I am so ready for spring! It was so nice to just have a really sunny day and even though it was only 42 degrees, it felt so warm because of how cold it has been lately. Supposedly it is supposed to be pretty cold all through February and March though, and Gary Lezack said last night that he thinks we will very likely have more snow soon.......oh, will winter ever end!!??
Well, today Grace is home from school because of parent/teacher conferences and so the kids have played hard all day together. I really love the relaxed pace that we get to have when she is home because I am not a morning person, and the kids would sleep until 7:30 or 7:45 if I let them, but on school days I have to wake them all up at 7 in order to get them fed, dressed, and out the door. And i have to say that I am ashamed of the number of days that we have been late to her school, even if it is just by a few minutes, it just seems like i am constantly pushing and pushing to get them out the door. Oh well, i guess that is just part of it, but it does make days like today extra nice.
So now I have some unashamed bragging to do on the part of my daughter, so if you want to skip over this part that is fine. But i just have to report on how awesome Grace's conference was today. Her teacher said that basically she doesn't even know what to conference on for Grace because she is just the whole package. She said not only is she extremely smart, which we have known (she gets that from her dad), but her teacher said that she is so respectful, she listens to directions so well, and she has the best attitude, and is inclusive and considerate to all the other kids in class!! Wow, we we knew that she was a great kid, but it is so good to hear that from someone else that is with your kid when you aren't there. So Rich and I are going to take her out on a special date to celebrate soon. OK, unashamed bragging is done.
I am really excited for youth group tonight. We didn't have it last week because of the snow and i really am missing my girls. I could never have anticipated how much i love these girls. It was such a suprise to me that I really love spending time with them. They teach me so much and i miss them so much when i don't see them. I am really excited because next weekend we have a conference called Aquire the Fire that we are going to on Friday night and all day Saturday and it is going to be so much fun! Rich and I drove a van of kids last year and it is such an awesome conference. The worship is so amazing, and the speaking is really good too. I think it is so awesome for the kids to see all the other kids worshipping, packing the arena because it makes them feel like they are not alone. I think Satan works so hard to make these teens feel like they are alone in their walk with God, that a relationship with Jesus is only something that weirdos and adults have. So it is so important for them to see that they can be such a powerful voice, and that their are a lot of other teens out there that love Jesus, and also that they aren't the only ones struggling. It always makes me think about the decisions that I made, and how different my life would have been if I wouldn't have decided to try to make it on my own for awhile. My life is just so much better with God in control!
Well, hope you all are having a good day, peace out!
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