Monday, November 15, 2010

Wiped Out!

When you get to spend an hour straight doing this:





Then once you get home, you'll look like this:



Apparently, it even made the dog tired!

Thanks, Kangaroo Bounce House! Check them out for your next birthday party or family gathering - especially if you appreciate a quiet house when you get home.
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Not to mention mile-high (Colton's estimation) bouncy slides, a huge variety of bouncy houses, a clown, concessions, and an indoor facility to host your off-season party.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Rice - a recap

  • 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

It's Rice Night

So, last time I wrote about this, we had Rice Night in response to what I thought was an ungracious attitude on my boys' part during the Rice for Cambodia campaign.


Since that night, our entire family has become accustomed and in-tune to the plight of the Cambodian people and this small way that we can make a difference.


So, this morning, on our way out the door, when I mentioned it was "Rice Night", no one even batted an eye.



Tonight, we will have rice for dinner. As with the post before, there will be only seasonings on the table. And, we'll cheat a bit and offer milk and cinnamon/sugar.


We will eat rice to our hearts and bellies' content, and nothing more, in honor of the Cambodian people.


We will eat rice to experience just a sliver of what they experience.


We will eat rice to open our hearts to their struggle.


We will eat rice to loosen our hands on our wallets.


And we will prayerfully consider what each of us will pledge to the campaign.


One bag of rice is $10. It will feed a family for 4 - 6 weeks.


One ton of rice is $400. It will feed 40 families for 4 - 6 weeks.



Will you prayerfully consider joining us?


Tomorrow, I'll let you know how it went. I'm sure there will be both funny and heartwarming outtakes from our evening. Stay tuned . . .

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Roots

My quilt is done, my quilt is done!

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.

Old homesteads.

Mule teams harvesting.

Marriage certificates.

Vintage pictures.

Excerpts from my mom.

It's priceless.


Some of my favorite portions of the quilt -it was hard to pick just a few!
This one of my mom, and the corresponding story of her playing in the mud and not acting like a "Little Lady" is hilarious! Love it!
My mom and her older brothers.

Grandpa/Grandma Grant's certificate of marriage and a pic of his train - he was an engineer.


As mom tells it, the Grants were so proud of their legs. This one is a great comparison shot of "Grant Legs" versus "Mires Legs". Too funny!
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I had it quilted at The Fabric Patch in Ephrata. Great ladies. Experts. Handled my priceless treasure with such care. Added gold edging to the border to create a look of a matted picture. Sewed around 7,000 (ish) buttons and pics without a complaint. I would recommend them 100 times over, if you need any quilting done!
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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.
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Thanks, mom! You are the best - I love you!!!
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PS - (I think they got a princess, whether they (or you) knew it or not!)


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Happy Place

Trees changing colors and losing leaves


Listening to the creek babble




Comforting smoke out the cook stove and fireplace



A new, bigger, better fire pit to gather 'round in the back meadow



A fresh coat of oil on the barn logs




A full wood pile for year's (or more) worth of cold evenings and memories


I love the cabin . . .

Monday, November 1, 2010

Daylight Savings Ending Quickly

And I'm gonna need that extra hour!

We've been running to and fro, and everywhere in between. And some fun stuff has been going on, that I don't want to miss capturing!



  • 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!