Hey Kids!Hello, everyone! Wow, it's been a long time since I was on here! A lot has happened.
Well, school has started. I have a great schedule: class between 9:30 and 12:15 every weekday, and that's it! I have other obligations, though--my piano lesson Monday afternoon, my piano kids' lessons Tuesday afternoon, Awana Wednesday evening, and plenty else thrown in there at regular or irregular intervals. No regular working hours, though, for which I'm thankful. I have enough trouble keeping my head above water as it is. I'm taking 16 hours, but it takes a lot of time to do all that reading and practice piano every day.
One really sad thing has happened, which has really been on everyone's minds this week, which is the death of six of the Bryant children in an explosion last Saturday at their relatives' house in Michigan. It's been a new experience for me to be so grieved at something happening outside my immediate experience. I think it is partly from the magnitude of the Bryants' loss, but also hopefully because I am more compassionate than I used to be. I don't know.
Another thing, but this more happy, is that Justin's grandma's funeral was last Friday, and I had a really special weekend participating with his family. It was really neat to be at her funeral--I heard so much about what a special lady she was. Christ was very evident in her life, judging from the constant comments I heard about her character. I want to have that kind of legacy. I also really enjoyed visiting with his family and extended family. It was kind of tiring, meeting and talking to so many people all weekend, but I met a lot of neat people and am glad to finally know them (and have them know me!). I also got to meet his piano teacher, Gussie, who is a very special lady not so different from my dear piano teacher, Mrs. Larner.
This has been a hard week. The Bryant family has overshadowed the whole week, and I have been stressed out about piano lessons and homework. It has been hard to pick back up with piano lessons. I have been working on being more disciplined with my time, though, and I'm glad about that. I've been getting up early and meeting more of my goals for the mornings, and today I worked hard all afternoon.
Also on my mind has been Justin and me. This week has been good in some ways and pretty hard in others. My mind is tired and I want a rest, and I hope one will come soon. My overall busyness has spilled over and affected my relationships with friends, and I hope to get that back under control soon.
One thing I have enjoyed is spending more time reading. I'm reading two good books right now, one for women to improve their inside character and outside appearance with Biblical principles, and the other to help me be a better girl for my guy. :-) I've enjoyed them a lot and have found them to be a great encouragement.
Well, I'm all about getting some rest. Justin is busy tonight, so I've been doing some catching up. Good night all!