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March 18, 2009


9:30 PM (CDT): So it's spring break here for our kids, which has been nice. Randall's sister Sabine is visiting. She and I had a little weekend trip for just the two of us in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and she drove back with me Monday night. She's been hanging out with the kids during the day while Randall and I try to work (wishing we were hanging out with her too), then we talk the night away. Unfortunately, she heads home tomorrow, and we will really miss her.

Sophie came down with a pretty yucky cold over the weekend. Today when she said her throat hurt and she might have strep (which is going around), we decided we had better send her to the doctor. Sabine took her, and Sophie has an ear infection and sinus infection. She is on antibiotics, a high-powered cough syrup, and a nebulizer. Poor kid. I hope it gets better soon. She seems pretty miserable, but at least she's not missing school.

Other than that we're all doing well. Lizzy now has glasses (in addition to braces--she's getting to be an expensive kid!), and both girls got straight A's (finally!) during the last grading period. Randall is being ordained in June (have we reported that on here yet?), so we're excited about that.

We are very thankful for our friends and family who continue to keep up with us and pray for us. Come join facebook.com if you are hankering for more frequent updates. We're both on facebook nearly every day, and it's a great way to reconnect and catch up with people!

March 30, 2009


8:30 AM (Central time): Well, it's Monday morning, and I'm just ready to face work yet. Randall left this morning to drive to Las Cruces for a meeting with some other pastors. He comes back late tomorrow. Lizzy cried when he left (she is *so* tender-hearted). The girls and I had a very relaxed morning until I realize that the reason it seemed like we had so much time is that my watch had stopped. Yikes! Luckily, we were ready to go, and it was only 8:01, so they weren't late. But I think I need to go shop for a battery.

We had quite a bit of snow on Friday, so they cancelled school. The girls were home, and Randall stayed home too. It was so hard to motivate myself to work, but I did manage to get quite a lot done, and I feel like I'm in good shape today (which is partly why I'm piddling around now instead of working!).

The weekend was absolutely filled with church activities. We had a clean-up day most of the day on Saturday, and it was very satisfying to have so many people and getting so much accomplished. Then we were lucky enough to have both girls spend the night with one of Sophie's friends (who had spent the night with us the night before), so we had a quiet house to ourselves and were able to get ready for church in total peace. We had a great worship service at church on Sunday. Attendance was good, so everything just felt very vibrant. We had lunch with three other families, went to a wedding shower, then Bible study, out to dinner again, and then home to get those girls in bed. They went right to sleep (wonderful!).

Update from our last post: Sophie is over her illness. Lizzy brought home a progress report that did *not* have straight A's, so our excitement over the last report card was short-lived. Maybe it's just fifth grade? Ugh.