This is a tradition we do at our church. Every year each class of kids brings a different Christmas thing in to decorate the sanctuary: wreaths, candles, presents, etc. while a narrator tells a little about the tradition and how it relates to our Savior.
This year I was narrator for the candles. I asked one of the children who shall remain nameless to take pictures for me since he/she is too old to participate.
Well, he/she fell asleep at the wheel. No pictures. But, the chilren's pastor took some, so at least I have some of Brennan. Her class carried in the presents. She is dressed in red.
We have always been Little House on the Prairie fans. We have all the Dvd seasons, have read all the books, have made Little House crafts and recipes and done studies on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
So, when I found out that in September Dean Butler was going to be the special guest for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Mansfield, Missouri I knew we had to go.
I mean, who doesn't like Almanzo?
So, we loaded up the van and made the 3 and 1/2 hour trip to Missouri. The Wilder homestead is is in Mansfield and every year they hold Laura Ingalls Wilder Days complete with special homestead tours and a parade.
When we arrived in Mansfield we went straight to the little museum beside the house. It was very interesting and even housed Laura's teaching certificate!
Here we are in front of Almanzo and Laura's house. They were holding tours. It was a cute little house with a modern (for that time) kitchen and a bathroom.
Then, we stood in line to meet Dean Butler. We were ten people away when he had to break for the parade! So, we drove down the road to the parade and hurried back to get in line. We were able to resume the spot we were in before. The lady in front of us had driven in for the weekend from L.A. Now that's a fan!
And here's Dean! He really was a nice guy. I think he feels very overwhelmed that still today people are such big fans of his. Brittany and I each got an autographed photo of a scene from the show, and the younger kids got their tickets autographed. Brooke told him that she loves the show and her favorite episode is "Divorce, Walnut Grove Style". He seemed genuinely tickled that she told him that.
Before we left we drove over to the "Rock House" which was just down the road a little. Rose Wilder, their daughter, had this house built for them after she became a famous author. They lived there briefly, but eventually returned to their little white house. It's no wonder they settled in Mansfield. It is a beautiful area.
Then, we drove over to see their graves. They are buried in a little cemetery about a mile or two from their house.
It was definately worth the trip. And, we were even at an intersection with the Amish and their horse and buggies on the way. Memories were made!
Well, about a month ago I went on a Saturday morning to help clean our church nursery. We usually do a scrub down/toy purge about every six months to a year. So, I was almost done cleaning when David called me from work.
"What are you doing?"
I said, "Cleaning the nursery."
He said, "Cleaning the nursery? Is there something you're trying to tell me?"
I said, "The church nursery."
He said, "Oh yeah, I forgot you were doing that today."
Later that evening............
We went to Fuddruckers, just the two of us. When we are able to it's become sort of a Saturday date night for us. A little pricey, but a lot yummy.
Anyway, so as we were eating our burgers and fries, I asked David with a serious face, "So. Does May 2014 mean anything to you?"
He sat for probably a full minute deep in though wondering what could be happening in May 2014.
Something with my job? No. Something with homeschool? No. A vacation? Haha. No.
He said, "I really have no idea."
I said, "Remember when you called me this morning and I told you I was cleaning the nursery and you said, 'Are you trying to tell me something?' Well, I'm trying to tell you something."
He looked at me with big surprised eyes and said, "ARE YOU PREGNANT?"
I said, "Are you surprised. It's the 11th time! I was just sure you already knew and as soon as I said May 2014 you would've guessed it right away!"
Oh, well. Life is just full of surprises apparently.