(Earlier in the week he made me a chocolate cake to celebrate the arrival of my book!)
What a kid! And what an encouragement after a week with some hopeless moments regarding parenting and homeschooling. OK, so relax, they are great kids, and the Lord is accomplishing much in their hearts and minds.
So thankful for the reassurance…..
Today I got to visit with one of my best friends from high school – Kerry. Her husband had to travel to Vermont for a business conference, so we made plans to meet in Bennington, VT which was on their way to Albany to catch a flight back to California.Kerry and I met our freshman year of high school, were cheerleaders together, had classes together, hundreds of sleepovers and hours in the gym working on our tumbling skills. Kerry made much better grades than I, but I think I had the edge in gymnastics. (Hee Hee, only kidding – that one’s for Pat, our coach, who pitted us against each other for the sake of bettering our individual performances!) Kerry was and is one of the friendliest, most positive and encouraging people I’ve ever known. Her sweet notes from the 1980’s until today have been a continual source of blessing to me. She was voted homecoming queen and “Best All-Around” our senior year – 1988 – so I definitely was not the only recipient of this kindness. She was loved by all.
Kerry and her family were a huge blessing to me during my high school years. Her mother would bring us iced Crystal Light lemonade in covered Tupperware cups when she picked us up from gymnastics. And once she bought a half gallon of Blue Bell coffee ice cream and delivered it to me after school wrapped in two paper sacks. She did this simply to bless me after I had dinner with her family and raved about the dessert – Blue Bell coffee ice cream! I learned a great deal about family by watching theirs – a great deal about motherhood by watching hers.
Now, Kerry is a busy Mom of three adorable boys, and will run her first half marathon in a couple of weeks!
Best wishes! Love you and miss you lots! 1 and a half hours was not enough!
(*Sat. Oct. 6 – edit – upon further investigation of hairstyles 🙂 , I now believe the above pic was from 1986 – we were both 16!)
Connecticut Renaissance Faire. We are studying the Renaissance and Middle Ages this year, so it was perfect for our group! It was “school day” on Monday with cut rate tickets and back to back shows. We were there from 9a.m. through 2p.m. and still didn’t get to see everything.
We also saw a real live joust. The female peasant won. And we saw a tournament in which different pairs fought using different weapons. If a woman was fighting, she won. Even King Arthur was challenged to a duel by a woman and was beaten. I began to wonder if this was truly accurate. Did women really joust, and really fight with swords, daggers, and rapiers? And if they did, did they usually beat their male opponents? Or were we at the Politically Correct Connecticut Renaissance Faire?
Cooper: “This is the grandest apple in the whole orchard!” (Say with British accent)
This may seem like a silly interchange, but honestly we are having quite a bit of sibling rivalry which always seems to begin as inocently as this. Sigh.
It was a BEAUTIFUL day, so after returning home we hopped on our bikes and rode down the Norwottuck Rail Trail. There is access to the trail just across the street from our house. We rode as far as a local shopping area, stopped there for iced coffee and frozen lemonade, then returned home in time to get Kory off to his football game
Monday, Kayla used the always entertaining apple peeler/corer/ slicer to make sauteed apples in brown sugar and cinnamon for dessert. yummy.
“Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings.”
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver, is a word spoken in right circumstances.”
Praying for gentle, encouraging words form mom to kids, mom to dad, and kid to kid. It’s been that kind of day….