I've recieved a few requests asking how I'm doing. I'm doing ok, honestly. I will not say it's been an easy couple of weeks, it's been emotionally and physically draining, although I think part of the physical is from the heat we're in (yes it's hot in Germany too and we don't have A/C and I'm not paying over $500.00 for a portable A/C). Friday we're planning on going swimming, which Friday's as of right now supposed to be the hottest day of our week, althought Saturday's not looking to be much cooler.
Anyways. My cousin's funeral was on Monday and my mom sent me a very detailed email of the day. Jake was one of those guys who could actually wear pink and pull it off with confidence and without looking rediculous. All the guys who came to his funeral were in pink shirts. My mom said there was at least 300 people, that it was literally standing room only in the church as well as everyone seemed to go to the cemetary too. His mom is of course hurting so bad, which is expected and that pain's going to last for a long time. My step grandma is having a very hard time as well...so please keep both Jeanette (Jake's mom) and Nona (grandma) in your prayers, along with the rest of the family.
We also had a memorial service on Tuesday for the 4th soldier who died. I honestly feel like 5 memorial services is enough. Really it's exhausting emotionally and well I don't want anymore of our soldiers to die. Speaking of which I chatted with Chad tonight and he has a mission tonight, so please be in prayer for him.
The boys are doing good, busy as ever. Jacob has been doing great with his school work (we home school) and Jack has exploded with telling me the knowledge he has in that little head of his...with colors, numbers, abc's, and vocabulary that's just going crazy all of a sudden. Jacob was doing these things long before Jack's showed any real interest in doing. They're very different little boys, both wonderful just as they are. I never have expected my children to be the same, it's still amazing to see such different personalities in 2 children who were created by the same people, having the same people raise them, etc. I find it just as exciting to see that Jack has retained the knowledge that I've been trying to help him learn for months and months and months, it's just as exciting as it was with Jordyn and Jacob!
Well, I'm exhausted and about to go to bed, this will be 2 nights in a row that I'm in bed before 1 am! Christy seems to be setting a nice pace. I'm going for a goal of midnight, and then 11:30! I'd like to be going to bed with Chad by the time he gets home or at least about 30 minutes after he's in bed. So say a prayer for me in this battle. It's not just actually getting into the bed, it's actually falling asleep.
Oh, I've not had a pop in I think 3 or 4 days now! So I'm doing good there. When I went down on Saturday, all the farmer's markets were gone, so hopefully this Saturday I'll get down there early enough. Last weekend they had a festival of sorts going on with magicians, acrobats, jugglers, etc going on downtown and in the Marxplatz where they normally have the farmers market, so I think that's why they weren't there or they'd just left really early.
I'll try to write a better update tomorrow.