"What?" Craig says. He doesn't look up, there propped on his elbows across the bed.
"I didn't say anything," I say.
"Your breathing changed. I could tell you were thinking something," he says.
"Oh," I slide my hand under one of his elbows. "I was wondering where Joey put all those cupcake liners," I say.
Cupcakes. Game night. Cerissa had called all the cousins up for chocolate cupcakes. Half of the kids still wanted to finish a game. When the first wave left, Joey ate every last cupcake, not even a crumb lagged behind, not even a cupcake liner.
"Yeah, I don't know," Craig says. We shake our heads.
"I mean, he couldn't have eaten FOUR cupcake liners, could he?"
So it is, the miniature version of Craig eats four cupcakes, liners and all. "Did you eat the REST of the cupcakes?" we'd asked. "Yeah," he'd said. All that guileless grin, we just shook our heads.
Guileless just like his father.
5508. The kids explode in Canasta play. "Mom," Jack says, "I'll be on your team, even though you usually lose."
5509. And then I WIN. Again and again.
5510. Pete and Rosie come for late night Canasta. The children explode with excitement jumping off the furniture until we quash them into manners. Their faces register true shock when break the news: the children will not be staying up late to play.
5511. My mom makes an extra quilt top and passes it on to Jane. Jane pieces the batting. Mom brings a backing. It's almost ready to quilt.
5512. Jane and I spend Saturday afternoon sewing together.
5513. A dear friend who lives too far away to visit, calls, and we chat. Somehow the distance feels smaller.
5514. We have a game night with Dan and Cerissa. Pinochle. Popcorn. Cupcakes. Cheers and guffaws. The girls win, but we all can't wait to play again.
5515. We watch a Craig Groschel sermon as a family. We marvel at a sense of purpose and truth that solidifies between us.
5516. School continues to clip along. "The government was just basically treating them like plebians," Jane explains taxation without representation.
5517. "I just need 200 more," Lucy says, "and then I will have enough. I'm trying to do one thousand two hundred math problems every day as part of my school."
5518. Craig and I preview Monumental by Kirk Cameron. Cogent, unexpected, and solid, we recommend it.
5519. We begin the fun of picking Christmas photos. Our favorite photographer fashions a Christmas card for our family.
5520. Christmas is in the air, Thanksgiving the perfect prologue. Traditions of gratitude envelope our family.