It's been a busy day but a good one.
This morning started bright and early (well maybe not bright, but definitely early), with our homeschool support group breakfast. It was such an encouraging time as homeschooling moms joined together to talk, share a devotional, talk, eat, talk, pray, talk, well you get the picture. It is such a blessing to have that feeling of belonging and of knowing that we are all in this together.
Once I got home, we headed straight out the door and went as a family to the Train Expo in the community centre near Lougheed Mall. There were some pretty amazing layouts and we all got some great ideas for our own train set that is taking shape. The boys' favourite layout was the one that was all done in Lego. They just LOVE Lego! They were thrilled to learn that there are Lego stores in the states (one in Bellevue and one in Tigard) where you can buy a bucket for $10 and then fill it with any Lego pieces you want to from the bulk bins.
We got home from that in time for a late lunch and then the kids and I headed back out the door with Grandma to buy toys to put in the Samaritan's Purse shoe boxes. This is a project that we've done for many years. Each of the kids gives a box for a child their same age and gender. Grandma buys the essentials like socks, a t-shirt, toothbrush, soap, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, and a bag of candy and the kids pick out the toys to go with those items. It's a lot of fun as they each get their own basket to fill as we go in the door at the Dollar Plus Store, and they keep a running tally of how much they've spent, which is a bit hard when each price ends in a 9 and you have to estimate how much tax there will be. When we got home, each of the kids wrote a letter to the child that would be receiving the box and put it in an envelope along with a photo of themselves. Now the boxes are ready to drop off a church tomorrow.
After supper, we had a movie night and we watched the movie Sounder. It's been a very long time since I've seen that movie myself, so it was good to see it again.
It's been a busy day, but a good one.