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From 40 degrees to 80 degrees

Well, the misery continued at the garage sale on Saturday. . .temperatures were in the 40's and besides the on-and-off drizzle/rain it was also windy.  We started outside (guess the sky should have given us a clue)
but soon had to move in.
The kids' goal was $50 on Saturday (everything was 1/2 price too) and they made $49.50.  I'd say it was a success!  This is all that was left. . .down from four tables to one.  Whew.
 We'll take the shoes and clothes to our church's Care Center and take the toy/book odds-and-ends to the YMCA YPlay area where I work.

And the weather did NOT improve. . .however the U10 and U12 soccer games still went on. . .ugh!  It was COLD out there -- and it's mid-April!!!
 That's the coach of the U10 team (none other than TOM -- ha!) just trying to keep warm.  I think maybe his best players were too cold to come out??? They were creamed. . .11-0.  But ask the kids -- they had fun :)
Here's one of the good players that showed up. . .Frederick (in the white shinguards). . .and another of Tom's players. . .
Beautiful Erin.  (You can see Tom's asst. coach bundled up by the goal!)  All this rain is good for some greenery though, huh?

Now, on the field right next to it, playing at exactly the same time were the other two kiddos.  The blessing in all of this is that the games *were* at the same time and so we didn't have to endure two hours of the cold and rain -- ha!

Thomas. . . although he didn't score for his team this week, he did assist in an awesome goal with a corner kick!
And Miss Marie is playing with him on U12 this spring too.
She's the only girl in this picture right now.  Really, only one of three girls on a team of 16 kids!  She holds her own though.  Fortunately, she blocked the ball in this penalty kick. . .unfortunately it was called a hand ball (and I'm just now noticing that her hands were in her pockets at this point) and another penalty kick was given, which gave the other team their second goal.  But we prevailed. . .and won 3-2. . .our coach thought that was the first time in two years that we've beat that other team so "yea!" to JJ's U12 team!!!

That evening the girls and I got to do something special. . .
There was a women's ministry dinner at our church that night and our Children's Director's daughter hosted a table for the "little" girls so my girls were invited to that.  The topic was on inner beauty, which was perfect for everyone.  It was one of those dinners where the hosts of the tables decorate in a theme. . .Marie and I walked around twice. . .the second time taking pictures. . .here are some of our favorites (although every one of them was amazing):

 The table below won "most elegant"
 I think the table the Red Hat Society put together was one of Marie's and my favorites:

 I wish my picture did this table more justice. . .Marie and I thought this one was the most elegant.

 I think the centerpiece on this one gave it so much *life*!
 And this was the display set up right next to it for drinks and dessert. . .
 The girls' table had a candy theme:
And ours a "springtime" theme:
It was a super night!  Thank you, Janna, for inviting us to be your guests!

Sunday, finally, the sun came out :)  The girls had some friends over and they planted some seeds that Margaret has wanted to get started for a couple of weeks now.

I read somewhere to start seeds in egg shells, then when you are ready to plant in the ground, you plant the entire thing.  Guess we'll see how it works. . .I've been saving egg shells for weeks now. . .and Margaret picked out some flower varieties at Wal-Mart.

We'll see how it goes. . .

And then, Monday, this. . .
O.K., not the most flattering/attractive picture (just out of the shower) but. . .it's my picture-of-the-day. . .me submitting my final theses paper!!!!  Yes, yes. . .all 40 pages of it :)

Tuesday we finally had an 80-degree day -- yea!!! 

And now it's Wednesday and the cold and rain is back. . .the couple days we had were nice though :)  Here we go, embarking on Easter Weekend, who knows what the weather holds?  It's not about the weather, though, is it?  (Although it seems that way for me. . .) 

We'll see family, eat lots of good food, and have some time off together.  That and getting to celebrate the reason we're Christians --  
because He is ALIVE!!!  We serve a RISEN Savior!!!!

Blessings to all,


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