April This & That

This month is flying by!  Actually, last month felt like that too!  

I’m on a search committee at church that has been taking more and more time lately.  We’ve been meeting weekly (roughly) since October and we’re now into the interviewing stage.  It’s been a big commitment for our family, but an important one.  I knew that saying “yes” would mean lots of nights away from home, but I also knew it wouldn’t last forever.  I was honored to be asked to be a part of it and have really enjoyed the entire process, despite the many hours of work and meetings.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve our church in this way, but I’m also looking forward to being finished!  

More play dates with friends!

Springtime in the Rockies is a crazy thing!  Last week we had one day where all four seasons were on display – in ONE day!  I took a few pictures to document it.  In the morning I was out without a coat or jacket, and by the afternoon, I needed a coat, scarf, and gloves!  Our daffodils were so beautiful starting to bloom, and too late in the day we thought to cover them – they were already frozen.  So sad we’ll miss out on our spring flowers.

Anna has been holding a dance academy for the family a few times over the past months.  She asked the three of us to attend her ballet class and it’s been fun.  She’s been a strict teacher, asking some of us to stay after class for goofing around, and giving report cards out.  But, we’ve learned a few things too!  I snapped these pictures last time of the guys – they’ve been such good sports.  Everyone’s facial expressions are so funny.  Anna, thank you for sharing your  knowledge of ballet with us! 

Kenny and the kids outdid themselves this past weekend for my birthday.  They made an amazing breakfast in bed for me!  Scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee, and crepes with several different fillings: sweetened cream cheese and berries, strawberry jam, and brie with slivered ham.  It was delicious and I so appreciated their thoughtfulness and kindness.  The other part I so enjoyed was getting some time to read in bed while they prepared.  What a gift!  After James’s birthday party that afternoon (we share a birthday weekend!) we went out for dinner to celebrate both of our birthdays which was fun too.  A wonderfully blessed day!  

Miss Jokester

April began with some practical jokes for the whole family by Anna.  Actually, a few days before the 1st, when Anna and Kenny were home alone, she convinced him to change around all of the pictures hanging in the dining room as a joke for me.  So cute.  The wall contains a family tree including pictures of all of our family; my family on the left and Kenny’s on the right.  Now, it’s one big happy family, all mixed up.  I haven’t even changed them back yet.  I thought her joke was so clever.  

After school on April 1st, Anna came to me and told me about the joke she wanted to do for James and asked if I could help her.  She wanted to fill a plastic Easter egg with water and then open it over his head.  We found an egg, filled it with water, discovered tiny holes in each end, and then taped over them.  We talked through the logistics of what she would say and how she could get the egg over his head.  After some discussion, she decided that was too tricky, she’d just try to open it over his feet.  In the end, I think she got more of the water than he did, but the joke was a good one and she loved every minute of it.  

Then she moved on to her plan for Dad.  She wanted to pretend she lost another tooth, then surprise him and say, “April Fools!”  That evening we were to meet Kenny at small group, so on the drive there, Anna practiced her joke on James.  When we arrived, Anna told everyone what her plan was and they were all so kind to play along.  Kenny came in, Anna acted out her joke and it worked perfectly.  

We were all surprised this year by Anna’s interest in April Fools Day!  Not only did she plan clever jokes for each of us, but she had so much fun pulling them all off.  At the end of the night when she was getting ready for bed, she was so sad that no one played a joke on her.  I quickly pulled Kenny aside, told him to come up with something quick, and in the end Dad’s humor was just Dad’s humor and Anna didn’t think his joke was funny at all; just gross.  Oh well.  He tried.  Next year we’ll all be ready for Anna’s jokes and be sure to have one in mind for her!

We love you, Anna girl, and your spirit of fun!  

 

A Break From Teaching & More Cleaning

Spring has sprung!

I’ve had one piano student, Sophia, for the past several years and have so enjoyed getting back into teaching after a long hiatus.  In February, she and her mom approached me about taking a break for a few months since her school work was becoming more intense.  They’re hoping to pick back up this summer, and I’m hoping they will too.  I do miss teaching Sophia and appreciated the hour once a week where I wore a different hat from wife and mom.  It reminded me that I do still have teaching skills and that I enjoy using them!  

The other thing I miss is Sophia’s mom, Stacey, helping me with cleaning the house!  Stacey and I were trading services and it has worked beautifully for several years.  When Stacey first started helping me I was struggling with my health and it was difficult to keep up with the house.  I remember being light headed so often that I’d vacuum one room, sit down to rest for a bit, then tackle the next room.  It took so much longer to clean because I needed to rest in between.  

Since then, my health has improved and I’m rarely light headed.  Praise the Lord!  I’m also stronger and know that the walking I’ve been doing this past year has helped tremendously.  I’m physically able to do more and my energy level is much higher.  I can now clean the house all in one day with only a couple breaks.  That is a huge improvement since three years ago and I am beyond grateful.  While I miss the help, I’m so thankful the Lord has given me the strength to do the work myself.  And, in a couple months when the kids are out of school for the summer, I’ll have two new helpers to share the work!