Saturday, December 20, 2008
Although my life has been more chaotic this week than most weeks, I feel more peace and serenity than I have in a long time.
It's not the circumstances of my life.
In just this past week, we finally got a signed contract on our new house in AZ, I fulfilled my calling (RSP) to the best of my ability, one of my best friends (Susan) passed away, and I withdrew my children from our wonderful schools.
Add to that a mild stomach flu that is going the rounds through our family, and it should be a week when I've created at least a couple of bald spots on my head from pulling my hair out.
However, along with the extra responsibility my calling has added, I have also received a measure of clarity and understanding of God's awareness of each of us.
He knows us.He knows our names, our fears, our struggles, and He desires to bless us.
We just need to turn to Him...daily, hourly, each minute if needed, and He will help carry the burdens we have been given.
How I love my Savior, and our Heavenly Father.
They carry me when the burdens are full and heavy...and they truly make the burdens light.
They give peace.
What more do we need?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Pat resigned from his job today here in New Mexico.
As of January 5th, he will be working for another mine in Arizona.
We'll be moving to Queen Creek the last week of 2008 or the first week of 2009.
We're still working out final details.
Sharing is half of the fun.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
G: It definitely is fall here in Silver City. The morning and evening air has a chill to it, and it just doesn't get quite as warm during the day. I'll be watching for the leaves to change soon. We'll also be starting the pellet stove soon...and that means all of the kids will huddle around it every morning, squeezing into the spaces that the heat reaches the most effectively. I really and truly love the sound and feel of a fire (even if it is a pellet stove!) in our home.
H: I'm signing off for now from this random post. Have a great day!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I was able to score a couple of "quick wins"...things that helped me feel successful and therefore more motivated.
I did get the following things done (even with 2 sick little boys begging to be held most of the day).
Laundry sorted (yep, it's still piled up, but at least there is some order to the laundry room now)
Dining Room floor swept into the kitchen (It made a nice pile to sort through and have the kids pick up)
P came home and worked on the dishes until they were done...and that helped SOOO much!!
Today I plan to fold laundry, do the dishes, and vacuum.
I have 4 little ones who ran fevers yesterday afternoon and through the night, so my level of accomplishments will depend on their needs, but I definitely feel like I CAN do it today rather than not even knowing where to start.
Thanks for all of you words of encouragement and support.
It really does make a difference.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Today, I just flat out don't want to.
I mean I do, but I don't know where to start.
That's a frustrating feeling...and I know it won't get any better until do something about it.
Any motivating thoughts?
Do you feel this way too sometimes?
Monday, September 22, 2008
I love this photo of Lucky's feet and P's hands.
I'm trying to make sure I get pictures taken of myself whenever we are taking pictures.
It was absolutely wonderful to get away with P's brother and his wife!
The kids have already asked when we're headed back.
Anyone up for a visit? (We'll throw in a trip out to the City of Rocks too!)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This past weekend, we headed to Arizona...P and the kids stayed with his parents in Kearny while I headed into Mesa to visit with my dear friend Susan who is battling cancer.
These are some of the pictures I took before we headed home Sunday afternoon.
P and his parents
P and his mom
Quick snapshot of me taken by P after I took all of the other pictures
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
It seriously made my day and my week.
It has made me smile every time I have seen it on her blog...and I just had to find a couple of minutes to figure out how to post it here.
As part of the award, I am supposed to nominate 7 blogs that I love and pass on this award:
So....without further ado, here are my nominations:
Jill at Creativity, Musings, and Such
Kristi at Everything Pink
Andrya at Beautopotamus
Gabriela at Living La Vida Loca
Susan at Martin Moments
Shanell at Happiness Is (it's a private blog)
Jamie at Stop the Insanity
I'll be visiting you soon and letting you know you've received this prestigious award!
When you find out, it's your turn to nominate 7 other people (and make their day)!
Thanks for making my days a little brighter!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
They started out bright red, yellow and blue, had a short period where they were primer white and then spray paint brown.
They ended up being a brown/cherry mottled color.
I am quite happy with the end result.
I had a few doubts along the way, and had to make a trip to the hardware store to pick up a few supplies mid-project (that's always a little frustrating), but at the end of this holiday, I'm happy that this job turned out the way that it did.
P spent the day hanging siding on the shed...and is exhausted tonight.
We definitely made the most of this day off!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A couple of weeks ago, she and her husband were in a plane crash and critically burned.
(It actually happened in my hometown, St. Johns, AZ.)
