We’ve had a jam-packed spring, which culminated in a huge string of days last weekend. Here we go…

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Matthew’s Junior Prom was last Thursday. A sweet group of kids met at the farm for pictures, and then they were off to One Midtown Kitchen for dinner and the Fox Theater for dancing. They ended the evening back at our house for breakfast and some time to just hang out.

One fun note:  one of the families has a 12-passenger van. The kids decided to save a little money (actually a LOT) by taking the van, and Bill got to drive them. He had a great time watching the Senior Walk at prom and just hearing them chatter on the way to their big night. And every single one of the kids fell asleep on the way home!

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Saturday was a divide-and-conquer kind of day. Matthew visited Service Academy Day to talk about the nomination process with representatives of the Georgia Congressional Delegation. (This is a great opportunity to learn more about the academies for those who are interested.)

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Jack traveled to the Sectional Track Meet in Athens, about 1-1/2 hours from home. The girls and I went to cheer him on. Boys’ private school pole vaulting took almost 3-1/2 hours that day–a really long time! Jack ended his season 10th in the state, with lots of motivation to work for next year. We are really proud of this kid who barely wanted to vault back in February.

After watching pole vaulting, Paige, Darcy and I headed home to get ready for Sunday and Paige’s Confirmation.

In the Lutheran Church, Confirmation is also known as “Affirmation of Baptism.” (I’m not sure about other denominations.) Our Confirmation follows two years of study. At the end of the two years, if the student chooses, they accept the promises made on their behalf at their baptism, and they can act as an adult in the church; for instance, Paige can vote in church elections now.

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Anyway, it was a lovely day. Paige gave a short talk to the congregation to explain her choice of confirmation verse (Isaiah 55:8-9) and symbols on her confirmation stole. Some family and close friends were able to attend the service. Then we headed out to the farm.

In the weeks leading up to Confirmation, Paige was keeping close tabs on the construction progress at the house in hopes that it could somehow be completed by her big day. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. We decided that the next best thing would be an open house in the barn. The skies threatened a couple of times, but she pulled off a really lovely “open barn.” We were grateful that so many friends were able to come.

Matthew took his first AP test (Chemistry) on Monday, and the girls had their riding lessons as usual. Paige is getting more and more confident on her new horse Beau. Darcy continues to prepare for Regional Championships on her mare Lucy.

The Spring Chorus Concert was Tuesday–it is always a fun time. Matthew surprised us by “living on a prayer.” If you click on this link you can listen!  IMG_7975

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The rest of the week has finished quietly. Matthew took TWO AP tests on Friday. Darcy represented Landmark at the city-wide Perimeter Track Meet; here she is on the bus to the meet being silly with her friend Lily.

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Jack played with the Jazz band last night as part of the senior showcase for the arts programs at school. Matthew attended but didn’t perform; instead, he was introduced as one of the new Chamber singers for 2016-2017. It’s a position for which he has worked very hard over the last year. We are so happy for him that the effort is bearing fruit.

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Construction at the house is at a virtual standstill while we wait on a trim crew. The local new housing market is white-hot right now, and so all the best crews are busy. I’m hoping our slot comes up soon–it seems that construction delays have cost us one or two months for this project.

We’re looking forward to a quiet weekend, beautiful May weather, and packing. Have a great week!