Well, I don't know about you, but we take advantage of the free labor around here. Both M. and B. have summer jobs and internships lined up for later in the summer, but these first few weeks are free. And I have claimed them!
First, M. will be painting TM and D.'s room. It needs it after having years and years of little boys living in it. The walls will get new paint, plus she is going to paint some Bible verses on the walls. Before she can do that, though, it needs to be cleaned and everything pulled to the center of the room. This will be the most difficult step, trust me. I'll be sure to take before and after pictures. I might even be motivated to make the window valences. The window valences I've had the fabric for for, oh, about 6 years.
B. will be putting in a garden and I think I'm going to send him upstairs to continue demolition on the set of three rooms on the third floor that we keep behind a locked door. It would be wonderful to someday have use of those rooms, but there is so much that needs to be done, first. Taking down the rest of the plaster would be a necessary, though small, first step. I should probably take before pictures of those rooms as well. They're something, I tell you.
Having put my big people to work, what will the rest of us do? Well, I think we need to do some serious cleaning up of the third floor, change the winter books to the spring/summer books (finally), and stay out of the productive older people's way. Or maybe we'll just play outside and enjoy one of the rare nice days we've had this spring.
For those of you who have been praying for TM. I think we have seen a very small glimmer of real hope. Please, can I ask you to join me in storming the gates of Heaven that TM is overwhelmed with a very real and tangible sense of God's love for him. Also, could I ask a small favor? If you are praying for him, could you just add a comment (anonymously is fine) saying what city you are praying from. Someday I would love to be able to show him the list of how many people have been loving and caring and praying for him. Thank you.