Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Sister Has Landed!

My sister made it here on Wednesday and moved into our back room!! People who don't like their siblings may not understand my glee, but I feel like a piece of me has fallen back into place. Along with the titles of Wife, Mother, Self, I get to wear Sister proudly and daily for awhile.

My sis and I fought and disliked each other until I got into junior high. Then we started taking long walks almost daily and REALLY talking. Somehow with all that talking we started to truly love each other's presence. It's a person who loves me on the girly level (like hubby can't) but is family. I've caught glimpses of my genetics in my sweet 6 yr old, but my sister still know my jokes and quirks in ways I hope my daughter does someday. Is it wrong to want a relationship like that with my daughter someday? I don't think so.

I also look at our relationship and hope that my two kids will have such a great relationship with each other as I do. Actually, hubby has a great repore with his brother, so maybe that being modeled will rub off.

Our folks moved her stuff down and of course my kids went for the shock factor of talking about butts, poop and, erm, other parts AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Nothing like continuing to make your parenting look psycho, thanks kids.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Girls are From Veronica Mars

I kept hearing about the show "Veronica Mars" a couple years back and it just never made it onto my weekly schedule. WELL, my wonderful library is now lending out TV series!! Certainly one of the best decisions they've made during this here writer's strike. Let me tell you, this show is great! Some drama, teen angst and a great undercurrent of mystery. So, instead of being productive, I'm burning my way through the first season.
Also, a comment on "Curb Your Enthusiasm". I watched the 2nd season and got so annoyed by Larry David's whining, I wanted to kick him! By the end of the season, they'd either toned down the annoying or tuned it out.
I just don't know if "Grey's Anatomy" will be back on my radar once it has new episodes. I'm terrified that "Heroes" will lose its following since it won't be back until the fall. Ugh, thank goodness for TV on DVD and my local library.

In other news, the hubby is still in China. I guess someone snuck into their rooms last night and poked around on their laptops while they were sleeping. Nice huh! Wouldn't be the first country where they were overly concerned about our presence.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hubby of the Decade

Go look at this ring:

This ring is something that I've wanted for the last 5 years. This same ring is now on my finger. My sweet husband completely floored me yesterday by giving it to me for my birthday/anniversary/Valentine gift. It was such a loving gesture from him. Though now that think about it, he might be warming me up so he can buy a new gun for hunting season.
Either way, I'm feeling very loved this week and a little sad because he left to visit our friends in China.
Pray for his plane connections as he's flying standby.

Last night my 4 yr old son was wrapped up in his towel after his bath and asked me, "Mom, do I have tentacles?"
Me:"Um no, squid's have tentacles."
Caedmon: "Oh I thought I had some on my butt"
Me: "You mean testicles?!"
Caedmon: "Yeah, do I have those?"
Me: "Yes honey, you do"
I've always advocated correct terminology of body parts and explaining (age appropriately) their functions. This has helped at times, but there have been some embarrassing moments!

Do you use alternate words for body parts or are you explicit?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Quick Update

Sorry for the silence, we lost internet for awhile and now I've been busy with a bridal shower, getting ready for my sister's arrival, hubby leaving for China and general life busyness. Hopefully I'll be back soon!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Some Answers...

Praise Him, for He can open up my eyes AND THEN show me the next step.
I have had myself tied up in knots over cars for the last month (maybe longer) and that's made me deal with my emotional/spiritual response to my routine getting bumped. I've realized, once again, that He does what needs to be done. The thing that throws me is accepting His timing, which is always right in hindsight.
So, we had one car fixed last week and this week my sweet grandma chose to give me her Lincoln Continental for my birthday. I had called her to offer to buy it, but she is giving it to us and his having my dad get it driveworthy. It may be a couple of weeks until it's here in Colorado (it's in North Dakota right now), but He has given us an answer.
The benefit to my soul (for all this waiting) has been great, and that was the real gift.
Silly me.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Reading Corner

Rarely do I find works of fiction that deeply affect and grow my view of God and reality. I've been blessed to have read two such books recently.

"Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana" by Anne Rice. The same Rice who wrote all the vampire books. She's become a believer and is writing a fiction trilogy on Christ growing up. Her first book was okay, but this second book shows a depth of theological and spiritual understanding that had me crying. Her portrayals of Christ's baptism and temptation in the desert are affecting. She gives a greatly detailed account of the Jewish history surrounding Christ at the time.

"The Shack" by William Young. I hate bandwagons and this is definately a book that Christians are jumping on. How could they not when it's so encouraging to the Spirit and has sound theology in it.

This has definately encouraged me the last week...I think His timing is good, even in my reading schedule.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party!

Alas, here I am getting in on the action late!

Here I am though. Now, on to the nitty gritty:

I live in dry old Golden, Colorado, it's a suburb (I guess) of Denver so we have all the big city fun with a small town feel.

