I was able to attend my weekly women’s Bible study today for the first time in weeks. The nasty respiratory virus that has been plaguing us seems to be at bay, and it was wonderful to be back among my sisters by heart. My kids had a blast playing in the nursery with their friends, and I love knowing they’re enjoying themselves as much as I am. Of course, Natalie didn’t get any of the seatwork done that I sent with her, but she caught up this afternoon.
After study, my friend and I took the kids to the park for about 40 minutes. It’s 75 degrees here today — just perfect. It’s days like this I will be longing for during the 90 to 108 degree days that come in August for us Northeastern Washington state-ers.
Had one of those, “Are all these kids yours?” and “Why aren’t they in school?” conversations when I stopped at Papa Murphy’s to pick up a pizza for tonight’s dinner. This one was pleasant, which isn’t always the case. The lady asked some good questions, of the kids and of me, and as we were walking out she said, “I admire you — your kids will be better for it.” This was a nice surprise, because when she started asking her questions, I got that pit of the stomach feeling I get whenever faced with a confrontation. I know we’re doing the right thing for our family, and I know my kids are learning and growing. I just wish I could get over the need to justify or explain or prove it to everyone I meet. Maybe when we’ve been at it longer, who knows?
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