Thursday, April 30, 2009


Today I did seven errands in 2.5 hours. I think that's a record of some sort. Now we are home and very weary.

I'm afraid Facebook has ruined my ability to write more than a sentence at a time. What to do?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Gardening is Tiring

Today I put 15 baby tomato plants in the garden. The are in with about 8 squash plants, 10 cucumber plants, two cacti, and some bulbs.

I am excited to see what will be happening and how many tomatoes I will get. It's very difficult to leave them up to God now though (that and a soaker hose).

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Denali the Photographer

Like me, Denali has a certain fascination with taking pictures of his feet. There have been a lot of them uploaded to the computer. Today he took a few pictures and wanted me to "online" them.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oil in your lamp part 2

What are you doing to get ready for Jesus Christ returning? Are you strengthening your relationship with God?

What about physical things? What physical things are you either letting go of, or remembering that they aren't as important as you might think?

Long term plans- do you make them?

Do you live your life as a light on a hill, or do you show the normal side?

This weekend (Thurs-Sun) I have so much to do that seems very important. And in this physical world it is very important. But when I start to stress out about it I start to remember that all of this stuff won't be remembered in a couple months (okay maybe one thing). Only just a couple things are kingdom-related. And suddenly it doesn't seem so overwhelming any more. Jesus Christ resurrected. Jesus Christ coming back to take us away from this crummy stuff. From the paperwork and the endless cleaning.

So what are you doing to keep oil in your lamp?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I got my hair cut

I know that's a really boring title to a post, but the fact is that I really only get my hair professionally cut about once a year. So today was the day. I think it turned out rather well.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Oil in Your Lamp

Today I was chatting with a friend and she gently reminded me again that we don't know the day or hour in which Jesus will return. Jesus compared his return to a group of women waiting for their suitors. Half of them were prepared; they had oil in their lamps at all times and had everything in order. The other half had neglected to keep their lamps full. When the bridegroom came, the ones who were unprepared asked the others "please share your oil with us!" But the prepared ones were not able to share. They had done what they could and gotten themselves ready. The fact of the matter is that we are all in control of our own lives. If there are some things you have not done to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ, you need to do them now. Don't wait until Jesus comes back.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Gardening, Spring, Working

We seem to finally be all better around here- we had a month of sickness but it's over thankfully.

This last week I started tutoring at Emlyn's school again- I'm doing two hours a week of kindergarten math and two hours of kinder reading. The kids are cute and fairly well-behaved for kinder. I don't think I could do kinder as my full-time job- the hugs are nice but the wiggles constantly would drive me nuts. I much prefer 3-4 grade. Denali enjoys coming to school with me to learn, although in my humble opinion he is ahead of these kids, at least academically.

This year our garden is weighted towards edibles. Our roses are huge, our trees are well-established, and the xeriscaped beds are doing well. We added a raised bed for more thornless blackberries. We now have about 15-20 plants in all. The ones from last year are not very big but they sent out runners and seem to be fairly healthy. I don't know if we will get any berries this year. We put in soaker hoses for watering this time and that should help for the middle of the summer.

Joel bought a fig tree so we now have a fig and a peach tree. I have given up on my wildflower bed and am hoping to get some hardy seedlings from the seeds of veggies I planted. I bought cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, yellow squash, and two types of tomatoes. I made 12 baby pots of each type of veggie, so I may have extra seedlings in a few weeks. I'm excited about them, and trying to do this the right way this year. I also have a soaker hose in the old wildflower bed, which is where the veggies will go.

The weather is still cool, and I love it. Today I got to thinking about where I grew up and how it's a microclimate. I looked up temperature patterns for Hayward and found that the average lowest temp is 44 degrees and the average highest temp is 74! That's why I've been so surprised here in TX! Texas weather can vary 30 degrees in one day, whereas I was used to 30 degree variance in one year. Crazy. No wonder 7.2 million people live in 7000 square miles. That's 1000 people per square mile! So I grew up there. Compare that to Joel, who grew up in Alaska, with 1 person per square mile. Can you say different?