Friday, July 31, 2009

On Location Friday

In what movie?

Oh, my dream job
Answer: You've Got Mail

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

more on holding on

My first born is taking drivers training as I write…
Yeah, he can get himself where he needs to be!
Wait, no!
That means no more one on one in the car with my teenager!
That is precious time.

When I look at my kids growth weather physical, spiritual or socially,
I cheer – yeah you!!!
But then I think NO!
Stop – that means you are growing up right before my eyes!
I try, try, my best to be thankful when they ask me for help with something. If I am busy, my instinct is to complain at being interrupted.
Yet, some days it is so quiet.
No one is asking for my help.
Not even to reach the cereal bowls.
When did that happen?
So yes, I am holding on and letting go at the same time.
I am taking a picture of myself today WITH my kids.
Next summer they will not look the same.

Monday, July 27, 2009

he starts driving school this week

I Soooo miss the days when this was his driving school!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I Heart Saturday from Norway

The gift of sacrifical love...thank you birth mom!

The gift of beautiful surroundings

This photo may soon replace my current blog header photo (which Brian took at Andrew Jackson's house)... he was thinking of me when he saw this Norwegian doorway and old cobblestone walkway- I love it!

The gift of new family that bestow on us art, cookies and candles

We loved it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

On Location Friday

Name the movie...The Bennet's house from 2005 Pride and Predjudice

Monday, July 20, 2009

women discipling women 09

What timing God has.

Highlights of the weekend:

* I was so washed...showered...drench in the gospel by dear Elyse Fitzpatrick. I felt like a dried out pot and her speaking the gospel to me, filled me up with cold and needed water.

* We are elected, regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified and glorified for no other reason than that we were chosen "in Him" - Cannot hear that often enough.

* I got to see Molly! Me and Molly BestMy dearest friend from college, my kindred spirit, my bosom friend.

Molly and I went to Europe together and she remains one of the most beautiful, well-read, godly woman I know. I learn so much from her. The weekend was too quick, I could have kept soaking her up like a sponge...that is probably a weird way to say it!

* Molly's daughter Hannah served with the Women Discipling Women Crew. Lord willing, Hannah will be in the Biblical Counseling Program in the near future - she is an amazing young lady.

* Friday Night chocolate chip calzones at Claim Jumper. Oh My mmmm... we shouldn't have, but we did :)

* Hannah's new Converse shoes - love them

* This was a conference about, among other things, biblical counseling. Really, about equipping women to minister using God's word. A fav quote from the weekend:
"The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father...I know no other which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead."
Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND......donna young

Her site has home organization forms, school aids to help with writing, math, art and lots of other good tips for notebook organizing, etc.

I routinely use her shopping and menu forms.

I love all the fun new looks of organizers, binders and notebooks! Pretty and practical.

Friday, July 17, 2009

On Location Friday

from what movie...answer: The Holiday

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I can only imagine

My husband left for Norway this morning.

He is going to meet his birth mom for the first time.

Three short months ago he was found by his younger brother. In an e-mail which said,

"there are four of us here... please call"

After months of long phone calls, tears, chills, laughter, amazement, facebook messages, e-mailing of pictures ----- the day has come.
He will be in this little town, meeting some very special people.

A small miracle in our little life. God's sovereignty in seeing the big picture of our lives.
Where we are placed, to whom we are given...that alone is too big to be unwrapped. I am rejoicing today in God's purpose.
Thank you chatting at the sky for posting and sharing little miracles.

Monday, July 13, 2009

mission accomplished

Nate and I were on assignment today.

First, the Federal Building. A certain someone in our family who is traveling across the world (like, tomorrow) needed that important little blue book before he can get on the plane.

and since we were sooo close, we had go here,

and see this building, 'cause someone is starting to dream

then it was off to this lovely building off I-10 to obtain some needed meds for that person that is departing the country - tomorrow...

and then to this fish taco joint because.....well because I was with my teenager .

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I Heart Saturday books

Long drives, even errand days, are made sweeter with audio books. The library is our source for all the great classics. We just finished listening to ...

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"

Thursday, July 9, 2009

On Location Friday

New feature for Fridays - hopes fulfilled is on location.

I love movies! One of the things I love about them is where they take me. More than the characters, it is the travel, the setting, the home, the time period.

I have some old favorites that I watch just see the place again - even if the plot or characters of the movie were not my favorite.

Name the movie.... answer: Somewhere in Time - The Grand Hotel, Lake Michigan

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

one of the things..

there are many...but one of the things I love about summer is that Nate is home to empty the dishwasher and do dishes throughout the day.
I would rather do ANY chore around the house than empty the dishwasher. It is so easy to just run out the door to the post office and say "hey, Nate empty the dishwasher and clean the kitchen while I am gone" and he says "ok".
Really, he does. Partly, because we have so little to be done around this house unless it is our once a week cleaning day and partly because he knows that making mom happy is well worth it and does not go unnoticed.
I love the dishwasher placement in the picture below. Is her husband putting her coat on or off? Are they going out for after dinner drinks or just coming home and about to realize "oops, we forgot to close the door to the dishwasher and run it while we were out!".
Is he saying to her "have a great time at the Ladies Summer Night study, don't worry, I will turn on the dishwasher and tuck in the kids, you have done enough already today."
Not like I am holding a unhappy feeling that I missed my first summer night study or anything.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Easy Frost

DSC04091, originally uploaded by paularennick.

I got the Vanilla creme cheese flavor and it was so good! We have never had so much fun frosting a cake!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND....home town USA parade

Happy 4th of July!