Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ahhhh Gobble Gobble up that food.....

It is Thanksgiving Eve and I am looking forward to tomorrow. My mom, one of the greatest women to have ever walked this earth, has had Thanksgiving at her home for several years now. She was able to buy a new home a few years ago and is so in love with it. Prior to that, she lived in a tiny 2 bedroom fourplex that had a 1 step kitchen. Any direction you turned it only took one step (if that) to reach each counter, the stove, or the fridge. The dining room only a tad larger than that. So? Now she has a huge kitchen with a breakfast nook, a large dining room and a large living room just off the dining room. One year we were able to get over 40 people (excuse me...not just people but family) in there. It was GREAT! My mom was flying high and we all had a great time. We won't have that many this year (darn) but because it blesses my Mom so to have Thanksgiving there I am MORE than happy to go to her house. To see her so happy makes me happy. To see her up and able to fix the meal makes me happy. She had such a rough few months. It's good to see her more like herself. But Mom....how is dad going to do the dishes? Oh wait....he only needs one hand to hold onto his cane. He can't shrug his duties just because of a minor hip replacement surgery!!!


What I am thankful for:
My Beautiful Healthy Family
My Beautiful Home
For Beautiful Food
and above all my Beautiful Creator who loves me no matter what. Even though I am not loveable (most of the time) he still died on the cross for me. He so loved me he wanted to give, even me, a way into eternal life.
As the song goes...."Thank you Lord for saving my soul. Thank you Lord for making me whole. Thank you Lord for giving to me, Thy Great Salavation so rich and free!"
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Noisy Quiet Moment

It's windy and cold here in Portland today but with the sun shining the kids just HAD to go outside. Baby is taking a nap, A is off to basketball practice, S is at Grandma and Poppies (her other home) and the 3 left are outside riding scooters terrorizing the neighborhood. We have neighbors who have yelled at the kids for making too much noise. The neighbors down the road just sold their home because they were so tired for being harassed about their kids. Kids playing outside yelling and screaming and riding bikes. It's sad. Kids can't be kids anymore. They need to be outside. Kids need to make noise. Kids need to be free to have some fun. I like the sound of them playing outside. I temper the screaming sometimes (it gets a bit much) but other than that.....noise outside made by kids is great. The same neighbors who have yelled at my kids are also the ones who have a dog who would bark everytime we went outside AND you can hear the football game blaring on weekends. Funny how the sounds of kids playing and having fun is an irritation to some. But right now...the sound of a quiet house is so sweet. I can hear the clocks ticking and fish tank pump running. Hmmmmmm....maybe I should go check on the kids outside. Quiet kids....now that's something to fret about!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I can't imagine


I can't imagine what it would be like to not be able to feed my children. I can't imagine it and I pray to God I never experience it. Have we become complacent to children starving? Is that possible? I believe so. I have. I have not thought about it for a while. I have not done anything about it for a while. On other blogs I have seen pictures and read stories of children starving in Haiti's. Is this even on the news? I admit I watch the news rarely but what I have watched never showed the devastation of the floods, I NEVER saw a story about the schools that collapsed, and I never see stories about starving children in Haiti or anywhere for that matter. I see an occasional newspaper or magazine story. I see an occasional commercial, but no story on tv news. Then I read the blogs who share this information and it breaks my heart. As I get so tired of cooking, I see pics of little kids on the brink of death. Literally on the brink. Having no food for my kids.....watching them starve. I can't imagine.

I can't imagine not having drinking water. I don't do what I can to save water. I still shower almost daily. I still do tons of laundry. I let the water run until warm in order to rinse my mouth after brushing my teeth. BUT inside my heart there is a fear of not having drinking water. Truly, sometimes when I get me a glass of water I look at it and give thanks to God for it. I don't care that is full of chlorine even. It's clean and it's drinkable.

When I lived on a farm we had well water that was not drinkable. It was sulfur water. It made the entire house smell. The gas from the water eroded copperware off my walls. It even turned the discolored the matting on a picture hanging on the wall. It was nasty and I always felt I smelled. Then we were blessed to drill a new well. That time we got clear water BUT it was iron heavy. The house smelled better but I still could not drink it. So when people complain of city water, I say in my mind "you have no idea what it's like not to have drinkable water." And truly I don't either. When we had the sulfur water we would drive 15 (key word drive) minutes to our in laws and fill the large containers. It was such a hassle. But now I know there are people (mainly women) in this world who walk for miles to fill their containers with dirty, muddy water. Water that can kill them. I just can't imagine not giving my child a drink of life sustaining water and having them dehydrate. I can't imagine.

So much heaviness on the heart. It is too heavy for some. I understand. Many who are advocates don't, but I do. Sometimes what is going on in your life is almost more than you can deal with. So a blind eye must be turned to the true tragedies going on around us in order to stay sane. I don't turn a blind eye but I do lift up tied hands. So I pray. I pray for all those suffering. I pray for all those who are doing what they can to help. I pray for Jesus to come SOON.

