Saturday started bright and early for us since we had finally decided to have a garage sale. After about 6 months to a year of gathering ‘STUFF’ to go in this garage sale we were glad to get it done and over with. It went well, but we wished it could have gone a little better. It’s funny how you put all this effort into getting all that stuff in the garage sale to make a little bit of money, then when its all said and done, the stuff you have left over you don’t want to mess with anymore. We now have two different donate piles. We’ll deliver those later this week. We did get to meet some neighbors we hadn’t met before so that was an added blessing! I also met two fellow homeschooling Mom’s and one was in the same covering as us!
Riley did pretty well, he was motivated to make some money! I was surprised at the number of things he came up with to sell, in the end he made over $20.00! Not too bad for a 9 year old boy! He decided to sell this old, beat up, guitar that our neighbor had given him when he was two or three. It had a couple of dents where he had been slinging it around and it was missing some strings. This elderly man came by and asked Riley how much he would take for the guitar. Riley said, “Five dollars sir.” (!!) The man hesitated and said, “hmmm, I’ll have to think about it.” I knew that was too much but yet I knew Riley wanted to make some money. So I suggested that he come down off the price some. Riley ran back outside and said, “How about $2 sir?” The man said, “You got a deal son!” He then asked Riley what he was going to do with the money and when Riley said he was going to put it in savings the man said, “here is one more.” So Riley sold that old, beat up, dented, string missing guitar for $3. I appreciated the man showing Riley the benefits of saving money. You know it always helps when those principles you are teaching your children are reinforced by someone else! The man thanked Riley for his business and said “I really don’t need this guitar but I wanted to help you make some money.” Riley thanked the man and stuck his money in his pocket, to go in savings later.
Throughout his toddler years Chris’ mother always made sure Riley had a good pair of cowboy boots to wear to church. So, when I found three pairs of them in the bag of shoes, I had to get a picture of them. They were so cute and all the memories of Riley stomping around in those boots made me smile and I thought it made a cute picture.
Yes, the pair on the far left are what he wore this year. I just love seeing the difference in size and the tiny ones are just as cute as they can be! A couple stopped by the garage sale and had their two year old daughter with them. Her dad picked up both of the smaller pair and tried his hardest to get them on her feet, but they would not go. That would have been cute too!
After the garage sale the rest of the day was spent at two different birthday parties. One for my niece and one for my nephew. I managed to get a picture of all the girls and Riley under Mom’s peach tree at Abby’s birthday. Yes, to his chagrin, he was the only boy. It was ok at first but after a while, he was ready for some ‘guy time’.
I was hoping the girls would lean against the trunk and strike some cute pose with Riley up in the tree but they wouldn’t go near the tree because of the bees. Girls! I think it turned out cute anyways.
Finally Riley got his guy time at my nephew Calvin’s birthday party. It was his dream play time, Nerf guns and forts! He had a great time but the long eventful day quickly caught up with all three of us. Before we new it, we were ready to go home and hit the hay! As we drove home recounting the events of the day, we were thankful for lessons learned, memories to recall and excellent family time!
Sunday rolled around and we took off for Church. Our Pastor has started a new sermon series on the Beauty of God. It was so good and definitely gave me a new perspective on His beauty. I’ve always thought of it being within God’s creation but theres more to His beauty than just the creation….I can’t wait to hear next Sunday’s message.
After church we had one more birthday party to attend, Riley’s buddy Cory had a skating party. All the boys had a good time and skated till they couldn’t skate anymore! It was nice to sit and talk with dear friends and make some new ones.
It was a full weekend but the blessings out way the tiredness that hit us quickly at the end of each day. God is good! We thank Him for Family, Friends, A church home and family and the beautiful weather that we had all weekend long.