Saturday, December 27, 2008

Matthew 6:34

"So don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:34)

There are days when I have trouble concentrating. I tend to let my mind wander and dwell on the the immense list of things I need to do. I worry that I will never accomplish all that needs to get done. I worry that someone will come and take our foster son away before he's adopted. I worry that something will happen to one or all of my kids. I worry, I worry, I worry! I hate it! I'm working on learning how to let God handle all things that come my way. I am not in control of my life, God is in control and I must trust in that. I've been dwelling on this thought for a couple of weeks now. Some things beyond my control happened recently and it seems my faith is being tested.

"Don't worry about anything instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done." Phillipians 4:6

In reading these verses I know that God has a handle on things and doesn't need my help or my worrying and that my job is to trust in Him and go on with my life. This is what I've learned. My faith is strong and I want others to share my faith and to know that the Lord is with you in all you do. Trust in Him.

I really just felt the need to get that down. Maybe posting it on here solidifies it for me. I don't know, I just know that I believe what I've said to be true and pray that belief will help me to relax and trust in the Lord.


thank God it's Saturday....

Good Morning.

It's 9:00 am finally. Ayden is tearing up the house already. He's been up since 7 am. I tried to get him to go back to sleep, but he's 14 months old and he decided that he was not going back to sleep and neither was I. So I've fed him breakfast, eaten my own breakfast,done some laundry, read two chapters in my relaxation book, cleaned the kitchen, played with him and his toys and gotten the fuzz balls off of my son's fleece jacket with one of those shaver things. So far it's been a progressive morning.

Now that it's 9, Ayden's almost ready for his nap. I'm wondering what I should do during his nap. I keep telling myself I need to work out, but that can wait right... Probably not, but it will. I need to research the INET to find a book study for "The Catcher In the Rye." That's the book that Amber's going to read next for school. Did I mention that we are homeschoolers?

Amber's in 7th grade, but reading at a ninth to tenth grade level so I'm thinking she should do fine with that book. We were in a co-op reading class, but the book selection left little to be desired for a kid that doesn't care for science fiction/fantasy genre. So now we're left to do the book studies on our own again. I'm hoping when we move we'll find a group of people that would like to do some co-op classes. Did I mention that we're in the military?

We're in the Air Force. We move every three years and we're gearing up to move again. It's been three short years here in sunny California. We love the weather, we love the base, (sort of) and we love the people that we've met here. I'm sure we'll love Japan too. I'm thrilled. We're PCS'ing (that's military speak for permanent change of station, but used as a verb) to Okinawa in May of '08. Exciting huh? We've lived all over the U.S. and we've spent three years in England. That is a story in itself that I'll tell later. Now we're off to Asia.

As a result of our up and coming move to Japan I am adding a Japanese language study to our course load for the next 4 months. The kids are less than thrilled as usual. They hate when I add to their already demanding schedule. Actually I've cut back this year, but they don't realize that. I think that once we arrive in Japan the kids will appreciate my efforts. Hopefully they will arrive in Japan with enough understanding of the language to be able to ask simple questions and understand simple answers. I mean, wouldn't it be helpful to know how to ask, "where is the bathroom?" in Japanese when in Japan?

As I predicted, Ayden was ready for his nap. He is upstairs in his crib at the moment, so I'm going to cut this short! I have some searching to do and some cleaning to get finished.I hope this blog finds you all enjoying the day and thanking God for all His blessings!


Friday, December 26, 2008


Ugh! I've done it again! I lost everything I typed. FRUSTRATING!

I'm a good knitter, but not yet a good blogger!
I'm knitting a blue blanket in the dishcloth pattern. The blanket was going to be a gift for our last foster baby's big brother, but our Christmas plans to hang out with them fell through. I'm not sure that we'll get another chance to see them so my plans for the blanket have now changed. I love to give handmade gifts so I'm going to finish the blanket and add it to my stash of gifts to give, but no recipients in mind. It's a pretty blanket. I'm using 2 strands of Lion Brand Homespun held together with size 15 needles. It makes for a very thick warm blanket.

As soon as I am finished making this blanket I have to make a shrug for my daughter. She's attending a dance in January and her dress has only straps and no sleeves. I'm afraid her arms will feel bare so I've decided to make her a shrug. I have a pattern, it's one by Moda Dea but I'm open to check out other patterns. My yarn is a mauve sport weight yarn. Anyone that has a pattern and wants to send it, please do so! My skill level is beginner to intermediate. I stay away from advanced patterns right now. I have 4 kids and not alot of time. I like to do things that are somewhat easy, but look difficult and beautiful! Anyhow, I'm no designer so I always follow a pattern. If you are a designer and you've got a pattern suitable for my skill level and a 13 y/o wearer please, please, please send it my way!


Okay, so I spent a short while typing in my first blog and I think I've accidentally deleted it! OOPS! DUH! beginners mistake! I'm not really a beginner, but I'm certainly not an expert at blogging. I feel bad too, b/c I think what I had to "say" was super good. You'll never know will you. You'll have to trust that my thoughts and words in that first blog where so amazing that you are better off just not knowing.
So now here I sit, typing my second entry. My son is dressed as GI Joe or some version of him and carrying around the Air Hog Helicopter that he got for Christmas. That was not a requested gift, but somehow it's become a quick favorite! Way to go Santa Claus! My youngest is taking out the cereal again. He never seems to "fill up". At the rate he is eating he's going to be 40 lbs by the time he turns 2 in 10 months! The girls are watching Hairspray. A family gift from St. Nick. We got it b/c the 5 year old loves to sing and dance and I figured that the other stuff in the movie that's not totally appropriate would go unnoticed by her. So far it seems to be going unnoticed. She loves music! I love musicals.
So basically that's my family. I have a husband. 15 years we've been married. After 15 years he's still doing the same thing, playing video games up in our bedroom. He was doing that 15 years ago, just with less expensive and a less technological game system. Still the same type of games though. Games that I have tried time and time again to not let my son watch or play. I've been somewhat successful, but it's hard to get support from my DH when he's the one that buys and plays the games! UGH! Oh well, it's really the only parenting battle we have so I don't fight that hard. Other than the obsessive video game play he's a great husband and amazing dad. Always helps out and will drop that game to do almost anything I ask. Can't get better than that!
I hope that everyone reading has had a wonderful Christmas and is enjoying time off from whatever you do!