Let Challenger Baseball Begin!

Jordan’s 5th year of Challenger Baseball commenced Thursday night following a rain-out Wednesday night. It was 50 degrees and not at all warm, but the kids survived almost an hour of practice out on the field. 

Warming up with some catch

Warming up with some catch

Too cute!

Too cute!

"Coaches" meeting - they are actually talking about golf!

"Coaches" meeting - they are actually talking about golf!

After some fielding practice, the kids got what they really wanted: Batting time!

"All good hitters practice with the tee", Coach Jeff reminds the players

"All good hitters practice with the tee", Coach Jeff reminds the players

Good practice, Admirals!

Good practice, Admirals!

Jordan’s 5th grade music concert

Jordan holds his scraper and waits to get started

Jordan holds his scraper and waits to get started

 Thursday night Jordan participated with his class in the 5th and 6th grade music concert at Hazelwood Elementary. His class performed “Aeolian Melody” and did a great job opening up the evening’s chimes.

Mr. Gaines classroom waits to start the performance

Mr. Gaines classroom waits to start the performance

When everyone was set, announcements made, and helpers acknowledged…

Lights!

Lights!

Blacklight was such a cool way to perform this concert!

And you can’t go wrong with one song per class and only 4 classes! It was a fun night, and then on to baseball practice.

On my heart…

“I want to go to heaven for 3 reasons: 1) To be with Jesus, 2) To meet your mom…” When Bekah spoke those words earlier today, she had no idea that March 24th is a significant day relating to my mom.

My mom, Dianna, out sailing - June 1988

My mom, Dianna, out sailing - June 1988

Nineteen years ago today, my mom went on a SCUBA diving certification dive for the sheer pleasure of it and something went terribly wrong. “An accident”, that’s all anyone here on earth can explain. What followed was two months of a coma before she succumbed to pneumonia on May 23rd, 1990. My mom was a light and her last months here on earth were probably some of her happiest and yet hardest. She returned to the faith of her youth just 4 months prior to her accident and Jesus changed her life. He didn’t take away the hard things but He was by her side and was her Comforter and Friend to the end.

In years past, I have been very focused on my own grief on this day, but my eyes are a little more opened this year due in part to the networking site Facebook. As I wrote down a simple thought this afternoon, the rest of the evening people have been sharing the impact this day has made on their lives as well. It is quite the reminder that not only is the grief not only mine, but that she touched many peoples’ lives.

Because these Facebook comments have touched my life today, I am adding them below. Thank you everyone…

Stephanie Schertz Bodger thinkingHow life changed so drastically 19 years ago…

 Rene Casale Jessee at 5:22pm March 24
Is this about your mom? Has it been another year already? I hope that you can have peace and rejoice in memories! 
 Stephanie Schertz Bodger at 5:40pm March 24
You’re right on. I was doing fine until Rebekah started talking about heaven on the way home from gymnastics and said she was looking forward to it because she would get to be with Jesus and also meet my mom…
 Rene Casale Jessee at 5:53pm March 24
How beautiful that is though, huh?
 Willie Bodger at 5:54pm March 24
So, for a month I have been waiting to not miss this AGAIN! Then about a week ago life got crazy again and I forgot until about 5 minutes before seeing this status update. Dang it! What happened to my calendar reminders?!?!? I’m sorry, honey.
 Aubrey Cranson at 6:22pm March 24
I’m so sorry for your loss, I hope today is filled with many wonderful memories.
 Jill Armstrong Schiff at 6:33pm March 24
19 years seems like a long time but the memories are not old memories! I’d hug you if I could!
 Katie Hall Jones at 7:02pm March 24
Thinking of you Steph! I’ll be saying a special prayer for you today.
 Laura Bayless Harder at 7:51pm March 24
Stephanie — I remember this whole ordeal like it was yesterday. 19 years is a long time and a short time all in one package. I truly marvel at your ability to find the lap of God in all you endure and that each day you exemplify what I hope to be as a woman of faith. I know you have days where you just can’t understand, but I find incredible strength in knowing you. You have truly blessed my life in ways you may never ever fully know.
 Michael Allerton at 8:13pm March 24
I remember the passing of cousin Diane. I was just out of the service. I can imagine this never goes away, and her memory is probably as fresh as yesterday. Thank God she is with the Lord and all the family that have proceeded us.
 Judy Anderson at 8:26pm March 24
Hey, Steph – I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes remembering the experience and flashing through your life from that day to this – thinking about how proud your mom must be of you and Gary and Wes. Bekah’s remark really touched me, as a grandmother, and leaves me even more thankful that she has her wonderful family here to suppott and love her. I love you. ♥
 Lori Hagen at 10:27pm March 24
(((((((((((((( Stephanie )))))))))))))))))
 Kathy Allerton at 9:03am March 25
Stephanie, I loved your mom so much. I was her aunt but only 2 years older than her so she was like a sister to me. We had so much fun together when they got to come and visit. I miss her and the talks we could have together as we got older.Like you say she was so happy the last few months of her life thanks to our loving heavenly Father. Just remember I think of her often.

