Sunday, September 28, 2008

Solomon, Sex, and Jesus

This is the series our church has been on for the last two weeks. I cannot say enough about how incredible our pastor has been on covering this subject but I can give you links to his messages. I think all chuches need to actually cover this subject more faithfully. We, the church, have made sex seem gross and something needed to be talked about in secret. But if we don't cover it and gives some guidelines then our children will never know how to handle the big issues. I am impressed that Foothills cares about us enough to preach on it and Pastor Tim to do something that is uncomfortable!

I was also impressed that he said today that couples that are staying together, not divorcing, for ther kids sake are doing a good thing. He said he applauded them for that effort. He did also add that he hopes they work on staying together for Gods sake, but I loved that he gave them props as divorce does hurt kids. I think more people need to hear they are doing a good thing and not told to divorce and take care of themselves. What a selfish idea!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A family first

So yesterday was a big day in our house hold. Last year the school had two fundraisers we were unable to attend. This year Alicia was begging to go to the first one. So last Thursday, when we had small group and the kids had to go to bed here as well, we bribed them. If they stayed in their rooms and no one knew they were even here they would be able to go to this fundraiser. So last night arrived. I went and picked a cousin up, Miss Anna, and then when Ben got home we raced off for Chuck-E-Cheese's. I had been dreading it. I did not want my kids to know such a place existed. I had heard horror stories of the food and the prices. But we used an entertainment coupon and really we had a great time! The kids were so happy. They almost floated as they ran around. Cloud Nine! I was asked how many children I brought as Ben was having a good time playing games, too. Afterwards we headed to Cold Stone Creamery for the free icecream social. It was a great evening. BUT I have been feeling so incredibly icky that by the end of this night I was done. So when I got home I went right to bed and have not seen my blessed Greys! I was heart broken that I would not see it last night. There is something about watching it ON the first night. I hate being sick. And tonight we have small group at our house so I will be cleaning like a mad woman today and then staying up late tonight. All I really want to do today is sleep so I can be well rested for my day with the girls. Well that settles it- - -Let the children fend for themselves, and small groups can meet in dirty houses as just as well as clean houses. OK, I am off to bed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

cold season?

So I think I am catching a cold!!! It seems like whenever I have a girls day I am sick, so of course we have a girls day planned for Saturday. I am not sure why that is but it frustrates me to no end. So I took a a nap, drank OJ and then had some airborrne. Tonight I am going to take Nyquil and hope for a great nights sleep and wake up perfectly healthy. Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DVR wonder of the world

I feel bad that I haven't posted in over a week! So I am going to tell you about something we just bought! We got directv and a DVR! It is great! Now I can record my shows when Ben watches his favorite shows on Monday! And then tonight Ben went out HWY 20 to find Levi who had shot an elk. Gordon and Ben went to help pack it out. So while he is gone tonight he will have his shows recording! I love this machine.

And by the way, Thursday Greys Anatomy starts! I am so excited. It will be even better in January when LOST starts and Thursdays become the best night of the week by far.

O, and while the HUGE entertainment center was out from the wall, getting the new directv cables, we painted. Okay so I am coming back to edit that "we" was more Ben. :) I watched. Well I taped and removed things from the way, does that count?
I am still getting used to the colors but it is really fun having some color in this house. I cannot wait to buy all the decorations the room now needs. So in this picture the little black box is the DVR and you get to see two of the three colors we used in our rooms!
So now you have a current post. (But at least I post more often then my friend Karrie and my friend Heidi!)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A nice Saturday

This morning we got up, went and picked up two cousins, and headed to Olsons Farms. We picked some apples and then went to EZ Orchards hoping to grab some apple cider and apple cider doughnuts. Well they don't sell that stuff until the end of September! So we got their blueberry doughnuts instead. It was nice to have the kids (ages 6, 4, 4, and 2) all run around looking for apples together and then munch on them later. I think there is something to eating something you have picked yourself. After we took the kids home later that day we started making applesauce! What a long day. I am so blessed though. I haven't used my canner before, it was my grandmothers I think, and it needs a new ring sealer thingy so Martha was going to come over after we cooked all the apples up and use her canner. Well she cannot use her canner on our burners. SOooo she would come to our house, pick up the cooked apples and take them back to her house to can. It worked out pretty well. Then we were able to have Martha and Gordon over for dinner. Sadly she had to go home after dinner and finish canning the last batch, while we were all done on our end. But it is kind of disappointing to be done and not see the results. We have tasted it though, and boy was it good. I love homemade applesauce!!! This will be so good to eat this winter.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I just wrote a nice long post complaining to you all about our poorly ran YMCA here in Stayton but decided to erase it. So you all are saved from my rant.

