Hello world! I've been all over the place the last few weeks (literally and figuratively) and I decided it was time to write it out. It's been an interesting time! Events both good and not-so-good, meeting new people, getting smacked with new realizations....yeah, interesting works. :-)
Let's see, I was here last in early February. So! I was planning to go to Ohio on the 16th, because my mom was scheduled to have a toe amputated on the 18th. However, ice storms through the region on the night of the 15th caused me to decide to wait a day, so I wouldn't risk running into nasty roads going through Virginia and West Virginia. I'm glad I waited, because one of my kids' best buddies had a nasty car accident the morning of the 16th, and I was able to take his mom to the hospital and stay with them through the day. Thankfully Matt is okay, although let me tell you - talk about God's protection! He hit a little patch of ice and lost control, spun out and hit a tree head-on. His car is totaled. TOTALED. As in, the wrecker driver told Matt's mom that he was confident the driver of the car was dead. Matt walked away with a bunch of cuts and scrapes, a few stitches by one eye and a sprained ankle. We're all still amazed by that.
The next day I drove to Ohio (being extra cautious, by the way!) and spent a few days at my sister's place, helping take care of Mom after her surgery and doing some odd jobs around the house. The surgery went very well, hallelujah, and now we're all making horrible jokes about Mom and her nine toes. Yes, my family has a strange way of dealing with things like this. Hospital staff are never quite sure what to think. Also, my sister has a beautifully painted kitchen now, thankyouverymuch. :-)
We found a church a few months ago, and Jon and I finally decided to take the plunge and join a small group Bible study. We've been going for a couple weeks and I think it's going to be good. The study is on transformation and I gotta tell you, it's hitting me hard. We're only on the third week of seven and already I've realized that some of what I thought about certain areas was, if not wrong, certainly incomplete. It's been eye-opening to say the least. Funny how God will poke holes in our complacency if we let Him do His thing! I'm pretty uncomfortable right now, and that's good.
Luke (oldest child) is almost through his first year of college, and he is kickin' butt! I am so incredibly proud of him. He started later than most because he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, and he just didn't feel ready. Since he has started, though, he's been doing a fantastic job. His first semester was a 4.0, and he's on track to do the same thing this semester. I've been so impressed with how he's just buckled down and really gone after this new experience. Since we were fairly relaxed homeschoolers, I was a little concerned about how he'd react to lots of deadlines and such, but he's on top of everything. Plus he's making friends and getting involved with campus student ministry, which is great. Go Luke!
Hmmm....I think that covers the highlights. Spring is coming - there are already daffodils in bloom - so soon the round of yardwork will start again. Oddly enough I actually like mowing, so I'm ready. Jon's sister and her daughter and granddaughter are coming for a visit this weekend, which will be awesome (baby snuggles!). Life is pretty good right now!