Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are my brother and sister and my cousins and I, all my grandma's grandchildren, before her 100th birthday party on Saturday. Doesn't she look beautiful?! It was such a blessing to be with all these people that I love, celebrating with Grandma.
Guests at the party were given a scroll that had some of Grandma's favorite scriptures on it. This one, which was also read aloud in the short service our family had together before the party, seems so fitting for Grandma's life.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of rghteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. II Timothy 4: 7, 8
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tonight Caleb says, "Boy, this bruise on my shin really hurts."
Yes, son, this is to be expected when you are knocked off your bike by a passing car. He assured us that this incident that occurred over the weekend was no big deal, as he landed on his feet after cartwheeling through the air. You be the judge... big deal or no? His bike sustained only minimal damage, and the lady at the local bike shop fixed it for only 10 RMB (less than $1.50 USD). Seems like he got off pretty easy. Thank You, Lord, for watching out for this slightly reckless boy!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Does anyone know how long it takes for permanent marker to wear off of skin? He showers every day, but it shows no signs of letting up so far.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Seth with his containers of pudding and jello laid out at school, ready to start the trials. Testing at home...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I've been making a point to pick her up early here and there, rather than have her ride home in the school van, not only so I can have a bit more time with her, but also so I can see the climate of the classroom at different points during the day. I have to say I am incredibly impressed. It is always a peaceful scene, with small groups of children working with a teacher on something- art, looking at books, working with Montessori materials (various special puzzles, math manipulatives, etc); or playing together in twos and threes; or participating in a group music or dance lesson. The children are taught to eat properly with a knife and fork, to clear their places, and to help wipe the dishes. They all brush their teeth after lunch. :-)
Gwen's teacher writes me a note every day, telling some details of what was presented and how Gwen reacted, how she did at lunch and play, etc. Yesterday she told me of a little interaction where Gwen told her, in Chinese, that another little girl did not like the snack. I was so excited to hear this! I know she has been understanding more and more of the things the teachers say, and she often sings Chinese songs or repeats words to me, but this is the first time she initiated conversation in Chinese.
Madelyn and I are having pretty full school days at home. We read a lot for history and love that time together... this was so much trickier last year with Gwen at home. I have struggled with guilt about having Gwen in school, but as the year progresses and I see both of the girls thriving in their very different environments, I am thankful for the options we have in teaching our children.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Here's the text of Meredyth's letter:
I wish that is was Christmas right now but it is not.
I'm so glad it's mid-November, and soon these girls can be together again!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Well, Seth has the metal in his mouth now. He's actually had it for several months already, in the form of an expander on the roof of his mouth that we crank every other night to slowly make more room for those top teeth. But today he got the bottom braces on. He didn't eat much for dinner, but so far he's not complaining. The top brackets will be applied once a couple of the top teeth have grown in a little more... maybe next month.
**Update~ by this evening Seth was "in a world of hurt", as Justin would say. He tried many tactics to take his mind off the pain in his mouth, including making various funny noises and shaking his head. After a couple of tylenol, he was able to sleep. I remember this pain...
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I thought I had some, but when I checked the cash that was set aside in that little pouch, I found that it was Hong Kong money. No good.
I resorted to writing "25" on post-it notes to represent quarters. Not quite the same, and tricky for an eight year old who's real life experience with counting US money in the past year and a half has been minimal.