Matthew is playing football. We are getting used to calling it "soccer" but I think it will always be "football" to Matthew. Every Saturday morning he has a game against another children's league. The odd thing is that he doesn't have any practices. When we signed him up, we assumed there would be practices but we found out later that it's so terribly expensive to rent the indoor soccer field that they can't afford practices. Needless to say, Matthew's team isn't fairing too well. Nonetheless, he is enjoying himself and we hope to get him into a group in the spring that has practices as well as games.
|Matthew, #7, waiting for action|
Elizabeth is taking swimming lessons. She loves the water and is making progress in her swimming abilities.
All three kids had report cards on Friday and are doing very well. A common theme from their teachers is that they are "growing in confidence". This has been an excellent school for them and we are just so very grateful!
George continues to study pastoral care for his continuing education program. He works as an intern chaplain at a Christian psychiatric hospital and enjoys it a lot. In just a bit over 3 months he'll be returning to Ukraine. His return flight has been purchased for May 7, arriving in Budapest on the 8th. After picking up our car in Mukachevo, he'll drive to Kyiv and look for a place for us to live. I will come with the kids when they are out of school. The plan is for us to fly directly to Kyiv sometime around the 27th of June.
I spend my days reading and planning for next year's teaching. The school asked if I would teach 5th grade instead of 4th and I agreed. I would like to integrate the social studies and literature so I have been researching and reading books that would be possibilities for an integrated study of American history from post-Civil War to modern times. What I like about this time in American history is that it's not just American! There are lots of opportunities to discuss European and world history as well.
So, that is a summary of our mundane. The biggest object of excitement in the house is Matthew's birthday coming up next week on the 8th. He has been counting down the days for months and doesn't fail to mention every day what he wants for presents. :) Hopefully I can post pictures of his party next week. Other than that, we are all excited about my sister, Lori, expecting twins in April! This will bring their family to a total of 8 children!!! I can only marvel....and feel relieved that it's not me. :)