April 16, 2014

Wednesday in the Word

This is one of my favorite verses and one I want to apply to my life every time I read it. And in a world of sarcasm and come backs, I think these words would still make people take notice.

 "And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” ~Luke 4:22

Praying that "gracious words" would be the only kind that come out of my mouth.

April 14, 2014

Our artist

Our daughter has been making some paintings for her friends. And as always, we are just in awe of her gift! How cute are the princesses from Frozen?!

~Proud Mom!

April 11, 2014

This and that

 I've been planting marigolds because nothing says spring like some bright yellow in your front yard,
and I've been raking never-ending piles of leaves because we have oak trees.

I've been on the quest to find a cute Easter dress for our 17 year old who hates to shop (how can that be?!) : ) And who sings in the front row of the choir. The choir has certain WONDERFUL rules of modesty for an outfit that need to be followed, which have been the same as our own personal rules of modesty, but were recently tweaked and made a wee bit more strict. All that to say, that it takes some doing to find something in the budget that meets the standards and I feel like I have shopped till I've almost dropped.

Our youngest teen had his annual testing this week, which means we were cramming in things we don't normally study like, say, longitude and latitude! And I could be heard saying, "I don't know, google it" more than once. ; )  He's in Algebra 2 but was rusty on the basic normal math that would be on the test so then I went into Homeschool Mom Panic mode!!! But the Internet saved the day with an awesome website that reviewed everything for his grade and corrected his problems on the spot and taught him the ones he'd forgotten how to do. (it's called IXL.com if your kiddos are ever in need of review) (not a paid ad, just a thankful momma!) The best part is, he said he ACED his test! : )

My brother-in-law is still healing from his sprained ankle, so care-giving has been a little more complicated this week.

We are going to a fund raiser tonight to support this ministry in their fight against human trafficking! It is a four course meal in someone's home and we've been asked  to wear our "finest black and white." I was totally stressing over what to wear for DAYS as if the Easter Dress Quest of 2014 was not enough!!!! ; )  And then I finally, finally, remembered I own a black dress that I rarely have a reason to wear. Relief abounds!

Hope you all have a great weekend and have some gorgeous spring weather to enjoy where you are (and no reason to have to go clothes shopping. LOL!) 

April 8, 2014

A stomach, a back an ankle and an awning

What a day! -Friday, My hubby's brother had a small seizure while alone in our bathroom. He's never had one alone while staying at our house before. Andrew found him after he 'came to' and was crumpled up after a fall. A fall, in which he sprained his good (right) ankle, poor guy. It was rather traumatic for Andrew but he did an awesome job helping his uncle be calm and doing what he could to help him get up and yelling for help. 
At the same time, Zac had a stomach flu bug with a high fever and was more sick than he's every been in many years. Then my hubby called to say that it felt like his back was about to go out. (6 and half months of no back trouble til now though PTL!) So, THAT was a lot all at once! 

Saturday, we were icing and elevating an ankle and then going outside to try to hang an awning that we were given. It took all 5 of us to hang it and all morning to do it. I found out that even though I use some cute (little) weights while on the treadmill, I still can't hold up something above my head for more than a minute or two, which happened to feel like 5 hours. : )  I may have been kicked off the "awning team" except the fam was rather desperate for all hands on deck. Poor Zac, only just got over his fever, before we had him out there holding up an end of it. LOL  
It is now firmly screwed into the wall and it fits perfectly over our sliding glass door and is a nice hunter green color. And did I mention FREE! Yay! The morning sun hits that side of the house and you could fry an egg on that sliding glass door in the summer. -Hello savings on our electric bill!

After the awning, the chiropractor, lots of other errands and care-giving situations we were able to get a way for a little date. We ate some fabulous BBQ. Why do BBQ places have such uncomfortable seating though?Hubby's recovering back wasn't too fond of the indoor wooden picnic benches. 

So, the BIL is healing, Zac is almost better, and the chiropractor helped the Hubby.  Whew!

We are expecting a huge storm today. Here's hoping we did a good job hanging that awning. : )


April 4, 2014


We've been speaking, believing and praying that this will be the
 and so far it has been. Hooray! God has been at work changing ALL of us
 (maybe me the most) and things are going really well.
Here's how I feel about it:

"For He who is mighty has done great things for me.
 And holy is His name." ~Luke 1:49

Yesterday was significant because it was the culmination of lots of paperwork, (that got lost between care-giving homes) more of that same paperwork, waiting on the doctor's signature and one interview downtown with an employee of the transit system of our city.
 (where they made sure that my brother-in-law is not faking his need for a special bus service for the disabled as apparently some people do)
All that to say, yesterday my BIL ordered a ride (all on his own) and the bus came to our house and picked him up and took him downtown to his chiropractor appointment!
It was really pretty exciting.
(we took pictures)
He was thrilled about the whole thing, naturally, because it means a new level of independence for him during his stays with us! He's been doing this during his stays in CA for a long time and he has a stroke support group out there and they do things together.

I was on stand-by, to pick him up if something in the plan went wrong. They have a one-hour window of time when they will come and pick you up from your home and a one-hour window when they will pick you up from your destination. (and they give you 5 minutes to board before they will drive away) I was afraid he might not see them pull up while inside the chiropractors office, but it all worked out quiet smoothly and he made it home just fine and very happy.


April 2, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

I can't say I've never had an attitude with God over various circumstances, but here are some things I hope to remember in the future:

He loves me too much to leave me the way I am:

 "God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness." Hebrews 12:10

"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent." 

Rev. 3:19

Remember 'this too shall pass.'

"In all this thou greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." 1 Peter 1:6-7

Remember that not even my attitude can separate me from His love:  ; )

"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love."