The hardest thing about ministry (in my opinion) is living away from family. My kids have never lived near a grandparent. They don't know what it is like to be spoiled by a grandma. They don't know what it is like to walk into the home of a grandparent and have a pile of toys just for them to play with. They don't get the joy of going home with grandparents after church or spending the night on a whim with a grandparent. That just doesn't happen when you live so far away.
But, over the last 8 years, we have experienced some sweet relationships between church members and out boys. They have always found honorary grandparents and those relationships, while very different than living near blood relatives, have been so precious. The investment these people make in the lives of my kids blesses my heart more than you could ever know. To see someone love your child and sacrifice time, money, energy and experiences for the sake is so precious. Especially when they have no family relationship dictating that.
There are a few people here at SBC who love my kids in that way. One of those is Louise (aka "Misaweez") She doesn't have grandchildren of her own but she treats my boys like they are hers. She does so many fun things for them. She planned a fun night in St. Augustine for our whole family to do a pirate cruise and to eat at a great seafood place. As you can see, Micah had a great night! ;-)
Actually, he was super happy. He just didn't like waiting to get on the boat.
Part of this pirate cruise involved another pirate ship coming and there being a big battle. The cannon fire scared us all half to death. But, the kids loved the battle.
Since we fought those pirates and got our treasure chest back (WHEW!) the boys each got a prize! Micah held on to that thing like it was real gold. That alone was worth the price of the cruise to him.
Here are the kids with our beloved "Misaweez!" She is so good to our family and especially these two little guys who adore her! Thank you so much for a wonderful day, Louise!