Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Miracles that is. Most of my loyal readers know that we have had a rough year and by rough that really is quite an understatement. Thing is...everything that happened was as a result of nothing that we did. It's called the "trickle affect." See if you own a company and the "big dogs" you did work for decide not to pay you- it can to some damage to a small company like ours. Anyway, through the year there have been lots of miracles that have happened and I don't want to forget what they were.
- I couldn't cut our paycheck until the 1st of the month and I had a week left of the month we were in. I had 1/4 tank of gas and knew I couldn't fill my tank until the 1st, so it had to last - and wouldn't you know it -it did. It shouldn't have, but it did.
- I was almost out of laundry soap and once again had to wait for a chance for a paycheck ( I say a chance because that's what it is, we hope our customers pay, cause if they don't - we don't have anything to live on.) Anyway, the laundry soap felt empty (Literally) and somehow it kept going and going until I had the money to buy more.
The above 2 examples remind me of the story where the lady fed the prophet with her last bit of flour and her jar never ran out.
- We were wondering how to pay for swimming lessons or how to pay for whatever other thing was coming ( I can't remember) and I got a letter in the mail with some cash in - it just said here's some summer money for your family. And another Godsend was someone who said they were going to pay for swimming so don't worry about it.
- My kids needed school clothes. Someone in our ward made an announcement that they had hords of boy clothes they didn't need and to come look if we needed any. We looked and we scored. I didn't spend a cent on school clothes for Hunter.
- I had some baby equipment (swings, clothes, bouncer, saucer, etc.) that I took to the second hand place...I got a credit - purchased some clothes for Gwennie, Tyler, and Dallin and it came out to almost exactly what they gave me in credit.
- I have prayed more fervently and realized that I recognize the spirit and it's not just me thinking I'm crazy when I have thoughts.
- I looked hard for a job, went to interviews, competed with people who have PHD's for entry level positions and never got hired. You may be thinking that that is not a blessing, however I assure you that it is, and the Lord's hand was in it, because something else came up and it was a better fit all around for our family.
- I got this crazy idea (the spirit) to do a triathlon. I've never considered doing one or desired to do one. However, the vigorous training that I did for 3 months to get ready for it was such a blessing in coping with the stress that we were under.
I'm sure that there are more examples that I am forgetting. But those are just a few. We are so fortunate! Life couldn't be better! Yes, there is lots of stress, but my kids are healthy and happy and life is good.
Monday, September 7, 2009
My mom was wonderful in booking a few spots in McCall, ID for Labor Day weekend about 6/7 months ago. The campsite was wonderful, it had hookups and showers....Here are a few highlights from the trip and lots of pictures to document it as well.
- Tyler got sick on the first day (puking) and threw up for 12 hours
- I didn't sleep the first night (Tyler puked a lot - at least every hour, and if he wasn't puking Dallin was crying.)
- Mom and dad didn't sleep the first night, they were up helping me a lot of the night.
- Dallin fell out of the trailer right after we arrived- he's got a nice goose egg to prove it.
- Travis and Matthew got in late the second night from a quick Elk Hunting excursion.
- During the second night-Hunter was asleep in Tricia's trailer, at midnight she brought him to mine and let me know he was now puking.
- I didn't sleep the second night.
- The kids played at the beach by the lake, mixing dirt and water to make "Organic Matter" as they called it.
- We threw lots of rocks in the lake.
- We built campfires - Hunter became a pro at lighting the start of the fire.
- McKenna loved to gather dried moss for the fire.
- Hammocks were loads of fun.
- Kevin (from our ward) camped next to us and went on lots of bike rides with the kids, and loved to hold Maesyn.
- After the second night of no sleep - we decided we were going to bail early - good thing too...Gwennie then got the pukes and puked the whole way home (Gross....there's still puke on the side of my car).