Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Fun Brithday/ Father's Day

I was born 16 minutes too late for Father's Day but I suppose I was a good, better late than never, gift for my dad all those years ago. Every once in a while my birthday does happen to fall on Father's Day as it did this year. The last time I can remember it happening was when we were living in Houghton and it did not go well. We were both very self-centered and selfish and thought the day should be all about ME!! Both of us ended up very disappointed because our expectations were not met. (Boy did I need Jaye R. preaching in my ear that day "My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him." from Psalm 62 back then!)

Since then both of us have matured a lot and remembering how that awful day went I resolved NOT to let our experiences of that day happen again. I went into today with low expectations wanting to bless Glenn and knowing that, just coming off his Step 1 yesterday, he wasn't going to have much planned. We had a great day and this is how it went:

This morning we got to church and I was talking with Elizabeth at kids check-in as Glenn took the girls upstairs. He quickly came down announcing that there was no teacher for the K-2 class but that we'd be glad to stay with them until the teacher got there and teach the class if necessary. The teacher never showed up so we got to be Lydia's and Abigail's teacher this morning unexpectedly. Glenn did the teaching and he did such a great job. He is great with kids and I just love watching him work his magic :)

After church we decided to go home and get our bikes then head to Wegmans to pick up subs (since we still had 2 $1 off coupons) and some sushi (we had a $1 off coupon for that too!) then headed to the Ryder Park in Dewitt for a picnic then took our kids out on a bike ride along the Erie Canal Trail. We ended up riding about 5 miles. It is amazing how much faster and farther we can go now that Abigail is riding a 2 wheeler, not her little bike with training wheels. She still is the only one without gears though so when she moves up to Lydia's bike we'll be able to go even farther, most likely. She was still the slowest but since we were just on the canal trail for most of the ride home Glenn and I rode side by side and chatted while we took up the rear behind her which was nice. We stopped frequently in the shade of trees here and there but since we drank the last of the water we brought with us at our turn around point we tried to pretty much push it to get back to the van for more water on the return trip. I love the independence our kids have now. It was so much fun to go on a family bike ride with everyone on their own bikes and everyone being able to keep up.

We only had one brief "uh oh" moment when something happened with Glenn's bike when we were about 2.4 miles out when he was shifting and the chain came off. We were afraid that he was going to have to carry his bike the 2.4 miles back to the van but thankfully he was able to fix it and we were soon riding again. The only pictures that I took were of when Glenn's bike was upside down and he was trying to fix it. He brought his camera but I don't think that he took any pictures. So here is a picture of the bike being checked out.
Hannah being Glenn's bike fixing assistant
After our bike ride we were kind of hot so Glenn suggested that we stop in a store for some air conditioning. We stopped at a pet store (that didn't have any kitties :(  ) and Ollies. It is fun just to wander around Ollies and look at the books and talk ourselves out of buying any of the "good stuff" that they are selling "cheap."

We then went home and finished our subs and ate popcorn (our normal Sunday night supper) and watched Finding Nemo. It was a nice, relaxing, fun birthday (and Father's Day). I am so thankful for my family and especially for Glenn. He is so good to me.

Thanks God for a fun day. Thanks that Glenn's test is over and we get 3 weeks to spend together before he starts his clerkships. Thanks so much for my family. You are so good to me, I could never thank You enough!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:39 PM

    ved your report. It was a wonderful day and so thrilling to hear of families enjoying each other and enjoying all of God's goodness to them. You guys are truely SPECIAL!!!!!! Love, Aunt Alyce


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