Sunday, February 7, 2016

2016 Week 6 In Review

The Week in Pictures:

This week, while our friends in Green Bay enjoyed a winter storm and snow day, we enjoyed the beautiful, sunshine and unusually warm weather.  We've loved seeing the fun Wisconsin snow pictures but appreciated the nice weather since we spent a few days this week looking at houses in Vermont. 
 Here's a picture of William at Christ the King on a day he was serving.
 We went to visit Phil at the Diocesan offices and join him for Mass this week.  One of his kind co-workers gave each of the children some Mardi Gras beads and I'm amazed at all the creative ways they've been used.  This picture shows one use: an animal puppet show.  They also used them as lassos, leashes, and to chain themselves to their desks while completing their schoolwork.  Who knew Mardi Gras beads had so many uses?

 This Saturday we went to the Home Depot kids workshop to make mailboxes - so much fun!  We also went to the "Church Street Marketplace" to see some of the ice sculptures - the highlight was watching two men sculpting a throne out of ice.    It was hard to drag William away!

 The kids have been enjoying Calvin and Hobbes comic books from the Library lately so they were excited to see this picture as we were walking down Church Street.
We stopped at St. Luke's Church on Saturday while looking at houses.  This may be our new parish as long as all goes well with our accepted offer on a home in Fairfax, VT.  :-)
We went to the celebration of World Marriage Day with Bishop Christopher Coyne today and the kids made a new friend.  It was a beautiful celebration of Marriage - there were over 50 couples present celebrating significant anniversaries including 3 couples celebrating 70 years of Marriage!  What a gift to be part of such a beautiful celebration!

Highlights from the Week:

It was a busy and eventful week!  Here are the highlights:

1. John will be 10 months in 3 days (on Ash Wednesday - where did the time go?)  This week he finally mastered crawling forward and is sporting another tooth (bringing his total to 5).  Sleep has been lacking lately and we are enjoying the new challenges that go with his new abilities!  

2. The meeting with William's evaluators at the Stern Center was very helpful and confirmed what we had suspected - he does have dyslexia.  While his visual-spacial skills are strong and he is average in most areas, his mind processes language/ verbal information very slowly which makes it very difficult for him to read.  On the bright side, he is doing well and still making progress and homeschooling has allowed me to work with him one-on one and the Stern Center has a lot of great resources that will help me to teach him even more effectively and efficiently!   We are exploring the various options available to us at the Stern Center.   We also look forward to seeing the detailed results from his testing which we should have in a week or two.   

3.  Our initial offer on the Waterbury home was not accepted and because of some concerns we had with the condition of the home we decided to explore other options this week.  We spent the week looking at houses in Fairfax which is North East of Burlington and a bit further than the 1/2 hour drive for which we were hoping.  After more prayer, a lot of help from our amazing, knowledgeable and very patient realtor we found a home and have an accepted offer!!  We are really excited and appreciate any prayers as we continue through the home buying process.

God is so good!  Today we were able to go through the Holy Door at the Co-Cathedral.   What a great gift this year of mercy is!  Each evening, we pray that we can be the visible face of Jesus  - May Our dear Lord help our family to be this visible face of His Mercy!  Our prayers are with you and we pray that each of you may encounter Christ anew especially in this great gift of the Jubilee year of His Mercy!  God bless your week!