our friend Josie who has lived with us for the few months has sadly returned home to Kansas. when she moved in to rent out our spare room, we knew just a little about her through phone conversations, mutual friends and her blog. we quickly became good friends with her and her boyfriend, and the kids really loved them too. but unfortunately she needed to return home, so now it’s just the 4 of us here, which is a little strange. we may try to find another renter/housemate in the summer or fall, but we’ll see.
in kid news, Caleb finally figured out how to open doors, so now he’s letting himself out of his room when he wakes up in the morning. this wouldnt be a big deal except that he’s been going in and waking up Alice, who usually sleeps much longer. he’s been told that’s not allowed so we’ll see if he listens this time.
as for Alice, she’s starting to say a few things these days. she can clearly say “mama” and “milk” and “dolly” (which sounds like “daddy” which she can also say). she does cute baby talk for “up please” and when prompted will do “all done.” she’s very good at imitating words when you ask her to. she’s also into walking by holding our fingers and she’s getting more and more bold to try to stand up on her own. so maybe soon she’ll be taking that first step.
we’re really loving family Bible time after dinner. well, sometimes Caleb would rather go play with his ABCs but once we get going he does OK. I’m so glad we got kick-started with the Advent Box! it brings me back to teaching the 3-year-old Sunday school…trying to engage the kids with what God has for us today. it’s just so cool that Caleb especially is starting to understand and Alice seems to enjoy it too. in fact she’s often paying better attention than he is, but I know from experience that a lot more sinks in than what you might guess. tonight it was Matthew 5 about being salt and light. while the metaphors may be a little hard for him to get, he certainly knows what light is, and what salt is, so hopefully he understood a little about being salt and light in and for Jesus. we started doing kids songs too, which both kids enjoy (make that all 4 of us kids). Caleb loves the “hallelu…praise ye…” song, although he’s too coy to sing it himself. I did get him to do the “where?” part on the “I’ve got the joy^4” song, which is a lot of fun.
this week our old friend Sarah will soon be in town for a visit, so Josie’s room will be once more occupied. we certainly miss her dearly and are very excited to have her here for a little while.
and finally, the octave mandolin made it’s debut in church this morning, as we did “In the Sweet By and By,” and I thought it went pretty well. as usual, everyone around me sounded great as I went by the seat of my pants. actually this time I did practice my mando part more than usual, but the nervousness factor always makes in a little rough. I’m never too keen on doing lead vocals, but sweet harmonies always make it better. I’m exploring more and more of what the OM can bring to the table, and liking the different soung and possibilities more and more as I go, but I still havent come up with a name for it that I like. any ideas?