up, up and away.

a little while ago,
B and i took the kids to the small local amusement park.
we had some free tickets from a coloring contest the kids won
and so we told them something they will 
probably never hear us say ever again:
“you can ride on every single ride that you want to.”
and you know what?
they did.

and B got in on some of that fun action, too.

L was not as excited as the big kids.

actually, he was completely terrified.

the sounds, 
the lack of space around us
and seeing things he has never seen before
put him over the edge.
so, B and i took turns hanging with the bigs
while taking L to quieter locations.
it was the first time that we have really had to do 
something like that with him. 

somehow, i volunteered to go on the ferris wheel with the bigs.
what was i thinking?
i am afraid of heights!

while i was way, way up there,
i remembered a story that when i was a little girl,
i convinced my grandpa to take me on a ferris wheel 
and after one time around,
i made him stop the ride and let me off.
so, i knew that stopping the ride and getting off was a possibility.
that reassured me.

but after going around a couple of times
and knowing i was probably not going to die
(although i did remember that we once visited 
the pier and watched the fire department 
practice rescuing people from this same ferris wheel.)
we enjoyed ourselves.

my main job was reminding K to stay on her tushie
and reassuring D that his hat was probably not going to fly off.
boy, are my kids different from each other.

we got to see B and L 
from way, way up there.

and i think he enjoyed himself from a distance.

it was such a  lovely day to be there.

and the kids?
oh, those kids had the best day.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, 
continue to live in him, 
rooted and built up in him, 
strengthened in the faith as you were taught, 
and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7

1571. sharing a churro
1572. the warmth a scarf brings
1573. neighbors to lean on 
1574. the perfect amount of time
1575. everyone sleeping until 7am

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