Monday, December 22, 2008


The snow has kept us from travelling across the mountains to spend Christmas with our families. We have chosen to stay home and have Christmas here. There is a lot more snow since this picture was taken and one of the mountain passes we were going to have to cross was closed yesterday.

I have been sad the last couple of days because I was looking forward to spending time with my mom. But in some ways, not being able to go anywhere has been a good thing. The kids are looking forward to doing some things around our new town that they haven't been able to do and we are getting a chance to see how this house handles winter.

It has been fun being all together too. This is the first time that David has not had to take leave to spend time with us. His schedule matches our schedule now. This alone is a huge blessing to our family.
Well, I am off to shovel some snow off the driveway so I can get out to run some much needed errands.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The In-laws Are Coming! The In-laws Are Coming!

Sound the alarm!
The in-laws are coming!
I have 12 hours to get my act together before my parents arrive for Thanksgiving and another 72 hours before my husbands family descends upon our humble abode. I'm not worried about my parents, they appreciate my various stacks of organized stuff. (I'm not sure they really do, but they love me).

This is the first Thanksgiving we have been together with both sets of parents since 1990. It is bound to get interesting. We might even have a few snowflakes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Job

I started my new job yesterday. I am not 100% sure of what it is I am doing yet, but I know that I like it. I spent the better part of my morning grading math papers and realized that I really needed to bone up on some of my unused math skills. The morning was gone before I knew it. I worked with a young man in the afternoon on math and literature. He was much more interested in taking breaks to play on the internet, but I kept reminding him that the game would be there after he finished reading with me. :0)
I am waiting to see if I will be working with the kids at home or if I will stay at the school.
I also have Monday's off from now on, so I will be able to pay attention to home things at least one full day.

My heart is heavy for a girl I met yesterday morning. She has such an attitude and doesn't seem to care about anything, least of all school. She is also pregnant with twins due in June. Please keep her in your prayers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

God IS Good

I hope this makes sense and is not just ramblings from my head.

I haven't posted anything in awhile, mostly because I have been stuck. Not in a good place at all. I had applied for 4 different teaching jobs and went to 3 interviews that I thought were pretty good and that I had done well on. I also thought they were jobs that God wanted me to have because they fit into our schedule of having to transport Jakob to and from school. I have to transport him to and from school because he was displaced to a school outside of our housing area because of overcrowding.

They were not the jobs that God wanted me to have, even though I thought they would be perfect for me and for my family life. The 4th application served me a letter to say thank you for applying, but we went with someone else. These rejections made me sad and they made me doubt my abilities and what God was up to in my life.

Here is the kicker. I decided I was just going to stay home and be happy about it and this was going to be my life this year. I was totally okay with that. In fact I had started to plan some activities to do, like make some ornaments for the Christmas tree, maybe do a little scrapbooking, stuff like that. And I thought I would go down and turn in my paperwork to be a substitute teacher. So I did that yesterday. Had my fingerprints done, went to the Health Department to have a TB test, was given a stack of papers to finish filling out and bring back on Wednesday.

So, I get home from all of this and the phone rings and it is the person in charge over at the Alternative school in town asking if I might be interested in working with them at the school. So I got back in my car, drove over to the school to meet with her. The job is working with special needs kids or with kids who can't go to school because they medically cannot attend and so they do their work at home and turn it in for credit.

And you know what? The hours fit my son's school schedule.

I am so excited about this opportunity.
God is so good.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Football All The Time Here

It seems as though we have entered into football mania.

I thought it was bad enough to watch the games on the TV, but we have entered a new dimension of sight and sound. Jakob is playing the game.

Thankfully he is not playing tackle football. He is playing Flag Football with 8 and 9 year olds. They still try and tackle each other, because, well, it's fun.

We play every Tuesday and Thursday night. They incorporate practice into the game schedule so we only have to be out 2 nights per week for this sport. Much different than baseball season in Northern Virginia. This is not nearly as competitive either, which I like.

