Friday, April 29, 2011

Things are progressing here in Anthony! The pews are in, lights are being put in, the carpet is being laid, trim is put down, and lot of various other things are being done. But it seems like no matter how much gets done, there's still a lot to do!
The goal right now is to have the first Sunday service in the front half of the building on May 15th, which is the church's Missions Sunday. An Open House will be planned for the middle of June sometime, which is when the entire town will be invited to view the building.
Caleb has been busy bouncing around on a lot of projects. He has gotten the partitions done in the bathrooms, and the toilets have been installed. He's been the main trim guy, in getting that put in. He's also been working on the electricity and making sure everything is connected to the right place.
The Mcculloughs have returned from Arizona and it's nice to have them back! The church has also been doing a lot of work and are really pitching in to get finished in time.
Some news on our family: we are preparing to be semi-done with school for the year when we leave here at the end of May. We will still do a few days here and there over the Summer. Noah and Kayla are both done with Science and Handwriting and they are getting to the end of their other subjects as well. Kayla's reading has been going really well! I'm so proud of her and all she has learned this year.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Caleb has been very busy since we've gotten back to Anthony!
His main project was to put up the partitions in the womens bathroom and he got those set, they look very nice.
He has also been running wiring and got the electric finished in the auditorium and the sound booth.
He was also able to get the viewing windows installed for the office and nursery.
The pews have been delivered and are in the process of being installed in the auditorium. The chandeliers have gone up in the auditorium. And carpet has been installed in the auditorium, nursery and two classrooms.
Things are really starting to come together and it's exciting to see! It's fun to walk around and remember what it was like at the different stages of construction. This is also when we normally leave a project to move onto somewhere else. So it's different to be here for the final stages.
We've started a few new things in our family; Lela has started Kindergarten, I've started piano lessons with Noah and Kayla, and Anna is semi-potty training. Lots of things going on around here! It's never boring.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Some picture updates!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month so I wanted to write a post reflecting that. Most of your probably don't know, but Noah has Asperger's Syndrome and probably ADHD. He is undiagnosed, but if you know Noah, and you read the symptoms, you can't disagree!
Autism is not a behaviorial issue, it's not a cop-out for lazy parenting, and it's not cureable. Autism is a neurological disease, and nobody really knows how someone is affected. It's probably a mixture of environment, nutrition, and genetics.
Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is on the high functioning spectrum of Autism. Noah's main issues are that he doesn't understand social boundaries (if he isn't done wrestling, he doesn't understand why someone else would be), he can't read facial or body clues, he doesn't understand sarcasm unless you explain it, and he doesn't understand cause and effect (if I hit someone with this board they'll get hurt). All he knows is that he doesn't mean to hurt that person, so he or she shouldn't get hurt. He often says it was an accident; the getting hurt was the accident, not the hitting.
Because of these he's often seen as a bully, he seemingly has no empathy or understanding of other people's pain, and he seems callous and mean. The truth is he doesn't understand other peoples' emotions and feelings. It doesn't make sense to him so he disregards them.
Please read these links and get knowldegeable about Autism and AS! Maybe someone in your family has it, maybe someone you know has it. Be aware so you can be a help and not a discouragement!
Mayo Clinic
AS Symptoms Mayo Clinic