Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Visit With Pedro

April 2010 033Oh, how I love having my little boy visit for the weekend.  Oh, how deflated I feel on the drive home after I've dropped him off at his house.  Oh, how empty my house feels. 

So many things I want to teach him, I'm just brimming with ideas!  A country a day.  Devotionals for teens.  Multiplication tables.  How to bake a cake from scratch (and not out of a box as we did this weekend).  English sayings like "hold your horses" and "don't let the cat out of the bag" (wait, do I know where that one came from??).  Cribbage.  How to talk to God about anything, at any time.  How to forgive.  How to apologize - and really mean it.  How to spell in English.  How to make chili.  How to eat with chopsticks.

TApril 2010 005he list could go on and on - oh, it did.  But you get my point.  It's tricky to pack all that learning and living into a weekend and not make it feel like cramming for the SATs.  My desire to bless him and teach him and raise him - all condensed into the occasional weekend, leaves me feeling agitated sometimes, like I haven't done enough.  But I don't want him to feel like he's a student - he's my son.  I so wish all that teaching and learning could just flow naturally out of every day life.

But, I am oh-so-grateful for every moment I do have with him.  So we just enjoy our time together although we both feel it isn't really enough.

Here's the highlights of this visit: (with his little friend Fauso in blue)

-Making a cake (from a box though)April 2010 027

-Making blueberry muffins (NOT from a box, from a packet!)

-Practicing with chopsticks at the Chinese restaurantApril 2010 022

-Multiplication practice during YahtzeeApril 2010 030     

-What does Easter mean to me personally discussion

-A short note added to my mom with some English spelling practice.

I love this little boy, well, young man, so much my heart sometimes wants to burst!  It almost did when I left him at home, pictured below with the little neighborhood children, on Sunday evening.  My world isn't quite the same when he isn't tangibly in it. 

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5 comments:

Colleen and Michael said...

It's amazing to see how much he's grown over the last many years. You're right, he's a young man now! I'm so glad you still get to see him often, though not often enough for you...

Meghann said...

Always remember you have played a part in raising Pedro up into the young man he is...and just looking at this picture I can't help but think about the father's heart he has because he knows how much his Father loves him!

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Nikita said...

I'm confused...who is he? Have you adopted him or is he just a close boy who lived at the center or what? I am glad you can still keep in touch with him, though, and visit every now and then. You have so much love in you, and it clearly flows from God. May God continue to bless you.