Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Jeff and I will be driving to Detroit in the AM for my Aunt Gert's funeral. My brother Dave will be meeting us there. We will see family members for the first time in years. Will they recognize us? Will we recognize them??
Church went well today as well. The orchestra did particularly well. I was proud of them. The new projection system has been well received. I like it a lot, it helps me remember the sermon more.
Well, going to fold laundry and mapquest tomorrow's journey.
Sarah had things to do and places to go, so we got on a shuttle bus and went to watch "The Pull". It is intense tug of war between freshman and sophomore classes. Fresh=Even Year, and Soph=Odd. The longest pull lasted over 3 hours. Today's pull lasted just over an hour. Sarah's roommate was part of the event, she worked in pit 17 as a moraler. You can read more about this tradition at Hope's Website.
We had some free time after that and did a little shoe shopping and had a snack at Arby's. Mary and Mom got some shoes and Matt got a ball from the sports store. The next event was the football game. It was really neat to watch Sarah at the game with the other Athletic Trainers. She mainly had water duty, which is important for the player's hydration. The weather got cold and so did we. We hung in there till the end though. The final score was Wheaton College 47-Hope 7. Wheaton had some really good runners and an excellent quarterback.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Backing up a little, we won four points in bowling on Sunday. That should help us stay in 3rd place. Who knows, maybe we will move up! I have been busy trying to catch up on the little things and church things that got tabled when we went to Mackinac. I am just about up to date. whew! Chimes went well last night. We have a fun and determined team. I am down to one load of laundry to fold and preparing for children's choir that takes place tomorrow.
This week is busy in its own. Matt has 2 soccer games. Mary has play practice. by the way, she was promoted to a "better" role in the musical. It was a male part, but he quit, so they changed it to a female role and gave it to Mary. It has more lines and stage time. There is a home football game on Friday. I work tomorrow and Friday and quilt and give piano lessons on Thursday.
Saturday will have it's challenges as well. Matt has a soccer game in Big Rapids (1 hour away), there is orchestra practice at church on Sat 1000. Sarah has a softball game and picnic starting at 11 am. Then there is the annual tug of war at Hope at 3pm and a home football game that Sarah is working at that evening at 7 pm. We wanted to take her for dinner, but it looks like it will be late night McDonalds instead. That made her happy, because she hasn't had McD's for a long time. So it looks like our schedule will look something like this:
- Matt to soccer game by HS bus.
- Orchestra Practice 10am at MCLC
- Pick up Matt at Soccer game in Big Rapids ASAP
- Drive to Holland for end of picnic and tug of war (The Pull) start time 3pm
- Kill time before the football game, which starts at 7 and then treat Sarah to McDonalds before returning home.
- Church the next morning!
I guess busy is definitely in our vocabulary. Like I said previously, we'll just keep plugging along. That is all the news. Don't forget to check out the Family Photos. I just added a few more.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tomorrow we have a pastor from Grand Rapids, Pastor Masih, to preach and teach about spreading God's word to the unbelievers, namely muslims. He came last year and was awesome. We look forward to another inspiring message. Of course we bowl tomorrow. It is a bye week for us. We have to bowl our best, at least our average.
Guess that is all. Have a wonderful Sunday.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We heard from Matthew by text tonight. They won their first soccer game! He is very happy. I haven't heard from Mary yet today, but she was in a really good mood yesterday. She is looking forward to the VG retreat this weekend where she and the rest of the group will learn the choreography for this fall's show. She also was fitted for her costume. It is going to be gold this year!
Time for me to go back to our room. Next update..on the weekend. Hopefully with pictures!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Mary and Matthew are fine at home. We check in a few times each day. Mary is cooking and keeping up with her play and cello. She is 2nd chair cello again. Matt's team lost again with a score of 7-1. He had a chair test today too for band, but I don't know the results. When I talked to Sarah last, things were going well at school and continues to be very happy there. I guess she loves the chapel time during the week, and doesn't miss the Gathering service on campus on Sunday evenings. That is good to hear!
