Visiting Lalibela

Visiting Lalibela

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1st day of school and other big news

Today was the first day of homeschool this year. I was met by very excited Layne and Gavin, as they both said, "School today?" Layne's been looking forward to "real" school for the past year. Gavin loved the songs associated with our phonics lesson, wanting to sing them over and over. It was a very good start to our year.

The big kids also started, a little less excitedly, but I did hear my favorite schooling words, "Please, Mom, one more chapter!!" I love homeschooling!

Gavin needs glasses. For the past few weeks, when we pointed to something in the distance, he would say, "I no see." I thought we were dealing with a language barrier, each time, but then at Dr. Bileyu's today, she confirmed my boy is VERY near sighted and probably can't see much if it's more than a foot in front of his face. It's been so fun the past two months, to see him experience new things. I bet we'll get to see a lot more "firsts" when he can actually see things (leaves on trees, birds, animals in the distance). His vision also explains why he gets so scared and cries after church. I don't think he can differentiate all of the faces. His new glasses will be here next week...

Our offer on a house in Williston, ND was accepted today!!! I guess this is my formal announcement that we are moving. Mike started there today and we hope to join him by Oct. 1, if the house deal moves ahead. We are so excited. Mike will be the Regional Manager for Enercrest and should be HOME EVERY NIGHT!!! After 6 months of having him only home on the weekends, I can't wait to live together again.

Finally- a huge PRAISE and thanks to Pastor Tony. He felt called to ask for those of us who needed healing to stand yesterday in church. I have no idea how many people laid hands on me during that prayer time, but today I woke up feeling better than I have since before we went to Ethiopia! I'm officially off my meds (for 2 days) and so far so good. We will definitely miss our Cornerstone Family, in Williston- what an amazing Body to be a part of these past 4 years.

I think that's about it- it was a very full day and full of so much joy! God is good!


  1. Congradulations on your house in ND! It was so great to see you guys. Thanks for spending so much time with us.

    PS. Kael, we have finished two books in the Kingdom series. Thanks!!

  2. Hi Sweeney Family! Your family is growing so fast, and they are just adorable! I remember when you first adopted Layne and just falling in love with her and of course the rest of your family! I was excited to see that your family moved to Williston. We just moved to Glasgow, Montana, in January, which is only about 2 hours away from Williston. Darin travels to Williston often. I would love to meet up with your family sometime! There is wonderful camping and fishing here at Fort Peck Lake (flat land, no mountains!).
    I'll be praying your move goes smoothly and you all adjust peacefully!
    Tara Bulock