[and now it’s august]

Time just seems to get away from me…it seems like only yesterday since my last post but it’s been almost two months.  I keep telling myself I am going to get better at this blogging thing.

June was made up of dance recital (see my last post), piano recital and Word of Life Camp.  For the last three summers, George and Daniel and I head to upstate New York to the Adirondack Mountains to attend WOL camp.  It is a Christian camp for 6 year to 18 year olds.  Of course since the trip is 12 hours one way the adults have to stay the week.  There is just as much to do for the adults as the kids.  We have such a blast.  Bible study multiple times a day, all of our meals are provided, hanging out with the most awesome friends and spending some time together as a couple.  It is sad to leave Daniel & Olivia for a week but it won’t be long before they will be attending with us.

July brought in Vacation Bible School.  This is my favorite event at uor church.  VBS goes from infant to adult.  There is a place for everyone and so many decisions were made this year by kids and adults.  It is awesome to be a part of.
July brought with it sadness as George’s mom went home to be with the Lord on July 28th.  She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just 3 weeks ago.  They told us it would progress quickly but I don’t think we expected it to be quite this fast.  George and I were there when she passed and it was a very humbling experience but knowing that she is in Heaven brings us comfort.  We had the visitation on Friday night and a graveside service yesterday.  Our awesome church family provided a luncheon for family and friends.  We are so blessed to be a part of Unity Baptist Church.  We were able to see some family that we have not seen in a really long time.
 
So today is the first day of August…I do plan to get better at this blogging thing.

[what a week]

Wow, what a busy week we’ve had in the Ellis household…dance recital for Olivia from Wednesday through Saturday.  She did great.

Daniel had piano recital yesterday.  We are very proud of him and hope that he will continue with it next year.

Had our end of the year celebration for our church kids program this afternoon…a pool party.  A good time was had by all and the rain held out.  Thanks God!

Back to work tomorrow…and only 2 1/2 days left of school.  Woohoo!

[spring has sprung]

Wow…Spring is in full bloom and I can’t believe it has been so long since I last blogged.  One of my resolutions for 2010 was to blog more but I have been in a slump.  There is tons going on in my head but I haven’t been able to get it out on paper (so to speak).  Life continues to be busy as we wind down the school year.  Saying goodbye to 1st grade, 3rd grade and 7th grade.  Dance recital, piano recital, Word of Life award celebration, end of gymnastics, finished up an awesome Bible study tonight…and the list goes on.

Hopefully the summer will be somewhat relaxing and we will have wonderful family time along with some time spent reflecting, preparing to go on to New York to WOL camp and a missions trip to West Africa.

Life continues on…

[spring is almost here]

Well February came and went…I thought March was the whirlwind month.  It looks like Spring may actually be on the way after 3 snow storms this Winter.  The time changes tonight and I am so looking forward to having more daylight in the evenings.  I am looking forward to all the trees and flowers blossoming and the smell of Spring.  As I write this I am looking out my living room window and the daffodils are already blooming a beautiful bright yellow and the grass is getting green.  The kids actually played outside today.  I am working through my reading list…slowly it seems.  My baby girl turned 7 and had her first sleepover.

I am attending a bible study at my friend Becky’s church and loving meeting new people and studying God’s Word.  Bible study is such an important part of my life and I feel like something in my life is missing if I am not in a study.  There is nothing like being in a group of Sisters in Christ talking about how God is working in our lives.

So here we are in the middle of March…2010 is already flying by!

[spring is almost here]

Well February came and went…I thought March was the whirlwind month.  It looks like Spring may actually be on the way after 3 snow storms this Winter.  The time changes tonight and I am so looking forward to having more daylight in the evenings.  I am looking forward to all the trees and flowers blossoming and the smell of Spring.  As I write this I am looking out my living room window and the daffodils are already blooming a beautiful bright yellow and the grass is getting green.  The kids actually played outside today.  I am working through my reading list…slowly it seems.  My baby girl turned 7 and had her first sleepover.

I am attending a bible study at my friend Becky’s church and loving meeting new people and studying God’s Word.  Bible study is such an important part of my life and I feel like something in my life is missing if I am not in a study.  There is nothing like being in a group of Sisters in Christ talking about how God is working in our lives.

So here we are in the middle of March…2010 is already flying by!

[end of January]

I have decided that I am going to treat the last day of each month like January 1st.  I will take a look at the previous month while it is still fresh on my mind and I will look toward the next month and set some goals.  So, at the end of January I accomplished a few things.  I organized my kitchen desk drawers (see this), I developed my reading list for 2010.  I will finish my first book today from that list…The Worn Out Woman (When Life is Full and Your Spirit is Empty) – Stephens & Gray.  One down, many more to go.  I have started on reading the Bible in one year with two of my bestest friends.  I finished a Bible study (Begin with Christ) that started in November 2009.  Along with all of the other everyday stuff that must get done.  So on to February…I will post more about it later this week.

[end of January]

I have decided that I am going to treat the last day of each month like January 1st.  I will take a look at the previous month while it is still fresh on my mind and I will look toward the next month and set some goals.  So, at the end of January I accomplished a few things.  I organized my kitchen desk drawers (see this), I developed my reading list for 2010.  I will finish my first book today from that list…The Worn Out Woman (When Life is Full and Your Spirit is Empty) – Stephens & Gray.  One down, many more to go.  I have started on reading the Bible in one year with two of my bestest friends.  I finished a Bible study (Begin with Christ) that started in November 2009.  Along with all of the other everyday stuff that must get done.  So on to February…I will post more about it later this week.

[enough snow]

The Ellis household is ready for Spring.  The 4 or so inches of snow in December was great and just enough.  The 12 inches we received today is too much.  We went with our church to Acquire the Fire in Richmond last night, left this morning about 7 am and traveled I-95.  Whew, what a mess.  They ended up ending ATF early so by the time we left around 11 am the roads were a mess.  We were so excited to get home.  As of right now my kids have not asked once to go outside which is fine by me!

[enough snow]

The Ellis household is ready for Spring.  The 4 or so inches of snow in December was great and just enough.  The 12 inches we received today is too much.  We went with our church to Acquire the Fire in Richmond last night, left this morning about 7 am and traveled I-95.  Whew, what a mess.  They ended up ending ATF early so by the time we left around 11 am the roads were a mess.  We were so excited to get home.  As of right now my kids have not asked once to go outside which is fine by me!