Tuesday, May 31, 2011

She Waited for the Call That Never Came

She Waited for the Call That Never Came

She waited for the call
that never came;
searched every mail
for a letter,
or a note,
or card,
that bore his name;
and on her knees at night,
and on her feet
all day, she stormed Heaven's gate
in his behalf;
she pled for him
in Heaven's high court.
"Be still and wait; and see"--
the word God gave;
then she
knew that He would
do in and for and with him,
that which she never could.
So doubts ignored
she went about her chores
with joy--
knowing, though spurned,
His word was true.
The prodigal had not returned,
but God was God,
and there was work to do.

(from Prodigals and Those Who Love Them)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Julianne's Graduation

Here's some pictures from Julianne's graduation last week.  Click on the picture if you want to see it larger.

Graduation Day!  It turned out to be a beautiful day.
Michael handed Julianne her diploma; she gave me a rose.     It was really very special.

It's official!!

Julianne and I with some crazy people behind us!
Morgan and Julianne

Jared and Julianne

Me and Julianne
Morgan and Julianne

Me and my handsome husband, Michael.  Proud parents!

My mom and I.  She drove down from NJ to celebrate with us!

My wonderful family.  Me, Jared, Julianne, Michael, Grandma , Jessica
My favorite three children in the whole world!  Jared, Julianne and Jessica
Julianne's school ring
Dancing at the Senior Banquet with a friend, Luke

At the Senior Banquet the night before graduation.  It took place after graduation rehearsal.
Julianne and her Daddy

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Busy Week

This week has been very busy preparing for Julianne's graduation and party.  Tuesday I went grocery shopping and picked up most of the items I need for her party.  My fridge is now full of 192 hot dogs!!  Tomorrow my husband and I will be picking up charcoal, etc. for the grills and also water bottles for the party.  I decided to go with water instead of soda because it's healthier and it won't attract bees!  (But I guess the hot dogs aren't healthy.  Oh well!)
Speaking of healthy, I have not drank a Dr. Pepper since May 9th.  Woo Hoo!!  I have to say that I look longingly at the bottles when I'm in the checkout lines at Target or the grocery store.  Actually, I haven't had any caffeine drink since then.  I'm trying to drink more water but truthfully it is hard!  Pray for me!
This afternoon Julianne and I went up to the local community college to take their placement test and apply to attend in the fall.  She did very well on the reading/writing part and "ok" on the math part.  But we expected that so it was fine.  Tomorrow I have to call to make an appointment to see the dean and give him some paperwork since she is only 16.  After that we can pick out her course of study and then wait until July to sign up for classes.  It's amazing to me that this time has already come.  The years have literally flown by and we are entering a new phase in our lives.
I still haven't put together Julianne's scrapbook.  I asked a friend to help me tomorrow night.  I hope she's available.  I haven't a clue how to go about putting it together.  Well, I can put it together but need help making it look nice!!
That's about all from here.  Things should get back to normal around here next week and I hope to be able to post more.  Until then may you have a blessed day!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

It's Getting Closer!

Graduation is now two weeks away!  Julianne and I worked on the announcements last weekend and they were all mailed Monday and Tuesday.  There are nine high school graduates from church this year.  Most of them are home schooled and some of them will be graduating with Julianne on the 21st.

The menu for her party is planned out.  I contacted a friend at church and she is going to make cupcakes for us.  She has her own home business and is very talented.  Julianne wanted these instead of cupcakes.  She also wants me to make her favorite macaroni salad.  You can find it here on my recipe blog.  We're also have the usual cook-out food but adding some vegetarian options for Julianne and others.

Now that the announcements are out, I can work on Julianne's memory book.  I'm not a scrapbooker so it won't be anything fancy.  I have all her school pictures over the years and I just want to put those into a nice album for people to look through at the party.
I finished up the ladies' Bible study last night.  I'm sad to end it but glad at the same time!  It really was very time-intensive.  I think if I teach again and it is every week, I would like to co-lead with someone else.  That way all the studying time is not condensed in one week.  Now I have a teeny, tiny taste of what our pastor goes through each week.
Last week our Lunch Bunch ladies went to Lewis Ginter Botanical Park and we had a great time.  Here's a few pictures:.