I've been looking forward to this weekend ever since I found out my second cousin Jean would be coming for a visit. Jean is one of my very best friends and we talk frequently on the phone. She and her mother, sister, and brother have been amazingly kind to my family with encouragement, prayers, care packages, hospitality, teaching me to make scrapple, and blessing us in many quiet ways over the past several years. Jean's son Alex is starting medical school at UCF here in Orlando, so she flew down yesterday for the White Coat ceremony this morning. I'm so honored that she chose to hang out with me while she was here.
But before Jean arrived, I had a lot of other "stuff" to do!
|One son's school supplies|
|Our main supply shelf, after organizing|
|I checked all of the markers and|
threw away the ones that had dried out.
I also sharpened dozens of dull pencils.
On Saturday afternoon, I had to run some errands, and on the way back, I stopped at some yard sales. I found this pretty recipe box for 25 cents! I love cherries, one of my favorite fruits. We've been eating them a lot this summer since they've been on sale a few times at Aldi.
Unfortunately, my left hand got injured that day! One of my kids was being rowdy, grabbed my hand, and accidentally pulled my pinky finger back. Ouch! You can see how swollen it is. I had a thumb brace that I twisted around to use as a pinky brace instead. Works for me! I'm glad I keep a bin of splints, braces, Ace bandages, and other medical supplies in our storage room. Unfortunately, I am left handed, so it's been hard to do so many basic things around the house. Another disappointment: finding out that the warranty on my eyeglasses expired several days ago -- just when I was about to bring them in to get a scratched lens replaced.
Fortunately, due to my sore hand, my husband took over the cooking for the entire weekend. When he made spaghetti for Saturday dinner, he also made burritos for Sunday. On Sunday morning, he made eggs for breakfast and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.
Before church on Sunday, I flipped open my Bible and landed on Isaiah 45. Verse 3 jumped out at me: "I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by name."
|Jean's gift to me: chocolate mints!|
I shared with my husband and kids...
I also gave Jean two bags of nice clothes a neighbor had passed along to me, and she said whatever she can't use she will give to Afghan refugees that she serves up in NC. She has such a heart of kindness.
Jean took me out for dinner at Peking Buffet in Casselberry. The buffet was around $10 per person, and they had a huge selection of entrees and sides, as well as several desserts. Yummy!
|I did not have any frogs legs!|
After dinner, we went to Big Lots to pick up a pot and pan for her son, and then stopped in to see my daughter's family for a little bit.
I am thankful for my weekend, even if it didn't always go as I planned. My hand is still pretty swollen and sore, and I've still got a ton to do before school starts (can we spell o-v-e-r-w-h-e-l-m-e-d?) but my week is already off to a bang with a really good planning meeting for our home school co-op moms this morning. I can't wait to get back into the classroom next Monday!
I also took one of my sons to the eye doctor this afternoon. Coincidentally, the optometry referral I got from his doctor was for the same place (Optical Outlets) where I bought my glasses last year. When we went in, I asked them if they would please still cover my glasses under the expired warranty. The manager said he would be glad to do that, so I just had to pay the deductible on the warranty. I'm really thankful for that. I have progressive lenses, which I absolutely love, but they can be really expensive to replace, especially with anti-glare and everything that I need to see well. I am grateful for the gift of sight, and so thankful for eyeglasses. Yet I realize for every blessing I have, there are some people who have to go without. I asked the manager, Johnathan, if there is an eye care charity he recommends. He enthusiastically told me that he has been working with the Lion's Club Project Right to Sight program that gives eye exams and glasses to the homeless here in Orlando. He has seen lives transformed and made productive with the gift of good eyesight. If you have eye glasses you aren't using anymore, Optical Outlets has donation bins in every store so that the frames can be fitted with new lenses for someone in need. So that's my entry for the Worthy Cause series this time!
(Another worthy cause is donating clothing and household goods to refugee immigrants, migrant workers, or recently arrived international students. You can find charitable organizations who offer these services in your area on Google.)
Sunday School project
I am trying to learn to be thankful and content "in every situation" like in this verse my daughter worked on in Sunday school yesterday. I can't control everything, but I can try to make the best of it.
What are you thankful for this weekend?
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