we love each other right?

we love each other right?

Last week Branden and I were super blessed to be able to go to a leadership conference.  We went with the pastors and staff of our church as well as some (like Branden and me) who get to lead or oversee a ministry.  All in all, there were 27 of us, a pretty big group!  The conference was awesome, going through the book of Joshua in the Bible and teaching about what godly leadership looks like.  Here’s the group we took!

And it was good to get away, just the hubs and I without the boys.  We needed a breather (and so did our kiddos)  Ever have a season like that, where maybe a change of scenery is a good idea?  Yeah, us too.  Silas had been having a rough couple of weeks and it seemed like it was a daily struggle just to have things be normal around here (and that’s saying something, since “normal” includes ninja time 24/7!)  Things had been so difficult, I contemplated not going at all.  After praying about it though, it was the right decision to go and I’m glad!

The boys stayed with my parents for the week (aka Lolo and Lola).  The day we dropped them off, we met my mom and loaded her car with car seats and luggage and toys.  We buckled the boys in and started saying our goodbyes.  Ethan was fine, no tears, no sadness (I guess that’s a good thing?)  Silas on the other hand, had been crying all day thinking about us being apart for a week.  After buckling him into his seat, I leaned in to give him a hug and say goodbye.

“I miss you already, but you’re going to have a great time,” I was assuring us both.  “We’ll call each other every day!”

I could see the tears welling up in his eyes again.

“We’ll send pictures and videos back and forth.  You’re gonna do tons of fun things with Lolo and Lola!”  I was trying to sound excited, but it was too much for him.  All of a sudden he burst into tears!


“What?”  That definitely caught me off guard!


Now the waterworks were in full effect.  He just kept crying, “WE LOVE EACH OTHER, RIGHT?”

Branden, seeing the need to intervene, gently pulled me away and started to shut the car door.  Once closed, I thought, “surely that’s the end of that.”  I was wrong.

Silas started to pound on the glass!  His muffled voice shouting, “WE LOVE EACH OTHER!  WHY CAN’T WE BE TOGETHER?!”

My mom started to drive, Silas weeping his eyes out as he looked back through the window.  It was like a scene from a movie!  Branden and I got into the car.  “Are you okay?” he asked.

“No!  I hate this!”  I just kept hearing him yell, “WE LOVE EACH OTHER RIGHT?  WHY CAN’T WE BE TOGETHER?!”

The rest of our night was pretty quiet.  The next day we started the 16 hour drive to the conference in Tucson.  We did talk to the boys every day, sent pictures and all that goodness.  I’m happy to report that they did great (of course) and they had a blast with my parents.  The drama factor died down as the week went on, which meant Branden and I could enjoy our time away and focus on the conference.  It was a great trip, but I am glad to be home with these ninjas!  Now, to get back into the swing of things, you know – school, chores, ministry, playing with Transformers :)

a little one on one time

a little one on one time

There’s a lot of things I want to work on as a mom, but one that is definitely at the forefront is to be intentional.  What I mean is, it’s easy to be in the same room with my kids, even to have conversations with them, and still be completely tuned out.  I know because I’ve done it.  When things are busy or I the boys are talking about things I’m not particularly interested in (are we playing ninjas again?!) or when I’m tired (and when am I not tired?) I need to be more intentional.

So Branden and I decided to spend some one on one time with the boys.  The other night, he and I split up, each took one of the boys, and went on dates.  I got to hang out with Silas :)

So off we went, right after dinner –  first stop was a trip to Sonic.  Slushies are legit :)

Next was a trip to the pet store!  Not to buy a pet; it’s just as fun to look at them.  Plus, not poop to scoop :)  Anyone love cats?  I’m not a cat person.  I am a kitten person.  Somehow those are different.  It’s true.

Then there was tank after tank of all different kinds of fish – like this swarm of goldfish!

Okay, I don’t at all like creeping crawling things, but this bearded dragon was actually really cool!  Kinda cute :)

The night ended with a trip to the boys’ favorite place – Target!  They love to peruse those toy aisles!  We don’t usually buy anything, but Silas had been saving his money, so we went.  It was the first time he had saved and spent his own money on something he really wanted.  He was pretty proud of himself :)

So that was mine and Silas’ date night – nothing fancy, but it was time set aside just to talk, to hang out, to be together.  And it was really good!  Here’s to many more :)

a letter to our camry

a letter to our camry

Dear Camry ~ our transportation, our ride, our prize chariot,

Thank you for all your faithful service.  You started carrying us around more than ten years ago; crazy to think it’s really been that long.  You’ve taken us to work, the grocery store, to church, moved us across state lines, driven us around town, and anywhere else we’ve needed to go.  You brought us to the hospital when I went into labor, and you carried our babies safely home.  You stuck with us through the holidays and drives to visit every relative in the country.  You’ve heard our laughter as well as our difficult conversations.  Through the years we’ve seen a lot of repairs, but you’ve always bounced back to drive another day.

Thank you for serenading us with music, enduring the weather when we couldn’t turn back, and putting up with the cheerios and Lego pieces in the backseat. Thanks for all the trips, all the memories.  And thank you for holding out until we made it back home from our long trip last week.

I know one day soon, we’ll have to say goodbye, but we’ve had some good times my friend, good times.  You will surely be missed.

Much love,

The Treu Family

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