Because I can't imagine what it's like and I pray with all I am I never experience it! Come Lord Jesus, Come.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hEKs8f9wzaX_Ldmn02lxn1093AzwD94ITU4G0

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

3 birthdays


So our lovely M just turned 8. She is a blessed girl because she was able to have 3 THREE birthdays. She had a 'Princess Tea Party' on Saturday, her real birthday (celebrated with a powdered/raspberry filled donut with a candle in the middle for breakfast) on Tuesday, then a family party tonight with cupcakes and presents. She LOVED every sugared moment of it. This special attention has made her very happy. I even received a random hug yesterday which is unlike her. We have several Hannah Montana and High School Musical items now floating around the bedroom.

Her life is not the way she would have it. Her parents are not where they should be. But right now, by God's Grace she is loved, she is safe, and she is being blessed by His goodness. God knows what the plans for her future are and I pray with all my heart she walks in those plans. I pray God will be the father she desires. I pray she allows him to consume her heart. I pray she is blessed beyond words all the days of her life.

Pic of Silly princess'

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wow....

We had a our date night last night. I must say the movie 'Fireproof' ....wow it is AWESOME! We loved it. I teared up I don't know how many times ,and I actually laughed OUT loud. I am anxious to see it again. We are sending my son J and his wife (you know, the two that graced us with a grandson!!!) to see it tonight.
Kirk Cameron is fantastic. What a great actor. The woman who played his wife...not so much. She just wasn't a great actress but she did ok. I am glad we saw it. I would love a miracle or two in my marriage but....it was a movie. All my life I have hoped for the scenario's in the movies and it just doesn't happen. The drama in the movie last night was very true to life though and the only thing that gives me hope about the ending to that movie being a possibility is because of the God I serve. He can do all things.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Moose Dogs

I have mentioned my moose dogs on my blog before and I actually got a picture the other day of both of them together. Usually if they are together, Lilly (the Dane) is sprawled on the floor and Sirion (the Weimer) is snuggled all up into her belly. Sorry for the bright eyes (no time for editing)...they are not alien dogs...only Moose Dogs! They drive me crazy and yet I just love them. Especially Sirion. He is a rescue. We found him at the animal shelter and he was nothing but skin and bones. I took a huge leap of faith (or made a really stupid decision at the time) and adopted him. He was 3 years old, not altered, starved and we had no history of him. I can't believe I wanted to bring him home. It could have been a huge disaster. BUT...he has turned out to be the GREATEST dog I have ever owned....and my family can attest I have owned plenty. He did great with the kids, with Lilly, and the cat. He is house broken and he is not food aggressive. He is a lover and he loves to be called handsome. His down side that almost sent him back to the pound (by L) was his separation anxiety. Oh boy...did I have some messes to clean and we still need to replace the bathroom linoleum due to scratching. But we bought a kennel and all is well. He even puts himself into it at night to sleep. We don't lock him at night, he just goes in and sleeps all night.
When we first brought him home I had to get up with him every hour to go 'potty.' Now he sleeps through the night. He weighed 50lbs when we got him (he weighed 40+ when the shelter got him) and he now weighs a whopping 105. He's a tiny chubby...but the doc says he is on the bigger side for his breed body frame wise and it seems to be a good weight for him...so he's good! He is a dear. I adore him.
As for Lilly....my dream dog turned nightmare! I have always wanted a dane and we were given her as a gift. She was a doll as a puppy (though my mom says she wasn't a puppy..puppies are little...lol) and we raised her through the puppyhood. Blah!!! I said I wouldn't have a puppy...and again I say...I will NEVER have a puppy again. What a horrible time. A new marriage, a new blended family AND a new puppy. She ruined the carpet, the trim on the walls, the end of my daughters bed, AND all the puppy toys. You know the ones to keep them busy and to keep them chewing on things other than your own stuff...yeh right!!! She has a been a huge pain in my butt. She never leashed trained, we take her out the door and she goes berserk! IF she gets out the door...she is gone. She takes off and doesn't look back. She barks at everything. She vomits every couple of months and emits a foul odor (besides the nasty gas she has daily). AND to top it off....she drools!!! I hate that the most. It is on my walls, the carpet, the pictures on the walls, the piano....and I even found some of my ceiling fan. A fan that was turning at the time!!! Now that's talent! She only weighs 115, not a big dane. The reason we still have her? She is sweet and the kids LOVE her. She is so loving. But when she has gone on to doggy heaven (if they let her in) I will do the happy dance with a tear in my eye.....Sad but happy.
We love the 'Big Dog' phrase..."Dead Dogs wag no Tails" sorry...but the kids are big 'Pirates of the Caribbean' fans so it made us laugh!!!
That is my Doggy tail....tale!!!
Our moose dogs....Sirion and Lilly


