Sunday, June 12, 2011
One down, one to love
We're down a kid this week. Amanda left this morning right after church on a big Coach bus. She's at youth camp, where she'll be hanging out on the beach, getting closer with the other girls and leaders from church (hopefully), experiencing great worship and preaching, which will hopefully help make her faith real to her.
I miss her already.
I have to be honest and admit how much easier it is to love my children well when we are one on one. I don't know if it's because they know that they have our full attention, or if it's the absence of the sibling rivalry and bickering, or what, but I do know that both Terry and I enjoy our time with our kids one on one.
So with Amanda off having fun, I've determined in advance to make sure Kyle has a special week as well. We already have a movie date, taking advantage of Cinemark's Summer Movie Clubhouse. You can't beat $1 for a movie inside a big dreamy air-conditioned movie theater, and we haven't seen the show for this week, How to Train Your Dragon.
We're going to try to finish our first summer read-aloud (The Penderwicks), do some more swimming, and who knows what else.
The point is that I'm going to try to take all that parental energy that sometimes gets frustrated with the shrieking and squabbling that happens, and to be determined to build up instead of (carelessly and unintentionally) tearing down.