okay, so it’s been over a week since i last posted. please forgive me. when i started this blog, i promised myself (and ike) that i would post often and not allow it to become stagnant. between school, church, and traveling, my week is already pretty dang full. but this past week, ike and i had the privilege of basically nannying five kids. FIVE KIDS. they were 4, 7, 8, 9, and 13. the 13 year old, anna beth, is in ike’s middle school youth group and is one of the most active, hysterical, smart, and sweet girls i’ve known. she’s also loud, rough, and sarcastic, but we love her nonetheless.

you’re probably wondering how on earth we got asked to do this and why on earth we agreed to it… and the answer is: an incredible young couple from church that had the opportunity to finally take a short vacation asked us to, and we couldn’t refuse. we were thrilled to have the opportunity to bless them by allowing them to have their first trip (lasting longer than 24-hours) away in over 7 years. the husband works at chick-fil-a corporate, and every year, corporate does a seminar; this year it happened to be on a cruise ship to the bahamas. talk about a great boss. so starting on saturday, the 9th, and ending valentine’s night around 9pm, we became responsible for 5 other lives. these responsibilities included not only feeding them and keeping them safe, but also packing lunches, taking to and from schools, cleaning the house, refereeing many fights, taking to and from multiple baseball practices, arranging carpools, cleaning up after every meal, doing TONS of laundry, keeping them from pestering scout, keeping scout from chewing on their toys, and the list goes on. during this week, i had my regular tuesday/thursday classes, ike had work all day tuesday and some of wednesday, and he also got a cold. needless to say, we were in over our heads on some days. we put the kids to bed at 8:30, and we were usually in bed by 9, lights out. we were absolutely exhausted by the end of the day, and it felt like we would never have any downtime to actually talk to one another.

don’t get me wrong, we absolutely loved getting to know the kids and i can’t tell you how many times the youngest one cracked us up with his hilarious comments. ike has already proclaimed his wish to adopt the youngest if it were possible. i’m so glad we agreed to help because it opened our eyes to the many ups and downs of parenthood. initially, ike and i had planned to try to start a family in about three years, but now we’re thinking we’ll wait just a little bit longer… πŸ™‚

this post is basically to explain my absence and nothing more. i hope to come back full force this week and make up for lost time!

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