Saturday, June 23, 2007

Catching Up

Sorry, it's been awhile since I've blogged. Time just doesn't seem available to blog right now. I'm going to try to play catch up in this blog, so please excuse the variety of different things.

Monday afternoon, these two teenagers watched our kids for us while we attended a funeral of a 12 year old girl -- Leah Tompkins. While the gospel was not strongly presented, we really liked how the pastor began the service -- He emphasized that Leah's death was not the result of any one's fault. The Scriptures say "It is appointed unto man once to die," Leah's death was an appointment. Had it not been a car accident, it would have been something else. It was such a great reminder that every one's death is an appointment and not something we can blame on one thing or another.

After the funeral, we all piled into the van (poor Megan had to squeeze between two car seats). Then we continued our drive to Ottawa , Kansas where we dropped them off at Amazing Grace Baptist Camp for the week. After dropping them off, I took the kids over to spend a few minutes visiting with Sarah Burton before piling into the van and driving to my parents for the night. We must have driven through at least 3 or 4 different thunderstorms.

Thank you Aunt Amanda for the great outfit. I love it so much that I'm trying to take a picture of myself in it. Seriously, she loves this outfit. If it's in her drawer it's the first one she chooses. Sorry, I still haven't been able to get a picture of Lydia or Andy in their outfits. I will try to remember next time they wear them.

Last weekend Andy and I had the opportunity to go to Downs and stay at a bed and breakfast. A few weeks ago I was asked to be in charge of Publicity for our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. So, last week we had a planning retreat to get things ready for next year. It was great. Friday night we had a delicious tea (I'll have to try to make some of the treats) and then we went out on a camera scavenger hunt (using other people's cameras, so unfortunately I don't have the pictures) After the scavenger hunt we stayed up till about 12 just chatting and getting to know each other.
Here is Melanie and Andy as we sat around chatting

Despite having this huge bed all to myself (Andy slept on the floor), I still had trouble sleeping.
Can you see us in the mirror? I just thought our room was gorgeous.
And finally, here is one of my roomie and me.
I had a great time, the food was delicious -- especially the cantaloupe soup - too bad I could only take a bite b/c of my allergies but Andy enjoyed finishing it up for me. He especially enjoyed all the attention he received by being the only child present and reminding all the other mom's of how refreshing it is to be away without children. Oh well, someday I'll find that feeling :-) Until then I'll enjoy my time with my kids.

Concerning my recent post where I stated my garden had been destroyed -- Thankfully I've discovered that was a bit of an overstatement. Even though my squash had been uprooted, I was able to throw some dirt back over the roots and it survived. I've already been able to harvest some small yellow squash and in a couple days will have some peas ready for picking. I'll post pictures when I can.

Now, please be prepared for another lapse in blogging since the harvest is soon to start, and we will probably be going out and helping some of the farmers. So, stayed tuned you may see Andy in a combine soon.


Alicia said...

That MOPS retreat sounds great! Even though you still had a child with you, I bet having only 1 instead of 3 with you was quite refreshing. Hope your garden surprises you pleasantly.

Conleys said...

that sounds like such a great opportunity with the mops group! you would be great at helping with that sort of thing. the place you stayed was beautiful also. i'm glad you got some one-on-one time with andy too! how fun!