Monday, May 24, 2010


Summer is already swamped!

This week, I begin a new semester at DMACC with two classes. We are trying to get ready for Tom's parents' 50th Anniversary party on Memorial Day. It looks like 80-90 people are coming.

My parents have their 50th this summer as well, so we are planning a 50th for them on July 3rd here in Des Moines.

Kesse is working for HyVee and looking for other work. Kyrie is working a LOT at Cracker Barrel. Kayren is planning on babysitting and working at HyVee, and Lorien is planning on babysitting. Aleya will probably just play!

I took a class today on electronic gradebooks, and was excited about the Excel program that DMACC has set up, however, it didn't exactly fit my grading program. The lady who was teaching was trying to help me with my program, but finally she just laughed and exclaimed, "You have the most complicated grading system I have ever seen!" After quite a few hours now, I think I've got it! Finally! Now - I hope it works.

I can't believe that May is almost over!

Friday, May 21, 2010


We are in summer mode now, but it doesn't really feel like it. Two of my girls are still in school, and right when they get out, I start again. My college girls are home and working as many hours as possible in order to make enough money to get back to school in the fall. Also, May has been very cold for Iowa. It is nice because we aren't running the air conditioner, but it is just so unusual! Everything is green and growing, and beautiful. My flowers are thriving this year. I always forget how busy the summer is.

This year we are celebrating Tom's parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary (on May 31), and also my parents' 50th (on July 3). It is remarkable that both sets of parents would be celebrating their 50th in the same year. The celebrations are quite different - one with almost 100 people, and the other just with close family. But, we are grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate with them an occasion that is not common anymore. God has been very gracious to our family!

We are hoping to take another trip out east this year, but haven't had the time to think about when to go. We are hoping to see Robinson family in August!

We are very thankful for our church, and learning a lot through the preaching and teaching there. It has been a constant encouragement to us.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Well, Kesse made it home safely, even driving the crummiest car that we own. She had to stop periodically and put oil in it, but smoked it all the way home.

Kyrie, however, missed her plane because of weather and was stuck in the Detroit airport. Then, a very nice flight attendant got her a free hotel and breakfast! She was thrilled! She should be home in the morning.

We are giving a ladies' tea on Thursday for the ladies in the church and friends, and it will be so nice to have the girls home!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May is already so busy!

May just started and it is already full!

This week is my last week of school. I will give finals and compute grades for my classes at DMACC. On Saturday, the girls have a piano recital (fun!), and then we immediately leave for PA to pick up Kyrie Jo. We will be gone until Tuesday.

In the meantime, Kesse will make it home on Sunday.

On Thursday, after we get home we are hosting a ladies' tea at the house for ladies in the church.

About a week and a half after that, I start school again.

On Memorial Day weekend, we are hosting a 50th Anniversary Party for Tom's parents.

There is so much to do! We are thankful to get the girls back for another summer. One of these days, they will probably find a job elsewhere, and we won't get to have them around as much, so we are thankful for each summer that we get. The house will be back to 7.

I think one of my favorite parts of having the girls home is going to worship and filling up the pew; hearing them sing with us, and having the discussions about the sermon afterwards.

Welcome home, girls!