Another late night home for me. I've been away from my kids for some part of almost every day this week. I certainly have gotten a lot accomplished, but I really don't like leaving this often. I didn't like leaving Allie's sweet face today, pushed up against the window watching me leave with tears running down her face. Yuck...didn't like that at all.
Yesterday I volunteered at the consignment sale (Weepeats in Rochester) and today I was able to shop at their pre-sale before the general public. I consign twice a year as way to recycle our childrens' clothes and toys into money to buy, well...more clothes and toys! I don't consign everything, I give some away and I also had a garage sale last year and am planning one for this year. It is just amazing how much kid "stuff" you can amass with 4 small kids. I like to think of the time and energy I put into consigning as a way to contribute to our family's income since I'm not working outside of the home. I also love to be able to shop at great prices twice a year! Tonight I came home with a youth basketball hoop, a pirate ship, 3 snap/dress dolls, 6 books, 3 toddler games, a bag of barretts, a Cinderella costume, 2 bean bag toss games, 2 toddler hockey sticks, 3 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, a dress, and a shirt/capri set all for $109! This girl loves a bargain. Most importantly, for this sale I will make much more than I spent! That is always my goal:)
While wandering the sale tonight I saw one of the boys' outfits that I was selling in the hands of another mom. It was the outfit Brady wore on the night of a benefit dinner held by the Angels of Mercy last spring. He wore those blue plaid party pants with his matching blue vest and white tshirt and he melted my heart! I remember the ladies at the benefit laying hands on him to pray and I can just picture him sitting there with is bald head, surrounded by all of them. It was all I could do not to run up to the woman at the sale and grab that outfit and run the other way!!! Once I resisted that urge, I felt like she needed to know the history behind that outfit...how special it was...how special HE is! I took a deep breath, decided that I didn't want to become the crazy lady at the consignment sale, and just let it go. Wow! Am I a mess or what?
I found the picture...
See what I mean! Is that precious or what?