An unusual Saturday with the Bodgers

We are primarily home-bodies. Don’t get me wrong, we love to hang out with friends, but we just tend to spend a lot of time at home. Saturday was an anomily for us! We spent the day on the go.

Started out with a pre-screening movie event with Starlight-Starbright Children’s Foundation at Pacific Place (downtown Seattle). Bekah had been at a friend’s house and I picked her up at 8:20, headed home to collect the rest of the family, and we headed south. “Monsters vs. Aliens” opens in theaters Friday 2/27, and we were getting to see it early and in 3D! We arrived a little earlier than our necessary 9:15, and the movie didn’t start until 10:30 – long wait! Fun movie, though!

The fam - minus the photographer - with our 3D glasses

The fam - minus the photographer - with our 3D glasses

Kiddos at Pacific Place with the pieced-metal penguin

Kiddos at Pacific Place with the pieced-metal penguin

Lunchtime, so we headed home for a fridge-cleaning meal of left-overs before heading back out to Sammamish’s Marymoor Park and their off-leash dog area. It’s the fact that we headed back out that is so unusual, but we’re trying to get Jordan away from games more and more. And a little time outside was a breath of fresh air, indeed.

A dry Saturday at Marymoor brings folks out in droves

A dry Saturday at Marymoor brings folks out in droves

 

Daddy and younger ones

Daddy and younger ones

Bekah heads to the water with Benny

Bekah heads to the water with Benny

It's 50 degrees... Bekah actually has her swim suit on.

It's 50 degrees... Bekah actually has her swim suit on.

Considering being lowered into the water

Considering being lowered into the water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading into the bushes

Heading into the bushes

Jordan joined Bekah - muddiest he has been in years!

Jordan joined Bekah - muddiest he has been in years!

We headed toward the car, visited with some other dogs, and made the trek (35 minutes) home to get cleaned up! Willie and Ashley ran to Costco while Bekah and the dog got bathed. Then, Bekah donned an outfit of red from head to toe so we could go to Red Robin for dinner! What a treat!

After dinner, we went to the bowling alley and watched church friends in their league bowling. 

What an amazing day!! Everyone slept amazingly last night!

BAHA on youtube.com

This three minute video is a neat overview of the BAHA. Warning: There is a tiny bit of an actual surgery at the end (2:45).

1st Day of Spring 2009

Bekah and I spent a little time outside this afternoon between wind, sun, and rain storms. Here are some of the signs of spring popping out around our home.

Front bed - the daffodils are about ready to open

Front bed - the daffodils are about ready to open

Lilac bush

Lilac bush

Raspberries

Raspberries

Cherry tree

Cherry tree

Pear tree

Pear tree

Dogwood tree

Dogwood tree

Rose bush

Rose bush

Neighbor's flag and buds on his tree

Neighbor's flag and buds on his tree

And it wouldn't be clearly spring... without the return of weeds.

And it wouldn't be clearly spring... without the return of weeds.

Happy Spring!

Science: Strong stems and zylem

Bekah’s most recent science unit has been on plants and we’ve been experimenting with celery. A few days ago we left a celery stalk out on the counter so it would wilt overnight. The next morning, we added some food coloring to a glass of water and stuck the celery in it so it would perk back up. Within a few hours, the blue water could be seen in both the stem and the leaves. We left it there a couple days and then today cut it up and created Ants on a Log at Bekah’s request. 

Zylem: tiny tubes that act as elevators to carry water up the stem and to the leaves

Look closely at the cross-sections of the celery and you can see some blue…

Blue-tinted leaves from the zylem carrying water up the stem

Blue-tinted leaves from the zylem carrying water up the stem

Cross-section of zylem (the blue spots)

Cross-section of zylem (the blue spots)

More ants and blue dye

More ants and blue dye

Hope you enjoyed your science lesson!

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