Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Martha's New Show

David, Emily and I are at his family condo for the week soaking up the sun and beach. It is wonderfully relaxing. One of the perks is cable TV. We always enjoy it when we come since we don't have really any TV channels at home much less cable. So, I was eager to check out Martha's new show which recently started.

I love the set, looks a lot like the old show - very homey looking. She seems a lot more outgoing. I don't know if that is because they are trying to get her to change her image or because she really is. But, I'm so disappointed in the show overall. I used to love the segments on homekeeping, plants, cooking, crafting, etc... Now, it is more like a talk show - with guests and a live audience. She does cook and yesterday taught us all how to properly fold pants. But, the overall feel is kind of like Oprah with a slight focus on home things.

Have any of you seen it? What did you think? While I am glad Martha is back, I guess it will be easier to go home to no TV channels knowing that I'm not really missing anything.

Update Thursday night: I watched the show again tonight - and it was so much more enjoyable. I must have seen a not as good episode the other night. I really enjoyed learning how to frost a cake, arrange flowers, and make ravioli!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Can Katie come out to play?

Yes, the neighborhood kids think it is so fun to take our dog for a walk! Which is great considering the fact that I can't take her because she pulls too much and is too big for my patience. I could never handle a 100-lb inquisitive chocolate lab and an inquisitive baby in stroller. Thank goodness for the fun kids in the neighborhood! :) Keep it up!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Monday, September 19, 2005

Psalm 19:7-11

"The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statues of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward."

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Denim Tote

I learned how to make this yesterday from my friend Grace and her sister-in-law, Kristi. It was not hard and turned out so fun! It is so fun to learn how to make new things and share ideas with each other! Thanks Kristi and Grace!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Happy Fall!

My project for this past Monday, was to get our porch ready for Fall! Our neighbor gave us this old bench which makes a great spot for a planter! So, now the fall colors have reached our area too! My top-10 list for fall is:

10. Decorate the house with fall things saved from year to year!
9. Get a pumpkin for the porch!
8. Enjoy the cooler weather and changing leaves (if you have them!).
7. Enjoy time with family and friends.
6. Feel the anticipation of the next few months leading up to the holidays.
5. Go to a craft fair. (My top choice is the Holly Berry House sale in Colo. Springs)
4. Enjoy a local fall event.
3. Take a few apples, a bag of carmels, and a jug of cider to a neighbor for a fall gift.
2. Bake something with apples in it.
1. Appreciate the cozy feeling of being at home!

What are your favorite things about fall?

Monday, September 12, 2005

There Goes My Life

Our Women's Bible Study started at church this week...it was so good to be back with friends and refreshing to be challenged and taught from God's Word. Here is the beginning of what our pastor's wife, Audrey, shared:

There Goes My Life

"I was cleaning my porch in the middle of August and I noticed how some leaves were falling already. It was still summer but I knew autumn was just around the corner.

It was like God impressed on my heart that this is where I am. Mid-August in my life. That’s when I was born. And that is where I am.

Yesterday I was a young girl growing up on a farm in rural South Carolina – running through the yard, playing with my cats. Yesterday I was a high school graduate applying for college. Yesterday I graduated from college and got married, moved away from home.

Yesterday I had my first baby – yesterday I had my fifth baby. Yesterday my oldest son grew up and left. Yesterday my second son got married and moved away. Yesterday my daughter left for college. Yesterday my 4th child got his driver’s license. Yesterday my baby turned 12. Yesterday I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary.

Yesterday – my life filled up.

There goes my life – all these yesterdays . . .

Tomorrow I’ll say goodbye to the rest of my children. Tomorrow I’ll be 70 years old. If I’m strong, I might live to be 80 - perhaps a little longer.

Tomorrow Carl and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Tomorrow my children will stand over my grave.

There goes my life - all these tomorrows . . .

But what if tomorrow never comes? Have I wasted my life so far? How will I spend my remaining years, be they few or many? How do I want my children to remember me? How do I want my church to remember me?

What will I say to God? There goes my life.

Today - I am busy raising my two last children. Two have flown the next, one is practicing her flight, and two remain. The oldest still at home is preparing for college, and the youngest is beginning the middle school years. Today I am busy with ministry in my home and ministry in my church. All these todays. Am I wasting my time?

There goes my life. All these todays . . .

My heart’s desire is to finish this life well. If God gives me 80 years – this means I have 33 left.

Some things I’ve decided in my 47 years – I will not waste my life. I will not spin my wheels going nowhere. The only way I know to keep on track is to have my heart and mind turned wholly and completely toward God. When I do that - He is free to work. When I fill my mind with the truth from Him, He clears my vision, He strips away the dross, gives me focus, He sharpens my perspective, He helps me spend my time on things that really matter. He literally frees me from myself.

It is my prayer that as you leave here today, you will have a fresh, renewed perspective about your yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. A perspective from God’s Word. We won’t finish our topic today – you’ll have to come back on September 22nd for the really “get your hands dirty” practical stuff. Today it’s all about a perspective – a way of seeing things. A way of focusing."

If you want to learn more, visit Mothering From the Heart.

Emily


Isn't she cute? Just wanted to share a smile with you all today!

Ahhhhh...

Two years after we painted our house, we finally finished the trim around the windows in the back yard this weekend! It feels great to have it done - and I wonder now, why did it take so long to get around to? I also finished a sewing project and did a bunch of cleaning in the front yard. Anyone else finish a long-standing project recently?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Napoleonized

So, we've FINALLY seen Napoleon Dynamite. There was so much buzz among people we knew, we decided to see it. It was a fun blast to the past and we enjoyed seeing old familiar things like Caboodles, Trapper Keepers, and the avocado crock-pot!

We didn't love it, but didn't hate it. It was quirky and nothing bad in it, but we probably won't watch it again. The fun thing was seeing familiar things and recognizing what others had mentioned about it.

I had an "Aha" moment when I figured out who Uncle Rico was and about his time machine having read something about this on Megan's blog. And heard the much talked about, "Gosh".

Anyway, a fun and quirky Monday night movie for us. We're curious how the MTV movie logo got involved with a PG movie though.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Free!

Ok, I'm always telling people what good deals you can get at Walgreens, and just want to pass on another one. This week you can get 1 pkg. of diapers free and 1 "got 2B" hair care product free. You will have to pay for the items initially and then for a stamp to send in the rebate. But, it is such a great deal, it's worth it. They have many other rebates this month too - so check the catalog to see if it is anything you could use before mailing in the rebate.