Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Feeling Thankful, Basketball

I LOVE basketball!!!

5 things I am thankful for today:
Our kids hard work and determination, in school and in sports
Teaching - I got to substitute in 3rd grade Monday and loved it. One of my favorite grades!
Weather and roads that make all of this night driving less stressful. Tonight Hazel had Awana, Merit had basketball and Will did too. Will's practice didn't end till 9. Good driving conditions are great. I got a little worried when our first snow came so early this fall. 
Good books

Monday, November 20, 2017

Kitten Love

Getting healthier by the day!! 
Lots of TLC over here!! 
Just a bad cold is what they had. This season has been terrible for cat illnesses! 
They are loving our shop, the warmth of our new wood stove and lots of cuddles.

We have never had foster kitties for so long! They are loveable.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Update

 More pictures from the little snow we got a week ago.

Today is sunshining and beautiful!
We had a fun Saturday of basketball in Royal City! Between games we ate at a Mexican restaurant that is so yummy. We have memories of eating there years ago when we would watch Carly and Kelcy play in Royal! Matt and Brenda came to support Will too. I hope to upload those pics today.
Conference weeks so the next four days are half days.  Except for Merit who has to go all day with basketball try outs after.
Please whisper a prayer for Merit he is a little overwhelmed with the anticipated schedule of basketball, homework, driver's ed... I think he is likely to make the team, he is pretty good. He may choose not to play. We just want him to make the right decision.

 Our foster kitties are doing pretty well!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Life -- this week

Thursday was a day for celebration, for thanksgiving and for reflection. But really aren't all days?

Thursday, summed up;
Vance got the big boys off to school at 7:30. Oren and I got Hazel to school at 9. Oren and I picked up Merit at 9:45, his lunch break. Okay, is it odd that his lunch is at 9:45?? While playing football, I picked him up from practice at 5:30. He was so hungry. Lunch at 9:45, then a whole lot of school and two hours of football practice. I packed granola bars, power bars, an apple... they were inhaled. We walked in the door and he asked "what's for dinner?" - I love having a growing teenage boy in the house. He stays fit while eating two portions of dinner, so many fruits and vegetables I can't keep them "in stock" and enough power bars, yogurt and granola bars to feed a small army.

Okay, I got off the subject. I picked Merit up at 9:45. We headed to the Department of Licensing in an effort to get his driver's permit. For those of you with a 14 or 15 year old, getting a Driver's permit is NO easy task. The young adult or child (depending on the moment) HAS to be registered for Driver's Ed. But they cannot get it till 10 days before their first Driver's Ed class. We were missing a piece of information so we had to go back at 3:45. But first, I had to get Oren off to pre-school. I then wanted to get home to mounds  mountains of laundry. But the Animal Shelter requested I get the foster kitties to the vet. So, I spent over an hour at the vet trying to figure out what we have going on with the three most adorable, friendly foster kittens you could ever meet. The vet doesn't think it is anything serious, just a bad cold.

Oren got in trouble for gurgling his water at pre-school. "In trouble" = someone kindly shook their head no. Listening to him tell the story is pretty cute.

I am so thankful to report Merit DID get his permit.
He drove us home from town. I did not stop smiling. He did not stop smiling.
I stepped out of my comfort zone and had two days of teaching P.E. this week at a school I have never subbed at before.
Piles of school work, clothes and blankets are everywhere.
Snow gear already out.
I am preparing for a big vintage craft show.
Kids are doing great in school, earning good grades.
I watched an incredible assembly today honoring our veterans. Listening to patriotic music makes me teary. I am so thankful for our veterans.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Snow Much Fun

Our Sunday snow was prettier than what our Monday snow is today. Today it is just sort of a slushy mess. So I will say I am glad we had yesterday to enjoy it.
Oren has been playing all day, digging out toys. Pretending his "Little People" are Uncle Matt and Aunt B.
He says "Grandma gave these toys to me, but where was Papa?" He tries to keep track of everything! Adie visited in August, but without Stan and then they both came this fall. Oren asks why Papa stayed back, what they are doing today etc. And there have been lots of stories coming from Oren today beginning with "When I was a kid..."
He misses the big kids while they are at school, but we try to have our own fun. Tomorrow his morning is with Miles and the afternoon at his pre-school while I teach P.E.! :-)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The snow came early...

