This is the longest hiatus I have ever had from MSJ. I am astonished that you faithful readers keep coming back and reading in my absence. Hopefully something I wrote somewhere along this journey gave you something to smile about! At this point, headlines would not even fit the bill for the last two months of craziness in the Crosby household.
We had the Great Computer Crash of 2012 which began with a mystery download from an unnamed son (who knows better) which slowed our computer to a snail’s pace, but gave us a nice icon of Jesus wearing red head phones. So, off the tower went to Howard, the other savior (little s). THEN, the plug-in dealie on my laptop broke… broke right off the board (whatever that means). We are still in denial about having to pay the same cost as buying a new laptop to have it repaired. So we have been internetless since December10th…. until yesterday.
Good thing there was a three week road trip in there! It wasn’t our original plan, but it worked in our favor to drive up and down the western states and into Canada using our friends’ and relatives’ computers. The Crosby Canadian Christmas Adventure was cold but quite enjoyable spending time in British Columbia… by the fire place and eating hot soup and sipping warm cocoa. Rick and the older kids went to a spin class several times, but also took in: swimming, ice skating, paint ball, pickle ball, a glow-in-the-dark ping pong tournament, snowboarding and skiing. The kids haven’t seen their Uncle Glen in 10 years! Hopefully it won’t be that long next time!
Thirty-six hours after we returned from the west coast road trip, we embarked on our southwest road trip to take Larisa (our firstborn, first graduate, first everything) to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. If you haven’t been to ORU (or to the 1960s in a while), it is a trippy scene….. I’ve never seen so many buildings made of gold and sidewalks that are diagonal. Seriously, if you are a film producer and need a 1960s set, DON’T BUILD ONE! Go to Tulsa; it’s all there for your 1960s dreams to come true.
We did have a successful first launch of a child from the nest. Rick and I had plenty of reflection time (due to him mistakenly taking three extra days off work) as we drove from OK through KS, CO and NM on our way home to AZ. My conclusion to our happy send off is that we have no regrets. We feel like we did what the Lord called us to do with homeschooling and pouring our lives into raising our kids. (Not that we are done, by any stretch of the imagination…. nine more years.) Most importantly, I am thrilled that Larisa gets to go to a school still based on the foundation is started on….. Jesus Christ. I’m so blessed knowing that she is surrounded by other kids who are sold out to the Lord and are striving to learn to be more like Him. ORU is unusual in today’s world and it is the perfect place for our girl right now. (The JB posters were a joke…. thank GOD!)
Yes, I still accidentally set six places at the table on the first night home, but there were no tears. Only smiles of joy and gladness. And I can blog again. My world is right-side up, despite a choppy start to 2013. Happy New Year!