Friday, April 25, 2008

Off to California

Well I'm off to CA in a few minutes. I of course didn't get any sleep cause I'm so excited, but that's all right. I might get to sleep on the plane cause I'm not bringing any kids!!!!

Grace and I are flying on the same flights so that will be fun to have some company... while I sleep.

See you all on Monday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Well I think I may have found an explanation for yesterday's bad day. Last night I discovered I had a pretty bad case of hives. Since they were on my torso I don't know how long I had had them, but maybe that was why I was such a wreck all day. They're mostly gone now, after a large dose of Benadryl, but I wish I knew why...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Did you know...

That Mudd Pie ice cream evidently has coffee in it? I am so saddened by that.

That sometimes Nanny 911 doesn't have a magical fix of both parents? The episode I just watched was sad.

That the mosquitos and summer heat are back?

That I am going on a trip on Friday? I can't wait!!!!


I suppose some learning took place today, and I'm being too hard on myself, but I really did not enjoy the last hour.

The kids were very rowdy (nothing got thrown thankfully) and Denali was crying almost the whole time.

I'm sure it wasn't as bad as I'm afraid it was, but I feel like a failure right now. And I need a nap.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My Sweet Sisters

May I introduce my sisters? Thursday and Friday Grace and the kids and I went to Abilene to hear Ruth sing in a choir concert. The concert was excellent, the visiting was great, and we got to help Ruth buy some new clothes.

It was really great to see her, and next weekend I'm going to Pepperdine to see my brother graduate. No kids, just me and my sisters and brother and parents. It's going to be great.

From left to right: Ruth (20), Denali, Sarah (28), Grace (26), and Emlyn is in the front.

I was conversing with my friend Chinell and found some blog posts of my family from previous years. Thought I'd add the links.

Here's one from when we went on a cruise.
Here's a picture from September when we went to the caves.
Here's some cute pictures of my brother. He's taken though.
Here's another picture from our cruise where I prove that we all look remarkably alike.
Here's one more post of some pictures of me and my siblings. Tomorrow I'll try to post some pictures of my parents.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gardens are Great in the Spring

I am so excited about our garden. Every spring when things start growing I get all mushy inside and I just want to be out there, looking and feasting my eyes on our plants. They are so fresh and green!

This year for the first time we have some blackberry flowers. You may recall last year we planted some Arapahoe Thornless blackberry bushes. About seven survived and we have at least three flowers, which will make three berries. I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but a berry is a berry, right?

Our peach tree has lots of flowers. I would estimate we have about thirty there. Last year we had a lot but right around this time we had a three or four day freeze, and that killed all but like two peaches.

I have five new tomato plants. I'm hoping we don't get any funny diseases this year like Tomato Spotted Wilt Disease. I love tomatoes.

That's it for the edibles (oh yeah we have basil too) but the other plants are doing well. We have four young trees and they are all happy. Joel's roses look stunning as usual. My cacti are putting out baby ears and the rosemary cuttings I took are starting to root. It's just a fabulous time and I am so excited to see what this new year brings us.

Monday, April 14, 2008


I know I said my computer is broken, and it still is. But my guys are still asleep and so I've got Joel's laptop so I figured I'd take advantage of that. I'm catching up on little pieces of paper that always need something done with them, and one of them says "Alcatraz frozen grapes."

I was telling Amy the other day one thing I've learned in my long and interesting life.

If you freeze your grapes for a tasty treat, remember that when you are at Alcatraz on a field trip, and you are really looking forward to those grapes (yummy yummy frozen grapes), that thawed grapes are nasty.

They are all mushy and brown. They don't taste good.

So if you have grapes, either eat them fresh or eat them frozen. But don't take them to Alcatraz and expect to eat them thawed.

Thank you for listening.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Broekn Computer

My computer is broken, leaving me with limited access to the internet. I'm trying to check my email about once a day, but don't be surprised if you don't hear from me this week.

It's either the power supply $100 or we need a new computer. Those are the choices.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Silly Kids

On Saturday Emlyn purchased forty necklaces at a garage sale. That's a lot.

Denali's favorite color is yellow. So most of his Easter eggs and paintings turned out yellow.

I know, three posts in one day is confusing and random, but when I've got something to say I have to post it. Blogger doesn't let me schedule posts so I gotta do it this way. Just be sure to scroll down and read the other posts too.

