Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Laziness

I am being lazy! I deserve to be! Yesterday I did some things I have not done in awhile! I baked a double batch of chocolate chip cookies and yes, there are still some left! I baked an Apple Crisp and yes, there is still some left! I baked three, yes I said three loaves of homemade bread and yes, there is still some left! I am also the size of a huge barn but hey, at least I am happy!!!!
The job training is going well and there is more to come starting in the morning bright and early! I am enjoying it so far and have not gotten into trouble yet! Go me!! I am still working on getting into some sort of a schedule with the job and then the housework but we will make it eventually!
Dave is enjoying his work and getting ready to take off for about 5 weeks or so with a week off in the middle! I am happy for him and too proud for words! He keeps us all sane, laughing and living for God!!
Ashley is handling the Algebra II and Chemistry with as much hatred as she can muster! She has a "friend" but that is all I can say about that right now! It sure keeps this house lively though!!
Carrie is currently waiting to board her plane to come back to IN from South Florida! She had a great weekend I am sure but I miss her and am ready for her to come home!
David Jr had to have his wisdom teeth taken out on Friday and is still pretty miserable! He and Christa are doing well although they are facing some pretty tough stuff! I am proud of them and hope to get Christa here in about 3 to 4 weeks or so!!
I have not had our camera out yet and Friday night was one of those times when I should have. We went to a nearby town to meet up with a friend from "way back when"! This town was having what I would call "Bluegrass Night". It was um........ rather interesting - especially watching these two little old ladies dance their jigs! I did my best to not laugh right out loud! However, it was a blast catching up with Nathan and meeting his wife and kids! That was so much fun!!!
So - that is all the news from here for now! I promise I will do my best to get the camera out and post some pictures here and there!!

Monday, September 22, 2008


Well, let's see - it has been a rather busy time here so let me see if I can play catch up!
1) Had company a week ago this past Saturday in the form of my Mom, sister Sandy and brother-in-law Paul. This resulted in lots of pop and food arriving in my house!
2) Went to revival at UBC on a Friday night and on Sunday night! GREAT services and enjoyed meeting up with long, lost friends!
3) Because of number 1, I spent three days this past week doing fall "cleaning" for Sandy! Not sure who benefited the most from that - me or her!!
4) Had an interview on Wednesday for a job at a local bank.
5) Had a second interview on Friday after which I received the call offering me the job! YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Start tomorrow!!!
6) Spent this past Saturday with WONDERFUL friends Woody and Ruth! We even got a cream puff cake and homemade cinnamon rolls out of that visit!!!!! We went shopping and had a great Mexican meal and a TERRIFIC day!
7) Yesterday after church we took our dinner and met several families at a park! Gorgeous weather, great company and delicious food!
So - now I am trying to work on my very long list of things to get accomplished today before I join the ranks of the working women again! I will be working full time and learning something new and I am excited about it! If you don't hear from me in awhile, you know why!!
For those of you in Florida, Carrie will be arriving on Friday night and will be in church on Sunday! Don't expect much though - she will be somewhat occupied with Josh but if you can break her away, at least tell her hi!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


