Friday, August 29, 2008

profile pic

Just a note... I tried to change my profile pic but everything I have is too big for blogger.
It's taking too much time. So, I'm going to be the standard outline you see here for a while.

Happy Long Weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

the simple woman


I stumbled across this site today (Thanks Chrysanthemama!)


The Simple Woman has a thing called the Simple Woman's Daybook. Goll darn it I couldn't get the image to load on this page but I really want to do it anyway.
For today, August 28, 2008...

Outside my Window...is a busy main street with lots of cars and noise. The last few days were cool in the evening but today brings with it the beginning of the indian summer heat.
I am thinking...I am not ready for fall and winter to come. I know it will come quickly and I am just not ready. This has been a year of change, and I would love to just have something...anything... stay the same.... at least for a while.
From the kitchen...we are cherishing the summer harvest in all of it's freshness. The neighbor brought over plump tomatoes, fat cucumbers, and ripe squash. I have vowed that next spring I will have them of my own to share with my friends and family.
I am wearing...my comfy jeans and worn out striped tshirt, sandals with no socks and hair I have barely combed for days. It's so nice to have curly hair on weeks you just don't care about washing it.
I am reading...in addition to a book on marriage, I am stopping at the library on my way home today to pick up a book called "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" on the New York Best Seller list. I have high hopes based on the reviews I have read, but we'll see...
I am hoping...for God to do miracles in the things I have been praying for.
I am creating...dreaming of creating is more like it. The few flowers I have in pots around the house have suffered from the ill effects of my lack of watering skills lately, as well as the heat. I am dreaming of this weekend getting some fall foilage growing in those planters to bring new life into the drabness of them. This weekend, also, I am hoping to help my brave husband with our firepit in the backyard that got shoved to the back burner last weekend.
I am hearing...the roar of end of the day traffic signalling to me to stop writing in my blog and go home and feed my family.
Around the house...We are constantly coming up with excuses for not re-organizing our office that we started a month ago. I think it will take a miracle eto get us both motivated enough to do it.
One of my favorite things...lately is the public library. I have been devouring their fiction books as if I have never read fiction in my life. This summer, I have read nearly 9 books. Often I will go to the library, get a book, and finish it within 24 hours. I'm insane.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Since it is Thursday, that leaves me not much to plan right? Truthfully, I am so grateful lately to have very few plans for anything. My husband and I have been diligent lately about beginning the process of emptying our lives of extra-curricular activities and allow God to walk with us and talk to us... He has so much to say and we want to listen.
I am supposed to put a picture here to share with you, but I did that yesterday. So, I'm skipping that part.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

parrot birthday


My sweet brother-in-law celebrated his 44 birthday last Spring. My daughter Haleigh gave him a late birthday present and it was so precious to see him get it. He talked to his little buddy and gave him a kiss and told him he was his best friend.

I love this little guy. He has made our lives so complete in so many ways. He is so giving and loving and generous and transparent. So many of us hide behind a facade of what we want to be or what we try to be, our insecurities and fears, our hurts and sorrows.

But, Shelly... he is who he is. He loves big and his sorrow is real. There is so much I have learned from him and in so many ways, I wish I could be like him.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

first day


Fall... here we come!

Monday, August 18, 2008

chicken little

We had an interesting visitor the other night.

We were sitting on our back deck eating dinner and we noticed that one of the neighbors' young chickens were headed our direction. We live in an area where the lots are about 1.5 or 2 acres each, and the neighbors always raise about 8 or 9 chickens each year. They wander past their borders every now and then, and we don't really mind because it gives us something to talk about and look at (and apparently blog about). This particular chicken wandered quite a way from it's borders and into our yard, over to the decks and was walking around down under the decks.

Shawn went down the steps and decided to see how friendly the little gal was. He went up to it and tried to touch it and it came up to him and let him pet it. I know... who pets a chicken?

The next thing you know, he tried to pick it up. I figured for sure the thing was going to squawk and run off...but to my surprise, it let him pick it up.

He sat with it for a while, his little pet chicken. He put it down on the stairs and then walked up the stairs, you know...thinking it would go away. I didn't realize chickens could climb stairs, but apparently they can. I mean, well, when I think about it, I don't know why they wouldn't be able to. They can cross roads, why not climb deck stairs?

He leaned down at some point or sat down by it... then, suddenly.... it jumped up from his arm to his belly, and onto his head and sat and perched on top of his head. I think he wasn't sure what to do so he just let it sit there. I was dying laughing.... seeing my husband with this chicken on his head.

We laughed so hard... then after a while, we decided he'd better take the chicken back to it's home so he carried it over and put it in it's yard and slipped away.