We were wearing shorts two weeks ago.We were tubing the creek and kayaking 5 weeks ago and now the SNOW is here ALREADY! Each year the first snowfall brings such excitement! This year is a bit different. I have two children who are very excited, Oren and Willem. Hazel got excited once she got her gear on. Merit remembers how short summer was because we had to make up snow days! --- I guess we should just ENJOY it. It is Sunday. We get to play in it, sled, have snow ball fights, cruise around in the Can Am, drink hot tea... and we have a cozy fire inside! In the cabin AND in the house!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Some of my favorite things

Some of my favorite things; 
Ladybugs and wood piles

Oren's Olaf costume had gotten dirty while stacking wood, so we had to quickly throw that in the wash and we went for a little adventure while it washed and dried so that it would be ready for trick or treating.

I love the friendship these two share.
I know this is my second time posting this but it is too cute not to share again.

And a few other favorite things
it stretches me and tires me out but I do love it
applesauce in the crock pot
Oren's stories about pre-school
Hazel's help in the classrooms when I sub (she is my lunch date too)

oh and I am letting myself dream just a bit about 
CHRISTMAS baking and cards
about wrapping
and about getting our Christmas tree

Halloween Fun!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Highlight Real

Oren Paul
Willem Vance

Hazel and her sweet group of friends! ALL of these girls are in the same class this year.

I remember being about 23 or 24 years old and thinking "oh my goodness - life is good" I was getting my teaching degree, and without a doubt knew that was what I wanted to work for. I was working with kids -- what I love. I had just got married. Making connections with some terrific people in Moses Lake was happening then. I was thankful to not be living under my dad's roof. Thankful not to have the pressure of that. Thankful to be able to have a better, more healthy relationship with him.
About a year later my mom died and searching for a "new normal" and finding joy in the day to day took much more effort than it previously had.
About a month after my mom died, Vance and I moved to Boardman, Oregon. Leaving the connections I had made in Moses Lake felt tough and starting over while grieving was not easy. But a lot was to be learned in Boardman and many memories made. The #1 memory being Merit's birth and first year of his life.
I can't believe how lucky I am to be able to find the joy now. I could begin to list why I think I can do that now, but the list is long - which really is a huge blessing.
My dad's visits through the years have been good and hard with some tension.
I will be honest, the last visit was maybe the hardest.

What I took from feeling really down and stressed is that so many people have really hard relationships and very tough times. I am so not alone. People feel at loss or desperate. What we mostly see on social media are people's highlights. The good and the great, what looks to be the good and the great. I have a lot of good and great and I have hard. And for today I choose to express the real.
I have some of the most genuine friends. Friends who confess the hardships, the tough times, the hard words and the victories and blessings. They share good recipes and a child's success. But they aren't afraid to ask me and others to pray over the hard stuff.
So we press forward. I have asked my kids "hey, will you pray about..." or "will you pray for ..." many times they are already on it. This is a huge thanksgiving of mine. 
I meet students every week who face hard things. And I work at being a light in their day. I watch teachers do a fantastic job reaching tough students and they care about kids going through hard times.  I feel thankful for these caring people.
This week was challenging and now today on this gorgeous Saturday I have NO voice. ugh.
But it has still been a pretty terrific Saturday.

 There is something about the colors, the crispness and the feel of Autumn.

If through the years it can be considered a good memory to have worked together - even for just a couple of those involved, it would be good. Time does great things if we use it well.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


We are making soaps again! It is so much fun. 
I love clove, cinnamon and oatmeal - my favorite combo.

We have had some challenging days. 
The beauty of fall is pretty therapeutic. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Our sweet Hazel is 8!

Thank you God for Hazel Jane!
Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest girls EVER!!!