Last Thursday, excavating in the creek continued. Giddy-up wanted one of the those brachiopods and I kinda of wanted one too. I was thinking how cool it would be for all the chicklets to have one from the Playdate creek. So, as we were looking and looking, I found myself whispering a prayer for just such a find. Then guilt came in and my heart questioned my mind, "Really, people are having all sorts of awful issues to deal with in life and you are praying for a fossil? " So, as I enjoyed the breeze and blue skies I prayed for those people I know who are in need. For whatever reason, on this day, my mom's dear friend Mary, who was a dear friend to me as well, came to mind. Sadly, she left us long ago, but I still have contact with her children, so I begin praying for each of them while I was chipping away at an interesting blob, that soon revealed a brachiopod. Soon after a voice behind me, "Gramerly, I think I found one." Sure enough, the biggest one we've discovered so far, discovered by Giddy-Up.
I attended an Orton-Gillingham training in Indianapolis the first four days of this week. It was one of the more intense trainings I've ever attended. No "break the ice," "find a different partner," just get down to business learning how this crazy language we speak works. Whew. It is one of those things you are glad to know, but not my favorite way to spend my summer days. The days were certainly sweeter when evenings were spent with friends who take you in and make you right at home.
Uncle Jimi made a comment as we were reflecting on Playdate. He said, "I have never known such a group of great mamas." I have to agree as I watch these youngsters grow and bloom. Though my Sarah doesn't get to be a part of Playdate, she certainly can be counted amongst the great mamas. I always love spending time with this family and every time I wish they were close enough to be a part of Playdates.
I came home Thursday with a sore hip from endless sitting and an equally sore brain from all that thinking. Thankfully, Handyman had things in hand so Playdate could happen.
Big ones with little ones all around.
Dear friend Deb stopped in for a bit to watch her sweetie grands play.
If feeding this crew in the kitchen is wild and crazy, feeding them around a fire is more so. Consequently, by the time I could pick up the camera and focus, they had already eaten and flown the coop for just a little bit more play. Bean and Bugg were missing, off on a swimming adventure, so no one to be snapping, but there was a fire and lots of eating.