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8:30 AM (Central time): Halloween approaches, and boy are we excited about it! Elisabeth is dressing up as Scooby Doo (again). I bought that costume last year, and it was outlandishly expensive, and it was really too big, so as far as I'm concerned, she's going to be Scooby Doo for the next several years, and then Sophie can wear it for a few years (I hope). Sophie is dressing as Clifford (another somewhat expensive investment a while back). For her school, they are supposed to dress as a character from a book. It doesn't have to be a bought costume (although ours is), and they bring a book with that character. Luckily, we already had that costume from Elisabeth's younger days, and we have quite a selection of Clifford books. She is so excited about tomorrow. Our biggest dilemma is when to go trick-or-treating. They go to two churches on Wednesday nights (the Baptist church at 5:45, and ours from 7 to 8). I don't really feel like it would be good for the preacher's family to skip church, so I guess we're just going to go after that and stay up a little late. Plus, I'm not going to be home to hand out candy, so I guess I'm just going to put out a big bowl with a little sign asking each kid to take two pieces. This is the kind of town where I think people will be honest.

Randall is out of town this week. He and a church member are in Juarez, Mexico for a mission trip (building houses). They drove down right after church on Sunday, and it sounds like they'll get home late on Thursday. It's about a 5-hour drive to El Paso, which is right over the border.

This morning Elisabeth asked me start calling her Lizzy all the time (that's how she signs her name on her school work, and that's what all her friends call her). It's going to be a big adjustment for me, but I'm going to try!


Hold on to these young years of Scooby and Clifford because they will soon want to be Daisy Duke. We had Trunk or Treat on Sunday with Bethabara and it was "big" in numbers. Chris just finished Exams # 2 this semester and is doing great. He is going to his school party with another med student as Cox 2 inhibitors???? I'm not sure what the dress code is. Tell Lizzy "Hello" and I like her new name. Hope Randall gets home with no ghouls or witches during this All Hallow's Eve. Love to all. frankie