This past week was VBS at our church. The boys loved every minute of it and learned so much about Jesus through the stories of Daniel and his three friends! This morning was VBS family day, so Mrs. Rachel shared a recap of what the kids learned each day, and the kids along with their teachers sang all of the songs they learned this week. It was exciting to see so many family visiting this morning with their kids!
Yesterday we celebrated nine years of marriage. Joshua actually surprised me and took the afternoon off. I had to coordinate STAAR retest yesterday, so when I texted my mom to pick me up, Joshua came instead. I saw his car down at the corner of the parking lot, and said to the girls at the front that it looked like my husband's car, but it couldn't be because he was in North Richland Hills. Finally he pulled up in front of the school and, I saw it was him!
We went to Chili's for lunch. It was where we had our first date, and we had a gift card Scott and Leah had given us a while back.
Then we went to see Jurassic World in IMAX 3D. We loved it! My only complaint was it was super loud. Louder than normal, but I'm sure we'll be purchasing that movie when it releases.
Then we came home and had a chill evening with the boys.
Happy nine years, Joshua!!! I love you more each day!
We want to the library after lunch to get new books, and it also happened to be story time. Ronald McDonald was there to share four things with the kids.
1. Visit the library often.
2. Read with excitement and picture what you read. (I LOVED this part of the program!!!!)
3. Read every day.
4. Take care of books.
During the read with excitement and picture what you read part, Ronald modeled what boring and exciting reading sounded like so the kids could tell the difference.
Then he read a story about a rainstorm and had half the kids be the wind, half be the rain and thunder, and the adults be the lightning. He pointed to each group as their part came up in the story. I thought it was a great concrete way to introduce visualizing what you read.
My boys loved the program as much I did. They loved the read with excitement and picture what you read part too! Ronald was available for pictures afterward, but the boys didn't really want to get close to him. When I asked if they wanted a picture with Ronald, Lucas gave this look and said, "Seriously?!".
Gotta love that boy!
The boys chose some new books to read so they can add to their summer reading log. They have almost filled up their first log. We should be trading the logs for prizes by next week.
There is much pressure and stress for everyone involved with STAAR testing. Because of this, I decided back at the beginning of the school year we would treat this day for Logan as a special day as we do other milestones.
He began his day with pancakes and bacon made with love by his Grammie. She's not a morning person, but she got up extra early to cook his requested breakfast.
We took this picture to post in our Einstein Group on Facebook. You can see the nervousness on his little face.
We prayed on the way to school and claimed and prayed Philippians 4:13 and 1 Peter 5:7 for him. He had a nervous tummy, so Mr. Shafer gave him a couple of mints. Then he hung out in the hallway outside the testing room while I prepared for my day. Right before teachers came to check out testing boxes, Leigh Ann snapped this picture of us, and then I hugged him and sent him off to the auditorium.
Then I watched him walk down the hall to his testing room and held back tears. How did we get to this moment so quickly?!
I told him this morning that all I wanted what his best, and I didn't care what his test score was as long as he did his best. When he came out at the end of the day, he was bouncy (I'm sure from being still and quiet all day) and happy. He said he did his best. And I knew in that moment he had given his best.
So this afternoon, we celebrated his first successful day of STAAR like I told him we would. He choose dinner at Chick-fil-A. He ate and played and was a carefree kid again. That brought the most joy to me today.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
(Philippians 4:13 NLT)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.