Can you believe it? Am I being a pessimist when I say “almost one-half of 2015 is over?” Or am I an optimist when I say “there's more than one-half of 2015 remaining?” Either way, I can’t believe May is almost over.
April is always one of my busiest months each year and this year was no exception.
The first calendar consideration of March and April is, “when is Easter?” I know I probably studied this in school, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember how Easter Sunday Is determined on the calendar. I have relied on the “calendar genies” to let me know when Easter Sunday will be. This year, Easter Sunday was April 5, 2015. Last year, Easter Sunday was April 20, 2014. Next year, Easter Sunday will be March 27, 2016.
Some of us might be asking…”can’t we just pick a day, like we do for Christmas, and just stick with it?” That may make life simpler for me and, in essence, allow holidays and celebrations to revolve around my need to be consistent each year.
BUT, in 325 AD the First Council of Nicaea located in Anatolia (Turkey since1923) met and established Easter Sunday to be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox, which typically occurs on March 19, 20 or 21 each year.
I apologize for the history rabbit trail, but, this is how our Easter Sunday unfolded this year…
Easter snuck up on us and at the last minute we had a need to deliver a car to California over Easter weekend. It was a bit of a fiasco, but, we got to see family while we were in CA and attend church with my parents on Easter Sunday. Later that day, we also had a car towed to Cupertino, CA and started our drive back to Oregon…not necessarily the traditional celebration (Seder Meals, Good Friday services, Sunrise Service, etc) of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.
From there, tax season always demands more of my attention and activity. Ultimately, I need to be sure to collect and deliver tax information for 6 different entities to the accountant’s office and then be sure returns are completed and checks are written.
Kiehl is still living and working in CA. She is moving towards more opportunities (school and work) in Early Child Development. We will get to see her again in June and August when she visits Oregon.
Taylor and Cody are living in Sisters, OR. Cody still works at the airport even though there has been a bit of a battle between the City of Redmond and Butler Aviation (who Cody works for). Taylor is still working at Sisters Coffee Company and has been promoted to the Assistant Manager position - Congratulations Taylor!.
Chad is living at home, working at McDonalds and hoping one day to get his own place with some friends.
Jarod is all about Karate right now. Beginning in April and concluding in August, he has been training and testing for his black belt. The black belt test spans 4 months with the final tea ceremony on August 7. There are 3 “out trips” that are long, grueling, and secret. All we know is that we drop Jarod at the dojo one Sunday each month at 5:00 am and pick him up (usually after 12 noon) exhausted, dirty and beyond tired. The weeks between the out trips are spent training and preparing for the tests….oh, and doing school at home also.
Beth is busy keeping up with and ahead of Jarod. We are trying to decide what the school options are for next year for Jarod…local high school, Christian school, homeschool, Baker College at COCC, or some other option out there. She has also been very committed to praying with some other moms each week for all of our children. They meet in town and actively seek God for the safety, provision, and direction of each of our children and encouragement for one another.
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