Thursday, October 30, 2008

Good News/Bad News

Just a glimpse into our day...

Bad News: Our kitchen faucet is broken.

Good News: It has a lifetime warranty so our replacement is free!

Bad News: The replacement won't be available for 4-5 days.

Good News: We have running water in our house and the kids think it's fun to retrieve buckets of water to use in the kitchen!

We are getting a tiny glimpse into what life was like before running water.

The bathroom sink is our "well" and we have our very own "water boy."

He was so excited when he thought to use this little wagon to roll the water to and from.

"Mom, Mom! Can I borrow a towel to line the wagon? I don't want it to drip!"

He is taking great delight in fetching water for our "handmaiden" that does the dishes.

Yup, this is our day today...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So, you know you have problems when...

Your naturopathic doctor tells you to go to Kaiser and get antibiotics.

And you know you got problems when the Kaiser doctor looks in your ear and says,
"Ewww...that looks really bad!"

All kidding aside, I want to say Thank You to all of you for the emails and phone calls but mostly for the prayers! You are all soooo sweet to me. I am just blessed beyond measure.

I've learned a few things about myself along the way.

Although the Lord has done incredible things with my health especially this last year, I'm no Wonder Woman.

I do much better if I prevent getting sick in the first place. Once sick it's a fast drop to needing hospitalization!

And lastly, when I am fighting off a cold, not sleeping for 48 hours and flying across the country is not the best thing for this fragile girl.

But, I wouldn't have missed my trip to Missouri for anything!

So, just a little update to let you know I am the lucky winner of:

• a middle ear infection-specifically a bullous myringitis ex tussia. Those are just fancy, $10 words that mean I have a huge blood clot in my ear from coughing my head off.

• bronchitis-what fun. Especially since I have asthma. Breathing is optional right?

and an added bonus because I haven't been sick in a year...

• Pink Eye!!!!

Whoo-hoo!!! There is a party going on over here I tell ya.

But, the real bonus of all this illness?

My jeans are fitting really good.

Nothing like multiple infections to help you lose weight!

Over at miscel(Lainie)ous: Pause and Ponder

The eternal God is your refuge,

and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Deut 33:27

As a mom, there have been countless moments when I've seen my children headed, unaware, for danger...(to keep reading click here).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prayer Request

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30

Classic verse that seems so right for tonight.

I love that it says, "I will give you rest."

It's not, "I can't" or "I might" it's "I will."

As my weary body knows all too well right now, I could use some rest.

What about you Beloved? Is there anything heavy tonight? (or 'today' if you're reading this Wednesday morning) Are you weary?

Please let me know how I can pray for you. It is one of the few things I can do right now :)

And please feel welcomed to post a request any time during the week. It's not just for Tuesdays...

Monday, October 27, 2008

I've been tagged yet again!

I haven't even finished my "randoms" from being tagged and now I have a new one!

I was going to ignore it but when I read to the end of the post, I was specifically named!

At least this one is faster to do (once I figured it out). Courtesy of Mamahollioni, who unfortunately has a private blog, this is the:

6th folder, 6th photo tag.

You're supposed to scroll through your pictures and find the sixth folder of pictures and post the sixth photo within that folder.

I have mine organized by albums/events. The sixth album and sixth photo is this one.

Let's all say, "Ahhhhh" together.

One, two, three..."Ahhhhhhh."

This is my boy on his first day of preschool (sniff, sniff).

He was so healthy in this picture. We didn't know the long hard winter we had in front of us.
Ah, but on this day, he is a picture of health.

Look at those cheeks!!! He has chubby hands still! Ooooh, I want to eat him.

It seems like yesterday.

Now he's my big boy-

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Randoms #4,5 & 6

I was so diligent in preparing and scheduling posts before my trip to Missouri but ever since I've been back I've been a little off my groove.

In an attempt to find said groove, I will add to my list of randoms that I need to complete.

Random #4-
I have video footage of my 15 seconds of fame while at the Emmy awards.

I was a seat filler but I ended up being placed in the seat of a no-show. So I got to sit in a really good seat the whole evening. I didn't realize I was sitting next to people "in the business" until "they" won an award and all got up to do the hug and kiss procedure.

Apparently, I was sitting next to the executive producers for "L.A. Law." Marlee Matlin was in front of me. It was all very exciting.

There is whole big long story to that night but I shall save it for another day.

Random #5-
I won second place in the Bicycle Rodeo when I was in the 5th grade.

Apparently, having all the safety equipment boosted my score.

My wheels at the time? White frame with yellow and orange flowers, banana seat and the words "Cactus Flower" painted on the side.

