I stayed up last night until far too late, playing Skyrim. Today has been pretty non-stop action, too. We actually completed today's service pretty early in the day, but I'm sitting here now, struggling to keep my eyes open long enough to tell you about it! If this isn't quite as interesting an entry as usual, chalk it up to sleepiness.
Blake and Ava are out of school now, and I wanted to do something that I could include them in. I called one of the directors at Carillon, a retirement community in Lubbock, to see if we could come pay a visit. They were pleased to put us on their calendar, and to let us come. After we had breakfast with Courtney and dropped Jack at daycare, we came back home to get started.
Once the cookies were made and cooled, it was to the car, and to Carillon. There was a really great Christmas display there that they wanted their pictures taken with. Then Tiffany, who works at Carillon, met with us and spent the next hour escorting us through some of the areas where residents were gathered, and letting us visit with them.
The kids were so wonderful. They were polite and respectful, friendly and loving, and open to the experience of visiting with new people. They each sang Christmas songs for some of the residents, and Ava showed off some of her ballet moves. Blake talked with a man who retired from the Navy a long time ago, telling him all that he knows about ships. One kind grandfather shook Blake's hand, and then kissed Ava's, which she just about swooned over. On our way home, they both told me what a fun time they had this morning. That part was the most unexpected. I had hoped that they would enjoy themselves, and see the joy that their visit might bring to others, but they really, genuinely had fun. I was full of pride over these two.
This is nothing to do with the service project, but I got the chance to end the day feeling proud of them, too, as they performed in our church's childrens' Christmas pageant. Ava was a star, and Blake was a wise man. Here's some pictures.