Goodness. Time has flown by with no blogging. Here are the updates:
Feff: The youngest of the family, and the easiest right now. Besides his little quirks (we have to run over every drain we see, whether he’s in the stroller or the grocery cart…just as an example) and the fact that he seems completely incapable of being quiet in church, this kid is a breeze. He’s excited to start preschool this Tuesday and even more excited to ride the bus (although he’s convinced Ms. Frizzle will be driving…reference anyone?), so we’re hoping all of that goes smoothly.
Feffer: Kindergarten is hard work. He seems to be doing great there, but he’s pretty drained of energy/patience/anger-management/self-control by the time he gets home. Since we’re working very hard to not manhandle him (not pick him up and make him do what we want) but rather let him decide for himself, this kid is taking up a lot of time right now, since he balks at every. single. thing. He’s also not entirely sure why he has to go to school every day. That said, though, he’s proud of being a big kid and eager to tell us everything he’s learning.
Fiffer: Second-grade seems to be going awesome. She still can hardly see Dillon without swearing at him, but we’re honestly all starting to react that way to him, so we empathize with her struggle:) Besides that, she went a whole week without scribbling on anything (like the walls or the van), so she earned a much-coveted package of glitter glue. Now, she’s working on earning a set of walkie-talkies. It’s going to take 30 days (not consecutive) of not cussing (in addition to not scribbling), so we’re not exactly budgeting for them quite yet:)
Dillon: Oy. While his after-school behavior has had us hoping he would get a case of laryngitis, we were thinking that maybe he was putting all of his energy into being good at school (similar to Feffer). Alas, we talked to his principal Thursday evening, and that isn’t the case either:( So…Dillon is continuing to adjust to the demands of school and adjusting to a new set of parameters here at home. Being thirteen is a challenge. For everyone.
Hayden: Hayden is doing great! Because she doesn’t go to bed before sundown (like the youngest four) or work almost every night (like Josiah), we have been able to spend a lot of time with her. She’s a delight right now…helping out so much with the little kids, playing games in the evenings, making plans for a Sonrise retreat in October, filling the house with piano and guitar and trumpet music, enjoying our homeschooling, teasing Quincy via text, and making us laugh with her stories and impressions. Hayden, as always, is the family funny bone; she keeps us laughing (and sane).
Josiah: Starting his senior year of homeschool, winding down the season with his mowing jobs, working with me to find music for the church Christmas program, and working 30+ hours a week at Panda makes for a tired (but rich) young man. While he is doing a great job keeping up with everything, he was grateful to spend a couple of evenings at home this weekend…playing Settlers and eating non-Chinese food.
Zachery: I was able to go with Zach and Raven and Raven’s mom to a sonogram earlier this week. The baby (due in January) is a healthy, growing-right-on-schedule baby girl. Standing next to my son watching the monitor and hearing Raven and her mom talk about how Raven was as a baby made me ache for the losses our adopted children have. Between the booze and the drugs and the shoddy paperwork, we have no idea how Zach was as a baby. We don’t even know how big he was when he was born. His birth certificate simply says that I gave birth to him, which is an untruth that doesn’t do justice to his actual birth or the way our family was formed. He seems eager to be a dad, though, and eager to not leave his child (Sophia?) with a similar legacy. We are hopeful.
Quincy: After being back at school for a total of four days, this child of mine (who would have been appalled at this idea last year) skipped a day of classes (with the blessings of her profs) to go with Tom to Minnesota to celebrate the wedding of Tom’s brother (who was married this summer in Colorado, but was having a closer-to-home party this weekend). She is feeling quite comfortable with Tom’s family now and had a great time. She’s back at school safe and sound, ready for classes on Monday (Concordia doesn’t give the kids a day off for Labor Day, since they have found that homesick freshmen have a hard time coping with a break that early in the school year).
Haley: After a seemingly successful interview on Friday, Haley is looking forward to starting a new job soon…in New York. While there’s still a lot in limbo (including her living situation), she seems relatively at peace with it all…eager to begin this new phase of life. In the meantime, she left three huge crates here at home, full of contents that she would like sent to her. I checked into shipping rates this week…good heavens. Anybody heading to the Buffalo area anytime soon?
Jason’s Dad: Erich is turning 85 on Labor Day! Where has the time gone?! I couldn’t ask for a better father-in-law and picture of who my husband is becoming…Erich is truly one of the kindest, gentlest, and most godly men I have ever known.
Our Family at Faith: I seriously love these people. I had a teenager harass me today, sarcastically asking why we haven’t starting practicing Christmas songs yet…smart aleck…we’ll start next week:) A fellow parent completely cracked me up at the Confirmation meeting after church today, as he imitated his not-paying-attention son. One of our members is facing a relapse of his cancer, and the whole congregation is holding its breath. Two of our members were selected by our local newspaper as “Angels Among Us.” While certainly as angelic as any of the rest of us (“for it is by grace you have been saved”), one of them…um…doesn’t
often always show her angelic side…so when Jason announced the award today (in her absence) there was an almost palpable smile-but-don’t-make-eye-contact moment throughout the congregation…it was good to get that out of our systems so that we can congratulate both of them properly next Sunday:) And…oh, yeah…we all heard God’s Word today…and prayed together to Him…and confessed our sins and received absolution…and shared in the Lord’s Supper…amazing graces, every one.
Yes, indeed. Amazing graces, every one.