Well, once again we are dogsitting. Tomorrow we will start a week in White Bear Lake watching the dogs of some people that are friends of friends. They have a sweet house with a home theater and the location is much closer to my work, so that will be nice. A little extra cash won't hurt, either. At the end of August we may have another dogsitting gig in St. Paul and after that we don't have any planned. Some day, when we have a place of our own again, we will stop dog/housesitting for all our friends, but until then, these times provide a nice break from living with the in-laws in outer suburbia.
Jackson is becoming more vocal all the time. Instead of saying yes, he says, "yeah, yeah" very quickly and nods his head. When he says no, it mostly sounds like an o without the n, but we get the point. He is an opinionated child who knows exactly what he wants and is not afraid to ask for it. (He must get that from his mother.) Every day he learns something new and is such a fun kid. We are so thankful to God for him.
My job continues to go well. I learn something new all the time. A week or so ago I decided that I need to better understand what it is like to be in prison, since I am teaching classes to people who were just released. I watched some videos from the discovery channel about prison, which helped a little, but mostly I have been asking the residents. Some of the guys that have some hard time in federal prison roll their eyes at my questions, thinking to themselves, "how does anybody not know that?" but I keep asking anyway. I have to remind them that is is normal to have NOT been in prison and not the other way around. Lately I have had a few openings to talk about things of the Lord and that has been cool. My job can be tough but I like it and every day I get a little better at it. Hopefully some of the teaching sticks and these guys are able to make it back into society.