5.20.2011

Goodness

I'm sitting at our breakfast table looking out at a sea of green--a lushness in our yard that can only be attributed to the huge amount of rain we've had the past couple of weeks.  In fact, our support group's Field Day got cancelled for today due to rain.  Hopefully the reschedule next week won't be cancelled because of rain; more is predicted.  Though we didn't get much snow this winter, they're saying we've already made up for the deficit for water, which here in the southwestern part of the nation is always an issue.  God is good!

Back to green.  Another blessing of our cool and rainy May is that the lilac blossoms have hung on and hung on.  SweetPea told me that they've been out so long they're kind of bleaching out from what sun we've had.  It's great...our grass isn't crispy anymore and everything looks like it's breathed a sigh of relief and perked up its collective head.

My VBS project is moving along well, thank You, Lord!  I think I might even finish before our deadline.  Woohoo!  The hardest part is done--the inital writing--and now I'm into modifications for the various teaching levels and coming up with things for handouts and coloring pages.  In case you didn't know, there's a TON of great resources on the internet for S.S. and VBS programs. 

Tomorrow is a special day in our household--my daughter's 15th birthday!  I can't believe we're already here, solidly into her teen years and looking at after-homeschooling plans.  Man, it goes fast.  She's got two of her dear friends coming to spend the night tonight with pizza, movies, and general hilarity while Dad and I hide out have some sweet time to catch up on us.  Maybe even a walk in the rain.

I'm thankful for the Father's tender mercies over this week.  There's just nothing like knowing Him!

5.06.2011

Is it Friday already?

It's a good thing we had a refreshing week last week in Arizona...I sure needed high-octane this week!

Monday greeted us with the first of two days of testing for SweetPea, the standardized stuff we're required to do by the state.  Since then we've flown between unpacking, and laundry, yardwork, Bible study, haircut, shopping, a last-minute chance to go ice skating, home stuff, and, oh, yeah, school.  I'm eagerly awaiting a week wherein we actually do school every day--seems like it's been a long time since that's happened!  With all the activities, we've pushed the end of school deep into June.  We're doing great for meeting our required hours and days, but finishing up our curricula is another thing.  I know the public schools often don't finish their books by the end of the year, but I just can't do that.  I like the closure of finishing it all, if possible, so we'll press on.

I received an assignment from the Lord this week, too, that will keep me depending on Him minute by minute until I'm done.  I told earlier of my dear friend Kim, our pastor's daughter, who went to be with the Lord three weeks ago.  Well, she and her mom had just begun drafting this summer's VBS program before she got sick--and it was left.  I was asked to take it over and write it...so guess what I'll be doing the next three weeks?!  It's the kind of thing I love to do, but how I need God's ability and inspiration and wise use of time to get it done!  I am trusting that "He equips those He calls," and that He'll help it go quickly so that I can get my home things done, too.  I know He will.

The sweetest blessing happened yesterday...my lilacs bloomed!  There is simply nothing like that smell and I've told the Lord I certainly hope He has lilacs in heaven. 

To my mom friends reading this...may you be honored and appreciated and blessed on Mother's Day. You're awesome!

5.01.2011

A play, a trip, and happy May Day!

I fully intended to have a proper see-ya-later to my blog readers a couple of weeks ago, before SweetPea's play production week and our Easter trip to AZ to see our families.  But it didn't happen.  So here I am composing my blog update on the road home, enjoying a late spring snowstorm (ahem--note insincere tone) whirling around us and savoring some very sweet memories.
I would not generally recommend trying to plan and pack for a trip while participating in a play, but as is His gracious custom, the Lord helped us.  "Robin Hood" was a smashing success, drawing repeat viewers and filling our cups to the brim with hilarity and immense satisfaction. 
SweetPea's defining moment as a rookie actress came in the very first production when she was supposed to bounce gaily offstage, then bounce back in with a golden arrow on a pillow for Maid Marian to present to Robin for winning the archery contest.  Alas, when she went to pick it up offstage for her bounce-in, it had fallen down in a crack between the stage and the backdrop wall--and for all her efforts, she couldn't reach it.  So back in she comes, late, no arrow on pillow.  My mouth dropped and I could see a moment of shock on the other kids' faces on stage--what now?  Having been instructed to adlib any such situations, after a brief moment of recovery, everyone carried on with the now imaginary arrow.  As a comedy, it even worked out perfectly when Robin Hood exited with a grin and an "I'll be back for that arrow!"  We later heard that everyone thought it was supposed to be that way, that it seemed natural that the air-headed SweetPea character couldn't even do the arrow thing right.  My hatt is off to those kids--it was great.
Then it was off to sunny AZ.  As we headed west on I-40, we knew that somewhere on the road the very same day we were passing Sally and her Rough Diamond crew headed east on their way to their new home.  While we didn't spot them, we said an honorary 'hello' and 'God bless you' to the traffic general and hoped their packing had gone well!  It'll be good to hear of their new adventure and see some of her non-desert photos.  :-)
Having no family near where we live, it's always a very special treat to go see them in AZ.  Three generations on one side of the family, four on the other live there, so you can imagine I need my daytimer to keep track of our breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and outings straight.  But the Lord seemed to stretch our time out and I'm coming home feeling refreshed and blessed by a lovely week.
Now it's time to think of...final push of the school year, SweetPea's testing, getting the garden in, yardwork, next year's school planning, helping with VBS, house projects.  On second thought, maybe I'll do a Scarlet O'Hara and 'think about that tomorrow.'  I have a few more hours of vacation and I'd better enjoy them while I can!