Monday, June 27, 2011

Flying Lessons

Lesson 19:

Be Still.

I have been working on this a lot and today so far I haven't done a great job.  I've had to stop myself, ask myself what in the world am I doing, and try again.  When I am still, I listen and I mean really listen to everything I need to hear.  Sometimes I need to hear the sounds of my children playing happily to remember that they do, in fact, play happily for some time of the day.  Other times I need to still myself to hear my heart crying out for what I need to do, or improve, or work through.
For me part of being still is not over-reacting when I find activities like this taking place when I was just 10 stepss away, folding laundry or sneaking down to the basement to paint the background of a cavas that is calling to me.

It is not my nature to be 'low in sound, hushed or subdued'.  Every morning when I wake up I promise myself I will be more still, more LOW in sound.  I do ok for an hour and then it's over again.  I know I'm loud, just know that I am really trying not to be.  My voice is loud and my personality is loud -- it is the way I came -- but I also believe that learning to be more still I can refine myself to be a better person.

This week we had some nice evenings of calming down and enjoying summer and the beautiful place that we live in.  Frequently after dinner I am just so wiped out that all I have on my mind is getting onto bedtime and finishing up the kitchen and laundry so I can lay down and read and go to bed myself.  Yet that isn't always what is best for my family.  The other night after dinner I had the children put their pajamas on and we went to play at the park for an hour before bedtime.  I read a little bit as I sat there but mostly I was listening; listening to them create a world of their own to play in as they turned the park into their own land.  Reading a good book is a great way to be still - even if you can even snatch 10 mintues a day you hold still long enough to read and it feels so good.

I wish I could say that our week was free from disturbance, agitation or commotion but that is SO far from the truth!  Christian is home from the hospital and that is wonderful.  While the stitches stay in for another week and he still can't swim or run (good thing we signed up for baseball this season:) his foot is looking wonderful and he is happily outfitted with new shoes that he can wear for the summer.

 The flowers and growing and the garden is amazing me - I love having salads from our garden.  I only wish we had more time to put more boxes in so that we could have so many more items planted.  The morning job duties for the children are slightly sinking in and we have success here and there - I'll take it.  The weather is lovely and the grass is green.  I believe the Lord is watchful of us and knows what we need -- I know he will help us after all we can do.
His words in holy writ are sufficient:  Be still, and know that I am God.
Sailing on,
E


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photo Favorite

What's not to love about the beach?

E

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lamp Makeover

I posted this on the blog I do with my sisters but I wanted to link to it here in case anyone wants to check it out.  If you need to do some updating or re-puposing on items you have turn to paint!  It saves the day!

E

Lamp Makeover Post

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Flying Lessons

Lesson 18:

Look for Blessings.

I have tried to tell myself a lot lately = you find what you are looking for. I feel like we have an awful lot of things in our life right now that I would count as the opposite of blessings; more like mountains that seem to never end and that I'm not making any progress in climbing.  At this moment I sit at the hospital with Christian, watching the antibiotics run through his IV and anxiously waiting for that infection to disappear.  We will be spending another night here tonight. 

Yet I do have blessings to count; and when I look for them I find them all around me.  Seeing my blessings and recognizing them allows me to feel God's love and see His hand helping me; even as I stumble up this mountain; I can still be thankful.  Is it my nature to arrive at this attitude by default?  No, I have to tell myself; to will myself to do it.  Each time I do I find it easier the next time.  Each time I do I find  I am happier; in some small way I am becoming more of who I am supposed to be.

Just try it; look for the blessings.
Sailing on,
E

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A word to the wise...


Try to avoid
a) running through the garage in wet, bare feet
b) having said bare foot make contact with long garden spade and enter foot
c) having said injury become infected.

It's been a rough few days for Chrisitan.  At first I just thought we had another stitches job and that was easy.  The raging infection that followed and made his entire foot huge, burning hot, and very sore I wasn't prepared for.  We are hoping that the strong antibiotic shots he had yesterday keep the infection under control while the slower-acting long medicine does its work.  He has been very brave and sweet but I did think it was a TINY bit dramatic when he asked the nurses if they could just put him to sleep to do the stitches and could we get him a wheelchair?
The biggest bummer of it all:  No activity or swimming pool for a week.  Ouch.


E

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flying Lessons

Lesson 17:
                    Listen to your heart.  It IS the right voice.

