Wednesday, December 13, 2006

'Tis the Season

It's been a bit since I have blogged. My family, and myself, have returned to health, and I am trying to catch up for the holiday season. The busy-ness of the year... even though I try to get all my shopping done by Halloween there are always gifts to make. This year I think I took on too many homemade gifts - but I am making progress.

The washing machine started smoking yestereday while doing a load. Not surprising, we knew it was on its last legs...just wish it would have waited until after Christmas to die. Delivery would not have been until next week, so Jesse opted to bring it home and hook it up himself. Fortunately we can still take the old into Madison as part of the sale contract and get rid of it for $12. There is a bit more involved...clearing the laundry room, cutting a new board to go under the appliances...and for me - painting the walls. I had painted the laundry room a beautiful deep red this past spring, but did not ask for the appliances to be moved out knowing we would replacing the washer soon. So that is my task for tomorrow. Add it to my Xmas list "to do".

Our household seems to be in better health after about a month of various illnesses. I finally decorated and put the tree up on Saturday. Abby delights in the lights, and I loved hanging ornaments with Kyle, who loves to go through his ornaments and ask what each represents. Not all Hallmark, but each meaningful and a symbol of a milestone in each year of his life. This is probably one of my favorite parts of the season.

Another is taking time to reflect on the birth of our Savior. As we read family devotions and have weekly study - I am reminded of God's grace.
G -God
R - Redeeming
A- All
C- Christ for
E - Everyone

No matter who you are, what you have done and what you have NOT done - God could not love you more. His grace, a gift through His son Jesus, is available to everyone. All you need to do is ask Him and include Jesus in your life. The reward is greater than you can ever imagine.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Foggy Morning Reflections

I didn't blog last was the end of a long weekend and I just wanted to relax. It is a balmy, foggy morning - end of November. Very strange to be able to do things outside without a coat this time of year. I understand that the cold weather will return by the weekend.

After a morning worship of thanksgiving and praise we packed up food and took a trip to Brodhead to visit my parents and enjoy a belated Thanksgiving dinner. My mother continues to have pain from her fall and gets terrible spasms in the rib cage area.
On the trip home I tried to nap in the car, not only is it a pain in the neck, but there seemed to be a constant flow of "moms" from the back seat.
Home in the early evening, we sat down and watch another episode of Little House on the Prairie. Kyle really enjoys the series, loaned to us by friends. He is also starting to read the books as his teacher has the series in her classroom.
I started sorting Abigail's baby photos...I am so behind scrapping them. I think I will keep the entire baby album simplistic in style, so I can catch up a bit faster. Jesse and I also watched a new Hallmark movie, which I thought was one of the best ones I have seen. I went to bed shortly afterwards.
This evening we host Bible study. When I get home from work I should tidy the house a bit. Dinner is thankfully leftovers, and I hope to scrap a simple layout, or at least start on one, this afternoon. I am working on Christmas gifts, and figure if I scrap a simple layout in between larger gift giving projects, that I will still have fulfillment in creating and making new pages for our children's scrapbooks.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Today was eventful. Yes, it was Black, I did not join the masses at the major stores for deals on electronics.... I did, however, go to Michael's and the scrapbook store before work for some deals I could not pass up. In and out at Michael's, and spent way too much time in the scrapbook store...but, man - am I ready to make Christmas gifts!
Then to work, with just a little coffee left in my travel mug. I stopped at the doctor's office along the way to pick up Kyle so he would not have to sit in germ-ridden waiting room while Abby waited to have her cough checked with Jesse. Turns out she may have a sinus infection...and antibiotics were prescribed for her. Here is to hopes that in a few days we will once again be sleeping through the night!
Today was a strange, unusually warm day for late November. About mid-morning Jesse called with the news that my dad could very well be taking his hot air balloon ride today near Brodhead. My sibs and I had bought him a ride as a birthday gift in September, but the weather became too cold and windy to cooperate. He was taking the ride with Betty and Irene, two neighbor ladies. (So much for plans to work to late afternoon to try and put a dent in my workload!) The weather was perfect for a balloon ride, and the great thing about it was that the college kids were home to see their grandparents take off in the balloon!
We had a great time - I loved the photo opportunity and managed around 150 p
hotos. (Yes, I have already deleted a few. I love the freedom of digital photography.) Watching the set up from the very beginning was a very cool experience, and before we knew it, dad and three other people were heaven-bound in a wicker basket! Chasing the balloon through the countryside was enjoyable - two deer ran out in front of us, fortunately we were putzing. With bright blues, red and white -the balloon is one of the prettiest we had seen...and our family has chased a number of balloons in our day!
Sadly, our vehicle missed the landing, as the four year old in the back seat was citing the call of what else could we do? We had to find a nearby facility. When we headed back out of Evansville the balloon had already landed in a soybean field. The sun was setting. The balloon riders reported a most awesome experience. Irene said, "I could have stayed up there and listened to that quiet forever!" Jesse and I hope to have that experience someday, but what I wouldn't give for an hour of total peace in my day! We hope to enjoy a balloon ride for our 20th anniversary, so that gives us a few years to save for it.
Since my mother is still recovering from a fall earlier this week, she was not able to watch the balloon take off. Fortunately my sister Teresa had a camcorder, and later on we
were able to watch the take off and landing via the television screen. I plan to burn all my photos on CD and take them down on Sunday, when we will travel to Brodhead again with Thanksgiving dinner, and a chance to visit more with my parents. Tomorrow I plan to dig into those new scrapbook supplies, and get some more Christmas gifts made. Looking forward to it, and for now I better quit reflecting on my day and get some shut eye - as I don't expect miracles from two doses of medicine.
Praise God for good weather, an awesome experience for my father and his friends, a safe landing, and getting us all home safely so we can enjoy another day that He has made. Rejoice and be glad!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Who me - blog? My blogging journey begins...

I never thought I would find myself writing a blog...but here I am. I have thought about it for quite some time - and although I know I won't have time to blog every day, I figure this is as good a place as any to journal my thoughts as I journey through my life on earth.

It is evening on Thanksgiving...I 've had my mashed potatoes - probably my second favorite comfort food next to dark chocolate. Even though our youngest is not well - we all enjoy general good health in our family and we have enough to eat, and a modest roof over our heads. It is a night in which I reflect on the many blessings God has provided for myself and my family. Although the bills often get ahead of us, there is one thing of which we have an abundance, and that is love for one another. It is the glue that gets us through hard times. It is the joy that gets me through a difficult day. Laughter truly is the best medicine and can lighten the load on a particularly stressful day.
Soon my family will sit down and open the Blesssing Box - which I created the other night. I have been meaning to create a container for two years to hold slips of paper that reveal what each family member is grateful for. I have papers from past years to add to this box, as we began writing down our blessings about four years ago. It will be especially interesting to see what the children are thankful for through the years as they grow and develop various interests.

I love to write, so perhaps having a blog will help me become better at journaling my daily life. This is my hope - to record the funnies that our children say in their innocence as they discover life around them. To reflect upon my journey, knowing that what awaits me in heaven is even better than what I have here. Best of all, I am sure this blog will become useful for journaling on the scrapbook pages I create for our family. Creating is a large part of who I am, and preserving memories is in essence, an integral part of my inmost being. I look forward to sharing excerpts of my earthly journey with family and friends, as we await the promise of heaven and eternity with the Master of all creation.