Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Anniversary


Happy 21st Anniversary, my love.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That marriage is hard work, amazing, crazy, and full of grace. I had a good conversation with a friend today about marriage, and was reminded of how humbling, sanctifying, and lovely it can really be.

What I'm reading: I have started using a devotional book for my morning Bible time. I am really enjoying it - New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.

What I'm listening to: I'm listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio right now. His financial steps really work, and I like listening to his radio program.

What we're learning: This week in our writing class the kids have the assignment to write a five paragraph biographical essay on one of the signers of the Constitution. They are also learning more about Mars and then also Jupiter in astronomy.

What's cooking: This week I'm making a Split Pea Soup, Kale-Ginger-Chicken Soup, Root Beer Pulled Pork (my slow cooker meal for the week) and Minestrone Soup. Lots of soups, but this is appropriate because it is going to be raining for a few days.

What I'm thankful for: I am so very thankful for our church. We have our annual meeting in a couple of weeks and as I sat today and read the annual report, I am struck by how many people serve and help in our church. I am also thankful for the leadership at our church and their deliberate and thoughtful approach to the flock.

What I'm creating: I am creating lesson plans for my goat project. Our goats are coming next month and we are gearing up for all things 4-H again.

What I'm planning: I am planning a fun celebration for our 21st anniversary. Twenty-one years! I really can't believe how time has flown.

What we did this last weekend: We ran some errands and did things around the house. Like we do almost every other weekend. :) I did make a yummy dinner of Green Chicken Nachos.

What I'm looking forward to: Celebrating with My Love on an adventure. Finishing up another week of school. Having Bookworm drive herself to work and school this whole week. Getting the girl's 4-H presentations done.

A picture to share:

~ A group of very sweet girls, celebrating National Hat Day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ten on Ten (Well......Maybe Not Quite)

Sometimes I feel like I run out of blog entries. So yesterday morning I was brainstorming and realized it was the tenth.

So I endeavored to take one photo an hour and do a Ten on Ten.

We started out well.


{ my morning cup of tea}

 {doing some school work before heading out on an errand}


 {my view, as we drive up north}

11am -12pmish 

 {in the rain and mud, checking out goats for this year}


 {piano practice}

between 3 and 5pm??

 {never ending laundry}

7pm (I know this because that is when our 4-H meeting starts)

 {playing a game at our fun meeting}

And that's it.

Sometimes the days goes like that. I start out great, with a very productive schedule for the whole day. We go for a few hours, and then the whole thing collapses because of a long conversation with a child, an unexpected phone call, a mess in the kitchen I wasn't planning on (when are messes ever planned?!?) a lost book that is overdue at the library, or a tree down in the middle of the road because of all the rain (this one really happened yesterday). 

Life happens, and even though we make the best of plans, some days they work and some days they don't. 

That is why I am thankful for grace. And thankful that each day, His mercies are new.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ten Days of Christmas

I took a blogging break the last two weeks.

It was a very good time to just focus on our family, especially since we were all together for the ten days of Christmas.

Here is what we were up too.....

We started our vacation with a very special Airman coming home.

It was great to have him in our home again!

The next morning Bookworm made this amazing breakfast.

Christmas Eve we tried something new...... Prime Rib. It turned out great and was so yummy.

 Christmas Day we went to church and then to a friends home that evening for fun games.

We took a quick trip to the Bay Area to see both sides of the family. My side was first and we were surprised with a visit from my uncle!

We had a great afternoon with the grandparents.

Next stop was the other side.

Obachan and Auntie L made us some amazing food.

We were missing a whole family and another cousin, but here are the grand kids that were there (and a great-grandchild on the way!) with Obachan.

Later that evening we went up to The City and hit Fisherman's Wharf.

Seems like we do the same things here each year, but we are building memories and the kids love what we do. This year we did mix it up a bit and drove down Lombard Street at around 10pm.

Later that week we saw Rogue One.

We also made tempura one night. It's labor intensive, but oh so good.

New Year's Eve weekend we headed to our friend's home.

The Saran Wrap Game.

Liar's Dice.

And Cioppino.  Amazing Stuff.

Such dear friends.

Our last night as a family of six we stayed up late playing games. I really love these special moments with our family and cherish them.

And the last day, we said goodbye to a certain person.

But Lord willing he will be home in a few weeks.

And that, in a nutshell, was our Ten Days of Christmas.