After leaving Grand Rapids, we headed to Wheaton, IL to catch up with some dear friends of ours. We worked with Scott and Debbie when we lived in Malaysia and they were instrumental in helping us shape our view of family and parenting. Even way back then, when I just had two little ones, I knew that they were a wealth of wisdom. I soaked it all up and all these years later, we are still living out many of the ideals we saw in their family.
One of my favorite things about this particular family is that they shatter the view that there is only one right way to parent. They have three kids, have never homeschooled, and Debbie has worked for much of the time she has had kids. And yet, their commitment to family surpasses almost anything I have ever seen. The sacrifices they have made for their children are humbling. We hadn’t seen them in five years and their once-little boys are all grown up now, but once again, I soaked in all they had to offer and was reminded of what happens when we take this parenting thing seriously.
(I’m so sad we forgot to get a picture of all of us!)
We spent the following morning with Debbie and one of the boys. They took us to Cantigny Park in Wheaton. The kids had a great time climbing on all the tanks, learning more about wars we have touched on in school, and visiting the museum.
After Cantigny, they treated us to a yummy lunch (my first Chipotle experience) and then they took us to the “Little Popcorn Store” in Wheaton, a TINY store created in an alley. The kids loved picking out (and eating!) candy.