Nisqually glacier

Driving down the mountain, we got a perfect view of this glacier.

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changes

Well, things are changing a lot at our house and in our lives a little.  We have new-to-us furniture for our living room (first in 8-ish years).  Because we got rid of 200 or so books, Jeff and the boys were able to take down the shelves that were in the living room.  We also moved a bench (with storage) from the hall to the living room.  It’s weird to see the changes, because we’ve had the books and the shelves ever since we moved in here 10 years ago.  I’ve wanted things to change for a long time, but didn’t really see how they would.  God worked on my heart and I had actually come to terms with how He has blessed us.  So, now, of course, He decides to mix things up and give me new furniture and a rearranged room! 
The schoolroom will be changing, as the boys have gotten too big for their desks and never really use them.  We’ve already made them a secret hide-out spot, so that is good.  :)  The next thing to do is to get a table for them to use for work & play. 
The living room is a HUGE change, spilling over into all the other areas of the house, except, perhaps, the kitchen.  The kitchen, however, is getting its own makeover.  We are so blessed to have been given free cupboards.  Now I should have working cabinets and a counter top that goes all the way around!!!  Well, from the fridge to the stove – that far around, we still have to fit the table in there.  :)  So that is exciting too. 
God has really been teaching us to let go of stuff.  He has also been teaching us to try new things.  I was so excited when almost the whole family told me they preferred wheat bread to white bread!!  (Jonathan was the hold-out, he likes white bread, but he doesn’t eat a lot of sandwiches!) We’ve also started eating brown rice and we really like it.  Now we have gotten rid of books, which I would have never thought we would have done.  God is teaching us so much about living abundantly.  Abundant living does not have to rely on what the world relies.  Abundant living is so much more than food and drink, it is righteousness, hope and peace in Christ.  As we grow and change with the changes happening to our house, we have the opportunity to become more mature, more settled in Christ.  Hopefully as we grow we will reflect more of Him and have more opportunities to serve Him. 
Wonder what else God has in store? 

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Starting again

Okay, I know I’ve said this before, but this time it’s for sure.  I’m going to start blogging!  (soft chuckle, ’cause who really knows if I’ll keep it up?)

Some of my friends have fabulous food blogs.  Some of my friends review books a lot.  Other talk about their kids & projects … as you know, if you know me at all, I’m pretty eclectic and kind of bouncy.  I don’t stick to anything for very long (which has caused me to wonder if I have ADD, but I’m pretty sure I don’t.  I think it is lack of discipline — self-discipline — on my part.), so this blog will not be one thing. 

I am a wife, a mom, a homeschooler, a Christian, a scrapbooker, a cook, a baker, a reader, and a thinker.  I am many other things, too, that are not so easily defined.  Right now, God has been calling me to be faithful in what He has given me to do – to be the best wife, mom, homeschooler, church worker, etc. that I can be.  In essence, He has told me to “bloom where I’m planted”. 

Sometimes this blog is an outlet for my emotions which are hard for me to define.  I’ve been through a lot in life, although not as much as some.  Still, I can see God’s hand shaping me, drawing me closer to Him.  And that is the purpose of my life – to glorify God & enjoy Him forever.  To draw ever closer to Him, and be transformed by Him. 

So, let’s get this journey started!  Allons-y (I’ve been dying to say that!)

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It worked!!

It has been a long time since I’ve been able to log into my blog. Somehow with the whole change-over from my old blog to this one, the computer forgot who I was, and I had to remember which email address I used & which password, etc. Needless to say, I’m glad to see I can log in again!

God is faithful. He continues teaching me how to have joy. I’m learning that joy comes not from what’s going on around me, but rather who I am in Christ. Thankfully He hasn’t given up on me!

Glad to be able to blog again. Will post more later. :)

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A new year

Wow. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I blogged last. Since I only have one follower, I guess it doesn’t really matter. :) When I signed in today, Google was telling me something about making it easier for people to access my blog. You know, things like rss feeds and stuff like that. I’ll have to look into that. Been learning lately about being faithful in the small things. I think that is really what God’s been trying to teach me for quite a while now. Still trying to plan meals, stay on a budget and do all the things we’re supposed to do. The only thing I feel like I’m remotely doing slightly well is homeschooling the boys. Even that has some gaps & room for improvement, though. God is faithful. He never gives up on me. Even when it takes me YEARS to learn something. :)

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Accountability & Freedom

Okay, so maybe I’ll only post about accountability in this post. Freedom will come later. :)

I seriously need to plan our meals, or we are never going to be able to save money!! To that end, here is this week’s menu.

Monday
Breakfast – Egg sandwiches
Lunch – pb&j wraps
Supper – need to think up someting!

Tuesday
Breakfast – malt o meal
Lunch – tacos
Supper –

Wednesday
Breakfast – grits & eggs
Lunch – pb&j
Supper – enchilada casserole

Thursday
Breakfast – cream of wheat
Lunch – baked potatoes, broccoli, pork chops
Supper – soup & cheesy bread

Friday – fritata

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the fog has rolled in!

Fall is officially here!! Today as I was driving home, I realized it was foggy. One of my favorite things is when the first fog comes in signalling Autumn is here. I like to go for walks in the mist, but today the fog was accompanied by rain. :

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How will you vote?

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Wordless Wednesday

From Coast Trip ’08

http://www.wordlesswednesday.com/newhome/

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schedule changes

Well, today was supposed to be music class & Kiwanis lunch, but the boys woke up (well, Jonathan & Daniel did) with sore throats & stuffy noses. :( We cancelled music for the day. Maybe tomorrow. I think Jeff & I will still make the Kiwanis lunch. :)

Our schedule this fall is going to be a lot busier than it’s ever been. Here’s what it looks like ~

Mondays – 1PM-6PM –
Computer Clubhouse (Jonathan & Daniel only/in Lakewood)
Tuesdays – 1PM – 3PM –
PE/Swim lessons (in Lakewood)
3:30PM –
Jujutsu
6PM –
Sonja works
Wednesdays – 10AM –
Music with Grandma
12PM –
Kiwanis lunch
6PM-
AWANA
Thursdays –
same as Tuesdays, except no work for Sonja)
Fridays – 10AM – 12PM –
Jonathan works @ Tostacaffe’
1PM – 3PM –
Homeschool Co-op

ahhhh … last year, we had jujutsu, music and co-op. So we’re a little busier this year! God is good!! I think what is throwing me most is Monday. We only have one car, but we may be borrowing another. That will be a big help. The problem with Monday is that even with two cars, I don’t want to be driving back and forth from Lakewood four times. I’d rather find things to do down there so I can just stay in the area while the kids are there. There is the option of going to the Y with Nicholas, and also to Tina’s house, and maybe doing my grocery shopping down there. I like the option of Tina’s house (she said I could do laundry!! joy!!) because I could do school with Nicholas while we were there. It would give us a good amount of time to work on stuff that he gets embarrassed about at home (reading). All in all, I think this is going to work out – I just have to adjust my thinking (I dislike changing plans a lot). =)

On a happier note, last night we received “Pirates of Penzance” on DVD in the mail!! This morning I told the boys they could watch it (because they need to lay down and rest) and Daniel was very excited (he jumped up and went into the living room) about that. =) I like that the boys enjoy a variety of musical venues from Pirates to Weird Al. =)

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