I envisioned is waking up early. I envisioned us having a wonderful family breakfast together and then getting into the car and heading out with plenty of time and maybe even singing together in the car…can you see the cartoon bluebirds following our car?!
So…instead we wake up late…20 minutes to get up, get the kids up and dressed and get in the car…keep in mind, my brother and his kids had a layover in Atlanta last night so our family had dinner at the airport. That meant we did not get home until after 9pm. The sacrifice was well worth it BUT my kids were tired this morning…and tired kids 9 times out of 10 are cranky kids.
So we rush around getting kids dressed (we may have bribed them with a drive thru stop at Dunkin Donuts), trying to print waiver forms (they ended up having them there) and then jumped in the car – kids bickering, adults bickering…yay! Family Service Project Day had commenced.
Let me pause hear to say that I really feel like anytime you are trying to do something positive – family bond building, relationship building, etc. there is going to be some friction. Chalk it up to whatever but I feel like whatever can glorify God will bring Satan out to mess with it a bit…and lack of sleep, rushed chaos, leading to pour attitudes is putty in his hands…As we pulled into the ACFB I asked Tim to pray for the family. It wasn’t fancy. It was short & sweet and in we went:)
The place was pretty packed with the majority of folks headed to the sorting center (special note – we only ended up being 15 min late so thankfully for us – nothing had started yet because people were still arriving). There were 2 other families with kids under 8 and we all headed into the main office area to work on our canvas bags. The kids were excited and started coloring. Lincoln, of course, started with a dolphin and when he felt like he messed up Tim came to the rescue. It’s projects like this that bring out those hidden skills God has blessed us with – the ones we don’t use everyday and Tim’s artistic skills are one of those skills. My man can draw!!
In the end the kids made a ton of bags, but being kids they got bored about 3/4 through the 3 hour project. So while some of the adults finished the last remaining bags, Nicole our Hands on Atlanta rep. led some games for the kiddos. At the end we got to see the inside of the Project Rescue Center and took a group pic (which I’ll post once I get it:)
For our first project, I’d call it a success and we’ll definitely be back! If you are interested in doing a family service project check out the Hands on Atlanta website. They have lots of filters (age, type of project, etc.) and many projects can be signed up for on the day of so you do last minute projects.
Thanks for following along on our journey!