I am currently 26 and have been married for 7 years. And if you can do the math, I was 18 when I eloped with my studly husband. We eloped because we knew we were to get married and family disagreed. Best decision ever!

We are missionaries, heart and soul. We were burned by our first missions organization and have since taken on the position of missions pastor at our church. Our heart yearns to move to Turkey, but until God gives us the green light we are all about encouraging those we know out in the field.

I've been to Thailand, China, Nicaragua and Turkey and am constantly itching to go to more places.

My daughter Ruth (age 6) is an old hand at travel since her first trip overseas was at 4 months. She's the spitting image of me as a child and I love it!

My son Caedmon (nearly 4) is a constant comedian and a light in the house. Did I mention that he's cute.

"What do you blog about?" you may ask. WELL, just about everything. TV, movies, mood swings, parenting, misplaced ribs, odd eating habits and my growth and learning of my spiritual walk. I'm honest and am also a cusser...which drives my spouse crazy! I strive to encourage those around me to be more of the people they were created to be.

There's an amazing list of prizes for this Blog Party. Here are my top picks:
#72-Webcam given by Liz
Here are some of my other picks: 55, 59, 79, 87, 91, 95, 103, 107,

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rage Against The Machine

I feel like a walking talking stressed out ball 'o anger! All over a couple of dead cars! Granted, they're our only cars, but really I shouldn't be taking this's not my deal, it's God's deal. I'm shocked at my own bad attitude.
We've been blessed by having amazing friends. Connor has been over here for 3 days working on one of our wrecks with his cousin. They do all of this knowing we can't pay them for their services. What's funny is they've replaced 4 parts that desperately needed to be replaced and the damn thing still isn't working. It's running, but running like a chain smoking marathoner.
So, I woke myself up with worry (and an aching rib) at 5am this morning. Loads 'o fun in this househod I tell ya!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Word To The Wise

Don't bowl with your rib still out of doesn't help the healing process.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Project Runaway?!

I finally watched the finale of Project Runway. Here are my initial reactions to each of the designers/their collections:

Jillian-I liked her coats, fun sleeves. Neat pants. The helmets were awful!

Rami- 1980s meets draping. Ugh! I hated the blue part! The gowns were good though and left me wondering why the rest was crap.

Christian-His models were the best walkers. They worked the pieces which really did help. I really liked the feathered pieces and the hats.

Go Fug Yourself is a great website that pokes fun at hideous Hollywood fashion. They wrote a good piece for New York Fashion with their impressions.

Who didn't know Christian was going to win 5 episodes ago?! I knew it was coming and all I could say was, "Pfffff!" He was the most consistently good of them all and deserved to win. I can't stand his personality though and I have a feeling he will do well for a couple of years, then he'll fade away. He's too young to have staying power I think.

Now comes this awful dead zone until episodes of good shows start up again.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Contests of the Day

5 Minutes For Mom is giving away this The SAK Dakota Hobo handbag. Check it out here:

Sleepy Wrap is teaming up with An Ordinary Life as told by Kristin to give away one of their great wraps and a cash prize! I went to the testimonials page and many of the women stated how comfortable and easy this sling is compared to other slings. Here's one woman's praise for it. "I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with everything about your company...Your wraps, your customer service...Your EVERYTHING!! One of my little "twinfants" is in your chocolate brown wrap helping me type right now! :o)"
-Lindsey L., New Hampshire (Feb 14th, 2008 -Email)
Here's the link:

Kidazy ( is a great site that introduces its readers to many of the great toys that are out there. They have a contest going on right now where you could win a GC to Toys R Us !!

Crunchy Domestic Goddess is giving away some fabulous Shaklee natural cleaning products!! Check it out:

Hallelujah I'm a Bum

Poor hubby (the man needs a vacation) is still getting grumped at me for no good reason. I'm trying to stop, I swear! My panties just get twisted so easily right now. I railed on the man for 25 minutes about ordering more checks. He had this bewildered look on his face that said, "Check blanks cause this kind of hysteria?!" Luckily he didn't say that.

We finally have the junk heap that is our white car in front of our house instead of at the airport and we are starting the hunt for used mid-90s cars on Craigslist. We have been blessed with another loaner car which means the kids and I can actually leave the house this weekend.

Have I mentioned that my 24 year old sister is moving in with us at the end of March? I haven't?! I'm super excited to have her living in our office and can't wait to have her around to cackle about brilliant flicks like "Mystery Men" and have inside jokes all the time. Hee, hee! I'm one of those lucky people who really has a great friendship with my sis...hopefully a couple of months of living together won't change that.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ya Ever Have One of Those Days...

...where you can't talk to your friends because you're so pissed at your husband for no good reason. I know if I talk to anyone today I'll gripe and complain and then regret doing it later. He's doing the best he can, but since I'm mad at the road God's taking us down I want to take it out on my hubby.
Poor guy, hopefully I'll be in a better mood when I pick him up at the airport at midnight tonight.