Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Little Bit of Fun...

What color are your socks right now? Unlike Amy and Marsha, I do not live in a place that is too hot for socks. But mine are clean, bright white.

What are you listening to right now? The nature movie the family is watching.

What was the last thing you ate? Oatmeal raisin cookie and Rainier cherries.

Can you drive a stick? Yes, but I rather not.

Last person you spoke to on the phone? My beloved. To ask him to pick me up from Staples. Back to school shopping done.

How old are you today? 42 year, 1 week old.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Figure Skating and Gymnastics

What is your favorite drink? CafĂ©’ Mocha made by Beloved or Cold Clear Water

Have you ever dyed your hair? Yep. My daughter Nikki does a great job of it!

Favorite food? Anything from Ben’s BBQ.


What is the last movie you watched? The Best of the Cosby Show. Loved laughing with the girls!


Favorite day of the year? Everyday. Always thankful for another day.


How do you vent anger? Sadly, I tend to yell. Trying to learn to walk and pray it off.

What was your favorite toy as a child? My teddy bear and play horses.

Favorite Season? Towards the end of each season I am always sure the upcoming one is my favorite…I love them all.

 Cherries or Blueberries? Cherries fresh, blueberries in muffins and smoothies.

 Living situation? Way up north with 4 of my favorite people.

 When was the last time you cried? Several time this week, while my father dealt with another collapsed lung.

 What is on the floor of your closet right now? Our shoes and an empty laundry basket.

, What are you most afraid of? Losing my husband or kids.

 Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? A little spicy with mustard and pickles.

 Favorite dog breed? Really like most of them, though a certain Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix has my heart at this time.

Favorite day of the week? Sunday, Sabbath rest, family time.

How many states have you lived in? 3, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado

How many countries have you lived in?  4, US, England, Costa Rica, Canada

Diamonds or pearls? Sapphires…

What is your favorite flower? Columbine, Roses, Iris, Daisies, Petuna...oh my, I like FLOWERS.

Did you get an H1N1 vaccine? No way.

I got this from Amy, who got it from Marsha, who got it from Meredith, who got it from Melissa... will you be the next?! ;)

Let me know if you play along!

Vancouver Maritime Museum

During our May long weekend get away one of our favorite spots was the Vancouver Maritime Museum. You didn't know we have pirates in the family, did you?

It is hard to believe, but these are two of the most feared...sweet sailors on the seas!  All joking aside, we learned quite a bit more about pirates than we wanted to know. They are some awful wicked people.

 We toured the now retired St Roch and learned quite a bit about the exploration of Northwest Passage. As always happens, we find treasures off the beaten path and have great fun exploring and learning.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Multitude of Gifts

holy experience
109. First swim class for Momma ~ turns out to be a private lesson as no one else showed up. Learned a lot, have to practice a lot  So thankful for the encouragement and courage to do this.

110. Found a young believer in the swim teacher, an opportunity to encourage her along in her new faith.

111. Understanding children who cheerfully give up their month off to finish term 1 before the move, we hope.

112. Delightful summer reads that still pull one up to higher thinking and living.

113. Sabbath days, full of rest and family fellowship.

114. Fine medical care for my father…who is fighting COPD.

115. Comfort in knowing there are many people who care about Dad and are looking out for him when I cannot. 1980 miles separate us.

116. The health, strength, courage and cheerfulness of 3 young girls.

117. My beloved loves me and is quick to listen, slow to speak, and very slow to anger.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Snapshot Summary

Monday 6/21/10, we stop by the post office, and there in the parking lot is his truck full of flowers.  Girls skip over while I gather the mail.  This is a little sampling of what we came home with.  Flowers, tomatoes, vegetables, and an invitation to visit their greenhouses for a field trip!
Tuesday 6/22/10, Pool Day Fun.  How blessed we are by the town's recreation center and swimming pool!  We spend several afternoons a week there.  Lots of floating toys, occassional waves, and great, friendly lifeguards.  Today I took my first swimming lesson.  Turned out to be a private lesson, as no one else showed up.  My legs still feel like aching jelly, but it's going to be great!  On top of it all, I was given the opportunity to encourage a young believer, as she talked about searching for a real, personal relationship with the Father!

