Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Volunteer of the Year

My husband really is a rock star!  He is such a hard working guy who puts 100 % in to whatever he does.  That sometimes annoys me because I want something done quick and he wants it done correct. Ahem.  But, that is what makes him a success in most everything he does.  That has followed him in his jobs, academics, hobbies and now in his volunteer role at Jonah's school.  

I got these pictures via text from the Office Administrator at his school today. The text said "VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!"  The office called Jonah out of class so he could help present the award to Dan.  I love that they did that.  It's a big deal to Jonah.   

Dan was there to volunteer this morning when they let him know he won.  He volunteers every Wednesday morning when he drops Jonah off for school and usually every Friday too.  His first job was when Jonah was in Kindergarten.  He helped in his classroom.  Then, in First grade, he was in Jonah's classroom one day when his teacher had a tech problem that Dan was able to fix.  The word quickly spread and he became the official tech guy of first grade.  Anytime there was a computer issue, they called him.  It didn't take long for that word to spread and soon he started getting calls from other grades.  

Now, he is the official tech guy.  Well, actually he is the un-official tech guy.  The school district has a whole tech department but they are so backlogged that it takes weeks to have tech requests answered.   So, Dan does a lot of plugging/unplugging, connecting cables, changing resolution, googling issues and switching out computer parts.  But, those simple things get classrooms up and running again so even though a lot of it is very simple, it is a huge help to teachers who are doing an awesome job molding and shaping minds.  

We love Jonah's school and consider it a great privilege to be there to support teachers in what they do.  It is great to see our little guy throughout the day and for him to see us serving his school.  But, most of all, it is a great opportunity to be salt and light.  We struggled with the decision of putting Jonah into our Christian school at our church or in public school.  Having him in public school has given us access to so many people that would never step into a church.  We get to form relationships with people that we would never know otherwise.  And, I'll tell you, there have been some sweet things come from that.  

I'm super proud of my husband.  He works a full-time job and on his day off sacrifices so much time. He doesn't do it for the recognition but it is always nice to be recognized.  He is embarrassed by the attention of it all but that just further proves my point of who he is.  He's a good guy.  I'm glad he's mine!  :-)

Monday, October 6, 2014

September iphone dump

When my boys are older, they may hate looking back at all of these pictures of them holding hands and walking.  But, I hope they prod them to remember how close they were and to desire to maintain a close relationship. 
Micah and I were walking through our neighborhood one night and he spotted the X on the sidewalk and screamed to me that he found the treasure. 
Our nursery/preschool/kids minsitry has implemented a new check-in/security system and we have the key tags to prove it.  :-)
Laundry Day!  I'm training these boys to help around the house!
Dan and Micah spent a Friday at Magic Kingdom and had a great time!
I sent this to a friend because we always have one person make the most random comments on our FB Status.  It was so appropriate after we had a conversation about this the night before!
This kid LOVES an Icee from the Racetrac. 
Jonah's first Discipleship class made me so happy.  It was a huge blessing to see those kids diving into God's word and learning to study the Bible themselves. 
My boys all in white t-shirts.  It's kind of a uniform around here. 
This one loves his "The Very Hungry Caterpillar!"  That is definitely his all time favorite book.  Gymboree has an Eric Carle line and I want it all for him because I know how much he would love it. 
I knew this guy was sick after school one day when he couldn't sit up for crying.  I took this picture for Dan as we waited to see the doctor. 
Then, after I got home with him, the little guy got sick and we all loaded up and went back to the doctor.  That was the week we spent $250 in $25 copays. 

But, as you can see, he felt better soon. 
One of my favorite things this year is volunteering at Jonah's school. I spend 8-12 hours there each week and love every minute of it.  I usually have lunch with Jonah on the Thursday I am there. 
I've been able to do some nursing home/hospital visits with Dan on Friday morning since we switched Micah's preschool day.  It's been special to see him love on these sweet senior adults. 
We've enjoyed a few Disney days lately. 

And, trains have been the toy of the month at our house.  I can't tell you how many hours they have spent building tracks all through our house. 

This is good. 
So is this.  :-)
And, just for laughs...Micah in the fatbooth!  ha
I'm in the middle of the study on the life of Paul and came across this.  I know some people who have lived this out in big ways. 
This is Saturday night.  I'm super excited.
Jonah and Ava have been friends since K-3.  We have so many pictures of them together.  I love looking back and seeing how they have grown. 
Speaking of growing, this was my #tbt one day last month.  Little Jonah was so cute!
One Friday morning, I snapped this photo while we were both doing our quiet times.  I'm in Acts and he is in Judges. 
More trains!
September was a FULL month.  I don't think I used my regular camera more than a couple of times.  So, I'm glad for the iPhone dump posts because it makes up for my lack of blogging. 


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