Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Father's Day

Father's Day 2009

Fathers Day 2009 grilling

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I have a feeling I might have some girls mad about me posting this breakfast-early-morning-I'm-Not-Ready-For-The-Day-picture on my blog. 

Hat: compliments of 10 year old and made especially for the day

Tie: Made multiple years ago by the three older ones... the official Father's
Day tie

Homemade gifts, memories, 4 beautiful daughters, some mean steaks, and a new cart = I great weekend for a great dad.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

this weekend

This weekend we ...

* mowed 2 acres of grass
* weeded the garden (minus the corn and pumpkins, we're not talking about them)
* attended church outdoors in the blustery wind (but it was a great service about Joseph)
* found a new home for the screens in our garage (a rack built by shawn)
* washed and waxed the car inside and out (then promptly went out and drove on a gravel road)
* took the mound of recycling to the recycle center
* layed in the sun
* sat in the hot tub
* grilled pork chops twice
* finished the laundry
* put up some string for the peas to climb on
* built a couple fences to control the pumpkins (I don't think there is any controlling to them)
* harvested the last of the spinach.
* harvested cilantro, basil, thyme, onions, lettuce
* decided the iceberg lettuce is just decoration and not edible.
* took a nap
* read a book

We need a few more productive weekends like this one.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gardening

I am truly amazed at gardens.... that it can go from this...(note: please ignore the weeds.... )

the 5 rows of corn

to this....

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in just a few weeks.

 

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Tomatoes

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carrots

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beans

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Brassicas

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On the days it hasn't rained, I've been pretty faithful to water.

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I heard a seasoned vegetable gardener say "it's going to be a great year for potatoes!"  I can't wait.  Even though this is my first year of a big garden, I already know a few of my mistakes.

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18 pumpkin seeds = 18 pumpkin plants = 1 big mess of pumpkin vines.  Why didn't I read a little more on this before I planted?

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Not NEARLY enough onions.  We could eat these things every day. And we do.  Therefore, I am not sure how many of them are going to make it to maturity.  So, a couple days ago, I planted more... just in case.

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Corn takes up a bit of space.  And 1 stalk = 1 ear of corn.  We might get enough for 3 meals if we're lucky.  AND... when large winds come, this is what happens to corn.

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The plants on the left are some sunflowers badly in need of thinning.

However, I don't know... but, words can't express how much fun it is to garden.  It has quickly become one of our favorite places to sit.

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And my girls think I am absolutely nuts... but I'm loving the few little statues I have there already.  One of them was given to me by my dear friend Mary for my birthday.  It kind of represents our lives... sometimes I hold her up and sometimes she holds me up (okay, pay no attention to the fact that one of them is a boy)

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And this little guy... Emily named Bob.  IMG_0847

And come on girls... it doesn't get any sexier than this...

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Happy Summer!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Remembering....

I was going to title my post "reminiscing" but I don't know how to spell it right and I didn't want the first word you see on this post to be spelled wrong.

This morning I wandered to our n'er used computer and did something random. Clicked on the "favorites" star. Then I started visiting blogs that were saved there...ones that I apparently saved long ago and didn't transfer to my bloglines account.

Get this... some of them haven't posted in YEARS.
Some of them post to readers I have never even "met".
And... SOME of them don't exist anymore.
AND... SOME of them have switched over to "invitation only" blogs... and I apparently didn't make the cut.

I'm such a slacker blogger. I wonder what blogging will be like in 20 years.

Well, I'm off to do what zillions of other people are doing right now... getting ready for Monday Morning At Work.

Friday, June 19, 2009

my tower of babbling

 

My devotions lately seem to be centered around a few things: God's sovereignty, humility, pride, my ability vs. His ability, trust, ....  it's pretty tough stuff.  Stuff I haven't even really wanted to talk about or share a whole lot.  Just tough. Deep Deep Deep.

I had a conversation with our pastor last week.  He asked what's going on in our lives.  It was probably then that I realized how difficult it was to put anything into words.  Next to impossible. How do you voice all that God is doing in mere words? How do you explain the unexplainable?

This morning, I was talking with Shawn about Genesis 11 - the Tower of Babel.  Interesting story really when I think about it.  God's people felt pretty empowered.  The couple chapters before detailed God's covenant with Noah - the flood - the saving of Noah and his family - and the descendants of Noah who were rescued by God in a mighty way.

Then comes Genesis 11.  The people, blessed so much by God, were empowered.  They had seen success in their lives - in their time - felt quite unconquerable. They decided to make a name for themselves... they had it all.  Why...they could build a tower and make a name for themselves... there was nothing they couldn't do!

Why is it that we humans always want to build towers? God blesses us with health, wealth, life, family, love, friends... and we want to turn it into an idol and take the credit for it? Rather than realizing it isn't ours to keep, we put it in our pocket and nurture it as if it's all there is.  And when it all comes crashing down, when the Lord decides to do something different in our lives, we are confused and blaming and dumbfounded.  As if we have some right to the gifts we were given at all.  As if we have any rights.

