The rest of the week…

So, I spent the last weekend of my spring break in Lynchburg with the boys.  Kent and Robert were in Texas so Andrew and I drove to Lynchburg.  Friday, I took my friend Helen for a mani/pedi for her birthday.  We had a great time.

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Saturday, Helen’s mom Sarah came to Lynchburg and we visited downtown Lynchburg.  We had coffee at the White Hart Cafe and went to the farmers market.  There’s more to this small city that we need to explore.

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We went to La Carretta to eat Mexican for her birthday dinner then went to see the play “Steel Magnolias” at Liberty University.

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Nice Week

Last week I had my spring break from work so I went to see my parents.  We always have a good time even when I am there for a short amount of time.  My sister Jenifer came over and had a couple of meals with us and Mom and I went to yoga.  Dad raises bees and they died this last year so he was working on getting new ones.

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I also got to see my aunt and uncle who I had not seen in ages.  It was a nice surprise when they stopped by for a visit on their way home that day.  They are Johnny and Jane and he is my dad’s younger brother.  I hope to see more family now that we are living closer than we ever have.

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Next post is on the rest of the week…

 

Robert is 21!

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It is so hard to believe that I was having a baby 21 years ago today.  Robert came a week late- just six weeks after we moved to New Jersey.  He was the only birth I did naturally, and he was the biggest baby I delivered coming in at 10 pounds 1/4 ounce.

Robert is kind, caring, handsome, and a peacemaker.  (He also tells me I am a biased mom.)   He is the type of young man that still holds doors open for you and hugs you just when you need it.  Robert also lives his faith in his every day life.  He recently corrected me on an issue he saw that I needed to change.  Somehow he gently showed me my error and backed it up biblically which can’t be argued with.  After thinking about it, he was right.

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He likes to have fun-playing the bass and drums and racing cars.  He just got back from Texas with Kent where he raced the car and went 182.6 mph!  Man fun!

He lifts weights and plays ice hockey 2-3 times a week at Liberty.   He loves the Toronto Maple Leafs.  And, he is a good student- although he is sick of school at this point and just wants to graduate and work.  He is graduating next year with a major in accounting and is doing an internship at an accounting firm this summer.  He is not sure he really wants to be an accountant, but it’s a good foundation to start with.

Recently I was reminding him of a conversation we had when he was in the 5th grade at Grove Christian School.  As I was putting him to bed, he told me he thought he may be a missionary.  I asked him about that statement and Robert reminded me that ministry should be done in any job not just the obvious ones like a pastor or missionary.  He is right and it’s something we all need to remember in our every day lives.

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As you can tell I am proud of my son.  He is the son that most people say looks just like me and we share our long “giraffe” necks.  He is a blessing and I hope he has a happy birthday today!

Thanks for indulging me.

Easter

When we lived in Richmond, Virginia almost every Sunday after church we went to lunch with the Dinnie family.  We met Debbie Dinnie right when we moved to Richmond because she was Michael’s kindergarten teacher.  She also has a son David who instantly became Michael’s best friend.  Debbie’s husband Bob was our Sunday school teacher as well as the contractor on all of our home projects we did. And poor Katie, their only daughter.  She endured MANY lunches filled with a table full of boys.

Since we have been gone for almost 10 years, we have still kept up our friendship.  They bought a place at Smith Mountain Lake which is very close to us so when they called and said they would be there for Easter we definitely wanted to go.

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Michael and David have always been about a foot apart in height.  David is 6’10 and Bob is close.  Kent and Bob look the same when they are beside each other!

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Eddie, the boys house mate, is like a son as well so we were so happy he came too.  Michael, Eddie, and Robert had stayed at their house for Easter weekend because they had Christian service hours to complete to graduate.  They were Roman soldiers at an Easter walk-through presentation at the farm down the street from their house.

We had such a good day with them.  It is like we never have been apart.  Of course the boys are all grown up.  David is getting married in October.  Michael starts seminary in the fall.  Time flies….

Bauer

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Thursday was a sad day.  Bauer had to be put down.  He had struggled with allergies since we got him.  We actually think his previous owner just let him out of the car because of it.  Allergies don’t seem like a big deal but it can drive you crazy.  He was allergic to grass, trees, dust, grain, and a list of a dozen more things.  So, basically everywhere he was and almost everything he ate his body couldn’t handle.

We tried special food and allergy shots.  Medicines, steroids, antibiotics.  Nothing really helped.  He would just lick and bite his paws and legs trying to get relief.  His body smelled like yeast and the vet told us it was his body just trying to get the yeast and protein build up out of his body.

Surprisingly, it was cancer that took him.  He was so lethargic and we just figured at first it was his body just wearing down from exhaustion.  He had gotten to where he was always walking with a limp but we thought it was because his paws were raw from his messing with them all the time.

We thought he may die on Wednesday afternoon so the boys came home to see him one last time.  We took him to the vet on Thursday and showed her  what we thought may be tumors.  The first two were fatty tumors so we were happy.  But then she found the big harder one and our fears were confirmed.

Kent stayed with him until he passed and then we took him home to bury him.  He was such a good dog.  Best lab we ever had.  Where I went, he followed.  He loved being around us.  He didn’t run away like our other labs.   He loved Kent’s truck and Kent would just put him up in the back and let him lie there for hours.

