I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before…but sometimes we take our concession trailer to auctions and other special events to sell lunch items and drinks. We just started doing this during the late summer and have SO enjoyed it. (This is one of the things we’re experimenting with while we pray and decide on a financial future for our family…)
One of the things we enjoy most about it is that our whole family can participate and be a part of the business. It has been a lot of work to get the food prepared each time and the trailer ready, etc…but we have had SO MUCH FUN!!! We’ve discovered that we make a pretty good team, our family.
Last Wednesday we got a call from the auctioneer right here in town, apologizing for the late notice, but asking if we could cater an auction Saturday. As in four days. Gulp. We decided to say yes, because we REALLY want to be a part of the local auction circuit, and hated to miss the opportunity if we could possibly help it.
The only problem was…Matt had an out of town soccer game that day. :) It wasn’t supposed to be a huge auction, plus it was right here in town…so we both felt like the big boys and I could handle it. (We decided for the sake of ease and sanity to leave the two younger boys with friends this time!)
We worked together to get everything prepared and Matt drove the trailer to the auction site the night before and got it all set up. (No WAY am I able to hitch that thing up and drive it anywhere or back it into wherever it needs to go. I cook, he drives. It’s a nice arrangement.) (Oh, and sometimes I stand outside close to the trailer while he’s backing it into the spot we need to park it and yell things like, “Go LEFT! No, stop. Go a little to the right! Wait. Just go straight back.” I’m really helpful.)
The catering went very well…and Asa, Justus and I made a great team. Asa took orders and took care of the money…Justus got out the pop and chips for the orders (Yes, we just sell mostly junk food at these events…it’s about the only way to do it. I don’t think people are expecting pot roast.)…and I served up the hot food. It worked out just fine. I LOVED the day with my big boys. It’s so exciting to work as a family. (And can I just say here that my big boys are the coolest big boys around? You should have seen them with the customers.)
I’m so grateful for this fun family business and for the joy it brings to all of us while we work together. (Someday, maybe we’ll actually make money at it too.)
Also, I’m so super grateful for our friend, Miss Nancy, who kept Malachi for me on Saturday. (Elias went to spend time at a buddy’s house that day…a place where nerf gun wars would take place for hours on end.)
Miss Nancy and Malachi have been special friends since the day he was born. Nancy has a grandson the very same age as Malachi…only her grandson lives in Egypt. Since Malachi doesn’t have a grandma in town…and Nancy doesn’t have a grandson in town…the two of them get to love on each other instead. Malachi loves his Miss Nancy and went to spend the day with her while I was at the auction. I’m so grateful to have a special woman here in town who is so willing to help me and give love to my children. Knowing he was in good hands was a huge relief to me on Saturday.
Oh, but remind me not to tell Malachi of any “Miss Nancy plans” until the morning he’s to go be with her. All I heard for four days was, “Now do I get to go play with Mith Nanthy?”
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