I’m hesitant to begin this post because Mama is REALLY needy tonight! I’m going to try it, though, because I really want to show you a few photos from our weekend. So, here we go…
Last week, Bill and Dannye Reigh left for Glen Rose on Monday night. Missy and I joined them on Thursday evening. I tried and tried to get it together so we wouldn’t be late, but we ended up pulling in at 9:00 that night. The good part was that Bo, Emily and the kids had gotten in earlier in the afternoon, so I was greeted by my precious Arulai running to me shouting, “Nonnie!” It doesn’t get any better than that!
I tell every year about our Glen Rose tradition, so I will be really brief this time. Our homeschool group began going on this camp out the third weekend in October in 1988. Our express purpose was to teach our children the truth of Creation by touring the Creation Evidences Museum and hearing the teaching of the curator of the museum, Dr. Carl Baugh. We have watched the museum grow, have learned more scientific evidences of our Creator through creation, and have grown to love and respect Dr. Baugh more each year!
In the meantime, we have built great friendships during our 3+ day campout! What began as a few families has definitely grown, and now that Bill and I are no longer homeschooling, we simply enjoy the tradition, learning more from Dr. Baugh, and making new friends. We also love the thought of our kids bringing their children there, building friendships and their faith!
I want to tell you about my weekend in detail, but I’ll be honest with ya – there’s not much detail coming to mind! I want to always be sure to thank Jeanne for stepping in to care for the folks so I could be away. She always “poo-poos” my thanks, but I never want to take for granted the sacrifice she makes in order to give me time off. I also never want to forget how blessed we are that there are 3 of us kids living close to Dad and Mama, and we all help in one way or another! That, I believe, is a rarity!
Anyway, after the first night’s sleep, I enjoyed holding Titus as much as he would let me. And as Emily has told me, he is a snuggler, and enjoyed being in my arms as much as I enjoyed having him there! That Baby’s smile never ends!!!!!!! He is the sweetest thing, and doesn’t get riled unless you take too long getting his bottle ready! He definitely loves his dinner!
Arulai is not a snuggler, but she makes up for it by being a conversationalist! She loves to talk, and she doesn’t want to just jabber – she wants you to talk back to her! She has an amazing vocabulary, and an even more amazing imagination! Seriously, I stood there with my mouth hanging open half the time in awe of this little life God has given our family for a time!
I hungered more than anything for some good long talks with Bo and Em, but there simply wasn’t time. The babies weren’t especially needy, but they are children, and children have needs! Add to that the 25 other people that wanted to see Bo and Em – and vice versa – we had to settle for snatches of conversation here and there. It is okay, though – there is just much joy in seeing them, eating with them, watching them have some fun in their play. I am thankful!
Well, I have been at this for almost two hours between typing and getting up for Mama, so let me leave you with some photos!
Just a little explanation of the significance of this photo: When my kids were young, we didn’t allow them to have much, if any, sugar. I didn’t keep sugary snacks in the house, used fruit and more naturally sweetened foods for treats and desserts, and we definitely didn’t eat sugary cereals! Except……at Glen Rose! Every year in preparation for Glen Rose, my kids got to pick from the small box pack of the sugariest cereals available!
When Dannye was preparing for this trip, she simply had to buy a small box pack of sugary cereal to share with Arulai (who doesn’t get sugary cereals at home, either)! Arulai loves breakfast, and she truly enjoyed the special cereals!
Before we left Glen Rose on Sunday, we went down to the river for some posed photos. Arulai and Titus were tired by this time, and had been so good for the “REAL” shots, so I insisted that these would be loosey-goosey. Bill used a remote trigger here, and kept clicking away hoping for a decent one. Everyone looks pretty good, but Arulai has her hand in her mouth. Oh, well, I bet there are enough other photos of her that you know just how pretty she is!
I will try to write again soon about the last two days of the kids’ visit, but I need to close now. Mama just won’t settle down as long as I’m in here. I want to watch the Rangers’ game to the end, but may have to hope this 7 – 3 lead holds up for 2 more innings if I want Mama to stay in bed! I am working hard on keeping my joy intact, and while I miss the kids so much already, I am truly thankful they got to come down for even a short visit!
God bless your day!