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Roughly one year ago I was still hunting for a church for us. Fast forward one year and I’m now regularly attending two churches. We have the one that I consider our home on Sunday morning, but it is SMALL, and my kids have asked to go to another one on Saturday night which has LOTS of kids. So I take them on Saturday night and then we go as a family on Sunday morning. And then on Sunday evening the kids go to Awana at yet a THIRD church. We should be well covered with varying church traditions, as they’re all different denominations (or no denomination at all).
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AWANA started back up on recently. I now have two Sparks, and one still in the nursery, as she missed the Puggles cutoff by 18 days. I think she would have loved being a Puggle, and would have done well at it, but they do not budge on their cutoff dates. It was *almost* enough to make me switch back to our old Awana location, especially because we’re going to run into the same issue next year – she’ll miss the Cubbies cutoff by 18 days. Which will mean that she either only does one year of Cubbies or she doesn’t start Sparks as a Kindergartener.
I realize it seems like I’m overthinking it and need to relax, but I do have some extra reasons for wishing she’d made the cutoff this year. Ok, one big reason – potty training! The nursery isn’t set up to handle potty-training kids and I’m thinking before the year ends she will have reached that point.
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Due to rainouts we’ve had makeup dates for two soccer games. It ends up meaning games on Saturday morning and then games on Sunday afternoon, and adding that second set of games makes for a really busy weekend. The Sunday afternoon time also conflicts with naptime, which is not ideal, and R isn’t a fan of them because they conflict with football. At least the season is almost over!
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I joined a women’s Bible study through church (the Sunday morning one; guess I need to specify. Ha.) It meets weekly and has around 2 hours of homework each week, and I’ve already missed once because I can’t keep up.
I’m thinking I need to concede that it’s not working right now – 2 hours of work that has to be done when kids are occupied and I’m not exhausted (i.e., so I have working brain cells) is a large amount of the kid-free time work time I have each week.
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Book club retreat is NEXT WEEK. I meant to search for Harry Potter-themed meal ideas, to forward to the ones planning the menu, but never managed it. I did buy something to bring to the retreat, and I’ll share it once I return (trying to keep the surprise since I know a couple of the book club members read my blog).
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I thought I had all of my book club books picked for next year, and then realized I had 13 selected. Plus I forgot to look at page counts, and I don’t want to run into another Count of Monte Cristo behemoth. So, time to update my list and verify lengths and then maybe looking at the calendar and thinking about when each book would fit into an overall reading calendar may make it obvious which one has to go.
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The best book I’ve finished recently was Burial Rites, although I have to admit that it’s not an easy one to read. It’s powerful, and gripping, and heart-wrenching. It makes me very grateful I didn’t live in Iceland in the early 19th century, but it does make me wish I could take a Summer trip to visit.
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