Our First Wedding Gift

I had an unexpected surprise the other day: our first wedding gift from an unexepected giver. I walked into to the room where I teach piano lessons and there stood two sister students with five great big Macy's bags. My jaw dropped and tears welled. They have been upset by my leaving them as a teacher (one of the girls has cried in the last couple of lessons) and they demonstrated their love with the most generous and sincere gifts I've ever received. Their kindness was precious to me and I look forward to using such beautiful serving pieces. Each time I use them, I will definitely remember these dear students. The dishes will also serve as a reminder to me that you can never fully estimate the impact you might have on a life or the impact a life can have on yours. Thank you, dear, dear girls.


I Hear Birds Singing

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Jeff and I played on a windy day at Carmel Clay's West Park.

On the Silo Slide.

On top of Ol' Smokey.

A Monte Cristo from Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville. YUM!

The Family. Jeff was very happy to be in the picture this time instead of being the photographer.

Kevin and his girls. I'm going to miss those blue eyes!

The Future Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Schrage. Hmm, someone looks different...

Meredith looking very Easter-y.


Family Spring Fling

Not the best quality images, but a fun representation of a fun weekend, at least...


Hello? Is she there?

Quick recap of the last few months:

Mono 1.0: Contamination source unknown. But honestly, who really believes it's passed from kissing anymore? The prefered culprit is a bad immune system. My mother blames it on immunization shots.

Mono 1.2: Finished, mid-February. No more kissing.

Job status 1.0: Apparently universities like to have healthy teachers, and prefer not to pass mono around. No kissing students.

Job status 2.0: The Registry, Indianapolis. It helps to know people who can get you a good reference. Thanks, Amy.

Job status 2.1: Apparently even temp agencies want longer term commitment...

Job status 3.0: "Good evening, thank you for calling Williams-Sonoma. How may I help you?" ... "No ma'am, we do not carry cute Kitchen Aid mixer covers."

Wedding 1.0: Decisions, decisions.

Wedding 1.1: 2:30, 3:30? Okay 3:30. NO WAIT, STOP THE PRESS! It's 2:30.

Wedding. 1.2: Blue dresses? Yes, blue. Maybe white dresses? No wait, I like black. Yes, black dresses.

Wedding 1.3: Decisions, decisions.