Our boy is home, safe and sound! He flew into Seattle Tuesday night, so Wes and I went down that morning to meet with the pastor who is letting Sam stay on their church property during the week. We set up Sam's bed, then the pastor, his wife, and daughter treated us to lunch, where we enjoyed some good fellowship. This family is just opening their arms to Sam while he's home! They have ten children (and one on the way!), and still they invited Sam to eat supper with them every night! The wife says, "What's one more?!" LOL We deeply appreciate their generosity. They have promised to spoil Sam (which he really doesn't need!), but most of all we are grateful for a place for him to stay with people who share our beliefs and values. Sam is a good boy, strong in his faith and testimony, but as parents, we still want to shield him from the influence of the world as much as possible. It's like a greenhouse. You don't set young plants out in the weather to toughen them up; you shield them, feed them, water them, keep them warm and away from the danger outside. Then, when they are mature plants, you set them out to grow on their own. But you still watch out for them, maybe sheltering them with a covering if there's going to be a late frost, or putting a fence around them so the predators won't feast on them, or pulling up a weed here and there, or feeding a little more if they need some extra nourishment. Same with our children. They're in the greenhouse of our home till they're mature enough to "set out", but they still need some shelter and tender care, and definitely some supervision as they begin to put down their own roots firmly into the soil you've prepared for them. So we're glad to have some fellow gardeners to tend to our "plant grown up" that will be in their corner of the garden for a few weeks! :)
It's been a whirlwind week! Wes and I did some Christmas shopping while we were in WA on Tuesday. Yesterday, he was supposed to take Sam down for church in WA, then get him settled into his room, but Sam's work plans changed. The supervisor at Kelly had forgotten that he needed a new drug test, since he hasn't worked for them in the past 30 days, so he's having that done today and not starting to work till Monday now. He'll lose two days of potential pay, but we're learning to trust the Lord's timing and direction. With the two days off this week, Sam will get to take his brother and sister out shopping and to lunch tomorrow, which will be fun for the three of them. He also has some time planned with friends tomorrow night - like they haven't seen each other the past three months?! Most of them are at WCBC with him, but there is one who isn't, and they are all getting together to be with him for his birthday, which is tomorrow.
Speaking of birthdays, Sam's was yesterday. He turned 19. He wanted Tater Tot Casserole for his special meal. Tater Tot Casserole. The boy has simple tastes, wouldn't you say? He said to surprise him with the cake flavor, so I made a chocolate-peanut butter cake with peanut butter icing. It was rich, if it was nothing else! He ate two huge pieces of it yesterday, so I guess he liked it! ;) We all got up late, since we didn't get in the bed till 2 AM the night before, then I spent those few hours before dinner fixing the cake, cooking, and cleaning up a bit. So yesterday was fun, but busy.
It sure is nice having all three of our children with me right now. There's a lot going on, but they're all here, healthy, happy, content. Life is good!