We had a wonderful Easter this year. We had invited family and friends to come celebrate and enjoy the day with us. Thirty people showed up!
At church we were reminded that it does not matter how you celebrate Easter. Easter is about Christ’s redemption of our sins! He died on a cross and come back to life for my sins, and that is why we celebrate!
Please pray for them.Â They have been saving money for their wedding, but now have hospital bills and a bike that needs to get fixed up.Â They will both miss some work too.Â Pray that they heal quickly and that there were no hidden injuries.Â The praise though, is that both of them are all right and neither got hurt worse.
Last weekend was full of soccer!Â We have had three or four children playing games before in one weekend, but never had we had such a crazy schedule before! With both girls on traveling teams, we do not have a regular schedule, and last week was a full one.
It started out as a normal week.Â We had our normal practice nights.Â We had been asked to bring snacks for one game and decided to sign up the other kids to bring snacks for the same weekend–before knowing what the week would look like.Â I helped Andrea and Audrey make 5 batches of cookies so we would have enough giant cookies to share after games. We froze them and took them out as needed.
Between Thursday and Tuesday, Andrea played in four games, half of the regular season games! During Thursday’s game, she twisted her ankle, but got up and continued to play.Â She returned home with a swollen and bruised ankle. On Friday, she refused to walk on it but we iced it and wrapped it everyday, and she was able to play in all her weekend games.
Andrea is improving immensely and getting to be a stronger player.Â She still has a lot to learn, but you can often hear her laughter while playing the game.
Audrey only had three games over the weekend.Â She has a lot to learn, but her coach is willing to push her, and Audrey loves the challenge.Â She struggles with sprinting, but she is trying and we are seeing improvement.
On Saturday, Adrian had his first game.Â He surprised us all, including himself, by making the very first goal within minutes of the game starting!Â He is hoping to make more goals, and he has improved a lot since last year.Â It will be a great season for him.
Thursday night we had a scheduling conflict and Allan took Andrea to a game while I took Audrey to practice. Perhaps Allan and I are crazy, but we went to every other game together!Â It was fun to watch the kids try their best.Â We had a little time to relax and enjoyed talking with each other too.
Seven soccer games + 1 twisted and swollen ankle + 5 chapters read out loud traveling + 34 GIANT cookies shared + 1 first goal of the season + 4 wins + 3 losses + 5 sun(wind?) kissed facesÂ = one extremely busy soccer weekend!
More informations coming…once we have a chance to catch our breath!
We have been on the lookout for spring flowers.Â We find most of them in the woods, but we found a few in our yard and a neighbor’s yard. Our goal was to discover and name as many different types of flowers that we could.
I did not take photographs of all the flowers we found. We have also discovered tulips, Narcissuss, assorted colored violets plus others we did not know the names of.
How many of these have you discovered this spring?
It is officially spring around here.Â Mark and Adrian were outside cleaning up the yard while the girls worked inside. Mark let us know that they found the first snake of the year in our back yard. Everyone went outside to see it, and then the boys tried to catch it.Â It was a very aggressive garter snake, so they decided to leave it alone.