This and That.

Happy Friday!
Another week is complete.
And it was a good week.
My COMMITTED girls came together Monday night to study Scripture, pray, and encourage one another in our personal struggles and joys. How much they refresh me!
Wednesday night Dennis and I had the privilege of participating in a Newlywed Game for the youth group - and we had a blast! Our youth leader wanted to do something fun in honor of Valentine's Day, so he had three couples on stage to try and answer random questions about each other. We said "yes" when he asked us to be one of the couples and then looked at each other and laughed. We both said, "Well, Michelle could not care less about trivial things and Dennis is not attentive, so our chances of winning are pretty small." HA! We ended up in a tie, but the other couple won the tie-breaker. Though I have spent my life avoiding looking stupid, I actually enjoyed playing and laughed almost the entire time. I LOVE being with people who can make me laugh!
Thursday I enjoyed three full hours of peace at the hair salon and had my hair chopped off. I left feeling rested and about three pounds lighter. (I have a lot of hair!)
Tonight our house will be filled with 20 men who willingly chose to celebrate Micah's 18th birthday. We invited older, godly men to share words of wisdom and encouragement with Micah and trust the Lord will use the time for His glory and Micah's good. (How I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear them share their hearts!)

Our family friend Caleb is spending the weekend with us!
He made the trek from Arizona so he could participate in Micah's 18th Night of Encouragement, and we are thankful!
Everyone Eastman enjoys him and we are better because we know him!
He arrived late last night, so Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie were eagerly waiting for him to wake up this morning. As soon as he opened his eyes they asked, "Can we do a workout with you?!?"
And because he is Caleb, he said YES!

When Micah works the later shift at Chick-fil-A, Luke and Caleb always hop in the car when Dennis goes to retrieve him.
Other than wanting to spend time with their dad, I could not for the life of me figure out why they made it such a priority. They NEVER miss going unless they are not home.
And then one night, all four of us went together - and the mystery was solved.
When CFA closes the store, they have to wash every single piece of equipment so they are clean and ready for preparing freshly made products the next morning.
Since the contents of those pieces of equipment contain items such as sweet tea and soft-serve ice cream, the managers have two choices - throw out the leftovers or offer them to the handful of guests still in the restaurant at 9:59 p.m.
And guess who is sitting in a booth waiting for the offer? MY GUYS.
Well played, gentlemen. Well played!

~~~ Tomorrow afternoon/evening we have our Orphan Care Family Connection. The families come together, bringing their own picnic dinner, and we play outdoor games, talk, and enjoy a few hours of casual conversation and connection.
We started this activity last fall, and so far it has been a big hit!
It is easy to get moms and kids together, but difficult to get all of the men in the same place. This proved to be a perfect solution! Bonding through healthy competition and food - what could be better for guys? <grin>
I have been grateful for being trusted as the Orphan Care Coordinator since the day our family pastor allowed be the position. As time goes by, however, I am humbled more and more as these families, specifically the women, allow me into their lives and their hearts.
They have changed me forever - and I LOVE it!

It has been such a blessing to care for baby Josiah these past six weeks.
All the Eastman children find joy in him, and he is never without arms around him for more than a few minutes at a time.
I snapped this photo when Luke wasn't looking because it made me smile.
One of my main goals as a mother is to prepare my sons to be great husbands and great fathers. I want my daughter-in-laws to thank me, not despise me.
We have trained our guys to clean an entire house, cook, do laundry, take care of babies and children, do physical labor, work while going to school, and serve others in any way they need help.
They will have much more learning to pursue once they become husbands and fathers, but they will not go in completely unprepared or lacking all skills - and for that I am grateful.
An image like this makes all the years of training totally worth it!

I am just about finished with this fantastic biography. Wow - what a life!
When you read about the ugly truth of his early days as a boy, teen, and young man before he surrendered his life to the Lord it makes the impact of the much-loved hymn "Amazing Grace" all the sweeter.
“Whoever is truly humbled will not be easily angry, nor harsh or critical of others. He will be compassionate and tender to the infirmities of his fellow-sinners, knowing that if there is a difference, it is grace alone which has made it! He knows that he has the seeds of every evil in his own heart. And under all trials and afflictions, he will look to the hand of the Lord, and lay his mouth in the dust, acknowledging that he suffers much less than his iniquities have deserved.” - John Newton
“Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”  - John Newton

~~~ May your weekend be filled with unexpected delights and multiple opportunities to encourage others and serve in unique ways!

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