My parents were so excited to give it to me for my birthday but I cried when I saw it. I was such a tomboy that I asked for and hoped to get a BMX dirtbike. I felt so misunderstood.

I have since recognized how awful my poor Mom must have felt. I've apologized for being totally ungrateful. Nana's so sweet. She apologized to me and said she didn't know I was serious about the whole dirtbike thing.

Random #6-
My children being sick bring out the best in me as a parent.

Brigitta was sooooo sick tonight. She went downhill pretty fast. I can't believe it was just this afternoon she was mummifying her brother.

Even though I wasn't feeling the greatest, as soon as she... launched into reverse (digestively speaking) that "thing" kicked in and my thought and concern was only for caring for her. I've experienced it again and again over the years. Especially those long months and months of caring for Kurt as he was in and out of the hospital/doctor's office. That tender, protective Mommy-thing takes over and suddenly I'm filled with such a sense of purpose.

I would like to be "that" Mom much more than I am.

You know, like Kanga from Winnie the Pooh.

I hope to increase in tenderness towards my children when they're healthy and loud and did I mention loud?

Motherhood is definitely a work-in-progress deal for me.

(I'm glad God gives us parents a second chance to do things better with grandchildren. I should have at least 10 years to practice until then.)

Oh My....

For reasons my muddled brain can't go into, we ordered next year's curriculum from My Father's World.

The large box arrived yesterday but I was too tired and weak to go through the contents. So this morning the Captain and I went through the order and, of course, everything was perfect (they have amazing customer service).

After, the Captain went to run a few errands, I went upstairs to sleep while the chillins' hung out.

Nobody wanted to leave the house on this rare, beautiful, Fall day since the Black Plague has officially arrived.

Yes, our last die hard, Brigitta, came downstairs this morning and before saying,"Good morning," said, "Can you take my temperature?"

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, I went upstairs to lie down and somewhere in my stupor I heard, "There's paper!"
(referring to the packing paper from the box)

I mean, this was excited yelling I heard.

"You guys, you guys! There's paper! There's paper!!!"

Honestly, I was thinking how glad I was they were so excited over something so simple. But I was also thinking maybe I should get the kids out the house more often. I mean paper? Really?

They were loud.

I had no idea what they were doing with this paper. They kept calling me to come look but I couldn't get up. Instead, I hollered to them to take some pictures.

"Oh yeah! Let's take pictures!"

I just woke up and uploaded the pictures. Here's a peek...

Hmmm, what is that?

Did I mention we are studying mummies right now?

No? Sorry.

We're studying mummies right now.

The kids and I learned that the dead Pharaohs would be buried with food and their possessions to take with them into the afterlife.

Their brains and other vital organs would be removed prior to the embalming process and placed in canopic jars.

I don't know about you, but we don't usually have canopic jars around the house so they had to make do with these.

Here's our "priestess" hard at work embalming her brother, er uh, I mean "the Pharaoh."

And here is our very own mummy!

Apparently, the embalming process wasn't too painful he doesn't look too distressed.

Although, he did say being under all that paper made him really, really hot!

I think it's official, home education is a lifestyle for us!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Special Guest Poster

It turns out I don't have a bacterial infection OR a viral infection. Somewhere in my comings and goings I picked up a parasite.

This would explain why everyday I feel worse than the day before.

Since I'm not having any activity north of my very sore, burning throat (i.e. brain is on vacation) In my mental absence, I've decided to ask my dear friend Stacey if I could share one of her posts that made me laugh out loud. Because, quite frankly, I could use a good laugh.

So without further ado, I bring you Stacey from
The World As I See It...From My Couch and Beyond!

Attention all excessive exclamation point users!!

I am your queen!

You will bow before my impressive ability to make even the most inane sentence appear to burst with excitement!!!

Witness as I use exclamation point, after exclamation point to emphasize my utterly titillating communications!!!

Going to the store?!!! Folding laundry?!!!! Eating a piece of toast?!!!!!

All of these activities can sound absolutely thrilling if you simply throw a couple of exclamation points at the end of your sentence!!

Just look above the number 1 on your keyboard and you will find this brilliant little punctuation! Act now and your typing can be just as spectacular as mine!!!!!!!

Ok, seriously. As I'm reviewing previous posts and comments that I've left, I see that I have a little too much love for this little punctuation. I apologize for the abuse of the exclamation point. I will try to appear calmer in my future postings. :) Oh, and I'll deal with my over-use of the sideways smiley face another day! :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Week 5: Highlights

Boy, I'm a little behind in my posting, aren't I?

I think I posted most of the highlights from Week 5 but there are a few more that I missed.

Since we are studying pyramids and mummies, we learned about the decaying process and how the Egyptians were able to slow that process down.

