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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bad News

Well, I think blogging might be a little bit like knitting - it is best done in the winter!!

With the nice weather, all four kids at home and a week off of school, the last thing I was interested in doing was sitting at a computer (plus, there wasn't a lot of "savings" going on in the Garven household). We just dropped Colin off at the airport, so here I am!

Here are a few highlights from the past couple of weeks!

* Colin's girlfriend Jorie came for a visit from Canada! We have prayed for our kids since they were little to marry Christians who are committed to their faith and also prayed selfishly that we would love them too - Jackpot on all requests! We love her almost as much as Colin does - thank you God - 1 down, 3 to go!

* Spent a few days with my brother and family at their cabin - great time with them doing all those fun outdoor stuff (yes, that is a gun in Cam's hand) - until we came home early with two sinus infections and one headache. Our Dr. is loving us!!


* Ryan's volleyball team is in first place in their league - is there a better sport than volleyball - it's indoors, fast moving and done within an hour - perfect! He also had college orientation at PBU where he will be going in the Fall - Health and PE Major. And he turned 18 on Earth Day - yes, an Earth Day Birthday!!

*Dylan is playing in the worship band at church for Youth Sunday - go Dylan!! He is amazing us with his music - mostly self taught and now he is giving lessons - he even has Megan as one of his students - he said she's not too bad!!

* Cam and I drove a group of ladies from Cornerstone Church to see Joseph at Sight and Sound - they had just finished studying this in their Bible Study that a couple women from our church teach  - they were so excited to see the Bible come to life, get out of the city and eat at Cracker Barrel - great day!

* Colin and Jorie got free tickets to the Flyers Game 7 - it's not what you know, but who you know! -Thanks Rick!

* Had a meaningful worship time at church - Seder Demonstration on Good Friday, a phenomenal worship service on Easter and a great dinner with our dear friends the Murrays (minus one favorite - missed you Laureen) We ate outside, had intense volleyball games and a lackluster Easter Egg Hunt - let's kick it up a notch Michael and Sophie!!

* The kids surprised us with an Anniversary/Mother's Day Dinner and a Movie - planned and paid for by the four of them - finally - those diaper changes are paying off! If you have little ones, don't give up - they grow up and bless your socks off!

* And our biggest news was Megan accepting a 3rd grade teaching position in the Dominican Republic! We are thrilled and missing her already - keep reminding me that I want her in God's Will :)


I feel really "full" right now - It's wonderful when all the kids are back home and we are sitting around the table laughing and reminiscing - it's amazing how quickly the time has gone by - we have young adults! My encouragement to you today is to enjoy the time, moment, activity - it will never come this way again. I'm trying to be in the present - not longing for the past, wishing for the future, but living right now - in that way I can make better cents and sensibility!

6 comments:

  1. Love the post...thanks...I thought you were MIA :) So the first comment isn't an engagement announcement right? I'd have gotten a phone call on that info I'm hoping! Can't wait for youth Sunday tomorrow...I'm thinking about wearing a retreat t-shirt, tye-die shorts and packing jungle jam in the diaper bag :)

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  2. Wow! That is so exciting for Megan. :)

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  3. Maybe Sarah or Daniel will have Ryan as their KidSport teacher at PBU someday. Missed reading your blog! Glad you are back!

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  4. Aw Mary, what a wonderful life God has given you!! Enjoy your blessings!!! This brought tears to my eyes!!!

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  5. "My encouragement to you today is to enjoy the time, moment, activity - it will never come this way again. I'm trying to be in the present - not longing for the past, wishing for the future, but living right now - in that way I can make better cents and sensibility" Mary, what a beautiful quote! it is so true. Your family unity and bond is such an inspiration, I hope to raise a family (of 4 kids--your my only cheerleader for that one) like yours!
    xox
    melissa

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  6. I was wondering the same thing as Janet! I'm guessing that's not really an announcement, but certainly headed in the right direction. That's great!
    Loved reading all of the updates. :)

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