On September 27th, my world was rocked in a very deep and difficult way. My very dear friend, Bryant, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home while doing his morning Bible reading. It would take pages for me to describe the depth of my relationship with Bryant, but a glimpse is that he was my Sunday school teacher in high school, our families spent free time, weekends, birthdays, holidays, etc together, he took me to Hawaii as a hs graduation gift, and we supported each other in life with God by our side. Please continue to pray for Bryant's wife, Ann, as she adjusts to life without him as her caregiver. I hold his daughters Lauren and Michelle close to my heart always and pray that God continues to carry them as they are Christ's hands and feet in this world.
Then at the end of October, my Uncle Rex also died unexpectedly while visiting his newest grandson. Consequently, the kids and I have had several unplanned whirlwind trips this fall. First to New Orleans and then to Colorado. We rejoice that both of these men are with Jesus, even while we miss them being here with us.
Among the grief and chaos that comes with it, college football season is in full swing. This is a big deal in our family as Jim and I teach our kids to support our teams (Alabama and Ohio State with a subtle side of LSU). The kids alternate between their Ohio State and Alabama jerseys/cheerleader outfits on Saturdays all fall.
Joel's starting to get the hang of it. He now screams at the tv to cheer on his team. Kirstin is still working on learning the fight songs.
Joel's biggest news of the fall is that he started preschool. He goes to the preschool at our church on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. His class has 5 boys (that's the whole class)! Joel loves school. Kirstin misses her brother while he's gone, even though she naps the whole time. She wakes up asking, "Bubba?"
Here's some of the pictures from the first day of preschool.
Such a big boy. Can you tell that he picked his own outfit, too?
He's so silly and she loves every bit of him and the silliness.
I love my kids!
He was ready to walk to school (which he won't do until Kindergarten). This picture seem so sentimental or metaphorical.
The biggest news for Kirstin is that she is very mobile. She walks, runs, climbs, and get's "stuck". Her vocabulary grows faster than I can keep track.
Any circle with a hole is immediately tried on as a bracelet. Here she is wearing one of her stacking rings and likely saying, "brace".
I'll share pumpkin and Halloween fun in it's own post.
Thanks for being part of our family through this fall.