As most of you have probably figured out by now, our family has recently made a HUGE move to the North Country. This decision was not an easy one to make! There were several reasons this decision was so difficult! 1) How was Ashley going to handle being uprooted from school, an Abeka school at that, and moved to a new school, an ACE one, at the beginning of her 11th grade year? 2) Would Carrie handle this well - I mean we were taking her away from her boyfriend, her college, her job, her friends? 3) Was it smart to leave my really good job with good benefits? I mean - really....what were we thinking?!?! Many, many days of prayer and much discussion went into this decision!
I have been reading through the story of Lot in my devotions recently. It has just greatly disturbed me to realize again that this Dad really had some issues! I do not in any way mean to trivialize the Scripture but this guy was some sort of a nutcase! He HAD to be! First of all, he lived in a wicked city and KNEW exactly where he was going when he headed there in the first place. Secondly, he apparently had grown rather accustomed to the sin that was all around him since he was well-known in the city. Third, what kind of father would offer his daughters to the men of the city for "toys" to protect his guests? I know - it was the custom of that day to protect your guests at all costs but to offer your own daughters??? And furthermore, where in the world was his wife when this was happening? Did she have nothing to say about Lot offering his daughters for such horrific acts? Fourth, when he finally realized that the city was going to be destroyed, he still "lingered" around! What in the world was he thinking? Even his wife struggled with the removal from the city since she could not bear to leave it without a look back and we all know where that got her!! Of course the story does not end there since we read on to discover that his two daughters were messed up enough by the sin they had witnessed while living in Sodom that they proceeded to get their dad drunk TWICE in order to carry on the family name!
In recent weeks, I have been simply amazed at the decisions that parents make without any regard whatsoever to their children. Selfish decisions is what it boils down to! When I look at the agony Dave and I went through while we tried to make this decision, it boggles my mind that parents think their kids can handle the consequences of their idiotic decisions! It can be something as small as being disrespectful to their spouse to something huge like dividing their family! I have so struggled with the thoughts of how people get to the point of making such stupid choices! But then, once again I am taken back to the Scripture (I think I have blogged about this but can't remember) in Psalm 1 where he says, "Blessed is the man that walketh not...nor standeth....nor sitteth..."! See - there is this progression...we don't get from point A to point F without going through points B, C, D, and E. It is a progression and I am amazed at the number of parents who just don't get it! They want their own way and they are determined to have it no matter what it takes! I have asked the Lord, once again, to help me see that every decision I make directly affects my kids one way or another!! Yes, there are still tears in this house and yes, sometimes we wonder what we are doing but I have been reminded that "righteousness will be to your children's children"! The choices Lot made affect us to this very day!! But the choice we make to live according to God's Holy Word will affect us for eternity!
I feel better - I just had to get that off my chest!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jumbled Thoughts

Today I have a "mess" going on in my head and since it is no secret that my blog is often used for "therapy" for the crazy owner of the blog, I feel the need for "therapy" again!!!
Thought number one - do we remember the significance of this day? It is September 11 you know! I remember the panic I felt that day in the administration building at HSBC and the NEED to find my husband and KNOW where my children were! I could not believe that was happening here of all things! Since then I have developed somewhat of a new perspective on it. It was probably the single event that inspired my son to become a United States Marine. I will NEVER forget the July 4th service we attended the summer before he joined. We were in a small church in Virginia and the pastor sang the National Anthem and I looked at my big, strapping 18 year old who had tears streaming down his face and for some reason, I think I knew what was coming! Part of me wants to scream at those responsible for that attack and say "thanks bunches for taking my son away" but there is a larger part of me that literally stands up full of pride for what my son fights for - freedom - MY freedom and YOURS, thank you very much! Yea - this day holds a lot of significance for lots of reasons!
Which leads me to thought number two - politics! I am NOT a blogger about politics. To be honest, I HATE politics in ALL walks of life. Politics in churches literally makes me sick at my stomach! Politics on a local level makes me wonder about people and politics on a national level makes me want to throw something really hard!!!! For the record, I simply refuse to even think about voting for Obama. Just ain't gonna happen! I know - if I am smart, I will think long and hard about what he says. That being said in a small sing-songy voice! No thank you! As for McCain/Palin - hmmmm....thats a mouthful. Let me tell you something, I would vote for him just from watching him try to raise his arms. There - that is exactly how fickle I am!!!! One of our choices has no CLUE what fighting for freedom is about and the other one lived a literal horror story. I know - there is more to it than that but I am pretty much sold and if you need to know why, back up a paragraph! As for Palin, I refuse to worship the ground she walks on since she is female and human and makes mistakes like every one else but I will tell you this - if one more "Christian" says ONE MORE word to me about what a poor mother she must be if she has a pregnant teenager at home, I am going to blow a gasket. At least we know her family is normal! No - I don't condone it but you don't have to walk far to find a "Christian" home with the very same problem in it! Bottom line on politics - it is my humble opinion that we should be VERY grateful we have the privilege of voting for what we want even if no one agrees with us! Which, by the way, comes compliments of the men and women fighting for THAT VERY FREEDOM! (sorry - random yelling!!)
Thought number three - I am cold, have 3 more loads of laundry to do, a sink full of dishes that think I should wash them and a house that needs cleaned up! Guess I had better stop rambling and get off the blog!!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Our New Humble Abode

Believe it or not, today I am on the internet from our home but won't exactly tell you how I am doing that!! It's a top level secret!!!! Oh wait a minute, I am blogging - there is NOTHING that is a secret here!!
I thought I would share a picture or two of our new home here in Indiana! This is the front of the house and we are settling in pretty well!

