Sunday, April 24, 2016

Let's Catch Up

Hello! I hope that everyone is enjoying Spring. The weather is warming up and the outside is calling my name. I can hardly wait to start working in the garden and planting flowers. Still a little early here since our frost day is mid May.

Things have been hopping around here. I hosted a bridal shower for my niece, Alison. It was wonderful! Once I get all of the pictures sorted out I will share.
Megan ended up spending a couple of days home from school. She was having sinus issues and ended up with terrible headaches. Thankfully the worse of it was only a couple of days. She spend most of her time resting on the couch with an ice pack and cool wash cloth. We made the most of our time when her headache was mild. She was quite spoiled by her afternoon tea and toast!
 I can't begin to tell you how many episodes we watched of this.
In the mist of the crazy we have made a really hard decision. We are leaving our church. :(
 It has been a long time coming. We tried some other churches a couple of years ago, but didn't leave. Our church was in a transition period then with the pastor leaving and we had hope for change. We stuck it out and the new pastor has been there for a year now. There have been changes, but not in the way we had hoped. We have watched family after family leave. We have watched the budget shortfall continue to grow. We have watched some of the leaders of the church lead, do and say things that we don't think are Christ like.

Church should be a place of unity, love and refuge. Of course, you will feel convicted and squirm a little in your seat from time to time. We haven't been leaving feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead. Instead we leave discouraged by the things happening around us and quite frankly it has been a struggle for me to get up and go.

We have a commitment to teach Sunday School through the first Sunday of June. We have already asked not to be put on the new teaching schedule and will let the appropriate people know we are leaving that last Sunday. (I know that might seem rude, but if you knew the circumstances of what was said when a family recently left you would understand why we are not giving proper notice until we are ready to walk out the door.)

I am not sure if peace is the correct word to use when describing how we feel about leaving. We did not make this decision lightly. We feel that we did all that we could according to Matthew 18:15-16. We had a meeting with our pastor to express our concerns and to get a clear understanding of were the church is headed. We also spoke a couple of elders. We are sad and heartbroken that it has come to this, but we know it is the right thing for us.

We have no idea where we are going once we leave this church. We are praying for direction as we search for a new church home.

My guy has been working tons.
 He is on mandatory overtime through the first week of May. He has been logging many hours. This week he clocked out with 70 hours!

In the middle of long work hours and hard decisions life has happened. There is a new baby on our street and a meal was delivered.
Thursday night we attended Megan's spring choir concert and Friday we volunteered at the school carnival.
Only 4 1/2 weeks of school left! They will be full weeks as there is a science fair, camp to attend, testing week and field day. Not that I want to wish my life away, but I am ready for summer break. 

I have been grabbing slow anywhere I can. Megan has been bringing me fists full of love.
Before we retire each evening Chuck and I have been sitting on the back porch. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we pray and other times we hold hands and soak in the joy of the ending day. Some seasons of life are hard, some seasons of life are busy, but through it all life is good!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Break Time!

If you haven't already guessed I am going to step away.
Probably just for the week. I am hosting a bridal shower for my niece on Saturday. I need to wrap things up for that, attend to finishing up a project or two, along with the normal daily grind. Being on the computer too often can certainly eat up time that could be spent elsewhere. 

Until I return... 

May your days be filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

I love spring for so many reasons. Everything is fresh, green and new. Now if it would only warm up a little bit so I could get out and enjoy it!
Mom gave us several containers of leftovers. Enough variety that I didn't have to cook one evening. Free and easy... I like it!
 
 What is a girl to do when she doesn't have a little house to play with? Well, create your own with popsicle sticks!
 Spending the morning doing dinner prep makes dinner time run smooth.
 We made a bunch of cookies. A double batch actually.
 Some to eat, plenty to share and some to put into the freezer for another time.
 Science fair experiment in progress.
 A selfie I found from my silly girl!

 May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Working Weekend

Chuck was off on Friday and we spent a lot of time working this weekend. We were beat last night. So much so that the entire house was in bed by 9!