Here is a photo of Jakob getting the flag, holding it up proudly in the back:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Thoughts On Time

Time is a funny thing. It goes by fast, it goes by slow, but it does go by.
We have been in Montana for 2 months now. Some of that time has gone by way too fast and more of it has gone by at turtle speed.
I look outside and I can't believe that when we arrived here, it was hot and sunny and today it is cloudy, rainy and a little chilly, and they are calling for snow on Thursday. SNOW! I am not ready for snow.

The stores are full of Halloween items and I am sure that before the 31st Christmas will start appearing on the shelves. When did this happen? When I was a child, Christmas decorations did not come out until the day after Thanksgiving. This was the first appearance of Santa in the malls, green and red ribbon and twinkle lights. This is when it was okay to watch Christmas movies like Rudolph or Santa Claus is Coming to Town and pull out the Christmas albums (CD's).
I must admit that I watch these year round and listen to Christmas music whenever the mood strikes, much to my husband's dislike.

So, before I know it, my parents will be here for Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas will be right around the corner. YIKES! I need more time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Relaxing Day

A couple weekends ago the family went for a drive around the area just to see what was here.
We ended up in Big Fork, which is around the lake from us about 20 miles down the road. We stopped at the State Park to stretch our legs and wander around a bit. The kids discovered the fine art of skipping stones on the lake, while I found a sunbeam to sit in. Jakob didn't want to leave the lake and kept begging to "throw one more rock."
It was nice just to get away for a few hours and sit in the sun, watch the kids play and enjoy each other.

Friday, September 12, 2008

I Love Fall

I love Fall. The crisp mornings where you can see your breath hanging in the air, the colors of the leaves changing. I love it. It is a call to slow down a little bit before winter and hibernation mode. To slow down after the rush of summer and the constant running and doing. It is a signal of change (which is the part I don't love so much).

Sunday, September 7, 2008

First Day of School

These are late in coming, but I just got them off my camera and onto the computer.
This was the first day of school, which they both survived.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Jakob wanted to be right in the thick of things when my dad was covering the hole on the deck. Dad finally agreed to let him be a helper and turned him loose with the drill and screws.
Jakob loved every minute of it. Maybe I can get him to paint. Hmmmm

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I Got the Blues

The house is quiet.
Everyone is gone.
The kids are in school.
David is at school.
My parents left this morning before the sun came up.

I am just feeling blue today.
It is the first time I have been in this house alone since we got here. (Big sigh.....)

I guess I should turn on some music and get moving instead of feeling sorry for myself.
Thanks for letting me vent a bit...I feel a little better now. :0)

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Most Awesome Parents Ever

I have the most awesome parents ever. I really do.
During the past 20 years, they have visited us at least 2 times per year and sometimes even paid for me to come to visit them when they wanted to see me and we couldn't afford a plane ticket. I have been fortunate to not have missed very many holidays or special occasions with them.

Just in the past 2 months alone they travelled out to Virginia from Washington State (they even drove), to celebrate retirement from the military with us. They then stayed on and extra 10 days to help out with Vacation Bible School at our church, which they went above and beyond the call of duty for. They left Virginia and travelled to visit with other family members in North Carolina and then Indiana and then on home again.

Shortly after they left, we got ready to pack up and move to Montana. We arrived in our new home the beginning of August. My parents came over 2 weeks ago just to make sure we made it safely and to see our new home. They stayed a couple of days and then headed home again with a list of things to bring back so they could help us. Our household goods arrived last week and my parents came back Monday to stay until Labor Day to help unpack boxes and get us settled in. Dad is building a step up addition to the deck to cover the gaping hole left by the hot tub the previous owners took with them. Mom has been opening boxes, cooking for us and being a huge support to me. I do love her so.

Did I mention that I have the most awesome parents ever? I do.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Promised Pictures

I am posting pictures from our trek across the country as promised. I will post more of Montana and our new house in a day or so.

The St. Louis Arch and the Mississippi River.

We thought about going up to the top, but it was so hot that day and I am not fond of closed in spaces, so we chose to look through the museum and move along to visit with David's mother.
We had a nice visit with her (I posted pictures earlier of that part of the trip).

