...was an eventful one! Little Boy's oxygen levels dropped so he and his parents spent most of the weekend at Children's Hospital, which meant I got to spend time with my Baby Girl. We played, played, played. She is so much fun now that she's talking. Well, she's always been fun but now I know what is going on in that little head of hers.
So, after dropping Mommy off at the doctor's office to get her car, Baby Girl and I headed over to momMA's. She talked and sang all the way there. She counted to 20, said a Bible verse, sang the ABC's, then launched into a medley of "Jesus, Jesus; Jesus Loves Me; Jesus Loves the Little Children; How Great is Our God; and You're Altogether Worthy." Such a pure beautiful little voice. Once we arrived at momMA's, we went to the park. First she shared the swing with Fluffy, then after awhile she decided to push Fluffy. She kept saying, "Fluffy is having so much fun!" When we went back to the house, momMA made dinner while Baby Girl, Toby and I watched The Aristocats on Netflix. When it was time to eat, she did the funniest thing in the whole wide world. We had skinny green beans for our vegetable and without making any big deal out of it or drawing attention to herself, she put a bean up her nose. I happened to look at her and she had this HUGE grin on her face with this long bean hanging down her face. I took it out and said, "We chew beans with our mouth not our nose," and she laughed. Then she looked at momMA and held out a bean, "Can you do it Miss MaryAnn?" to which MA replied, "No, I don't think so." Then she held it out to WA Dad, "Can you put the bean in your nose Mr. Dave?" I thought I was gonna split a gut. I tried very hard to keep a straight face but we were all smiling from ear to ear. She is just so darn cute.
Later in the weekend, I decided to tackle my bedroom. The pile of stuff on the floor is all from my closet. I think the pictures are pretty self-explanatory. Notice who thought he needed to help. Ichabod was under foot and "helping" ALL.DAY.LONG.
I went to the early service at church. I enjoyed the choir. My favorite part was Amazing Grace sung by a men's quartet with a special verse played by the bagpipes. A thought from Isaiah 53:5 that I'm pondering today is this:
"The punishment that brought me peace was upon Him. It is by His scars I am healed."
On my way into church I was greeted by an older woman with the age old, "He is risen!" to which I responded, "He is risen indeed!" and I thought about how many centuries, millennia even, this refrain has been spoken between believers - reminding us of the eternal peace with God we have because of Christ's scars and resurrection. It was first spoken as His followers ran to spread the news that Christ was no longer in the tomb and it was spoken most recently in the parking lot of ACC in Seattle, WA between two descendants of those early believers. Quite amazing and even a little mind-boggling.
As is tradition here at our house, we went to the zoo today. Easter is such a nice time to visit the animals and be reminded of God's creation and the fresh start we were given through Christ's sacrifice. Mom requested pictures, so here they are.
My new haircut
I took this because it looks just like JP when he's singing...haha
Look at the claws!
JP made some friends
This is our favorite zoo animal. We call her Ruby. She likes my tie-dyed hoodie.
This past weekend, the WA parents and I went to the tulip festival (along with Toby.) The weather was perfect, the tulips were at peak bloom and it was a fantastic reminder that spring is here. The bitter cold is gone, the sunshine is out, blue skies are peeking through and light breezes carry the scent of plants and dirt. Mmmm...LOVE it!
This sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn't it? Ha. Actually, I was noticing how the cluttered, explosiveness of my brain seemed to manifest itself in the number of desks it took me to administer exams this year. I took over four desks in the chapel, two computer screens and had four programs running. Not sure what that was all about!
Cell phone usage is also a problem, so I created "Indie's Cell Phone Hotel." Check-in time is before the exam starts and check-out time is when the exams have been turned in. The kids took this well and handed them over nicely. Not one single complaint. However, had I said, "Please give me your phones," they would have thrown a fit.
And, finally, what better way to celebrate the end of exams than with a potluck? Food solves everything. At least that's the motto of this group of kids.
Here are a few things you'll find for sale at Heajoh.com in the near future. I'm behind schedule because I don't have time to create art and update websites but I'm trying to catch up! These are custom-made and can be any shape, name, words or color you'd like and can be purchased as a print, matted, or matted and framed.