"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Friday, May 22, 2009

School's Out!

School's out for Elizabeth & Sam--they are so excited! Me, well, I am excited to have them home again, but as many of you know, any change in my routine takes some adjusting (stop laughing Mom & Karla)!

During their closing Chapel, Sam received the Barnabas Award (for encouragement)and Elizabeth received a $250 scholarship from the Optimist club for an essay she wrote on the power of youth. And, Grace got the Peace Medal award yesterday in her class. What a proud Mama I am!

Also, during chapel the Freshmen, I mean "Sophomore" class presented Elizabeth with a card and $376 they raised to help bring Bella home. What a blessing! These kids are just great--last night we hosted a surprise going-away party for one of their classmates. They are just the most thoughtful class--but know how to let loose and have fun! (lots of waterguns, pizza, football....)

Oh, and yesterday I had a first--morning coffee with my neighborhood ladies. It was so much fun! They were so interested in our adoption and wanted to hear all about it. They are all retired ladies that live across the street in townhouses. I had never been to "coffee" before, so I had some pre-conceived notions about coffee conversation. I was surprised to learn these ladies are not only polictically-savvy, but also are up-to-date on the latest trends, including American Idol!

Next week, Grace has school through Thursday, so I will be able to spend one-on-one time with Elizabeth & Sam before Grace is out for summer. Elizabeth will want to practice driving, and Sam and I will catch up on "Meerkat Manor" (our favorite show)

Looking forward to a quiet weekend at home--but trying to keep busy so as not to get too impatient about bringing our little Bella home.


  1. How did you know we were laughing? :-)

  2. I sure don't blame you for being a proud mama. You have every right.