Thursday, August 14, 2008

Baseball and Tears

So Sarah came over to watch Ethan yesterday so that I could set up my classroom for teaching the 3-5 year old class at Aldersgate Family Camp ( Ethan began showing off to Sarah and Josh for a bit and then Josh and I left.

Josh helped me get tables and chairs from church to bring to camp. He also helped clear out the room with Eric so that I had a clean slate to work with. Eric (the director) gave me this huge room to use and I was so shocked that is was such a big space. I had a lot to do.

I was left to "create" this vision that God gave me to do for camp. God gave me this idea a few months ago - at midnight (I think sometimes He has to speak to us when we are sleeping because we won't stop to listen during the day - Hey, I'm right aren't I?) So, I had scrap paper by the bed and sketched out the design of a room I never saw and wrote lesson plans the next week. So... here I was sitting on the floor wondering how it was all going to work with 30 foot ceilings and a room four times as big as imagined. But, amazingly, it did. God showed me how to get all the elements that he had showed me in the sketch to work! I love it - we have to rejoice in these things because it's in these times that it is easy to forget His amazing work. It is easy to remember how Dave got healed from his lung collapsing but hard to remember the every day wonders, know what I mean?

I came home to a CLEAN house (I love Sarah) and happy child that had both naps. Sarah is welcome in my house anytime. Then, Dave came home.

Dave came home from the store and brought Ethan a soft glow-in-the-dark baseball and bat. Ethan loved it! He was going around the house hitting the ball everywhere. Then, Dave went to church... and left me alone with our child. When it was bed time Ethan became hysterical crying, "Baseball! Baseball!" I brought it in and showed him that it has to go "night-night" too. After several hours of the crying he finally fell asleep, just as Dave walked in the door. Typical.

The first thing Ethan said this morning was, "Baseball!"


Rebecca Grinder said...

What I want to know is if Dave picked up the baseball at Winco :)

Tammy said...

You are just so creative Jen, nothing is too big for you to fill up, even a big empty room! It's funny how guys wind em' up, then leave....aargh....hee, hee. David used to do that to Jess and Heather does that with our dog!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to babysit/play with Ethan anytime. He is such a happy fun boy!
As for the clean house, I just picked up after Ethan but didn't set out to clean. I thought I was leaving you a mess when I left my dirty dishes in the sink. I’m glad you are so happy with my work. : )