Happy New Year from the Caboodle!

Hope you have started off 2009 with joy and hope! I can hardly believe that we are about to stop saying "Two thousand" when we say the year...we're just about t0 the "Twentys" now! As in, next year we will say "Twenty Ten"!!

We had a wonderful break from school and work over the holidays, and now are solidly back into the swing of things.

I just thought I would highlight a few sweet things from the last several days.

1. Lucy had her first ballet class yesterday. She has been talking about ballet ever since Robin, Uncle Clay's girlfriend, visited and showed Lucy how to point and flex her feet, and walk with her arms over her head (what is that position called?). She was very excited, and glad that her friend, Mary Margaret, is also in the same class. Three-year-olds in leotards and tights...what a hoot!

2. While we were driving home from school last week, Lucy turned to Walter and asked, "Hey, Walter. Want to hold hands?" So they did. He is such a sweet and doting older brother.

3. Tonight Lucy took a bath...in her bathing suit. She also like to play "beauty salon" while she's in the bath when I wash her hair. She is SUCH a girly girl, I can hardly get over it!

4. Our next-door-neighbors flooded their backyard and made a skating rink! Today I went and bought used skates for everyone, including Lucy. Theo and Clay were troopers, enduring many falls and, I anticipate, many bruises! This evening, they skated for over two hours and improved so much in that time. Walter has had some reluctance to skate, as he has not done it very often and is therefore not good at it. But a neighbor boy convinced him to come out today, and now he is asking is we can go skating at the Frog Pond tomorrow after school! What a change of heart.

Anyway, our next door skating rink is a total blast! It really makes winter so much more fun, especially as I hear that Friday the high temperature is going to be in the single digits! Yikes!

Here's to a great new year pursuing the Lord and all to which He calls us!


  1. What a great start to the year!

    (And I don't know whether you changed the banner photo recently, or I've just be oblivious -- but it is so precious!)


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