Wednesday was Suzie's birthday and I went to school to have lunch with her. On Wednesday's she has "lunch bunch." This is when a couple of the "typical kids" come and have lunch with her. Her teachers and aids do a great job making it a big deal, helping to help her with the socialization.
I got to join them this week. (Before I did that I stuck my head in to see how Kenzo was doing at lunch. I slipped her five bucks to buy the kids at her table ice cream. She got to be a hero. I think we as Dad's need to do all we can to let our kids be heroes.
After lunch bunch Suzie got ready to deliver the leftovers of her cake to the principal, art teacher, music teacher, etc. There are a great group of teachers at Kenrose who love Suzie and she loves them.
It thrilled me to see her so thrilled about sharing her birthday cake. Just a reminder that is is not what we give, but the condition of our (read "my") heart about giving.
On the way back to town tonight we stopped at a combination (???) Long John Silvers/A&W Root Beer. Side note - whoever thought it was good to start slapping fast food places together...
Anytime (about once every other year) when I stop at an A&W my mind immediately goes back to Indianola Iowa when I was in the 6th grade. We lived in this little town outside the metropolis of Des Moines while I was in elementary school.
It was a small enough town that I could disappear on my bike witrh my friends for hours at a time. Every now and then we would head to the A&W for a bacon cheeseburger and root beer.
I can't recall why that was such a huge deal but it was. I think you orddered into one of those drive in talky things and the food came out on a tray.
It is just a harkening back to the simpler times (cue the violins). I am just desperate for the girls to know that simpler is OK, and that bike rides are as good as...well as good as anything else less simple.
I just got back from a two day conference at North point Community Church in Atlanta. Lots of incredible speakers (Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, Louis Giglio, etc.) amazing music, and discussions about church, worship, parenting.
I am still digesting all of it, but my biggest initial "things that make you go hmmm" thought was related to how teh role of the church and the role of parents intersect in teaching kids about spiritual things.
The premise of the conference(and the Bible) was that it is the parents responsibility and the church is to support the parents.
I think that we as a society have looked to the church too much to take the lead in this area (leave it to "the professionals") and have given up (or handed over willingly) some of our responsibility.
Today you are nine. When you hugged me this morning you felt a foot and a half taller. Your smile even seemed older.
I can hardly believe it. Nine years ago, in the middle of the night you came into the middle of our world. I used to hold you, wrapped up in a tiny blanket, and you snuggled in my arms. Now when you dump yourself into my lap, your arms and legs dangle to what seems like forever.
Even day with you is a reminder of our Loving God, who has a plan and purpose for each of us. The frailties and shortcomings that you (and I, and all of us) posses are simply the conduit for God's grace.
Like I was reminded by my good friend Matt last night...the Bible is full of people "unskilled" enough to be used by God. Because Moses stuttered and David was too little and Solomon too rich and...and...
I know that you will have a place and life that is exceedingly beyond anything that any of us could imagine.
So this was week one A.P. (after Province.) What a week. Started in the new world, going to work with a friend, Ron Smith. Amazingly exciting, tremendously inspiring, and just a bit difficult getting back up to full-speed. The last several months as Province slowed down, I slowed down as well. Now all of a sudden, the autobahn again. Wow, it was fun.
On Friday, I got to be part of "the talent" again for a DVD bible study series that Lifeway is producing. I am part of a "Regis and Kelly" sort of role. Pretty cool, but weird. Then this week, i get to join a couple of friends as the narrators for the 30th anniversary production of "Celebrate Life" at a big senior adult conference in St Louis. We have gone from a little weird to real weird.