Hope you all have a great Thursday. Ususally Thursday nights are Ben's basketball nights but he sprained his ankle TERRIBLY last week so tonight he will be hanging with us at home. :) Wish I had a picture to share with you all. His toes are purple and his ankle is about 3 times its normal size. Poor guy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Matt Damon on Sara Palin

I have really enjoyed watching Gov Palin speak and move into the spot light. I have thought about doing a post on her but decided not to. I don't need to push my political views on you, my readers. . . but I just read that Matt Damon is afraid that she will be like a bad Disney movie and added that she believes in creationism! The gall. To believe the Bible! He also mentioned that she believes in censorship, which has proved to be another really bad rumor. Some of the books she has been said to try to ban were not even written until after the said banning. I am not sure how Sara Palin is making it through all the lies that have been thrown at her but I guess you are doing something right when the extreme leftists have to try to tear you down.

If Matt Damon is against Sara Palin I am pretty sure I am ALL for her.

not for the prude!

Okay I saw this video and I am laughing still. Not quite R rated but not PG13. :)
It is kind of a spoof on those sexy love songs.
Okay moms---my mom and mother in law. be forewarned!

Go watch this video!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

first week of September

It has been a busy week and a half. I was a little sad to enter September. I love the back-to-school feelings BUT hate saying goodbye to the good weather. I thought the weather was changing and had gotten abit depressed about that. But thankfully the good weather has lasted. The kids both started school last week and both are enjoying it. Ethan even more then Alicia, which says a lot as she loves her school. :) Sadly there is no air conditioning at the school so they come home pretty hot and sweaty. They are ready for fall. :)
I joined a gym the first day they went back to school. So a lot of my alone time has gone to that. I Love it. So nice to get out and see grown ups every morning and get in shape. My goal is to have something to show for it by January.
We are also painting the inside of our house. Yep, 5 years later we are adding color! Last Thanksgiving we painted the dining room and I knew which colors would continue into our halls, kitchen and great room but here it is MONTHS later and we are just now doing it! I think with small group starting back up we both decided it was time to paint! I am so happy about this. But this runs us into othe expensive problems. Like what to decorate these newly painted walls with. I have all kind of ideas but our newly constructed back yard does not have a money tree!
What else, hmmm. . . I won $25.00 from for! I had referred someone and that entered me in a contest! I WON! I need to give thanks to Rachel for actually taking me seriously when I mentioned and for signing up under me. By the way, since joining at the end of February and that first initial post I have made $943.00! Yep that is right. Over $900 dollars, too bad it has already been spent on Disney tickets! Don't you wish you had signed up then as well. :) Well here is another shot. If you have any questions I can answer them. But right now you can do 20 videos a month and get $10.00 a piece. Sometimes the rules change month to month but it has been like that for about 3 months now.
O, and I also finished The Shack and am going to do a post on it soon. Just thinking over some stuff in it.

My friend Karen

I met my friend Karen in 1999. I had started college and my friends from my hometown lived across the hall from her. By December we had become good friends and today we are special friends. I love her. We have gone through much in 10 years and a lot of my college memories have her in them in some way. The sad thing is that every September I have these really good intentions to remember her birthday! A few days ago I thought okay I will remember but here it is a day after her 32nd birthday and I missed it again! The sad thing is I do this almost every year. It has nothing to with my love for Karen or the kind of person she is, but it says a lot about me. I am sorry Karen!
Karen is one of those friends that everyone hopes they get to be friends with. She is loyal, caring and honest. I know I would not be in touch with all my other special friends if it wasn't for her keeping us accountable to meeting monthly. She is a bit like glue, the good glitter colored glue!


Friday, September 5, 2008

The Shack

So I started reading The Shack yesterday. I am reading it differently then I would read any other book. With all the hoopla about it I am seeing both sides of the arguements. I am marking things I think were really well said and Truth and things that are not biblical and a bit far fetched. But I have to say that it is a very very interesting and well written book. I am really looking forward to finishing this book and seeing how he pulls it off. I do believe it will be a book I will recommend to everyone. It can really get you thinking about how you view God and get you back into the Word to see why you believe what you believe.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Do you hear what I hear!

It is the sound of mothers everywhere in Oregon singng "hallelujah!" Tomorrow my two are off to school. I will probably shed tears in the morning as I take their first day of school pictures but tonight I am so excited! I have grand-grand plans for the 2.5 hours I will get every morning to myself!! And really Ethan is fairly easy by himself for the remainder of the day. O, the bliss!