At each meal we pray for them. Son #1 in Colorado working as a wrangler at a ranch. Daughter #2 and Son #3 in China on a mission trip with school.
It's quiet with only five. We aren't quite sure what to do. So many empty seats around the table.
In the Fall, there will only be six kids around the table on week nights. In two more years, there will only be five here most of the time (not just for three weeks of the Summer). In four more years, we'll be down to four. In ....
Well, you get the idea.
I'm not complaining. It's less food, less laundry, and it's quieter.
Today I got up and headed out for a run while the Coach and Son #4 headed to the dermatologist. When I got back, I loaded up Daughter #7 and Little Man and we met Granddad and Grandmother for coffee. Then to get my allergy shots. Then to wash and clean out the big van, which hadn't been washed since before vacation - and has since been taken on an overnight backpacking trip by the Coach and four of the kids. Then to the cleaners and to return a movie...
You get the idea.
When we got home I switched kids (for Daughter #5 and Daughter #6) and headed out to another doctor's appointment while Son #4 mowed the yard. After the appointment we ran more errands (Birthday coupon from Loft? Why yes, yes I will.) before coming home and switching kids (again).
Daughter #7 had found something to make on Pinterest and she had a Hobby Lobby gift card, so we headed out with list in hand (and a birthday gift to buy). Little Man found a project (he is the project MAN) to do, as well.
When we got home, it was time to fix dinner and tackle the laundry that had been going all day from our three days at the farmhouse. Where we headed after dropping our two off to head to China on Saturday.
After an early dinner, the Coach and Son #4 headed to 7 on 7 football. Finally I'm sitting down, after a visit with Papa (who came by on a walk), to catch my breath.
A typical Summer day around here isn't restful - even with only five kids. We never lack for plenty to do. Or someone to talk to. Or run errands/watch a movie/play a game with. But it also means there is lots of help when it's time to make dinner or clean the house or fold laundry.
Someday, as I frequently tell the kids, the Coach and I will spend Summers taking an RV around the country to visit all of them and their families.
For now, I'm happy to be home base, keep up with the comings and goings, make airport runs, cook meals (and try to adjust recipes for varying numbers of kids), and now and then? Sit down to write so I don't forget what it's like RIGHT NOW, this moment, today.
Prayers appreciated for our team in China for the next two weeks. We miss them, already.