Our twentysomething kiddo is back from his most recent deployment, and, even though he’s halfway across the U.S. from us, we’re tickled pink to have him back in the States!!
While in Dili, they built an elementary/primary school. Here’s a good view of one of the buildings:
We’re proud of the work they did, and doubly-proud our kiddo was the crew leader for this project! (He’s on the left in the next photo.)
Last night our teen and the other kids in his summer youth theatre workshop had the last performance of their musical. It was his second play, but his first time in a musical. They put on a great performance and you could tell they were having a blast (I was backstage helping with costume changes, getting a kick out of watching the kids not onstage at the moment perform the songs and dances behind the curtain!). The youth theatre workshops he’s done this year have been such fantastic experiences for him!! For this summer one, every weekday for six weeks I’d pick him up after seven hours of workshop and he’d be smiling and happy . . . every. single. time. This was in great part because of the youth director, who is unbelievably wonderful and gentle and kind, but also because of the other kids who, amazingly, all get along quite well. I was fortunate to get to know them because of volunteering my time once they reached the dress-rehearsal-onstage point, and am so glad I did. My kiddo and I both look forward to seeing many of them again at the Fall workshop, and I fully expect he and they will continue to cross paths in this particular theatre’s youth workshops in the coming years. As a parent, it’s the most wonderful feeling when your child finds something that “clicks” for them the way our teen’s youth theatre experiences this year have for him.
This last photo is a humorous “parenting” moment — our furbaby Annie was apparently so tuckered out from having been outside chasing birds in the heat that she just couldn’t quite make it all the way into the dog bed ;-). (I promise there’s water in their bowl, not beer!)