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I’m Back

HI all,

I’m back from camping and I have a new computer charger.  Camping was a blast. The kids had so much fun. I didn’t have to cook or clean, could read, visit with people, and play games, as well as lay in the sun and swim. It was very relaxing.  Upon returning however I had to unload, unpack, do laundry, have a birthday party at our house (Belle turned 11) and then clean up for an open house on Sunday. Phew. I’m pooped again, enough to have fallen asleep yesterday evening.  I know I am tired when I fall asleep during the day because I never nap.

My almost 7 year old finally learned to ride a bike without training wheels at camp.  The funny thing is that she was in shorts, no helmet, and barefoot.  (she was riding on dead grass and I was with her, so I wasn’t too worried about the no helmet–but we do take that safety precaution).  Her sisters when they learned were in jeans, helmet, socks, tennis shoes, long sleeves and probably knee pads.

The speaker at camp was David Eckman, an author of several books and involved in the ministry called What God Intended. I will talk more about him later as I think his teaching is great.

August is a busy month, and we have no date yet to move, nor have we sold our home yet.  I have no idea what life is going to look like the next couple of months and what that means for school for us. I will plan as usual and make the best of it, but it would be nice to be settled in the new house.  I am trying to take it one day at a time and trust in God for the outcome.

Well, just wanted to say I’m back with a fully charged computer and a new charger. Thanks hubby!



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Tour of homes

So this weekend begins the annual Tour of Homes. It is a tradition. Hubby and I go every year. I have all the tour books to prove it. I think I might be somewhat obsessed with homes. As I was looking through the tour book I was marking down which homes we have to see because I have my favorite builders, you know. I was commenting on how this builders home wasn’t what he normally builds, more traditional when he usually goes for the craftsman look. Then I looked at hubby and realized that I was sick. Sick I tell ya, to actually know this information. What is wrong with me?

Already I found my favorite home. It is a craftsman home with some of my favorite details: subway tile, built ins, enclosed sun room with slate floor, craftsman style fireplace, nooks and crannies, oh and did I say built ins? In fact when we were walking through the house, hubby told me to be quiet. I guess I was ooohing and aaaahing a bit too loudly, and just maybe inadvertently too provocatively.

Then we toured a large (read- 8,000 sf) home for a lot of money (read-2.4 mil). It was like a castle. It had French scene murals at the end of a long hallway with chandeliers above and sconces on the walls. It was big, it was beautiful. Not entirely my style but well done just the same. Oh it also had an indoor built in trampoline. Three stair cases, one rod iron spiral led to the upstairs rooms. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms. The only thing that kept running through my mind is what on earth would we do with all that space? I would have to have like 12 or 14 kids to justify a home that big. I’m not ready for that many kids and a good thing because 2.4 mil isn’t even in my dreams. I know better.

So my question to you is what style home do you dream about? Are you living in it? If not, what little elements can you change to make more like what you dream of.

Our new/old house is a 50’s ranch. It is pretty small by todays standards. It’s ok with me. I like the house and can’t wait to make it my own. I plan on creating a mix of 50’s slightly modern with a cottage look. It’s doable. When we get going on the new house I will take before and afters to show what we have done. Every one likes before and afters right?


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I want to share a bit of good news.  My very giving mother has given us money to purchase a pool for the girls. You know, the 4 ft bigger than a hot tub kind of pool with the soft sides.  We are filling it with water right now and the girls have been standing around it with noodles in hand chomping at the bit to get in. Unfortunately it is night time and the pool may or may not be ready by tomorrow.  I am so thrilled for them, and we can’t wait to have friends over to swim with us.  Don’t wait for a personal invite, just give me a call and invite yourself over.


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Have you ever been confronted?  Have you ever been told that there is something that you are doing that isn’t right. Maybe not sinful but possibly just irritating, or not what someone else would do.  Have you ever been misunderstood?  It happens to me all the time, and it is happening again.

It is not a place I like to be. It is painful and it is easy to start down a path of self destructive talk. That is right where satan wants us isn’t it. ‘We are not worthy’, he says.  What does God say?  I love you.  You are mine.  What does God want me to hear right now? How would God want me to respond?  What is it I am supposed to take from this?  What is the truth?

Those are the questions going through my head right now. It is what keeps me up late at night.  I am choosing to be quiet for now and try to listen because surely some day I will actually learn something and these types of situations will stop coming my way.  Right now I must obey, and say “I trust you” and be thankful that God finds me worthy enough to want to teach me something.  It’s all I can do.


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Open house:

3 people


Veggies and flax seed. It is appearing in all manner of foods around here. Don’t tell. (I’ve tried 3 of the recipes so far and they are really good.  I highly recommend this cookbook-Deceptively Delicious)


rest, no money, cooking, hanging out, reading, hanging out at the new house, cleaning, craft painting, playdough.

This week:

Swim lessons, cleaning house, watering yard, hopefully some play time with friends. And hopefully not catching pink eye which seems to be going around my friends kids.


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Don’t have much to say

Other than the house hasn’t sold yet. It seems we are in a holding pattern until this darn holiday (4th of July) passes and the Olympic Track Trials leave town. There have been a total of 8 people who have walked through this house since we have had it listed. 8—3 of which are curious onlookers of whom I know. That means only 5 potentials. After next week if things don’t pick up, as in Realtors don’t start bringing people in then we will have to do something different. Not sure what yet. I’ll keep you posted.

On a happier note–Hubby and I had a nice dinner at my favorite chain, PF Chang’s and a movie. We saw Get Smart with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. It was good and it was funny and I was so glad that the humor wasn’t stupid raunchy humor.

I took the girls to see Kit Kittredge yesterday and it was really good. A great movie for you American Girl fans. I was not disappointed.

It’s 8:30 am and I have one daughter up and dressed with rain boots (no, it’s not raining) on and she has been outside riding her horse bike and she has mucked the stalls swept the patio. See Classic Academy for an explanation on that.


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that I would actually enjoy getting up at 6am. Well, the getting up part I still don’t like so much. But when I’m up, I take advantage of my time.  Hubby and I started going for walks first thing. The girls are in bed, and able to stay home alone for short periods of time. They don’t even know we are gone. When we return, I make my coffee, breakfast for hubby and his lunch (usually).  Then I kiss him out the door, sit at the table, open my bible and read. Then I check my emails, and blogs. When that is done I start the morning pick up, empty dishwasher, wake the kids and get them going.  I feel like I have done so much, and hey I have right?  Oh, and somewhere in that time a shower happens. I get the water started on the lawn, plants on porch watered, litter box cleaned and laundry started.  Man, that is productive, the most I think I have been ever this early in the morning. I am a night owl. I love to stay up late. I love to sleep in. I don’t take naps so I have justified sleeping in to get all the sleep I need.  But it isn’t productive and I alway felt behind and frankly, I was.  The warmer and dryer mornings have helped.  Having to get so much done earlier due to the house listing has helped also. It was the only way I could see surviving this time of my life.  God is blessing it.  I am thankful.


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