get older when I am sure his mother has hardly doubled her age? It seems strange to think that he is 38 already. That age even sounds a bit on the old side to me.
But there he is. Thirty eight already. Having to watch his blood pressure no less! With one super smart and strong willed 3 year old child catching on too quickly to how to manipulate words and the next baby only about three months from being born.
He has almost grown up.
Kids Klub this week was pretty tame compared to the last couple of weeks when the young men who are really too old for kids stuff dropped by anyway for a free supper and an occasion to try and drive the supervising adults crazy. Tonight it was just kids. The boys who made themselves unwelcome last week were nowhere to be seen. Thank you to their parents for some great help.
We were about 23 kids tonight. I had the story telling and craft duty tonight and the story was Jacob and Esau. Twins but not at all alike. So we looked at things that were similar but not quite identical. Then we talked about the things we are good at – our gifts and how we are all different. God loves all of us even though we are all different and have different skills.
Taught the story once to the older kids and then again to the wee ones.
Then I came home exhausted. So I veged out in front of the TV for a bit with Nan. We laughed together at the Dumbest Things on Wheels and wondered how they arrange to get such crazy videos. I wonder if people are really that desperate to get their failed stunts on TV that they would risk injury to do it?
People never fail to amaze me.
Massa arrived quite early this morning to help me catch my fish. I came home from a trip up to the high school giving Nan an extra chance to drive to find Massa already at work draining water from the pond. (Nan is trying hard to improve his driving skills so that he will pass on his next attempt at the drivers test.)
On the weekend, I purchased a used fish aquarium – 55 gallons, 48 inches long with a stand to put it on. Not a bad price except after we got it home we found that the light had broken. Purchasing a new light made it a little less of a fantastic deal. I would have talked them down a few more dollars if I had known. Oh well. What’s done is done.
Any way, the fish spent the day in a large pail. Nan helped me fill the tank when he came home from school and then we went driving again – this time to the pet store for the light and to get some more water conditioner. Fresh water was added to the pail so the fish could begin to adjust to new conditions but they were still in the pail.
After supper, Zaka asked every few minutes if we could put the fish in the aquarium yet. Finally I figured enough time had passed and that the moment of transfer had come. We netted the three fish that we had in the pail and off they went in a plastic bag to their new home. But I knew we had put four fish in that pail. Zaka and I went back to double check that we still didn’t have one fish in the bottom of the pail. Nope, nowhere to be found until — I began to search around the kitchen. On the floor, under one of the counter stools, there was one drying out fish gasping for air. I scooped him up and into the tank he went. A few minutes went by before he began to swim. Now, just by looking, you wouldn’t know he’d had a brush with death.
I think fish jump. This one surprised me with more vigour than I thought. He’s a survivor. So far. We will hope for the best overnight.
It has been a day.
The Veritas Seminar has been well worth our precious Saturday morning time. Gerald Froese led us through the process of assessing where we are as a church – Healthy Missional, Stable, Critical Moment, or At Risk. That was very interesting. Seems the general feeling is that we are somewhere between a Critical state and Stable with a strong desire to move towards healthy and missional.
Now may God give us strength to follow his lead. There seem to be some things we are working at that definitely are getting us out into the community around us.
I, personally have been fighting off some sort of illness. I thought that I had simply picked up a cold and that yesterday it was pretty much over. Then last night and today the aching started. So after getting home from the seminar, I headed straight to bed. Only got up to go for a practice drive with Nan, who drives his driver’s test on Monday. Parallel parked at least six times. If he keeps his wits about him I think he will pass.
Then home, grilled a few smokies for supper and went to bed again.
And then the band showed up. Makeshift Innocence. Playing at one of the local pubs tonight and then at On The Rocks in Edmonton on Sunday night. They will all find some corner to sleep tonight. And the rest of the smokies are history.
Today, being a “day off”, I took some of my class readings outside, sat in the lawn chair and read for awhile. It looks like a day of mixed cloud and sun but there is a certain nip in the air that forebodes cooler days to come. The sun is not as hot as it was last week. Will we see temperatures in the 30’s again this year? I doubt it. The leaves are already beginning to turn and I saw a prediction for frost this week. I like the cooler weather but it also brings the promise of winter. Which is long.
I think I will enjoy these last days when I can sit outside in Capri’s and sandals - with no mittens on.