Garrett and I just finished a six week bible study with a group from our church on the Fruits of the Spirit. Most of you know that one of the fruits is patience. As we studied this section we were learning how God is not going to just grant us patience when we ask us for it, but rather he will put us in situations that will help us to grow in this, putting us in places that we would typically be very impatient and have us work on trying really hard to be patient.
Many people see me as a very patient person, and I typically am.....with people and kids other than my own. I have all the patience in the world with the kids I work with, because I know that I see them for an hour and then they go home with their parents. Anyway, this weekend we went to Mammoth for a quick getaway. My patience was tested pretty much all weekend. Saturday, just by a simple walk out to the golf course to go sledding. I had my agenda: walk outside, get the sleds, walk to the golf course, sled. Simple enough, right. Kids always have their own agenda and sometimes I just have to learn that it is not always my way that is best. After all I wanted them to be having fun in the snow, and they were. They were kicking and punching the snow mounds. They were climbing on top of the snow. They were trying to find snow that was clean enough to eat. And here's me in the background..."Do you guys want to go sledding? Do you guys want to go sledding? Come ON!" Not very patient, huh?
So we eventually got out there and managed to do a few runs. The hills weren't as steep this time, but we still had some fun out there. Zach really just likes to sit and eat snow, so I let him once we were out in the "good snow".
(With the attitude in that video it's a wonder I made it through the day)
I thought I was taking more pictures, but I was using our new video camera and actually only got the one picture at the top of the post.
So now we're back at home and just to add one more test of my patience...... I left my keys in Mammoth! You may remember that I lost my keys several months ago. I never found them and I was too cheap to get myself a new car key so I just took Garrett's and we have just had that one. So now I really have to get a new key first thing tomorrow. At least this time I know where my keys are, they are just about 5 hours away from me.