Throwback Thursday… To May 2010 during a family visit to Vancouver, British Columbia. Oh how I love this photo and the memories it brings back, and those girls who are honestly not much different now!
What I’m Into (July 2014 Edition)
Read and Reading:
July was a good month for reading in my house. I posted about the books that I read. There is also a nice stack of books on my nightstand that I started or continued reading. The Valley of Vision was introduced to me while we lived in British Columbia a few years ago. I’ve picked it back up and am reading/praying through part 1. The other books I either started or continued reading are “Where There Was No Church”, “Pursue the Intentional Life”, “Sheba’s Song”, “Fields of the Fatherless,” and “What He Must Be”.
TV: Not much TV this month. We did spend a few evenings watching Star Wars Episodes 1-3.
Music: Before going to the Newsboys concert this month I purchased their “God’s Not Dead” album off iTunes. We also enjoyed seeing 1GirlNation open that concert, had the pleasure of meeting them and we purchased their cd.
Big project: July has ended with a bang. Many bangs of the hammer that is. Our basement bathroom & 2 closets were demo-ed and also our kitchen and dining room…all the way to the studs. So I’m cooking in the backyard and washing dishes in the laundry room. It is all pretty exciting and I can hardly wait to see it all finished. The project is scheduled to take about 7 weeks so I am sure my anticipation for it to be finished will grow with all those trips up and down stairs to do dishes and out door cooking.
What I Love: Being home, having my family all around me.
I didn’t love this: Rain and very cool temperatures most likely cancelling our upcoming camping trip. That said, I am very thankful for the rain. Drought and fire brought loss of lives and many homes the past several years and I am so thankful for no fires and lots of rain.
On The Blog. While I bounce around and am not that great a writer, I am glad that I finally was able to put some words to paper and tell one of the dark parts of my story. It is with the hope that others may be encouraged to press on, despite the ugly hard places one may find herself.
In the blogosphere:
This is just a bit of What I’m Into, July Edition 🙂
Marme plans the lessons
her daughters learn them well.
Marme watches…and listens…
and does her job to tell
Them they are going to Canada!
An adventure will be had!
“We stay together- as a family
this time–we go with Dad!”
Friends and family now so far south
This North Country is quiet and cold.
In the summer we received word that the boy we sponsored through Compassion International since 1996 was graduating out of the program. In September we sponsored two new kids! This past week when we prayed for those precious children, I also began asking the Father if we could receive a letter soon.
And SATURDAY’s mail held not one, but two letters! What excitement as we opened them over dinner, read the sweet words and looked at the wonderful drawings.
Dinner was finished quickly and the girls went right to work in writing replies. Well, Mae is writing a reply, Chica and Petal Rose broke out the markers, colored pencils and glitter glue and went to work creating some art love.
We are excited to be starting this sponsorship adventure again. We’ve seen 3 kids go through the program and grow up already. I know that this is a wonderful opportunity to share with our 3 girls!
My favorite source for idenifying birds is the Cornell Lab of Orinthology. We frequently look up birds and listen to the call recordings, trying to identify the voices we hear outside.
Just yesterday morning we were taking a look at a few birds and somehow ended up on the Pileated Woodpecker page. A friend has a son who is fascinated by birds and has been watching for the Pileated Woodpecker to arrive in their stretch of the forest.
It had been lightly raining all morning when Chica asked to go out and explore a bit. It didn’t take long before I heard “MOMMA! Come see.” Much to my surprise and delight, there he was, crest and mustache brightly red, hopping up the tree closest to our deck.
Now I know I am becoming more of a bird watcher…I grabbed the binoculars instead of the camera so I could get a closer look. But if you click on the bird’s name above, you can visit his page at All About Birds.