Last night, Esther and I went out to dinner with my sister Susan and husband Jack. (Sorry about the photo, Jack) It was great to catch up on one another's lives and families. Their quiver of grandchildren is growing, and they are thriving in the grandparent role. Sue had recently made a couple of custom photo books feauring the grandchildren using Snapfish. We commented how much Dad would have enjoyed seeing his new great grandchildren. It has been just over a year since he passed away and we miss him much.
I recently purchased a 17" high definition TV/ PC monitor. It's primary purpose is a TV for our bedroom. About the only thing Esther and I watch is the nightly news; and with such a monster of a bedroom, this will give us a little more reason to spend time up there. I purchased a high definition tuner on eBay, but I haven't received it yet. It is a widescreen and works great with DVD. It also doubles as a computer monitor. It has breathed new life into my four year old iBook. 17" beats 12" though the lazyboy is a lot more comfortable than the desk.
The 2005 sailing days are numbered, so when I have a free afternoon and favorable conditions, I am on the water. This afternoon, Josh DeKorte joined me for a relaxing sail to the central sound and back. Josh is always eager to join me and he is a great deckhand. Conversation is never lacking as his inquisitive mind keeps the dialogue active.
28 years of marital bliss! Well, almost. Today, Esther and I celebrated our anniversary by going to Port Townsend for the day. She enjoys poking through the shops, and I enjoy poking around the docks. We decided not to make it an overnighter this time, as the Texas trip is still fresh in our minds. We are thankful for an adventurous and rewarding life together so far.
It's one thing when your son needs a haircut and you can't convince him; it's another thing when your teaching partner needs a haircut and you can't convince him! Seriously, I am very blessed to work side by side with a colleague who shares a faith, a value system and a vision for education. Few teachers work in as close a relationship to eachother as we do. We share the same classroom, the same students, and same teaching responsibility. While we do have points of frustration while working together, we value the benefit of the team which we create together. We are excited about this school year. We have a great bunch of students that need our encouragement and direction to experience significant academic and spiritual (shh) growth. Thanks for putting up with me, Don.
This morning the worship service consisted of the youth presenting their mission trip to Mexico. Markus and Calvin along with the other youth shared their experiences of how God worked through them. Luke and Amy came over for dinner and a sail. Esther and Amy joined us for the nautical adventure. The wind was mild but steady and Ellen Maria performed well. Luke and Amy are still looking for an apartment, so we took a little drive in the evening and toured the area. We found one that Esther liked on Beach Drive, and I'm a little worried she might move in if they don't take it.
It was good to get back to the teaching routine this week. Don and I have fifty-four students this year, half of whom were with us last year. It's nice to have all the fifth graders used to the routines and able to help the fourth graders adjust to their unfamiliar new setting. We know that there is a purpose that each child is in our class, and we have the opportuntiy to help shape their life for two years. The school year started with an open house the night before classes started. About two-thirds of the parents showed up, which is much better than typical open houses. It seems that every year some parent is uncomfortable with this 'multiage thing' and pulls their child. This year it has not happened, though a couple of new parents were a bit skeptical at first. We look forward to a great year!
We spent Sunday and Monday in Lynden with Esther's family. It was good to catch up on eachother's summer activities. Bjorn and Jenny spent Sunday afternoon with us. He had been in his first accident that morning. Fortunately, it was a minor accident and it wasn't entirely his fault. His bumper is all messed up, but it doesn't effect performance. On Monday, the adults went to Anthonys and then for a walk in Fairhaven where we made and interesting aquaintance with a young man. (see Flickr pic) The weekend was a nice getaway before the school routine begins.
Last night I had the opportunity to officiate at a beautiful wedding. Nicole Yoder, daughter of some long time friends of ours, was married at the Woodmark Hotel, on Lake Washington in Kirkland. I enjoyed counseling Nicole and her fiance, Ben for the last few months. They will be moving to Eugene, where Ben will pursue a masters in sports business. The ceremony went well and the reception was extravagant, including a chocolate fountain. Esther and I were given a room to stay in for the night. It was quite a contrast from the 'budget' motels that we were accustom to on our Texas trip. I didn't get any pictures of the ceremony since I was occupied and my photographer was too self-conscious to take any pictures. This morning, we walked around the point and enjoyed the setting.