My ladies' class lesson went very well. I think it presented well and the women were receptive. There was a lot of scripture read, which is always a good thing, and there was lots of discussion time, which women appreciate as well. I don't know why it was such a hard lesson for me to teach but I was very nervous. I am thankful for all my friends who critiqued the lesson for me and encouraged me. I'll be presenting it at least one more time at the church I currently attend. Anyone is welcome to come.

Thanks again for your support and prayers!

Officially "Teacher Sarah"

Well today I started my first official payroll type job in years. I mentioned last week that I have switched from volunteering 5 hours a week to tutoring/teaching 2 hours a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I pull out 5 kinder students at a time to help them with their letter sounds and phonemes and all sorts of word things that are tested by the TPRI. I do this with two groups of students. Denali comes along and hangs out, and I actually ask him to participate too.

Today went fairly well. Considering it was my first day it went very well. If you're a teacher of children you know that you have to establish discipline and a pattern of behavior. So today we worked on that and one group went very well. The other group still needs work in that department, but I think it will go nicely.

Denali managed very well for an hour, and I was so proud of him. He was able to do some of the things the other kids were doing, and he sat still just as well as they did.

I am so thankful to have a school that encourages me to work there, and that lets me bring Denali along.

And I'm making money!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

David, Bathsheba, and Nathan: How to be a Nathan Friend

Read text from 2 Samuel 11-12 (printed in below post).

We need to speak truth to one another as Nathan the prophet spoke to David. Then the truth will be known and our sins can be forgiven.

I have a lot of good friends on whom I call when things are yucky at my house. I might be angry at my husband, or upset that my house is a mess, or something of that nature. I usually pick the friend that I will call based on what I want to hear. If I want to hear "oh you poor thing" then I call one set of friends. If I want to hear "here's what you're doing wrong and here's how to fix it" I call a different set of friends. You see I need real honesty and I know who I will get it from. I need people to speak truth to me. If I am feeling wronged there may be some legitimacy in that. Maybe the kids are being really mean and disrespectful. But there is always a right way and a wrong way to react. I can be angry and mean in return, fighting about it, or I can choose to react the way God wants me to react--usually by praying, getting over the wrong I've been done, and moving on with a new spirit.

We need "Nathan" friends and counselors. There have been times very recently in my life where I have felt overwhelmed and out of energy. And I had some great friends who came and helped me get out of my immediate mess, by helping me clean or pack or just by encouraging me. And I really really appreciate those humble friends. They are supportive and encouraging. But I know I sometimes need a kick in the pants. I need someone to tell me they are sad I'm having a rough time but that I need to get over it and get on with doing what I know I need to do. The other day I was really mad at Joel. And I didn't want to put on a happy face for when he arrived home. I wanted to pick a fight. But I called one particular friend and she set me straight. She helped me get to the root of the problem and work through that, and then she told me to wash my face and continue with my job (putting the kids to bed) and to just greet Joel nicely when he got home. And she was right. In that situation I needed to respect my husband and the work he was doing out of the house.

It is not easy to be a Nathan friend. I have a couple of my own but I don't know that I am very good at being Nathan to others.
There are four points in being in a Nathan friend relationship.
1This the first point, and an important one. If you see sin in your friend's life, help your friend see the sin they are committing. Nathan saw a sin in David's life. So he went to David and told him a parable in order to teach David without getting his defenses up. Nathan showed the injustice David was doing. Where Nathan was the voice of God at the time of David, today we Christians all have the Spirit of God living in us. 2 Timothy 1:14. We have to be able to draw out the person, to find the heart of the problem without having the other person's guard come up. Perhaps I've done this occasionally. I might share "what works for me." But I need to do this more often and pray for clear sight to discern the real problem.

2The second point is possibly the hardest. After David agrees that a horrible thing has been done to the little lamb, Nathan calls him out. YOU ARE THAT MAN. This naming the sin for what it is is very difficult.

Though you may not realize it, you, Sarah, are sinning when you disrespect your husband. You may not call him swear words, but the children know when your attitude is wrong. They know the unspoken part and will repeat it.

You, Sarah, are being prideful (and that's sin) when you neglect your housework in favor of a job that gets more attention and recognition. 'Cause no one notices when you mop, but a lot of people notice when you're at the school unpaid.

