It is hard to be a friend from miles away but even harder to make new friends.
- Yes, this is surely to be a famous quote someday that originated here. ;)
The water4christmas etsy shop is open!!! You can do so much shopping at one store.
Seriously, one scarf, one T-shirt, OR 4 headbands = life for 1 Liberian, water for 20 years. It's THAT easy. You can make a difference and it's not even a sacrifice!
Be sure and check back every week. I think more stuff will be added as Cassie gets it.
And, from the bottom of my heart, truly, thank you for participating!!!
I'm having trouble focusing on blogging. :(
We have some dear friends who are in the struggle of their lives - and at times FOR their lives. My heart is so heavy I can hardly think of anything else. I awoke 4 or 5 times last night and ended up praying. At the time I was frustrated that I couldn't sleep but this morning in my right mind :) I am so grateful for the opportunity to do the only thing I can do at this point - pray.
Beth and Jake had a joint family birthday party over the weekend. Lots of pictures to post. Oh, and all of LAST weekend is still not posted from our visit with Eric's cousin and Kendall's birthday.
But I'll wait until I can focus again. For now, some colors of fall...
Beth's outfit. :)
the rest courtesy of Miss Alex (and are unedited!)
This weekend is the walk/run for water in Muscatine. Pray that it opens many doors! It's a huge awareness event and the participants pay an entrance fee that goes towards water. So many people have been working tirelessly to make it happen - all for water.
But for those of us not local to Muscatine, you can get water4christmas.com stuff like shirts, water bottles and lunch bags. And keep an eye out for the esty shop to open!
Read this article that featured the water4christmas team. And I hear part of the team was on the radio today.
Seriously, as my son took his daily 45 minute HOT shower this morning wasting oodles of clean water, I shook my head and thought, "we take so much for granted."
Open our eyes Lord.
Life is uneventful and I am thankful for that.
Well, except for the pre-teen drama. But that's normal, right? :)
I have a ton of pictures to post. And no desire to sit here and do it.
So I'll leave you with my world of ADD. The list of books I'm attempting to read all at once.
I know, I know!! You might want to call the psych ward. Especially since I didn't even post all the books that sit beside my bed that I sift through each night figuring out what my mood dictates.
BUT - As I look at this list it does parallel the chaos in my heart. I'm constantly thinking of all the directions I want to be, go, do. The contentment in my heart sometimes seems momentary and then the chaos abruptly reoccurs.
I've had several people tell me at times in my life that I should really just be reading my bible. I took this to heart (and yes, of course it took me a few prideful days to digest the advice). I try to spend as much time in my bible as I do reading other books. Which, as expected, is not always the case and I usually get off course. BUT - that theory is my compass.
I have to share that I believe, so fully, that I am a better person, better Jesus follower when I am being inspired to read the word of God by other believers. And believe me, I am in need of a lot of growth. It will be a constant throughout my life. Let it also be fully known that I realize what a nasty, yucky person I am when I not in the word and learning from others. Hopefully you won't encounter me on those days. ;)
In Iowa we had a fun reading group of moms that read books and posted thoughts online. It was a rich and challenging time in my life - all done through online community. We called it Soulates - instead of caring for our bodies like Pilates our goal was to nourish our souls.
But the idea of Soulates was finding food and nourishment that matched the season we were in. Often times as a stay at home mom, homeschooling mom, and multiple moving mom, there isn't always time or connections to be mentored or discipled by people. I believe in this season of my life that for me, books have taken a big role in my heart of learning. I read on a missions website that books can fill a void where people should be when people are absent. Now, don't freak out on me - I don't believe that books replace people, and that is not what I gathered from reading that. But books can help transform our thinking -for good or bad.
Ok, so these are deep thoughts. Much deeper than I planned on going during this uneventful day when I should probably be cleaning or doing Language Arts with someone. Apparently I'm feeling deep and reflective.
Eric is very busy this week so we will be seeing each other in passing...which is much better than not seeing each other.
Beth, the only one without any symptoms last week, has now been struck with the flu. So far no puking but she has the yucky high fever. Lots of cuddling going on. Jake is convinced we become immune to the H1N1 once we've had it. Geez I hope so. :)
We had a busy weekend. I have a bunch of pictures to post. Eric flew in Saturday from Canada just in time for a short nap before his cousins, Skip and Kim, and Eric's brother, Kendall, came for supper. We celebrated Kendall's birthday and we were out numbered by kids 10 to 5 so it was a little loud.
We had fun cooking shrimp fettuccine with Skip and Kim and snarfing down chocolate cake and bread pudding. Like a good Mennonite girl I had bread pudding as a back up dessert in case we ran out or someone didn't like the cake.
I'm trying to finish up some things for the etsy shop for water because it opens THIS Saturday!!! Everyone BE READY!
And, as a side note - Kim and I went to Hy-vee on Saturday to get some groceries. I purchased a six pack for Kendall for his birthday and I DIDN'T GET CARDED!!! What??! Kim was behind me buying something when it hit me and I let loose a little on the checker. Don't I look under 40?? Aren't you supposed to card ANYONE who looks ANYWHERE NEAR the age they need to be carded?
It's time to color my hair I do believe. Crazy.
I just found my signature on a piece of paper. I didn't remember writing it there yet it looked exactly like mine.
Beth wrote it. This might not be good in about 4 or 5 years.
(Although I DO remember being very good at writing my dad's signature growing up - a little practice made perfect. Good thing I would never have used it.) :)
Most days around lunch Beth and Lucy take a break and play out back with Moby for a while.
Yesterday I was a little distracted. I kind of remember Lucy going outside but honestly I was trying to finish a project over lunch and didn't notice what she was wearing or lack thereof.
Beth peered out the dining room window and looked over at me and said, "Mom, do you realize that Lucy is outside without pants on and she has a knife?"
Um no. I sure didn't. And thanks for telling me.
My poor neighbors must have quite an opinion of this homeschooling pantless family. Geez. Most of them are retired and know just about everything we do so I'm pretty sure this one didn't go unnoticed.