As I was driving to work Friday morning I started thinking about Bauer’s last breaths and Kent telling us he was gone.  The Israelites had to sacrifice animals as well.  They were to sacrifice  lambs without blemish and usually they were a pet that lived with them and they had gotten to know.  It was not just a simple procedure of killing an animal for food, but this was a sacrifice killing for the atonement of their sins.  It emotionally hurt because the lamb was their buddy, an animal they loved.  With Easter coming we need to remember the sacrifice Jesus made as the Lamb of God.  He was without blemish yet sacrificed Himself to atone for our sins.  How the Father must have felt seeing His Son die- much more painful than our loss of Bauer.

However, we have GOOD NEWS!  Jesus is like no other God.  He is the only God that died- YET was resurrected 3 days later!  He foretold it to the people and did what He said.  He rose again and is living today.

I don’t know if dogs are in heaven – I hope so because I would love to see Bauer again.  But, I do know Jesus has prepared a place for me there to live with Him forever.  I hope you know that for sure too.

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Lynchburg

I go to Lynchburg to see the boys at least once a week.  Some days it is a quick trip to fill up Timothy’s groceries and other times I have spent the night or gone to see a play with some friends.  Letting T live with his brothers has been one of the hardest things I have done.  I trust all of them but the void it left was really big.  I had home schooled him for 3 years and we spent so much time together especially since we have been moving so much.  He’s my buddy and I still miss him.

Last month I went with Sarah and Helen (they came to see us in Scotland) and Eddie to see a play at Liberty University.  The play was called “Brigadoon”   and it was set in Scotland.  The students did a great job with the Scottish accent.  I was very impressed.  We’re going to see Steele Magnolias in a couple of weeks.  I love taking advantage of stuff like that.  Especially when I have female friends that I can go with.  Michael likes plays but he’s probably the only one I could talk into going.

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We have not done well teaching them “culture”.  Their idea of art is seen on the floor beside Robert’s chair in the picture above.  They have saved their 2 liter bottles and made “art” with them.

Kent Speaking

Since we have been back home Kent has had two occasions to speak and interestingly they have been in both of his areas of “expertise”.  In January his Uncle Vander allowed him to speak at his church.

Uncle Vander is a retired pastor.  He is almost 86 years young and has more energy than 2-3 people put together.  I don’t think he ever really retired.  In fact, since he “retired” I know he has done many interim positions in hurting churches and brought them back to health, and he has done at least two church plants.  In fact, his latest church plant has been in the last year or two.  His people love him and he loves them back.  He and his wife Winnie are great role models for us.

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The second opportunity was at the finance club at Liberty University.  He was able to talk to the students about investment banking and opportunities in that area of business.  It was good for the kids to hear about areas of banking they may not have known that much about.

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Kent is working hard to finish another chapter of his thesis.  I’ll be glad when it is done because then he’ll be able to try to do some more teaching if the door opens. He has many hours logged in at his desk in the garage by the wood stove.

Another Snow

I wanted to check in with you all and let you know I am still alive.  We have had another snow storm with ice.  I also have been learning more about my job.  I am working at an autism and behavior center and I am really enjoying it.  I want to see if I can post some pictures of the little guys I work with.  Kent has come and gone to Scotland.  And we think we may have found a church.  Sorry there is not much more to write.  Maybe once the weather gets better I’ll have more to write.

First Snow of 2016

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Last Friday morning a week ago we woke up to lots of snow.  It had started during the night and continued all day.  It was beautiful, and because we were expecting it, we knew we would be staying in for a few days.  I don’t know of our total where we live but it had to be between 1-2 feet.

Andrew enjoyed sledding and so did our neighbors that live next door in the farmhouse.  I enjoyed watching from the warm house!

The fields and lawns are still covered but the roads are clear for driving.  Timothy didn’t go back to school until Thursday and even then it was 2 hours late.  He was happy about that.  Andrew started back on Wednesday.

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Kent is spending a lot of time in his “office” in the garage.  He keeps a fire in the wood stove going all day.  He is finishing his next-to-last chapter and will be headed over to Scotland next month to meet with his advisor and see all of our friends.  I am wishing I could go but I don’t think Andrew is ready to be left alone for a week.

I am working a couple of mornings a week learning a lot about behavior analysis and ABA therapy that is used with autistic children.  There is so much I need to learn- especially a new vocabulary.  It’s good to have a new interest especially since my nephew is autistic.  It really makes me appreciate my sister and what a good mom she is and how HARD she works.  And my friend Lisa and her tireless work for her son Josh.  Amazing.  I think we that are not personally affected don’t  understand all they go through day to day.

Our new “pets”

One day right before Christmas one of our friends called Kent and asked him if he wanted a rooster.  He had been given the rooster (Brewster) by a neighbor and Brewster wasn’t getting along with his other rooster.  We had been wanting to get some chickens but hadn’t fixed up our chicken coop yet.  This was going to be the motivator to get it done.

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We have always had a coop that was on the property when we bought it but we needed to do some upkeep on it.

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So, the boys were home and helped Kent fix it up.  We then bought 5 hens for $12 each.

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It took a couple of weeks but we finally got an egg.  We are now getting up to 3 eggs a day!  It’s like a gift each day and a surprise to see what we get.  Brewster the Rooster and his 5 hens are fun to have around.  Kent is enjoying seeing them everyday.