You, Sarah, are being judgmental (and that's a sin) when you think or speak poorly of others because of what you see on on the outside. You may not know their redeeming qualities but God has given them some. And God has given them grace.

Please don't worry. Don't call the health department- my house isn't that bad. And I really am a good mom and wife. I'm not asking for pity or judgment. I'm giving you examples of sin that are in my life, and that are possibly in the lives of some others of us here. Pity and judgment are not helpful. I am pointing this out to you so that you may know the truth, and it will set you free. So that you can be restored as David was in Psalm 51.

3The third point in our Nathan relationship is confession. David didn't bother giving Nathan a laundry list of his sad times. He didn't present excuses. He didn't whine about his bad day. He didn't have Nathan executed. He said "I have sinned against the LORD."

Being a Nathan friend is hard. You may not be appreciated as much. Your friends may get mad at you. But it is necessary that you be willing to play this part when God calls you to do it. And you can still jump in with your hurting sister and help her clean her house (PLEASE!!!). It's just that we also need to call sin out.

4Finally the last point is restoration. And here's the best part of the whole lesson. After you've figured out your problem with the help of your Nathan friend, and rooted out the festering sin, you get to let it go! Confess it and be restored! God is just waiting there to be acknowledged, and he's just waiting to clean your heart. Confess your sin! Anger against your husband? Call it out and be healed. Lust for a neighbor? Call it out and be redeemed. Laziness? Pride? Yes, even these. Call them out. Be renewed. Pray that your Nathan friends will help you find these sins before they fester. David had already committed murder and adultery before Nathan came along. Pray that your Nathan friends will talk to you before that point. Because while God doesn't count one sin worse than another, murder has far-reaching ramifications. Romans 3:22

If you don't have any Nathan friends, I can recommend some. :)

Scripture Reading on David, Bathsheba, and Nathan

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2 Samuel 11
Bathsheba, David's Great Sin
1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.

2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.

3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"

4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.

5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I am pregnant."

6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David.

7 When Uriah came to him, David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war.

8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." And Uriah went out of the king's house, and a present from the king was sent out after him.

9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

10 Now when they told David, saying, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?"

11 Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing."

12 Then David said to Uriah, "Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.

13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord's servants, but he did not go down to his house.

14 Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

15 He had written in the letter, saying, "Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die."

16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.

17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David's servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.

18 Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war.

19 He charged the messenger, saying, "When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king,

20 and if it happens that the king's wrath rises and he says to you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?

21 'Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?'--then you shall say, 'Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'"

22 So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell.

23 The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.

24 "Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead."

25 Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, 'Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it'; and so encourage him."

26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.

27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.

2 Samuel 12

Nathan Rebukes David

1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David And he came to him and said,
"There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.
2 "The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.
3 "But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb
Which he bought and nourished;
And it grew up together with him and his children.
It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom,
And was like a daughter to him.
4 "Now a traveler came to the rich man,
And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd,
To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him;
Rather he took the poor man's ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him."

5 Then David's anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die.

6 "He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion."

7 Nathan then said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.

8 'I also gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!

9 'Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.

10 'Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.'

11 "Thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.

12 'Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.'"

13 Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD " And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.

14 "However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die."

15 So Nathan went to his house.

Loss of a Child Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah's widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.
16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.

17 The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.

18 Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, "Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!"

19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead."

20 So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.

21 Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food."

22 He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.'

23 "But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."

Solomon Born
24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the LORD loved him

25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah for the LORD'S sake.

War Again
26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.

27 Joab sent messengers to David and said, "I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters.

28 "Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me."

29 So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it.

30 Then he took the crown of their king from his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts.

31 He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brickkiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Psalm 51
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;
you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

James 5:18-20 (New International Version)

18Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 19My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Made Alive in Christ
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Colossians 3:16 (New International Version)

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

John 14:17 (New International Version)

17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.

Romans 8

Life Through the Spirit
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.


9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Psalm 103:8-14 (New International Version)

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

David, Bathsheba, and Nathan Study Questions

2 Samuel 11-12

Can you think of any Nathan people in your life? Or can you remember a time when you chose the person to call based on the way they would react to your problem?

Remember a time when someone confronted you about your actions or words or choices. How did you respond or react, and why?