 I knew that this was coming so on Thursday I made sure all of the laundry was done. I had a few things hanging around that had stains so I tackled those while I was at it.
There is end in sight for our never ending garage project. Friday the painting was completed. I put two coats on the walls myself. Whew! I am not as young and energetic as I use to be! Thankfully it is done. 
Saturday Chuck had his dad come over and they put the garage door opener back up and then we put the cabinets back up in the laundry area. It took all three of us to get them up.
What do you think of the blue? It is not a color that I would normally pick. I love it in this space.  

When we returned from church yesterday I put things back into the cabinets. If time permits Chuck will help to put the doors on this week. Then the laundry will take a back seat as shelving is added the garage and things are sorted and put back into their place. I hope that doesn't take long as I am itching to get the laundry put back together and prettied up.  Once that happens I will be back with pictures. 

Now it is time for me to get moving. Megan is returning to school after a two week break. After I drop her off I am off the the grocery store and then I have tons of things that need done. Working in the garage means the inside of my home has been negelected! I am also going to try to pick up sticks so the grass can be cut. The temperatures might not say spring, but grass cutting and a long project list does!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tidy Tuesday

Sunday night I made a comment about how our home went from neat Sunday morning to disaster Sunday evening when we were barely home. Chuck just laughed. Please tell me that I am not the only one that experiences that!? Monday took me away from home running errands and then we went out for dinner so not much was accomplished. After a slow start to the morning I told Megan it was time to get up and moving. A day to tidy things was in order!
I made Megan her list and then I started on the kitchen and moved on from there. 


It always amazes me how something as simple as making the bed will make a room seem put together. 

Megan's room is another story. This is the before and she has worked on it. She even marked tidy room off of his list. Not quite to my standards so we will be going in there together. The only way she will learn tidy is if I continue to teach her. 

Picking up and running the vacuum make such a huge difference in the feel of a home. Honestly it doesn't take long to do this. Now that things are fairly tidy I am moving on to other task. 
Laundry is in the works with a load in the dryer and the last one in the washer. The menu for the week has been made. Better late then never, right? Working on the budget is on the agenda also. I hope to get many things accomplished today as I will be out tomorrow morning taking my dad to an appointment. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!




Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter

What a wonderful Easter we had! I prepared my food the day before. Green beans with potatoes, deviled eggs and these peep-cakes. All I had to do Sunday morning was put the green beans into the crockpot to heat. 
Sunday morning we woke up to beautiful blue skies and sunshine. 
Can you beleive how tall Megan is? It won't be long before she outgrows me!
After church we hurried home to change and grab a few things before we headed over to my mother-in-law's. 
The older cousins hid the eggs and they made the younger ones really hunt for them!
We enjoyed the company of extended family along with two families from our church. There was great food, wonderful fellowship and lots of laughter. A wonderful day to celebrate our risen King!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Busy Days

It has been a delightful week having Megan home. Chuck took off a couple of days to get some things done. It wasn't all work as we also spent some time out and about. We took Megan the farm store to see the baby chicks. She would love to have a few. I will admit that they are super cute and the idea of fresh eggs is tempting. The thought of the responsibility that comes with it such as cleaning out the coop and the start up cost keep me from saying yes. 
Grandma was taken out for lunch. 
There has been lots of home time. 
Cooking together.
There is always plenty of housework to be done.
 Of course there has been time to play.
Megan wrote a heartfelt note to the family of a local fallen officer. 
We had no idea she was doing this. She came out and asked Chuck to mail this for her. Oh my, how happy this made my heart. It is moments like this that let you know that you are on the right track with parenting.  

Chuck was able to get his project to the point of paint. We primed the ceiling the night before he returned to work and I primed the walls the next morning. 
The next time I tackle the ceiling I think I might need a hat! Thankfully I was able to scrub it all out as Megan and I had plans to get our hair trimmed today. 

Home and family make me a happy woman. I am happy to say that I have enjoyed an abundance of both this week. Tomorrow will be another busy day. A trip to a clothing store, the grocery store  and then I need to get started on some things for Easter. There are eggs to dye, food to prepare, and then I need to take time to slow down and prepare my heart. We hope that Chuck makes it home in time to attend the Good Friday service at church. I hope you all enjoy your time with family and especially Sunday service worshiping our risen Savior. Happy Easter!

  “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30