Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Staying Steady

It has been a little while since my last post, but we are continuing to stay steady in our daily tasks. Jonathan went out of town on a staff ride (kind of like an adult field trip) with the Chaplains at the schoolhouse to Charleston on Monday morning, spent the night and then came back on Tuesday around dinner time. That very Monday morning, we had scheduled dental appointments for four of the children for cleanings. So, it was up to me to get them all up, dressed, fed, and out the door and to the dentist's office by 8:00. I must admit, things went really, really well. Joel, who is usually a little scared about things like that, hopped right up in the chair and let them clean his teeth. I could tell he was uncomfortable with these strangers because he refused to laugh or even smile no matter how hard they tried. But, he was obedient and that was more important than his facial expressions. Julia and I sat in the room watching them. There were six chairs in the room for cleaning and my children took up four of them. And when Julia begins to go, there will only be one chair in the room vacant! The children are continuing to progress in school. Josiah has done really well with the second grade curriculum. Joanna is doing well with her reading. And Joy is showing great progress with all her subjects, even math, though at one time she vowed to dislike it forever! We were working on geometry terms today...and she got it...much better than I did when I was her age, that's for sure! We are continuing to prepare for our upcoming move. The dejunking process in well underway, but has quite a bit to go. In one respect it seems we have plenty of time, but in reality, I know these 2 and a half months will fly by! We are getting more and more excited about the move...and the closer we get, the more we desire to get settled once again. Jonathan graduates from the Advanced Chaplain's Course on June 4th. He is looking forward to that. This has been a challenging assignment, just in the volume of work and time it has taken. So, it will be nice for him to have this phase of his career behind him. But, no matter how challenging it gets, I can always take it easier when I remind myself that at least, for now, he is home with us. And seeing him some is certainly better than not seeing him at all. Well, I am going to close for now. Hope you all enjoy pictures of the family. The one today is of Josiah. He is famous for making his faces and being a knight, or frontiersman, or British soldier, or American soldier, or cowboy, etc. He takes on the characteristics of whatever time period we are studying in history. Right now, it is the Medieval, Reformation, Renaissance period. So, he is our young squire waiting to be knighted! May Christ shed His love abroad in your hearts our dear friends and family!

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