Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Week of Memories…

I have been busy (the lack of posting shows that), but it’s been a good busy.  One Voice is going well, I’m also helping a little with a play at school for Grades 4-6 and life is just life.  This week I enjoyed some memories…not of things my kids did at school, but memories from MY childhood. I am constantly amazed by the things buried in our brains that surface sometimes.

We had the privilege of hearing Calico Winds at school this week.  I loved hearing the instruments and the kids enjoyed it.  They played a section of “Peter and the Wolf”.  I remember my parents piping the music into my bedroom some nights (I know, not really lullaby music).  I loved listening as the instruments depicted the different characters in the “story”.  Thanks Mom, for teaching me to play the piano and instilling a love for music into my life.

Hmm…that reminds me of the time Mom made Dad, Melodie and me go with her to a concert that was all in Latin.  I was taking Latin in High School at the time and she figured I could translate for all of us…right…so when it was over she smiled and said, “Now you have had your dose of “culture” for the year?”

John wrote about a line in a song this week…”Oh to grace how great a debtor…” It’s the beginning of the 3rd verse of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.  It reminded me of the beginning of the 2nd verse which says, “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by they help I’m come.  And I hope by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home..”  My Dad often raised his head, looking toward Heaven when he sang.  We sang this song many times in church when I was a kid.  I will never forget when years later when Mark Balser told me that when we sang that verse in church and Dad lifted his head, he thought that an “Ebenezer” was your nose!  It wasn’t until he was older he understood it was a memorial stone or marker in the Bible and the symbolism of what that meant in the song.  Now THAT is what I think about when I hear that song.

Mom taught Sunday School for as long as I can remember.  When we were kids she would teach all of us songs that helped us remember things.  I think the first song she had us  memorized to sing in church was “He Lives”.  I am working with One Voice and in one scene I have my 12 disciples.  On the way home tonight I started singing…”There were 12 disciples Jesus called to help Him, Simon Peter, Andrew, James, his brother John, Phillip, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon, Thaddeus, Judas and Bartholomew.  He has called us too, He has called us too, We are His disciples, I am one and you.  He has called us too, He has called us too.  We are His disciples, we His work must do.”  I haven’t thought about that song in YEARS.  Although I’m not sure of the significance of knowing all those names…but the reminder that we ARE His disciples and are here to do HIS work is a good one…so thanks again, Mom.

In other news…


Headed to the Sweet Sixteen in Boston – next game Thursday!!! GO DUKE!!!


Will catch you up later, but for now…



All travelers are well…

Both Hilary and Katie were traveling today. Hilary is on Spring Break and has job interviews in Maryland and Virginia and is then going to Kitty Hawk, NC to visit with a friend.  She stayed in Fishkill, NY with Andrew’s family last night (Andrew is in Switzerland) and drove to Gaithersburg, MD today where she’ll spend the next few days.  Please keep her in prayer are she travels and with her many interviews.  Katie left around 7:15am to pick up her friend, Dan, near Concord and head back to Eastern.  They made it in record time – no traffic – even on the George Washington Bridge. (Mom, I still hear you singing…”George Washington Bridge, the George Wasington, Washington Bridge…etc.).  She pulled into the main road into campus and her car died…she pulled into a parking lot, got it restarted and drove to her parking spot outside of her dorm…the car died as she pulled in.  We don’t know what the issue is, she’ll get that looked at this week, but we’re so thankful for God’s protection and timing…

As I said in my last post, Katie spent the week with me at school – Dr. Seuss week. I noticed the following quote on her AIM away message…

“I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from in front and some come from behind, but I’ve bought a big bat and I’m ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.” ~Dr. Seuss

Have a great evening and a great Monday!

Thank you, Dr. Seuss…

They ran to us fast. They said “How do you do? Would you like to shake hands with Thing 1 and Thing 2?”


(Not the most flattering picture of me, but whatever…)

It has been a great week at school as we celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss.  We had special activities every day, including a visit from Thing 1 and Thing 2 and The Cat in the Hat today.  The kids read SO many Dr. Seuss books this week and I had fun reading to them and reliving all the times I had read the same books to my girls.  The grand finale of the week was Dr. Seuss Jeopardy.  The top team for Grades 3 – 6 were in competition.  Our 3rd grade group were stiff competitors (you go girls).  The 6th grade was ahead until Final Jeopardy.  The girls bet the hole shabang  (11700 points) and had the right answer. The 6th grade had the right answer, but only bet 3000 points  SOOO our 3rd graders were the winners of a pizza party and bragging rights…

It’s been a busy week for me outside of school. I saw my Doctor Tuesday and discovered I have bursitis in my right shoulder, had x-rays for the shoulders and neck (possibility of arthritis in there) and blood work done.  Thursday I saw an ENT due to recurring sinus issues.  I’ll have a few tests over the next few weeks to rule out some things…oh joy oh delight…anyway. Katie and I went shopping after my appointment.  It was nice to have that time with her…she has also spent the week at school with me doing observations for her special ed class.

Despite the Doctors appointments it has been a great week…I am thankful for God’s blessings each day – especially my family.

Snow Day and Taxes…

…that about sums up my day.  I slept in a bit, did some laundry, paid bills and then tackled taxes for us, Hilary and Katie.  Thank goodness for Turbotax, but it still takes time.  AND thank goodness for REFUNDS!!!

Katie will be heading to school with me tomorrow to do some special ed observations for a class; that will be fun and interesting.  Lindsey got snow in Charlotte and had another snow day – she has had as many as I have!  Hilary did not have classes at ENC!

I hope you had a wonderful day – whatever the weather was!

PS – The second Red Velvet Pound Cake survived and is wonderful (and almost gone)!