A couple more of the silly moments from John's letters to Whitney.
"Things are great here with all these beautiful little angels that provide so much excitement and joy. On Saturday I got a load of compost in the Toyota, and afterwards I was washing the truck. Brick asked if he could wash it, and I let him do it while I did some weeding. When I went to drive it off the lawn and into the garage he mentioned that he had opened the gas compartment and loosened the cap. Keeping my fingers crossed I tightened the cap, closed the compartment, and drove. Half way into the garage it sputtered and stopped. I asked Brick if he had done a bit more than he confessed and maybe got some water into the gas tank. He sheepishly admitted to doing that. Anyway, that took out the filters and the fuel pump, which is fairly expensive. We got the truck towed to Dave's and it is all fixed now. I had them add a gas cap that needs to be opened with a key. I just looked at that beautiful, chubby little face of Brick that day and felt a lot of love. These youngsters are just experimenting and learning, and they are so beautiful."
(editor's note: looking for pictures of Arnold in Peru made me realize that I had not posted some of the beautiful images she captured. I will have to fix that. I did post this sweet surprise: here)
"Arnold returned from Peru, and it was a great experience. She is wonderful and is learning and growing in so many ways. She got home on Friday and slept that night for about 13 hours. In the evening after she had fallen asleep Brother S called and asked if she could talk on Sunday. Allison said yes, and Arnold was willing to talk. At home there was plenty of good humor about it. She said she would start her talk by saying that it was about time after 2 years and 9 months and she had a lot of stuff to impart and that while it was not completely official she was pretty much a prophetess, so hold on and listen good. "
"Her actual talk was great, very humble and inspired, and she did three things that made me very happy: First, she didn't do the typical thing about recounting how Brother S had called the other evening and asked her to talk and how she wasn't very happy about it... She just started in on her talk. Second, although she was sick, she didn't bring that up as an excuse for anything. Third, she didn't mention anything about her experience in Peru. Anyway, all I have to say is that I have the best children imaginable, including you. I am so grateful for all you are doing and the example you are setting for your eight younger siblings."
"We are nearing a return to school and all that goes with that. Loaf will be beginning preschool, so Mom will have two hours per week without any children at home. Dash will be joining the other three boys in elementary school--boys only at the elementary for a couple of years. I worry mostly about Brick with regards to getting to school and back. That boy is extremely independent. I was talking with Seth who said that Brick left their house with a sack of tacos one day and after a few minutes Mom called to see if he was coming home yet. Everyone went to look for him, and he was sitting in our truck eating tacos. He is a big eater as well. The other night he heated up a chicken pot pie at 9:30 and then followed it up with a banana at 10:00."