What kind of consequences are you living with because of your own wrong choices or the wrong choices of someone close to you?

Do you think you could ever have enough courage to be a Nathan friend? What steps do you need to take in your life to get to that point?

Which phrase of Psalm 51 touches you the most? Why?

Further Reading from the Bible:
Psalm 51
Psalm 103:8-14

Ephesians 4:25
Ephesians 4:15
James 5:19-20
Ephesians 2:1-10
Colossians 3:16
Romans 8:1-4, 9-17

Further Reading:
Unspoken-- Francine Rivers
A Heart Like His-- Beth Moore
Women of the Bible-- Ann Spangler
First and Second Samuel (a commentary)-- Eugene H Peterson

Monday, April 07, 2008

That straw sure is nosy

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Doesn't this just look uncomfortable? It makes me want to rub my nose. This picture of Denali was taken in February 2007. I love the way his eyes are all scrunched up.

Emlyn Thinks

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Emlyn is pondering something very important in this photo. Could it be a shish kebab she wants to make?

Or how much she misses Mairi?

Only she will ever know.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Outdoors Weekend

This weekend we enjoyed the lovely weather and got some outside time in.

First we went up to the church building and worked on our garden plot there. We had some plants from home to share and we needed to mulch and weed. The kids had a great time playing on the playground and Joel and I put in a hard 2 hours.

Then we came home for a short rest and then painted some more on the outside of our house. The green really does look so nice (pictures to come when it's done) and I appreciate Joel, who went up on a ladder to do the rolling. It turns out I don't like painting on a ladder cause I'm afraid I'll fall and break my neck.

Today we went to church and then I went to a coffeehouse to work on my lesson. I'm teaching Ladies' Class on Wednesday and I really needed to focus my lesson. It's a lot better than the first draft and almost ready to publish. I'll post it when it's done.

After that I came home and hung out with the family. Joel changed the oil on my car and then did some yard work. Then I went and swept up the grass clippings.

So it's been physically demanding but at the same time a great weekend. I'm glad we got so much done.

This next week I'll be starting a new job at Emlyn's school. Instead of 5 hours volunteer work, I'll be doing 2 hours paid work helping tutor kindergarten students. That should be better for our family. I have so enjoyed working with these two students but honored that I will get to work with 10 new ones.

Gotta go rest my back. Have a lovely week!

Friday, April 04, 2008


Spring has sprung here and I've been enjoying the beautiful flowers. I just love to see all the colors after a long and brown winter. Because here winter is not white; it's brown.

I don't have any new pictures to post but I'll refer you to some other posts I've made with spring pictures.
Last year
March 2006
More March 2006

I guess I don't have as many picture posts as I thought. Oh well.

Oh and I redesigned my blog just a little bit. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Fools!

Thanks for all of your kids wishes yesterday. I am not actually moving to Alaska as far as I know. I don't usually get to "lie" or play jokes so it was a little fun. On the other hand it was a bit like going to my own funeral and that was weird. So I probably won't do it again.

You all have a lovely day.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Weird Question

This weekend at dinner Joel asked me a weird question.

Am I happy here in TX?

I had to answer honestly. I love my friends here, and I love the church home, and I love my daughter's school.


The weather is a little hot sometimes.

And I miss my parents and the west coast.

And I miss greenery. Our town has a lot of greenery compared to other parts of Texas, but sometimes I wish I lived in a rain forest.

Then he followed up with: what if we were to move to Alaska?

I was astonished. I have always known we would likely move, but I thought no jobs were to be had up there for someone who does what Joel does.

He went on to tell me that Exxon (they have a large presence up there) had offered him a fantastic job working with Linux. He explained that we would be near his mom (which would make his mom happy because she loves her grandkids so much) and that he's really been missing it since he went to visit in January.

So. The only catch is we have to be up there by the end of May. So we will be packing up, saying our goodbyes, and trying to sell our house really fast. Did I mention I've never sold a house? It's kinda interesting because the last people who lived here had to move abruptly too.

I have loved the time I've spent in this town, and the friends I've met. I hope that I can keep some of these friendships even after I've moved. And of course the blog won't move. Or it will, but you readers won't have to change where you go to read.

So, I'm off to make some lists of all the millions of things I've got to do.