We hadn’t been to a pumpkin patch in years and I wanted to be more intentional about planning field trips with our church’s homeschool group, so I decided that a trip to a pumpkin patch in October would be perfect! I knew that Brendan wouldn’t really want to go as a “participant”, so being the clever mom that I am ;) , I decided that if he helped out with the kids, carried heavy pumpkins, etc. then I could count the trip toward his service hours. He did a great job and actually had fun too…SCORE!
We visited Gallmeyer Farms in Henrico County and it was wonderful! The employees were friendly and helpful and their sweet dogs roamed around visiting with the kids (we even saw a rooster or two). Our group got to enjoy a picnic lunch, throw a football around, run through a hay maze, play on the playground, go on a hayride, choose pumpkins, and learn about honeybees. I got a chance to visit with some old friends and time to get to know some new ones better. I loved seeing the kids of all ages interacting with each other – that’s one of the best things about homeschooling. Brendan and Ryan have lots of opportunities to spend time with many different people, not just kids their own age (which, by the way is how “the real world” is after graduation – LOL!).
I know that these times with my boys are going to be fewer and fewer as they grow up, and so I treasure these memories that we are making! The housework can wait. Those schoolbooks will be there tomorrow. Your e-mails can be answered later. But taking the time to be together with family and friends can’t. Kids grow up. Family members move. Loved ones pass away. Don’t wait!