The sad star

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Stamp given at cafeteria because “I have no money”

Our kindergarten wanted to eat school lunch today. So, I checked online to be sure there was still money on her lunch account. Lunch is $2.85 and she had $3.55 on her account. So, I figured all was well she didn’t need any money today for lunchtime.

She came home with the above star stamp. She says she got it in the cafeteria because “I don’t have any money.” She still received the tray lunch she wanted, but had this stamp as a conversation piece all day.

Other students asked her about it and wanted to know what it was for. She said it made her sad to tell them it was because she didn’t have any money.

There has to be a better way.

So, I wasn’t there to see what happened or what was communicated. But, I am here to see my 6 year old crying about this whole scenario. And, that makes me kinda mad. I checked ahead of time to be sure she had enough to cover her lunch. So, I don’t understand why this happened. I haven’t received any prior notification telling me that she’d be given a stamp based on any sort of balance.

And, to make it all worse, she didn’t even eat the lunch. The menu said “Burger” it was a actually a cheeseburger so the bread she doesn’t like was stuck to the melted cheese, which was stuck to the burger and she didn’t like it. So, we’re here at home with her asking for snack after snack since she didn’t eat the lunch that resulted in the sad star stamp 😦

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Auto Lessons Today

We learned a few things about our cars today.

1. The trunk staying open overnight drains the battery in the Saturn.

2. The Prius battery isn’t designed to jump start another car.

3. AAA membership is still a good idea. (Brandon the technician arrived less than 30 minutes after I called). And, Brandon had super-long jumper cables that plugged into the front of his truck and reached all the way to the Saturn’s battery.

Supply List

Our kiddo wants to make a space ship.

She created this supply list for me, complete with illustrations so that I can get her materials ready.

Marker box, big box, tape, scissors, pillows, long yarn.

It makes me wish she was still home all day so we’d have time to make it.

Of all the parts…

I’m not quite sure what to think about the fact that Joanna’s current favorite part of her new Lego puppy day care is the pooper scooper and poop.

Previous sets have come with a white piece that is bubbles and a yellow one that she calls berries, and then this one that is brown 🙂

It’s pretty cool to see her create things and then take them apart to make something else. Lego has proven to be a great family gift!

Some thoughts about a friend

Crenshaw info

Today being a Labor Day and also being part of the week that we celebrate and mourn together the life of Brother Crenshaw made me think about his love for his labor.

Many of us enjoy our labor. But fewer of us are lucky enough to have a job that we truly love. I think that Brother Crenshaw not only enjoyed his work, but he loved his labor. He saw the importance of following God and teaching others to do the same and he had the great honor of doing that for many, many years.

Evangelist just isn’t a big enough title for the work that he did. Preacher, pastor, friend, leader, teacher, motivator, encourager, patriarch, father, husband, uncle, pawpaw, and so many more are the titles that were used for him.

I think it’s pretty normal to think about the past times we’ve had with someone when they pass away. That’s what I’ve been doing over the last week since I received the news that his time here on earth had finished.

First I knew him through his daughter. We met during our college years and became friends and roommates.  I may not have known it at the time but I think much of her excellent work ethic was inspired by him. In the same way he tirelessly studied the Bible before sharing it with us, she focused on her studies and learned the material well. Whatever she was tasked with doing, not only did she do, but she did it well. I’m thinking much of that persistence came from observing him as she grew up.

Next I met him a handful of times as he visited her in California and then at her wedding. Though those times passed very quickly there was no mistaking his love for family. I could easily see it.

Then I moved to Oklahoma as a newlywed and worshipped with him at the Northeast Church of Christ. His passion for God’s Word was undeniable. Not only did he know it well, he also explained it well. The energy and passion he shared as he preached was engaging. At times it seemed he had most of the Bible memorized. Yes, he was holding one in his hand, but he sure seemed to just be quoting most of the time. I was encouraged by his obvious love for not only his church, but also for the surrounding area. He was passionate about finding ways to improved the daily lives of people, and he looked for practical ways to help do that.

While in Oklahoma I had the privilege of meeting more of his family. What a blessing! I could see his love of God had permeated his loved ones. The welcoming spirit that Brother Crenshaw shared with so many around the country had been passed on to his loved ones. They too were welcoming, focused on knowing God, and serving Him. It was cool to see his leadership in action both at church and in his family.

Then I had the privilege of reconnection last year after quite awhile apart. The peace that washed over me as I said hello and was welcomed with open arms was a true testament to the power of Christ in him. He lived out the sermons he’d preached about reconciliation, and I and my family benefitted from that living sermon.

Though struggling with significant health issues he built a relationship with my kiddo and loved on both of us. One example of his generosity and love in action: at Charlestons he had ordered salmon and broccoli. When my 4 year old said that she liked salmon, he immediately handed over a piece for her to sample. When she followed that up with “I like broccoli too” another forkful of food came her way. Yes, he shared right off his plate.

So, as I join many who are preparing to attend a wake and funeral services this week, I am thankful to have benefitted so much from this humble servant. I’m thankful for the way he labored and loved.

 

Time well spent

We’d only stopped 3 times so we went ahead and stopped in St. Louis. We were thinking about taking the tram up the arch but decided that would take too long and would be better to do when we have more time available.

Instead we checked out the old courthouse and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It was pretty cool.

There wasn’t an admission fee, and the ranger told us about the junior ranger program. Joanna was really excited to work through some of the activities and earn her junior ranger badge.

In addition to checking out the neat paintings and architecture we also watched part of a movie about the Dredd Scott trial. That was a sobering moment in the journey.

We all learned a bit working through the activities. There was even a pledge for her when she earned her badge. So cool!

I love our family trips and taking time to enjoy the traveling journey together!

Sunflowers!

We came home to sunflowers!

I knew when we left that they may bloom while we were gone. And they did! I love seeing them every time we come home. It makes me smile each time.

It’s so cool that a couple of seeds planted a few years ago have grown into more and more sunflowers. I know they’re a bit out of the ordinary, but I love having them at the front of our house.

(Pictured with our kiddo for a height comparison)

Flowers at lunch

Today we ate at the hotel’s restaurant for lunch and met Mario from the Amazon. He was carrying palm fronds to create flowers. 

I’d seen him or someone else doing the same thing earlier in the day on the beach but had no idea what they were doing with the palm. He didn’t have a sample of a finished one, just a stack of long flat ones that he offered to me.  

We watched him make a flower for another couple in the restaurant and decided it’d be cool to get one too. We figured it’s nice to support someone making cool things. 

So, we nodded him over and started chatting. (He had helped send away another guy selling some figures made out of some type of clay). So that earlier help plus his bit of English scored some points with us. So we said yes to a flower. It ended up pretty cool.

We love these pens!

(Joanna wanted to make sure that you know her picture isn’t finished yet, it’s the one with the candle. Mine isn’t done yet, either)

We bought some gel pens to take to our FriendsCamp in Natal, Brazil and we’re testing them out to make sure they work. These pens are AWESOME!

There are 108 different ones. Some even have glitter in them -glitter that makes your coloring shiny but doesn’t get all over the place. Amazing! And, the neon ones are super bright, like catch your eye across the room bright. We are really enjoying working with them.

I think we’re about to buy another set so that we have one for us to keep. Or, I may just wait till Joanna’s birthday. But, that’s a couple months away yet so we’ll see 🙂

Here’s a picture of the pens in case you want some too (or in case you want to send Joanna a set).

If you click on the picture it will take you to the Amazon link so you can take a look for yourself.