Friday, September 26, 2008

Adoption Class, Update

Last night, we completed our fourth adoption certification class. We were supposed to be on class number six, but two were re-scheduled because of hurricanes. We will miss the next two classes due to travel plans (Oregon here we come!), but will have a chance to make up the class in November. The classes have seemed long at times, but will be worth it in the end.

We are excited about the prospect of expanding our family and are ready to get on with the work. In the next few weeks, we will be assigned to a home development worker. This worker will complete our home study and personal interviews. Once all of our paperwork is completed and we have finished the classes, we will be eligible for adoption and/or foster care.

We can't wait!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Music and Soccer

Whew! This has been a busy week!

Jack started piano lessons and violin lessons. This will be his third year in piano and his first in violin. He has really enjoyed the piano lessons (and Mrs. Connie) .
He was very excited about starting violin lessons. His greatest disappointment last week was not getting "the stick" with his violin. I think he thought he would just show up at the lesson and begin to play the violin!

Also this week, Curt had his first soccer game. Which they unfortunately lost 10-1. This is a good game for someone as hyper as Curt because they never stop running. This is his fifth year playing soccer and he has his favorite coach, Mr. Pierre.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Little (Big) Things

In the aftermath of two hurricanes, I have much to be grateful for...

I know exactly where my family is and I don't have to wonder if they are well.

When I look up, I see a ceiling, not blue sky.

The kindness of my neighbors .

The people of Chain Electric of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who left their homes and families to restore electricity to our small community.

When I walk into a room and flip a switch, the lights actually COME ON!(see above)

Lord, I am thankful for the small hardships of Hurricane Gustav, because it has made me realise how much I take for granted and just how spoiled I am in my life. I have everything I need, but still want more. Teach me contentment and how to live a life of simplicity. May the people of South Texas and South Louisiana find comfort and hope in You. Amen.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Here we go again!

As I type this, Hurricane Ike is making his presence known. Ike will come ashore somewhere near Galveston in the wee hours of the morning, but we are getting already feeling the effects here. In case you haven't heard, this storm is massive---it stretches out 275 miles from the center. Right now, the wind is gusty and we are getting some squalls of rain, but nothing major. According to our local weather guy, things will deteriorate overnight and the rain will last all weekend. As a result, we have laid in a supply of movies, snack food, new puzzles, and board games. We plan to spend the weekend holed up in the house hanging out together. All in all, not a bad way to spend a weekend. As long as we don't lose the electricity!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It's Official

Hurricane Gustav really IS over (at least for us). We finished our "hurricane puzzle" last night. We started the puzzle last Monday, after the electricity went out. We quickly discovered that it is not easy to put together a 750 piece puzzle by candlelight. Jack was sure that we would never finish it because I am not a "puzzle pro", but we pressed on. If you are not a puzzle person, you won't understand that a puzzle HAS TO BE COMPLETED once it has been started. Todd got called to the hospital last night, so the boys and I settled down at the table and finished it:

(Sorry, I can't figure out how to turn it the right way!) Anyway, the puzzle was lots of fun and we were so proud of ourselves for finishing. Todd was very impressed when he got home. Every now and then I would walk past the table and bask in the glow of our completed puzzle! Aahh!

Then, I woke up this morning and found this:

I would like to know how a cat can take pieces right out of the middle of the puzzle and leave the rest of the puzzle intact! Lucky for that cat, I found all of the pieces and was able to put it back together. I'm not finished basking, yet!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Gustav, THE END

The saga of Gustav has finally come to a close for us. We have electricity back, the branches have been picked up and hauled to the road, and all of the plants that were beaten up by the winds have been pruned back. (We decided to leave all of the patio and porch furniture in the shed until Ike makes a decision about which way he will turn. ) What a long week! We are so thankful, though, to have weathered the storm with very little damage and just a little bit of discomfort. It has reminded us to be thankful for the blessings that we have.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gustav, Day 3

A couple of things to do after a hurricane:

Clean out the fridge. I have to say, it is so much easier to thoroughly clean a fridge when it is empty. The bad side of that is that now I will have to restock the whole thing! But, I can't do that until the electricity comes back on and that may be a while.

Watch a video. With three battery operated fans blowing on you. All at the same time. All I can say is, at least they were quiet for a while.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gustav, Day 2

Before Gustav
After Gustav

We made it! Gustav is over and we are all still here. As hurricanes go, this was not as bad as it could have been. At least in my neck of the woods. It is still raining in some places, and there is some concern about flooding, but the bulk of the storm has moved on. We had winds between 90-100 mph, so we have lots of tree branches and "tree thrash" in the yard. We got lots of it picked up today, but it will probably take three or four more days to finish. I took some pictures during the storm, but it is hard to convey that kind of force in a photograph. (I took some video, but I'll have to learn how to put that on here!) We lost a few shingles from the roof, and took in some water in the house, but it was nothing like Hurricane Lily in 2002. We are still without electricity, so the boys and I are spending the night at my parents' home. They have air conditioning and the Internet!

We are so thankful that we were safe during the storm and escaped major damage. Most of all, I am thankful for the peace of God that flooded my heart and mind throughout the storm. I was truly never afraid. May it be so for you, whatever your storm.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Gustav, Day 1

Well, the wind is picking up. We are just now getting the outer bands of wind and a small amount of rain, but the bulk of the storm won't reach us until some time this afternoon. I have electricity for now, so I thought I would post the picture I took this morning. You can see the that the wind is blowing the tall grass over, but it is hard to see the strength of it. I am going to take pictures for as long as I can, so maybe I can post over the next few days.