We conducted our own experiment with bread.

One slice we toasted and placed into a baggie.

The second slice we coated with hand sanitizer and then bagged it.

The last slice we kept plain.

Simple experiment-yes but also highly effective.

I was actually surprised how well toasting worked to preserve the bread.
And it was nice to see the hand sanitizer worked very, very well.
(That's a hole in the middle not mold. The wetness made it tear as we applied it.)

If you really want to check out our mold, you can click on the picture to enlarge it (wink).

Last week we were also preparing to learn about Abraham's journeys.

The kids labeled a map of the Middle East today.

I thought Ms. Brigitta did a fabulous job.

We also listened to Vivaldi "Spring" and painted pictures inspired by the music.

We also did an impromptu celebration of the Feast of Succoth.

(Our mini sukkahs to decorate the table)

We baked our challah (bread) and made honey butter (yummy).

We kept it simple with a soup and an Hot Apple Delight for dessert.

It was still a sweet, rich experience and we appreciated the fact that we all live in temporary "tents." We look forward and upward to the day when we dwell in our new bodies, free from decay, in the presence of Love Himself.

Until then, we trust Jesus for our provision and remember God's faithfulness to the Hebrews as they traveled in the desert and His faithfulness to us as we travel on our journey to sanctification.

Sneak Preview

We realized we had never taken a formal family portrait since our son was and a half years ago. Oops.

A dear friend of ours and our former Pastor's wife, Debbie, took these fabulous pictures.

If you are local to the Portland, Oregon area I highly recommend her!

She took our pictures and gave the us the disc so we can do what we want with them!!

No expensive photo packages, etc...

You can see her work at: Debbie Meador Photography

Here are just a few pictures of our family...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Night Prayer

It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Psalm 127:2

I've been enjoying resting in the Lord. I hope you have too.

Too often I work in my own strength forgetting that it is Jesus that is at work in me and through me.

Why is it so hard to walk in grace?

Why do we try to earn favor with God?

He has already given us more than we deserve or could ever earn through His Son Jesus.

It is my prayer tonight that we would all be able to rest in Him and the love He gives us.

I wish I could remember the people group and language but I can't. But there were translators that struggled with translating John 3:16:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

They couldn't find the right word(s) for love. The words they came across were words like "authority." (For God so had authority over the world...)

Nothing translated God's heart accurately until they asked a woman what word would describe a mother's feelings towards her newborn baby.

Ahhhh. Now, they had it.

The translation eventually read,

"For God has placed the world in His heart, that whosoever should believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Beloved, do you know that God has placed you in His heart?

Rest in His love and receive all that He has for you.

If you have a personal prayer request, please submit in comment field.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Random #3 & Psalm 16:1

My third random is-my wedding dress wasn't a wedding dress at all. It was a bridesmaid dress.

I used it as part of an illustration of Psalm 16. Here it is...

Psalm 16 vs. 1- "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust."

I love strawberries. I especially love fresh picked strawberries on a summer day.

I don’t love reaching into a pile of strawberries and finding some that are so furry they look like road kill. In the heat of summer, it doesn’t take long for strawberries to mold.

Thankfully, I learned to can fruit a few years ago and I can preserve them for future use without fear of fuzz.

I also love Vera Wang dresses. Her designs are so beautiful and simple… and expensive.

I had always wanted to have a Vera Wang wedding dress but $6000.00 wedding dresses weren’t in my budget. I expressed my desire to the lady at the bridal shop before I told her my reality. I wanted a dress that was cream without a train and I really couldn’t spend more than three hundred dollars.

She gave me a funny look and disappeared. I thought she might be hiding from me but, she returned holding a very red, yes red, dress.

She said, “ I know this is red but try it on.”

I did. It was beautiful.

She said, “This is actually a bridesmaid dress so there’s no train and it happens to come in cream and… it’s a Vera Wang.”

No way! But now for the big question, how much?

I was living in Minnesota at the time where there is no sale tax on clothing. The price -$280.00. I was thrilled!

After our wedding, we took the dress to a special drycleaner that preserves dresses. It is safely store in an archival box for either of our daughters or our future daughter-in-law.

Now the process for preserving strawberries is quite different from preserving a dress.

I wouldn’t recommend stuffing a wedding dress into a jar and boiling it.

But even though the processes are different the motivation is the same.

Webster’s says it well, “ Preserve: to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction and to keep alive, intact, or free from decay.” Whether it’s moths or mold, preserving keeps something in tact, free from destruction.

As I read Psalm 16, I marvel at the faithfulness of God to preserve me.

He preserves me for eternal life by providing His Son as propitiation for my sins.

He preserves my peace by giving His Holy Spirit to live inside of me.

