Today was a very busy day. Our church has just started a brand-new MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) & I was eager to go & check it out. The clincher for me was that they were going to have a supervised room for older homeschooled children. They were also planning on having someone do the Child Evangelism Fellowship curriculum with the 2-6 year olds. I decided to let my middle son (age 6) join in with the CEF stuff since he's still not able to do a lot of school work completely on his own due to not being able to read well yet. I made a list of schoolwork for B to do though.
We headed to church for the 9am start time. One of my friends was able to come with her two daughters. The nursery was down from the fellowship hall/gym where we were meeting but all mine were too old for that (infants to about age 2 were in there). The rest of the children were down in the basement in the old fellowship hall area. They apparently had a fabulous time.
Since the group is just beginning there really wasn't a huge turnout. The workers/helpers outnumbered the participants by quite a lot but I can see it growing fast & large - prayerfully! It will be a great outreach to those in the community I pray.
MOPS lasted from 9-11am & went by rather fast. We had a pray, a devotion, a get-to-know you game, an overview of the curriculum we'll be using & how the group will work & then did a neat little craft. Before I realized it, it was time to gather up the kids & head home for lunch.
I live about a 20 minute drive from church. Then again, I live about 20-30 minutes from just about anywhere of size. My little town has a population of about 800. We have a K-4 elementary school. Although, up until about two years ago, that was a K-8 school but the town was finally convinced to take on the debt (with help from the state) to build a much needed middle school that holds grades 5-8. Anyway, we have the little elementary school & a new town office (in a trailer) and a small wood sawmill. That's about it. No post office (that's in the next town over). No stores of any kind - again a 15 minute drive for that sort of thing. Needless to say the temptation of take-out has severely diminished since we moved here given that it's a half hour round trip to the local convenience store. However, I'm digressing.
I made it home & gave the kids a quick lunch. J has been on a grape kick lately & that's all he wanted for lunch. Apparently, they had also had snack at MOPS so I wasn't worried he didn't have enough to eat. I had him down for his nap by noon - a bit early - and prayed he'd fall asleep FAST since I had to turn around & leave again by 1:30 for another meeting.
I woke J up at 1:28 & thankfully he had apparently slept enough as he was happy. We headed out the door & made it to the next meeting on time. It was for the homeschool group I belong to - yes, a 30 minute drive away - to plan for the next month & see what we wanted to set up to do.
This is the view right now as I drive in to town where the meeting is held. They cut a bunch of trees last year so the view just opens up to you as you come up a hill. Unfortunately, the clouds were hanging low today so the mountains in he distance were hidden.
After the meeting I headed home & had B finish up some of the schoolwork he hadn't gotten to that morning. Then I crashed. I did end up making pizza for supper though. The two younger boys were pretty happy with that. B has decided he doesn't like pizza so he settled for his old stand-by - peanut butter & jelly.
A busy day but still a lot of fun. I am looking forward to tomorrow though - when I have nothing planned for out of the house until the evening's Awana program. ::sigh::