Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
- One pound of rice cooked.
- 5 spice choices on the Lazy Susan at the center of the table.
- Initial attitude check: Chance, angry. Colton, excited. Mom & dad, a bit weary.
- First scoop - straight up. Small scoop. No seasonings allowed. As "authentic" as possible.
- Most of us fly through the original scoop. It's still a novel concept. We are busy talking about Cambodia and the lifestyle there. It's better when it's warm. And we all want to get on to a scoop with at least something for seasoning!
- Except Chance. He hasn't taken a bite bigger than a Basking Robins sample scoop yet - and we all know how minuscule those are!
- Many variations tried - seasoned salt, ranch popcorn seasoning, cinnamon/sugar.
- Except Chance. He's still working on the first, very small scoop.
- Dinner Question - If you could give the Cambodians one thing, what would it be?
- Chance - Something better than this! After much prodding and pushing, he conceded that he would somehow give them better food, and it would include lots of fresh fruit like one of those big Safeway fruit trays.
- Colton - Some toys, probably toy swords, and some gift baskets full of pineapples, apples, oranges, and some candy bars. Probably Crunch bars. And nothing with nuts, in case any of the Cambodians have allergies.
- Matt - assurance that they wouldn't have to worry where their next meal is coming from.
- Heather - technology available to us that would allow them to grow better crops, and get more yield from the rice acreage that is available to them.
- Just like any good Christian revival, next came the pitch for funds. How many bags of rice did we think we could commit to providing?
- Chance immediately offers up either his savings or chores for two bags. $20. He's feeding 2 families for at least a month.
- Colton decides, after much cajoling (he started out giving a big ZERO), that he could commit to 1.5 bags. $15 worth of offering money or chores. He's feeding 1.5 families for at least a month.
- Overall - a pretty good evening.
- I was reminded, by my stubborn boy who barely ate one small scoop of rice, cried at the table because he wanted to eat something else, wondered why we had to go through this when WE weren't the ones in Cambodia, and went to bed directly after dinner by his own choice - that I can't force someone's heart to break for the things that my heart breaks for. Even my own kids. God will break his heart for other things. And that's okay.
- I was impressed with Colton's immediately embracing the concept. He ate 5 bowls of rice, and had 1,000 or so questions. It took him a bit of a push to let it affect his pocketbook, but he's come a long way from our first year, when he thought they all should just trek on down to Wal-Mart and buy some chicken nuggets for themselves.
Thank you, Lord, for the abundance that we live in. We are blessed beyond measure. Please, Lord, don't let it harden our hearts. Don't let it become expected or taken for granted. For whom much is given, much is expected. You expect a lot of us, Lord. May we make you proud to call us your own.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
It is the most fantastic heritage scrapbook I've ever seen. And it's not even a scrapbook! It fits on the wall perfectly, right at the landing of my stairs, so you can see it from wherever you are sitting in the living room.
Mule teams harvesting.
Excerpts from my mom.
My mom and her older brothers.
I am so thankful to my mom for the hours and hours she put into this quilt! Not to mention the history and personal excerpts. I am excited for the boys to have a piece of their family history in front of them every trip up the stairs.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
- October 17 - Matt heads to Kansas City to a big-name national conference for his work.
- October 18 - First annual Wilbur Ellis Pumpkin Patch and Chili Feed. Thanks, Darla!
- October 19 - Chance' first orthodontist appointment, and another 12-month stay of execution for my budget!
- October 21 - Grandmother comes to stay with Colton while . . .
- October 22 - Chance and I head to Pullman for our final Art Show of the year
- October 25 - Middle School basketball begins
- A BUSY week with month-end close, board meetings, and field trips. Topped off by . . .
- A much welcome final camping trip at the Cabin.
This week is a bit more laid back, but I will sure make good use of my extra hour this weekend!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I have said it before, and think it becomes more true with each election. Our election process, and therefore our country, has become one that USUALLY the most qualified candidates are too intelligent to put their families through an election. So, we primarily get the glory seeking, money-backed, less qualified individuals at every level.
And it gets ugly.
Our local paper's letters to the editor today made me sick.
We have one race in which some feel health is an issue. With every letter to the editor I've ever written, especially if against someone else, I wonder how their kids will feel if they ever read it. Clearly, there are many out there who care not.
There are a couple races in which, if you believe popular opinion, religious affiliation matters more than qualification. Few are "brave" enough to broach the subject in the letters to the editor, but some have, and I wince. My opinion of popular opinion isn't very high.
I guess I place more faith in America than this. Intelligent voters deserve an honest and respectful discourse. They do not get it.
Intelligent voters deserve facts without spin. Unfortunately, few are thorough enough to dig around and find out the facts for themselves. So they believe the spin.
I have, too, on occasion. And I am disappointed to look back and recall my stewardship of the great freedom we are granted here.
Come quickly, November 2nd. I'm losing faith.
- With intelligence, please.
- Not the way I would.
- The way YOU would.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
- Football is done.
- Basketball (Jr. High) is on the horizon.
- Karate continues.
- I am coaching basketball this year. Woo Hoo!! YIKES!!!!
- I went through a box of stuff and memories, looking for my old basketball playbooks and motivational stuff. WOW! Found both of my high school playbooks. No luck on the College one. Also found a "volume" of poems I wrote in college. Your early twenties are such an emotional time. And very dramatic. And apparently also pretty cheesy.
- I also found my first grade notebook. I thought I was much more advanced than what Colton's class did last year - Matt thought it was way behind. I guess we'll settle in the middle and assume he's getting an education worth paying for.
- Dinner at home most nights the past couple weeks = NICE.
- The dishes involved in that? Not so nice.
