Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer is here for us!

I feel like summer is truly here because I had my last day of work at school this past week. Officially, Thursday was my last day but it didn't "feel" like it because Eric had to have oral surgery. So, up early, to the oral surgeon, 2 hours waiting, roots extracted and an implant later, we were headed home. Eric did very well and is just tired today from the surgery. I hope it's the last time he'll ever have to go through that! Then Eric's sister and brother-in-law from California came to visit for a night. Amy is a social worker in CA, a mother of 2 boys, and a good friend to me. Kurt works for a company who is having a conference at their headquarters in Fayetteville. What a place to have a conference. Why can't it be in a nice place in Cary?? Aw, well, at least we got to spend some time with them. We were very thankful for that. I think it has been almost 7 years since the whole family had seen them. Soooo good to be able to just hang out with them.

Here's a picture of Amy (Eric's sister) and Josh (her son, our nephew).
Love you guys!
Over and Out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Last 3 days of school

I can't believe that I'm almost done with this school year... working in kindergarten. Noelle is going into 11th grade! When did my kids grow up? Cade will be in Middle School - 6th grade! Now we have NO one in the lower grades. Ugh. That makes me feel old. Along with having teenagers and all that comes with that.. I AM OLD! My years used to bother me as they increased. But not so much anymore. This is life. I wish I knew then what I know now. I can see some days why Solomon wrote in the Bible that all life is vanity. Recently I have been feelin' that. Really feelin' that. And that's o.k. because I need to focus in what's important and not be so shallow and living in the moment. There's a lot to learn and I want to grow in wisdom. All these problems and issues should be teaching me to not take life for granted and to enjoy every moment.

Here's another layout I made recently:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mountain Love Layout

Hey, I do scrapbook! I finished this layout recently. Enjoyed doing it for a challenge on a website. Had to hand-doodle AND use all the materials that were sent to me in a package. The bottle cap was part of the package.

State Championship yesterday

Well, it was a hard-fought game but Noelle's team lost 0 -3 against a Winston-Salem private school. That team just played better. We were out-played, out-coached, out-everythinged at the championship game. This was Noelle's 4th time being in the semi-finals for our state 2A championship. She's been playing on the Varsity team since the 7th grade (and now she's in the 10th). Her team has come so close to winning every year for 4 years. And since CCS actually won the state championship last year, I guess it would be VERY unusual to win it again.Last year CCS had an exceptional team but we lost 5 seniors. This year 2 graduated this past Thursday. So, the Varsity team will only have 1 or 2 seniors next year... The team will just not be as talented for next year. So this might be the last year that CCS even makes it to the semi-final game. Well, Noelle will need to learn how to give to a team and push on even when her team loses.

Colonial Baptist had a senior banquet tonight and our whole family was privileged to be a part of it. There must have been 200 or more people there. Don Sandberg gave a great talk on the pricelessness of our faith in Christ. I had never even thought of that before. God highly values our faith in Him. He marvels at it. I want to have a faith like that. I pray that all of our children have a strong faith in the Lord and live in Him every day. I long to see Christian standing firm in his faith and loving the Lord with all his heart. That's my prayer.

Only 4 more days of kindergarten. I can't believe the year is over (well, almost). I should get my contract this week as to what I will be doing this coming year. I am tired. I need a summer of rest and cleaning my house. I really desire to move, Lord. Please, please help us to sell our house soon.

Nighty night!

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Era in our Lives

Christian graduated last night. Bittersweet... that's the perfect word for what I feel. Christian is a man now. On his own - yet not all the way on his own; he'll live with us until he has 2 years of college credit at Wake Technical College. Then he'll go to a four-year college for the last 2 years of college. He is going to try to get a National Guard scholarship for the 1st two years and an Army ROTC scholarship for the last 2 years. This plan is his plan. I'm praying that he'll change his mind and go to His Hill in Texas for a year. THEN he can pursue his dream to go into Basic Training through college. I'm hoping and praying.

I want to upload some layouts but I'll do so tomorrow. I'm just too tired tonight.

Noelle's Varsity Soccer team advanced to the FINALS tomorrow. We're all so excited!! The 2A State Championship will be played at 5:30 pm. I hope they win for the 2nd year the 2A STATE Championship! I'll let you know.
'Til tomorrow...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Christian is Officially Graduated!

Yes, we now have a son who is officially a graduate of his high school. Congratulations Christian for finishing and congratulations to Eric and I for surviving his 6 years at this school! I remember his first day at this school in 6th grade. I drove him to school, took pictures of him sitting at his desk, and feeling sick about him being there. I cried all the way home that day. But he made it... can you believe it? He doesn't know what to think. I think it hasn't sunk in that he doesn't have to go to school tomorrow. He's done with High School. He has no idea how much he's going to miss everyone and desire to have that same comraderie ever again. After the class' missions trip to Costa Rica, the whole senior class became close... like a family. Brothers and sisters in Christ. So, now, they all go in their separate directions and they will never be the "same". But that doesn't mean it isn't good; it is but in a different way. Here's a picture of Christian graduating: CLASS OF 2009!!!!!!!!

Blink! and he's gone

What do people say on their first post? Something very creative and interesting, I guess. I will try to meet others' expectations and set the bar higher for all the other bloggers out there that THEY, TOO, can have a great blog like this one (in the future).

My Eric and I have a son graduating TODAY. Blink. He was just 16 mos. old looking up with his big brown eyes at me in the Philippines... at the orphanage. He was the cutest boy I had ever seen. And he was tender-hearted and sweet. He has been SO special - and still is. In the picture above, he is 18 years old standing with me at the school's Senior Banquet. Eric and I are SO proud of him. Truly proud and humbled that he has turned out to be the son and man that he is. His future is really bright and we're looking forward to seeing how the Lord uses his life in the future.