Friday, May 31, 2013

What THESE is...

So in yesterday's post I mentioned I was looking into "these"...like that word magically linked to something on it's own. Oh brain, where art thou?

Here is what I was talking about.

I was reading a blog regarding moving a family into (by American standards) a tiny house. Like this one...


It's how we used to live, it's how billions of people live everyday of their lives...
And the idea of living mortgage free, or in our case rent free, is super appealing 



And while you are poking around the interwebs, check out this post about end of school year mom trauma. It's dead on and hilarious. Jen Hatmaker is a hoot.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This Post Has No Title

I have no title for this post.
I just read that there is rogue GMO wheat found in a farmer's field in Oregon.
Not happy about that.

Added up how much we have paid in rent just for the few years we have been in this house....wow, that was eye opening. We need a solution.

Been checking into these. I am fascinated, and in love with the romantic idea of them...but could we really do it. Millions of people around the world live with less space. We could do it, but Aaron would need space for his work, so maybe we would need a bigger one to live in and a smaller one for his work. Or a garage.
And land.
We don't have that either.

sigh.

There are changes in Spencer's school too. I will be teaching him more subjects next year. We had been considering me going back to work, but now it's all weird.

 All I can say is ,"LORD, you gave me dreams and ideas, and things it seems like you want me to do, so how will we get there?"

And then thank Him for:
 the glorious weather we have been having
My family, and our health
miracles in my friends lives
new friends
new adventures
a plan and a way to make things happen
financial answers
food to eat, water to drink, and the ability to share
solutions, I know they are coming.



Friday, May 24, 2013

No Pie For You

Or anyone, or jam, nothing.

The birds cleaned out my cherry trees.

I am beyond sad. HUNDREDS of cherries, gone.

And only cherry stained poop on my car as proof they were here in the first place.


Birds.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Radiator Springs (a leak)

For those that have known us at least a month it is pretty common knowledge that we have a "saga of cars".

I wish I was kidding.
Over all God has been gracious to us regarding transportation, and this post is in no way a negative or complaining post regarding our current situation.
It simply is what it is.
There are much bigger issues in the world.
We are thankful for the help we have received and look forward to what God is doing in our lives.


The saga continues...

The Volvo is officially gone.
Sold to a recycling yard.
I am both absolutely relieved and a little sad. It was our nicest car....as in, it had air conditioning, a sun roof, leather interior. Things like that. It also had an engine light that would not go out and wouldn't pass smog testing here in California, which made it illegal to drive, so we didn't. So it sat there, staring us in the face like the brazen deer that eats things in our yard. Only this deer eats gas and our paychecks, because boy howdy are Volvo parts expensive.

So we made some new friends with new people at church, who own and run a mechanic shop. They were going to help us figure out if the car was worth saving.
So very long story short, God stepped in and made it clear what we should do with the car through a weird set of circumstances. These circumstances led to us getting a credit at the shop, cash for the car (not much) and an opportunity to fix our other cars.
We did a long list of "needs" on my husband's car. Although the list isn't done, we stopped so we would have a bit of money to put into my car.
You know, my 1988 Toyota Corolla with 235,000+ miles on it.

Because it needed an oil change....

and a new radiator, and some belts, and apparently a something cap thing, because it is leaking oil all over the spark plugs, and new front tires and more.
The only thing getting done is the radiator for now. And that's going to cost us. Our credit at the shop is now used up, but our "to do" list on the cars is long.

I am so thankful for the help. I am thankful they were able to give us discounts and are generous with us.I am thankful the radiator didn't fully go and then ruin the engine. I am thankful for God's provision while we figure this all out. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Shrinking Furniture

 After I posted the photo of Spencer from his 8th grade graduation day, I noticed something....

This is him on the first day of 8th grade.


And this is a few days ago...



The shelf behind him seems to be, well, shrinking. That's the only explanation. So I had him stand there today, and stand completely straight this time.
Yep, that shelf is shrinking for sure.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Someone...

Someone graduated from 8th grade.
Someone is now a high school student.


Someone also received a special achievement award in History, and will be on the honor roll as well.

Someone will also not take a nice photo for his mom.
The ham.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Backflips?

Yesterday we took this photo...


 Later in the day I added it to my Facebook account, in fact I used it as my profile photo, even though one daughter is missing because she is away at college.






