Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Change of Plan

You know how you wake up one day with a plan? And the rest of the day, nothing goes according to that plan? Well, today was just such a day in our house.

Let's start at the beginning . . . . .

Sunday morning, I had the wonderful idea to drop everything for a few days and go camping. The children have been doing well with their schoolwork for a few weeks and the weather has been just beautiful - a great opportunity for a little reward. Besides, one of the beauties of homeschooling is that you can take it with you! Schoolwork is done just as easily in camp as at the kitchen table - with even more chance for real, hands-on discovery.

The Plan: Spend Sunday cleaning up and getting chores done, plan our meals and gather supplies. Monday load everything up in the car and after Piano lessons, head over the bridge for three days of camping. What could be easier? HA!!

Everything went great on Sunday - including all of husband's shirts ironed. Got all of our supplies out, and made our list of meals. We were set to go! The children had even cleaned out the car that afternoon. Wonderful!

I went out that evening to check the car and make sure it was locked, but my little key chain car door locker/unlocker-thingy wouldn't work. (That is a technical, patented term. Please ask permission before using. ;-) Why won't it work? Hmmmm . . . I climb in the car and put the key in the ignition. Nothing. And I do mean Nothing. No dashboard lights, no clicking, no Nothing. Dead Battery.

Okay, all is not lost. We will leave it all in the LORDs hand. He knows when and where we should be. And Husband can take a look in the morning and see what needs doing. Off to sleep we go.

Monday morning dawns and Husband is off to get a new battery with daughter at his side. After a few hours, a voltage meter, some tools, a few choice words, a battery charger, and another trip to the store, the car is well and whole and ready for our adventure. Except that two things have happened in the meantime. Dear son and I are both feeling extremely sluggish - bed is VERY inviting, AND the rain clouds have moved in. Son, who has been laboriously pouring over a weather forecasting book for the past few days says, "Ah, Cirrus Clouds a few days ago. Yup, now it's rain." Thanks. A Lot.

What DID we do? We drug ourselves to piano lessons, picked up a pizza on the way home, and watched the rain fall from the sheltered warmth of the bedroom as we snuggled up and watched "Gus."

All our gear is still sitting and waiting. Maybe we'll go tomorrow. Maybe we'll go next week. Whenever we go, I know that "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." James 4:15


I couldn't resist adding this photo of daughter. It was taken on one of our camping trips last year.

While everyone was packing up, she found a ladybug which she coaxed onto the stick.

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