We started the day out by going to church. We haven't been there in a while, and we were both looking forward to it. And, as it turns out, it was exactly what we needed. It was a wonderful sermon. The passage that I have been re-reading, and have looked at numerous times is this:
Ecclesiastes 5: 10-12
10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.
During the service, Carl and I looked at each other, and were both thinking the same thing. These verses were up on the screen, for everyone to read, and read again, and re-read. We stared at them for a while, and then turned to each other, and both said...."How true, and eye opening......really"...
We decided to take Carson to the nursery, and give it another try this week. We would like Carson to get acquainted with these new surroundings, and it be a place he looks forward to every week. Not to mention, make new friends. So, we checked him in, and brought him to his room. He was not happy about the situation, but we followed through, and left him behind, as he was crying. We could hear his cry, in the distance, as we were walking into the service.
The service began, and so did the songs. The wonderful time of worship, that we all enjoy so much. We made it through the worshiping part of the service, and I thought we were good to go. About 10 minutes in, our number flashed up on the screen. I made a quick exit, and made my way to Carson's classroom. He was sitting in a chair, whimpering, and trying his best to hold back a full out cry. I came to the rescue, and he was very excited to see me. I got him settled down, and we went and joined Daddy. He was really good during the service, so I was happy to see that, but I would still like for him to enjoy the nursery, and get familiar with it. But, we are making progress, as the nursery directed said----because he made it longer than the last time we brought him! She encourages us to continue to try, and I think we will. Hopefully he will get the hang of it soon, and won't be scared.
After church, we were off to a picnic date. We stopped at Subway, and grabbed everyone a sandwich, and we were picnic bound. A friend of mine told me about this neat Arboretum, and Botanical Garden that I thought we would go and explore. We found ourselves a picnic table, and had a grand time together. We walked around the beautiful flowers, Carson watered some flowers, checked out the fish in the pond, and played in the sand. It is a lovely little treasured place that we found, that I am sure we will visit again sometime soon. It was a gorgeous day out, but a hot one. We lasted as long as Carson's hot little body allowed, and then packed up. His cheeks were rosy, forehead was sweaty, and his eyes were sleepy. That was our cue to head home.
That afternoon/evening, we headed out to G&G Brouwer's farm, and did some more exploring. Carson loves to check out the different animals, and just run freely. There is a lot of area to roam, and he loves it. The kids chase the chickens, chase each other, scream and giggle in excitement, and usually find an animal or two to hold and pet. This time, it was a fresh batch of baby kittens. They are so darn cute! Carson, of course, pretty much ripped their heads off, but he was on Cloud 9 the whole time.
I think our whole family loves Sundays. It is a day that we ALL get to spend together, and we really enjoy that time together. Carson will randomly walk up to Carl or I, and give us a big hug. It is like a re-assuring act of love, that he too---enjoys it when we are all together. That's enough to pretty much make you melt into a giant puddle on the ground. This little one of ours has us wrapped up in complete amazement. He is truly such a sweet little guy. We all can't wait until next Sunday....when we get to do it all over again!