Valentine's Day was quiet, however many greetings were expressed virtually.
I was thrilled to see "Aunt" Margaret's on Facebook. The Grace Village Health Care residents were photographed each with their own message.
I do miss seeing this dear lady. She will be 100 in May!
He spreads the snow like wool. . . says the Psalmist in 147:16.
What He sent us Monday and throughout the week, looks like marshmallow cream or whipped topping.
The neighbor boys were playing in the snow, called out to me as I trudged up to the mail box and reminded me it was a holiday - President's Day.
The next day, a snow day, they tried out the zip line.
Needless to say, we did not make it to Stephan's for Monday Night Dinner.
There were, however, several meals together with our somewhat snowbound resident students.
Wednesday, we made it over to Leah's. Michael dug out her car from the accumulated snow and ice, while I chatted and admired a tiny little clay sculpture she had made. It's message:
Peace surrounded by chaos.
Michael also has been having fun designing and printing a variety of parts. It seems that the small 3D printer in his den is always humming, turning out another masterpiece. And he can also control the larger printer at the shop in Matthews remotely. These all are meant to replace some on the robot and improve its performance.
This tiny one is one of his favorites made from a rubber-like material.
Kayla works at the local library Tuesdays and Fridays. On one or both of those days I pick up Rebecca there after school. Here she is pointing to her name bug that marks how far she has come in the reading challenge her mom illustrated so well with a giant sunflower.
Several household members' goals were significantly advanced this week.
Moriah successfully presented her team's senior engineering project on Monday.
Thursday, Kendra's script was chosen for her team's senior film project which she will be directing.
Both have much work ahead: Moriah's class must now seriously write and document, and Kendra's team have to make a film.
It has become a winter tradition to work on a Wysocki puzzle. One evening this week Michael and I were drawn to the puzzle and made great progress as we listened to music. The fun completion of the week was when Moriah put the final 20 or so pieces into place Saturday.
Thanks to modern technology we were able to watch two online celebrations this week.
--Frank Dietz' Memorial service, an amazing overview of his extensive leadership role and impact. We were together on the ship Doulos with Frank and Anneli. Their daughter Amy was Leah's best friend. He passed away in January at age 80. HIs last three years were spent caring for his bedridden wife.
--OM Ships 50th Anniversary, The M/V Logos launched February 18, 1971. In January of that year, Michael and I spent a couple weeks on board where he repaired the antiquated electronic equipment on the bridge.
I was eight months pregnant at the time, so Stephan can claim that he was there as well.
Our comment after viewing the many old friends that we knew in our younger days, was:
"They're looking old."
Then we looked in the mirror.