After our visit, it was off to our next destination.

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

They were getting the palace ready for 2009. They have a festival the first week in August to put up the design for the following year.

It is a pretty neat process.
We left The Corn Palace and headed to Wall Drug.

Wall Drug, South Dakota.

You start seeing the signs for this place 400 miles away asking you to stop in and get a free glass of water.It started out as a small drug store and boomed into a huge tourist stop.

The kids mined for jewels and then did some panning for gems and rocks. Rebekkah found an arrow head in her bag of dirt.

Mount Rushmore! What an awesome site.

We walked around for quite a while looking at it from different angles.

From Rushmore, we went to Crazy Horse. I learned that the entire monument of Mount Rushmore fits in the head of Crazy Horse.

So far they have only completed the head portion of Crazy Horse. The statue in front is what the mountain will look like when the project is completed.

This project is privately funded. This is one of the reasons it is taking so long to do. It is also a very large monument to carve.

The last 2 pictures are of one of the forest fires that is blazing outside of Yellowstone National Forest.
The last picture is of Old Faithful inside the park. We only had to wait 45 minutes for it to erupt. The kids were amazed! I want to go back and see some of the other geysers in the park.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We Are Here

Well, we finally made it to our new house.
I will post pictures on Monday when we get our Internet up and running. I am currently on limited time using Wifi elsewhere.
So, I just wanted to let folks know I was still kicking and would check in and post much on Monday.
Till then, have a great weekend.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Almost There

We are almost to our final destination. I am sure this post will be mostly ramblings and fragments of what is on my mind.

Today we are still in Bozeman visiting with friends (Nancy, Billy, Tina, Kayla and Esther) that are more like part of the family.
David is planning to head up to Montana State University to talk to the admin folks in charge of the program he is in for his teaching certification. We will play one more day with our friends and then head off tomorrow morning to our new home.

We stopped at many places along the way and will post pictures once we get to Kalispell. I do not have access to my photos because I am not using my computer. So, the pictures will have to wait.

We went to church yesterday morning and I had a hard time getting through the service. One of the songs we sang was particularly difficult because I could hear the worship team from Virginia singing it and I was really missing their musical talent and voices. Don't get me wrong, the worship was wonderful where I was, just different.

After church, we celebrated Nancy's birthday with a picnic in the park. We had just finished eating when the sky opened up and poured down on us. The day ended with games being played by candlelight at Billy and Tina's because the power had gone out.

I miss my friends in Virginia more than they will ever know.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


So we have seen the St. Louis Arch, and the Grandma so far on this trip.
Here are a few photos:

Tomorrow we are off to see the Corn Palace and then Mt. Rushmore. Will post pictures of those adventures as well.

Monday, July 28, 2008

On The Road

We are on the road.
Headed to Montana.
We have stopped in Indiana for the night and are off for a visit with Grandma tomorrow. We should be in Missouri by dinner time and then Grandma is taking the kids for the night and David and I will be spending an evening together alone.

We left Virginia this morning after saying goodbye to our friends yesterday, have I mentioned that I have the most wonderful friends in the world. They are hand picked by God. He knew who I needed most in my life to survive and thrive in Virginia. I have grown in so many ways as a result of knowing them.

In the 20 years of moving from place to place, this is the hardest move yet.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I am hoping that one day soon I will have something more exciting to write about than moving and cleaning my house. But, that is what I have been doing for the past week. Yesterday I cleaned the carpet in the family I will hit the basement.
We took Jakob to the Dr. yesterday to check for Strep throat, he doesn't have that, but a nasty case of tonsillitis. His tonsils are "kissing". I think he is in store for some tonsil removal later this year. We left the hospital with the pharmacy for him.
Last night we had a lovely dinner with some friends we have made at our community pool. The kids played, the adults chatted and we had a relaxing evening. Tonight I am so excited to be having dinner with my girlfriends. I can't wait.
I hate to cut this short, but the kiddos need to get up and get swimming.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


The packers have come and gone, the house is empty and echoes can be heard throughout....
I am sitting here at a table where my desk once stood and I am typing on my husband's laptop while the rest of the family is watching Looney Tunes or napping downstairs.

