"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Friday, April 26, 2013

Playing Catch Up

Hello dear old blog.

How I’ve missed you! Life has been as busy as ever and I’m sorry I’ve neglected you. It’s time to catch you up on life in the precious moments.

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We had a fun season with both boys playing basketball. They enjoyed their teams and learning that sport. Jacob started soccer with a new, more competitive league, and is being challenged as he grows in his love of soccer. We took the big boys to their first college basketball game. They enjoyed seeing a full game, now that they understand the concept more. As always, there were sweet baby snuggles and I’ll take them while they last!

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We spent spring break at our favorite retreat center, Camp Tejas. We were thrilled to have two families join us for fun in the mud, on the trails and at the bonfire. We made so many great memories, it was a real joy! Grammy came to visit us and that was a special treat. She hasn’t been to Houston for over 2 years and we were privileged to have her with us for 2 weeks. We went to the Museum of Natural Science and Butterfly House with friends in our homeschool group. The butterflies are always a favorite but this year, the show stopper was the dinosaur exhibit. And Evan is as adorable as ever.

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We inherited a new pet, Speedy the turtle. He is adored by all the boys in this house. Sadly, I lost two special people this month. My grandpa passed away. He was a big part of my childhood. My sister and I spent many summers in Nebraska with him camping, gardening and adventuring. He was a kind man who was always a soft place to land. He is loved and missed by many. I flew back to Nebraska for the funeral and enjoyed lots of time with family and seeing people who knew me when I was only a little girl. For the first time, in too many years, all the Ehlers cousins were together at my Grandma Ehlers house. It was a treat to see them again! One week after the funeral, my sister and her family moved in with us here in Pearland. We are elated to have them here and can’t wait for the adventures to begin. One week after my sister moved in, my Grandma Bev passed away. She was a special lady in my life. She treated my sister and I (and our children) as her own. Her kindness and love knew no limits. I am sad that with the combination of events, I could not attend her funeral in Montana but she will forever be in my heart!

A few fun notes from this month were trips to the library, harvests of brussel sprouts from my garden and training for a 5K with friends (The Digital Run).

With the good and the bad, this I call to mind,

“My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:20-24