The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Spring Busy

What is the first question people ask when they see you?  Usually it is "How are you?"  My response seems to be "Busy." It sounds cliche, but it is just the truth. I would tell you that it is at times a good busy and other times a bit of a pressing busy.

We have two vehicles and one has been giving us problems for at least a week or longer now. Managing the trips to the various shops and money flowing out has been interesting. Considering Jerome and I are the only drivers right now -- it is always a matter of interrupting the family flow.  However, just yesterday the job is done and the car is fixed.

Riane is working on becoming another one of our drivers.  Drivers Education is not like it used to be. First of all, it is expensive (at least $200) and long! Riane had 8 classes over two weeks each lasting from 5:00 to 9:30.  She has one class to make up in May and 8 hours of driving with her instructor to complete her course. Before she can get her license, she must log 50 hours of driving time with one of us.

This year we joined 4 H and the kids are loving it. We decided as a family to join the shooting sports club. The boys all want to hunt someday and my girls are pretty good at shooting and enjoy it too. So Riane is taking shotgun -- may seem a little rough for my Classic Reader, Seamstress, but she hit two out of three traps her first night shooting.  Mary hates guns, but loves learning archery. She just learned that she is right handed, but left eye dominant. She is learning to adjust her bow stance, but she really enjoys it.  Ricky, Adela and Braydon are all taking rifle. Jerome required the boys to take rifle this first year as a better preparation for hunting.   Wokelle is young yet, but he enjoys the meetings. So, believe it or not, this mama is hanging out at my local gun club twice a month!

As part of the 4H experience the kids are all required to give a short demonstration talk. It does not have to be on their shooting discipline, but anything they like or enjoy. Riane is planning baking, Mary's is all about cultivating roses, Braydon's is on knives and Ricky and Adela each picked an animal - Ricky has his turtle, and Adela loves our old barn cat

Spring, as you know, starts garage sale season. This is a very serious time for us as we plan the children's wardrobe. I go through closets and re-arrange and assess clothing needs. Then we head out. This year, the first town with good garage sales had a rainy start date. We were not deterred and soldiered on anyway.

We came home with lots of great finds, but one unplanned purchase was this "leather" looking jacket.

Okay, he didn't need it, but who could resist $3? A lady at another garage sale gave him the glasses, because she wanted to complete the look.

Now we are in the thick of Easter. We don't do as much anymore for Easter as we used to. As our focus on Jesus gets stronger and stronger the things of this world truly fade away. We give the kids a basket, but it is very small. We used to color eggs,but haven't for a few years. We usually stuff plastic eggs with candy and invite family over for a backyard egg hunt. This year, two ladies at our church asked if they could have an afternoon to color eggs with my kids. Okay -- we were game. It ended up being a fabulous day. We had the color eggs station.

We also had the stuff the eggs station.

Mary and Wokelle had never colored eggs before and Riane had been missing our old tradition.

We got out our resurrection eggs and read the story of Jesus.
I am so glad that we decided to take a day to enjoy these ladies and have some fun.

Tomorrow we will be rolling out of our house at 5:00am to help a team cook breakfast for the sunrise service attenders. We will be praising the joy of our risen Saviour and enjoying our family.

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