to worry about what their husbands are finding to eat when it’s totally up to them (I know what Banana Man would rely on–very basic fare that didn’t require cooking or prep time).
While Daddy was away, Action A sprang to life as the “man in charge”. He got up regularly to help make a fire, keep it fed, and even joined me in my 2 a.m. adventure with the greenhouse plastic. He really was a trooper. I think that little boys like to feel like they are helping to do something important, and he really was a big help to me for the almost two weeks that Daddy was away. The other boys are good helpers too, but somehow the first-born seemed to fill in the role of “man in charge” more naturally since he is the oldest.
We have been keeping busy with the sanctuary classes for kids two nights a week, and now the boys are finished building their model sanctuary. Hopefully I’ll post a picture soon of how it turned out. We enjoyed the meetings, and I was very proud of the boys who all memorized all fourteen verses of Psalm 27. Ambulance Boy was the youngest child who memorized the whole thing. They all worked hard to do this, and I am thrilled that they persevered. I am also, quite honestly, glad that the meetings are done. Getting to bed way past our bedtime two nights per week has taken its toll. School has been more disorganized and difficult, just with everyone being tired. We’ve been doing more running around than usual, and that all makes it difficult to keep the continuity of a school schedule rolling along.
Just when I hoped life would settle down, the BUG came to visit. It put Action A out of action for several days, and now the BUG has invaded Little Acorn, and is starting to hit Ambulance Boy. The last two are not exactly on death’s door yet, but it has knocked some wind out of their sails.
It’s so interesting to have three children who are so very different. When Action A came down, the world had to stop. All drama and tears; my life certainly revolved around trying to keep him comfortable. He seems to feel everything so much more dramatically than others! Hallucinations with his fever, and now a yucky cough. Everything for Action A is drama, and it’s all about now! When he’s good, he’s really good–zipping thru the house, singing loudly, and gotta be doing something! When he’s down, it’s all groans, sweat, and extreme pains. And I’m not actually suggesting that it’s all exaggerated, although some of the reactions may be. He just seems to feel and experience life much more colorfully than some people!
When Little Acorn got hit, he just kind of wilted. Yes, there were tears, but it took me a little while to catch onto the fact that he was actually sick and running a fever! Once I recognized that he didn’t feel good, then he seemed relieved. He was sick, but still smiley, and now every time I ask him how he’s feeling, it’s “my head hurts a little”. I almost forget that he’s sick, because he is reluctant to complain.
Now, Ambulance Boy has a different approach. He seems eager to jump on the sick bandwagon. When I told the older two boys to lay down and rest after breakfast, Ambulance Boy asked if he could too. “Well, I guess so. Are you sick too?” “Yes” (a good excuse to snuggle with his blanket, I think). That was the end of it until lunch when I asked him to please set the silverware around. Then he responded with “I can’t; I’m too sick”. So, I played right along and took his temperature, and was I surprised to see that it was over a hundred! What a goofy boy! He will smile at you and say “I’m sick” and he doesn’t look or act a bit sick. He just came up and asked me if I wanted him to go take a hot and cold shower. I asked him if he was still sick and he said yes, so I told him to go ahead. So, he’s in there singing and counting to thirty when the cold switch comes. Wish I looked and acted so chipper when I was sick! And he also is planning to join the slumber party in the living room where the sick people sleep. 🙂 I’m just hoping we can all kick this thing soon, because we have only two days til Thanksgiving, and my brother is coming tomorrow, and we wanted to join in on the 40th birthday celebrations for him. I know he wouldn’t be thrilled with us sharing a sick bug with him. We will have to have quite a turn-around, though, in the next twenty hours or so…
School has seemed more hit and miss here lately. We’ve been doing more audio books and just life experiences, which are interesting, but kind of hard to document…Actually, one day a week alternating A’s have had opportunity to go with Grandpa to work at our church’s community service food distribution center. Their job is to open the door for the people who have come to make food baskets. This has been enjoyable for the boys as well as a good service opportunity, plus and education into how our community service centers operate, at least at the food end of it. I like it that my dad suggested the job. He volunteers there once a week too.
Plenty more has been happening, but not everything in life can be written down. Those are just a few things as a reminder that life does not always happen in neat, tidy, little planned out schedule squares. But, some day soon, I hope to find my planner again and start to at least do some things I actually write down!