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Monday, February 18, 2008

7 TX 0208

This writing is still about Saturday, 2-16-2008. After lunch the small grunt went down for a nap and FSIL went to the garage to assemble a couple of birthday presents for the little one’s BD the next day. He had already finished the small push scooter and I helped somewhat with the bicycle. These were finished and hidden in the garage until his birthday on the morrow. But we had another event for this day – a BD party at McDonald’s.

Later we all loaded up in the van and went the short distance to Clute, Texas, to the McD in that location. We arrived and had to wait a bit for them to clean the party room up, since the last party group was just leaving. The other invitees came in and the kid total was 8 counting GM5 and GM2 – plus the parents, naturally. They were having the party one day early because it is harder to plan a Sunday event.

This location was chosen because the playground was inside and the little ones took much advantage of this before the eating and such started. In fact, when the next stage of the party began, there was difficulty getting the little ones down from the tunnels, towers and slides. All the kids except GM2 were between the ages of 2 and 3, so cuteness was rampant in the group. They were pretty fair at making McD food disappear also.

Next was cake and ice cream and then the presents. The tykes seemed to be glad to get this done and go back to the playground. They were still going strong when the adults got weary and started dragging them away one at a time. We were walking back to the van when in response to his sister’s pointed question GM5 answered “It was a great party indeed”! We grandparents find those sorts of things hilarious.

The afternoon had been rainy but we got loaded up and headed back to their home before the promised heavy stuff arrived. We got back home, ordered pizza and it was delivered before the monsoon hit. It did some very serious raining and the thunder and lightning were loudly and brightly present as well. We did some serious pizza eating and TV watching until we all gradually wound down and headed to our places of nightly repose.

I awoke on Sunday, 2-17-2008, facing the cold, hard facts that another day had started without me being aware. I slowly got my internal engines cranked and went downstairs to get a proper amount of sustenance and scripture. The Texas crew was up and almost ready for church since they were both teaching Sunday school classes and had to go early. We were coming later for the morning worship service and had a little more time to spiffy up and get dressed. We did so and drove to church in their other vehicle.

After a little difficulty, we located them in the church and seated ourselves beside them. This weekend was their special Discipleship Now gathering for the young people and they were seated in the center of the auditorium dressed in red t-shirts. They spent the weekend learning the Word and how to live it out in their everyday lives. The young man that had been their worship leader also led the worship part of the service this day and he was very good at what he did. He was proficient as a singer, guitar player and also on the piano.

Then the youth pastor challenged the youth and all in attendance to basically answer the question, how does the Bible relate to my every day life? He gave what the answers should be according to scripture as well as many other thoughtful points to consider. Christ is such a central part of my life that I wonder how those without Him even get up in the morning and put one foot in front of the other. ec


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I guess all of us grands are having a grand time with the grands.

2/19/2008 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

AC - It has been said that to feel young, hang around young people and to feel old, try to keep up with them (especially when they start running). The same applies to grands - but I sure do enjoy watching and helping them have fun. You leave no doubt that you really enjoy your grand as well. ec

2/19/2008 11:35:00 PM  

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