My daughter is handling the move pretty well, but my son...let's just say, "not so much". He is having a difficult time with it. He is a lot like me. (I'm not exactly handling the move very well either, I just know how to deal with it better than he does). Pray for him (and me).

I am hoping for a little bit of down time this week. I have a Dr. appointment on Monday, but other than that, no big committments. I would like to have lunch or dinner with my girlfriends before I go (this is a must do). And of course I have to clean the house and turn the keys over to the landlord.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Moving Day

The packers are here and they are busy putting all our things in boxes. The girl is away at camp and the boy is walking around the maze of boxes in a daze. He is going bowling this afternoon, which will be a good distraction for him.
The packers have completed the kitchen, family room and living room and are working on the bedrooms and basement today.
I have come to the conclusion that we have too much stuff, I knew this of course, but it is even more appearent when things are going into boxes. YIKES!!!
Oooops, gotta go, I just heard the sound of breaking glass.....

Monday, July 7, 2008

Been Gone a Long Time

I just took a look at the date of my last blog entry and realized it's been a while.

I guess the saying "time flies when you are having fun" is partly true. Time does fly, but it flies whether you are having fun or not.

We have been in the midst of much activity here at our house:
  • Swim meets every Monday night and Saturday morning.

  • Keeping up with laundry (mostly towels).

  • Thinking about what needs to be packed away to keep out for when we are here at the house without our stuff, but still here for a week longer.

  • Retirement Ceremony.

  • Lots of Family from out of town.
    Trips downtown to tour with said family from out of town.

  • VBS

  • House Cleaning

  • House to be packed next week.

I am just a wee bit overwhelmed.

Here are a few pictures from the Retirement from the Air Force after 28 years of service.

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Sibling Moment

Here is a shot I thought I had put in the other night of the kids along the Potomac River.
This is what they look like when they are getting along with one another.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hangin' With Grandma

Last night we skipped cleaning and mowing the lawn (and boy does it ever need it) and met my Mother-in-Law at the hotel she is staying at while she is attending a medical conference and took her to dinner. After dinner we grabbed some Cold Stone, Yum.

We were headed back to the hotel, when my son said he wanted to go down to the Potomac River and see the statue in the ground. The statue is called "The Awakening." The kids had a great time running across the sand and climbing on the statue pieces.

I was caught by the sound of the waves hitting the rocks and the sunset that was beginning to take place. It was a peaceful moment and I left feeling a bit more refreshed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


I can't believe it has taken me this long to get back here and post about the wild weekend.
After school on Friday we went to Raft Night at the pool. I hadn't planned to stay until the pool closed, but it felt good to just sit and visit with other adults while the children were occupied.
I love that they can swim well enough to not have to get in the water with them anymore or to watch them every moment.

Saturday was time trials for swim team. Both kids took time off of their times from last year.

We ran from the pool to the baseball field where Jakob played in the Championship game for the Single A - B bracket. His team came in second, but because they were awarded trophies, it didn't seem like such a loss to the boys.
That evening we spent at Susan's house to celebrate the graduation of her son.

Sunday was church, the music was great! And then we spent the day together as a family doing what David wanted to do for Father's Day. Later that evening we celebrated graduation with a young lady that we met when we were stationed in California. I cannot believe that she was in the 2nd grade when we met her and now she graduates. Where does the time go?

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Rebekkah graduated from 6th grade yesterday. I didn't realize what a huge deal this would be.

They all processed in as a full class of 2008, sat together in chairs. The principal opened with a speech and then each of the teachers presented their class with awards and achievements of their time in Elementary school. There were many tears from the teachers, students and some of the parents. I was doing well until the class stood up, turned to face the parents and sang a song about being their heroes. The kids left the gym and made their final walk through the halls of the school, being cheered along the way by the teachers they had grown up with.

Then it was time to party!