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Date night

We had a wicked storm move through yesterday that hit Washington harder than Oregon. I enjoyed it though. There was no thunder and lightening (which I hate) and I no longer live in a home that is surrounded by huge fir trees so I was able to enjoy it. Lots of blowing rain. Maybe it was just my mood but it was just peaceful to me.
Found out yesterday the foster baby will be with us a least until February, that is when the next court session will be held. So, it was good news and bad news. We of course are not ready to lose her. She is so precious, so beautiful and we enjoy her very much but on the other hand the longer we have her the harder it will be when she goes back to her bio Mom. I pray God's will for her life. I pray for protection over her. I pray if she does go back that she will be loved and kept safe. This is not an easy road for me but I know it's the road I am to be walking and I know God will get me through what I need to get through. I pray victory over the situation.
My husband and I will get going on a date Friday afternoon. We are going to see 'Fireproof' finally and we get to have dinner together. It's been a looooong time since we have been on a date. I am so excited. I am thrilled we get to see the movie. I didn't think it would still be in the theaters. I guess it's a divine appointment. Pray for our sitter...... lol

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ephesians 6:12


Not sure why, but felt led to post this scripture. Must be for someone especially for today....maybe even me?!?!

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A newscast

Some wonderful Children of God following His leading.
http://www.facinglife.tv/episode/season_3/episode_7/episode_307.html

He is a God of ALL people. Not a select few. Not just those that are wealthy or those that are poor. Not just for those who great teachers and those that are not. Not just for those who are healthy and those that are not. He is the One and True God. He is the Almighty and He is Love!

Football Season Came to a Close

Proud Dad
Cheesing for the camera

Receiving his award

Football season has come to an end. The hardest part of the season, aside from hoping your son doesn't get creamed on the field, is the cold weather. We were fortunate this year. Only a couple of 'cool' games and only one rainy one. Wow...that's a first.
We had the football banquet last Tuesday and our son received an award, making us quite proud. His award is......
'Defensive Lineman of the Year'
As of Wednesday, we have already started basketball.....no rest for the weary! lol

Extended Weekend

My public school kids have today off and tomorrow also for Veterans day. It's a nice break. They slept in until 7:00 which was nice. The best part was not having to get up and out. We could stay in our p.j.'s and take our time with breakfast. I am sitting at my pc drinking a cup of coffee while they play. Two baskets of laundry are staring at me. Yes...staring! Laundry takes on a life of it's own! It know I can not ignore it all day so it is taunting me. But until then, I will drink my coffee and posts these pics and try not to look out the corner of my eye.
Saturday I took 4 of the 6 six kids coat and clothes shopping and they were good and I didn't have to pull my hair out. They had so much fun. The highlight for L was us finding him not only a Spiderman Coat but also a Spiderman robe. He was overly excited. This boy loves soft fluffy blankets so a robe for the mornings and evenings are the perfect thing for him and to find one with Spiderman....wow!
We purchased some Hannah Montana shirts, High School Musical PJ's, and we even found a shirt for A that has Pirates of the C on it. I did managed to find them some darling dresses and two piece outfits they liked. So when we got home we had a mini photo shoot of the two girls.
















Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another weekend closing







Because I have nothing to talk about (if you ain't got nutin good t'say...don't say nutin t'all!)I thought I would post a few pics.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Treading water

Well I still feel as though I am just keeping my head above water but that's a good thing right? I would rather be playing in the sand on a warm beach but at least I am not sinking like a stone.
One of the challenges I am facing right now with working with the state is ALL the people in my life. They warn you but it's not until you are experiencing that the reality sinks in. I am a pretty private person when it comes to my home and my family so I knew God was going to stretch me. I wish I was like Mrs. Incredible. I love what she says "wife, mother, superhero!" yep....that's us mom's, but boy do I wish I could flexible like her. Mold and bend easily in whatever direction God would have me go. Why does my flesh have to resist.
So, back to my state visitors. I have at minimum two calls a day (except Fridays usually), at least one person comes to my house 3 days of the week and then I take one of my kids to counseling once a week. So, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are my state free days.
Things I wish....I wish I would make my kids keep their rooms clean. I wish I wouldn't let my kids have so much 'junk.' I wish I loved doing laundry. I wish I loved the pee around the toilets from the males in my home. I wish I had one big dog and not two. I wish I didn't have a dog that drools. I wish I had the gift of hospitality. I wish I had not allowed certain people in my life to make financial decisions. I wish we were able to adopt from Ethiopia. I wish children didn't need to be adopted. I wish parents in America would see their children as the true gifts they are. I wish potato chips and Pepsi were good for you.
So now what...now that I have some of the wishes out of the way...I pray for my home. I pray I would have the strength and motivation to care for my family, my home, my moose dogs. I pray for miracles regarding my body. I pray for miracles regarding our finance. I pray for many many things.
I thank God for what I have. I thank God for the health of my family. I thank God I am able to walk, talk, and sing. I thank God for dogs who make me laugh and feel loved. I thank God for my kids. I thank God for the opportunity to love on the kids who don't have a home right now. I thank God my kids are so well clothed I have loads and loads of laundry. I thank God for those who are able to adopt. I thank God for many things.
So thank you Lord you never give us more than we can handle. That as I am treading water you are the one who keeps me afloat.
I love you Lord
video

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blah

Some weeks would just be better being skipped, but since we don't have that choice we just work at keeping our head above water.
If anyone reads this blog/post...please pray for my household...pray for me. Bind the darkness in Jesus' name.

Thank you