One was a ministry trip and the other a really truly vacation. A quick trip to West Virginia was also a ministry trip, but we got to visit with some very old, very dear friends, so it felt more like a vacation. Also, we attended the national convention of The American Association of Lutheran Churches, which is our denomination, in Minnesota in June. I'm ready to stay home awhile . . .
The flowers have been spectacular this summer, especially the zinnias and marigolds. For the first time, I grew the marigolds from seeds and they are enormous. The zinnias are abundant too. The vegetable garden has struggled somewhat due to lack of rain (yes, we water it, but it's not the same as rain somehow, is it?), and anyway, by this time of the year I'm ready for it to be over. Not the flowers, just the veggies! We have gotten a decent amount of green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and spaghetti squash. For the second year in a row the cabbages were completely worm-eaten and a complete loss. It seems they won't be successful without some sort of cage or netting to keep the loopers off, and spending money on it gets us quickly to the point of diminishing return. I give up!
We've begun another year of ministry to our local college campuses, which means the resumption of our every-other-Friday dinners. The array of nationalities represented at these dinners is really something wonderful. Besides our American friends, we've hosted people from China, Turkey, Haiti, Brazil, Morocco, India, and Japan, and ages range from less than a year old to mid-fifties. Educational levels include everything from special ed to post doctoral researchers and visiting scholars. My job in all this is as a support person. Along with my husband, I plan menus, shop, cook, prepare, clean up, and extend a glad welcome in the name of Christ to each guest. For more on the various outreaches we're involved in through Wittenberg Door, go here.
The big news for me is that I'm homeschooling again! I loved homeschooling my own two daughters, so I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to teach my granddaughters. The older is in first grade and the younger is a preschooler. Every morning, their dad drops them off and we learn and grow together until their mother collects them about four hours later. It is so rewarding to lay out for them a feast of good things to nourish their hearts and minds! I will try to post with specifics soon.
|On a field trip to the nature center in a neighboring town. |
The little girl in the middle belongs to another family. :)
We began school the Tuesday after Labor Day. The first two weeks were a time of adjustment and working out a few kinks, but we are settling in now and making good progress. I will keep you posted!