Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Everybody's back!!

I had one wonderful week all to myself last week!

Mark went to the States with Joel and Jack was in Spain!

I had classes so I was not able to go.  I also did not want to go.  I wanted to stay home and tick a bunch of things off my to-do list.

I, of course, did not get everything done that I gave myself to do, but I did quite a lot.  How could I not with no meals to fix, no bedtimes stories to read, no laundry to do, and with nobody to talk to?

Here are a few things I did that were not on my original list:

Went to a funeral (time involved:  6 hours)

Hosted a ladies' movie night
Breakfast date with a friend
Lunch date with Sam

Here are a few things I did that were on my original list

Cleaned out and organized my spices and baking shelves
Cleaned the upstairs bathroom including the ceiling
Major spring-cleaning-kind of cleaning of our bedroom
One storage closet organized (and big box of coats to donate)
ESL lessons planned
Zone lesson planned
Wedding photos editing started!

Last night Jack told us all about his trip to Spain over supper complete with pictures.  What a fun evening that was!  We talked over each other and laughed and exclaimed, and someone (Joel) was VERY silly.

Haze in the house because I burned a part of our supper!

Pictures to come!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Jack is in Spain

Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do.  I haven't even really looked at my Colombia pictures.  To think about trying to pick a few of the best pictures and to summarize the trip of a lifetime...too overwhelming.

So skipping ahead a little.  We miss our favorite redhead.  He is frolicking around Seville, Spain.

So far everything is wonderful and amazing.  He is enjoying it all to the fullest.

Today he texted this to me:

You can be proud of me tonight as I ate bean soup and ham and cheese pastries!

Love these pictures of him.

And love him...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A couple stories

Because these quotes are getting erased off my giant chalkboard by people's shoulders and hips...

I bought hemp hearts at Costco the other day.  I wanted Joel to taste them.  He did.  His assessment:   "It tastes like nothing."  There was a space of silence, he cocked his head and said, "Good, nothing."

I was surprised when Jack remembered that a certain song that Ale was playing had been one that they played at the wedding.  He said, "Yeah, I can remember something I heard once a couple weeks ago, but I can't remember my lunch!"

Joel whispered to me during the singing portion of our small group meeting:  "Can you do laundry tonight?  I have nothing to wear!" (That sentence alone got me a bit tickled coming from an 11-year old boy).  I suggested the pants that he had worn that day, as I thought they could easily be worn another day.  But his answer: "They hurt my butt."  I guess they are too tight! :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This was funny for way too long

Last night's supper was light-hearted and jovial.  Everyone was in a great mood, and every joke was funny. Even the insults were genuinely witty.

Joel is so good at remembering quotes.  I don't know how he does it.  This time he pulled one out of his brain that as far as I know, he had never used previously to last night.  That is what made it so silly to me.  Here is it:  "Dottie is addicted to Diet Coke and Wayne is filled with fluids."  I am still grinning like a Chesire cat when I think of it.  Apparently, it was the response that Peggy gave back in May to Mark's inquiry after Wayne's health.

It hit everyone's funny bone and became the "thing" for the evening.

Example:  this text conversation between Sam and Joel after Sam had gone home to his own brand new apartment.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I love everything about this article

Sometimes I read something and wonder how someone can put his thoughts down in such an organized, humorous, eloquent way.

Here is an example:  Trump Syndrome

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December!

This month started out just as it should!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

An ice-cold splash on the face!

I recently sent this passage by Tim Keller to a friend, I was reminded why I am drawn to it.  I love to read this because it points me to the TRUTH when I get  off-kilter.

It should be here.

If you can't dance and you long to dance, in the resurrection you'll dance perfectly. If you're lonely, in the resurrection you will have perfect love. If you're empty, in the resurrection you will be fully satisfied. Ordinary life is what's going to be redeemed. There is nothing better than ordinary life, except that it's always going away and falling apart. Ordinary life is food and work and chairs by the fire and hugs and dancing and mountains - this world. God loves it so much that he gave his only Son so we - and the rest of this ordinary world - could be redeemed and made perfect. And that's what is in store for us.

