After a little over two years in the Catholic Church, Donna and I have decided to switch back to the Lutheran Church (LC-MS). We will be officially joining Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wichita Falls this Sunday. It has been a bumpy road, but I am glad for the experience. To be honest, I always liked the theology of the Lutheran Church better than the Catholic, even when we decided to join the Catholic Church. Perhaps it was more “me” leading myself to the Catholic Church than God (which is what I thought at the time). I kind of think God just allowed me to go – not that He necessarily thought it was the best place for me. I don’t regret joining the Catholic Church though. I don’t think I would have fully appreciated all that the Lutheran Church has to offer without having been in the Catholic Church. Maybe that was God’s plan after all… No matter what, I know that I love God, and I intend to follow Him wherever He leads me.
My birthday was yesterday. Donna asked me beforehand what kind of cake I wanted. Since I really don’t care for cake all that much (and since I like being a smarty-pants) I asked for a Grasshopper Pie. Well, she managed to find a recipe online and made a very yummy one! Thank you Donna! I love you!
I have received a review ebook of Learning QGIS 2.0 by Anita Graser. It is distributed by Packt Publishing and can be obtained from here. I am currently working my way through the book and will be reviewing it soon. Thank you Packt Publishing for the opportunity!
Next week it will be Thanksgiving. Today at work we are having our Thanksgiving lunch. I had to laugh to Donna last night, because everyone has been inviting me to Thanksgiving feasts! Preston is having one at school, the other two boys are having one at daycare, Donna invited me to their’s at Notre Dame, I have my work one today, and next week is the “real” one! I held my belly and asked her “Does it look like I need five Thanksgiving feasts?!? Maybe I could handle five Thanksgiving snacks, but not feasts!” I will just be doing my work one and the real one at Donna’s parents’ house.
Donn won’t be at home with the kids all day any more. She got a job teaching 5th Grade at Notre Dame! She has been really excited about it, and has been working non-stop since she found out she had the job. Classes at Notre Dame actually began last week, giving Donna about three days notice before the first day of class! But, she is a trooper, and has made it work. Saturday, we made the trip to Ardmore to see Donna’s parents. Since Donna’s mom teaches 5th Grade in Ardmore it was mostly a get-classroom-supplies trip. My trunk is completely full of stuff for Donna’s classroom. She forgot to take my car to work this morning, so it will be a little longer before I have my trunk back! I guess you can only remember to do so many things; she’s got a lot on her plate.
Preston starts school next Monday. He will be going to Kindergarten at Holliday Elementary. The other two boys will be in day care at Country Campus in Holliday. Things have been working out really well. I pray they continue to do so!
I haven’t really done a good job of updating my blog lately… Just lazy, I guess.
Honestly, not much has happened. We’ve all been sick over the last week. Donna’s mom had knee replacement surgery. We visited Marlys in the City, where we saw the tornado damage from last month. We’ve been getting rain the last few days (praise Jesus!). I think that’s about it…
This last week has been pretty stressful. On Wednesday my car decided to start acting wonky. It has been losing power on acceleration. I figured it was the spark plugs, so I bought some new ones and changed them out. Two days later (yes, it took that long, and my hands are cut up too) my car has new spark plugs and wires, and it’s still acting up.
It’s Mother’s Day weekend, so we decide to take my car to Ardmore so that I can put some fuel injector cleaner in the gas and see if that helps out. So, we get to Ardmore, and Donna’s parents buy us lunch at McDonald’s (McYucky’s as we call it). Then they want to go to the park with the kids. I didn’t really want to since my car is acting up, but Donna doesn’t give me any choice. While at the park, Donna’s mom thinks it will be a good idea to take the kids to the splashpad so they can play in the water. I tried to sit that one out, but Donna made me go sit with everyone else. Russell, his usual self, falls down while running and hits his head on the concrete. It was bad enough that everyone makes us take him to the emergency room. It was pretty scary, because he was drooling and sedated. After the doctor sees us, Russell even throws up a couple of times. They do a CT scan and let us know he’ll be okay, after which Russell finally starts coming to (about two hours after his accident!).
After all that, we go to El Chico to eat, where Russell wolfs down chips and queso. He had been begging for nachos as soon as we left the hospital. After barfing it all up though, he seems fairly content not to eat any more.
Sunday, Mother’s Day, was mostly uneventful. I grilled (burned) hamburger, hotdogs, bratwurst, and shrimp, and we feasted. Then we packed up and went home.
The car is still acting up…
We’ve had the new house for just about two months now. It’s amazing how quickly I’ve gotten used to living here! It definitely feels like home now. I think the kids have gotten used to it now too; they sure have been making messes! So I guess things are starting to get back to normal. We’ve had Russell in at the doctor a couple of times. Once to the urologist in Fort Worth, and once to the speech therapist. We go back to the urologist tomorrow. Boy, kids are expensive! We’re just now getting started paying on the medical bills from Todd Daniel’s birth, and now we’re going to start getting some more for Russell!
We had lots of help moving most of the stuff from Wichita to Holliday yesterday. We now live in Holliday. There’s still a lot of clutter around the old house that we need to take care of, and then we can clean it up and be done with it. Fun times!
This buying-a-house business has gone surprisingly smooth so far <knock on wood!>. We are supposed to close today at 2:30pm! I am thrilled, excited, nervous, and whatever else you can think of. Donna, on the other hand, is sick. “Coming out both ends,” as she says. She said that we’re going to close today even if the notary has to follow her into the bathroom!
I’ve already begun making house in Holliday. I’ve had the utilities transferred to my name. We just have to let them know when we get there so they can turn the water on for us. We wouldn’t want a flooded laundry room after all! My plan is to purchase a refrigerator tonight or tomorrow, to be delivered in the next couple of days. We will work on cleaning in the new house and packing up the old house. I hope to get officially moved in by the end of next weekend… We’ll see how that goes!
And I just have to say that the folks at Jacksboro National Bank have been great to work with. They have answered all of my questions quickly, and it has been easy getting the documents to them. Thank God for email. I can’t imagine how bad it must have been providing documents before…