Wednesday 6/23/20, We have put all those plants into pots and gardens.  The tomato plants in the plants are doing well, but those we put in the gardens were investigated by the neighbor's pups, and trampled :(  Chica is trying to revive this one.
On the eve of my 42nd birthday.  No better gift than simply life with my precious family.  But they did shower me with celebration...a lemon raspberry  cake, binoculars!, a cool compas and a blue tooth.  Can you say "adventures ahead"?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday. Multitude of Gifts

holy experience

1. Loon & Wood Duck hatchlings on the ponds.

2. Madeline the cat teaches a class on wound care to 3 little ladies. Thankful for education in the natural world.

3. Summer weddings!

4. Wake Up, Grizzly! And gummi bears read by Builder, with great voices!

5. Dogwood & Wild Roses in the Fairy Forest.

6. More beauty blooming all around.

7. What we read becoming what we do…nature studies and plant identification.

8. Sunday morning walk with Builder.

9. Next term’s materials all ordered!

10. A plan for Mother’s lessons as well 

11. Playful pups that cause laughter to bubble over.

Friday, June 18, 2010

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.My "little" sister and me.

Each year brings new challenges and new joys in our individual lives, and also new understanding and delight in our sisterhood. This photo was taken by my Mae after a very fun, hard, full, challenging, growing, heart knitting week.

I want to tuck this memory into the storehouse of treasured memories for myself, and for our children.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

A Multitude of Gifts

holy experience

75. Life remembered, cherished.
76. Painfully walking into the full home, which is now empty, because Grandma has gone HOME.
77. Seeing many faces from all over, once again.
78. Family. Extended and close. All of it is part of each of us. And each of us is part of it.
79. Fort wars.
80. Motorcycle ride with my Beloved. Still makes my heart beat wildly.
81. A girl, just like her momma, loving the wind in her hair and no walls around her.
82. Juice made by the hands of a nephew, for the parched travelers.
83. A relationship restored, the children witness the miraculous hand of God as He continues to restore and grow the family tree.
84. A trusting call for help.
85. VA medical care, care exceeding expectations.
86. Healing assured.
87. Cousin laughter, stories, hugs.
88. Ice cream with grandparents.
89. Sisters married men who are able. Who care and love deeply.
90. Sister Daughters sharing the responsibility.
91. Girl cousins sharing clothes, makeup, secrets, laughter.
92. Boy cousins sharing light sabers & nerf guns.
93. COUSINS sharing the pleasure of family.
94. Sister Moms sharing surprise of daughter niece turf water wars.
95. Go cart racing.
96. Being trusted by a child. No small thing.
97. He welcomes us, me, warmly, back to our home, back to his arms.

Pretty Princesses? um no, Warrior Princesses!

Girly cousins, a week together...laughter, giggles, jokes, smiles, hugs, ice cream, slumber parties

AND... mascara,water, mud, territory...

Precious ladies, fun times, even if they did take advantage of the sister moms' exhausted naps and the little sister cousins smaller size AND let the water run for 2 hours. Precious fun times.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Taken by the Hand and Escorted to Her Eternal Home

Remembering Reba May Adair Gleeson, September 1910 ~ May 31, 2010

Builder's sweet, strong, much loved Grandmother was taken by the hand of her Savior early Monday morning and escorted to the place He has been preparing for her.

Her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren have been excitedly anticipating the 100th birthday celebration in September. Instead we gather this week to remember and celebrate the life of this woman we each love and will miss greatly.

BUT we do not grieve as those who do not have hope!

"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep." I Thessalonians 4:13