Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Bluer Family.
Today was a very emotionally trying day. We started out the day dealing with the fact that our very close friends the Parrs are moving tomorrow. Then, another wrench was thrown into the day that left us speechless, and so very thankful to God! The family you seen pictured above...the Bluers attend our homeschool co op. They have been there for as long as I can remember. The mother Marcie, is the sweetest woman you will ever meet. She has a gentle voice, and a casual demeanor that makes you feel instantly comfortable with her. I've only had the pleasure of teaching a few of their children, but I see them every week. I can't say enough about how polite, respectful and full-of-life they are.
Early this morning, after Steve had left for work....Marcie heard a noise that sounded like glass breaking. She got out of bed, opened her bedroom door......to see flames! Everyone jumped into action and got out of the house, only to discover that the 4 year old child...Sammy was not there! Older brother Jonathon, 17 and athletic ran back into the house to find him. He found him upstairs, and with the house quickly engulfing in flames was forced to drop him into the arms of 20-year old David from the second story. Jonathon climbed down to safety. We are soooo very, very thankful to God that every Bluer is alive and well, and except for some burns on Marcie's feet no worse for the wear.
This story goes on. As soon as word got out, things started to happen. The homeschool community, and the Christian as well have shown their true colors and I am thankful and proud to be a part of it. The Bluers have a long road ahead of them (and we are hoping to get them on Extreme Makeover Home Edition!), but I am quite sure that with God, and his family of believers they will have a story that will be a testament for many.
My daughters have been blessed with an amazing group of girls as their friends. They try to get together once every semester, when the college students are home to have a "Girl's Night". It usually involved, girly movies, dancing, talking and of course chocolate! There are always lots of silly pictures to choose from after one of these events. I was good though and chose a more flattering one. I love all those girls!
It's Saint Patrick's Day and I'm Irish.....can you tell?
Confession....this picture was taken a day or two before the 16th. But, as of this moment I can't find a picture taken on that day. However, Charlie is often looking for a warm body to cozy up to so the likelihood of this happening on the 16th is about 80-90%. ;)
Or maybe, just my husband and son. Ever since the trees were cut down, they have spent some time every now and then sawing and hauling the wood into our back yard. As soon as the ground dries up they will have plenty of work organizing and piling the wood into neat stacks. I don't anticipate needing to purchase a chord of wood for at least another year.
Today was the 2 year mark when Rachel and Luke started "liking" each other. This may be confusing to many of you, but it makes sense to us. We believe in courting over dating. Dating, in today's times often leads to temptation, giving away your heart and eventually heartbreak. Dan and I, along with Luke's parents are teaching Rachel and Luke to wait for things. Saving things like kisses and saying "I love you" for much later in a relationship. They are however, allowed to hold hands and give each other a hug. We got a chuckle out of this picture though because it comes across as engaged rather than "Pre-Courting" as we call the stage they are at now. :)
Today I went to parent-teacher conferences. I got to see Rachel's work as well. She is doing very well in school, her average is 98%. Her teacher's say she is a joy to have in class. This is a picture of her updo for a competition. Good job Rachel! I knew you would do well. :)
Around the country, there are several traditions for "Fat Tuesday". The day before Ash Wednesday, when many people of faith enter a time of fasting, and self-denial. I'm not so sure that I agree with the "partying it up before you have to fast" mentality.....but the kids sure do look forward to the paczkis that are out in abundance this one day each year.
On a journey.
This picture was super-scary for me to post. But, it's the only picture I took today so I'm trying to be brave. I am on a journey to a new, healthier me. I like the idea of being skinny, but I like the idea of being healthier more. I'm hoping to reach a healthy weight for me....whatever that may be, by the end of this year. I'm walking and jogging 3-4 times a week. I prefer 4 times, but sometimes Saturdays are really busy. Every day I push myself a little harder. It's hard, but it feels good.
Let's face it, I got behind on taking pictures. However, as I sat and thought about what I should do about today, I had a few things come to mind. I remember that I spent a good deal of my time praying today. Praying with the family, praying while jogging, doing dishes and so on. We got word yesterday that a brother of our sister-in-laws passed. That's two people in one week's time who have left us here on earth. I prayed for Jordan's mom as I imagine this week may be harder than last because life keeps going on, and her life has taken a dramatic turn. Then I prayed for my sister-in-law as she plans to bury her brother at a much younger age then she should have to. God be with them and comfort them.
Today was a super-rough day for many in our homeschool community. A young man of not quite 16 passed away earlier in the week and we went to his funeral today. His funeral ended up being so packed that many had to stand on the sides. His father and mother's testimony reduced us to tears and I hope made many of the teens in attendance think about their lives and how they impact others. Life is so fragile, and so precious.