25 November 2008

Dear Lulapalooza,

Wow! I can barely believe that you are nine years old! I hope that you had a wonderful birthday yesterday. I loved watching you playing with all of your new things; you seemed to be really enjoying yourself. I still remember so clearly that November early morning when you were born ~ the day before Thanksgiving. Of course, we were very thankful for you then, and we are even moreso today. You are such an amazing boy. You are kind and gentle, smart, athletic, and fun. I love how patient and caring you are with animals and younger children. I love listening to you read and watching you run and jump and climb. I love hearing your laugh, and I am glad that I get to hear it often. I am glad that you are not too big to still want my hugs and kisses and sweeet dream wishes. And, mostly, I am just so very happy that I get to be your mama.


Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty.

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

~ Franz Kafka


For {you} are his workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus unto good works,

which God hath before ordained that {you} should walk in them.

~ Ephesians 2:10


23 November 2008

Not creative enough to come up with a title

    Well, I am still here, even though it has been  7+ weeks since my last blog post.   

So, in no particular order, here are some of the things we have done over the past two months: 

  • attended a wedding

  • attended a funeral

  • voted

  • made autumn fairies

  • learned to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the recorder

  • went camping

  • went ice skating

  • began rehearsals for our children’s Christmas program at church

  • finished off our formal academic studies

  • got Advent candles before all of the stores were completely out of purple

Now, we get really busy, during this last week of November:

  • Tomorrow is Lulapalooza’s 9th birthday

  • Thursday, of course, is Thanksgiving

  • J~Man celebrates his 11th birthday the following Sunday, which is also the first Sunday of Advent. 


  • 6 Saint Nicholas Day ~ a very big day in our house

  • 14 The children’s Christmas program at our church

  • 23 Our 20th wedding anniversary

  • 24 Christmas Eve

  • 25 Christmas Day

  • 31 New Year’s Eve


  • 1 New Year’s Day

  • 6 Epiphany

  • The beginning of a new academic year

  • A trip to Seattle with Sgt. Elf

Two birthdays to celebrate in February

Three more birthdays in March