Hannah is working full-time at the Calvin library for the second summer in a row, and she also works there part-time during the year. She will continue working there again this fall, as well as begin tutoring in French. She is volunteering with Oakdale Neighbors, a community development organization here in Grand Rapids, which she enjoys. She continues to struggle with exhaustion and we continue to try different ideas for relieving her of that. Right now she is trying a gluten free diet, which in addition to being vegetarian, makes cooking for her very challenging!
Hannah will be taking a couple of weeks off at the end of the summer to take the train to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) to visit a couple of friends. One of those friends will then join her on the train back to Calvin. Taking the train across the country should be beautiful. (And I'm much happier with her taking the train instead of driving!)
Noah is 18 years old, just finished his freshman year at Calvin College, and will be a sophomore this fall. (He skipped the first grade which is why he's a year younger than his peers.) He adjusted very well to his independence and seemed to thrive with dorm life. At this time he is planning on majoring in International Relations and minoring in French. He doesn't have to declare his major until the end of this year, however, so the French minor might change. He loves politics though and LOVES to debate. He doesn't want to be a politician (for which this mother is thankful) but would love to end up in foreign service work. His dream job would be to be an ambassador for the US somewhere in the world. I'm rooting for Africa!
Noah is also working full-time at Calvin, on a building cleaning team. For those of you who know Noah well, that was not a typo. Yes, a cleaning team. While I wouldn't say that he is enjoying the work, he is enjoying the fruit of his labor by earning money for his tuition. Noah worked this job during the last school year as well and will more than likely continue in it this fall. I keep telling him that should he decide to marry, his future wife will be blessed by his knowledge of cleaning, assuming that he will apply such knowledge! Noah will also be serving as a Barnabas this fall on his dorm floor. A Barnabas is someone who is the floor chaplain, so he will be running the Bible Studies and checking in spiritually with his floor-mates. Hannah did this last year in her dorm and it was a great experience, so we hope the same will be true for Noah. Noah also just got his drivers license, for which I am grateful. Three drivers now in the family and no-one else to teach!
Yesterday we had a chance to visit Bob's parents in Lake City:
|Hannah and her Grandpa.|
|Noah and his Grandma.|
|This is how they responded...|
|Awww....big brother and little sister...I mean...big sister and little brother.|
|Noah being all cool...|
|Hannah's face when she is about to make a smart remark.|
Thanks to so many of you for your loving, thoughtful, and encouraging comments. To say that last week's blog was a bit scary for me would be an understatement. But so many of you, especially those who knew and loved Bob dearly, responded with great joy and excitement, echoing that Bob would want me to be happy. So thank you, dear friends, for continuing this journey with me.