The days here have been quite busy, and as you may have noticed, we haven't written much lately! Picture posts seem to have been the common fare recently, as I haven't really been finding time to write lately. Hopefully that will change soon, or I'll simply make time, but for now please bear with us as there may be less activity on this blog.
Fall is coming upon us and I've gotten into the swing of school work, teaching and lessons. Band has begun with our new director, and though a smaller group, I trust we shall enjoy playing together. I continue taking a ballet technique/pointe class, and praise God the tendonitus in my ankle that I dealt with since last spring seems to have cleared up! Teaching ballet has kept me busy, with 5 classes and 36 girls... It's amazing what God has brought about. Teaching has truly been a learning experience, and I'm enjoying all the aspects of it! Having new students has kept me busy using my serger to create modest dance skirts (something you sadly can't usually find anymore) for them to practice in. I've enjoyed taking piano again; after not having lessons for almost 6 years, it's been somewhat challenging to pick up again, but a joy to run my hands over the keys and let my fingers dance. Voice has also proved enjoyable, and my teacher has found some fun songs for me to sing! I also learned that I'm a mezzo soprano, and have begun to learn to use my voice range.
September also has some traveling involved, with two excursions to Georgia and one to Tennessee. Last weekend, my parents and I traveled with the Hart ladies to another Smith/Morton wedding. The wedding was beautiful, and we enjoyed dancing the Virginia Reel into the night. The 4 1/2 hour drive was made shorter by the enjoyable company and interesting conversations. Miriam found time to work on her crocheting, and I continued work on my cross stitch project as we talked and let the miles slip by. Next weekend, we'll be off to Georgia again to attend Susan's wedding; I'm quite excited to meet Susan after more than a year of interacting with her through blogs, and I know that her wedding shall be quite lovely! My parents will also be going with me to visit Lee University before the wedding, then we'll be going to visit Lydia at Toccoa Falls College after the wedding. A whirlwind trip, with much to see and do.
Things have been busy around the home as well, working through the school books and being amazed to realize that this is my last year of homeschool-high. It's exciting to see what will lie ahead, but amazing to look at how fast the years have flown by. God has been so good to bring me this far. The house continues to need upkeep, and I try to get meals on the table when I'm home - the frozen meals and leftovers have been so nice on busy afternoons out, however. On nights like these, though, I enjoy cooking up a storm. Tonight we had cornflake chicken, real mashed potatoes, salad, and Apple Challah - a recipe that turned out to be quite delicious!
We're back to being a small family again... we always enjoy when Miriam comes over for supper and games. She came tonight, and we played Sequence and Dutch Blitz, catching up on each other's lives while having fun together! Lydia and Elijah have settled in at college and sound quite busy, while we all miss them here back home. Luke's and Maria's family are growing fast and sweet as ever... I'm so blessed to be apart of the family that I'm in!
It's Friday night, and I must head off to bed. For once, I have a somewhat free Saturday tomorrow! Before heading off to babysit for the evening, I look forward to catching up a little on sleep, perhaps managing to read a bit, sew, choreograph, and the list goes on...
And so life continues at Wisteria Pines.