This weekend Dennis and I had to divide and conquer. He took a couple of the kids out of town with him to visit his brothers, and Neal (12) was invited to spend most of the weekend with his best friend. That left me home home with Allie (14, who was not feeling well) and Ruthie (3). Even though I believe in doing things with "the whole family," in the vein of my Minus One Theory, sometimes it's really special to get one or two alone.
So Ruthie and I made waffles, played pattern blocks, and watched Aristocats together.
Allie and I had a couple of incredible conversations (I hope to share some of them soon).
I pray constantly for opportunities to talk with my kids - about life, about faith, about purity. Sometimes they just "happen," but I'm finding more and more that if I make just a little effort to get my kids alone (or even almost alone, as in our case!) the atmosphere changes and we can share openly.
But for now, more family here - will write more tomorrow!