Monday, June 9, 2008

It's HOT!

It's hot here.
The past couple of days have been unpleasantly hot.
To make matter worse, our air conditioning decided to go out last night.
I'm melting

Friday, June 6, 2008

Check It Out

Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer is hosting a giveaway from Wow Hits 1 for seventeen (17!) CDs of Christian music!

Go over there and check it out!Or go to WOW Online for more info!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Fabulous Women

I went away this past weekend with this group of fabulous women:

They have meant more to me the past couple of years than they will ever know. We have laughed together, prayed together, cried together and played together. We have shopped for the perfect sunglasses, eaten many a meal together and poured over scripture with one another. These are the ladies responsible for my enjoying a cup of coffee, eating an occasional piece of dark chocolate and introducing me to Cracker Barrel and southern food. They are like the sisters I didn't have growing up. God placed them in my life when I needed them the most to teach me some very valuable lessons that I would have otherwise missed.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Busy week, busy weekend.
Friday was the last day of school for me. I said goodbye to my pre-school class, packed my room and headed home from there for the last time.
Picked the kids up from school, met hubby at the Metro and went to see Speed Racer. This was not a movie I wanted to see, but my son, who is 7, was all over it. All in all, it was not a bad movie.
Saturday we started cleaning out the garage. We filled David's truck up with things to take to Good Will. The pool opened and the kids wanted to go. The pool is not heated and it has not been overly warm this May. The water was COLD! I sat happily at the table and watched. I love that they can swim and don't need me in the water anymore. We left when the lips were blue and we could hear chattering teeth from the pool.
Sunday was church.
Monday we headed back to the pool. The family swam while I baked and visited with people.

It was a busy weekend, but at last it is beginning to look like summer.
Baseball is winding down, school is almost out, and swim team will begin next week. We can be found at the pool every afternoon until school is over and then every morning until the end of July.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Moving to Montana

We found out Wednesday that we will be moving to Montana in July.

My husband was offered a teaching position at a high school to teach Chemistry.

He is very excited and is already rushing around making plans about buying a house, getting us packed up, talking about all the things we are going to do there. He IS excited.

I have very mixed emotions about the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, we have prayed about this and I believe it to be the right move. However, I am sad. My heart hurts everytime I think about it.

I ask that you would pray with me during this time of transition for our family.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Go West

Yesterday was Western Day at school in honor of Spirit Week and because the sixth grade chorus was doing a play called Go West. My children dressed up in western gear and headed off to school. When I picked up Jakob from school he asked if he could go and play with a buddy. I told him sure and off he went. Because Rebekkah was staying after school, I took off for a bit on my own to browse Tuesday Morning. I had never been before and had heard many things about it. I found nothing I needed or really wanted, so I headed back to the school to pick up my girl.
We came home, quick did some homework, and were off to get the boy from his friend's house and run to get a fast dinner before Rebekkah had to be back to the school for the play.
We ran over to Subway for sandwiches and fun conversation with my children.
As we were heading to the school, my son piped up and said, "Do I have to go to the play again? I already watched it at school and it was really boring." To which Rebekkah relpyed, "Thanks a lot." "Yes, we have to go to the play and watch your sister, I brought your homework, you can work on that." He was less than thrilled.
We found our seats, saving one for Daddy, and the homework was finished before the play started. It was a cute play and the kids did a great job.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Love The Rain

I love the rain. I love the sound it makes, the way it smells, the feel of it when I walk in it.
I really do love the rain. I especially like the way it turns everything green. Being from the Northwest, I miss the rain. It doesn't rain very much here in Northern Virginia. This past week has felt a little like home for me as it has rained for 4 days straight.
Now it is over and the sun has reappeared, the ground is drying out and the bees are buzzing around again.
The kids are eager to get back outside. They have been "bored" because they have been stuck indoors. I have enjoyed the time with them inside. We have made hot chocolate, played games together and have a puzzle half way completed.
Ahhh, I love the rain.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

To all the moms out there.

