Here we all are in 2018, with the exception of my mom's favorite son-in-law. He would not be caught dead in a coffee shop, so he didn't get to be in the photo. No, the truth is he's working hard today, making deliveries of just about anything you can think of: flowers, paychecks, tires, pallets of paint buckets, live birds, building supplies. He's the best.
Alison has been home from TN for almost a year already. She's our fabulous church pianist and organist and is otherwise busy teaching music lessons and working at the local elementary school as a one-on-one para. She loves coffee and blingy stuff and high heels and a really good guy named Daniel. 💝
Amy is also a para, but of the kindergarten classroom variety, and she LOVES her job. She's always organizing something or building or creating something, in fact, today she's in the garage disassembling a junk table and chairs and transforming them into something usable for the yard. She played the piano for the school musicals two years in a row, once practically sight-reading at the last minute. She's amazing. She's also not available, but we aren't allowed to say anything. 😉
Having completed her CNA classes, Betz is now working hard on her medical assistant degree, getting her driver's license, and just being the best sandwich artist ever. I think we'll call her a graduate this year. (Or last year? When you homeschool, who cares?) Last year Betsy co-wrote and implemented a preschool curriculum. She assisted in a kids' ASL class at our homeschool co-op this year and handled wiggle time for the young ones. Betz has big ideas and wants to do some exotic and adventurous traveling in the near future.
|LAST year. We just had 10" of snow, remember?|
We moved a few miles to even more rural Minnesota two years ago, and we will probably be the new family for the next 30 years. 😊 God graciously and generously supplied us with a house and church building, and that is quite a story, maybe the subject of a later blog post. (Did you see that "maybe" written in teeny tiny letters? Right now I think I'm doing well to post something every two years or so.)
I am contemplating who I am now that my family doesn't really need me except to make supper. 😁 I took a huge step out of my comfort zone this year and held a report-writing class for local homeschoolers, using curriculum from Institute for Excellence in Writing. The older I get, the smaller my comfort zone gets, and isn't that backwards? Shouldn't I be gaining confidence with experience?
And now it's time to make that supper. Maybe I'll be back. To anyone out there who might have accidentally run across my post, I hope all is well with you and yours, as well. God is good.