8 years ago we had a wedding. It was a very nice day.
I’ve been going through some things. Part of it is just a really really busy stage right now. I’ve been on a plane at least once a month since April and that will continue through the end of the year. It’s a combination of fun, work, and dissertation (which I guess is work) but it’s exhausting. Speaking of my dissertation, it is really moving and I CAN actually see the end of this process.
On top of it we’ve had some family struggles which I just don’t want to post about (to all the grandparents – you already know all about it so please don’t get melodramatic). All of this means I’ve just been…quiet.
I’m not sure when I’ll pop in again, but I’ll leave you with some quintessential New York City summer. We came across an open fire hydrant…and I let my kids take off the shoes and run through it.
Every night we pray. Simon is starting to ask some deep questions.
Simon: I want to see Jesus. How do I see him?
Me: Well Jesus is in heaven with God. You get to see him when you die.
Simon: But I want to see Jesus alive. How can I see Jesus while he’s still alive?
Me: I don’t know. That is a good question we can ask pastor Jon.
[confers with pastor]
Me: I asked Pastor Jon your question. When Jesus was alive he could only see a few people. not all of the people. So he went to heaven so the Holy Spirit could come and live in everybody.
Simon: But I don’t want the Holy Spirit to see everybody. I only want Jesus to see me while he’s alive.
We sang a new song in church and Simon has been singing it at home.
Simon: Better is one day in your courts, Better is one day in your house. Better is one day in your courts.
Me: Do you know what that song means Simon?
Me: It means that spending one day in God’s house is better than any other day. It is the very best day.
Simon: How do I go there?
Me: Well, God’s house is in heaven.
Simon: I want to go there when I am alive with Jesus and see the dead people.
Last month my mom and sister came to visit with my niece. They had a companion flight that was about to expire, so it was the perfect last minute fun. We took the kids to the Met one day. This is the first time we’ve been where Simon is old enough to kind of get it. We made it about three hours (including an overpriced lunch) so I was impressed. We saw Egypt and a good portion of the American Wing.
“Mom, this is the same Egypt that Sherman and Mr. Peabody went to!”
“I’m scared to touch it (one of the things you were allowed to touch) what if the mummy comes to life?
“This place is amazing!”
“Mom, mom, come look at this one. It’s beautiful.”
- Wow! It’s been a whole month since I last blogged – I don’t think I’ve ever lapsed that long. And when I came in to do these snippets I thought it had been two weeks…
- We’ve been exceptionally busy. There has been some behind the scenes things (in our family, not this blog) that have resulted in a no screen time when children are awake Monday – Friday, for any of us. This means no more blogging after school while they play. But overall we are a week in and I think it is a good change.
- Along with the rest of the world we’ve had fun with the MSQRD app. This one hasn’t been deleted from my phone yet. Lot’s were deleted in the above mentioned screen reduction. Caleb loves it.
- Caleb had the flu a couple of weeks ago. Poor sad boy. But he bounced back in time for Easter.
- We totally slacked on Easter this year. Grandmas sent some small things, so that was it. I’m giving myself grace that there are some seasons of life I will be able to go all out, and others where I just can’t.
- Boys in hats. That is all.
- Simon is still playing chess on Fridays. We need to practice more at home. He’s struggling a bit because the teacher “asks him too many questions”. In order to understand that there is a strategy beyond knowing how to move the pieces Simon has to explain the consequences of each move. It’s mentally exhausting, but I think we’ve come to an agreement that there are questions for 20-30 minutes, then only playing. He earned a gold star. Last time the teacher told him he’d get a gold star, then at the end Simon asked for his star – only to find it was a symbolic star. So this week the teacher had brought a sheet of stars just for Simon. I thought that was sweet of him.
- I have a full preliminary dissertation file. Meaning I have a file with everything that is coded so far and can start analysis. But I still need to code about 20 questions and have about seven hours of audio to transcribe. So far nothing is significant.
- And just for fun Caleb singing. He only sings two songs. Jingle Bells and Let it Go.
- And Simon, practicing for Pre-K graduation. Which I will miss for work travel. But this video is everything.