Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Ring of Polykrates

Tonight we joined a few friends for the Dress Rehearsal of the Dallas Opera's The Ring of Polykrates.  

It is the story of Court Music Director Wilhelm Arndt. He has just been promoted at work, the recent death of his aunt has left him with a large inheritance, and he has a wonderful wife, Laura. He is a lucky man.  All he is missing is the company of his old friend, Peter Vogel, who suddenly shows up out of the blue.

Jealous of the life Wilhelm has built, and infatuated by Laura, Peter tries to split them up. Peter convinces Wilhelm that he must sacrifice something so that fate is not tempted by all his good fortune. In an effort to sacrifice his relationship with his wife, Wilhelm tries to start a fight with Laura about her questionable past. However, Laura’s love for her husband will not be shaken. Wilhelm realizes that the true sacrifice must be his friendship with Peter, who is sent on his way.  

This Viennese Operetta is by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The opera was preceded by Korngold’s magnificent Violin Concerto in D major.  The Concerto was magnificent with 25+ violins, 10 cellos, 10 violas and 6 basses!  Incredible! 

The Lord has done great things for us;
    we are glad.  Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like streams in the Negeb!  Psalm 126:3-4

Snacks, Crafts and Naptime

In case I didn't get enough time with the little guys yesterday, I got another opportunity to hang out with the toddlers at the McDermott preschool today!  Between crafts, story time, play time and music it was a very full morning! It's a good thing we get a nap after lunch time! 

A little sleep, a little slumber,

    a little folding of the hands to rest

Proverbs 6:10

Preschool Playtime

With the flu running rampant in Texas I'm being called in to sub fairly frequently at the preschools.  Today I was blessed to hang out with these sweet one year olds at the Waterview preschool.  This is such a darling group of kids, I've been in with this class three times subbing for various teachers and every class time is an adventure.  Today they were really getting into singing our Valentine songs and it was adorable! There is a little bit of an adjustment to go from hanging out with these little guys to coming home and finishing up Chemistry with Abigail!  

From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:15

Monday, February 5, 2018

Slooooow Motion Action

Because her commitments for the day weren't over, we ran from her game over to Junior Toastmasters! Fortunately she didn't have to deliver a speech tonight but she did participate in Table Topics.  Her topic was the Superbowl, yes or no. 

She took the stance that she didn't watch the Superbowl because the average professional football game lasts 3 & 1/2 hours, but if you tally up the time when the ball is actually in play, the action amounts to a mere 11 minutes.

There are more commercials, interviews and instant replays than actual game time. She acted out a replay of a catch over and over complete with the slow motion action and reverse angle. Funny stuff!  I love how Toastmasters teaches the kids to think quick on their feet and quickly organize their thoughts, even humor! 

in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15

HSAA Angels Varsity Victory Over Parish Episcopal

Tonight Abigail's varsity team, HSAA Angels took on Parish Episcopal.  This was our first time to face them. 

Abigail had three plate appearances. She walked once and had 2 hits and 3 runs.  HSAA won 19 to 1.  Below is the GameChanger write up on the game. 

HSAA Angels Varsity  Victory Over Parish Episcopal

Simone Bergeron came the ballpark and meant business on Monday, driving in four on two hits to lead HSAA Angels Varsity past Parish Episcopal 19-1 on Monday. 

Bergeron drove in runs on a walk in the first, a single in the second, a fielder's choice in the third, and a single in the fourth.

HSAA Angels Varsity fired up the offense in the first inning, when Elise Bonenberger was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.

HSAA Angels Varsity tallied five runs in the third inning. Emma Durham, Teresa Bless, Evelyn Ratliff, Bergeron, and Sarah Durham all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Durham toed the rubber for HSAA Angels Varsity. She allowed zero hits and zero runs over one inning, striking out one and walking zero.

HSAA Angels Varsity totaled 13 hits in the game. Abigail Kirkwood, Abigail Ratliff, Bergeron, and Durham all managed multiple hits for HSAA Angels Varsity. Durham, Bergeron, Ratliff, and Kirkwood each collected two hits to lead HSAA Angels Varsity. HSAA Angels Varsity was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Kirkwood had the most chances in the field with three.

Slack habits and sloppy work
    are as bad as vandalism.
God’s name is a place of protection—
    good people can run there and be safe.
Proverbs 18:9-10

Murder, Movies, and a Mocha

After a long weekend of being responsible, we took part of the day off to hang out with friends today.  We met up with the Bailey's for the latest adaption of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.  

It was time for a little fun with friends. We love getting to hang out with the Bailey family! After the movie we headed over to Dunkin Donuts for a hot cocoa and to catch up.  Then it was time to go back to being responsible, softball and Toastmasters were still on today's schedule! 

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  Ecclesiastes 12:13

Saturday, February 3, 2018

More of My Story

The weekend weather was beautiful and the group was able to enjoy many of the  outdoor amenities of the camp including miniature golf, Frisbee golf, ga-ga ball pits and life size Foosball.  Abigail enjoyed helping the younger kids with the obstacle course.  For many of the kids it was their first time to participate in a ropes course or to jump off a telephone poll for the zip line.  All of these are right up Abigail's alley.  It was a great experience for the younger kids to trust each other and learn to work together as members of the Lord's body.  

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5

Friday, February 2, 2018

My Story Retreat

This weekend Abigail and a few of the high schoolers served as counselors for the 3rd-5th graders retreat. The group spent the weekend at Camp Copass in Denton.  The theme for the weekend was My Story and focused on the parables of Jesus. 

There were plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for the weekend to re-enforce the message of the parables. Abigail really enjoyed being with the kids and getting to know many of the elementary aged kids.  

You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Luke 12:40

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Canning Tomatoes, Lots of Tomatoes

Whether you say tomato or  tomahto we have both!  As an avid canner, I keep a tally of what I need to can next.  We seem to go through tomato products the most.  I love to can everything from salsa, BBQ sauce, Rotel, bruschetta, Tomato-Basil soup, chili, you name it!

Sprouts Farmers Market has Roma tomatoes for $0.50 per pound! Fifty cents per pound! 

For around $35 I purchased 75 lbs of Romas.  Romas are ideal for canning because they have a lot of meat and not too much water in them.

I have onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, basil and oregano from our garden so there was really no other cost except the tomatoes for today!

I got busy washing, coring and peeling the tomatoes.  Jon ran batches through the Food Strainer and Sauce Maker.  Frankie helped dicing onions and bell peppers.  

By the end of the day 75 lbs of tomatoes yielded 19 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 11 pints of diced tomatoes, and 12 half pints of roasted tomato sauce for less than the cost of dinner for 2 at Olive Garden! 

On a side note, I usually close the blog with a scripture that I hope the kids take away or keep in mind as they go through their day.  It may be a lesson we learned, or a lesson I hoped we would learn but sometimes it is just to point out that there is really nothing new under the sun.  But today it's more tongue and cheek, I laughed that this begins with 'she brings her food from afar' well, in my case, she brings her food from Sprouts! 

She brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
    and provides food for her household
    and portions for her maidens.

Proverbs 31:14-15

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bible Class Billy!

After spending most of my day as Bible Class Betty I think this post should be titled Bible Class Billy! Tonight Jon, Frankie an I filled in teaching the toddler class.  

These days Jon is sporting a pretty full beard that has gone all gray, hence he has begin calling himself Bible Class Billy.  

This is the same age group where we met Frankie in Bible Class and would later adopt her through foster care. Frankie grabbed by phone and snapped these fun pictures or us playing with the kids. 

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

    teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 9:9