Sunday, November 07, 2010

Sunday Evening Post, issue 7

A photo from this week:

Jaan: Remember I wrote about the pressure he was feeling at music school? I think my prayers about that have been answered! He has four lessons a week: two individual sessions with his piano teacher and two group classes with other teachers. He loves his piano teacher; it is the other teachers and classes that are hard. Well, this week I asked Alina to come help him with his homework for those classes. She prepared him so well that he went in confident and came out happy. The really strict teacher even commented to me that "he's finally stopped being shy!"

Raia... has just been really sweet and huggy this week. She's always so active that sometimes it's hard to stop her for even a moment. I've enjoyed that she's stopping on her own a little more recently, wanting just to sit with me, or try crocheting again, or anything along those line. And she's still managing to keep up her usual activity level, along with the quieter moments.

Asya... has figured out scissors. I'm always amazed watching children develop, but I was really surprised to note that she was cutting out shapes deliberately, right along the lines this week. Creative coloring book use: cut them up, and glue them back together differently. She'll do that for an hour straight these days.

Will... has a friend visiting! His old friend Daniel from New Zealand arrived early yesterday morning. Will went to Dneptropetrosk to meet him and spend some time there with another friend, too. They're coming here tonight.

School this week: Week 10 done! I'm just enjoying this so much.

My books and knitting: Nothing new.

Weather and nature observations: It's warm again. Strange, but nice.

Other news, ministry, notes and miscellaneous from the week: This was a really exhausting week. At this point, I hardly know how to describe it, but I'm glad it's over.

On this date in. . . 2007: I finally got our "summer" prayer letter posted. Hmm. I don't think I've done that yet this year.

Just a few things I'm thankful for...holy experience
  • bright colors and sunshine
  • rest!
  • Alina
  • knitting outside in November!
  • pumpkin stew

My question for you: What is God teaching you these days?
(And again, thank you so much for your answers! I love the comments and emails that I'm getting!)


Mom said...

So good to find your post this morning; I checked repeatedly yesterday, but it had not come through yet.

Jaan and Asya--I am so impressed to read of your musical and artistic achievements. Raia, I know how much your mother values the moments you spend close by her. It is such delight to read about each of you, and we love you dearly.

Silvia said...

So nice to hear how things are going. I always read your blog but I hadn't commented in a while.
I found your blog a year or longer ago, and my oldest daughter is one year behind Jaan, we are AO and CM followers, and I enjoy your links to the music for the quarter and the paintings too.
I'm glad to hear your children are all doing great.
Hugs from Texas,

Baba Julie said...

Hi, Phyllis! Well, this explains why I didn't know about Daniel visiting!! I hadn't read the blog!! So great to hear how the children are doing! I'm so happy to hear that Jaan is enjoying his music lessons. Music has been such a huge part in our lives for these many years. What a blessing it is!

I think I am learning to pray more. So many things come up in life, either for me and my family or for friends I love, prayer seems the only answer! Praying for you all!! And, love to each of you!

Laural Out Loud said...

You amaze me anew every time I read a post- I don't know how you're able to do so much! I've said it before, but you are giving your children such a wonderful, charmed life. How do you do it?! If there's a special prayer you pray, I need to know it! Have a great time with your guest.