- On the bright side? I'm caught up on the folding. Miraculous, indeed :)
- Wilbur Ellis/Warden High homecoming night kickoff to our food drive - FANTASTIC! 600 pounds of food to start us off. Food drive runs until first week of December. Last year = 15,000 pounds in the Upper Basin. Hope we beat that . . .
- Trying hard to retain the difference between a Shuv-It and a Pop-Shuv-It. Not to mention an Ollie, 50/50 Grind, Ollie 180, and various others that have his toes peaking through his new shoes already. It all looks like skateboard trick mumbo jumbo to me, but Chance and Colton are getting tired of explaining.
- Both of my boys asked for haircuts this week. I think we've reached a new level in personal hygiene.
- Hosting Thanksgiving for my family - trying to decide how much is a reasonable budget to spend on a cleaning service the week before. The number increases daily. I can't even keep up with the dishes.
- Ready to be done with Election 2010. I'm not a politician. Friends with one side and supporters AND friends with the other side is so uncomfortable! Without saying a word, just sitting in a certain section of the audience during a debate says - "although you are my friend, I really don't think you are qualified to do this job." Hard to do. Ugh. Politics have become so divisive at all levels, there is very little respectful discourse anymore. You must love the guy you're voting for and hate the other. It's just not me.
- Chance is becoming a pretty frugal money manager. Finally spent his gift cards from his birthday (in August). Decided against a new cell phone (doesn't use it enough [yet]), and an iPod (content to borrow mom's), and has a decent amount of minutes left on the old cell phone (for now). So, a new skateboard got the nod. Internet research, and more internet research, and more internet research, finding out more than I ever knew was possible about decks, trucks, bearings, wheels, grip tape, etc., etc., etc. I'm proud of him!
- On the other hand, all of my free time is spent reading books on handling "TWEEN" attitudes. I've actually come across some very helpful suggestions, but I'm leaning toward Darla's method for our next battle - take away everything but bed and clothing. Everything else is privileges to be earned.
- Colton continues to amaze me. He is doing so well in school - the vocabulary that surfaces occasionally is well beyond his years. But, really, he could care less - about homework, school work, reading, etc. Hoping something peaks his interest enough to capture his focus. Look out world when it does!
- We had a field trip of Chance and Colton's classes to our house to see the bee hives and extract honey. I gotta say - based on the incessant questions alone - we don't pay 1st and 2nd grade teachers enough. In addition, based upon the tween attitude mentioned above, we also don't pay 6th grade teachers near enough. Thank the Lord for the heart of a teacher. Truly an amazing gift.
- Random Napoleon Dynamite quotes are starting to hit me at unsuspecting times. The boys are certainly rubbing off on me. "I don't understand a word that just came out of your mouth!"
- The boys are working on the old Dodge. It'll be a pretty sweet ole truck when it's all said and done. Both boys have lots of "credit hours" on the books - 1 hour working on the truck = 1 hour driving the truck. We'll see how the books look once they turn 16 . . .
That's about it for me. What's on your list lately?
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
1. Matt & Kids
4. Ancestor Quilt
8. Framed pictures
1. My husband – I never get enough of this!
2. Esther – I’m dying to know more about “such a time as this”.
3. Jesus – It would be the most challenging conversation of my life, but the best!
4. CS Lewis – To just pick that brain for an hour . . .
5. The Circle Journal Crew – ‘nuff said
6. Martha and Mary – gonna have to be together – I’ve got questions for them both!
7. Darla, minus kids, plus drinks – neither one of us is able to accomplish that very easily.
8. The Mayflower passengers
9. My boys – when they’re adults
1. Jeans & boots
2. Short-sleeve shirt
3. San Antonio
4. Zion Nat’l Park
6. Boston in the fall
4. Organized(ish) Room
1. Cell Phone
Monday, October 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
My prayer life takes on a sound bite type frequency, as well. It's the same - both good and bad. The good thing is that I am probably more in tune with God all day, little by little. The bad thing is that I know my day/week/month will suffer when I don't allow God a good chunk of my morning before my busy day gets started.
We've had lots of memorable sound bites around here lately. They stick in my head. Repeat themselves when I need a pick me up. Some of them repeat themselves just to annoy me.
Chance - Dad, you just sound like a dork when you say that! "dank" is NOT the same things as "jank". You don't even know what "jank" means! (He's right, we don't! We just finally caught on to the fact that "sic" is NOT a bad thing - it's a good thing! Go figure.)
A messenger from the Lord - Your ox has been stuck in the mud for weeks now! If you ask me, it's God's opinion that He gave you enough intelligence to figure it out and buy a smarter ox. (We RESTED the next Sunday :) Mostly, anyway.)
Colton - to the Dr. who is putting 3 stitches in the back of his head - At least now I know what the worst day of my life is! (She stopped stitching for a moment and giggled. Actually, she had to muffle giggles throughout the entire process, as Colton was spouting off left and right, but was hurting and being VERY serious - not trying to be funny!)
Chance - I don't want to go to your (Matt's) barber - it smells like old people there!
Jillian - I know it's hard. I know you want to quit. Waaa, waaaa, waaaa. Do you want to be skinny, or not?
Colton - molten rock underneath the center of the earth is magma. (He's been listening in while we study for Chance's science tests, apparently!)
Viktor Frankl (Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor, via Focus on the Family) - The man who has a "why" can live through almost any "how".
Beth Moore - Has God placed you in a position that seems to stir up every insecurity you have? Take it personally! He's stirring it up to scoop it out. He was crucified in weakness, but he lives by God's power. For we also are weak in Him, yet toward you we will live with Him by God's power. 2 Cor 13:4