Monday, March 25, 2013

Family Volunteering

This weekend our family spent the afternoon prepping and serving dinner to 200 people. 
The kids were awesome. Everyone worked hard to get our assigned tasks done.
We washed, chopped, sorted, carried, served, cleaned, 
and put everything back in its place when we finished.

These are the things I appreciate with having older kids.
Sure, I miss the cute little ages but there is more freedom now.
No diaper bags to pack along. No planning around nap time.
No emotional outbursts (generally speaking).

Their personalities shined through.
Kyli is the compliant one. She is like her dad. She will do what you ask without complaint. She might not like what she is doing but she does it anyways.

Derrick enjoys everything. If it is a mundane task, then he makes it fun. His joy seems to be in working with people. He was the best little server. He was all smiles and laughs with each person who came through the line. 

Zac flew under the radar as usual.
He managed to escape the kitchen multiple times and make his way outside. 
He turned washing veggies into a water fight and clearing tables into a game of tag. 
He was ok serving along side his dad. Quietly scooping tablespoons of rice on each plate. 
(He didn't quite get portion size.)

I'm learning Zac has no option but to go to college. 
He would never be happy doing a labor intensive job.


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  1. I love this. I especially love how you dug into it and really thought about each child. It's awesome to see you really deeply blessed with the love of seeing your children through that type of vision! Looks like fun was had by all :)

  2. That is absolutely awesome! :) Good for you all for doing something so wonderful.

  3. I love this! That's so awesome what y'all did! You and your family are so kind. xoxo

  4. I think a family that does charity together is just incredible. You are teaching beautiful lessons and they are learning so much. So awesome!!!

  5. I cant wait till my children are a bit older and we can start volunteering some. I didn't do it with my oldest (now 14) but with my youngest two (2 and 8 months), I plan on getting them involved more in things like that :)

  6. I think it's great that you are introducing your children to volunteering and giving back at such a young age!!