Hope all of you are well. My daughter finished middle school basketball tryouts and made the team. We kind of assumed she would, as she made the team as a sixth grader last year and is one of the better players in her grade....but they have a new coach and you can never assume anything. One of her best friends (who was not on the team last year) was convinced by my daughter to try out, and she made the team.
I think my daughter was more excited about her friend making the team than anything else.
She's a very sweet girl with a wonderful family, and they live in our neighborhood.....so carpooling will be an added benefit. We should finally
get our minivan back tomorrow from the auto body shop. I've almost forgotten what it looks like and can't remember what it feels like to drive a minivan...it's been that long. Susie~
Are you enjoying your snow and do you expect to have a white Christmas? I'm sorry about your intense three hour drive in the snow and can imagine how nervewracking that must've been. I'm so glad that SonnyBoy made it to the recital, and know I would have freaked when I first realized he was missing, if I were you. I'm sure the recital was lovely and his performance was stunning. To answer your question about our choral music for Christmas, we're singing the typical version of a Lessons and Carols service we usually do, with scripture readings interspersed with anthems. I believe one of our anthems will be accompanied by flute and clarinet, along with piano, of course. And a couple of the up tempo anthems will probably have some sort of percussion; and one our choir members plays a gorgeous tenor saxophone and usually plays something instrumental during the service. Our ladies quartet has been rehearsing again and are singing an anthem during our choir concert. We're also singing a lovely four-part acapella arrangement of "Mary, Did You Know?" this Sunday, that's different from the somewhat overplayed Kenny Rogers/Wynonna Judd version you hear on the radio this time of year. I'm sure you'll enjoy singing along to Handel's Messiah, and that will probably remind you of Daughter Dear. How large is your church and congregation? The cupcakes did use a large number of eggs and the batter appeared rather thin at first, but I noticed it had thickened up quite a bit by the time I used my cupcake pan for the second round.Lynne~
I'm sorry you're feeling so overwhelmed right now, but it's completely understandable. Try to take a deep breath or two, and hang in there. Susie gave some excellent advice, and I agree that trying to set up play dates with other classmates would be beneficial, and might help you get to know some other parents, as well. Will his best friend live so far away that they won't be able to see one another? We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers regarding your health issues. Is there any chance the MRI might be covered with written documentation from your physician? I've had two biopsies after finding a small breast lump about fifteen years ago, and again after irregularities were detected on my mammogram about four years ago....but everything came out normal. (Sorry Sean, and Austin, if you're around
) My Mom has a history of breast cancer when she was in her fifties, so they've kept a little closer eye on me because of the family history (my Dad's mother also had breast cancer). I've had ultrasounds and repeat mammograms the past couple of years, but the palpable area seems to be scar tissue from a previous biopsy. Whether or not these are the health issues to which you're referring....know that we're always here for you, and feel free to send a pm if you ever want to talk. Sarah~
Congrats to you and Jason for purchasing the new car! I'm sure you're relieved to have that decision made and the car purchased so you can enjoy the holidays without all that stress. Marielle~
I'm glad to hear you're about ready to start your vacation, as it sounds like you need it.
Keeping fingers and toes crossed that all goes smoothly with the transition, and I know you'll be so relieved when you officially have the keys to your new house in hand. Your brother is a sweetie to remember you so thoughtfully on your birthday. What is the age difference between you two?Songbird~
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the cupcakes, and appreciate your unofficial marriage proposal....I'm flattered!
Maybe we should start a "recipe exchange" here where we list some of our favorite tried and true recipes. Sean~
Good for you for interactiong more with some of your coworkers. Are they friendly and approachable? I hope you're able to get back on a decent sleep schedule and that your brother might be able to help with the wood stove this winter, even if on alternating nights.