I’m having a hard time writing lately, perhaps due to a full schedule, possibly due to feeling a little low and wondering if I have anything to say. My local friends would laugh at that, given that if you stopped by for a cup of coffee, I would be able to fill an hour with conversation. I have posts rolling around in my mind, but today I’m going to give a quick family update, because I feel capable of that!
We had a great visit with Hannah. She was home for a full week and we used it well. Her first day home, we made a list of things she most wanted to do and people she hoped to see. It made our days intentional, so we didn’t get to the end of the week and wonder where it went. We knit felted slippers and baby shoes, made Jesse Tree ornaments, and cooked. We sipped coffee, watched a couple of Jane Austen movies, and spent time with the kids.
The family gathered together at least three times to share dinner. The older crew watched The Butler, and the entire family watched 42; I recommend both. She headed back to work and sent me a text Monday morning saying, “I’m so happy to be back in the OR.” She loves her work and the Lord has given her the gift of hands that can heal.
[In the last paragraph, I thought to myself, I should write a post about knitting, about my perpetual Jesse Tree, and about 42. Maybe I do have some blog posts in me.]
With Hannah home, we got to enjoy more time with Mimi and Andrew. Andrew has a fantastic new job, which is making both of them very happy. Mimi is working on some successful projects of her own. Never one to be conventional, she has some creative ventures up her sleeve.
Noah has been flying around the country interviewing at medical schools and has one acceptance already! He is in Denver today. We are so excited for him and for Katie, who signed on to spend the rest of her life with him (and as a Qualls). They set this goal and are working hard to follow God as they get ready to start their life together. Wedding plans are coming together – and it occurs to me that there should be some blog posts coming about that.
Samuel is currently in Portland on a field trip with the mechanical engineering students. He is a senior this year and will graduate with a ridiculously high gpa in May. His dream is to get a job in hardware engineering at Microsoft. Anybody have any Microsoft connections?
Isaiah moved to the Seattle area two weeks ago to intern at Overlake Christian Church in Creative Arts. He is on the worship team and primarily doing music, but with some graphic design in the mix. OCC livestreams their services, so last Sunday we came home from church and watched their 11:00 service. Don’t tell Isaiah, but we watched the worship service more than once – not to mention, the sermon by Pastor Mike was fantastic. Isaiah is coming out of a rough year, and my heart is at peace that he is right where the Lord wants him to be.
Ladybug is having a great junior year – half time at the high school and half time at home. Bee is growing, learning, and drawing closer to me. Dimples is working hard toward her goal of rejoining the family. Sunshine is having a great homeschool year and loves karate – hey, another blog post. Did I mention that some of the kids and I have started taking karate?
Eby and Little Man are having a solid school year, doing karate, playing outside, and this week they played their first two basketball games ever. Basketball is showing me a side of Eby that I didn’t know was there and I’m convinced that sports are going to be a good thing for my sensory-challenged boy. I had to blink back tears when he scored for the third time in his first game.
Sometimes I feel that if I’m not going to write a profound post, I shouldn’t blog at all. So today, I’m breaking out of that pressure. Friends, I hope your week has had bright moments. Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you so much for reading. This journey is hard – we’re wading through some deep waters – and in the midst of it all, I give thanks. God is giving us sweet moments to hold on to.
If you have a minute, please leave a comment and say hello. You can give an update on your family too!
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