"I'm going to be changing the oil in the suburban," Craig says.
Old canvas coat and knee torn jeans, he gathers oil filter, catch bin, and blue shop-grade paper towels. Joe watches, mimicking Craig's long strides, his deliberate voice, his pleasant and expectant eyebrows, tallying them up as if numerals on an old adding machine, as if perfect execution could spit out an exact replica.
"Ok, I'll be out front if you need me," Craig says. Joe gallops over, bear hugs Craig's leg.
"Will it take long to put the frankincense in the car?" he says.
Frankincense. Having children is like this. We do the daily chores and to the children it's frankincense.
Craig laughs and howls, giggles and shakes his head, a squeaky child-like sound escaping between guffaws, tears forming at the corners of his eyes, the other children gathering to see what's the matter. Joe grins, as if now that everything were totaled, he'd hit the final button and instead of a replica of Daddy, he's filled the entire room with pennies and quarters.
Changing the oil, this is an event that must never be missed.
5815. Resurrection Day the high holy day of the whole year. We quiet our hearts in deep, deep gratitude of Christ's sacrifice for us.
5816. Organic lotion bars. I try my hand at making these. They turn out perfect. I sell a couple and then perfect the recipe.
5817. New plastic lids for fermenting tea and vegetables.
5818. Iron on pellon.
5819. I start a new project converting a baby wrap into a mei tai carrier. I love a good challenge.
5820. Jack completes the wrestling season and final tournament with flying colors, 11-1. Still not 100% after being sick, he wins all but one match. I, of course, am exhausted just watching. Best of all: his character continues to grow.
5820. Motor oil.
5821. Frankincense oil.
5822. We attend church together as a family, all eight of us. Worship unfolds, dimensional in a way indescribable. While we have our own morning devotions, something special happens when we seek the Lord together.
5823. So we set our hearts in this new season to seek the Lord daily, moment by moment, to His glory. Amen.