Thursday, May 6, 2010

Super Seven: Happy Birthday Merika!

I've been a mother for seven years now. It's hard for me to believe. In fact, I am sure there are a lot of folks out there thinking, "Well gee, I remember when that girl's momma was seven!"

Merikalyn was ever so excited when she realized TODAY was the day. She did a little jig around the house. We didn't do any homeschooling (as if you can keep these kids from learning anything!), although I'm sure she wouldn't have minded homeschooling on her birthday.

I had a midwife appointment this morning and took the kiddos with me. No new news, although tomorrow I am setting up an appointment with the specialist to have a closer look at the baby's heart. (Reminder: Our first ultrasound showed that our little baby, who is due early September, has a three chambered heart, instead of four.) The MW spoke to my insurance today and filled out the request/recommendation, so we can move ahead (as we have been eager to do for the last month).

She has a very strong heartbeat- and from the sound of it, you would never know it's not complete. She wiggles and moves a lot (in fact, the MW's assistant had to chase her around to listen to her heartbeat). I imagine that she is hanging out in there, sucking her thumb (as she did throughout our first ultrasound), and playing hide and go seek.

Anyway, after my appointment, I treated the kids to Happy Meals (very rare!) at McDonald's and read a magazine as they played on the indoor play equipment. We headed home, where I planned on setting up the pool we had used last summer, but I guess we just wore that sucker out, so we loaded ourselves back in the van and bought another... a better one.

The kids have been ACHING to "go swimming" since last summer. (I can't tell you how many times during the winter I had to tell them "Sorry! It's just too cold to go swimming outside!") Today, while splashing in the little pool with her siblings, Merikalyn exclaimed, "This is the best day of my life!"

I just love that it's the simple things kids really enjoy- like running through the sprinkler.

After a good bit of splashing and playing, the kids changed back into their clothes and headed to their bedrooms for an hour long nap before AWANA. This is the second to last AWANA class they have, and I know they will miss it until it starts up next year. (I'm lazy and have not got around to putting all their patches on their vests... bad mother!) They really love the bible, and while we do try to memorize scriptures at home, I know it can be really fun to do so in a group setting as well. Nolyn used his AWANA bucks to get me The Prayer of Jabez (as an early mother's day gift), and I absolutely LOVE it. If you're looking for something to read (it's a really short book though) and something that will really touch your heart and give you some insight into God's heart for us, this is the book. I can't tell you how awesome it is. You'll just have to read it yourself.

I know some of you don't know what AWANA is, so I'll try to explain it. Their website says, "Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ." They have little booklets and lessons that focus on the key verses for the foundations of what we believe. Children earn patches for memorizing verses, and can also earn "Awana bucks" for showing up on time, wearing their vest, having their bible, etc- which can be used to purchase items in the Awana store.

I like it because it's a great environment for them to make friends as well, and it's one of those "extracurricular activities" that adds another dynamic to our homeschool.

Anyway, I would say the kids really had a great day.


Arlene said...

My son loves AWANA too! He has learned so much it amazes me, plus he has his buddies who he plays with and great teachers who love the Lord and set a good example. I'm very thankful for all the volunteers who put in so much effort to make AWANA a fun learning experience.

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