I was telling a wonderful family friend tonight at dinner that once this much time passes between posts, it's so hard to write something again because I start thinking about it and there's just absolutely too much to say, so I don't even know where to start! And I concluded that I just need to do it and start with the current. SO, here I sit at just after 11:00 trying to put into practice what I know to be true.
This has been a wonderful and challenging couple of months. God's Truth is so simple yet so profound. I may or may not share with you at a later date what He's been saying--when it's not closing in on midnight. For another month, I am tutoring math (go figure!) 2 afternoons a week at an inner city elementary school. Its great pay and a challenging yet good chance to connect with four 3rd and 4th graders. Karl continues to work at a custom wood factory, though his job has changed. He is working less hours which is good for family time, but bad for the budget. God continues to provide. It's completely and totally miraculous really. We are still in our house. We are still seeking Him for the next step. We are trying to focus on living as believers TODAY. This is challenging many moments and easy others....or atleast less challenging in others.
As you can see from the pictures, my sister Alyssa got married last month. She was the most beautiful bride. Alyssa's new husband has won all of our hearts. We couldn't be more happy for them. I have told several people it was the most perfect weekend--intimate, beautiful, priceless.
We have been enjoying the weather as it leaps back and forth between the 40s and 70s. Ahhh, spring in the Midwest. It has felt so wonderful to get outside more. I have actually been running again (another miracle).
After watching Food Inc. on PBS, we have made the decision to only buy our meat from a local farmer (or my uncle one state over), thus ensuring in this season of life, we will be mostly vegetarian. Luckily, we have about a month's worth of meat in our freezer that I will NOT be purging. In the meantime, I am researching a lot about vegetarian life/recipes. I think I currently have 3 books on hold at the library (must pay down that fine and find that Magic Tree House tape series) and am recombing the Mennonite Central Committee cookbooks (More with Less, Extending the Table, and Simply in Season) so that I can plan out a month's worth of meals.
For the first time ever, I feel like we are a "sports family." Kole chose soccer while Braden chose baseball. What a schedule! We are still reeling to try to figure out how to work in family dinner around these practices and games. I'm not ready to give up that rare and precious time. When school's done in a month, it will probably get easier (we'll just eat after), but right now I'm just baffled with how to make it work. Any great suggestions? I'm open and very new at this.
Well, that's a start to re-entering bloggy land. I feel like "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow" should be sung with vigor right about now. Too bad I'm the only one up!