Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
In December, Eric decided it was time to play his trumpet again. Bob and I were nearly moved to tears upon hearing those first few notes. Hard to believe he hadn't played in over ten months. He sounded so good, almost like he'd never stopped. We got him started with lessons to help him catch up. A couple weeks ago, he re-joined the school band, and has already moved up into second chair.
Eric stars in the Children's Theatre Company performance of Pinocchio Feb. 5-7. www.childrenstheatre.cc
Yes, he's doing great.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Eric and Andrew left on an overnight trip with their youth group yesterday afternoon for a Christian rock concert in Beaumont called Hot Hearts. Sounds quite Valentiney, but it’s only January. Without kids for the night, Bob and I enjoyed an evening out. We ate dinner at my favorite Lake Charles restaurant, DeAngelo’s. And their special was my favorite fish – grouper. So good.
What are some of your favorites?
Monday, January 18, 2010
It was Exploration Day at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA). Eric is considering attending this high school. The biggest question is whether he should start there his sophomore or junior year. LSMSA is a public state high school nestled against Northwestern State University in the charming little town of Natchitoches, pronounced (trust me) NACK-a-dish. Being a public school, there's no tuition, but we'd pay room and board. Eric is a perfect candidate for LSMSA; self-motivated, mature, independent, bright, social. Both academically and extra-curricularly (is that a word?), LSMSA has so much more to offer a kid like Eric than a traditional public high school. He'd be challenged academically, and also have outlets for his trumpet, voice, and acting talents. It's truly more like college, just a few years earlier. And the fact that it's like college is also the biggest drawback. It's a bit over two hours drive away. He'd live in a dormitory. They have one three-day weekend a month to come home, plus the usual holiday breaks. Of course, where else but in Louisiana do you get a week off for Mardi Gras? But are Bob, Andrew, and I ready to send Eric out into the world?
Natchitoches is famous for its meat pies. They're shaped like large pierogies, made of pastry dough and filled with seasoned meat. In Mexico, they'd be called empanadas. We picked up a few to go for the ride home. Sorry, no photos. I forgot my camera this morning.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I want one of those, don't you? Our culture has other common expressions for epiphany -- an ah-ha moment, a breakthrough, bingo, a revelation, and of course the very visual lightbulb turning on over one's head. Can you think of any others? I could use a few epiphanies right now.
This past Sunday, Pastor Fred instructed us to be on the lookout for "God surprises." Don't miss them. Watch closely. You might find God surprises anywhere, anytime, in unexpected places.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Mardi Gras . . . where to begin. I, too, prior to moving to Louisiana, thought Mardi Gras was a parade in New Orleans, the night before Lent starts. But oh, no. SO no. Mardi Gras is a celebration lasting several weeks. The festivities always start on Jan. 6th and end the night before Lent starts, which is variable, this year February 16th. These several weeks are filled with various assorted merriments; parades, parties, costumes, gumbo cook-offs, chicken runs (from what I can tell, a chicken is let loose, and a bunch of kids try to catch it. ??? I think this is mostly in rural parts of LA.), trail rides (on horseback), King Cakes, beads, etc. Folks decorate their houses in the traditional Mardi Gras colors; purple, gold and green. And it's not just in New Orleans. It's the whole state! Louisiana is the only state in the country where Mardi Gras is an official holiday. No mail, the banks are closed, the kids are off TWO days of school. It's nuts. But it is interesting. I still haven't figured the whole thing out, but I can tell you, it's bigger than Christmas. I wrote a blog or two on Mardi Gras with some photos last year around this time, if you want to look in the archives.
Thanks so much for following the blog. And thank you for all your prayers for my family last year. God heard every one of them.