When I started this blog, I said I was going to use it to remind myself of all the things that I am thankful for. In the two weeks since my latest post, there have been a few things for which I am thankful. None of them would really make a blog post by themselves, but together it should work. So, I bring you the first of a periodic series titled “Things I am Thankful For” – a collection of things I am thankful for at the time of writing.
I started ringing handbells when I was in elementary school. Since then, I have rung with choirs off and on. It is something that I really enjoy. I have been “off” of having a bell choir to ring with on a regular basis for several months. The choir I rang with most recently, the ARISE Joy Ringers, practices just a little bit too far away for me to be able to participate since I got married and moved. However, I have gotten to start ringing again. The choir I rang with before is doing a big concert called SpringSation in May. The concert features the Joy Ringers, plus a vocal choir, orchestra, drama, dance and two additional choirs joining on selected songs. I have been offered (and taken) the opportunity to ring in one of the additional choirs. We had our first rehearsal a little under two weeks ago, and it is a lot of fun to get to ring again. If you are interested in coming to the concert, more information and a ticket order form are available at http://martene.org/springsation.html.
Fiddler on the Roof
The first weekend in April, Chris and I got to go see a production of Fiddler on the Roof out at The Masters College. The production was incredibly well done. Personally, I thought the guy who played Tevya was as good or better as the guy who played Tevya in the movie.
The show also offered another opportunity to spend time with family. We carpooled with my sister’s in-laws who are good friends and live near us, then met my sister and her husband at the school. Then, after the show, my brother who attends school there and lives on campus joined us for dinner
This past weekend, Chris and I went to Atascadero and spent time with his family who there. Atascadero is about a four hour drive from our home, which works out well. It is a far enough drive that nobody has (or probably will) tried to say that we should split a holiday and spend half a day with one side of the family and half a day with the other side of the family. But, at the same time, they are within fairly easy reach. We can fairly easily say “Mom has a birthday in April – let’s make a trip to visit for a weekend sometime in April.” I don’t even have to take time off – I come home from work Friday night, we eat dinner, and then we get on the road sometime about 7:30 or 8:00 pm. That gets us to his mom’s house usually a little bit before midnight.