Friday, February 29, 2008
The girls were playing in the driveway eagerly anticipating Daddy's arrival (he had a date with Tally). Tissy was pushing a dolly stroller (in yard boots mind you) and Tally was riding her scooter behind her. Well, you can picture that the scooter goes faster than the 7 year old in rubber boots. Tissy fell and didn't break the fall with anything other than her face (her hands were busy taking care of that dolly stroller). I was working in the garden and heard the screaming and ran to find Tissy's face banged up and a mouth full of blood. She broke her front tooth off and cracked the other one. She passed out in my arms as I carried her to the house.
I wasn't able to get a hold of her dentist right away and being concerned about her head injury, thought we should check it out. We spent the next 5 hours in the ER making sure she didn't break her nose or get a concussion. Oh the ER waiting room. Frightening enough to scare small children (that is besides the point).
With the OK from the doctor (CT scan and multiple x-rays later) and after talking with the dentist (who is wonderful BTW), we got her cleaned up and a little pain killer and we were good to go. I hope she will sleep in this morning and quickly recover (prayers appreciated).
A quick shot of tucking her into bed after midnight. (Notice the invitation pillow under her head.)
Here she is showing her broken tooth and the bottom picture is how she looks this morning. Poor thing.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
About 5 minutes later in walks my knight in shining armor with my trusty cell phone. Oh sweet technology.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
You can tell the pile on the left is not ready yet, but the bin on the right is ready to use. It didn't take that long to decompose. We have only lived in this house 4 months. I just started another bin on the far left with new dead leaves from a tree. Now when we add our kitchen scraps, they will all be dumped in the newest pile.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
It is good to idea for the girls to learn to care for an animal. I am always looking for the teachable moment. We have had fun with her this week.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The caught my eye. A tea set that I had as a child. I remember keeping it in the box and all. The one I owned had a few broken pieces, but this was in great condition. I wasn't willing to pay $45 for it though. The picture of it is enough to bring back the fond memories.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tristen started putting out a special pillow for me and she calls it the invitation pillow. When she puts it out it means she wants me to stay an extra long time and give her lots of hugs and snuggles. How can I refuse? I often have laundry and dishes and chores that are calling my name. But...to stay and snuggle my little ones...is just precious. I love the name of the invitation pillow. Too cute. Too sweet. So tonight when I tuck them in and say our prayers I bet she will have out the invitation pillow.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
(Who wouldn't fall in love with that big hair???)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Here we have some before and during pictures. This is what it looked like when we started. Pedestal sinks, cute but where do you store your things. No place for even a hair brush. I am a pretty basic gal, but I do like a little drawer for my beauty things. =)
We redid the tile, put in a vanity and after much waiting got a counter top. We have a friend who has helped with the plumbing and electric. Both our parents also helped on this big job. Only a few more things to do, but we can now use it to brush our teeth and get ready in the morning.
After months of getting ready out of cardboard boxes, this is such a blessing to me.
Ooo La La, a jetted tub is the best on some sore muscles after a hard day. I wanted to post these pictures to show the progress to our family that lives far away. It is finally coming together now.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Let it be known... that this is who I am. Deeply devoted to my Maker. Grateful for a loving spouse. I am not willing to compromise in my parenting. Always desiring to do the right thing. Passionate about quality. High value in leadership.
I feel like I am taking a chance putting it all on the line. Not hiding behind the fear of offending someone.
It is a bit like that question, "What do you want people to remember you by?" I love to ponder things like this. To challenge myself to be more authentic. More Christ-like.
I am not sure I have the exact answer, but this is what my heart and mind are thinking about today.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The other day a wrote a long email with lots of truth from the book of Daniel (what I am studying in Precepts) to encourage him. I was listing all the things I have learned about God in this study. To name a few...
- God grants favor and compassion (1:9)
- God gives knowledge, intelligence, wisdom and understanding (1:17)
- God controls time (2:21)
- God knows the future (2:45)
- God is the reveal-er of mysteries (2:47)
Well...I sent him this great encouraging email and I never heard from him. Finally when he got home I asked if he got the email. He never got it. I couldn't even find it in my sent emails. It just disappeared. Now if you ask me, that is part of the spiritual battle. I am beginning to see how much goes on behind the scenes. It is a great reminder to cover everything in prayer.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
We started a compost pile on the edge of our garden. This fall I dumped in all the leaves I raked from a cherry tree. I didn't have much more to add than that, but it was a start. Then I started researching for what I needed for compost. Both green and brown. Leaves and grass clippings and scraps from my kitchen. Once I started *thinking green* it is pretty easy. Coffee grounds, egg shells, banana peels, strawberry tops, orange peels. apple cores, brown lettuce...the list goes on.
The key is to keep it wet and warm. I have a hose right next to it and I spray it every day or so. I also turn it with a pitch fork. It is amazing to see this stuff decompose. I hope to put it in our garden this year. I recently added ashes from the fire. (basically burned up wood). Ashes turn into the greatest soil.
I took these pictures several weeks ago and now all of this stuff has turned into dirt. Pretty cool...