The rest of the week went ok. It had ups and downs with an extra kiddo in the house. Our friends picked up their dog on Tuesday. Joie was with us until Friday morning. It was neat being able to share normal life with her. Life is hard for her. Her mom is single and works crazy hours. Joie is alone with her siblings most of the time. She loved having family prayer each night. We did FHE on Monday after the grass planting. We learned about Noah and the ark. She loved it and kept asking if we do this every week. She loved having meals together and always wanted me to read her a book before bed. Keith and I have always tried (not that it's hard) to be affectionate to each other around our kids. I don't mean gross or anything, but we do kiss and hug in from of them. We want our kids to know that we care about each other. Joie thought it was so crazy and would always comment "why are you kissing?" I talked to her about how I love my husband and he is special to me. We had some interesting conversations. She liked when I would play primary songs on the piano so she and the girls could sing along. I'm not saying that our family is perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a different experience for her. I know her mother loves her and she doesn't have the ideal situation, but it was really inspiring to me and made me so grateful for the family life I had, and am having with my kids. It did make things a bit more challenging for me, but honestly I learned a lot and was grateful for the chance to serve.
In the evening the next week Keith and I finally got to work on our newest art project together. We took apart a pallet and built this. We stained in and hand painted it. I LOVE it! I love doing art projects with my sweet husband. He is so creative and I think its totally awesome he does it with me. Once of my favorite things about Keith is his artistic side. He is so talented!