Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ahhh...that's why....

So all along I have been blaming myself for the blogging slumber. Thinking I was in a funk...a foul mood. Nothing good to write about. Can't keep a thought and so on and so on....
Could this possibly be the reason I have trouble blogging?

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Decision

I have contemplated for quite a while opening our home to more kids. Is it the Holy Spirit nudging? I kept telling myself we can't because we don't have a large enough van. I also knew we couldn't fit more bodies around the dining room table. Well...we found a table. It extends to 8' long. So...I continued to think...well we still don't have a van or money to buy one. Then one Sunday I thought (again...was it the HS) turn the family room into a bedroom. So now I am wondering is God testing me? Because I have held onto that family room. It's actually a larger bedroom we turned into a family room. I like it so. It's where the t.v. is. It's where the toys are. It's where all the family pictures are hung. I really like that room. So, is God testing me? Is he waiting for me to step out in faith before he opens the door to blessings? I don't know really. I want to know this is from him. I have so far turned our entry area into a dining room, to accommodate the new dining table. I turned the small dining room into our computer area. I will say it's worked out ok. I not terribly fond of it...but it works. So, I am waiting for direction. If we turned the family room into a bedroom and then by some miracle we get a bigger rig we could take in 2 more kids. TWO more kiddos...two more lives to have love and stability. It makes sense to move forward...but man it's going to be alot of work...and money. We have to have the cable guy come out AGAIN...at a tune of $76...again!!! I would have to consolidate stuff and part with things...which is a little hard but totally doable and wouldn't stop me. So, I am just putting 'it' out there. Pray for direction. Pray for my heart. Pray for Gods Holy Spirit to direct. Pray I don't listen to the Negative Nelly's and let them get me down. I wan to walk in Gods direction.

Thanks for your prayers.

A day at the beach

We were actually able to escape for a day this week. It was nice. One of my favorite places on earth...the Oregon coast. Lincoln City to be exact. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing which made it quite chilly and the little one didn't like walking on the sand. She is funny about things. So she sat quite a while...which is very much unlike her. Then she rolled around the blanket some and then later she sat in my beach chair. Funny duck. The other two (we only took 3...the other 3 were scatter amongst family) had a great time. They were freezing half the time but would warm up quickly and go off again. The beach we go to has a small river that feeds into the ocean. It's called a river but looks like a small creek. Just perfect for Little ones to play in. We found our beach treasures, got a few sunburns (me) then after a few hours went to dinner at my favorite coastal restaurant....Mo's. The kids ate great. Little MK had clam chowder for the first time and loved it. She also had shrimp but we knew she already loved that. All of them ate well. We then checked out a Pier in a small town called 'Taft.' The kids got to see wind surfers and clam diggers. Lot's of new stuff for them. Headed home and they crashed out. Slept 3/4 of the way home. A nice quiet drive.
It was a good day. Hope to get some more of that action in the next week or two. I need it!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summmmer break.....

I want to write, I want to share, I want to get on here and spill my heart....but it seems my mind is always a jumbled mass of much! This jumbled mass seems to have difficulty forming a sentence. Difficulty just forming coherent thoughts. Nothing is wrong mind you...I can think but it seems with so much going on, the thinking is on overload and it tends to 'spark' inside this skull.

I enjoy reading other blogs and yet seem to have a hard time doing that even. Facebook....maybe it's facebooks fault. Short little tidbits. Teency bits of information here and there...it seems to fit my mental lifestyle....or has it trained me to find comfort in those teency bits of information? Nah...it's just me.

We have had our bouts with illness'. From strep throat, to colds, to stomach flu. Good times! not!

We are in the middle of the adoption for our youngest. She is legally free...I guess you could say she is an orphan now. Sad that it came to that. Sad her bio Mom wasn't able to straighten things out in her life. Thankful God chose us to raise this baby. Hopefully, and God willing, she will be the newest Porter this summer. I will be glad when it's legal and she is officially ours.

Speaking of summer. Oh how happy I was to think about summer. Couldn't wait for the break. Then it hit and oh how hectic it is. One set of obligations stops for summer and a whole new set starts. I am still enjoying the summer break though. A break from my kids schooling. A break from...well just several things.

I have done some outside work. Some flower planting, blackberry cutting, weeding and I planted 4 tomato plants. This week my husband has vacation and since we don't have the funds to go anywhere we will stay home and put energy into home projects. Yesterday and today we started a carport/storage shed cleaning and reorganization. We have purchased some new (to us) shelving to use out there. Hope to plug up some holes and make it a little more difficult for the pesky rodents to get in. They have ruin enough stuff. I would rather be on a vacation but I am thankful we have a home to spend time at. Very thankful.

