Saturday was a day I gave to my family.  We started the morning with the boys’ soccer game.  It was a gorgeous Saturday and was a fun game to watch.  It was the last game of the season and it ended in a tie.  We know how much time and effort the coaches put in over the season, so we were happy to give them a gift certificate to our local restaurant as a way to thank them for their time. My parents came to watch the game and then came to our home for the afternoon.  I made lunch for everyone and then we watched the Hawkeyes play Penn State and lose.  My mom brought a treat for me as well…she made me a Lemon Meringue Pie, my favorite, and it was soooooo delicious!!!  Then the evening was spent with my husband on our DATE NIGHT.   We had a great time and lots of excellent conversation.  Lately, I have been really craving that one on one time with my husband and I am so glad we had 2 dates this week.  It might be awhile before we get a chance to have one again.  We have a joke that it isn’t really a date with out a stop at Target.  So, of course, we stopped at Target.  We needed to pick up our items for our weekly Food Pantry donation.  Rather than the kids bringing a monetary offering to their Sunday School, they bring a food item to donate to the pantry.  Normally, I like to take the kids and let them pick out something they would want to donate.  But, it was just easier this time for Pat and I to pick up the food.  We know what a great need there is in our area for food and it is something easy we can do to help out.  We picked up things like canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, and cereal.  All items we take for granted that are on hand in our pantry.  Donating food items is an easy way to give back to your community.  If you haven’t done so, please consider contacting your local food pantry and finding out their needs today.

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