He preserves my sanity by giving me His Word so I can know His will and heart and His plan for me.

Sometimes the process is different. The Lord has preserved my physical body and life through seven surgeries and several procedures. I have been kept alive through medical intervention.

Often He preserves me by speaking to my heart about the choices I am about to make. The promptings in my heart have kept me safe from harm.

Occasionally, He preserves me by using another believer to speak truth to me. I am free from decay building up in my spirit by those that love me enough to speak truth.

Although the process or means were different, the motivation is still the same. To preserve my body, soul, mind and strength for a future use.

Sometimes the future use is a week away. Sometimes it is years away. But I know for sure that I am always being preserved for my future home in heaven and life face to face with my God, my Jesus.

So, even though there are times when I feel spiritually fuzzy, furry and moldy. I can know and trust that God is preserving my soul for future use in His presence.

The psalmist said it well,
“Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.”

All fabric rots eventually. Even canned strawberries aren’t good forever. But a person, trusting in the Lord our God, is preserved perfectly and forever. May we always trust in Him who is worthy of our trust.

Here’s to preservation.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Second Random

This is my next installment of randomness.

#2- I have a sodium deficiency. I love salt. I need salt. I Must Have Salt.

I carry a bottle of salt with me. I keep it in my van.

If you ever cook for me, please don't think I don't like your cooking if I add salt.

I'm balancing my electrolytes--nothing personal.

If we ever go to a restaurant together and I start salting my food like all get out, please don't stare at me like I have three heads. It's okay really. I promise to not (Lord willing) drop dead from a heart attack and leave you with the bill.

Papa went to see my naturopath recently. Guess who I got the wacky electrolytes from?

Yup, turns out Papa has been running a quart low in the electrolyte department too.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lovin' Laundry

I can't help myself.

I. Must. Post. About. Laundry.

I finally finished the first half of my homemade laundry detergent.
One bin washed 40, count 'em, 40 loads!

That puts us at 80 loads/batch. $.71 a batch-Oh Baby!

But that's not the best part. The best part is the detergent inspired me to clean out the laundry room.

Our laundry room is itty-bitty. It's always been a bit of an eye-sore to me.


Not any more. (raising my eyebrows over here)

I really, really, really wish I had thought to take a "before" picture.

But I didn't so you're gonna have to trust me. And make a picture in your head.

If you were to open the door to my "old" laundry room, you would have seen the washer and dryer to your left, standing side-by-side, in that order. Above the washer was a cabinet and above the dryer was a cabinet.

Between the cabinets and above the washer and dryer was a single shelf with a hanging rod.

Now why, would any thinking person, put the rod to hang wet, drippy clothes above the washer and dryer? Can you tell me? 'Cause I can't figure it out.

Actually, I have a better question. Why did I live for 10 years in this house with a hanging rod above my washer so every time I needed to open or close the lid--swoosh--move the clothes--swoosh--move 'em back.

Need to turn the dial on the dryer? --swoosh--move the clothes, turn the dial --swoosh--move the clothes back.

Anyway, washer, dryer on the left. A little window straight ahead. In the right corner, on the floor was a little, pre-fab 3- shelf organizer thing that always had waaaaay too much stuff on it, in it, around it. Oh, the window ledge always had at least two jars with buttons, various bottles of cleaners, and bottles of bubbles.

I don't know why I always had a few bottles of bubbles in the laundry room. Hmm, funny that.

I enlisted the help of my very own Papa. We (he) moved the shelf with the rod!

And we (he) put adjustable shelves up between the cabinets. I picked up the paint--antique pink. Sigh.

But it gets better!

I am working my way out of "wannabe" mode when it comes to sewing.

I made curtains to go in front of the shelves. All by my little self.

Nana showed me how to ruffle. These are my very first ruffles ever!

And now without further ado, I present to you,

"The Laundry Room That Makes Her Smile Every Time She Walks By."

That is the dryer peeking out on the left. I told you our laundry room was small.

Sorry for the bad pics. I do a lot of these crazy posts at night--fewer witnesses.

Here's the shelf in it's new place. It's painted pink too!

Those are my curtains. I made those. (smile, big, big smile)

Here's my pink shelves.

Now, those of you who know me well are probably wondering what's up with pink.

I KNOW!! It's so weird. I'm getting all girlie and stuff.

Who would've thunk it. Not me.

(smile) The little flowers on the fabric, the cheery polka dots, the pink, oh, the pink, why it just makes me smile all day I tell ya.

I planned on making curtains for the window but Nana said she wouldn't be able to peek in through her window to see if we were still awake.

She's a stalker I tell ya. But that's okay, she cooks good :) and often.

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