Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Amazing. Amazing that you can come to love and admire someone you have never spoken to, seen, or have even "known" more than a few short weeks. That seems only possible through God. There is no distance or unknowns in Him.
Aubrey's box arrived today! Inside I found "unwind" foot scrub salt, Barefoot home essentials cleaner, 2 green and white handmade dishcloths (that match our walls beautifully!), a CD by a group I have not heard, and a lovely, cream colored hanging heart with Joshua 24:15 inscribed on it! It's raining today and I look forward to playing the CD and sipping a cup of tea. It also happens to be cleaning day, so I will have to try out the cleaning spray!!
Thank you Aubrey! I know life got a bit hectic and it was sweet of you to set some special time aside to bless me!
I LOVE the CLEANER!! I will be going to their website for more of this amazing, cinnamon goodness!! This is definately my FAVE from the box!
The heart hangs in our kitchen window. I just love it!
The kids have listened to the CD more than I have (I've only heard the first song!).
Over vacation (the next two weeks!) the girls and I will be using the Unwind footsie stuff! "Pamper!" is our current M.O. as we walk into our first time off in over a year!!
Thank you again, Sweet Aubrey! :o)
Friday, August 22, 2008
K is here for 4 more days. Today we have a picnic planned out in the Hilyte Canyon, tomorrow is J's and C's day off so who knows what we'll do, Tuesday begins Catapalooza at MSU and we are going out to hand out water bottles and flyers since our church is on campus!
Wed. eve. we have to take her to the airport so I'll spend the day washing her clothes and helping her pack.
It's been such a blessing having her with us. So thankful that I adore my children's friends!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Trig & Pre-Calc
Physics + Labs
Rhetoric & Logic
+ there will be SAT Prep. stuff (practice tests, etc...)
and our reading list includes:
GK Chesterton's Father Brown Stories
CS Lewis' science fiction series - ThePerlandria Chronicles
Last of the Mohicans
& some others I can't think of right now :o)
SAT's are in Oct. - Pray for us!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In the midst of allergies, I did manage to be productive! The room is painted! The brown here looks almost green, but it is actually a deep, fudge color. Delicious. Its called Espresso Bean. I love it! The red is a simple, pure red called Kiss Kiss.
We are loving walking in. It still shocks us a bit! I was able to get permission from our landlords to buy curtain rods ~ finally! We haven't had curtains in our room since we moved in almost 2 years ago. I made curtains to match our new spread and the walls, so I'll post those when we get them up!
How I love change! It feels nice to have this done!
Karyn is here with us from Moses Lake for a few days! We picked her up at the airport on Monday evening. There'll be photos forthcoming of her time here with Minda (if they'll ever keep their hands down when I'm snapping shots!). Hope all of your weekends went well and that you are feeling blessed and loved and cared for, as I am!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I got an email from Carol yesterday letting me know that Cynthia passed away suddenly. I'm still in shock. I don't know details, but I don't think details would help. Brittney has lost her mama, as have Cyn's other 6 kids, and without warning or adjustment time. Her husband is abruptly a single parent.
My heart is sad. Please pray for this family.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
These are all places that Cassia has either interviewed with or been called for an interview. Time and again she has known the favor of God. Every place she went she has been told how they appreciate her kind ways and thoughtfulness. She has left each interview feeling edified and appreciated. Everyone wanted to employee her!!! It's been a difficult process for her as these are all places she would have liked to have been employeed, but relying on parents and their schedules is a bit of an added challenge.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
As we walked around this gianormous place, we found ourselves asking those questions. We also found some memories of our own that had been forgotten for a time. Scents and sounds, the feel of textures give our memories more place than we realize. J remembered his boyhood at the livestock auction owned by his stepdad. I was remembering the farm ~ the old machinery, the firehall... stirrings of hot summer days filled with laughter, and family were revived. We almost didn't want to speak for fear of losing the feelings - so we walked in hushed, companionable silence.
We marveled at the height and the fact that it was still standing though in disuse for so long. Almost every window had been broken. Deer and pigeons were making good use of it's adandon state, oblivious to the locks and bolts on the doors.
Our favorite areas of the place were the brick walls. Brick has so much character. If we ever build a home we'd love to do brick and stone. They seem so solid. So timeless.
Being in a melancholy state of mind after walking around the mill, we decided to continue our little adventure.
We stopped at the Spur Line trailhead and walked along the old railroad that used to be fed by the flour mill too. The river that ran directly up to the mill criss crossed the trail. We stopped to listen to it running over rocks and tree roots.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
J celebrated year #41 and a friend, Scott Robertson, showed up at band practice with an original creation! He amazed us! It's huge and so beautifully done. When Scott asked Minda and I what to paint for J we told him that J loved and missed the ocean, especially the waves. I gave him a few photos of the Washington coast and he did some online searching as well and then presented us with this absolutely breathtaking masterpiece. I can't wait to see it in J's office. Stop in and see it up close and personal if you are in the vicinity!!!! Click on Scott's name above to see more of his paintings!
I went to YAA Friday to pick up the kiddos. They were tired (exhausted actually) but happy and ready to come home. We had to rush, so they didn't get to say too many goodbyes, but Elizabeth and JoAnna made it into a photo! Why were we in a hurry? We had to finish getting ready for J's party and the Murray's were due anytime!
Moe and J have the same birthday (37 years apart, but who's counting!) so we celebrated both of them! We made homemade Peppermint ice cream, chicken Chi-ladas, salsa, salad and chips. We love it when the Murray's are with us. We laid back, laughed, listened to 80's music (Journey Rocks!), watched You-tube videos (have ya'll seen the little yo-yo boy? DUDES! amazing!), and tried to stay cool in the 95 degree heat (without airconditioning and after baking chi-ladas and brownies)!
J got some help opening gifts (Moe had just opened his new fishing pole). Moe didn't wait for the wrapping to come off and announced, "It's a book!" and then (at Don's prompting) "It was REALLY 'spensive, Passer James!" :o)
It was a great evening! Comfort and Joy! Friends and Family! Food and More Food! Laughter and Ask a Ninja. bit of an anti-climax at the end but all in all - Awesome!