Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Missy Lou has not been able to stop talking about the ballet, and yesterday afternoon we stopped by Costco to pick up our Christmas cards and she did pirouettes all the way down the parking lot! We had such a wonderful afternoon, my daughter and I.
Thankful Thing - November 26. A Wonderful Thanksgiving Season. I know that a lot of people don't have very happy holidays. Some people have memories that haunt them of holidays past that were less than ideal. Some people have relatives that bring conflict with them wherever they go, so family gatherings are something to dread rather than anticipate. Some people place too high of expectations of the holidays and put too much pressure on themselves and collapse of stress by the end of the whole thing. I don't have those problems, and for that, I am thankful. We had two wonderful family dinners. Everyone got along. A lot of laughter was shared and pleasant memories were made.
Thankful Thing - November 27. The Rain. We need it so badly in this desert valley of ours. And it rained today. But we were inside, cozy and warm. The fire was going. The kids were quietly playing games, or watching football on tv. And the rain fell. Thank you, God, for the rain!
Thankful Thing - November 28. Sisters (in-law). I didn't have a sister growing up. I really wanted one badly, but that wasn't what God had planned for my life. But, I grew up and got married and inherited some wonderful sisters. They are the sweetest women and I feel like I can tell them anything. I am thankful for my sisters.
Thankful Thing - November 29. My Appliances. Yes, yes, I know. You're probably thinking, this gal has had too much eggnog already and it's getting close to the end of the month and she's getting desperate for things to be thankful for. Well.... no. I haven't had any eggnog yet, and when I do it's the non-alcoholic kind. And I'm not running out of things to be thankful for. In fact, I could go another whole month of Thankfulness and still not run out of things to be thankful for, so there. But, I am thankful for my appliances. Especially on a cold frosty day like today. I don't have to haul water in from the well, or go out and hang my laundry on the line. I suppose our pioneer fore-mothers probably washed less than we do, but I am thankful for my washer and dryer. I am thankful for my water-heater, so I could take a warm shower this morning. I'm thankful for my oven and stove, which makes cooking so much easier. And for my microwave, which takes ease of cooking to a whole new level. Yes, I am truly thankful for my appliances.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thankful Thing - November 24. My Oldest Son. I might have mentioned before that I have two boys and they are as different as day and a pineapple. This is the truth. Whereas my second son is smallish and cuddly, my older son is tall and lean and muscular. I stopped being able to pick him up ages ago and he's only 7. He doesn't look heavy, but he is. Believe me, he is. Bubba loves sports, and this year he has really excelled in soccer. He's gotten some really good coaching and has proven himself at the position of goalie. It's not a position he really loves, unless the ball is always coming at him. But, when he is paying attention, and that is the operative phrase, "paying attention", the ball can't get by him.
It has all sorts of yummy recipes in it. Monday I made sweet potato bread. This is all that is left of it. It was really really yummy. We had some for dinner, and then the next morning toasted with peanut butter. I can't even begin to describe how delicious it was. Yesterday I made buttermilk/rosemary bread. See, I even have my own rosemary.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
So, yesterday I'm listening to the radio and I hear the weather report. Doug Collins, my favorite weather guy, was saying that this week of beautiful weather was fast coming to an end and today was going to be the last nice day we were going to have for a while. I knew we couldn't be stuck inside wasting our last day of warm, sunny weather so we took a spur of the moment field trip up to the Pine Flat area. We left in the morning and took our breakfast with us. I had to give blood first thing in the morning and it was a fasting blood test. So, I figured we'd just go straight from the doctor's office and instead of having a picnic lunch, we'd have a picnic breakfast. We had muffins and juice and coffee (for me) as soon as we got up there and then we were ready for adventure. First, we threw rocks in the river for a while (we did discuss the fact that these rocks were igneous rocks, formed by volcanic activity), because when you're a kid and there's a river and there's rocks.... well, what else are you going to do?
Then we went for a hike down a very overgrown path. We found lots of big sticks and spent time hitting a lot of things, like trees and rocks and grass. Oh, and the water! After we got tired of that we went back the way we had come and... you guessed it. Threw more rocks in the water.
At about 11:30, we decided it was time to come home. We were getting a little hungry (we hadn't brought lunch) and were a little tired and figured we'd had enough of a field trip for the day. It was a great time, though. Now bring on the rain!
We went up to the foothills today for an impromptu field trip and it was so beautiful up there. Every time I get outdoors I marvel at the beauty, the strength and the variety of creation.
From the oceans to the mountains, to the rivers. It's all so wonderful and breath-taking. Nothing man could possibly make or even dream up can compare with the Created world.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Friday, November 12, 2010
So, anyway, we have made our way to the sea and today we studied all the things that one would find if the oceans were suddenly void of water. We studied ocean ridges and sea mounts (little volcanoes that don't peek up out of the ocean) and the continental shelf.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
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And then, this August a mole I had removed at my GP's came back positive as melanoma. So, I was sent to the dermatologist to have a large chunk of my leg removed. My doctor there is Dr. Storey and I love her, too. She did a beautiful job on my surgery and she's so sweet. When she was doing my surgery we just chatted about kids and hiking and any number of things we found we had in common. She's just the sweetest, most down to earth person and she's also the most incredible doctor.
So, today I am thankful for my good doctors!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
November 1 Thankful Thing.... My Salvation. And the reminder I had this weekend that many Christians, while they acknowledge that their Salvation is an act of God's grace, they do not live out their sanctification as an act of God's grace. We try to work out our sanctification (being made holy) by our own works and the Christian life becomes a drudgery and an impossibility. I've been wondering why I haven't been smiling much lately. I have been focusing on this verse from Psalm 119 "Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments." I am trying not to fix my eyes on myself, on my circumstances, on my own many shortcomings and failures which burden me and bring me down, but rather on God's commandments. And as the Psalmist continues to say throughout the 119th Psalm, "I will delight in your statutes" and "Your testimonies are my delight" and "... give me life according to your Word."
November 2 Thankful Thing... My husband. I waited and prayed and cried out to the Lord for a long time for him. It was worth the wait. He is kind and patient, cute, funny, faithful and my very best friend.
November 3 Thankful Thing... My children. The Lord closed my womb, for His own reasons. However, "He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord." Psalm 113:9. My children are gifts from the Lord.
So, I am hoping to be able to keep up with this Month of Thankfulness. It is a great idea. You can't complain about things if you're trying to be thankful, right?