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does.
The next day in a written test, she included this question:
"My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I am strong and attractive. I pick up things. What am I?"
When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word "Mother."

Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Meme

Favorite Movies of All Time: Anne of Green Gables, Sound of Music, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Footloose, Princess Bride, White Christmas

Favorite Musical Group or Artist: Selah and FFH

Favorite Sports Team: Don't really have one.

Favorite Thing to Do on a Saturday: Swimming, at least that is what I do every Saturday.

Favorite Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11

The Last Thing I Do Before Bedtime is: Brush my teeth

A Historical Figure I Would Like to Meet: Abraham Lincoln

In High School I Was Most Likely to Be: At the beach watching the waves roll onto the shore, thinking.

These Days I Am Most Likely to Be: Teaching Preschool, being a taxi driver to my children or at school or church working on a project.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Busy Day

Yesterday was my daughter's 12th birthday.
We decided she could choose what she wanted to do for the day, this was of course after church.
It was Agape Feast at church and she wanted to stay for that.
Because I do not enjoy potlucks, this was somewhat of a sacrifice for me.
I don't like my food touching and I am fairly picky when it comes to food.
But, we stayed, which made my family happy.
After church we went shopping for the big birthday present.
She has wanted a Nintendo DS for some time now and she wanted an IPod Nano.
After much hemming and hawing, we convinced her to go for the IPod Nano because she doesn't play the Gameboy she had to have.
We ended our day with dinner at Macaroni Grill (her choice).
All in all it was a great day.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Rebekkah!!

Rebekkah is 12 years old today.
I can't figure out where the time has gone.
She has been a source of joy, laughter and love for us. The past 12 years has not been all roses and sunshine of course, but I cannot imagine my life without her in it. We waited 8 years before she arrived. And she took her sweet time in getting here (1 week over due). She made up for lost time by learning to walk by 9 months. She is artistic, creative, and is a dreamer in every sense of the word. She loves horses, dogs and children (in that order) and can often times be found playing with a younger child at church, in the neighborhood or at the park while her brother is playing baseball.
In the blink of an eye she went from this:
To this

To Big Sister

To student

To the beauty she is today!
My sweet girl, I love you more than words can say. You are precious to me and to your daddy. You are even more precious to your Heavenly Father who loves you so much more than we can.
I am so thankful that He trusted us to raise you to love and serve Him.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

One Word

I got tagged by Susan. You may be next.

Twenty-two questions, one word answers It’s harder than you think to keep it to only one word. I really had to think. I tagged one person at the end...but I'm tagging YOU. And you know who YOU are! Let me know when you do it!

1. Where is your cell phone?

2. Your significant other?

3. Your hair?

4. Your mother?

5. Your father?

6. Your favorite thing?

7. Your dream last night?

8. Your favorite drink?

9. Your dream/goal?

10. The room you’re in?

11. Your hobby?

12. Your fear?

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?

14. Where were you last night?

15. What you’re not?

16. Muffins?

17. The last thing you did?

18. What are you wearing?

19. Something you’re not wearing?

20. Your mood?

21. Your summer?

22. Person you tag?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Slow Down

Simon and Garfunkel sang:

Slow down, you move too fast
You've got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy

The bible study I just finished talks about being still before God so that you can hear Him speak. Being still in your body, in your mind, in your attitudes.

As I have said, I am not still very often. I want to be, I crave to be and I am learning (slowly) to be still.

I have been looking over my calendar and it is FULL!
Full of work, baseball practice, baseball games, bible study, RA's, GA's, prayer service, doctor appointments, volunteer in school library, girl scouts, worship team practice, church, swim team practice, vbs prep, weekend conference.

Just typing all of that makes my head spin.
How do I "Be Still" when all of this is going on? I want to, I try to, I think about things to remove from my plate.

At the end of May, a few of these items will fall from my calendar and I won't have to pick them up again. But you know, when we take something off of our plate to make more time for the things that matter, don't we tend to pick something else up?
At the end of May, my school will be finished, baseball will be finished and girl scouts will be close to finished. But at the end of May, swim team begins everyday.

