Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas shopping

So it begins...the frantic, wait-in-line for the best deal ever shopping trips. What shall I get the kids for Christmas and what will they like? A swift kick in the butt? Well, maybe for my husband. lol
I found this really cool AT-AT, but unless it's remote control, which it's not, I'm not spending $86 for it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

15 years

November 18, 1995, I spent the day running around repairing my vein that I cinged with the iron, buying a replacement gold wedding band that I lost on rehearsal night and replacing the wedding music I left in Ellensburg 100 miles away.
Fast forward 15 years later. After numerous moves, 3 children, many hospital visits, diagnosis, and blessings and heartaches too vast to count, we are still together.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Laundry and dishes, I know you've heard it before...

Neverending right? Now that I've been doing laundry and dishes for the last 5 or so months for 3 adults and 3 kids...Well, to look at it in a different light, my best friend from grade school posted this on her FB page, "is thankful for a dirty house, dirty dishes, & dirty laundry. These things mean I have a roof over my head, plenty to eat, and clothes to wear. It's a great reminder that there are so many others that are less fortunate. God provides for all my needs."
Whew! That made me think and have a more positive attitude when cleaning up around the house.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Soul Waits For the Lord...Psalm 130:6

Once in a while I find an email that just hits home. Though I don't do a lot of air travel, the point is well taken. I thought I would share.

Expect Delays

My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning. — Psalm 130:6

When the gentleman put up his hand to stop me from going through security at the airport, I complied. I already had stripped off my shoes, jacket, and purse to be scanned. Finally, the man waved me through and then immediately began wanding me. The wand sounded like a loaded Geiger counter that had just struck pay dirt as he whisked it around my chubby anatomy. The woman on the scanner then pointed out that my purse and carry-on needed to be searched.

I bet the Israelites never anticipated that it would take forty years to reach the Promised Land. Talk about delays. Enemies, rebellion, war, sickness . . . there was always something slowing them down and delaying their arrival.

What looked like sheer inconvenience and man-made barriers actually had been orchestrated by the hand of God. He knew the exact moment they would reach their destination. Delays were as much in his plan as manna and quails.

I remind myself of that when a flight is canceled, a mistake is made, an order is lost, a doctor’s report is delayed, or a request is misunderstood. We don’t know, but God might be protecting us with these delays. They may be God’s way of helping us realize our need for trust, patience, adaptability, and relinquishment.

— Patsy Clairmont

Excerpted from A Grand New Day © 2008 by Thomas Nelson. Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I love it when...

I love it when kids say the darndest things. Take for instance my friend Bernadette who posted this, "On Saturday we were driving down Court Street and DJ noticed a yard sale sign on a pole that was crooked. His comment "They are having an underground yard sale??" Gotta love the innocence!"
And my daughter Samantha who says all of the time, "Mom, you're my best friend." So sweet!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kitty litter surprise on a Sunday night.

Do you ever have one of those days when you don't want to get out of bed? I did that today. It's Sunday, I didn't have anything on the schedule and didn't even have to work. I only got up to help my kids with preparing food and did a couple loads of dishes. By 2:30pm I was still in my pjs and decided to take a shower and get dressed only because we ran out of milk.
I did end up going to JCP and found 3 pairs of jeans on clearance for $3.97 each for Nathan. Score!
So now I am dressed still and it's 10pm! I was reading some posts on my facebook and one of my friends posted the grossest cake recipe I've ever heard of! Here it is for you to gag on:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's been a while...

Oh where do I start in my busy life?? Well, I guess I could say that as of June 20th, my mother moved in with us because my step-dad passed away on May 22, 2010. A very sudden, untimely death. We are still grieving. I am currently scrapbooking a wonderful memorial book for my mother of my step-dad Keith. It's very comforting for me to view photos and put the time and love into the book for her.
My husband and I are working on our marriage even though it's been 15 years, people change and life happens.
I cannot believe our oldest boy, Nathan, turned 10 this year in April! Wow! Amazing.
Our youngest daughter just started kindergarten in September and our middle son...well, he's our amazing firey and he just turned 8 years old.
Just keeping up with a household of 6 entitles me to quite a bit of laundry everyday. I'm hanging in there though with support from my God. By the way, have you spoke to Him today?


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Having an open house this Saturday

I am so excited! I am having an open house on Saturday. I have a grade school friend coming from Sultan, WA to come and join me.