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!