Thursday, October 26, 2006

God Works in Mysterious Ways...

2 months ago I got a note on my blog. Not an uncommon occurance, I know, but there was something different about this one. It was a guy for one thing, and I don't get many of those leaving comments! But this one acted like he knew me. Through a strange series of events that I won't go into, I found out this guy was a friend from my highschool days that I had not seen or talked to in 18 years! He had moved to Maine, had a family and had found me by a "fluke" on Flickr.

James moved to Bozeman to begin the Worship pastor position he was hired for at Alliance Fellowship about 3 weeks ago. One of the first people he met with was Brandon Edwards who is the worship leader at JourneyChurch. Come to find out, he was trained up by the same man who trained up James at PBC, and had experienced a similar adventure in arriving in Bozeman!

Just 4 days ago--
I decided to join a group of women across the US who are committing to live more simply. To buy 2nd hand or barter for things other than things that would be unhealthy to buy 2nd hand or services. I had gone to the blog of someone who had made the commitment after seeing her photos on Flickr and then seeing a post about her on another blog I frequent. The next day I got an email from her. She and her husband were the candidates for the worship position James was hired for in Bozeman! We have become fast friends. Amazing, awesome, wonderous... the ways of God!

All I can say is, WOW! What does God have in store with these relationships? I don't know. What I do know is how thankful I am for them and for God's grace in bringing us together! I feel loved, watched over, and known by the Creator of the Universe! I am humbled and blessed by His mysterious ways...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Feels Like...

I was out shooting the pictures of the Oak when a loud clamour was heard overhead...

I suddenly had the urge for mulled cider or wine and a crackling fire... Now its Autumn...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Big Picture Friday

Tradition! We take a shot every year at this spot. This year was
early and poingant.
Normally there are a ton of leaves on the ground, the air is so cold that we are
rushing to get back into our coats, and the background
is crisp and clear because of the
Wintery light.
We don't know if we will be here in November.
This may be our last shot here.
I promised I wouldn't post these to flickr, but go here and check out what
my fellow Friday Photo Bloggers did!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Letting Go

I had high hopes. They were dashed. I cried - long & hard. Then I prayed... "Father, I don't know why, but I know I want to glorify You. I know You have a purpose. With a shattered heart I ask that You would have Your way in me & in the circumstance so that Your glory can be unhindered and Your purposes fulfilled." I'm better now. I still have hopes, but they are loosely held.
It doesn't look like we will be able to buy a home in Bozeman. As a homemaker, that is almost like throwing me in a dungeon. We won't have a home, just a rock to lay our heads on and dream of Heaven. An alter to erect. But God will be there and we will be together.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Follow Your Heart

Stepping out to follow a dream that has long been held in the dark and quiet of the soul is never an easy thing. You 2nd guess your decisions, look for a reason to stay put, and wonder if the dream is really nothing more than wishful thinking or escapism. As we step out into an 18 year old dream, and brush off the cobwebs and dust, I have begun reading a book. I didn't know anything about it. Our host son from last year gave it to Tof while we were in Korea this year. It is challenging me. Here are some quotes that have wakened the adventurer/ sojourner/ treasure-seeker in me:
"...people need not fear the unknown... We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions... Fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand."
"...understanding is really the sudden immersion of the soul into the current of life, where the histories of all people are connected and we are able to know intuitively..."
"...I'm afraid if my dream is realized, I may have no reason to go on living... I am afraid that it would all be a disappointment, so I prefer to go on dreaming."
"The boy felt jealous at the freedom of the wind." But then he realized that was how he felt when he dreamed...he was the only thing holding him back.
~~Paulo Coelho~~ "The Alchemist

Big Picture Friday

Puppy Clouds

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Mother's Day

Strange title in the middle of October? I should have put MY mother's day. Today my mommy turned 60!
She is an incredible woman of God who has stayed gracious and kind in a lifetime of adversity.
Here are my favorite things about Mommy:
1. Her giving heart. She never witholds good from them whom she has the power to bestow it upon.
2. Her Kraut Runza. It was how this little girl of Russian heritage learned to love Saurkraut. German sausage, bacon, hamburger, garlic and kraut fried together for hours and rolled into soft dough & baked golden! Yummers!
( I might add her corned beef, pecan pie, and carrot cookies as well!)
3. Her Prayers. I know she will pray for me no matter what. She is my intercessor, a faithful warrior on my behalf.
4. RoseMilk. Do any of you remember this lotion? I don't know how she gets it still, but my mommy always smells like roses. When she is gone someday, this will be what reminds me of her most.
5. Security. Life has no guarentees. But I have no doubts about 2 'people' always being there for me. God and Mom. Even when she is before the throne of God I know she will be petioning Him on my behalf.

I love you, Momma. Happy birthday!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Scared to Distraction (UPDATE)

I have never had much dental work done. I had my wisdom teeth removed in 10th grade, and a filling when I was 28. That about does it. No cavities growing up, no braces, no anything... But last week I somehow cracked a tooth. Now it has to be extracted... just the word chills me to the depth of my being! Tomorrow is the day - 7 AM PST - Pray for me!!
The dirty deed is done! Thank you Shelly for holding my hand through it all. My dentist was so wonderful, and God was gracious. I'm not in any real pain, but am antsy to DO something and have been ordered to rest for 36 hours. I'll have an implant done when I get to Bozeman. Thanks everyone for your prayers!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Big Picture Friday ...What I Am Leaving Behind

All Around Me...
I've never considered where I live to be particularly beautiful, but when you are leaving a place it changes your perspective. It rained today, and everything looked fresh and alive. I had to try to capture that feeling in a few photos. Now I sit, drinking peppermint tea as rain patters softly on the tin roof above me, and I realize this place holds it's own charms.

Quick Process

We have accepted an offer on the house! It still has inspection, appraisal, etc... So please pray for a quick process! I want to go be with my man!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Swept Away

Ahh! Leavenworth!

James took me away for a couple days before he has to drive to Bozeman while I wait here with the kids for the sale of our home. It was a wonderful getaway.