Well, it is getting late. We need to be up by 0630, so I'd better get off to bed. Have a Happy Wednesday.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Mary and I worked on this month's calendar. It would be easy to lost track of all the events if we didn't plot them out on our big white board calendar. Later, we went shopping at Wal-Mart for some needed food items and things for Sarah's care package.
I finally finished the laundry and will need to work on it again tomorrow. I am ready for Sunday School tomorrow and enjoyed a spagetti supper at our church for Habitat for Humanity. With the rainy weather, we didn't have a very large turn out. It was really good spagetti though.
Sarah worked at soccer game today and she informed me that she was soaked, but had a really good time anyway. She really likes college and all the excitement that goes with it. She posted a picture of her ankle that she wrapped for practice. Pretty impressive!
It is getting late and I really need to get a few more things done before I fall asleep. Have a great SonDay!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Mary did not get a lead role in the play Guys and Dolls. She obviously was very disappointed, but can accept it more since her senior friends are playing those parts. Still she would like to have read for both leaed parts and they only had her read for one of the lead roles. Instead she is Agatha, a member of the mission band. Politics continue to play itself out in the high school extra curricular activities. Enough said. She begins after school practice today and is determined to be her best at whatever she does.
Matthew's team lost again yesterday. They keep playing and trying to improve their game. I hope that I can see another goal before the season is over. I am not a big soccer fan, so I can't really say anything about strategy and technique like Jeff can. I go to have fun and support Matt. Some parents really get out of hand. I don't sit near them anymore because they drive me crazy. Matthew got a cell phone yesterday. His schedule and pick up times are so different, we thought it was time for him to have a phone to call and keep us informed. Mom is glad that she can reach all of her kids, and husband, easily by phone now.
Orchestra had 3 people, just as I had expected. We decided that we could just become a brass ensemble, since that is our mainstay/core people. Maybe I can get Matt to play after soccer.??? I started back at quilting yesterday and began a new project. I am going to make a runner to lay on top of the clavinova. The plastic cover is such a pain because it covers the whole instrument. My runner will cover the keys and the control panel. I think it will be nice.
Our van is ok. There aren't any new real problems. Evidently the computer thinks there is a vacuum problem, but Ford assures "us" that it is perfectly fine. So we are going to eventually have the computer reprogrammed so the engine light doesn't go on for every little problem.
Well, I am off to work this morning. Should be a nice day. Hope yours is a great one!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Mary's auditions earned her a place in the call backs this afternoon. She really wants a lead role. I told her do your best and sing with diction. That is pretty hard when you are just auditioning. Mary has lots of established respect in the GHS theater program. She should find out tonight if they offer her one of the 2 lead female roles.
Matthew has another soccer game tonight. It is a home game. I hope to remember to bring a camera this time. I need a picture of him in his uniform. Be on the lookout for one. Speaking of pictures, the kids just had school pictures yesterday and today. I will be anxious to see how they turn out. Sarah is fine at school, but very busy! Keep up the good work sweetie! She has been ordering some AT clothes and rain gear and I finally got her some needed softball equipment. As soon as they arrive in the mail I can send them, some more goodies and birthday presents.
My job is good. I am supposed to go quilt today. We are having a potluck lunch, so I have brownies in the oven. Choirs have started and I am struggling with choosing kids music and have to rework the chime team. Orchestra is tonight. We will see how many come. Jeff continues to keep up with all his responsibilities. We are looking forward to our week together on Mackinac Island with other pastors and their wives. By the way, my golf game improved a little this week. My friend and I plan to continue to golf as long as the weather allows. We will see how my game is by Halloween.
Better run. Have a nice Thursday..I was born on a Thursday and you know what they say? Thursday's child has far to go! Do I ever!
