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First Day of Ten

Around 4:30 this morning, from deep in my snuggy covers, I heard Andrew’s car start, and then in a few minutes he stood just inside our bedroom door to say good-bye.

“Have a good trip,” Jerry’s sleepy voice spoke.

“Good trip,” I added. “Hope you guys have a great time.”

Shawnna and Andrew will be gone on a vacation in Hawaii for ten days; Jerry and I are blessed to be able to help out by watching their five children during that time. Their ages range from 4 to 16 years.

First thing this morning, we had a little pow-wow–the youngsters and I. I went over just a few house rules, and assigned simple jobs to all of them. (Ella is four and in my broom closet I have a tiny mop, which she loves to use.) They are the neatest youngsters, who love to help me cook meals.

Brady was eager to be the first child to help with the meal preparations. For breakfast, he chose pancakes. For dinner: fried chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and a green salad. In the early afternoon, Gentry cooked a chocolate cake, Chloe made fudge frosting for it, and Ella sprinkled colored bits over the top of it.

All the charts are posted on the refrigerator.

We’re nearing the end of the first day; Chloe and Ella have bathed and are eating chocolate cake and ice cream at the bar in the kitchen. The boys just came in from putting up the bikes and turning off the downstairs lights, bathing now and will soon also be eating chocolate cake.

It’s been a great day. Nine to go!

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “First Day of Ten”

Sounds so exciting at Granny and Pappy Buxton’s house! Your Awesome House Rules make you a woman after my own heart! My kids would love this!! Make them feel right at home ;o)) Enjoy your next 10 days!!!


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