I recently shared the story of our trip to Virginia to help my sister paint her kitchen cabinets and shared the before and after pictures. And then I told you about the fun that Glenn and the other kids had while I was away in Virginia. But I haven’t yet told you about how the trip blessed me through the time I had with Alix and Kate.
One of the things I most looked forward to when I thought about the trip, was the long car ride with my girls. Alix is 16, Kate is 14, and they are wonderful companions. We had some very meaningful conversations. And we had comfortable quiet.
Lately we’ve had a lot of talk around our house regarding courtship, marriage, relating to boys and girls, etc. Since we have 4 teen children, thoughts naturally begin to head that way. And they aren’t the only ones who think about it. Glenn and I can’t help but think about whether our kids will marry, what kind of homes their potential spouses are being raised in, and what type of people they might be.
So the girls and I decided to take our Biblical Courtship cd’s to listen to during the drive. The sermons are so good! They stimulated a lot of conversation during, as well as after we listened to them.
But that wasn’t all we talked about! We talked about many things, admired the beautiful scenery, enjoyed some snacks we took along. (like peanut M&M’s and licorice) For dinner, we stopped at a Roy Roger’s restaurant in Virginia. Alix was thrilled. Oh my goodness, Roy Rogers is one of her heroes! She has watched many old episodes of his television show. Although Kate wasn’t as excited as Alix, she was still very appreciative and raved about the biscuit she and Alix shared. In fact, they liked the food so much they begged to stop there again on the way home the next week. So we did.
While we were at Minda’s house in Virginia, they were a huge help. They helped us prime and clean all the cabinet doors, and some unpainted baseboard trim, too. They helped make many of the meals and some fun desserts. They had a great time playing with their cousins, swimming and jumping on the trampoline, and watching a few movies. On Saturday, they even did some household cleaning jobs for Minda while she and I were painting top coats on the cabinets. That night at dinner, when we were sitting down to dinner, my 7 year old nephew asked the girls what they had done that day. When they told him the various things, including cleaning the bathrooms, he replied, “Did you want to?” Ha! They moved furniture with us, went shopping with us, and laughed with us. There was a whole lot of laughing.
Alix and Kate and Cousin Jordan:
Here are some funny pictures Kate and Cousin Cameron took of themselves:
It was an opportunity that doesn’t often come along. A chance to spend concentrated time with two of my girls. For them to get to know their long-distance cousins better, as well as my sister, and vice versa. A chance to serve others and yet have so much fun at the same time. A chance to learn new things – and see new things, especially at the Museum of Natural History which we visited one day while we were there.
It was a gift!
One which the three of us will be able to look back on and feel thankful for, always.