Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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
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
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
Monday, October 6, 2008
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
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Monday, July 28, 2008
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
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
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
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
- 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.
- House Cleaning
- House to be packed next week.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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
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
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
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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
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
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
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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?
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, 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
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 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
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
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
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...