Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Family Mental Health Day

Tears spilled out of Bella's eyes at the thought of going to school that Monday morning.

"Is it that you don't want to go to school?"  I asked her.  "Or are you just sad about leaving home?"

"I just don't want to leave you." she replied through her sobs.

Andy and I conferred.  We had never done this before, but we decided to keep Bella home from school that day.  It snowballed from there and soon I was calling out all three kids from school.  Andy had been gone that weekend prior and we all needed some time to reconnect.  I sensed pretty strongly at a gut level that this was the right decision for our family that day.

We took the morning slow.  Bella and I read our Bibles together.    
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Then it was a family gator ride.
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Dairy Queen for lunch thanks to some gift cards.
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Filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The drop-off for this will continue until November 24th, so there's still time to participate if you want to!
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Harvest season was about to come to an end and we had yet to ride along in the combine.
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We remedied that.
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That day delivered so many smiles and laughter and lots of special memories. I'm so glad that we did it.  We all need a mental health day from time to time. 

Here's a little else that we've been up to.

Beard hats.
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Snow! Not long ago, these trees were filled with orange and yellow leaves. Now it's a blanket of white. This is the ever-changing picture that fills our dining room.
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Bella made me a new pen!
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Andy and I went to a Colts game! This was our first time at a professional football game.
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Some friends from church have season tickets and they invited us to tag along.
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Our loyalties are still with our Packers; but we love to root for the Colts too!
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Somebody is getting in the Christmas spirit. This is actually one of Curtis's favorite bedtime outfits. We call him our little elf.
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Stay tuned for house photos. I finally took some. They should be up tomorrow!

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