Sunday, November 8, 2009

Celebration Weekend!

We have had a fabulous weekend. Chappy leaves for Africa on Monday morning, very early. To celebrate his mission trip, he and I enjoyed an overnight "get-away" stay at the Opryland Hotel on Friday. The hotel has already decorated for the holiday season, so there are beautiful lights and decor everywhere. It was so much fun, and a wonderful opportunity for me to honor my husband. I made a concerted effort to make it all about him! So much of the time, Chappy has to share me with our five little "gremlins", and he often gets the leftovers after I have had a long day of meeting their needs. He is such a great husband and father; it was nice to remind him how much he is appreciated for just being him.

Saturday night, Chappy and I took our older three out for a "date night"; we try to take them out at least once or twice a month while leaving Charlie and Hopey with a sitter. Caleb, Lydia, and Natalie are good to help with our two little ones daily; to reward them, we plan "Big Kid Date Night" and do some things they enjoy. A local church raises money for missions by having a swing dance two weekends a month. The church offers a live big band, a good size dance floor, and dancing lessons, too! We attended last evening and danced from 7pm until 10pm and had a blast! Several students from the homeschool tutorial we are a part of attended the dance, so our kids had friends to dance with (and Chappy and I danced with each other). On the way home, Caleb asked: "Mom, where did you and dad learn all of those dance moves?"......Chappy and I laughed and laughed.....we've still got it!!!

"Live life joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of thy life....."
(Ecc. 9:9)

P.S. Thank you to all who have signed the map below....I love showing Hope her "Prayer Dots".

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy you have had such a joyful weekend. Chappy, have a wonderful, productive and safe trip. May God keep a hedge of protection around you as you travel and minister, and around your loved ones you are leaving behind. Melanie, may He give you all the wisdom, peace and energy you need to manage the two weeks Chappy will be gone. May the little ones stay out of trouble!! :o)
    Love, Lois