Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hope to see you all in January - in one way or another. :)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I've started my new full time job and will be in training for about two weeks - mostly getting to know their computer system and understand their expectations. This place is phenomenal in their professionalism and attitudes. The doctors I've met so far are over-the-top. I met four out of the ten yesterday, which was a suprise to my director. Whoo HOOO!!
And now that DH has my laptop re-plugged, I can now sit at this new Hy-Vee in town and surf my life away or even work for the missions group when needed, outside the home. It's perfect.
Transitioning for DH has been fairly comfortable up until yesterday. Transferring files to the new company is not going smooth and he's frustrated. I don't blame him. He's pulled back one employee for two half days this week to get this fixed. Not sure what the deal is there. I know he is stressed, too, that he can't call me whenever he wants to. I have a real job now. And it's going to be tough for him for a little while. Keep praying for him that things will smooth out.
DD#1 has an ultrasound this Thursday, so please keep them in your prayers, too.
Y'all keep safe and keep leaning on the One who will keep ya going. :)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
So here are the updates as of today: (and don't be shocked)
1. Haven't had Internet at the house for over a month, too expensive. Found a plan through my cell phone company for almost half the price of what we had before! That's a big WOOO HOOO!
2. Decided to close our business doors. Cleaning up jobs that we know will pay and then shut them thar doors. It's over. Now that's a big WHEW!
3. I have been offered a full time job WITH benefits at a Lincoln based optimology group working in their business finance department. I start the 14th of October! Yet another WOOOO HOOOOOOOO!
4. Bill has been offered a couple of jobs, thought about brokering out printing, too. BUT after weighing all the pros and cons, we think we've come to a decision for him to be a salesman for a local print shop who is NOT struggling, 'cuz they are bigger than we ever thought of being. He will be SUCH an asset to them and they are excited to have him on board. No more headaches with our own machinery or employee attitudes. Now how's THAT for a super duper YEEEEEE HAAAAAA!!!!!!
5. Our DD#2 has made an appointment (finally) with an attorney to get divorce proceedings underway. She is so happy, so lively, just a different woman. We pray that God will just keep helping her be strong for herself and those precious little ones of hers. PRAISE GOD!
6. House isn't selling, but we are able to stay a little bit longer in it than we had anticipated. We are thankful since we thought the biz and the house were going to have to go at the same time. Thank goodness we are only having to deal with one at a time now. HALLELUJAH!!!
7. So grateful for the friends and family that have been so strong for us during this distressing time. The phone calls, the cards, the emails have all been SO comforting to us. THANK YOU!
There really is so much more, but you all deserved an explanation for my lengthy absence on the blog and on the internet.
Thank you ALL for your continued prayers and support. BLESSINGS!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The cooler weather is here (for a bit anyway).
Hoping for a week of Indian Summer yet to hit.
Looking to take on another part time job and if this fantastic group will have me, I'm "In Like Flint" for them. It would involve some occasional road trips (short) and watching some very interesting things going on in courtroom situations. Since I am a Law & Order freak, I think I can behave in the courtroom and be a good representative of this group.
Asking for prayers that this is yet the best direction at this time for our family. It is a position that stems from a grant and only lasts one year. Timing seems to be right, just hoping I'm the person they might be looking for to fill the job.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I used to love rearranging, and experiencing things and places that were new and different. Trying one thing new every day. But after seven years of no rearranging, no moving and settling in, the thought of this kind of disruption in our lives after all the other ones the past 5 years is overwhelming - again.
I keep asking God what could possibly happen next? Where will He have us live? What is he preparing us for? There are good days, but honestly there have been days when even looking outside was more than I could handle. BUT........ I DO know that God has given me the tools to handle the things that come into my life. I just need to USE them - daily.
One of these days I will post some good stuff. :) I have a lot of things sitting on my sewing table again to get finishing touches made on. Opportunities are out there for future sales. Opportunities are happening at my day job. Great things are happening in my part time job, too. So with all these opportunities out there, I have to believe that SOMETHING will work if I just keep hanging in there and working hard.
May God bless each of you who have taken the time to stop and visit here.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Not all is dismal in our lives tho. We have a great deal to be thankful for - here is a short list:
1. We are both still reasonably healthy and very able to work and be a productive part of the community.
2. Not everyone gets to have a couple of their grandchildren live under the same roof and see them almost every day.
3. Many blessings have come through my Etsy store. Some days I get very discouraged, but there are way more good things that have happened than not.
4. Being able to have one of my designs in a book publication this winter.
5. The opportunity to be one of the vendors at the Lux Center for the Arts during the holidays.
6. Being invited to be a part of the ARTitudes holiday show for charity.
7. Finding a part time job with Kingdom's Harvest International and working for three men who truly believe in what they are doing.
8. Knowing we are going to be grandparents again. :)
9. Good friends who love and support, and not judge.
10. My sisters, who have shown great love and support to us through this tough time. Never have we heard one judgemental word, only encouragement and 'virtual' hugs.
This photo is the most current I have of me, and only because I had to have one done for the Lux Center for publication of some kind. It will be interesting at best.
Please keep us in your prayers for direction and peace.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Remember to check out Christy's blog where this all started!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Isn't this just the saddest face ever?
