Thursday, March 27, 2008

back track. singing with the stars.

rejected. desolate. homeless. hungry. uneducated....orphans.

these are the individuals that compose the african children's choir.

now, hopeful. nourished. educated. disciplined. disciples. and ambassadors for africa.

awe inspiring. these children came from the poverished and AIDS stricken lands of Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. they have experienced more heartaches and despair then most of us will in a lifetime. Yet, they have hope. They inspire to be teachers, pilots, midwives, doctors and musicians...and they are given to opportunity to do so with the help of the african children's choir. These children tour all over the globe bringing awareness of the desolate reality of their homelands, as well as joy and a celebration of their culture through song and dance. By doing so, they raise money that will in turn educate them and generations to come...for they are africa's future.

they were hilarious and truly talented. the you-tube video is slightly blurry, but it will give you a glimpse of what we heard last week. enjoy.

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peace. em

Sunday, March 23, 2008

easter blessings.

oh what a day! i was reminded once again today why i love this holiday so much...the joy, celebration, and undeniable truth that our Savior conquered death and rose victoriously. hallelujah. what a God we serve!

we were blessed to celebrate easter dinner with the pastor of redeemer pca, and his family, as well as the youth pastor, wife and son. we had a great time, good food, gorgeous weather, and a sweet easter egg hunt [jim won].

although we missed celebrating with our families, we were grateful to have friends here to celebrate our risen Lord with...

we pray you had a blessed easter as well.

with love. em

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

two more days to the work week

Well this morning started early with the alarms going off a little before 6. Reluctantly we both got out of bed, Emily a little faster than me (because she had to). I got up and made her breakfast... a.k.a. poured some cereal in a baggy. I saw her off, and then put on some coffee. I sat on the couch, drinking my coffee, and finished up the paperwork for an IEP meeting I was going to have after school. I then got ready for school and I was on my way.

I took a detour on my way into school (through the playground) and walked up the kids at "early arrivals" (the kids get dropped off by parents around 7:30... kids can enter the school when the bell rings at 8:45, just to put that time in perspective), and joined in on a game of kickball for 10 minutes or so until the bell rang. After I discovered my long last talents, I decided I should join Justin (teacher at school) in his adult kickball league. haha, or maybe not...

The morning started with the Iowa Basics. So I read directions from a book and then sat quietly watching students fill in bubbles... it sure was exciting. On a side note, when I was a student taking the Iowas, I always thought it was ridiculous that the teacher read the directions word for word from a booklet. It was like I could quote what the teacher would say before she said it. Well, now I have become that teacher; "We are now going to take the test for reading. Please find reading: part 1 on page 6. Read the directions on the top of the page to yourself as I read them aloud. They say..." Wow, who would have thought!

The day ended with the afore mentioned IEP meeting. It went well, and now it is only 2 more days till the end of the work week, for me.

I got home and decided to watch the news. However, when I turned on the tv, instead of the news, the memorial service for Eve Carson was on. For those of you who don't know, she was the student body president at UNC who was killed 2 weeks ago. The story is tragic, and the memorial service was tough to watch and I didn't even know her, it was quite powerful. The things people were saying about her made me realize how sad this story really is. She was all about helping others and fixing the problems of this world. She was doing an amazing job at that until her life was cut short. It is a sad story to say the least.

When the news came, I watched for a few minutes before heading out for a run. Wow, I'm out of shape... haha. That is all I'll say about that.

Alright well I'm off to play some MLB 2k8 on the Wii... thank you Kristin for the endless entertainment!! (emily might disagree, but she is being very supportive!).

Have a splendid evening everyone!


Monday, March 17, 2008

The Ides of March have come and gone...

We are only 14 days from the Tigers Opening Day. Just thought I'd let ya know.

In honor of this, I decided to grab my Tigers uniform and head out to a local field for a few photos. What do you think?

Oh and Happy Anniversary to Mom and Dad B.

oh and more thing. Congratulations Sarah on making Varsity. Freakin' sweet! I bet all my quotes that I have told you over the years (you know, the ones you used against me in your wedding speech) helped you succeed. haha.

