A few personal miscellaneous items going on my life these days...
We have, I believe, a new church home. We are enjoying it very much overall. When I start to wonder about something, it helps me realign my expectations to remember there are no perfect people, no perfect pastors, and no perfect churches. Hunter has become very grounded in the youth group, which also meets on Sunday mornings; and Kaleigh is really enjoying her first year of Sparkies, as well as the Sunday morning class that she just started (they don't call it Sunday school there). I have met a few of Hunter's youth group leaders - in addition to the couple that I already knew - and last week one of Kaleigh's Sparks leaders introduced herself to me and said that she can really tell that Kaleigh works on her verses at home. So far, all of the people at church have been warm and welcoming, and that is a refreshing change.
As far as my own involvement, I joined choir back when it started in early September. My mom was in the choir last year, and already knew everyone; without her there, I never would have gone. We sang last Sunday morning for the first time, for the Missions Conference. It has been such a joy, the opportunity to sing again in an organized choir, the weekly fellowship with others in praise, and just getting to know a few people on a little bit higher level.
My piano teacher from high school - a friend of the family whom I've actually known my entire life - also goes to our church, and has inspired me back into serious playing. I've played a few times since moving, but it tends to fall to the back burner, with everything else going on. Now I've been inspired to set aside time every day to play, and to work on whole pieces rather than just putzing around with this and that. And it's really just the sitting down that needs to be made intentional; once my fingers hit the keys, I can play for hours until something urgent or pressing calls me away. It has been a much-needed escape and a good way to squeeze in some alone time.
Crafts have also taken up a large part of my free time lately. I'm doing some crafty Christmas presents again this year, so it's a good
excuse reason to start early. I plan to make candle gift packs for Randy's employees again this year - it's been a few years since I've had the time/energy/space to do these, so I'm looking forward to it! I haven't started those yet, because there are a few supplies I will need before I get started. I am also making each of the kids a blanket to match their new room themes. Last year, Ryan requested another fleece blanket, so I am just looking for a good pattern to go with his theme (Americana). Kaleigh's colors are lavender and pale yellow, and I am making her a quilt. Hunter's theme is space, and I haven't decided on what kind of blanket to make him yet. I'm kind of just scouting out material and waiting to see what comes. His might be a kind of hybrid between the fleece blanket and a quilt; we shall see. Other crafts include a baby blanket I need to whip up for the newest addition to the family, Emmalyn; the fleece pillow covers for the boys' giant pillows; and some cards for my personal stash.
Next week begins a month of my favorite extracurricular activity of all time: writing. That's right; Tuesday is the first day of National Novel Writing Month 2011. I am waffling between a couple of ideas right now, and might end up working on two novels, like I did last year. On the subject of writing, I also plan to put together some more query letters and send out some more queries to agents in the coming weeks. That also ended up on the back burner what with moving/unpacking/homeschooling/day-to-day stuff/etc.
I guess that's enough time spent on the miscellaneous. Time to get back to my laundry and cleaning!