*after many months of construction, and many years of praying and planning and fund-raising, the renovations on the Sunday School wing of our church are done! woohoo! we’re so thankful that the many kids in our church family will have more room to learn more about Jesus, and we look forward to what God will do with this great gift He’s given us. here are some pictures.
*at long last, we have tackled one of our woefully cluttered closets. it’s now got a fresh coat of carolina blue inside, as well as 7 shelves. Michelle is the motivation and imagination behind it all: I am simply the grateful worker bee. still more improvements to come, but we’re hoping this gets the ball rolling on all the closets. after years of living a relatively closet-free life (having dwelt in homes built before closests were cool), we’re finally coming to terms with playing nicely with all this storage space. oh and my favorite detail: the 2nd night I was working on it, Caleb started singing: “Bob the builder…yes we can! yes we can!” super cute. and he LOVEs the new blue paint. he kept saying over and over how beautiful it was, as well as all kinds of little encouragements. gotta love that spirit. and the next morning he got out his play tools (which he never really plays with) and started “fixing” all kinds of stuff. I honestly dont do a whole lot around the house as far as fixing goes (we intentionally bought a house that didnt need much) so it was fun to see him get into the spirit.
*the new dog aint so small any more. yes, she’s small, but she’s about 4 times the size as she was just 6 weeks ago. she still has issues with housebreaking, but she’s coming along, and she’s still super cute. when the mood is right, the kids have a blast with her.
*the coolest present Alice got for her birthday (in my opinion): Doodle Doug. a battery-powered whirling spirograph type thing. way cool. the kids like it too. :-) thanks Amy!
*I made it a month straight of working out regularly, and Michelle has now joined the fun too (with water aerobics). I honestly thought I’d feel better than I do, but I think it’s partly due to the fact that I need to go to bed earlier. I feel good about going and doing it, but my body doesnt feel as good as I thought it might. I’ve yet to make it through an entire class without having to slow down, but it’s getting better.
*getting up early to work out inspired us to get up early on the off days for another good thing: taking time to read the Bible, pray and sing together in the morning. I highly recommend it.
*I didnt make the deadline for Sufjan’s Xmas Xchange, but I am working on my own Christmas song. who knows how it will turn out, but so far I like the idea. speaking of Christmas music, I’ve made a mix CD of my Christmas favorites from Grisman, Sufjan, Nathan Clark George and a couple other random ones. mostly mellow acoustic kinda stuff, and I avoided the “secular” songs for this particular mix. if anyone would like a copy, lemme know.
*I got a flat tire yesterday on the way to work but let it sit in the lot all day, and I completely forgot about it. this tire has given me problems for years, so I figured it was time for a new (used) one. so I bumped my way to Broad Street tire, and even though it was nearly closing time, they hooked me up in no time, and for very little money. it’s always satisfying to get something like that fixed right away. Andy, Katie: if you’re out there, rest assured: the teal mobile rides on!