Saturday, August 09, 2008
And of course, when the animals have been all petted and I got my fill of the needlework entries, the rides can then begin! We only did two rides - it's just too expensive for what it is. But we were all happy as clams with doing the kiddie rollercoaster and the ferris wheel. The little guys did the coaster alone, but here is Dylan with his mom and I got to ride with Raegan. Or should I call her OH FEARLESS ONE!!!!! Yikes, I'd forgotten how ambitious and crazy 6 year olds can be, and have no fear! I made her hold MY hand. LOL
A trip through McDonald's for ice-cream afterwards was the perfect topper to a great evening at the fair, and our 32nd wedding anniversary. You know how much we LOVE ice cream!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sometimes one just has to sit, ponder, reflect and get straight with what God is putting in front of you. And just look how luscious and full his redbud tree is today! And yep, it needs a 'shave'. :)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
1. The gorgeous fern green skeins are for a special order I received from a virtual Canadian friend to work up my Wishbone Cable Bag for her! YEAH for Etsy!
2. An idea POPPED into my head for a design while we were waiting for the little folk to get picked up by their dad and this is the beginnings of a new design of handbag. I think it will be a really fun one when finished. This color with bamboo handles is going to be very eye catching I believe.
Friday evening we got another shot of adrenaline going around here when an e-mail came in from the Lux Center for the Arts. The director is interested in seeing my handbags up close and personal for possibly, I repeat POSSIBLY having them for sale at the gallery! If that falls through, I will still be pumped just because they inquired!!! That in itself is an honor that I'll never forget.
Another blessing came Friday morning when going into a meeting at a local cafe/coffee house and who do I run into? Tyler's old basketball coach!! And even though he is getting up there in age, he still remembered who I was. And then I got to run into another parent of old LCS students who I hadn't seen in over 4 years, and HE even remembered who I was. So it just goes to show me that I haven't fallen off the edge of the world as it had been feeling!!!!!!!! :)
It also shows that there are some prayer warriors out there who have been praying overtime on our behalf.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
I was incredibly blessed that this was the reading for today, because we don't know what today will hold with the meetings that are happening and whether they will end up good, or not so good. We just don't know what is in store for us. It makes it hard to know HOW to pray, and this verse reminded me (as it did after Ty's death) that the Holy Spirit is taking over for us today. We just know that God has a plan and we can only hope for the best.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Make sure to check out Christy's blog to see what everyone who is participating in "I Made It Myself" has been up to this week!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image for each question.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.
1. Roses for Karen/Teyacapan! Happy Birthday!, 2. Tuna Steak, 3. 08 01 12_0413, 4. Soft purple, 5. Barechested Glory, 6. coffee & the city, 7. Fraser Island sunset, 8. Super Bowl SUNDAE Cake, 9. one with the sea, 10. Cherry Blossom Way, 11. celebrating the last minute of singleness, 12. Aqua Cables & Lace Baby Blankie
Side Note: I picked the first pic in the group, not one pic from the first pages of photos.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Taken from Our Daily Bread for 8-8-08 (yes, that's where the booklet opened up to today)
As the Olympic Games open in Beijing, my thoughts go back to Eric Liddell, a former champion immortalized for his surprising gold medal victory in the 400 meters during the 1924 Games in Paris. A year after his triumph, Liddell went to China, where he spent the last 20 years of his life as a missionary teacher and rural pastor. There he ran the greatest race of his life against opponents we all know - difficult circumstances, war, uncertainty, and disease.
Crowded into a Japanese internment camp with 1,500 other people, Eric lived out the words he had paraphrased from 1 Corinthians 13:6-8 - "Love is never glad when others go wrong. Love finds no pleasure in injustice, but rejoices in the truth. Love is always slow to expose, it knows how to be silent. Love is always eager to believe the best about a person. Love is full of hope, full of patient endurance; love never fails."
Eric served the others in camp, whether carrying water for the elderly or refereeing games for the teens. When he died of a brain tumor in February 1945, one internee described him as a man "who lived better than he preached."
In life's most difficult race, Eric Liddell crossed the finish line victorious through love.
- David McCasland
Saturday, July 12, 2008
.........and you can have this or one like it in my Etsy shop. Want a special color or size? Let me know!!! I make these all by myself. giggle
Sunday, July 06, 2008
It was a great weekend all the way around. Super display of fireworks at our daughter's house which outdid our neighborhood by a LONG shot on Friday night. Saturday we went and got our Guitar Hero Aerosmith and that kept us busy most of the evening. Oh MY this one is FUN FUN FUN!!!! (and very very difficult, but I play expert just because it's more fun that way. I'm so mean to Bill.)
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Second photo is of the girls swimming together - and had a WONDERFUL time together! Yep, this time I took the pic by myself on the cell phone. They aren't the best quality, but it still shows a lot of fun being had.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
With DH being sick, he pretty much stays to himself which leaves me to get some Etsy store items actually completed and listed. I got three more items up last night and hope to get a couple more done this evening. Actually fairly pleased with the outcome of some of the new things up for sale, and my mind is in overdrive once again with another new product to offer along with possible gift sets. Oh good grief, does my mind stop ever? Anyway, onward and upward we hope and pray. :)
Monday, June 16, 2008
DGS#1 played hard, but knows when a chaise lounge looks like a better plan. His neighbors have a Wii and he was really just biting at the bit to go in and play instead of being with us. I sure don't blame him!
Since the WWKiP day kinda was a bust for me this year I brought along my knitting knowing we'd probably be sitting outside most the afternoon. I gave it a shot, but to be honest it just felt weird and almost kind of rude with the little kids around. So there were 2 rows completed and then put away. Abby grabbed my camera and got the shot that Bill must see me sitting in 90% of the time - needles, yarn and a cable needle in my mouth. Precious, huh. Sheesh
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This last blankie was inspired by the one I made for my niece Kate's new baby, Diana.