First of all, thanks to everyone who stopped by my little pity party last week and left encouraging words here for me. I was feeling really down but feel recharged and ready to face the world again. I had no idea that my post would cause that kind of reaction but I feel so lucky to have met so many kind people through this blog. You are all such wonderful people and thank you again for the kindness you extended to me when I was feeling so low! Also, thanks for the kicks in the pants because I needed that, too! LOL
On to today…
We began our Monday with a car ride to visit our friends Marin and Ian. The boys were so excited this morning about going to visit them and they had an absolute ball while we were there. I must confess that I enjoyed myself as well and couldn’t believe how quickly the time flew by. Marin is very, very sweet as is her son Ian. Her husband is very into swordfighting, knights, and the like and she made my boys’ year by allowing them to hold one of his swords. We talked about that A LOT on the way home! 🙂 I learned a lot about how to be gentle with children, too. I noticed that I still have a hard edge when dealing with the boys and realized that I need to re-evaluate how I respond to them, especially after seeing the gentleness Marin displayed when helping her Ian through a difficult moment.
My Iain keeps saying what a great day we had and he’s right, we really did. I’m so blessed that my 8 year old can get have as much fun playing with someone so much younger than he. I know many kids would be upset to go hang out with someone who’s not their age but both of my boys really had a good time playing with Ian. It’s doubly nice because it allows me to visit with Marin which would be difficult if they didn’t want to go.
By the way, you all should encourage Marin to tell the story of and show photos from her romantic Scottish wedding. In Scotland people!!! The girl got married in Scotland. Oh, and they honeymooned in France. **sigh** I’m so jealous! 🙂
If it weren’t for this blog I wouldn’t have met Marin and we wouldn’t have enjoyed their company today! I love the internet!