Willem's first seventh grade football game is today!
My geraniums and nasturtiums love these cooler temps. I really want this weather (before freezing) to last. Lately, many evenings, Vance cooks dinner on charcoal. A dutch oven with charcoal underneath and charcoal on top... beef stroganoff, chicken and stuffing, pork chops and rice... this kind of cooking is pretty delicious. Willem and Merit both have football after school but everyone is home by 6:15 with the exception of away games. And the kids, Oren especially, enjoy being part of the outdoor cooking process.
My sister Natasha and her fam visited Saturday and Sunday. They are
still living in a travel trailer on our dad’s property. The building process being very long for them. Three or so weeks ago they began clearing trees, finally. And I think they feel things are underway.
We talked about the hardships of life, the good stuff too. We LOVED watching our kids interact. We get artsy Estelle in the house and we are expressing ourselves in new, fun ways. She and Hazel have a thousand games to play and fun to be had. Ingrid and Oren and have developed such a sweet friendship. He cried when she left. And Lane is a cool cat for sure. These big boys love to bike ride to Big Bend and explore all sorts of things along the way. Our weather is perfect for walks, bike rides and of course football. Our 100 degree August days have past and the comfortable September temps are here.
Natasha and I talked about her heart. She has an October cardiology appointment and I am praying that her heart looks good, with no additional declines in function.
There is this internal war within me, a battle I know so many fight, reaching for the joy and forgiveness and good in each day. It is there, but there is also the criticism, negativity, loss and sadness.
The fact that these four kids remain positive and silly and are doing well in school is a huge blessing! Their love for Jesus, an anchor.
And then I think of 9-11. How much was lost, how many were shaken, how FEAR was terribly present. Those who suffered loss on that day still suffer the loss. Today our kids will be led by teachers to discuss that day. This is a hard day for teachers too. They could use our prayers.
9-11, we will never forget.
I was going to clean up my eating yesterday. You know, the day after Labor Day... kids are back in the swing of things, September goals... And now I plan to clean up my eating on Monday. After Monday, I need to see progress. Progress is such an incentive. Without it, I wallow.
Oren got dressed yesterday in a button up shirt, back pack packed, he wore his best shorts (Miles' hand me downs) and we headed to pre -school. But guess what? It was the wrong day. ---- The pre-school had mailed us a post card clearly stating which class started which day. It got tossed 😞 I was a bit embarrassed. But you know what I was shown by teachers and parents there? A beautiful thing called GRACE.
I diverted and distracted him by heading to the church library where he said "I am not nervous mom. I CAN go." And I tried to carefully explain to him that it was the day the younger kids go and that he would start the next day. Teri (a long time acquaintance and new friend) invited us to lunch. It was great. And Oren was able to get to know her son Teag who is in his class. It all worked out! It was a good trial run.
Today -- Oren's official first day -- he felt sad for a little girl who sat on the teacher's lap because she was missing her mama #compassion - I encouraged Oren to befriend her tomorrow.
He enjoyed his first day. I am praying his confidence grows!
I have had a handful of days wishing my mom could see these kids moments, compassion, successes and silliness. Some days I am a bit lost.
"For I am the Lord who heals you." Exodus 15:26
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble... Psalm 46:1-3
I love hearing about these kids days at school! Hazel has Linda Rosenow. Both big boys had her for a 3rd grade teacher. She is amazing. ---I have several sub days lined up for October and November, all third grade!
Merit is enjoying sophomore year! Culinary and Speech and Debate are the classes he is talking most about. Willem is enjoying 7th grade. Willem has two 8th grade math classes. His course load is not easy, he is working hard.
September 5th finds me prayerful and thankful and so excited for what this school year will hold.
I planted nasturtiums the beginning of August. Eastern Washington nasturtiums rarely look like Western Washington nasturtiums. But usually I have to try to plant them because they remind me so much of my mom. They looked a little sick until our cooler weather hit and now they are beautiful, with orange, coral and yellow flowers.
Watching Oren in the past month makes me wish I could share him with my mom. He reminds me of my brothers at that age. She would get a kick out of him! So many have shared with me what a delight being a Grandma is.
School seems to be off to a good start. It was wonderful to have a long weekend that included football 🏈 Merit's first game of the season. Other highlights included swimming and boating, jet skiing for Willem with Uncle Jeff and Matt and B came over too.
And today is Oren's first day back to preSchool! I am excited for him.
I miss the kids, but I do love September!
A pesky neighbor and his family recently moved. Probably a decent family, not a great neighbor. Anyway, he seems to have left two roosters. This used to be a great chicken lane. But then we ended up with two roosters this spring, our neighbors ended up with two roosters....
Which reminded me of waking up as a little girl on the Sunrise Road in Custer, WA to a gunny sack on our front porch with two hens and a rooster. To this day I have no idea where they came from. What I do know is my dad has been an interesting, un predictable friend to many --with shenanigans from time to time and my guess is a buddy of his was trying to get rid of a rooster. Or maybe he was moving and didn't have a place for a rooster and a couple of hens. They free ranged with no coop and that rooster chased Lesha and I! We feared going outside because of that blasted rooster! Our dad took care of that problem and I have no idea what happened to the hens. My guess is dogs or coyotes got them.
Some days I want to go back to one day on the Sunrise Road, but without the rooster.
The kids and I made it to Silverwood yesterday and we had a BALL!! My kids rode rides with the West kids! Our good friends Cary, Liz and fam were there! This was dreamy for Oren especially! We enjoyed the water park there so much too. It was a LONG day! Two hours and forty minutes there and home. But the big chunk at Silverwood in between was fantastic. Oren made me so proud. His little feet walked a few miles I am sure and he rode on rides that I didn't think he would!
Hazel's audiology appointment went great today! I am so thankful. Her hearing test went better than a year ago and she had a bit less pressure on her left ear. Her right ear was and has been great. The knowledge of an audiologist is pretty impressive.
We'll see what happens to the orphaned roosters...