In the midst of the busyness I have to make the time to slow down and be still before God.
To let Him pour over me, His grace, His mercy, His wisdom and understanding just to make it through the day.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Still Sorting

I'm still working on the piles of paper in my house. I have managed to get the past bill statements saved down to the past year and they are neatly in a binder.
I had my daughter sitting on the floor last night shredding a basket full of old statements, she lasted until the motor burned out on the shredder. I guess I need a new shredder. :0)

Monday, April 14, 2008


I just spent 3 hours sorting through the papers on my desk and other locations to shred old mail, throw away junk mail and organize billing statements. I am looking at my living room floor and it is still a mess with piles here and there. I did manage to throw away a garbage sack and a box full of paper.

I am a stacker by nature, which means that I have many stacks of papers, to do lists, and stacks of things I will get to eventually. Don't move a stack, for if you do, I will not be able to find what I need. I know what is in each stack, even though my husband tells me I couldn't possibly know what is there.

God has been speaking to me about getting organized. Going through things. Throwing away things I really don't need. (Mostly the stuff in the garage). My desk is a good beginning, but I have sooooooo far to go. Please pray that I will be able to get a handle on this soon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Neat Video

This is a wonderful video from YouTube: If I knew how to upload video, you could see it here, but I am still learning this. If you can advise me on how to get the video to show, I would appreciate the help. :0)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Field Trip Part 2

Yesterday was the BIG field trip to Philadelphia, PA for my daughter's 6th grade class.

The bus ride up was not too bad, 3 hours, the children were tired and so they slept most of the way to Philly.

We went on a walking tour of the historical area, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Benjamin Franklin's house (or where it once stood) and a walk past Betsy Ross' house.

To Constitution Center for lunch (Yummy Philly Cheese Steak), movie and gift shop and then back on the bus for a 4.5 hour bus ride home. Much longer than the ride up.

I spent most of my day looking for the 4 children who were supposed to stay with me (which they did for the most part) in a bigger sea of children and keeping up with the marathon running tour guide. She could move in that long dress and bonnet.

I came home and poured myself into bed and was asleep before 10pm which is a rarity for me.

Here are a few pics from the trip.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Field Trip

This morning I am off on a field trip with my daughter. We are headed to Philadelphia, PA.
I am looking forward to the trip all that we will see. I am not looking forward to the 3 hour bus ride each way with a bunch of 6th graders. Maybe they will all fall asleep on the way up and back. I know, wishful thinking, but I can dream can't I?
More on the trip when we get back.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sitting Still

Sitting still is not something I do well. Even when I am watching TV, I am doing something, cross stitch, crochet, something with my hands.
Last night at bible study, we are studying He Speaks To Me by Pricilla Shirer, she said during the feeding of the 5000, Jesus told the people to "sit down." It wasn't until they sat down that they were fed. I found that interesting, but even more interesting was that the disciples were busy working and feeding the 5000 that they missed being fed. Now, they were doing a good thing, but they missed out on the feeding.
I have been thinking about that a lot, last night and then this morning. How often am I so busy doing "good things", Godly things for the kingdom, that I miss being fed? Am I too busy with stuff that I am not being filled up with Him? I think the answer to that at times is, Yes.
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."
I think I will go sit with Him for a while...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cherry Blossoms

We got up this morning and decided to head downtown for the Cherry Blossom Festival. After driving all the way downtown instead of taking the Metro, we found a parking garage and then walked along the wharf and over toward the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial where the blossoms are prevalent. Just as we are heading into the trees, I hear a voice behind me shouting, "Oh, my goodness, is that you??" I turned and saw a friend that I met in California that I have not seen in 9 years. It was so much fun to chat and catch up on what they were doing.

We walked over to the World War 2 Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and around to the other side of the Basin to the Roosevelt Memorial, which I had never seen before. The kids complained at first, but were glad we went when all was said and done.

And here are a few other pictures of the day:

Our Friends from California, now stationed here for a few more months.

The Jefferson Memorial

We had a good day together as a family!