Gloria's Thursday Girl
Just an interesting fact...Our heat turned on last night. The nights are getting cold.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Mary has auditions for the musical tomorrow. Please keep her in your prayers. She has been so excited about this all summer that getting a certain part is very important. Unfortunately, seniors usually get the lead role, but I told her do your best! She has a lot of respect as a thespian at school and you never know what will happen. Be ready for anything.
Matthew has an away soccer game tomorrow. They practiced in the rain this afternoon. I hope they all stay healthy. He is liking high school and likes to get there early to socialize. He is begging us for a cell phone. We are just about ready to get one. With all the activities, it is easy to find our children if they have a phone, plus if they need us for some reason, we can be reached even if it is by text.
Tonight was first night of chime team. I had only two returning members plus myself. I had two new people. So we have a team of 5. We can do it, just takes a little more preparation on my part, and I am fine with that. Wednesday we have kids choir, adult choir and praise team all in a row. Then Thursday is our first orchestra. I think we will have the same people.
Supposed to golf in the morning. It is going to be cold and wet. We will see if golf with have a weather-friendly day. I have all kinds of things to accomplish tomorrow. Hope I can get it all done. I will just get one thing at a time done starting with the most "important".
Just got done chatting with Sarah. All is well at Hope College. She had her first day of work at the biology office. She said it was really long and tedious. But it is a job.
That is all....Have a great Tuesday!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Bowling season starts in 15 minutes! I hope I don't bowl my very best or the team will be sunk. Still I hope to get at least a 105 each game. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My golf game was about as expected. Some good holes and some bad. I even picked up my ball on one hole, because I just couldn't hit it. My friend Norma and I had a nice time and had lunch together. We plan on golfing again soon. I worked 16 hours in the last 2 days. My little client's mom had a baby boy yesterday and I worked nights while mom stayed in the hospital. Mom and baby are doing well. I spent my other days soing laundry, planning rally day and music for the fall, and surfing the net for some needed clothes items for Sarah. I finally placed the order tonight. The Athletic Training program is ordering "hope" clothes for the year. Things like AT (athletic training) polos, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and now rain gear. She will be making her final decisions this weekend. I have also been doing some crafting. I made some post it note covers with hope colors and sent them in Sarah's care package for her and her friends. Aren't they nice? I sent along a book, snacks and sliders for softball. She was happy to receive the box today, just 24 hours after I sent it. I guess there is a football game tomorrow and she is off duty. She plans to go and watch as a fan!
Jeff finished up the painting job by our front door. It was peeling and cracking. It looks really nice now. He has been keep up with the hurricane situations and keeps me informed of any daily weather concerns here too. We have a few weeks of exciting worship ahead. Rally Day is this Sunday and yours truly is the "organist". I will play the clavinova. Teachers are installed and we have a mexican lunch with small group information and games and activities. The following week is our "contemporary music" week with our new praise team. I will be singing instead of playing. That is a nice change for me. The week of the 15th is a retreat for pastors and their wife in Mackinac. We are looking forward to attending. Still need to iron out arrangements for the teens at home.
Mary auditions for the high school musical Guys and Dolls this week. She really wants the lead, but is concerned with a few seniors that are auditioning as well. Lots of times seniors get picked for those roles. We'll see what happens.
I guess that is all the news. Have a great weekend. Gotta get some sleep. I go to get my haircut revised in the morning. Too much hair hanging on the neck.
PS The picture to the side is the "new and improved" style
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Mary went for her last sunsetting excursion this evening with best friend Gia. I have included a whole new photo album of just sunsets in our family album. There are some very nice pictures. I have included a few here to peak your interest.
Everyone had a nice day and is either winding down or in bed in preparation for a new year of school. Neither Mary or Matt are looking forward to school, but alas the time has come. Matthew has a home soccer game tomorrow at 4:30 pm. Jeff and I are supposed to work in the concession stand during the varsity game at 6pm. I guess it is good to get that commitment over with early.
Waking up to a new school year tomorrow