I had a Friday FIVE featuring fun products almost ready to post this morning. In fact, it was posted for a short time — I’m still learning how to draft/edit/post/ in my new blog. Anyway … I don’t feel like posting about product. I feel like posting a family update, so here’s my ‘real’ Friday FIVE.
ONE The Homecoming Dance.
Clark asked his friend Kelby to the homecoming dance last night. He’ll find out today at school what her answer is. Deep down inside the jar of dill pickles, is a pickle with an invitation inside — we scooped out the guts of the biggest pickle we could find and slipped in a full sheet of paper (folded very small and wrapped in tin foil.) We then secured the pickle with three little hair elastics. You can hardly tell — so cool!
The note inside reads:
I’ll be in a pickle if you don’t go the homecoming with me. The following instructions are then given …
- Remove one ‘No Dill’ pickle from the jar and place in a plastic baggie.
- Remove one ‘Sweet!” pickle from the jar and place in a plastic baggie.
- Bring these pickles to school tomorrow and wait for further instruction.
Technically, Kelby does not yet know who the invitation is from (although there is a good chance she’ll guess.) Clark is prepared to finish the invitation in a class they have together — the pickle she returns to Clark will indicate her answer.
TWO One of my MOST Favorite Photos.
I snapped this picture of Chase last March. Our family was checking in at the airport so we could fly to Denver for spring break. I noticed Chase was missing (happens often) I looked around and saw him sitting and chatting with this elderly man.
Chase has ADHD which is Absolutely Difficult sometimes Heartbreaking and often Discouraging to deal with. This week has been a tough one, but we are pulling through. I’ve been praying and putting in extra time to help him. Next week is our first meeting with counselors, teachers, his tutor and mom and dad. I woke up this morning with exactly the inspiration I’ve been praying for.
I will print this photo and give it to everyone in the room. I will then tell them …
This is Chase, who …
1. easily engages in conversation with strangers — especially the very young and the very experienced.
2. who will remember your pet’s name and the story you tell him about your vacation (in five years.)
3. who will observe other students in your class, sense their needs and emotions and risk getting into trouble to help them.
4. who wants nothing more than to be recognized for the good and right things he does.
5. who is starting his 10th year of school where in spite of his best efforts is sent the message (generally speaking) that he “isn’t enough.”
I will tell this group of administrators and teachers that this is Chase and that they have the amazing opportunity to know him, influence him, shape him and direct him. I will ask them to please help me, help Chase understand his potential as a human being.
THREE Boy Scouts.
Trey received his Arrow of Light award last night at a big bon fire pack meeting of our BSA troop. This means he is was advanced from cub scouts to boy scouts. He did not get the new ‘tan’ shirt he needed, because his mother launched a new website and was too tired to drive to the scout store. He said, “it’s OK Mom, it’s just a shirt — I’m still a boy scout.”
FOUR A Cardboard Cape Code Cottage.
Taft is my boy that needs dedicated alone time at least 3 or 4 times a week. This is not easy to provide within a family like ours. If Taft does not get his dedicated alone time, he withdraws and becomes very negative and critical. I told Taft last Saturday (before my jetlag from Japan suddenly hit me) that we should make the BIG cardboard box that we delivered into a house for Addie. I told him we should paint it proper and cut windows, make shutters and flower boxes, etc…
Just for the record, I might have one or twice since then questioned my sanity in making these suggestions to Taft, who takes all suggestions as promises. I finally told him on Wednesday, that I would absolutely follow through on the house-making after my website went live. Yesterday after school he picked the color and I told him that using that blue we could make this box into a cardboard Cape Code Cottage for Addie.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
FIVE How does She do it?
How does she get up between 5:30 and 6:00 and continue to come out of her room at night (often until 10:30) and go STRONG all day long? I asked Geoff and he said, “she takes after her mother”