Wednesday, May 30, 2012

the happenings

(pictures, compliments of my mom)

We had such a restful Sunday afternoon with family.  For those of you who do not know I have two older brothers, and one younger sister.  My oldest brother is Scott.  He lives about twenty minutes from my parents in an apartment.  The next brother is Tim.  Tim and his wife, Beth, have Annette and a child on the way.  They live about five minutes from my parents.  My younger sister Sarah is a junior at high school, and obviously still lives at home.  Though all of my siblings do not all go to the same church, my family still gets together on Sunday for lunch and the afternoon.  It makes it extra nice for me when I come home.  I understand this is not a privilege that every family has, to be able to see all of their immediate family in one place.  I get to see all of my siblings in one place.  I don't take this for granted.

This Sunday was nothing different.  We ate lunch on the front porch and enjoyed conversation together.  Slowly, but surely, we began to lose family members to going inside and taking a nap on the couch.  We girls stayed on the porch and painted finger nails instead--such fun.

We celebrated Memorial Day, by having my whole family (including siblings and grandparents [which all live within two miles of us]), an uncle, an aunt, and some neighbors.  We had a yummy barbecue out on the porch and enjoyed each other's company.  As it began to get dark my Dad built a fire.  This was a personal request by me because I love campfires, and try to take every opportunity I can get.  Both sets of grandparents joined us out by the fire, as well as my uncle. 

 Tuesday evening, my grandparents treated my sis and I to a meal out at one of my favorite restaurants, Panera Bread.  We had a wonderful time catching up with them and celebrating my sister making it into the National Honor Society.

Today has been a rather relaxing day.  I realized I missed the due date to turning in my supply list needed for VBS for the month of June, so it looks like I will be doing inexpensive crafts.  Working on preparing for VBS this summer has me so excited though.  I am ready to be back with my kiddos and to being Miss Rebekah (hearing the little voices say that truly makes my heart smile).  I have also been reading a book I brought home and have been meaning to read every since I got home, but am just now getting to it today.  It has brought up some great things for me to think about.

Lately, one of the biggest things pressing on my mind is how very much I love my sister.  What a wonderful young lady she is: smart, beautiful, athletic.  She is still diligently working on school, as she doesn't finish until the middle of next month.  She has a busy summer ahead of her, but I have no doubt that she will do very well.  Little Sis, keep seeking after the Lord with your whole heart.  I love you so very much!
Sarah's Prom: May 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

the continuing summer...

The summer is continuing to go well and I am getting a lot done.  That means a lot of baking/cooking, a lot of relaxing, a lot of cleaning, and a lot of time with my family.  My time has consisted of many different things.  Today's cooking/baking included making bagels and making my own frappe.  I LOVE frappes (they are what got me started on liking coffee), and usually are quite expensive, so I decided to try to make my own.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  I was also able to visit with a dear friend from camp this past summer and catch up with her.  Tomorrow I plan on going to farmer's market to spend the morning with my brother.  I am hoping for sunny weather.

Update on summer plans:  I will be working with Energy Express this summer.  I have housing arrangements for the summer which is a huge answer to prayer.  I also will have access to a vehicle which is also a huge blessing.  Daniel will be flying up to Vermont to spend some time with Tim, Beth, and Annette and will then help me drive south the beginning of next week.  Prayers for safety are much needed and appreciated--we have a long drive ahead of us.  My first official day of Energy Express will be June 7th.  I will also be very involved with my church this summer, and am one of many teachers for our summer long Vacation Bible School.  Our opening night for this will be June 6th.  I am very excited about the summer and what the Lord has in store.

What are your plans for the summer?  Comment on this blog and let me know.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Beginning of Summer

So much has happened since my last post.  I have successfully completed all of my exams.  I am eager to get my grade report on the mail to see how the semester as a whole turned out.  I am not overly worried though.

Having no exams on Wednesday was wonderful.  I had a bit of packing and campus errands to run, so that "extra" time was welcomed.  Wednesday afternoon, a friend and I went together to get our fingerprinting done. Wednesday evening, Daniel's parents came and spent the night on campus, and we left early Thursday morning to go to Daniel's graduation in Texas.  Travels all went well, and it was a wonderful weekend.

I flew home on Monday, and since then have been following my mom around like a shadow helping with most (minus piano lessons, haha) of her day to day happenings.  Tuesday morning I got to spend some time with my beautiful niece while Beth and Mom went to Bible study.

This morning I woke up and made a blueberry, banana, oatmeal breakfast smoothie.

I don't know what else to say.  The seldom is happening, I am all out of words.  Email me, call me, contact me!  Enjoy your weekend.