Mitch also got a new bike for graduation from his parents. He might have to tell you more about it because I won't be able to do it justice. This bike is the top of the line. Specialized Tarmac S-Works, if that means anything to you. It was a demo bike ( top of the line rental) at our favorite bike shop here, has very few miles on it, had a full tune-up before and after each time it was used, is the 2008 model, and because it was a demo bike from a previous year it was half-off. One incredibly nice bike that was actually in the price range Mitch was looking in! Carbon frame, dura-ace components (this is what professional racers use), you can lift this bike with your pinky finger. You should see the grin on Mitch's face!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My sisters, when they found out about the award and accompanying event, decided to send me my own award: "Mother of the Year", as nominated by the 'Two Sisters Selection Committee'. My award came with dresses to wear to this and another upcoming banquet. Thank you, sisters! It does feel like this graduation has been a joint effort, even though you were the one actually taking the classes, Mitch. I suppose any achievement in a united household will feel like that.
Here we are, the handsome couple, before the banquet:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
We were so proud of our little bike rider that we felt like a family ice cream outing was in order.
Good job, Anna!
My favorite part? The huge grin on her face and the sparkle in her eyes as she said "I'm doing it, Mom!" after we had gone around the courtyard once.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The weather seemed to match my mood on this day as it oscillated between dark clouds, snow, and blustery, warm sunshine. The fullness of what it means to me to be human, feeling all the emotions of living daily life on this planet. The joy and hope of Christ's resurrection defining how we seek to live our lives today. The reality of a husband finally getting home at 4:30 in the morning, swamped with work, exhausted, stressed. Three precious, sweet girls with bright, expectant eyes, trusting, loving, knowing, laughing, living in the present moment of this beautiful life we have. Me, taking it all in, struggling to let go of the things I cannot control, feeling the depth of my thankfulness for all that I have been given, loving the now and hating the now, knowing that now is all I have and yet living in the knowledge and hope of what is yet to come, remaining connected and in love with every member of my family. Daily life.
After church our friends the Cuthbertsons came over and we celebrated Resurrection Sunday with them, laughing, feasting, soaking up sunshine, loving on little girls, watching the antics of big kids flying in the wind and making kites, celebrating as one big family.
Ruthie in her Easter outfit playing with an Easter egg:
Anna working hard to peel hers:
Does she seem bigger to you? All grown up and cute as a button:
Nora and Ruthie, forever friends:
Josie and Nora running in the wind. These two are a good match for each other:
The colorful picnic spread:
The younger generation served their plates first and found a spot on the picnic blankets:
Then we joined them: