Monday, August 15, 2016

Amazingly Awesome Weekend

This weekend we were doubly blessed!

First, the NH Foster Parents Association had an event at Mel's Fun Park in Litchfield.  Wendy's wonderful Kids Program paid for everything.  

We had such a wonderful family day with all of our kiddos...the highlight was being in the air conditioning on a 90 plus degree day playing Laser Tag against one another!  At one point, the kids all joined together against mom and dad but then we organized and fought back!  There were many smiles all around!

There were batting cages where every one got a chance to swing the bat....Brandon took on the 85 mile an hour pitches and hit several balls!  Even dad got to swing...the kids were saying...."man dad you bat like a pro!"  

The go-carts were moms favorite!  We doubled up with the little ones and had fun riding together!

Fun, lunch, family, and connecting with other families were just some of the highlights of the day!  We stayed late and then headed home to crash and get ready for our next busy day...

On Sunday, we dragged everyone out of bed for a quick breakfast and headed to Canobie Lake Park for Foster Care Day.  We saw many new and old faces in the NH Foster arena.  It was good to reconnect for a second day in a row.  

We split up into groups, and headed into the park for some fun. 

It was SO hot and a few of us were being washed out by the heat.  We had discussions about what to do and decided to jump into the van and go grab something to eat ...we usually hit Wendy's and that is where we headed (they are such supporters of adoption).  We were wearing our orange family shirts and boy, Oh boy did we get the looks when we came in!  When you are a big family, you just can't help stand out and we had several people approach us asking if we were a sports team, a civic group.  No, we just kept saying...No, no, no...this is just our family.  We were asked questions and even offered material to sew clothes for the kids!

One woman would just not let us alone....through our entire meal, she hounded me with questions about how big our house was, how we managed everything from school to paying for our dinner at Wendy's...I just kept pointing her to the Lord.  I just kept saying, he supplies all of our needs.  At one point, she followed us into the bathroom and pounded me with more questions.  We just kept everyone going in the right direction despite some spills and usual meal stuff.  At the end, her husband started pounding me with questions ...we hope we left them with some encouragement especially when she told me there is no hope in the world today and she lives without hope.

It was so sweet of the Wendy's employers to take care of us through that whole period too...the gentleman cleaning the eating area took care of our every need and brought us napkins, helped clean up a spill, took our trays and wiped them clean....the employees were gracious and we had wonderful service.

We then headed back to the park...the older kids met up with the Swist family and did some rides with them....when they separated for dinner, we headed to a motorcycle show where they rode in a steel cage....the kids loved that....on our way out, we said bye to some of our friends and then hunted for a yummy snack that everyone would agree on.  While we were looking, we saw a Chinese acrobat show starting...we headed in with a bit of apprehension but it was A-Maz-ing!  The really cool thing, Ben and Eli had never seen anything like it in China.  We joked they came to America to see a Chinese acrobat show!  They were so excited!

We then ate our snack together and headed out for more rides and then met for our traditional goodbye family ride of the Ferris wheel!

The kids did amazing despite being tired and hot! 

Our kids love seeing kids in care and when they can't go home to their families, they pray for them and cheer with them when they find new families....they were able to see some of those kiddos this weekend!

This weekend was a huge blessing for our family and we are so grateful for the people who put it together for us and we are grateful to everyone!

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