I had a really neat experience that left a profound impact on me ~ the other week at church, we got a request for volunteers to help with an evening for special needs individuals and a number of us signed up. We were asked to be ‘dads’ for these daughters whose parents couldn’t be in attendance and based on the lessons in Ephesians about the “Armor of God,” we’d all help our ‘daughters’ make their own ‘armor’ and participate in a fashion show.
I was so impressed by the real dads who were there and their relationship with their daughters. Also, while our little group only came for this past week’s activity, there were a number of volunteers who are there weekly for the special needs groups – all on their own free time, asking nothing back for their service. Many of them were young women (probably 40 in attendance), who are juniors and seniors at three of the local high schools. These girls rock ~ they were so supportive of their special needs partners, and were so genuine with their desire to help these girls have a great evening.
To all the dads and individuals who were there ~ thank you so much for your example, service, and allowing me to participate on the limited scale that I did. Our little volunteer group of dads came to help for an evening, and we all left appreciative of the opportunity to go. . . . . what a special night.
Accomplishments: Twin A went with his classmates on a fieldtrip to the Living Planet Aquarium. We contemplated pulling his brother out of school to go as well but realized that they need to have their own time and activities once in awhile. He LOVED the aquarium – jellyfish in particular. Since both my wife and I went, it was fun to have 1-1 time with Twin A just by ourselves. However, it was also great to see him and some of his classmates run around together. I was also very impressed that he knew one of the other teachers was sick and kept asking about her and this week, has wanted to bring her treats.
On an unfortunate note, my mother-in-law’s kitty passed away. She’s been around technically, longer than I have in the family and the past week has been hard for my wife and her mom. The kids and I were home one night before kitty was put down and we were talking about kitty and how we needed to make sure Tutu (grandma) is ok. So, Tutu was picking the boys up at school the next day and one of the teachers said that Twin B had told them about kitty and how sad Tutu was so they wanted to offer their condolences. Nice of the teachers. On that same note, I was impressed Twin B remembered what was going on in Tutu’s life and that it would be a tough time for her. Way kool.
Tip of the Week: We had a way kool lesson for speech last week but I need to scan the pictures we used. Great for differentiation from “he” and “she” and working on “sh” and “th” sounds . I know the boys need this lesson and it’s given my wife and I a ton of ideas for our nightly drills before we go to sleep. I’ll scan the pictures and send them on next week.
My boys LOVE their iPad and I’m so grateful we were able to get one for them. Tip of the week comes from a great post that features a number of apps that are on discount for Light it Up Blue. Here’s a link from a great blog resource I came across. Have a great week!