Wow - I've had an insane couple of weeks and we are going to be busy for at least four more weeks. I'm pretty much exhausted and am running out of energy. I don't have plans until Saturday, though so maybe I can get caught up on some rest and feel reenergized for our ... TRYOUT ... this weekend. We are so excited!
All of a sudden we have had a few congregations interested in us! It seems like the churches looking for preachers are starting to pick up again. Russell has lined up THREE tryouts over the next month and one speaking engagement (not trying out, just filling in). This weekend we are flying to the east coast. I don't want to leave the area we are in now (I'm a mid-west girl through and through) and so I'm thinking that this is going to be where we move to. If it wasn't for the leaving my family part and the I love the Mid-West part, I wouldn't think twice about this. I am excited to see a different part of the country and if we did end up moving there, we would only be 1 1/2 hours from the Atlantic Ocean. That would be so neato bandito (to a mid-west girl)!
Another thing keeping me busy is that I've been going to my sisters to watch her little preciousness while she goes back to work. I went from Tuesday through Friday evening two weeks in a row. Brianna is such an easy baby! There are days (like today unfortunately) that I really wonder if I could handle two babies. If the second one were like Brianna, there is no question. If the second one were to be like Chloe Jo, I would probably have to buy stock in ear plugs to keep my sanity. Bri is also a sweetie! She talks all the time and she is so different from Chloe Jo. The two of them are friends now. Chloe Jo didn't really know what to think of Bri at first, but now she loves her. She helped me burp her and she tried to share her toys with her while we were there. And when we took pictures of the two of them together she didn't push her away and try to bail off of the chair this time! This is some major progress for Chloe Jo! I will go back one more time in June to watch her again and then I'm done with that.
While all that was going on, I also had to get my products done for the store I'm renting space out of. I finished up 10 hair bow holders, 71 hair bows and also bought 60 headbands to sell. I've put in a chunk of money and so I am now hoping that everything goes well and I actually make a little money doing this. I'm excited about the store, but also nervous about this decision. It's a little out of my comfort zone to do things like this. We will see, though!
As for my list of 100 Greatest Novels, I've finished two. I read Don Quixote and The Sound and the Fury. I am now reading Absalom, Absalom. I did check out Great Expectations, thinking I would take it to read this weekend, but I haven't made it very far in Absalom, Absalom so I'm thinking that is what I'm going to take with me.
I'm nervous about flying with Chloe Jo. She is a child that goes either way when doing new things. She either hates it or is okay with it. I'm hoping she's okay with it, but she doesn't really like big crowds so I'm prepared for the worst. Speaking of going either way, I took her swimming yesterday and today. Yesterday was awful. She HATED it! We were only in the water for 10 minutes and she cried the entire time. I took her again today (I'm thinking we just need to go for a few days straight and maybe she will get used to it and like it) and she wasn't quite as bad, but she still didn't like it. Oh well, maybe she isn't going to be a water child. That wouldn't be the end of the world since we don't swim much anyway.
I'm going to end this with a picture of the little sweetie. I found this dress clearanced for $10.00 and just had to have it. Doesn't she look like a little doll!
Brianna's 7th Birthday
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