Saturday, April 24, 2004

Thank you, Lord

Early Saturday afternoon R phoned and said she was home from taking her test (2nd out of 3 tests for her teacher certification). She seemed very happy with how it had gone. Sometimes she overestimates how well she does on tests, so I hope she really did do OK. It was good to hear her sound relieved that it was over. Thank you, Lord, for helping her with the test, thank you for the kids who gave her rides there and back.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Tests and technology

Lord, help R tomorrow morning as she takes her test. Help her to sleep well tonight, and to wake up when she needs to, and find her ride. Help her to concentrate and do as well as she can on that test.

Today someone handed me $40 and said, "Use this to towards a DVD player." So I bought a DVD/VCR today when I went to Sam's. It seemed to take me a long to time get it hooked up to the TV, however, and the DVD of G's birthday concert isn't playing properly. Be patient, I tell myself. Don't get in a tizzy. I'm getting annoyed with the younger generation who knows everything about everything, especially how to get the DVD player to work! AAARRRGGG!

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Another test

Does it work this time?

Wednesday, April 21, 2004


Hmm, I don't think my test worked.

Airport runs

I have just gotten back from the airport. Again. In fact, this is the 9th airport run I have made in 12 days. That stretch actually included 3 different airports (DFW, Dallas Love, and Grand Rapids) and 3 different cars (our van, a rental car, and a friend's car). I'm ready to stay home and have G stay home too.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

More on kids' jobs and housing

It seems like the Lord is doing some things with my kids' jobs already. Today A forwarded an email from his former employer with a lead on a job in Africa. Then D had a phone interview with the National Cancer Institute. And I got an application for R to fill out too. Thank you, Lord, for these encouraging signs. Lead them all to the jobs you have for them. Help us all to trust you.

Today the Lord also worked out a housing situation for R for next school year. She will be able to have a private room on first floor of the freshman dorm. At first I didn't like that idea, but I guess they advise all the student teachers to have private rooms because they have to get up so early (and therefore go to bed so early).

Monday, April 19, 2004


I hate driving. I've never like driving all that much, and I'm getting to hate it more and more. But since the time G's Stargart's disease got to a certain point, I've been doing most of the driving. One reason I hate driving is I hate getting lost, but it seems to happen frequently. I also hate traffic, and there seems to be more and more of it.

Today I drove to Love Field. I got lost. My city map wasn't in the car. I stopped to ask directions, and they told me a way that didn't fit in with what little I already knew about the area. But I did eventually make it there, in plenty of time. So I should just stop complaining, shouldn't I? I mean here are the good things: I can see well enough to drive, my car runs well enough to drive, I have insurance and gas to drive, and I haven't been in an accident. "So look at the bright side," I tell myself.

Summer jobs

All my kids are looking into jobs or summer jobs at the moment. A. is contacting his former employer, whose jobs can be in dangerous parts of the world. D. is checking out a research job at a medical institute on the east coast. R. has a couple ideas, but there are complications. Lord, lead them clearly, give them the wisdom to know what you want and the courage to follow you.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

2nd day of blogging

Well, I'm learning a few new things about blogging. I figured how to change the time and I learned how to make titles. I'm trying to remember the few little things I learned about HTML when I made my website. Today I learned what deprecated means, not that I really needed to know.

To change the topic--tonight at my Bible study we heard horror stories of sudden onset mental illness. How can a young man in his twenties, with absolutely no previous hint of mental illness, suddenly "go crazy"? It is causing untold pain to his wife, his parents, her parents, etc. On top of that, there is a messy situation with medications, hospitalizations, insurance, etc. Lord, help that family.