And if you know that this is not the only world, the only body, the only life you are ever going to have - that you will someday have a perfect life - who cares what people do to you? You're free from ultimate anxieties in this life, so you can be brave and take risks. You can face the worst thing, even life in a wheelchair, with joy, with hope. The resurrection means we can look forward with hope to the day our suffering will be gone. But it even means that we can look forward with hope to the day our suffering will be glorious. When Jesus shows the disciples his hands and feet, he is showing them his scars. The last time the disciples saw Jesus, they thought those scars were ruining their lives. The disciples had thought they were on a presidential campaign. They thought their candidate was going to win and that they were going to be in the cabinet, and when they saw the nails going into the hands and feet and the spear going into the side, they believed those wounds had destroyed their lives. And now Jesus is showing them that in his resurrected body his scars are still there.

Why is this important? Because now that they understand the scars, the sight and memory of them will increase the glory and joy for the rest of their lives. Seeing Jesus Christ with his scars reminds them of what they did for them - that the scars they thought had ruined their lives actually saved their lives. Remembering those scars will help many of them endure their own crucifixions.

On the Day of the Lord - the day when God makes everything right, the day that everything sad comes untrue - on that day the same thing will happen to your own hurts and sadness. You will find that the worst things that have ever happened to you will in the end only enhance your eternal delight. On that day, all of it will be turned inside out and you will know joy beyond the walls of the world. The joy of your glory will be that much greater for every scar you bear.

So live in the light of the resurrection and renewal of this world, and of yourself, in a glorious, never-ending, joyful dance of grace.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


The boys and I went to see this last night!  So good.
To do something like this on a school night...
It was very irresponsible.
But it was also a memory-maker, relationship glue, and completely FUN!

*My favorite music is at the 2-minute mark!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where does he come up with this stuff?

Today our church met up with another local church and worshiped together.  We even shared a meal after the service.  Jack and Joel were helping dismantle the tables when it was over.  Someone stopped them in the middle of their job saying that they needed to be washed down first.  I came out of the kitchen about then and said something about us not being that clean at our house, so Jack didn't know.  Joel gave me a big bear-sized side hug and said, "Mom, families that love each other are not clean!"

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A trip for two and what the rest of us are doing

Mark and Sam just embarked on a little father/son adventure all the way to Indy.  They left at 4:00 yesterday morning and drove all day, arriving at Mark's dad's at 11:00 p.m.

Mark has some ministry business to do, and Sam was able to get time off from work at Subtil to be able to join him.  I am happy for them to have this time together.  Tonight they are at an IU basketball game and tomorrow they will go watch the Colts.  The little brothers are a tad green with envy.

We will miss them on Thanksgiving, but it is the time of year that Mark probably misses his family the most, so it is perfect that they are there right now.

We are having our own fun!  Last night the boys each invited 2 friends over to hang out with us. Jack and Joel and I took the last one home around 11:00.  We had nothing we had to be at this morning so we luxuriously slept in and once we woke up we stayed in bed reading.  It was pretty amazing.  Jack even brought me breakfast in bed.

This afternoon we ran to the pet store for mice for Jack's snake (Grammarly is convinced I could not mean snake and suggests that I mean to say sake) and to the Dollar Store for a few supplies.  I dropped the kids off at RaphaĆ«l's to play football and went to Solange's for our study.  Sidenote: Oh, how I love getting attacked by those beautiful children!

And now tonight I just dropped the boys off at youth group.  They did not want to go because "we don't know anyone!"  I did not want to take them and stay at a coffee shop to wait for them, but there they are and here I am.  Ale is at home having a bridal shower by Skype with her friends back in Colombia.  That might be the first time that was ever done, don't you think?

Here's to fun times despite being separated.