Our Trip To The Dentist

Elijah: Mama thought about it, and I can go to the dentist, too.

Kenan: Elijah, you probably aren’t going to get any cavities today…

So began our eventful trip. Adon and Kenan had fillings to get, Elijah didn’t want to be left behind, and Chloe couldn’t be left behind. It was a roomful of most of my youngest at the office, changing the usual quiet atmosphere there.

Not five minutes in, Elijah had his shoes off. I explained that he had to wear shoes; he could have stayed home and stayed barefoot, but he begged to come, remember? He complied fairly quickly.

Neither patient was taken back right away, which foretold how long a stay this was going to be. I would have fed Chloe twice before we were done. We settled in to read some High Five magazines, play a treasure hunt game (who can find me something red?), and messed with the window blinds before the first was called back. Elijah’s shoes came off again a couple more times, and I gave up. If I would have known how much trouble he was going to be…

Later we took a walk outside around the building (“Mama! We can’t leave Kenan here!”) for a short while. I saw a neat plant with long spiky grasses, and asparagus-like stalks up the middle with white blooms. Kinda like a hosta, but with some more class. Our dentist’s office is an old church building nested in the side of a hill, so he’s put in some stone retaining walls in back. Adon and Elijah wanted to climb them and walk across the top, but I could just see someone falling and needing more dental work, so we headed back inside.

A couple of ladies came in then, and the one asked me about Chloe and if these were all my children. I get to answer this in a myriad of ways, right? I told her C was #13, yada yada, and we had a nice talk about large families and homeschooling. I gave her my card (Did you know I have a card? Aliyah made them for me. They are handy for giving someone my digits), told her to contact me sometime. You know what? No one I have ever given my card to has ever pursued a relationship with me. The who might have had promise moved away. I’m starting to think it’s me. There is a new Ocean’s movie out in theaters, and before I see it I want to watch the other three again. While viewing the other day, I noticed Danny Ocean’s card- it just had his name on the front, with an embossed border. When I run out of these unfruitful bits, I’ll ask Aliyah to make me some like Danny’s. Maybe a con-man’s card can do better at making friends.

New Days

I was able to get up early this morning, and stay up. This is a wonderful time to just sit with my coffee and look out the window and think. We have such a beautiful property; it always gives a good reason for reflection.

Later at the library, we came across the cutest board books: Star Wars Epic Yarns. There is one for each of the original trilogy, with a word on each page and a picture of felt figures, from Yoda to C3PO to Luke and Leia. How fun. I thought I’d seen everything; apparently there is something new under the sun, er, suns, in Star Wars.

I was recommending the H.A. Rey Stars book to someone and got to thinking about Heaven. Usually I am looking forward to what is new for us to see and experience there, and the gift of opportunities to do there what we might not get to do (as much here). Quilt? Check. Learn a new language or instrument? Check. Take up mountain climbing? Check. I have even set down a book in disgust when the author had her character mourning that the view he had out his window he wouldn’t have in Heaven. What? I like my view, but we’ve only got better and brighter up ahead. But thinking about the stars today made me kind of sad. Will He destroy all the stars? I suppose He can replace any and all with a single word (like He did the first time), but they won’t be the same. The constellations we have from our neighborhood in the Milky Way are unique. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Staycation

I saw Luke and the older four off this morning. They are headed to Lynchburg for the boys to attend basketball camp. For a few weeks I had been dreading the trip, them being away, and me being here. But then I was able to put things into a better perspective, with God’s help, of course. This is just another opportunity to have things be laid back and simplified. When Luke’s gone, there is no one to impress ( not that he ever is anyway, ha ), and the kids and I can fill the time with some activities we rarely get to do.

Tomorrow we’ll head to the library. Summer reading program time again! My bingo card needs three more books read, to get a row. Another great thing to do more of while Luke is gone- read. That evening we have running club. I haven’t been yet because 1)¬† Chloe is little and 2) traveling an hour to watch my kids on a playground is not my idea of fun. But it will fill some time, and Abbie and Caleb would be bummed to miss it.

Tuesday I want to take the kids to this science playspace in Mt. Vernon. I was able to obtain a free membership there, but since MV is a half hour in the opposite direction of anywhere else I go, I forget about it. There is a lunch buffet at Pizza Hut, so we’ll probably go and redeem our Book It coupons afterwards.

Wednesday Kenan and Adon go to the dentist. That will be enough excitement for that day.

Thursday we may go to the carrousel. I like this place, too, but forget it in the busyness. Luke and the older four should be back by Thursday night.

So, it’s a plan! Hopefully¬† I can keep things fun and simple on our staycation this summer.

Catching Up

I had a baby three weeks ago. Her name is Chloe May and she is doing wonderfully well. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been using her as an excuse for every failing these past few weeks, much like I was using my pregnancy before that. Sorry we haven’t met for coffee, sorry I haven’t gotten back to you, sorry that isn’t finished…I may just keep this up as long as I can. Ha.

Postpartum is the perfect time for rest, for quiet, for filling the hours with some good-for-the-soul reading. I did have some lows that first week, some times of dread and panic. Telling myself it was the hormones at work and on their way out helped some, but reading good things has helped a lot. I’m going through the Psalms this month, and some real gems have revealed themselves. One trying day I read

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!

Another day

For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the lovingkindness of the Most High he will never be shaken.

I’m also reading through the Love Comes Softly series again. This is a heart-warming story set in pioneer times, showing characters trusting in God during good times and bad.

My stack of Above Rubies is getting read again, too. These are such a treasure. I noticed on my Summer Reading Program sheet that magazines count, so I’ve been keeping track of those in addition to my books finished. Hopefully I can start a good conversation with the librarian if they are curious about the magazine.

One book I read before Chloe came really contributed to my encouragement in life and mothering. It is called Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins. I felt such a kinship with the author, and was dismayed to not find a way of contacting her to tell her how much I loved what she wrote in her book. If it were cheaper, I would buy a copy of the book for every mother I know. It is that good. I eventually found Cindy on Facebook, and am composing a letter in my head that I will message her there. It has to convey my admiration and gratitude without coming across like I am a total crazy stalker.

Today’s encouragement from the Psalms is in chapter 9:

Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail…

What a prayer to pray moment by moment. There’s my way, and there’s God’s way. I want to want God’s way more and more, but I know there are many places in my life where man and his ways prevail. I’m glad there is a time like this right now in my life, with my newborn, to slow down and fill my mind and heart with good things, with the truth.