Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I feel like a whirlwind of energy. Tony and I dropped the kids off this morning with hugs and kisses. Excitement from both of us! I got home, ate breakfast and wham!
Cleaned out closet (where medication was). Note to all ya'll, please go thru your medicines. We had stuff that expired 6 years ago! I tossed most of it! Cleared out band aids, creams and extra tubes of toothpaste! Was able to clear 2 shelves for the kids school uniforms. They will be able to pick out their shirts from the closet. I was able to label the shelves by name so (fingers crossed) this will help keep it neat?!?
Then I went to the girls closet and hidden piles of crapola. They have done really good this summer and I was quite proud of them. I only took one large bag of garbage out. Most of this was clothes outgrown or stained beyond help. They have a basket of "stuff" they can go thru this evening, but I was actually encouraged! My spanking hand didn't even twitch! hee hee
I scrubbed the floor in the kitchen and swept up all the wood floors in the house! It smells marvelous. Once this is posted, I am gonna make some chocolate chip cookies. A 1st day of school event.
Have to hem and do some sewing this evening. I tell you I feel very industrious!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
As some of you know I grew up in Napa, California. This sleepy little town has grown to be a huge magnet for the rich, famous and those that want to be. My parents still live there in a small 3 bedroom, 2 bath home.
During the summer months it gets in the 90's and that is just unbearable for my mom. So they (mom and dad) do RV hosting on the northern beach state camps. They stay for free and keep an eye on the campers as an extension for the State Rangers. A great exchange. This leaves their home in the summer open except for the days my days goes home to mow the lawn and play a round of golf.
The past two months we have planned on going to Napa one day then the next drive to the beach to spend time with Grandparents. Our van and mechanic have not cooperated with theses plans. Thursday evening, our mechanic Henry called and said the van was ready and running great! We planned on picking it up and taking the 1 and 30 run to Napa. We picked it up at 10am, I drove it and it was exactly like it was 2 months earlier. I came home first and Tony had some church business to handle. He got home and I told him the news.
Tony was very mad. He called Henry and kept his cool but the anger was boiling. He drove to the mechanic and I just finished the chores with the kids and figured our plans were once again shot. No problem, we would play some games, and Saturday a BBQ at the kids school. They had no idea we were planning anything, so all was well.
Tony called and he was in the van with the mechanic and the car was doing exactly what we said. That was a great help. When he got back to the shop, Henry said he would foot the bill for a rental van for us. Isn't that wonderful??
We drove to Napa, swam in the pool, watched a bit of the Olympics and just relaxed to the sound of our kids giggling and splashing. Our van is still in the shop, our converts are going thru the wringer but God is still on the throne. I am so thankful for this peaceful time! My brain feels refreshed and I rejoice to see what is in store from the awesome God I serve today!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Gosh wouldn't that be great. Go down to your local Target or Wal-Mart, find the amount of patience needed for whatever you are waiting on and tada!
My friend Teresa G. told me never to pray for patience. I don't! I pray for strength to fight not being patient! ha ha
We are fighting a good fight and know that Jesus is moving in ways we don't realize. We continue to do what we know is right to the best of our ability. Witness one on one, follow up with the word of God, pray and read the bible. We can feel the anxiety or expectation to use a better word of God moving in hearts in Yuba City. Results! Results! Scream in our ears, but we know that we are vessels for the results not makers of the results.
I hope this isn't read as a downer, for it is not. I have always had little patience, and honestly still don't have gobs. But I do have a calmness that is passing for patience. Does that count?
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
California legalized gay weddings on 15 July, and the following Saturday 1000 fires started by lightening thruout California!
These fires were huge and still to this date are burning. The smoke that filled the wide Sacramento Valley was thick and hazardous. There were 3 days in a row, we stayed inside with A/C running the whole time. We changed our air filter at the end of the month...filled with chunks of yuck!
Now, spending one day all together is fun, the 2nd, a bit tougher, by the 3rd day, I was done! We put the boys on side by side laptops, playing games (star wars version of Age of Empires), and the girls took a 3 hour bath! I have read so many books and organized the whole house!
Tony spent most of it, reengineering gold sheets and our taxes. Got the files set up for church, both puter and regular files. He entered all our reciepts for the year, so he made a data base for the taxes for our lives in a parsonage! Whole lotta work, but it is done and now easy to update!
The thickness in the air can not be expressed in the picture, but it was humid, hot and hazardous.
When the southern winds from the deltas in Stockton blow, coolness and fresh air conquer!