Stephanie and Christian have been in the hospital (Maricopa County Hosptal burn unit) and will remain there for many months, trying to recover from their burns and injuries.
Their four children are with extended family, and I cry every time I read about the transitions that are happening because of the joy and love that are being shown by and to the entire extended family.
If you read my blog, and haven't yet done so, you can donate to the Stephanie and Christian Nielson Recovery fund. (Their care is expected to cost well into the millions, with their insurance being maxed out soon).
If you'd like to follow their story, see C Jane Enjoy it.
On Courtney's blog there is a donate to NieNie button that allows you to donate directly through paypal. (I couldn't get it posted on here...I am sorry, I did try.)
Two other ways to donate are:
***Donate to the "Stephanie Nielson Fund" at any Wells Fargo.
***Donate at any Bank of America under the "Christian and Stephanie Nielson Rehab Fund."
Also, if you'd like to read about Stephanie and her family before the accident, click here.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I've been waiting for over a week, hoping to come up with something that is fun and insightful.
It's not happening.
But we're here, well into our second week of school, mucking out the house...trying to get it really clean (does that EVER happen with 9 people in one house?).
How are your back to school plans/adventures going?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Later that afternoon, we headed on a hike with Lorin.
He took us up toward Silver Lake.
This was the view on the way to our hiking place.
Isn't it breathtaking?
The hike was along the side of a creek...and the kids had to stop multiple times to play in the ice cold water. The next day was Sunday, and after attending church with my mom, we headed up to a "cabin" over by Kamas to spend a couple of days with Coleen and her boys. It was a beautiful cabin...plently of space for all of us to spread out...and lots of beautiful views. The kids and their cousins enjoyed breakfast on the balcony.That afternoon, Coleen and I headed into Park City to hit the outlet mall there to do some very focused back-to-school shopping for Bug. All of the kids and P went on a walk near the cabin. This is one of the photos they snapped along the way. Miss M was in charge of the camera most of the way on this hike and we have about 20 botanical shots of the beautiful foilage along the way. Interesting to see what your kids think is "picture material". The next day, we headed up to one of P's family's favorite camping spots: Trial Lake. P was determined that we would make the hike to Star Lake, so we headed up that way after lunch. While the scenery was beautiful...the flies were awful! I've never been so bothered by bugs in my life. At least they weren't highly inclined to bite...(horse and deer flies, ugh!)This is one view of Star Lake. There are so many beautiful lakes in Utah...and beautiful areas surrounding them. Count your blessings my Utah friends.I snapped this shot as we were hiking out. P was teaching the family how to skip rocks, so they were searching for the right kind of skipping rocks.The next morning was our last at the cabin. I came out from getting ready to this sight: Yogamaster in the house (thanks to WiiFit). All of the kids saw him doing the yoga and joined in. It was priceless.
After an entire day of packing and cleaning the cabin, we headed down the hill, toward SLC, for a family picnic at Liberty Park...in honor of Diana and Lucky's birthdays. My little Lucky turned 1...and Diana's birthday was the next day. It was wonderful to see so much of our family...thank you so much for making the effort to be there!
Thursday we split up and both left the camera at home (I should have taken it with me!). P and the older kids went to Lagoon for the day, and my mom and I took the younger 3 on many adventures...including Chuck E. Cheese and Build-A-Bear. Both of those places were a new experience for Lucy and Bam-Bam...and they loved every minute of it. We were all exhausted at the end of the day, though.
Friday, we spent the day helping my mom clear room in her garage and put storage items in her "basement". It took a lot of time and energy, but the end result was well worth.
Our final item to finish up Friday afternoon was school shoe shopping. It was relatively painless...thanks to Famous Footwear and their buy one get one half off sale. It would nice to have more options here in NM...but we took advantage of the chance we had to shop somewhere other than Wal-Mart.
When we got back from shoe shopping, we started loading the Suburban for the drive home. We left pretty much on schedule, (4:30am) and hit Arches National Park on the way home. It is a beautiful park...lots to see from the road, and plenty of places to hike. We wanted another 5 or 6 hours to explore, but didn't have it in our schedule. Arches "cheese". Our final major stop of the day was at Four Corners National Monument. Here is our Four Corners "cheese" picture.
Just after this, the wind kicked up the dust so badly that the vendors started packing up their wares and heading home. It was an amazing dust/rain storm.
We finally pulled into our home about midnight on Saturday. 20 hours of traveling/sightseeing in one day was a little insane...but very worth it to be home. There really is no place like home.