Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I can't wait until school is out!!!

I am so tired of school. Josh's last term has been a killer for both of us. I don't know why a busy kid translates into a busy and stressed mom. The biggest stress has been Josh's Honor's English 50 hour project. He has actually exceeded his 50 hours but you can't turn in an incomplete project. By the time it is all done it will be more like 65-70 hours. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for soccer, scouts, marching band, and various other things that pop up for him this time of year. I am really happy about his project though. The have to do a writing project that will take 50 hours. They could chose just about anything. Originally Josh wanted to write short stories. But that would have been torture for the both of us. Josh does not like to do creative writing. His next and best idea was to interview his grandma and write a personal history for both his Grandma Judy and Grandpa Tim (who passed away 2 1/2 years ago). I am just thrilled with the results. After video taping Grandma, Josh transcribed the tapes into a book form. Over the weekend we sent the transcript to Grandma to verify accuracy and fill in some blanks. I have really enjoyed learning more about my in-laws. I loved this story:
"When I was 4 or 5, a friend and I were watching TV and had it on really loud. My brother knocked on the door but the TV was too loud and we didn’t hear him. They looked all over for me. They worried that I might have gone to the dam. My parents called the police, the fire department, and the Boy Scout troop. When we were done with the show we were watching I went outside to my mom and said, “What’s happening Mom?”. She didn’t know whether to spank me or hug me. "

Isn't she darling?! How could anyone get mad at her?

I feel fortunate that I really like my in-laws. I have been blessed to have had 12 years with my father-in-law. It was by the grace of God that he lived 6 more years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was in those last 6 years of his life I really got to know and admire him.

We were fortunate enough to get this sweet picture just a few month's before dad's death. Thanks to my sister Lindsay who took it.

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog, and love it! BTW, my Dad is suffering from reoccurring, inoperable brain tumor, I understand a little bit what you went through with your father in law, but my Dad is still here for the time being. It has brought me closer to him though, I know what you mean. I also like your name---that is how my Dad spells mine!