Looks at though I will be taking the dreaded trip to Hawaii. Don't get me wrong...Hawaii has been been my dream trip for most of my life. I did a report on Hawaii when I was in grade school and have wanted to go ever since. I have dreamed and dreamed of going there...BUT...now I go for a different purpose. I have been 'enlisted' to go and help my daughter move there. I will be escorting my daughter (the one given to me by God with much prayer) and my precious grandson. I will only be there 3 nights. Most of that will be babysitting while my daughter and son inlaw spend 'time' together. It's a sad journey for me...one that I will spend my return flight fighting back tears. We will be going to Honolulu/Pearl Harbor. I am trying to focus on the good. Focusing on the fact my kids are not in a foreign country. The fact I am only leaving them until we can see each other again at Christmas. I am not losing them to death..MUCH to be thankful for. It is what my daughter wants. All of that should make me feel better...and it does. My heart is broke but at least it's not devastated beyond repair. So I will enjoy the long flight where I can hold, kiss, hug, and wrestle my grandson whom I adore. It will be a time my girl and I can have a few hours to focus on each other. Once there...maybe my little man and I can venture to a sandy beach and enjoy the palm trees and sand and water. Him and I can get a coconut drink and soak up some sun...yeh...that's the ticket!!!
So far this month we had a baby girl turn 13 (sad...very sad! lol) and a baby girl turn 2! Whew...big milestones. I am still always perplexed at how quickly time passes.

Lots on my mind and heart but not much I want to spew out on this blog right now. Trying to keep it light. Life is not light so we can choose to keep all that is heavy and difficult at the forefront or put it aside and move on. Focus on what is good. Not always easy but I have found it does help.

Philippians 4:8
'Finally brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -think about such things.'

Thursday, July 8, 2010

4th of July Pictures






















































Geesh...

I really dislike going so long between posts because I never know where to start....what to share...a little 'writerswhelmed.' .
I will start with facts:
Summer is in full swing. We have bug bites to prove it. Mosquito's are horrible this year. We have gone through 2 cans of bug spray in 2 weeks. I can't imagine those who live this daily.
A few have been to our lovely and local Multnomah falls once so far. Took my youngest kiddo and my youngest grandson. Their first time being there. We had lunch, which my eldest daughter paid for, and then we went and had icecream. A great day.

We had a family bbq at my nieces house of the 3rd of July...my middle daughters birthday. Nice seeing family and getting to hug on my brother. He brought newly acquired pictures of my nephew and some oldies of my siblings. As for my daughters birthday...she turned 13...TEEN. sigh...these kids...they grow up way too fast. She, for one, has been acting like a teen since she was 2 or 3...so there are no surprises. It's just sad that she looks like such a young lady now. She has gotten taller than me....not that it's difficult to do...but still! When she was born, I had her by C'section so we spent the 4th of July in the hospital watching, from the 3rd floor windows people lighting off fireworks. She is so dear to me. She is such a beauty inside and out.
Then we get to 4th of July. It was a little odd since it fell on a Sunday. We had to rise early because every year our church moves the time of our Sunday service one hour. Instead of starting at 11 we start at 10. So that meant we had to get up even earlier, be at church for worship team practice at 9, have church, then kill a couple of hours between church and the service we conduct at the neighboring nursing home. We finished at 2:30 and headed home to spruce up the house, prepare the grill, get the patio area ready and wait for our company to arrive. So, it all turned out great. The weather was cloudy and cool, the mosquito's were lousy but the fellowship with family was sweet. I am blessed to have a great daughter in law...one who happens to have great parents so it is nice when they join us as well.
From our house we can see professional fireworks pretty good that are set off over one of our neighboring lakes. Then my son and his helpers set off our store bought ones. In Oregon any fireworks that fly are illegal, but our neighbors like to purchase the illegal ones in Washington...so we get to see those as well. Quite pretty some of them. I was glad the day was done and we picked up the mess and the family members went home. My husband and I then sat out our patio area and enjoyed a nice backyard fire and the glow of the tiki torches and the few fireworks still going off. Nice relaxing end to a very busy day!
Happy Belated Birthday America. I am so thankful God as blessed us greatly and pray He continues to do so.
I will post 4th of July pics in the next post...easier and faster that way!