This past Saturday was a wonderful day of blessing at the Heitland house! The I/O and Young Adults so kindly gave their time and energies to a work day at all of the pastors’ homes. I was blessed with the company of Joanne, Deanna, and Danae Bitterman, Juliana Goslin, and Rhonda Wenger. These gals worked so very hard. I had an enormous list of things that I hoped to accomplish and many on there that I thought we wouldn’t even get close to. Those ladies finished my whole list! They scrubbed walls, cleaned out my nasty freezer (some unsuspecting husband accidentally left the door open months ago and we had a serious thaw), pulled weeds, moved furniture, and much more. Thank you ladies for all your hard work and doing it with such a cheerful heart. I was truly blessed by your work and your time spent here!!
I thought I would also take this opportunity to share a surprising side of a certain family in the church. Many of us know the Odell family well–a godly and respectable bunch. Since they live just around the corner from us, we have enjoyed getting to know them over the years. This past year, Shannon, Elizabeth Anne, and Margaret have all taken turns watching our kids for Care Group. They have been very faithful and responsible with their commitment.
A few Thursdays ago, I was inside running around like a crazy person getting ready to leave for Care Group. I knew the Odell girls would be here any minute. I finally saw their car coming in the drive and saw Cameron hop out. I thought nothing of it but was a little concerned when I saw EA drive away. I went outside, greeted Cameron and asked him where his sister was going. He had somewhat of a glum look on his face and said, “Margaret is sick, the twins have schoolwork to do, so I am your sitter for the night.” He then hurried to add, ”I know the routine, Aaron in bed at 8, the girls at 8:30.” Sensing my discomfort he continued, “I didn’t sign up for this!!” My heart starting beating quite fast and I looked at him and said, “Are you serious?” He looked right back at me stone-faced and said, “Yeah, I’m serious.” I think I even asked him again and he assured me that he was serious.
I quickly stepped inside and whispered to Steve, “They sent Cameron to babysit. He’s 10 years old, he can’t babysit!! Go talk to him!!” Steve was sitting there a little stunned and replied, “Well, it won’t do any good to talk to him, we need to talk to Abby.” How do you tell someone that their child is too young to babysit? We sat there and stared at each other for what seemed like 30 minutes, but I’m sure it was only 2 or 3. We could see Cameron outside with Claudia who seemed just as shocked as we were that they had sent someone just a tad older than her to babysit. I kept whispering to Steve (in a very submissive way, of course), “Do something!!” After what seemed like an eternity, the Odell car came back up the driveway and EA came out of the driver’s seat just busting a gut, laughing. I took one look at her and realized that they had gotten us. Gotten us real good. That little Cameron is quite the actor and pulled one over on us. We are still laughing pretty hard over this one.