We’re experiencing something this week we haven’t experienced for 12 years – we have only one child in our house.
Yep, Asa’s at church camp, and Justus and Elias are spending a fun-filled week with grandparents. Left at home with the parents: Malachi.
It’s quiet, there’s not nearly the volume of laundry or dirty dishes and wow – I can’t believe the tiny amount of food we’re eating. Yesterday I got out eggs for our breakfast, automatically getting out an entire dozen. Oops. All of our biggest eaters are away right now. We may actually have leftovers this week!
I got to visit with Justus and Elias on the phone this morning and it sounds like they are having a blast. Papa had bought some fireworks, Grandma Tacy had made cinnamon rolls and “a really yummy egg casserole thing”. There had been a potluck after church yesterday and last night they got to eat pizza.
Funny how much of the conversation revolved around food. See? Told ya my biggest eaters were out of town. (I’m sure Asa’s doing a pretty good job of chowing down at camp too!)
So what’s Malachi doing? Well he’s got big plans to invite over some friends this week to play with, he’s getting a little more PBS Kids time than normal – plus we’ve played at least six or thirty rounds of Blink. We’re reading Mr. Popper’s Penquins together and last night, he fell asleep in my arms while we read. Bliss.
As the youngest boy, Malachi hasn’t had much one-on-one with the parents. He’s living it up!
I’m thankful for this time with him, and so grateful that our other boys are being loved on and are making great memories this week.
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Kara Nutt says
Linked up, Thanks for hosting Gratitusday.
What fun Laura! Enjoy your special time with Malachi. I’m also having trouble “downsizing” my cooking:)
Katie @ Riddlelove says
OUr youngest has had a week this summer with just us parents, too. Well, for half the day at least (while the oldest 3 were at VBS). It was a sweet time and I knew the older children were having a blast at church. Hooray for summer and VBS! :)
With my parents a 10 hour drive away my kids feel like they’ve been to the other side of the world every time they get to go for a visit. It’s nice to have more time to focus on the other children, too. By the way, your garden posts last year are what inspired my Gratituesday post. We moved in December and the first thing we did was begin to plan the garden!
Gail Griner Golden says
These are precious days until they leave the nest. Treasure every one.
Just linked up for the first time. I always enjoy reading about everyone’s blessings. Thanks so much.
Karen O'Dell says
that can’t be the “baby” in the picture above. i WON’T accept that truth!! :>)
I’m thankful that I got to have a great time, and lots of time, with my wonderful hubby and terrific girls and extended family this past weekend!
I’m also experiencing a rare week. All of my kids are off at camp making memories and having a great time with friends. I’m THANKFUL for this quiet time at home to get a bunch of school planning done, household cleaning projects completed, and time with my dearly beloved husband.
It sounds like your whole family is having a lot of fun this week :) I love Mr. Popper’s Penguins…and snuggling with my little boy.
Dawn A says
I’m a stay at home mom. My husband lost his job one week before our third child was born. We’ve been without an income for a little over two months now…and we’re having a wonderful time. I am grateful for our fun family, and for God who has not allowed fear into our hearts during this time of unemployment. We have grown closer as a family, and even more in love with each other. Other than the needed income, my husband and I agree we’ll both be sad when he gets a job. Ha! Life is so surprising some times!
Wow! I am a SAHM, too, and my husband was out of work for four months in 2009, and I have to say, I did not share your positive attitude! Keep up the good work; what
a message to others around you!
Thank you. : D
I have one away at church camp this week as well and I’m so thankful for the experiences that he is having. I must say that your post makes me a little sad. It would be absolutely wonderful to have involved grandparents who wanted to have some summertime fun with their grandkids. That is a blessing to be thankful for indeed.
Thankyou for hosting…my first time linking. I am thankful for my husbands job. This job allows us to spend allot of time together as a family. We get to go back to washington to visit family and meet our new niece. There is nothing like family!
Victoria Osborn says
Thanks for hosting. These days always remind me of the many gifts I have to be grateful for. I am so glad that I found your site. It has been very encouraging!
It’s always nice to get some individual time with one child! My boys too love it when they get mom and dad or grandma and grandpa or uncles and aunts to themselves! Enjoy the time with your “baby”!
Kelly @ The Nourishing Home says
Thanks as always, Laura! I am so thankful for my family and for the Lord and His provision! What a blessing to know Christ as Lord! :) Kelly
Rebecca @ A Daily Dose of Grace says
It sounds like everyone is enjoying their summer so far! I loved your “six or thirty rounds” comment. :)
What a blessing to have some extra time with your youngest!