Monday, October 01, 2007

Her Dad had had about 4 hours of sleep…. Friday night she had a game in a town an hour and a half away.


“ Don, just stay home, I can do this one solo. We’ll hit the craft store, grab a bite to eat and go to the game. The weather is good… piece of cake.”

“Ok – you’re forgetting the camera.”

“If I’m going alone, I’m not doing the camera thing, she can make it a week without pictures…”

“Hang on… I’m getting a jacket, I’ll sleep in the backseat on the way down…”

Yep, this was the exact conversation that took place Friday night. And that’s her dad. He photographs every game she cheers at. We sat in the front row of the bleachers. After the game, Chelsey even said, “Mom, my friends were asking why Dad was smiling and laughing…. I told them… He was watching me…”



Enough said, that pretty much sums up Friday night.

The weather was splendid all weekend---Middle to upper 60’s. I tackled the inside of the house on Saturday, Don worked outside and Chelsey worked at her job. I got my Sunday school lesson finished. How do you teach four year olds about Faith – believing in something you can’t see…? I’d like to take credit for the idea, but I got it from Tracey… We filled the pouches with flower bulbs and talked about how they don’t look like flowers and after we bury them we can’t see them, but if we have faith in the spring they come up as flowers.
You can’t see God, but you know he’s there. They had fun picking out the bulbs and making the tags. Kind of cool. Chelsey says – “Mom, they’ll never get it…” Maybe not, but maybe there will be a small message there for their parents, you never know.


Other than one chance of a freeze that didn’t happen, our fall has been just beautiful. I guess the only perk in planting your garden surrounded by trees, is that they kinda protect it. Many years, I never get full size ripened tomatoes because of the weather. There have many years, I just plant the cherry tomatoes, because at least they will turn red on the vine.
Look at the harvest this year…..

I’m going to be late for work….more later---


Gratitudes:
1. Eric’s safe travel with friends this weekend
2. A friend’s quote: “The reason we love dogs is because they don’t talk..” I must have thought about that several times this weekend when I wanted to complain---- and then I decided not to.
3. Quilting Friends, sharing the quilts they made with their own hands….

16 comments:

Juliann in WA said...

Those tomatoes look great and I am going to borrow that flower bulb idea for a teacher treat this month - I really needed an idea so thanks to you and Tracey.

de vliegende koe said...

This is a wonderful post! Wonderful to see Chelsea being so happy! I’m impressed by the way you (with a little help from Tracey) tried to explain FAITH to the smallest in our world. A lot of grown up could use some explanation too!

Linda said...

What a great way to explain faith Melanie, and those tomatoes...yum....Did you also grow the pumpkin?

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a wonderful way to teach our little ones about faith. I'm sure that they'll all be looking forward to spring and watching their bulbs appear.

Yummy tomatoes ....

McIrish Annie said...

great pictures of Chelsea! Fall is certainly coming to your neck of the woods. I see it here and there but it has still been summer like here!

atet said...

Those tomatoes look so yummy! Your daughter is beautiful -- and yep, her Dad was smiling because of his baby, as it should be!

Clare said...

I love the way you are teaching the children about faith. Lovely pictures of Chelsey which explains why her Dad, and of course her Mum are chuffed to bits with her.

Ila said...

BEEEE-Yoootiful pictures!

What a great idea to share faith with parents as well... Our pastor's theory is that faith is caught, more than taught, so the more persons surrounding an individual you get to thinking about faith, the more successful you are at passing it on. You go, girl!

anne bebbington said...

There's nothing quite like that bursting feeling inside your chest as you watch your kids doing something they enjoy and do well at. The concept of faith using the bulbs is a very clever one for all ages

Gail said...

What a great way to help little ones understand the concept of Faith.

Carole said...

Sounds like a wonderful Friday night to me! Your daughter has a beautiful smile! Autumn has been gorgeous in upstate NY also. It's hard to stay indoors! Keep well!

Dawn said...

Oh your tomatoes look great! We didn't get any this year. You can tell Chelsea is having a great time!

Rosemary said...

my daughters highschool is KHS too and same colors, blue and gold! weird! LOL!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

wow is all I can say about the Tomatoes,,, I know they will taste incredible, home grown always do!

kcamou said...

Awesome Sunday school lesson! And, wow, what a great family!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

That is a fabulous idea with the bulbs, I will use that when i next have to teach about Faith.
I love how proud you guys are of your girl, that's fabulous!
I have never hearsd of the leaf ironing idea, another one for this sometime teacher to stow away for further reference, Tracey