Sunday, July 31, 2005

A Meme

I got this from Paula and Kathy

10 years ago: I was living in a three story row house on this street in the Dutch town of Dinteloord with Steadfast and our oldest two daughters, waiting for his American visa to get approved, so that we could move to the States.

5 years ago: We had recently moved into this house in California and were blessed with sweet baby Mary after nine barren years.

1 year ago: I was newly pregnant after a miscarriage... but lost that baby too.

Yesterday: We had a local pastor and his wife over for dinner and dessert (blackberry pies from our own blackberries!) and had a very enjoyable evening getting to know them.

Today: Had a very warm and lazy-daisy kind of Sunday in between searching high and low for a box (lost in the move?), popping Catherine's dislocated toe back into place (tricycle accident) and cleaning the pool.

Tomorrow: Laundry, cleaning, homeschool planning for Mary & Catherine, registering Jane & Elisabeth at the local high school (waaahh!), and hopefully swimming.

5 snacks I enjoy: Mike-sells Puff Corn, watermelon, tiny baby carrots (sweet!), almonds, and a crisp, juicy apple.

5 things I would do with a $100,000,000: Buy my sister a house near me, by my parents a house near me, and bring my in-laws over from Europe for regular visits (if I can get that French SIL to set foot on American soil)... and maybe take a trip to some place tropical & warm (did I spend it all already?).

5 locations I’d like to run away to: Moorea, Tahiti, Suriname, and for the other two I'd like to stay right here.

5 bad habits I have: Not exercising enough, eating too much, wanting to sleep late on weekends (really late), procrastinating, and speaking Hokey (not exactly half sentences, .but half thoughts)

5 things I like doing: Sitting on the porch during a thunderstorm, stopping by woods on a snowy evening, reading, sewing and baking from scratch.

5 things I would never wear: High heels, a "tummy top", thong underwear, a girdle, and a nose ring.

5 TV shows I like: Monk, Divine Design, The 4400, The O'Reilly Factor and Judging Amy.

5 biggest joys at the moment: Sunshine, playing the piano, happy children playing peacefully, kittens scampering about, and the view from my window.

5 favorite toys: My oven, my kitchen-aid mixer, my piano, my sewing machine and my knitting needles.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Rural Delivery, Part Two

Just now I was startled by a car coming down my drive honking and honking. Out here in the Boonies you hear that sound and you think it's a neighbor needing help, and needing help PDQ. So I ran out PDQ. But nope, to my stunned surprise it was C.B. Like the Radio, bringing me a package, even though the ladies at the local P.O. say "he's not allowed to go down any drives" -- Go down a drive he did! Now wasn't that nice? I think it was PDN.

Killer Brownies

Go potty first, make sure you're not drinking anything that would hurt coming out your nose, and then go read Deborah Markus' recipe for Killer Brownies over at Natalie's Blog.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Long for simpler times?

Check out Simpler Times Village.

Rural Delivery

The there was a note in my mail box that we had an express letter that would be waiting for us at the post office after 4 pm. I went to the post office the next morning and they said it was out for delivery again... and that it needed my signature. I said "I was home all day yesterday" and she said, he probably honked at the mail box and when you didn't come out, he left. I said "I live a quarter mile from my mail box, how could I hear him honk? And if I did hear him honk, would he have waited for me to walk the quarter mile?" And she said "he'll bring it back in this afternoon" So I went to the Big City to run errands and got back to "town" around 4 pm, so I decided to check if the letter was there. I didn't see the old chevy with the light on top in the parking lot, so I didn't hold much hope and sure enough, the letter wasn't back yet. He was on the last road though, which is my road, and if I just drove out my road I could flag him down and get my letter, so that's just what I did... when I saw the old chevy with a light on top coming my way, I pulled into a driveway and flagged down "C.B. like the radio" and asked him for my letter.

How long could that have gone on? Him honking at my mail box, me not hearing him, me driving to town to find it out for delivery again, him honking at my mail box, me not hearing him, me driving to town to find it out for delivery again, him honking at my mail box, me not hearing him, me driving to town....


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I just heard from my sister that my mom's surgery went well and she is currently in recovery. Thanks for your prayers!

My mom has just gone into surgery

... and I'm waiting with baited breath 2700 miles away and praying. She's undergoing surgery for breast cancer after having completed four months of chemo. If you feel so led, please pray for her. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Thanks for the welcome back!

Yes, we're moved! We're still waiting for Steadfast's car which is somewhere in Kansas on a transport that broke down, but otherwise the move could not have been smoother! I love Ohio so far.

We're still unpacking, assembling furniture, scheduling doctors/dentists/DMV things... Jane & Elizabeth need dental work completed that was started in CA, and I have an impacted wisdom tooth. Here I am nearly 40 and that last one hasn't come through yet! I got one at 25, one at 30, and one at 35, so I guess I have a five year pattern established. I have found a doctor I'm very happy with so far, and he recommended a dentist his family has been happy with, so I guess I'll give him a call. I think that's the second hardest part about moving (after leaving loved ones behind)... Finding doctors, dentists and churches in your new home.

We have visited two churches so far, and we have not yet heard the pastor speak at either church. The first church was an American Baptist church where the pastor was gone to something school related (pursuing his Master of Divinity degree, I believe), and this past Sunday he would be gone at a Holy Spirit conference in Green Lake, so we visited the Assembly of God church, which we loved, except that Steadfast was uncomfortable with the elderly ladies laying on the floor crying and wailing during the prayer time. The pastor there did not speak, because they had a special kids program to kick off Vacation Bible School week. We will be visiting the Southern Baptist church this Sunday, then repeat the other two churches to see if we can catch their pastors. I have a feeling that the American Baptist church will end up being our home church. I actually want to visit all nine churches in town, but Steadfast thinks we should just stick to the first three "most likely to fit" churches. I have to admit, one church has some pretty harsh words every week up on it's outdoor message board (whatever you call those things... White signs with black letters where you can switch the letters around). OH! I think they're called "Church Signs"!! Anyway, the one church doesn't look like a warm fuzzy place to visit based on it's public messages. Now, I'm not looking to have my ears tickled, and I don't particularly need a warm, fuzzy church, but this one church sign is downright mean... I've seen three different messages on it, for three weeks, and they have not gotten any kinder. It's a big pretty building though... It sure is a pretty building...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Crumpet (and Muffin)
Farly and Crumpet
Crumpet, Muffin and Farly