Not too much later it showed up in my feed a little different...
Obviously her Applied Computer Graphics Technical degree program is paying off.

The conversation that occurred  after the photo was hilarious. Apparently she was with me all day, and the kids planned and performed a silly dance (a family tradition) complete with backflips.
Oh, and they were successful at making a souffle.

What an amazing day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

What's in the Fridge?

In an effort to save money and really keep an eye on our food intake we have been eating at home a lot more than we used too. I usually make a plan in my head for the week and try to stick to it. However, sometimes plans fail, and we get busy and then it's 6:15 and we need to be somewhere by 7. oops.

Mother of necessity, I had some turkey meatballs and some wonton wrappers...

 So I wrapped the meatballs up.
 Sealed them up with an egg wash.
Brushed them with oil, which I used too sparingly.  I baked them in a 350 degree oven for about 18 minutes.
Served with green beans and peas and a spinach, sugar snap pea, strawberry salad with basalmic dressing.

We also added homemade Asian Plum Sauce, not pictured. The sauce made all the difference in the world and it was so very tasty.
Quick, easy, different, yummy.

Friday, May 10, 2013

BIG DREAMS Meet Reality

Since lining up our marriage more correctly, since Aaron has stepped up his role, and I have done what I needed to do, God has been POURING big dreams into my vision.

I can not keep up with my pen and paper when they get downloaded, that's how much I am seeing.

I took my excited self to talk to the pastor regarding part of it, it involves our church. We sat and discussed the possibilities, and he encouraged me to hone in on one thing for now. Narrow it down, find a jumping off place.

And then suddenly I was starting a drama ministry ...


How did that happen?

WHAT?!
WAIT?!
ME?!
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

 It wasn't even on my original list of amazing things.
I don't get it.


I feel like calling up the pastor and saying, "No thanks", but I am the one that brought it up. Phooey.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.






 * I apologize for the over use of punctuation.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cleansing Stream

My husband and I participated in The Cleansing Stream recently along with several other leaders in our church.

It was amazing. I highly recommend it.

Have stuff from your past that keeps you repeating mistakes?
Have bitterness?
Do you continually feel like you aren't good enough, or good looking enough, or smart enough, or enough for God to use?

I STRONGLY suggest you look into this program.

It is a Bible study series, with a workbook and DVD lessons, followed by a regional one day retreat, where the miraculous happens. You get set free. It is in a safe place, it's easy, and it's life changing.

Since the retreat I have more joy in my life, even during tough stuff.
My husband and I are FINALLY fixing some things in our marriage.
That's right folks, our marriage wasn't perfect, and neither is yours.
I don't air durty laundry because I want to honor my husband, and I am embarrassed about my own stuff. But here I am, saying, we had things that needed fixing, and it wasn't pretty, and it wasn't the easiest conversation, but the results have been worth it.

Single, married, divorced, widowed, young , old or somewhere in the middle, doesn't matter, this is an amazing program and retreat.
I'm done dragging my past along for the ride into my future...how about you?

Check it out HERE

Friday, May 3, 2013

In the Moment

Yesterday was the Nation Day of Prayer. Good thing too.
 It was also a frustrating day for me.
I want to remind you of what I said a few days ago...you know, about failing, and passing the test?
Yep.
At one point in the middle of the afternoon I just stomped my foot and yelled ,"I just need something to work, I need it to go right".

And then I breathed a big breath and kept trying.

One thing after another plagued my day. From forgetting where I was supposed to be, to car trouble, to forgetting things I was supposed to be doing. I had a big project I was working on, royal icing sugar cookies that look  like Cinderella's pumpkin carriage. The cookies gave me trouble because the wheels kept falling off. The icing gave me trouble because the weather was so very dry, the color of the icing gave me trouble. First attempt looked like skin, it was gross. Then we had "Band aid" color...not appetizing.

Eventually they looked okay, not what I intended, but okay.


In the middle of the day the three of us went to church to join in prayer with whoever could make it and prayed for our country, for our leaders, for our community, for the world. It was a powerful moment.
We were slightly late due to car trouble and had to leave to get Spencer to rehearsal it was just the right thing for that day. Prayer is a powerful weapon.

Even though the rest of the day didn't go perfectly, I stepped into the grace given to me and just kept going...
and all the cookies I took to tonight's performance sold, even the one that was missing a wheel.


(Prototypes for the carriage cookies)