Reading Contest, Etc.

I just got back from my volunteer work at Isabella's school. Her classmates who went to the reading contest last Saturday informed me that Isabella got a prize. They said that they called her name but she wasn't there and that they will mail her medal. This is her first time and I am so proud of her.

The event is the 20th Annual Ned Van Norman Sight Read Aloud Contest sponsored by the Kiwanis of Greater Pismo Beach. It was a very organized event held at the Arroyo Grande High School. This year they had over 350 participants.

After the reading contest we headed to Union City to attend her best friend's birthday celebration. It was a great mermaids and pirates party with fun games for the kids and delicious food. It was complete with a pirate punch and treasure hunt that all the kids enjoyed. They even got to take home a live pet goldfish! Isabella wrote all about it in her journal at school.

After the party I went right to bed as I was very tired from Isabella's activities and all the driving. We had family time and watched disney's Cars. Then the following day, en route to church in the morning, Immanuel got a speeding ticket. It was partly my fault because I was talking to Immanuel. I didn't know who I was very upset at - myself, Immanuel or the police officer (I tried to explain to him that we were late for church but he said he's not talking to me - I'm not the driver) I felt like backing up to his motorcycle. I said the "A" word (to think we're going to church). Well, after church, we went to Chevy's and enjoyed family time. Then we stopped at Island Pacific to do some grocery shopping before heading back to Pismo. The drive back was so stressful as there were so many travelers. More cars than normal. Then I realized college students are coming back from their spring break.

"Let there be no filthiness nor foolish and sinful talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness"
~Ephesians 5:4

Dear God,
Please forgive me for forgetting these words of yours in my moment of anger.
Whenever I am faced with these strong feelings of displeasure, Lord please help me...
... to remember this passage
... to practice self control, a fruit of your Holy Spirit
... to hold my tongue and instead use it to voice my thankfulness

1 comment: said...

wow - you must really be so proud of all your children...and thelittle Belle is no exception. her achievements these past months are outstanding...not to mention that with all this, she had to cope with change in school and atmosphere, meeting new friends, and everything that comes along with it. outstanding! your childrne are "THRIVING" FLOURISHING" LIVING" !!!!