We spent the week in a mission house designed for groups to stay while they serve in the area. Let me tell you about our group...it consisted of 5 children, 1 teenage boy and his dad, 2 middle aged women and 4 senior adult women. In about 1200 square feet...and two bathrooms. What can I say?!? There was a lot of togetherness. Each room had 3-4 bunkbeds. I slept in a room with four boys. One was in the middle of the room on an air mattress. With the air mattress there was no room to navigate. This became very clear to me one night as I was sleeping and Jack, who was on the top bunk, began screaming because he was having a night mare. I stumbled, tripped and stumbled some more in the pitch dark to get to his bed before he...a) woke up everyone else and b) fell off the bed. It was exciting. This happened three times that same night.
Oh, and these bunkbeds...they were handmade from 2 by 4's with plywood and a mattress that was 1 1/2 inches thick. The pastor of the church told us that they got these mattresses from the prison up the road. Nice. Our room also had a window unit that hummed all night long. I had a difficult time regulating the temperature. Anyway...after the first night and not wanting to miss a teachable moment I told the boys that this is how you have to sleep if you go to prison. So, don't make choices that will land you in prison. Clayton said, "Is it this cold in prison?" Ha. I guess he missed my point. Parts of my body kept going numb in the night. Oh, to be 10 again and be able to sleep anywhere!!
Each day we served by conducting VBS at one church in the morning and at another church at night. It was a blast and such an eye-opening experience for our boys.
Here is our group. We were a lively group and this is the best picture we could get!! Fred and another dad had to work, but they joined us Thursday and Friday. Making our total 15 in the house...with two bathrooms...and prison mattresses.
This was one day after VBS. Can you say tired?!?
We got back home, gathered our kids and spent an afternoon at home. It was lovely. We start school two weeks from today and quite frankly we are not ready. We still have so much we want to do! We will make the most of every moment.