We were able to get back into the swing of our normal school week this second week in January. Everyone is doing really well and we are looking forward to having another four day week of school this next week.
Jackson started taking piano lessons at school. He really enjoyed his first lesson and is excited to practice and learn more.
Joshua began baseball practice this week. Unfortunately our travel ball team of 5 seasons disbanded. For the first time in 9 years (15 seasons), Jason will not be Joshua’s coach. I know that this new season will be very different, but we are all looking forward to this new opportunity.
I was able to spend some time finishing up “Lost December” and began reading a new book that I received as a Christmas gift. I also spent some more time working on crocheting. I began reading in the book of Luke in my new Bible. Jason bought me a Life Application Bible for Christmas and I have really enjoyed reading the study notes that accompany each verse in the Bible. I love having some breaks in my time to read and work on a craft.
Abby Kate and I were able to attend Abby Kate’s first Girls Retreat in the youth group. It seems like only yesterday that she was a little baby and was there with me when Jason was a youth minister. Abby Kate and I got a little lost while trying to find our retreat site, but it made for some fun memories. We had a great time together building friendships, worshiping God, and learning more about Jesus. I am so very thankful for these opportunities that our children are blessed with at church and for everyone who leads these times.
The boys kept busy this weekend watching movies, leading a devotional at an Upward basketball game, hitting lessons, and getting in some more baseball practice. Joshua was able to lead the devotional on Saturday and Jackson said the prayer. I know they had a great time together, but I think they are happy that we are back home.
I made dinners Friday after school for the boys to eat on for Friday and Saturday night. I had plans to make chili for lunch today, but we timed our arrival back into town a little later than I had assumed. Jason and I decided to eat lunch at Sam & Greg’s. I always love their pizza and the weather was unreal. We ended up eating lunch outside and enjoyed getting to catch up from our weekend.
I have spent my afternoon and evening getting unpacked and caught up on laundry, cleaning, and making meals. Our monthly meal calendar is going really well. I have moved a few things around, but everything is working out nicely. I am enjoying not having to focus so much of my time on thinking through our menu. I have been to the store twice since my big store run and will need to go back tomorrow to get some specific things for this week.
Last weekend, we were so cold with temperatures below freezing. This weekend was so beautiful and felt like spring. I have noticed the sun staying out a little past 5 o’clock and I am really loving that. Even though it was quite warm outside, I still made chili for dinner tonight. I have always had two chili recipes (one from my mom and one from my dad). I decided to mix the two recipes up tonight and I really enjoyed it.