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Monday, March 30, 2009

A New Week

We had a busy weekend. Friday night we hosted our Christian Couples Connection get-together. We had 16 adults and 5 kiddos. Our menu was a baked potato bar. We made the potatoes and chili and others brought toppings, drinks and desserts. It was just a time of fellowship, so we didn't have any games or devotions. We really enjoyed it and are ready to do it again! I must add here that with the neck problems I have been having it was up to Larry to do pert-near all of the cleaning to get ready for this! He did a great job! I told him I was ready to do it again so he could clean the house again!

Saturday I spent the day with a Bride. She asked me to do the flowers for her wedding. I am so thrilled she asked me... she was Rob's best friend until he got the one he calls his wife!! She is still a great friend! Another bridal talk got re-scheduled. I was exhausted but Larry, Rachel and I ended up going to Outback for a late supper. Oh, I love that place! The salad with tangy tomato dressing and extra croutons is just wonderful! The problem is that the salads are so small! If I do take away I usually order 2 salads and eat them both! Prime rib was in order also and I have to admit it was pretty tasty!

Sunday night we had Piano Praise at our church. We had about 20 pianists. We had 2 grand pianos on the platform and for a couple of arrangements there were 2 pianists at each piano! The last number was of the 2 pianos, the organ and 4 accordians! It was exciting!

But here we are in a new week... more dishes to be done, more laundry to do, more school work to grade.... oh, you know the story... you have one just like it! Providing we don't have plans on Sunday night I usually spent that time after church getting my list and schedule ready for the week ahead. It is something I enjoy doing. Doing things always go according to the plans made... nah... how boring would that be!!

I really need to talk to someone about the fun things one is able to be involved in when blogging. One thing I enjoy following is Meal Planning Monday hosted by Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I love planning my menus and grocery list and I enjoy knowing what other people are feeding their families. So, until I talk to someone I think I will just post my menu... you know... for the fun of it! Here goes:

Monday- homemeade chicken strips, french fries and peaches

Tuesady- sirloin steak, shrimp scampi and broccoli

Wednesday- hamburger and mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and corn

Thursday- bbq chicken, macaroni and cheese and fried green beans

Friday- parmesean crusted fish, fried potatoes and carrots

Saturday- homemade pizza

Sunday- roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans and rolls

Thursday, March 26, 2009

ahh, the stages of life

When talking with some friends the question is, "Do you have any children?" Now the question is changing to, "Do you have any grandchildren?" Seems kinda depressing... you know... the thought of getting older... that is, unless you have grandbabies!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Head In the Sand

For the last several months our lives have been so crazy that I just haven't had the heart to check online to see exactly where Ryan should be in his school work. Rob and Kristi moved on Novemeber 8 and the time leading up to that was so busy with enjoying them every moment we had them here. That involved keeping Makenzi while Kristi packed. Of course, I was not about to tell Ryan that school work was more important. She adored her Uncle Ryan! After Rob got his things moved out there he came back here for a couple of weeks.... hunting season!! Then there was our Thanksgiving trip to Missouri, Rob and family came the week after Christmas, they came back mid-January so Rob could help Larry with the business... they were here 2 weeks then. We loved every minute of it, but I kept worrying about Ryan getting horribly behind in his school work. Then just 5 days after they left (7 weeks ago today) my C7 nerve was pinched and it has been a rough 7 weeks. I don't know what it is like at your house, but at our house when I am down everything else shuts down also. Ryan did get videos done, and the quizzes and tests are less than a week behind. All that to show that our lives haven't been very conducive to home schooling. So, today I decided to pull my head out of the sand and check to see where he is supposed to be. I was thrilled to see that he is only 2 lessons behind!! Two! yeah!! I know this is due to the fact that he starts his school work within a day or so of when we get his materials... we will keep up that practice!

I'll sign off with this thought... "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Servant's Heart

I started to say this blog is sorta random, but after months of not blogging, anything is random!!
Through the years we have tried to teach our children to give. Not only financially, but through acts of service. We have a hard time sitting back when there is something that needs done that we can do. Because our lives have revolved around church that is where most of our service is geared toward- church bus, Sunday School, building projects, food committees, and clean-up crews are just some of the areas we have served. Last month our church went through a major Sunday School restructuring moving classes, cleaning, painting, and new carpet for some rooms. Ryan and I went to help out. Ryan is 16 is still "in training." I did find out that he can mop!! He offered to mop! I was so proud of him! I'd never had him do that before. When we left that night we commented on how great it feels to contribute in that way. Today, Rachel helped out with Children's Church when she saw they were short staffed. But I am happy to see that as we have trained our children to help out with church events that it has carried over into every day life. When Rob is home he helps out with dishes after meals, as well as doing helping his Dad organized. Rachel's friend's Mom commented that she likes it when Rachel comes over because she helps. Ryan's friend's Mom likes to have Ryan there when she moves furniture because "he's a horse!" ;o) As you can tell I am proud of my children. They don't sit back and expect everyone to make life easy for them, they jump in and help make other's loads lighter.

I know we all remember this quote by D.L. Moody, but it is one of my favorites and very fitting with this blog..."I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do."