I have a funny mom moment for you.
We were staying in a hotel last weekend while doing a missions convention for a church.
The hotel had a pool so before the kids went to bed on Saturday, they got to go swimming.
Much to their delight…
Well, after swimming, they needed showers before bed.
Annalise and Abby went first. I helped them wash their hair and got them in jammies and ready for bed.
Elayna was last.
She yelled out to me, “Mom! This conditioner is NOT working!!”
I thought, “ugh… nasty chlorine” and then said, “Honey, just try washing your hair again. It can be really hard to get the chlorine feel out of long hair.”
and then a few minutes later I heard, “It still doesn’t feel right.”
She got in her jammies and went to sleep along with her sisters.
Well, early Sunday morning, I was up getting ready. I started to wash my hair and then went to use conditioner.
Picking up the bottle, I realized that I had accidentally put the hotel shampoo and hotel LOTION in the shower instead of the conditioner!
All three of my children washed their hair with LOTION!
Total mom fail.
“Elayna, remember when you said that the conditioner didn’t feel right? Well, it was lotion NOT conditioner. You were right.”
“I knew it was weird!!” she said.
No matter how tired you are after traveling all day and doing a missions dinner that night… READ THE BOTTLE before putting some random product in your kids hair!
More missionary funny moments to come… of that I have no doubt!
But for now, we are home!
“We are home… we are home… I love my home… I love being home…”
To only a tune my girls know, they were singing these precious words today as they happily unpacked our van.
The past 16 days have been full. REALLY full. and obviously the above story tells us it was not without incident.
Traveling from one place to another. Usually only landing somewhere for 2 nights before moving on to the next place.
Driving through rain, snow, wind, negative temperatures, beautiful Michigan landscapes, more snow and cold temps, sunny days and even some darkness.
Toured East Ohio, zigzagged across, up and down Michigan and then drove through Ohio again to reach Columbus.
Experiencing amazing love and support from family and friends.
Making new friends and seeing God build support in churches and in hearts.
This is one big, incredible journey.
We are tired.
Our van isn’t sounding right, the truck isn’t idling well, our house appraised way below what it should have, our finances are running on faith…
I feel so much peace. God is in control.
His plan is being played out daily in our lives.
His ways are true. He is faithful.
We need only to enjoy walking (or driving) the journey!
As I sit here, listening to my washer and drying running, my girls playing with long-lost stuffed animal friends, Jeremy coming in from hunting… I marvel at what He has done and what He will do!
We will settle in for a few days, work on the big to-do lists, make lots of phone calls, do some more driving, and try to capture some down time all before packing up for another 2 week sprint.