Jeremy said he likes my blog posts. I've been trying to get up earlier to make better use of my mornings for the physical (running) and spiritual (reading the Bible, listening to sermons/podcasts, music) parts of my life. I've been following the blog of a lady who challenged herself to blog every day (Preventing Grace --and the podcast by the same name is great, too). I am giving up Facebook for Lent, a practice I have never really participated in, but feel as though could be humbling and point my thoughts more often to Jesus--the only source of true peace and joy for me in this broken and confused (and often wonderful) world. So I am sitting down here to write, and hopefully more often.
A snapshot of life right now: Evan is playing WiiU with a friend downstairs (in our half-basement that's not really a basement...still sad that I am living in the MidWest without an actual basement) after I laid down the law and told them they had to play Legos or something else "real" for the first hour and then they could do electronics for the last 45ish minutes. And, for the record, they played Legos for 4 extra minutes without realizing their electronics restriction was over, so there. His friend is sweet, and I love his family, so yay! Evan has had a slower time really connecting here and finding friends that are easy to have over regularly. So I am glad. He still does really odd things like starts reading a book or sitting in the bathroom for 20 minutes while his friends awkwardly wander around the house, so I really can't blame them for not coming over all the time. We're working on it. He still just really loves his best friend in CA and has a hard time opening his heart fully to the boys here.
Annie is off at a newer friend's house--they actually live pretty close but there is a busy street in-between so that limits their ability to go spontaneously to each other's houses. This friend loves gymnastics as much as Annie and is really sweet. Annie has met some great friends, and we have really enjoyed hosting her made-up "Fun Club" on Tuesday afternoons...she and the neighbor girl made flyers and invited some girls to come to a club and it has really taken off. Those same girls ended up agreeing to put together a song for the school's Talent Show, which was on Friday night. We did "The Hard Knock Life" from Annie, of course. They were the cutest little orphans and I loved getting to know all the orphan moms (ironic, I know) in the process. They got the Vice Principal to play Miss Hannigan and it was really cute.
Sam stayed after middle school to work on a weather station...er...something...electronic...with a computer? I don't even know. I ask about it and he talks about it, but all I hear is "blah blah blah." I really can't comprehend techie stuff. Sam is not an athlete but is loving band, jazz band, and academic extra-curricular activities. He is making this weather thing (called a Raspberry Pie) with some other great fun and creative friends he has and I love that he has connected so well. He got to walk home with one friend afterwards and he will eat dinner there and then they will take the boys to Boy Scouts. I never thought I would have a Boy Scout, but he got to spend last weekend exploring and camping in a cave, so that's awesome. Just don't get me started on the popcorn he has to sell.
Jeremy is finishing up class and stuff and whatever it is he does at Wheaton College for the day. He actually does a lot of reading and writing at home because his study carrel is quite small and shared with another student and home is much more comfortable. He is currently redoing our terrible pink bathroom and it's been a fun project with rotted wood, mold, carpenter ants and a disasterous DIY epoxy sink nightmare, and tiling, which he has never done before. All on a low budget. He asks for a lot of back massages from the kids at the end of the day. It's looking good.
I subbed today--doing reading with second language learners and then being a one-on-one aide for a boy with some health problems at my own kids' school. I loved today. Some days are a little trying (like 5th grade and 8th grade) but I am really enjoying being back in the classroom. Then, in just a few minutes, we are off to dinner at a Phd family's house, and then on to a prayer time for Wheaton Phd women (spouses and students) at one of the professor's houses. Tomorrow I will clean the house like a mad woman in order to get ready for the weekly Bible study we host here--during which I feed homemade dinner to half the singles from our church and some brave families as well.
So it's a good life. And that's what it is.
Until next time! Paka (bye in Russian, because today I got to work with a boy from Uzbekistan and I loved it)!