Staying Alive

Mom and Esther leaving :(This past week Mom had the opportunity to go to the Northwoods on a week long “Journey to the Heart.” Esther left at the same time to go back to Oklahoma City, leaving only Dad and the five of us boys We have to do all the cooking!at home. Thankfully Mom and Esther had left detailed instructions which prepared us to fill in for them while they were gone. We were amazed at the many chores that didn’t “automatically” clean up themselves! Here are  some of the ways we came to appreciate their responsibility and loyalty to our family.

Who's signed up for tonight?Signs of Esther being goneSigns of Mom being gone

– David: I missed their help and encouragement in my school work and music.

– Daniel: I appreciate their morning hugs, and smiles throughout the day.

– Michael: Their help with kitchen clean-up has saved me many hours and enabled me to move faster to other projects each morning, a luxury I no longer enjoyed while they were away.

– Donald: I realized how far ahead Mom and Esther planned in order to stock up on food we needed. That way we never had to go to the store.

– Dad: The three things I missed most were her presence, smile, and counsel.

P1000716Narnia theme night!dwarf cookies!

It was lonely without them, but we had fun working together so Mom could take a week off for her much deserved retreat. The lion is the duck's predator!Who's going to have to "pray"? :)Theme of Predators and Prey! Eating in our home made beaver's dam


  1. James September 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Thanks for letting Mom come on the Journey! Robert and I were very thrilled to spend some time with her and show her around HQ. Come again soon!

  2. Amanda September 21, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    I’m glad you could go on the retreat, Mrs. Staddon! And it looks like the guys had a fun time anyway! 🙂

  3. Donald September 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    We definitely did miss them. At the same time there were definitely good things such as learning to work together in different ways. I still remember trying to draw the Narnia placecards on Thursday! It was really a thrill and I was surprised when they turned out. Thank you for making sure to log this post Jonathan.

  4. Crystal September 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    I was wondering how you guys were going to “survive” :-).

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