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Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

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If you're just joining, start with the previous post before reading this one Luke's Lack of Enthusiasm Towards Heaven

 “We’ll see” turned into a discussion with Ryan the following morning after he brought the excited kids to school while passing the same sight of wonderment  where he may or may not have implied slightly better chances to these eager humans than their mother had offered the previous evening.  

It seemed to me, that by the end of the day, they were under the impression that it was more like a 90/10 percentage, 90% yes, we probably will go, 10% no, we won’t go. 

We both agreed that it was something we needed to discover more about, for instance, the price.  We were under the assumption that it would be high, but we reasoned that maybe we could pick the kids up from school on Friday afternoon and then attend as a family for a few hours before heading home for bedtime.  Our thought was we would give each child an allotment of rides and they could pick out what they wanted to do, possibly saving a little money and since it would only be for a few hours Luke could come along, and if he became bored I would sit in the car with him, entertaining ourselves with Veggie Tale videos and of course, my Iphone until the rest of the crew was ready to depart.  That was our thought until….

We discovered that the only way to obtain admission was to pay the $20.00 wrist band charge for unlimited rides.  We went back and forth, struggling with our moral compass of not necessarily wanting to paint the picture to our children this idea of whatever they want they get, Ryan, struggling with the concept of disappointing the kids, me struggling with the immense amount of money a few hours was going to cost, money that in all honesty we needed to be spending in much more appropriate areas such as getting our house looking like something not entirely resembling a residence in the back hills of Tennessee.  We struggled, pushing back and forth, our own agendas and ideas, mine, growing up with so many siblings and never having been under the impression that things were owed to me just because it was in front of my face, him struggling with different disappointments in  life and not wanting his children to feel that same pain, and then of course, the Luke issue and how much work he adds to the equation, especially in an environment swarming with other civilians.   We finally came to an agreement and prayed that it would be taken well.  We wanted to do something fun as a family, we wanted our children to feel joy, but we knew that it was not a responsible way to use our money at this point by spending $200 on a few hours of fun.  The plan was in place, now it just had to be implemented.  Dad drove to school to pick the kids. 

As they piled into the car he hesitantly said, “Kids, I know you’ve really been wanting to go to this carnival but mom and I just don’t feel right about spending so much money on something that is only going to last a few hours.  Instead, we’ve decided to pick up McDonalds and spend a family night at the River fishing and swimming.

The car erupted.

With joy.

Uncontainable joy from all of them. 

“YES!  We get McDonalds!!!  And we’re going to go swimming in the River!!!!  Is Luke coming too? 

“Yes, Luke is coming too.”

“YES!!  A REAL family night!"

“Can we get shakes at McDonalds?”

“Yes, you can all get a shake at McDonalds.” 

“YES!!!!  THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!”

AMAZING…  Apparently all the hype touted by the professionals is really true.  Kids don’t care about the money, they just want our time.  All in all, we saved about $165.00 that night and we heard the same resounding theme from every single child on the way home,

“That was way more fun than the carnival would have been.” 

We are blessed. 

Just keep livin!!

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    Jen Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Love this! :) Good reminder of what kids really want when the world is screaming something else!

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    gaylia Monday, September 9, 2013

    that water looks soooo inviting--good simple pleasures that come from God (the great outdoors and a cool river) trump man made pleasures any day of the week in my book....great choice!!

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    grandma Holly Monday, September 9, 2013

    Yeah,glad everyone was happy.

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