It's all God's. All of it. I don't want to want anything. I want to know that my God is sovereign.  And no matter what He has for me, I know it is for my good.  Even the tough stuff.  I don't want to be proud.  I want to live a life of humility and realize that nothing nothing nothing I do is ever good. I want to know that I can NOT do anything. Nothing.  I only want what God has for me, what He wants for me, and what He knows is best for me.  He is enough for me.  And I trust Him fully.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Todd

Todd is my beloved brother.  On June 10, he celebrated his birthday.  I wrote this blog post before then...but didn't post it because I was going to take a picture of him.  But, didn't.  He turned be 44.  I know because he's three years older than me.  Let me just say.... I have adored being his baby sister.  There is absolutely no other love greater in life than a brother for his baby sister... and no hero greater to a woman than her older brother.  I don't think he knows this, but Todd is my hero.  Throughout my entire life, he has always been there for me, an example of not only a good brother, but a good man.  There are a lot of things I love about Todd.... of those, I list a few...

1. He is a card shark. My memories of him playing cards began when we would travel and stay up late (probably only 10 but it seemed like all night!) playing cards.  He always kicked my butt... and still does.

2. He's a pool shark. I can not challenge him to a game of pool or he will, once again, kick my butt.  But, I am pretty bad at pool... so when others beat me, I can always use the threat of "fine. beat me. and then my brother will beat you!"

3. He loves cars. We're polar opposites when it comes to cars.  I drive them.  I break them. He fixes them.  He completely built one car from "scratch" (that's what they call it in baking...is it the same when it's a car?).  He sold it... and now he's working on his second.  He says it will be his last.  I highly doubt it.  He's still young.  The best thing about this car is that I think it will be orange.  I'm so excited about that!

4. He loves heath bar blizzards from the Dairy Queen.  Every year on my birthday, he brings me a DQ blizzard (snickers)... and every year on his birthday, I take him a Heath Bar Blizzard. 

5. He lovingly nicknamed me "Wiener" when I was little. Five maybe? And he still calls me that today.

6. Todd and I are alike in some ways... we both are workaholics and try to stay busy all the time.  We both like to get up early in the morning.  And we both clean the house when we're mad.

7. Todd inherited all of my mother's tanning ability.  I have none of it. Every summer he starts working outside on his yard and his cars and he turns dark brown immediately. I do the same thing (minus the cars) and I burn like a lobster.

8. Todd takes great pride in his coined phrases.... he learned most of them from our step dad.  I grew up with many of these and swore I would never use them in any conversation ever,... and Todd says them at the most random times.  Phrases like "Wally!" and "I'm going to beat you like a red-headed step child" and "No Running!".  They really make no sense.... so don't even ask.

9. Todd is honest and decent and kind.  He doesn't take anything for granted and he has the utmost integrity in everything.  He doesn't jump into decisions, and his word is as good as a legal contract.

10.  I know that as sure as the sun will rise, Todd will always be there for me in every situation and every circumstance.  He loves me unconditionally and no matter how old we get, he will always protect me as his little sister.

When everything else in life goes wrong, there is Todd.  I love you big brother.  Happy Birthday. I hope you enjoyed your Heath Blizzard!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Summer Vacation

 

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Nothing says summer vacation like the end of the year dance recital.  It always surprises me how my 10 year old grows up so quickly when we add a little stage make-up for the bright lights on stage at the recital.  And excuse me if I get a little sentimental here...

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My heart melts at the little toddler who stood on this stage 6 years ago in her charming pink tutu barely moving to the music and grinning from ear to ear as we clamored over her ability to do a sashay to one side. 

Another summer means another spring has gone and another fall is coming... another year past and another year ahead.  And another year that my children grow and learn and change.  It all goes far too quickly. 

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Geese

As we were sitting in the office the other day, we glanced out the window and saw this...

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The river is right next to the office...but Mother Goose and her babies were headed in the wrong direction.  It was adorable... kind of looked like they were just out for an afternoon stroll.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

my garden

I planted my garden about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks ago.  So, sorry bloggers... but you are going to have to hear about it all summer long.

These are the newest photos I have... but as of yesterday, it's different already and I didn't take any new photos.  It has been so dry lately... and every day I have to water.  On this particular day, I didn't get there in time and the ground was dry dry dry.  Happy to report that my little potatoes are watered now. ;)

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We weren't going to plant sweet corn.  Our garden isn't that big and we were worried we didn't have enough room.  But, our ten year old begged... .so we conceded with 5 short rows.  We might end up with about 30 ears of corn.... but we'll have a happy ten year old right?

the 5 rows of corn

I have a feeling you're all going to get sick of seeing the backside of our house this summer.  But, here it is.... the first stage.  Now we just water and water and water... and fertilize and fertilize and fertilize... and weed weed weed.

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In the corners, I planted a few flowers... so I can't wait to see how the Zinnias grow up.  I also planted some new flowers I got from my nephew... Ixia... never heard of them. We'll see what happens.

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And last... I have to show you how it all started early this spring.  Just to prove that I am a bit anal when it comes to this kind of thing... want to make sure it's going to work.... please don't make too much fun of me. ;) I am definitely NOT an artist. (Note the misshapen feet and pumpkins...oh Lord, I can't believe I'm posting this on the world wide web!)

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Dreaming of Vacation

School is almost out.  This is the last week.  Actually, only 1 1/2 more days left.  And today... on the verge of summer, I'm dreaming about vacation.

Last year, we took a trip to Minnesota... and visited the Mississippi River.  That's where I took this photo.

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I have always loved this tree.  It's one of those trees you want to lay under and listen to the boats buzz by... and watch the fish jump... as you lazily slumber on a hot summer night.

I'm looking forward to some fun times this summer.  I can't wait.