January 2007

Happy New Year!

"Our times are in Your hand."

I got together with friends at church to celebrate New Year's Eve. It's only my second time joining this particular group, but already I'm thinking in terms of how we "always" do things. There's lots of yummy food, fun games, and great fellowship. I actually gave a piano lesson during the evening and did some practicing of my own, as well as making Chex mix. But I made sure to join in with the group game as the evening wore on. That made the clock go faster, and it was great fun. (We played one of the Cranium games that's great for large groups!)

Getting back into the swing of things at work has been challenging, but not too bad. We had a Publications Team meeting, and I learned that we have 15 major publications to get out this calendar year, and I'm down as the assistant editor and proofreader for all of them. I can't exactly see how all that is going to happen (six of the items are magazines or journals), but God knows, and we just keep plugging away, doing what we can do! I still really enjoy it, by the way.

Another thing that is taking up my time now is "Seussical, the Musical." You may remember that last February I played the piano for the Holland Christian school kids to perform "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Well, this year they're doing Seussical (Dr. Seuss put to music). I thought the Charlie Brown music was hard. Wow, am I ever being stretched! This music includes crazy rhythms, insane keys (7 sharps, 7 flats!), lots of accidentals (hopefully not accidents!), and breakneck speeds. We perform Feb. 16 and 17, and I'll be heading up there to practice every Wednesday evening and every Saturday between now and then. I'll also be taking the week of Feb. 12 off work and staying up there for final rehearsals and productions.

Recently we had some freezing rain, then a bit of snow, and then cold temps and sunshine. It made the trees sparkle like diamonds! Such a beautiful present from our gracious and creative Father. This picture is right outside the office where I work.


"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1).