First Day of School Pics

I tried to achieve the perfect first-day-of-school photo. I really did. But as my children love to do  whenever I want to create a moment or make a memory “extra special,” they decide it’s the perfect time to be silly. When will I learn?

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I was trying to take individual photos, but the other wouldn’t get out of the way. AND, because it was already 7:15, we didn’t have the luxury of time.

silly teens

So. I demonstrated the pose I wanted. Somehow, my demonstration was hilarious to them (because I am a total spaznerddweeb) and I ended up with this photo.

first day of school

Good enough.


Saturdays (for the next several weeks)

lesliewiggins_n_wiggins_basketballThis fall, thank the Lord, I remembered to sign-up Noah for Upward Basketball BEFORE the registration deadline passed. He played in his first game this past Saturday. The boy had a fantastic time. He had a bad case of nerves Saturday morning, but, as soon as he started playing, he appeared to relax and enjoy himself.


Despite the back pain, I couldn’t miss my daughter’s first band concert. She was over-the-moon excited to play with her classmates on stage. They performed very well together to have only been learning since September. My favorite part (of any of my kids’ performances, really) was seeing her so happy and excited.



Reading and waiting (updated)


Monday through Thursday afternoons, Abbey attends a band class at a local Christian school in which she is learning to play the flute. I am thankful for the local schools allowing homeschoolers to participate in some of their extracurricular activities. While I wait for her class to let out, I read. I usually bring a few books just in case I change my mind about what I’m in the mood to read. Is that weird? After all, I have a few books going at once.

I am still reading Les Miserables. A few days ago, I picked up 2 more: Tale of the Toboggans by Christian Schmidt and The Reason for God by Tim Keller.

Toboggans is the autobiography of a young man fighting cancer and glorifying God all the way to the end. (I’ve mentioned him before, but because I’m writing this post on a mobile device, I can’t really search for links and paste and whatnot. But please search for those posts and search for the book on Amazon.) UPDATED TO ADD links: Live Weak and Tale of the Toboggans on Amazon.)

In the introduction of The Reason for God, Keller writes,

Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts — not only their own but their friends’ and neighbors’. It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them. Only if you struggle long and hard with objections to your faith will you be able to provide grounds for your beliefs to skeptics, including yourself, that are plausible rather than ridiculous or offensive. And, just as important for our current situation, such a process will lead you, even after you come to a position of strong faith, to respect and understand those who doubt.

I feel like by the end of this one, I’m going to wish I had read it a long time ago.