I decided to write an email to my friend, Miss L. and it became such an extensive update, I thought I’d share it with you, for lack of better planned posts! Enjoy?
Dear Miss L.,
Forgive the delay. Perhaps this will console your damaged feelings:
Congratulations! You have been chosen to be a means of procrastination! Not that writing you isn’t it important, but there are a few things which I really ought to be doing and I’ve decided to email you instead.
I want to ask you,
How are you?
How is your family?
What have you been busy with?
What has been on your mind?
But I know that you won’t answer those questions until I send this email and walk away, and I really shouldn’t send this email before giving you the answers to the same questions as they apply to me. At least that’s what I would guess you want me to do and that is what I would want you to do if you were me.
If you were me, you would be rather busy. I have such a…bountiful supply of family members, that even if I don’t have a million things planned for myself to do, I end up living a busy life as I am dragged along, included, asked to babysit during etc.
I wouldn’t have it any other way, but it can get complicated and frustrating. For example, five of us have jobs, three of which are part-time and we have three cars. I can’t count the times we’ve stayed up late discussing who can have what car in the morning and who needs to get a ride with whom where!
My mother has a “Book of Life” in which every. single. thing. is written in order that our schedules never (or rarely) collide.
The family has been busy with various things including but not limited to flag football, ballet, pottery classes, piano lessons, babysitting, Bible study, church and many church related activities, getting together with friends, going to job interviews, going to meetings, doing major grocery shopping in preparation for Thanksgiving Day company, Christmas shopping, taking the dog to the groomer, cleaning etc. etc. etc.
Personally, I have been busy with most of the things on the list (if you hadn’t guessed, I am not the football star, but I did try to go to several games) and most of my spare time has been dedicated to The Novel. The Novel, surprisingly enough, is not a piece of writing particularly dear to my heart and thus a vacuum for my every thought and free moment. Nay, The Novel is a timed challenge via nanowrimo.org which I committed myself to in order to better discipline myself in the more technical side of writing: time and quantity. It has been hard! I knew it would be, and that’s why I’m calling it “a challenge.” I am not good at managing my time (even living by the schedule of ten busy people, I still have more of a go-with-the-flow mentality.) I am currently 11 days behind and that scares me, but I am hoping to take a couple of days to do basically nothing but write between Thanksgiving Day and December 1st. We’ll see how that goes!
Also, to my great surprise, the semester is wrapping up. I guess you feel this more vividly than I do, but to me it means my college Bible study (which meets weekly at Eyrie Park) is coming to a close with a final Christmas party and two of it’s members/my dear friends are leaving town for good. This makes me very sad, but life’s chapters always end with a cliffhanger to the next one and promises of new things to come.
My goodness, I can’t believe it is already getting dark here! The trees of Eyrie Park are mere silhouettes now and dinner is just beginning to smell scrumptious. My dad just came in and turned on the outdoor lights so he could finish a project on the patio. It takes me a long time to get used to this.
The weather has been, for the most part, quite lovely. We had a few days (or weeks?) of what we consider “cold weather” and thus the fireplace was used enough times to need to the ashes cleaned out of it, hot cocoa was drunk and jackets donned, but that didn’t last. Now we are back to short sleeves and jeans, iced tea and walks around in the meadow enjoying the sunshine through bare trees.
In other news:
My parents have just got involved in starting an Adoption and Foster Care ministry at our church. We had a lunch to launch the ministry and introduce it to anyone interested just yesterday (Sunday.) I am very excited about this and eager to help in any way I can. The goal of the ministry will be to aid anyone interested in adopting or fostering with resources, support, information and access to Christian organizations who can help them. Also, to support folks who have already adopted (not that adoptive families ever need support—they’re lives are always quite perfect.) *wink.* Then perhaps the ministry will branch out into more orphan ministry, as most orphans around the world are not available for adoption.
He is working at a coffee roastery and taking philosophy classes from The University of London and Oxford. He also recently dominated a poll in our local newspaper in order to see to it that Pearls Before Swine replaced Cathy in our daily comics. He was successful.
She is working with me at our church nursery part time and is the hired cook for our family five days a week. She makes absolutely delectable lunches and dinners and currently working on a torte, so complicated it feels like math when she talks about (and she always becomes giddy when she talks about it.) She is dating a fella from out of town, so she spends much of her time waiting for the occasional weekend upon which he is able to come up and see her.
She is a sophomore at the public high school and has been making new friends lately and doing a plethora of fashion design.
She has been doing a consistent babysitting job, taking ballet all on her lonesome and pottery classes with Sabrina and I. She is trying to find her nook in the church, but having a rather hard time of it as she is only in 10th grade but as mature as many people I encounter in the college ministry. And to our delight, she bakes constantly. It rocks.
Samuel (12 as of Saturday)
He has really been making leaps and bounds in every way. He’s shooting up like a beanstalk and has matured noticeably this past year. He is getting involved in church on his own and doing really well being part of the youth group. His flag football season just came to an end, but he had a very fun year. His next challenge: improving his spelling (deemed necessary by his teacher. Ahem, me.)
Being his usual, goofy self. He’s been in AWANA (Wednesday night church) and doing lessons and shadowing Teeko as usual. Oh, and rather enjoying kids choir.
She actually just finished her own football feat by winning NFL Punt, Pass and Kick! She won two competitions and then went to Houston where she placed fourth in her division! The best part was getting to go on a weekend trip with Joey and stay in a real hotel, eat at restaurants and get a giant bucket of popcorn at the Texans game. Oh, and she’s still hilarious, 24/7.
You don’t have to respond to every bit of this…once I got started, I just kept going and decided that I would copy and paste this onto my blog to update all those people as well! Might as well, eh?
Hope all is well with you and yours and look forward to any information you choose to trust me with. ;)