Tuesday, September 11, 2012

About School and Life

Our school day began and ended earlier than usual today - so I have a few minutes to write.

I think we have finally found a routine that works for us! Hoorah! There are still some afternoon hours that I need to constructively fill... but for now, with an impending move and all, Andy Griffith is a very obliging entertainer. The kids have discovered The Andy Griffith Show. It drives me crazy. I can't stand silly. So, I sort, or pack, or nap.

The kids have been making bike ramps out of dirt. That has been a two-day project. Everything was going well... until someone decided that we needed a ramp on the hill "for the little kids." I truly hope that the inventor of such a plot did not intend the chaos that followed! A certain five year old madman rode down the hill full speed - Yikes! He lived. Come suppertime he will be bragging about his near-death-and-dismemberment escapade. For the time being, I am still trying to wrap my mind around the idea that ANY boy can live to be as old as he is - be that 2, 5, 8, or 37. No one who has raised boys, had brothers, or married a boy can ever doubt that we have "ministering angels!"

We have more or less given the garden over to the dog. With packing and all I do not have time to do a garden. And, I needed to pack and clean up the yard too. So, we took down our fence and cleaned up our garden area. We left the tomato plants, pepper plants, and 3 cantaloupes. The dog will undoubtedly eat the maters and melons. But, we will probably get a few more hot peppers.

Baby Jeremiah (now 8 months) is growing like a weed. He has been grumpy lately since he is cutting his top teeth. But, his grumpy is not all that bad. He is a happy baby. (This, by the way, is a huge contrast from the colicky baby he was the first 6 weeks of life outside the womb!)

That about sums things up. So, if I go another week or so without having time to write, you know that everything is fine. Just busy with school, packing, looking for housing, kissing boo boos, and playing ball...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Life Goes On

On School - Back to full-time hours.

On the rest of life - Grab a cup of coffee, this could take a while.

We have been through more in this past year than I could have ever conveyed on the blog. There are some things that I just did not feel right about sharing publicly... and I still don't want to share them now.

What I will share:
- Paul recently resigned from his pastoral responsiblities
- we are leaving with peace
- and since we have been living in a parsonage, we are now looking for a new home
- Paul is back to working at U-Haul as many as 32 hours a week AND he is still doing the pre-load at UPS. So, he is working 12 hours a day/ 5 days a week (at least), and some Saturdays he will be driving for UPS delivering the "next day air" packages
- to try to keep some sanity I am doing school full-time... so not many boxes have actually been packed

Life is chaos, but in the midst of chaos there CAN be peace! In the midst of trauma there CAN be joy!

Thank God, we are saved by grace!

Thank God, we have food in the cupboards for the week!

Thank God, for the Panera (day-old) bread bag that we have been getting every week!

Thank God that we are healthy!

Thank God that we seem to be safe from harm!

Thank God for the energy to do school!

Thank God for our new-to-us van than gets us where we need to go!

Thank God, that "when one door closes another one opens."

Thank God, that though we feel alone, we are by no means friendless.

Thank God that we are pressed but not crushed, persecuted not abandoned, struck down not destroyed.

Thank God!

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18 ESV

We will get through this by his grace.