Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Today Sierra, our 2 1/2 year old, and I took a 1 hour walk. It all started when she wandered out the front door by herself but as I chased after her I realized what a nice day it was and decided she really had a great idea! So, she packed up Violet and Meredith, her babies, into her little purple stroller and off we went. We only live two blocks from the park but as we got closer and closer I knew we'd be in for a really long walk if we actually entered it. There is so much to see and do there; three areas of play equipment, squirrels, dogs, people, leaves, bugs... So, in the interest of time, I tried to persuade her take the next turn and head back home. I told her I was getting cold and that probably the babies were, too. She pulled the little blanket over her babies and then looked up at me and reached up her hand. "I can hold your hand and keep you warm, then we don't have to go home." Wow! With that sweet little girl voice and innocent look she stole my heart... again. So I put my hand in hers and there we were walking hand in hand through the park. Thank you Lord, I love those moments and I could never have planned it. I'm so thankful I was there to catch it.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Josiah decided to set two goals for his game. First, to get a steal. Second, to do his best. Great goals, definitely achievable for him yet still something to strive for. I arrived to the game a little late because I wanted to let the girls sleep for as long as possible. Grandpa Davis said he already had a steal and had even picked up a foul he was so focused on getting that ball! A chip off the ol' block in the foul department. Shortly into the second half though he stole the ball again and I was there with the video camera.
Yes, can you believe it? I didn't have the camera ready to get the whole thing!! Still, a steal, full court dribbling, and SCORE! His tank is full. Check.
Despite this non-shalant look he really loves it. His cowboy name is Good Amos and Josiah is Lil' Poke. Lil' Poke likes going along to the competitions because between matches he gets a chance to shoot at the targets. Not to mention he loves dressing up like a cowboy. Andrew has been recruiting his friends and family since he first heard of this hobby. I've even joined him on a couple of occasions. It reminds me of our early dating days when his favorite thing to do was take me on a motorcycle ride. Now, as a woman, I have to say, "What's the point of that!!!" There's no talking or any interaction. It could really be anyone or even a robot behind him and the experience would still be the same. Ahhh, that's where we differ. For him, this is the ultimate connection between two people and the fact that he knows it's me there is what matters. Not to mention, he says I made his point for him... there's no talking. So, yes, I will continue to join him at a few cowboy shoots from time to time (I don't think those urban cowboys appreciate my name for their competition. It makes people wonder what exactly these guys are shooting!). I will allow him to call me September Joy on those days and I will do my best to load the guns and hit the targets and even hold it more on my shoulder and not on my arm so it looks right. Who knows maybe it will grow on me. I just wish they would let us talk about how we feel about our shooting after each stage. I'm guessing my suggestion won't make it past this blog!
Today, though, I'm watching Josiah's basketball game. He's been playing with Upward basketball and I highly recommend this program. He came in with no experience and very few skills and has left with the love of the sport. Every week after the games the kids get awards for what they were best at: Best Offensive, Best Defensive, Best Overall, Most Christ-like, etc. It's nice to have the coach say something positive about each player. This is the last game of the season and despite how great it's been, given our schedule these days, I'm actually glad we won't have to get to practices and games again until next year.
I also showed the house this morning but didn't get any really good vibes. There are several houses in the neighborhood that are now for sale. Hopefully the competition is helpful in just bringing more people by. I know our house will sell better once we're moved out. Andrew plans to come back and finish painting and doing little projects once all our stuff is out. It's the perfect house for someone.
"Lord, in Your time as You will."
Friday, February 22, 2008
So how does life look right now? We've been working on finishing up some of our remodel projects on our 100 year old house, so we're still surrounded by tools and supplies for that. We're 2 1/2 years into what we planned as a 4 year project. The house if really starting to look nice. I love old houses but, boy has it been a challenging adventure! In addition to the construction clutter, we've added the boxes that I've been filling with less essential things that I won't need in the next 6-8 weeks. Not to mention we've got three kids so there's plenty of kid clutter around, too. Needless to say, showing the house in order to sell it has been more than humbling.
I'm trying to keep our schedules as normal as possible so the transition for the kids goes as smoothly as it can but I feel like the quintessential duck, semi-graceful on the surface but paddling like mad under the surface. Oh who am I kidding, I'm no where near graceful, but the paddling like mad part is dead on. As much as I want to buckle down and just do what we need to do to move, I realize these are our last moments here in Salem and I want to make the most of them and take advantage of every opportunity. So, the importance of balance reaches a new level for me.
We're still waiting for the final OK but we plan to head up to the camp the weekend of March 8th to help get it ready for the season. I think this will be wonderful for the kids to have what they're looking forward to fresh in their minds and yet still have time left to say goodbye. Hopefully we'll be allowed to bring a load of our stuff up so we can get a head start on the actual move.
"Lord Jesus, I'm peacefully waiting for your timing in this. I await your unfolding plan. I know it is perfect. Help me to fulfill my part in it. In Jesus name, AMEN!"