Sunday, June 20, 2010

Update 6/20/2010

June has been another light month here at the blog. My regulars know that I have been taking a couple of months off from school to focus on my family and getting up to speed on the new job. My break is almost over and classes resume the last week of June. I am excited about getting back at it and continuing the work on my MRE. More than likely I will complete three more classes this year and will then be at the halfway point in my studies. I can’t say it has been easy thus far but the journey is certainly worth taking! Up next is church history from the Reformation into the 20th century. Covering 500 years should be a bit less challenging than covering 1,500 years! Of course, that remains to be seen.

Joshua and Hannah are in Mississippi for the summer with their grandparents. For those of you who didn’t know, they have been spending their summers there since they were both toddlers. Melisa’s parents love the time they get to spend with them and we are grateful that they have the opportunity to build such a strong relationship with Melisa’s parents. It won’t be many more years before the kids prefer to be home over the summers to be with friends. My they do grow so fast!

Joshua is excited about beginning 4th grade. He finished 3rd grade with straight A’s for the entire school year and we couldn’t be prouder of him! A recent eye exam revealed the need for glasses mostly for reading. The optometrist thinks he will outgrow this need but for now he will use them. He’s a smart kid and now with the new glasses looks the part even more.

Hannah moves onto 2nd grade and is also looking forward to the new school year (not until AFTER summer though). Like her brother, she is a very good student and often receives high praise from her teachers. Her reading skills for her age are quite impressive for her age and she has a creative streak in her that I hope she develops over time. I see so much of myself in my children and yet there is a lot of Melisa there too. What blessings both of them are to our lives!

Melisa has recently undergone a successful surgical procedure (minor her doctor says) and we are grateful for the Lord’s hand of blessing. She has recovered nicely and now we wait to see if the procedure achieves its intended result. Thanks for all the calls, e-mails, messages on Facebook, and most of all the prayers! Melisa is also continuing to work toward her project management certification and hopes to be finished this year. Having studied a lot of the materials she is now working through, I have a deep appreciation for how difficult her studies are. Not much longer though!

I continue to enjoy the job I started in February. It is certainly challenging and the pace continues to be very fast. There is never a shortage of things to do and getting “caught up” is a rare occurrence. Having spent most of my career on the service delivery side, I continue to be amazed at just how complex the manufacturing process for commercial floor covering is. I am learning! Like all companies I know of, ours runs lean and everyone wears many hats. I am blessed to work with the group of people I now see daily and hope to be with this employer for many years to come.

We will be getting the dining room furnished in a few weeks and have plans to begin some decorating inside. I will continue to work on getting the yard back into shape but I must admit that I am pretty happy with it considering the condition it was in nearly a year ago when we purchased the house. My what a difference a year can make! We covet your prayers and appreciate all of the wonderful people we have been blessed to have in our lives. Thank you!

Laus Deo