Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Thoughts....

"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14
I'm in the middle of winter blues so I'll probably post lots of flower pictures from last summer. I'm ready for spring.

I have a tendency to "stew" over things. I get upset about something and I replay the conflict over and over in my mind. Last week at work I found myself caught up in a conflict. Saturday morning I was still thinking about the situation when my first memory verse for 2010 came to mind. Walk humbly, act justly, love mercy...

Memory verses are fine and dandy, however, they are meaningless if you don't apply them to your life. If there isn't a visible change in your attitude and heart, then you might as well just memorize a poem or song lyrics. The Lord nudged my heart and told me I was wrong in how I was dealing with the conflict. My attitude and heart needed an adjustment. I prayed for forgiveness and made a conscious decision to let go of the conflict. I'm praying that I will walk humbly, act justly, and love mercy.

Last night I was reading through the blogs I visit on a regular basis. Lysa posted this on her site:

I'm printing this off and taping it to my desk at work!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Flood pants

What's a mom to do?

I just bought new jeans a couple of months ago and they are already too short. He's at that stage where his legs are too long for size 16 and his waist size is too small for men's jeans.

So, I guess I'll send him to school with his ankles showing and hope warm weather gets here soon....that way we can replace the flood pants with shorts.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Prayer Request

A good friend of mine is having surgery today. She found out right before Christmas that she has breast cancer. She has started a blog for her friends and family to follow.

Please pray for Krista and her family.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The new girls in town

We took a trip to a local feed store to buy replacements for the hens that we've lost this winter. The plan was to buy younger chicks because they are cheaper. They were out of baby chicks but they had these girls. At first the price seemed a little steep. However, the salesman pointed out that feeding young chicks for 6 months would equal the cost of buying these girls. Plus, he offered us a discount.

I miss my Araucana hen. She laid the prettiest greenish blue eggs. The first order of business was to bring home another Araucana. We brought home two.
We also replaced the dependable Buff Orpington. She is a sweetheart. She is calm and doesn't mind being held.
Poor things haven't been out of a cage since they hatched. They are still trying to figure out the pecking order of the pen and tend to stay hidden inside the roost. They'll eventually get settled and we'll start letting them out to scratch around the yard.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Snow Day Project

Three extra days at home means the laundry pile returns to a manageable level, the dust is gone for a day or so, and I get to sit down and catch my breath.

At some point my eyes strayed to the fabric stash. A few hours later.... new pillows for my bed.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti..Is there anything we can do?

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18

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Monday, January 11, 2010

For you Sandy...

I finally gathered up all the pictures and hung them on the wall. This shot is from below...I wanted to show off the new stair treads that Bob built.
Looking down the stairs. I framed the family portrait from Grandma & Grandpa Stewart's 50th Anniversary. I'm going to add it to the wall tomorrow.
The Living Room wall. The clock you gave me for Christmas was perfect.

I'll eventually add more black and white photos to this wall. It may be another three years before I get around to it but it will happen... someday.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Ward Elliot Hour

Friday, January 8, 2010

The "Off" Button

He's funny. Witty with a touch of sarcasm. Just the kind of humor that I enjoy and appreciate.
However, like many middle-schoolers, he needs to learn when to turn it off. "It" being the chatty, funny stuff. In other words, he needs to find his "Off Button" and use it. There's a fine line between witty and downright annoying (something Jim Carrey never learned) and he's crossing that line at school.

This past week he was sent out into the hall for talking in class. It seems that this has been going on for awhile and repeated requests to BE QUIET have gone unheeded.

So, he now faces a choice....find that "Off Button" on your own and OR we'll find it for you.

If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be disciplining him for talking too much in class, I would have given you a hug. Ten years ago, at the age of three, he was diagnosed with several speech impediments. He was in therapy for almost nine years.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I've joined Leah and others in a New Year's Resolution to memorize 2 bible verses a month.
My first memory verse is Micah 6:8

He has showed you, O Man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Beautiful words to live by.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Warm and Toasty

Clay built a wood heater for Bob's workshop. It was a Christmas present. Just the thing to keep the shop warm on a cold winter's day.