This summer has been a whirlwind! We did in fact find a house and secure a loan by the end of June! We've moved in, bought appliances and mostly unpacked. Then we went on vacation, let me tell you, that was needed. I love how God prearranges things to happen when we most need them, because this vacation was scheduled months ago and there it was right when we needed it. We spent a little over a week resting in a tent up north in Michigan. It was lovely. We saw some amazing things. Came home and have been resting some more before Joel has to go back to work.
We are all enjoying our new house, especially the cats. They settled right in. Our big work load has been in the yard, it's a bit overgrown to say the least, but there are lots of great treasures to find out there, including at least 8 rose bushes, a tulip tree, hydrangeas, lilacs, a pear tree and black berry bushes. I'll have to post some more pictures after I clean up this week. I'm trying to figure out the new home's cleaning schedule. Hardwood floors just don't hide the cat hair the way carpet did. I'm hoping to also be doing some finding of stuff to fit little needs for storage here and there.
Life is good, looking forward to things being more ordinary for awhile.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Hi! Summer has started for us, it's been different than I expected. The main difference is that we're in the process of buying a home! It's a little different than I originally expected. But that happens sometimes.
I was telling Hannah the other day (as I've told many folks) that my plans were to have at least six kids and to not buy a home until we retired. Fortunately, God has better plans. I would never exchange my one wonderful, amazing Hannah for six just like her. I love having just one child, it has been beautiful, difficult, rewarding, and much more work than I would have imagined.
I'm hoping home ownership turns out much the same way. Joel and I were both praying about whether or not we should renew our lease that runs out at the end of June. Both of us heard that we should buy. And so now here we are, a week later, working on getting a loan, browsing houses, packing our stuff up. It's not something I ever wanted or planned for myself, but I can tell you from times past that God's plans are a lot better than my own.
We're excited and nervous, hopefully and relying on the gifts of patience and perseverance. Who knew that short time lines can require the gift of patience just as much as long ones?
So if you need me, drop me an email. If you have a house for sale that we can move into by the end of the month, let me know about that, too.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Body and Soul by Bethany Hamilton is a guide for young girls in regards to fitness, nutrition and spirituality. Bethany has a laid back and easy going approach to the information that she shares. But it is presented in a way that makes it easy to implement and challenging enough to be interesting.
My nine year old immediately wanted to try some of the recipes and the flavored water combinations. The ones we've tried so far have been great. I've also tried some of the exercise routines she offers. I really appreciate that there is not only written instructions but very helpful photos to go along with them.
If you have a young lady in your life that is interested in taking care of her body and soul, this is a great place to start.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers
Saturday, April 19, 2014
And then it was the last day of lent. How did that happen?
Last night we went to a Good Friday service. It was different than our mid afternoon tenebrae, but still worship. I still get distracted sometimes in worship, even though my daughter is 9 and old enough to worship on her own. She still needs encouragement and occasional instruction, as do we all.
One interesting thing that happened last night as we were waiting in the church, we looked at the missionaries that are supported and recognized a face. In fact, we recognized three faces, Marta Bennett and her two children. As I pointed to them, I reminded Hannah that she had seen a movie with them before, she remembered that it was the movie Brave. It was fun seeing them there, knowing that others are praying for them and supporting them.
Tomorrow is Easter. Celebration of life and in a lot of ways the end of our winter hibernation. I always feel hesitant to see winter go. It's turned into a favorite season. A time when you can see things for exactly what they are. This year, I'm wishing that we'd had just a bit more time to be bare and exposed.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Lent's almost over. Hard for me to believe in some ways. Good Friday normally means the hard spiritual work of a midday tennebrae service. Not this year, our worship will be shared with another congregation. New things to experience, new ways to walk into that Saturday vigil. I don't want to rush, but part of me can taste that Sunday sunrise already.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I'd hoped to finish strong in Lent but it appears I am actually finishing weak.
We had hot cross muffins for breakfast.
I hear that they taste like buns but obviously don't have the same texture. It feels like a defeat, but I'm glad I hot crossed something! We have a busy few days ahead. I'm hoping to be prepared for them by the time I need to be. With God all things are possible.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's tax day! We celebrated by having beans and rice for dinner. Mainly because it's the day of the year that the government not only wants us to square up last year's taxes, but also to start making payments on this year's. Kind of a tough day for many folks financially.