Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Loving this Week

I found this on Etsy today and just had to post it. (For some reason, the link is not copying, but you can find this on Etsy searching for the Dollface Embroidery shop.  
Classes are done and exams and grading remain. My stressful work is done for the semester. I had stress right up to the last day, having to deal with a student that had given me fits for most of the semester.  Not my favorite thing to do.  I had another situation early in the semester that I thought might end like this, but she has been a treasure--a complete attitude reversal. You just never know the direction things like this will take.

This week, I do have to give an exam on Friday and then another on Tuesday of next week. My upper division History classes are working on papers. 
 Being at home is just so wonderful. No lectures to write or review. I can just concentrate on home.
I am trying to do one major project around the house each day. Yesterday, I tackled the boys' bathroom. So much of it involves laundry. I sorted and bagged up everything, knowing I would be home most of the day. WHAT A GREAT FEELING!  I cleaned everything in the bathroom except the floor which I will do today. I washed down the walls with my Mrs. Meyers all-purpose cleaner. I added a little tea tree oil to help with mildew issues (there is no fan). They have drawers full of clean underwear and a basket full of clean socks. Towels, pj's, jeans and t-shirts AND school clothes!  ALL DONE! (Well, I am still working on the jeans).  I would love to get in and clean up Virginia's room, but I need her help on what goes where.  We need all get rid of some things from our closets and drawers.
Looking forward to "Family Night" at Church tonight (our monthly meal together as a Church family) and getting to come home and cross stitch!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

If Only . . .

I love this pattern. It captures exactly what I would like to do--keep them close and safe under my wings.  This has been quite a long week for our family.  But, we are all ok. Discouragement and fatigue, as I always say, go hand in hand.  I think that after this week, we will have some perspective and rest.  John Thomas is still worried about his Hebrew grade, but I think he will be fine. He worked so hard at his school assignments during break. I think that helped him immeasurably with regard to what is coming up in the next few days.  James Martin has had months of ups and downs, and he does a good job of handling it, but the disappointments are starting to take their collective toll on him. Michael and I are praying for him that something will turn around.  Virginia is more herself which makes us all happy, but pressure of performances, recitals, and academics is pushing her out of her comfort zone.She wants to do EVERYTHING, but is learning that is a problematic philosophy.
These are not bad things--just life. I recognize had kind the Lord has been to us--EVERY DAY. 
But, I do wish sometimes I could  do something meaningful for them beyond folding their socks . . .

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

This has been such a semester!  Our family has been on a roller coaster of events, emotions, and exhaustion for quite a while.  Last week, before classes were out, Michael started feeling bad as if he were coming down with something.  It hit him Friday, the last day of classes.  By Saturday, I had it. I didn't go to Church on Sunday, but Hubby did as bad as he felt.  The kids had moved heaven and earth to get the week off so that we could make our annual trek to Tennessee to see Michael's family. We had hoped to spend a day or two at Ridgecrest, but by Sunday night, we knew pretty sure we would be staying home.  
This is the best thing that could have happened to us. We both feel like we had the flu--all the symptoms except a significant fever.  How could the flu at Thanksgiving be the best thing?  It forced us off our feet.  We stayed put. The kids stayed put. John Thomas caught up on heavy school work. and James Martin was able to get some rest and perspective. Ima Virginia was in sore need of rest, too. She was able to spend a day Christmas shopping with a friend (who had also been sick). 
By Wednesday,we were feeling a little better, and John Boy had completed a major research paper. We celebrated by going to Outback for supper. Michael said that was our vacation.  The kids love getting the "Bloomin Onion" and they brought us the biggest one I have ever seen with an extra serving of the dipping sauce.  Everyone loved it.  We don't have Church on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving because so many are home working on the next day's menu items.  We went to the grocery store after planning our dinner for Thanksgiving. It was nice to be out and about, and it was wonderful to be together.
Today, Virginia, James Martin, and I worked on the dinner.  She made the bean casserole, the broccoli casserole and the sweet potatoes.  I bought some of the Sister Schubert rolls John Thomas loves so much. James Martin made a cream cheese dessert, and helped with the casserole prep.
We had a small turkey breast, a nice little ham, tea, cranberry sauce, dressing.  
This was the first Thanksgiving we have had here together since we moved here. We always go to Tennessee. We missed seeing everyone for sure, but we pulled it all together and had such a good day. I even bought a package of hambones for all the dogs. Each of the dogs had his/her own bone to eat on all day.  
We watched TV and played games after dinner (and our naps).  It was just such a good day.  We have ALL had much-needed rest this last week, and I am especially grateful for that.
Hope your day was restful and filled with love of family!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Family Snaps

Each Fall term, the university sponsors a community choir. Virginia and James Martin sang in it this year. After singing 4 years in the University chorale, JM was glad to be back in the bass section for this group.  Virginia loves singing--she is in the back right, and JM is on the far left front.  It was a wonderful concert. This picture represents about 1/2 of the singers.  

It's been a while since I have had a post featuring Ginger. This is a picture I took this morning of her sleeping as the sun rose with a glow almost as orange as Ginger! She had been out all night and found herself in some trouble with a neighborhood dog.  She was really glad to be safe in her house!
Looking forward to having some time at home tomorrow!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Good Morning!

Thursdays have always been my favorite days. This promises to be a busy one, but that's ok. I think we are on the short road to completing a difficult semester--the eclipse, the hurricane damage, and lots of other little things have thrown us all off schedule. Michael says our Church motto is "we're flexible"--there really is a spirit of flexibility and accommodation in our Glade Creek family that makes everything work a lot more easily.  Today is our food distribution day, and I am headed out in a few minutes to make some sloppy joes for everyone attending. I think the fellowship hall will be very inviting in this cool weather. We have the fall decorations in place--won't be long before we put up the Christmas decorations. Anyway, we will have several out of pocket that are usually there, and M has to be at a meeting (I am supposed to be, too, but I am happy to be where I am going), but we will make the most of the day.
We have been through some storms this semester, and we have tried to be flexible on things that are best served from that position, and also to stand firm on things that need steely resolve. This is the nature of life--trying to figure out which position is right. 
Having George here this last weekend lifted the boys' spirits. Church last night gave us all a boost-we have a friend of the boys' from the college who attends on Wed nights with us even though he is a Methodist minister. His church does not have Wednesday night meetings, and he likes our fellowship. There is often a lot of good-natured ribbing back and forth between John Thomas and his Methodist friend. 
Next week, we have the entire week off from school for the Thanksgiving break. I think that will help us all catch up and catch our breath. 
Hope your week's end is as lovely and calm as this painting!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Historians Three

Three goonie History grads!
 This weekend was the University's Homecoming, and George Loomis (center) came to stay with us and attend the festivities with the boys. John Thomas had to work most of the weekend, so he didn't get to go to some of the events and to the movies with the others. But they all had a good time this morning at Church and at lunch.  John Thomas and George do really good impressions of a current President, and James Martin can do a marvelous JFK.  Michael and I were laughing listening to them do their imitations. 2 Donald Trumps in the room is just about enough. 
We really enjoyed having George here with us. The house is too quiet with Virginia gone with the chorale. I think this is the last Sunday they are singing for the semester. There are a couple of concerts before the end of the term, but they are local. 
I am grateful for the friends James Martin and John Thomas have--they are blessings to the whole family. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kinder Days

Wouldn't it be nice if we could tuck our children in and close the door to the outside world with all of its pain and unkindness? This has been quite a week for our family, but I think we are the better for it. Friday came just at the right moment. 
Thank you, Lord.