Meanwhile, Abishai has played harder and made bigger messes with having the other two kids around again. (And where am I going to put a new playroom?! I NEED both! No seriously, these are two major things that bug me constantly: toys under our feet in the living room or being stored in the living room, and either having school on the dining room table, or in bins around the living room in the way. Anyway, I digress.) Abishai is obsessed with following Justin around and doing everything Justin does including taking off his shirt when they come home. Justin often changes into shorts as well, so now Abishai thinks he needs to take off his pants and run around in just a diaper. It's a good thing it's a mutually loving relationship because Justin missed Abishai a ton (and always does when he's away).
For the first time in awhile, I and my four "little" ducklings walked out of church tonight together! "Eenie, mini, minee, and mo." All four in every size and shape in all stages of childhood. CRAZY! What's also crazy is watching the pre teens and teens every week pass us in the hallway on Sunday evenings and realizing we knew a good 1/4 or 1/3 of them as infants and toddlers. They feel like they've grown a ton, but we were gone for 4 years and didn't watch them grow week to week like we do now. I am left wondering what each one is like now. Is this one still shy and quiet? Oo, that one is now a little too full of himself. Wow, that one loves mission trips! Again, I'm sure families that have known the Johnsons were the last 25 years there say the same thing about Jared and Aaron and our families now. "Wow, Jared grew up and now look at him! It's not a snotty kid anymore!" Jared was never a rotten kid, but he did keep to himself a lot and I think some viewed him as stuck up. Actually, once again, Benaiah is going through the same thing. Benaiah is louder than Jared was, but Benaiah does have his own little clique and because Benaiah talks with his teachers and such, some view him as stuck up. He does talk "down" at some kids sometimes, but he's been working on it. Anyway, I'm just always struck at how kids simply grow up no matter how involved you are in the process or not. Even in spite of your possible over-involvement (speaking to myself here). They just grow. It's an amazing process that God created that we, as parents, get to be a part of it for almost 20 years.
But back to today's reality. Keturah is excited and yet exhausted from singing all weekend. And she gets to do it again next weekend with a dress rehearsal, a last run through right before the performance, and then the performance! 6pm in the big auditorium at Indian Creek. Can't wait to see it! She'll even have a special face mic too, just like Grandpa! Woot! Woot!
|Putting the final touches on the scenes with just the actors and actresses.|
|"I just woke up! Don't shove food at me! I don't want it on the plastic lid, I want it on the floor!" - Abishai, who had to wake up quickly in order to make it to church on time for Justin's youth group.|
|But when he did fully wake up, he was Mr. Crazy man running like the Kid Flash - a blur!|
|This is a mass of pre teens. And it's not all of them either. I'm talking about 6th-8th graders, and probably 1/2 of them?|
|The guy that is jumping on the other guy is named David and he's been Benaiah's best friend since their baby days. BTW, Benaiah didn't move an inch after David jumped on him. He's a solid kid and David, is well, the skinniest kid ever. Lol.|