Madison dressed up for school today, wearing a familiar costume - Ladybug Girl. Just look for her up in the top-right corner there. It was a "reading across America day" or something like that. I think schools selected this day to do that sort of thing because it is also Dr. Seuss' birthday. It was a Wednesday, so we couldn't watch a Dr. Seuss movie, or even read a Dr. Seuss book - Daddy had to work tonight. But Madison did have fun with everyone else at school, dressing up, and hopefully doing a bit of reading as well. Actually, part of today's assignment was to talk about the book she read, "Ladybug Girl." This is the book she read last year for this very day, and the very same costume. Mommy and Daddy were amazingly stressed last night because we couldn't figure out a new costume, and we had a lot of work going on in other areas. We were just so busy, and it didn't help that Madison's favorite books lately have been ones from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. Between those and the "Dork Diaries," there isn't much you can do to dress up like. The kids in these books are just normal students, which don't stand out so much like fairies or pirates or princesses would. So next year, we'll be prepared should this happen again. Madison was reading "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer," and even the original "Mary Poppins" and currently "The Wind and the Willows." But we just couldn't pull off a costume for any of those at the last minute.
Nobody really minded but us - we sort of challenge ourselves, even when no one else seems to mind that much! That being said, it was a splendid sort of day for Madison, who was all decked out and loving it. Teachers loved it, and all was well.
Today was ballet once more, and tonight was KidPak at night, which also went remarkably well. We did some "walk by faith and not by sight" exercises, and told some stories, and our small group was just fantastic, partly because of the participation of some of our Sunday actors. Daddy didn't feel quite as prepared as he would normally like to be - and yet things turned out so much better. Some of these same guys are coming with us on Friday to film some KPTV videos - they're great kids. I can call them kids now, because I'm older than they are.
Anyway, the day went well, and of course it was busy as Wednesdays always are. But that's not a bad thing at all, and despite being tired on the way home from church, there was a smile on Daddy's face because things did go well there. Sometimes you don't feel prepared - but that seems to be the theme of the day: grace, and things going better than you'd think.