Alright well I'm off to work on some IEP paperwork for a meeting tomorrow. I hope you are all doing well and are enjoying our new layout and music (yeah, we're getting serious about this blogging stuff again).


Saturday, March 15, 2008


Today, a couple guys from school and I got together to watch the ACC tournament. We went over to one of the guy’s house and just hung out all afternoon. Now you might think, well that sounds like a nice relaxing afternoon. Well, actually it was quite the opposite. People in this area take college basketball extremely serious. I had no idea one of the guys was such a huge UNC fan, but he let me know during the UNC and Virginia Tech. game. Emotions ran high and colorful words were used most of the game as UNC trailed until the last two minutes (he was going crazy, but he made the game much more exciting to watch). Luckily the Tar Heels pulled out a victory, in the final second, otherwise I’m not sure what would have happened. The second game on the slate was between Duke and Clemson. One thing I have discovered is that people love to see Duke lose. Fans of any school in the area (besides Duke of course) have one thing in common… the HATE Duke. It is just like Michigan and Ohio State. However, the school and fans are separated by about 20 minutes. I’ve had multiple people tell me that watching Duke lose is almost better than watching their team win. Crazy. Anyways, Duke ended up losing to Clemson creating even more excitement in the house.

We took a break when the first game finished and threw the football around for awhile. It was a warm day with gray clouds casting down. We headed back inside when we presumed the second game was about to begin. However, about five minutes later a neighbor (who saw us playing football in the street earlier) came over and knocked on the door. He asked if we’d be interested in playing some cornhole (bean bag game). We headed over to his backyard and set up the boards. I impressed the neighbor when I said I had played before and my first couple of throws were ringers. I told him I made a set back when I was in Michigan, he then said “Oh yeah, up north they play cornhole all the time… its hardcore, like religion. It was great fun though, and this guy was quite good himself. Anwyays, we played about 5 games until the gray clouds opened and the rains came down. Good times none the less.

I just got home a few minutes ago, and now Emily just walked in the door from work so I guess it is time to go. I hope everything is going well in Michigan.

Go Heels... I guess


Thursday, March 6, 2008

rise & shine.

Our day started @ 4:15 [our time with Leah and John came to an end....]
I took 2 naps.
It was 68 degrees and sunny.
We went geocaching after Jim got home from work.
We successfully found 4 caches before the sun started to set.
We had an Old Navy/Aldi's run...and found good deals at the latter.
Leftovers for dinner. love that.
American Idol and LOST are on the agenda for tonight.

it was a good day. we're readjusting to life...with just the 2 of us again. All is well!

we'll post soon [i promise]

love. em

Monday, March 3, 2008

Signs of SPRING!

We have visitors!!! John & Leah [Hoekstra] Baldauff are here! They flew in Saturday morning and are staying with us till Thursday. The weather has been wonderful [sunny and in the 70's] and we have been blessed by their company. We have spent the majority of our time exploring the parks, geocaching, and site seeing. Here are a few pictures of the last few days.

We found the treasure!

Now where? On to the next "cache"
Feeding the ducks at Lake Johnson on Sunday afternoon

Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Spring is in full bloom!
LOVE him.
love her! Scary looking, none the less...
Duke's chapel. and a picture perfect blue sky. Breathtaking.

enjoying the colors of spring.

Thanks for faithfully checking in with our blog. We love and miss you all [terribly....]
Are you sure you don't want to move here?!?!

be blessed.


24. a birthday celebration!

We celebrated Jim's birthday on Friday night...and here are a few pictures of the festivities...

Birthday dinner...a home cooked favorite, salmon, broccoli, bread and a bottle of delectable wine.

...opening of the present.

ta-da! a hand held GPS, [so he can be just like Alan] and go geocaching.

...attempting to figure out the coordinates of where we live.
[better than sex cake] or...perhaps more politically correct: better than just about anything cake....either way, it was delicious!

on to the next post...