He came back to the deck and we were talking.... and we looked over and out of the shadows, this little chicken came. It came into our yard, under the deck, across the patio, up the stairs, onto the deck, over to Shawn... and jumped back up onto his belly and onto his shoulder and sat down. It. Was. Hilarious. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Did this chicken seriously just do that?

I was beginning to think he would bring it in the house and give it some lemonade and begin some kind of chicken relationship with the little thing.... but he came to his senses and realized he needed to figure out a way to get this thing back home.

So, he took it back over the the neighbors... and their boat was uncovered. He gently placed it in the boat so it couldn't hop out very easily and come back again, feeling a little guilty about trapping the thing in the boat. But, we never saw it again, so it must have worked.

Friday, August 15, 2008

ok one more post

I have to have one more post....


This is one of the main streets on the Island. I wish I had taken more of these, but at the time, I thought I was taking too many.





This is one of the horse carriages lined up to take the tourists where they wanted to go. We didn't ride this exact one, but one similar to it. Mackinac Island has no motorized vehicles so everyone rides bikes or carriages. We did find out that the 500 or so people that live on the island do use snowmobiles in the winter to get around. Most of the horses are taken off the island at the end of the fall season to winter in the U.P. somewhere.





Another island pic...


This is Fort Mackinac. There is a fort on the island. It's pretty interesting.



This is a view of Lake Huron from the top of Fort Mackinac.

Mackinac Part 2

I have so many great photos of Mackinac Island I have to post more!


This is me....eating the best fudge I've ever had in my life. Turtle Fudge.

We brought home blueberry, cherry, and peanut butter something or other.

It's all soooooooooooooo good!


This is our table of fudge... just a few samples. You know, like about $20 worth!



This is Shawn looking out at the South Shore of Lake Superior.




One of the butterflies at the butterfly conservatory on the island.




Me and my guy at the butterfly conservatory.




Mackinac Island

We had a great time at Mackinac Island. I took a ton of photos with Shawn's camera. Here are a few of my favorites... this one is our ride... a Suzuki Vitara. And red! Fun!

We flew in to Traverse City and drove with the Suzuki to Mackinaw City. This little "town" is one on the way... we had to stop and take photos.



This is our B&B. I'm taking the picture...so Shawn is alone on the porch.

I think this is a photo of Lake Superior... or is it Lake Huron? Or Lake Michigan? We saw all three of those lakes on our trip...so I can't remember which is which. I think this one is Lake Superior. We drove up one night and visited the Soo Locks (camera battery was dead at the locks) and then drove to Lake Superior and went to a lighthouse. It was closed, so we just wandered around the lake a while.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

quiet

Our five little visitors are at their grammas house for a few days. She came and picked them up this morning. and oh is it quiet all of the sudden. Amazingly enough, we miss them already.
But, too much to do for now so it's a good thing. We are packing our bags and leaving in the morning for our trip here. I'm really confused about this place. I've heard it pronounced "MackinAW" like Mackinaw City where the "c" is .. uh...french? what would that be?... and I've heard it pronounced MackinACK. So, my number one goal when we go there is to ask someone "Where am I exactly?" and see how they pronounce it.

I'll let you know.

My second goal: r.e.l.a.x.

We keep looking at all the websites and brochures of sailing and buggy rides, and horseback riding, and fishing (ew), and we are both just wondering where we can find a good nap.

We will be a couple weeks early for the Fudge Festival. Yes, you heard it right. Fudge Festival. You know as in Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory All You Can Dream Or Imagine Fudge. I've read that they are putting 6 golden tickets in some special fudge packages at the island fudge shops and the winners can register to win a vacation package (to oompa loompa land?).

I'm just drooling thinking about finding the right package..... which leads me to my third goal, fudge.

My fourth goal? We're a little late for this season, but I'm going to see if I can find me some cherries! After all.... Michigan is the Cherry Capitol right? (even the Traverse City Airport is named after that).

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

surviving

Well, we've made it five days and five nights so far with five extra kids. They are age 9, 7, 5, 4, 2. Today, five is the lucky number. There haven't been any major incidents, just the occasional meltdown when the barbie motorcycle hasn't been shared for 2 minutes, the ice doesn't make it to the cup in time, someone cut in line for the water slide, someone didn't get the blue cup, bedtime, you know, the usual kid stuff.

I'm a little rusty, considering my 4 kids are 21, 19, 16, 9. But, it's all coming back to me now... you know, like riding a bike.

The 4 year old and I had an interesting conversation.

4 yr old: "You're old?"

me: "what?"

4 yr old: "Is you old?"

me: "uh... no.... not really. why?"

4 yr old: "gramma says that when you get old, you get purple things on your legs"

(((((sigh)))))

I must be old.