Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Josh came to visit today while his mommy played waitress and I think he'll be back to play again tomorrow. He is such a cute little guy.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sad for him the railroad company ran out of both tracks and money long before they reached the Valentown Mall. The building was abandoned until Sheldon Fisher purchased it in 1940 and turned it into a museum.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Several weeks ago, on a day off school, Kathie dropped off the girls and handed me an envelope. I tucked it under my arm as I tied Ellie out on her leash. "Don't lose it," Kathie said and I assured her I wouldn't. When I got back inside I opened the envelope to find a very nice thank you card and two fifty dollar bills. The money was totally unexpected and much appreciated. I placed it back inside the card, put the card into the envelope, and tucked it into my "spot" by the wall where I stick important stuff. That was on a Monday. I didn't look for it again until along about Friday and then the envelope wasn't there. James feared maybe he had accidentally thrown it out but I was certain he wouldn't toss a card with my name on the outside before looking in it or asking me. I decided not to fret and trust that somehow God was teaching me a lesson I couldn't clearly see. Three weeks went by and whenever I thought of the lost money, I gave it back to the Lord. Yesterday morning we set out for the grocery store but before leaving I had Nate run back into the house to grab the menu I had clipped to the fridge. After we returned home, the kids helped me unload the van while I quickly washed out the inside of my rather grungy refrigerator. I must have been looking for some lunch when I turned around and noticed an envelope with my name on it clipped to the refrigerator door. The card had been there the whole time, hidden behind my dinner menu. I have to smile as I realize the Lord's work in my life. There was a time (and likely still is) when I would have been frantic at losing that amount of cash, but somehow He is there teaching me to lean on Him and trust that He has everything in His hand. Will I pass the next test? I don't know, but I do know He is here taking care of me, growing me, and teaching me to trust Him.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
1 Shadow was our first cat. He was a little black stray that James brought home from work one day. A very friendly kitten who, even though we had him vaccinated, eventually died of feline leukemia.
2. Gracie was our first dog. Her momma was a poodle that belonged to my uncle. Being pregnant and dealing with a puppy didn't mix too well back than and one day I let Rachel take her home to Grandma's house where she lived out all her happy days.
3. Misty was a German shepherd mix given to James by a friend at work. As a pup she was a stray on the streets of Rochester. She thought I was her mommy and followed me everywhere including the library where she would hang around outside until we came out. We had her for twelve years until her arthritis was so bad she couldn't get up anymore.
4. KC, short for Kitty Cat, came from Jim's fourth grade teacher. She was the stereotypical cat who would bite your backside when she wasn't happy with you.
5. Peaches was a big, fluffy orange tom cat who showed up at our house one spring when the kids were still little. He gradually worked his way into our hearts and became a family member. He eventually came down with feline HIV. He was a great cat!
6. Oreo came to our door one morning when a woman driving past saw him laying by the street. I took him in because I had a friend who I was sure would take him. He had a dislocated ankle and couldn't walk on his back legs. He was scared to death of us but took a liking to Peach. They became fast friends.
8. Dillon was just a baby when we brought him home, cocker spaniel and blue heeler. He trained easily and loved to play but as an adult dog growled and threatened to bite even my own children. Three years ago I took him to the local animal shelter.
9. Bo Cat was dropped off at the door of Bethany's friend, with five kittens. She needed a home and Beth fell in love with her. In September of 2000 she had another litter of kittens which we found to be a wonderful experience. We gave away all but one.
10. Little Cat is Bo's kitten, although she is twice Bo's size.
11. Jasmine came from the animal shelter seven years ago. She is a wonderful friend but isn't much for chasing balls and sticks. She does sommersauls and loves to have her belly rubbed, and is a great companion on orchard walks.
12. That takes me to Ellie and the fact that I cannot add small numbers correctly. Five dogs plus seven cats equals twelve animals not thirteen.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I feel like somewhat of a basket case. If only I can be a "Basket Case for Christ", full of His fruit rather than the selfishness of me.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
It is a very cold and blustery day. We had some snow overnight which is now being whipped around by the wind and swirled through the air. Most of it seems to end up sticking to the roads making driving interesting. Our driveway had been stripped of its snow when we returned from church late this morning. The yard also looked like an ice rink. Old footprints, frozen in the ice, looked fresh but no one had been there. They were our own, left days ago when the snow was soft and slushy. It's possible those footprints will be around for a while. It's supposed to be a cold wintery week. I will have to think up some good inside activities. Maybe Troy and I will bake some more cookies.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
The street signs were wearing fringes made of icycles. I found that rather amusing. I don't usually see fringed street signs.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
PS. Ben has made a list of "Ben things" below.
Ben's list of "weird" things.
Oh dear, I've been tagged. Why do these things always happen to me? So anyway, here's a couple of things about me.
1. I'm 14.
2. I hate those "Everybody wins" games.
3. I'm a homeschooler from Williamson, which basically makes me the weirdest of the weird.
4. I couldn't find any good pictures @ Beths house.
5. I like cars. my favorites are theEvolution, (mitsubishi) and Impreza .(Subaru).
6. Ich spreche Deutsch sehr tomatoe nicht
7. I like rally racing better than NASCAR (more entertaining)
8. I like spinich.
9. I like sunsets better than sunrises. (more orange, less pink).
10. I have 1 fish and an algae eater.
11. If I could vote I'd vote for Huckabee.
12. I just spent like 30 minutes looking for a good picture.
13. My favorite car maker is Lotus.
14. I like skateboarding but not skateboarders.
15. I like Albuquerque, N.M.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
(I couldn't stand to see that yucky outhouse any longer, so I deleted the photo.)
Monday, February 04, 2008
In May of 2002 I drove to Pensacola, Florida to pick up my oldest son from college. My good friend, Shelly, did not think it wise for me to travel the distance alone and kindly asked her dear husband if she could go along with me. I was greatful for the company and one sunny morning we set off on our grand adventure. The longer we drove, the sillier we became. Somewhere in Ohio it was decided that we should send a postcard home from every state we passed through. (Finding a place to mail them was quite the challange.) We had just crossed into Kentucky after driving many hours, and it was past midnight when we pulled into one of those little stores along the highway for a potty stop. We had to ask where the ladies room was. When we found the little back room and opened the door, we were both surprised to find two working toilets sitting side by side, no divider. We are good friends and have been for quite some time, but this kind of sharing was something neither of us had planned on. I looked at her, she looked at me and we both started laughing. "You go first" I said.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
2. I don't like mud.
3. I prefer privacy in the restroom. (Shelly will understand.)
4. I can stand on my head. (At least I used to be able. I haven't tried it in a while.)
5. I don't like winter and the cold doesn't like me, but I have no plans to move south and I still think winter is beautiful.
6. I don't care to watch TV but will sit at the computer, listen to whatever my family is watching, and then ask them questions about what is happening in the movie.
7. And... Shelly will tell you that on very long road trips, I count road-kill. (I must have been too tired to remember.)
Oh, by the way, the snow stuck on the trees all day long today. It was as beautiful when I came home late this afternoon as it was when I left home around 10 am. I took these shots this morning. See how different things look from when "The Claw" was sitting out there? It's a whole new world!
Friday, February 01, 2008
I asked both Hannah and Bethany about this last night. Hannah said she knew exactly what she was doing and Beth said Hannah thought it was hilarious. Bethany remembers taking the pictures of her silly little sister. Hannah also mentioned having two Little Mermaid nightgowns and talking Ben into putting one on so that they matched. She said they got in trouble when they came downstairs. I guess Daddy wasn't impressed with Ben's evening attire that night. Too funny!