March: Come and Gone

March was a full month for us. Jenna and Lauren were home two different weeks for their spring break. Thankfully they overlapped a weekend. Jenna brought home one of her housemates, and we had an enjoyable week together. Rebekah and I have moved past the two-thirds mark of the semester and the end is in sight. Dana has continued to stay busy babysitting and tutoring. And we are finally drying out a little after the wettest winter we’ve had here. We’ve probably seen the sun more in the last couple of weeks than in the last couple of months. Dana and I celebrated our 24th anniversary. And our church got a new piano.

The old pastor of our church got a call a few weeks ago from a lady who had loaned us her piano about 13 years ago (she was an art student of a former member who has since moved away). She wanted to start playing again and wanted to know if she could have it back. I’m good friends with a pastor of a small baptist church in the area, and he said they had a piano that they seldom used, and the church voted to let us have it. So last Friday, she came to get hers, and we moved in the new one. Our pianist says the new one actually sounds better than the old one. This is just another example of the kindness of churches toward other churches in this area. We are thankful.

Every summer we put on a day camp for the kids our church helps tutor during the school year. The camp we use is pretty limited in bunk space for our youth group who spend the night there all week. Last weekend, several folks from our church built a new bunk house on their property.

Things we are looking forward to: going to the symphony with Rebekah’s class in the middle of April; going to Jenna’s college graduation at the beginning of May; having the girls all home again in early May (though it will only be brief as Lauren is working at camp all summer); being finished with another school year; spring time and gardening and warmer days.

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Buying a house often comes with a few surprises. Usually people mean negative things when they talk about surprises after buying a house. We had a surprise with our new house, but this surprise was pleasant. We have lots of daffodils coming up in various places in the yard and along our driveway. We like those kinds of surprises.

Lauren gets home this weekend for spring break, and Jenna will be home the following weekend for hers. It will be good to have everyone home again.

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Half and Half

Today’s the day that Rebekah has lived half her life in Texas and half in North Carolina.

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New Year’s Visit and New Excursion

The Baileys graced us again with their presence between Christmas and New Year’s, and as always, there was lots of fun with puzzles and games and gingerbread houses.

In other news, the cat, who has been inside and back porch only since we’ve moved, had her first excursion outside today. With all the neighborhood animals around, she’ll probably need an escort when she goes out, so she’ll never be quite the indoor/outdoor cat she was at the old house.

The girls finished up their first week back at school today. So everyone is off on another semester—Jenna’s last, Lauren finishing her Sophomore year, and Rebekah finishing her Junior year.

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Merry Christmas

On Friday, we enjoyed our church’s youth/college group Christmas party. We are blessed with a wonderful bunch of teenagers who are truly a joy to be around.

And of course, since it’s Christmas Eve, this is our post Christmas Eve Service celebration.

Tomorrow, we’re having a few folks from church over for Christmas lunch. I am taking the week off, and we are looking forward to family coming in for New Year’s. Let the games begin.

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From Start to Finish

The progression from work shop to study:

November 1

December 3:

December 7:

December 10:

December 12:

December 15:

December 17:

December 19:

December 20:

Now it’s time to fill it up with shelves and books, a desk, and a futon. A good friend is building me a couple of pieces of furniture out of the workbenches that came out of the room. I think we’ll be ready for company.


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Making progress. Hoping to start laying floor in the next day or two.

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