This is the dining room that is to the right as soon as you walk in the front door. As you can tell in the very right hand corner of the picture, the bears are back at home on the shelf! The china has still not been unpacked yet but it just may get done this week!

To the left of the front door is the living room and there is a nice coat closet which is also being used to store some things I can't find a place for yet! I am still trying to remind myself that I WILL need a coat closet one of these days!

My kitchen! Down side? I have to remember how to hand wash dishes! No dishwasher! And yes, I left them on the counter on purpose in this picture! Oh yes, the laptop is sitting there also so that if you read my blog, and I am doing it at home, this is where I am for now!

Behind those lovely doors is the local laundromat and as is recognized by the hampers - it is in full swing!! Down the hall are the three bedrooms and the bathroom that you will just have to leave to your imagination as to their looks because there is more than one member of my house who would wring my neck if I posted pictures of the bedrooms!!

A cool thing about this state of Indiana and moving here in September is the fresh tomatoes. Someone gave Dave a bucket full and I am letting them get a little more red before I EAT THEM!!!

Just a few pics to catch ya up on us! If I remember to, I will take some pictures of the church and where Ashley goes to school and post them soon!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Moving Day

I am back at the library which is turning out to be my favorite place in Frankfort right now! This has to be the coolest place I have been to in awhile!
So I thought I would take a few minutes to share our moving day experiences with you all!
This is what my dining room looked like right before we started loading. Funny - I had waited soooo long for my dining room to be fixed only to have it used for a loading dock!

The empty truck soon to be full! Faithful Matt Thompson, Nathan Hughes, Mark Budensiek, John Dykes, Bruce Finney, Tara and our family along with Josh when he was not in class took care of the loading!

Carrie's car got to experience the trip in perfect ease! Not so the rest of us!

I don't know if you can see it or not but that radar map looks perfectly clear all except that stupid rain hanging right over Hobe Sound!

So - we loaded off and on in the rain! Soooooo much fun!!!! NOT!!!!!

Headed to hook up Carrie's car and get ready to pull out the next morning! We left on Thursday morning, it was just Dave and I in the big moving truck and the kids followed in our car when Josh got out of school. We drove up to South Carolina and ended up getting to meet David and Christa which was a lot of fun! The kids pulled in around 11:30 and we crashed pretty quick after that. David and Christa got up and took off at 3am and we got on the road around 6am. The moving truck was like riding in a tank but we managed to survive!

When we finally saw this sign around 9pm Friday night, we had all become quite confident that Frankfort was just a figment of our imagination!!!!!!

We spent the night with our new Pastor and his family and started unloading around 9am. There were several men from the church that came to help us unload and we were done by 10:30 at the latest! We had a lot of help settling in and it didn't take long!

Yes you see correctly! That is Ashley behind the wheel of the moving truck! Dave let her drive it and when she climbed down out of the cab, the guys were all standing by to give her a standing ovation! It was pretty cool!
So - that is the moving news and next I will do my best to get some pictures of our new house to post but I am not sure when that will happen! Until next time - all you Hobe Sounders enjoy the wind and rain while I have my windows open enjoying the breeze of fall! I know - trust me - you can rub this in in another month or two!!!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Quick Update

Ok - so here I sit in the coolest little cafe in the basement of the Frankfort Library since this is the only place I have access to the internet! I thought I would just let you all know that we are alive, doing well and busy as ever! Ashley is on her second day of school, Carrie started her job at 9am this morning and Dave started his at 8am. It was really weird being at home but I think that will change soon!
I have tons of pictures - thanks to Ashley's camera and will eventually share them but for now, I am struggling with the whole internet thing! Hopefully that will change soon!
I may try to come back here tomorrow and spend some time trying to upload the pictures and then share them with you all!
Catch ya later!!