My family spent the last 5 days traveling to and from California, attending my Grandfather's funeral, being together, and celebrating the gift of the beach which he gave to all of us.  My first reaction about attending the funeral was 'I don't know how we can afford to go.   It's far and maybe I will just go'.  Family members made generous offers to help us get there and we all decided to drive all night.  My heart said we needed to go; that I needed to be there for ME and for Grandpa.  I'm so glad we did.  It was a heartwarming weekend.  Memories were recounted; family relationships were strengthened and ALL of Grandpa's Grandchildren and all but 3 ( I believe) of his great-grandchildren were there.  I don't think there will be a time in our lives that we will all be together again.  It was the trip of a lifetime; memories that me and my children will always hold close.  Thank you again, Grandpa for who you are all you taught us and gave to us.  I'm so glad we went.




Sailing on with his memory,
E

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Visit

Having people we love visit us is one of the best treats in the world!
























It was so fun for the cousins to camp out and to spend time with my sister in law.  It was a bonus that the kids found 3 more toads, and could play with them all the while.


















 We had to keep reminding them to not bring them into the house and show their mom while she was still asleep!  (that really did happen).  We had a great visit from Aunt Sue, went the pool and had a fun lunch together before they set out on their journey to North Carolina.  Thanks so much for coming to see us, we love you!



















After cousins left, my kids were wiped out from all that fun.  Emma couldn't even make it up the stairs to her bed.
Sailing on,
E

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rodeo fun

We love the rodeo.























It makes us all smile, cheer, and get some sun.  Chrisitan and Savanna both had their chance at Muttin' Bustin' this time around and Christian took first place with Savanna following closely behind for second.  They both got big ribbons and are not "officially" ranked in as Muttin Busters in a PRCA rodeo (isn't that funny?) Christian was extra lucky to wear a pink helmet but it was ok because they were doing a 'real cowboys wear pink' day.  ha!


















Clark was funny before the parade began he found some sand in the gutter and was playing in it - that boy misses his sandbox!




















 After the parade there was this huge bouncy slide for the kids - they LOVED it.  They started to run and jump from the top and then go on their  tummy.  It was hilarous to watch them!




























Clark loves to wear his Daddy's hat.  It fits perfectly too.

 Happy Day,
E


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Flying Lessons

Flying Lesson 15:
Watch yourself.

For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit ofacontention is not of me, but is of the bdevil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.


I read this scripture to my children a lot this week.  Then I noticed that I need to read it to myself.  When I feel like I'm up for a fight I need to stop and ask myself if I am listening to the right voice!  Likely not.  


Flying Lesson 16:
Loss Hurts. 
My Grandpa passed away on Sunday.  He lived a long and wonderful life and his body was used up.  He wanted to go.  Yet knowing all of those things doesn't make it not hurt.  He is still my Grandpa and my Mom's Father.  Losing him HURTS.  I am so happy and comforted to know that I will see him again; that he is at this very moment happily re-united with his own family members who passed before him.  Yet it still hurts.  Having our hearts ache must be good for us; it leads us to ask for help again from our Savior.  We all need help. 
sailing on, 
E

Friday, June 3, 2011

Yee-Haw Cowgirl!




















What a party we had!  For this party (of course) I didn't get a chance to do everything I wanted to; and you know what - it still worked out great.  It wasn't fancy and it wasn't pricey, those were my two criteria.  Savanna chose the rest so naturally it was a cowgirl party!















We decorated some vests made out of brown paper sacks for each girl.  They got a bandana and then we ate dinner of sloppy joes, watermellon, chips and rootbeer.  Did I mention nothing fancy?  The funniest part was watching 9 9 year old girls eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar chips rapidly.  They couldn't get enough of them.  Then the girls dropped cowboys and indians into a jar to see who got the most (Savvie, amazingly with her left hand, was the champ).  Then we played pin the heart on the cowgirl (sav's silhouette with her boots and hat on).  My favorite event (and the girls as well) was the chicken chase and goat petting!


















We have some friends who allowed me to borrow two of their many hens.  When I went to pick them up he said 'oh you should take the goat too, they will love it!'  ok.  Well I was in a van with 5 children and 2 chickens already -- no problem he says, the goat will just stand in between the seats.  Ok, I'm game.
On the way home I confess looking in the rearview mirror and seeing 5 children, 2 chickens and a goat as you pass by the target sign makes you slightly question your state of mind.  Crazy or not, the kids loved it, the birthday girl was happy and it was all worth it in the end.


















I remember why I only do friend birthday parties every few years - it's just a lot of effort.  Fun, and well worth the craziness, but lots of work!
Because I LoVe this face
























I love that she is her own person and doesn't worry about what her peers will think; I hope that lasts forever.  I love her freckles.  I love her playfulness (a blessing and a curse).  I just love her.  And I'm so happy she shares my love of rodeos, boots, mud, hats and snowcones.  That's my girl.
Can't wait for the rodeo tomorrow,
E

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Toad


This is the type of pet I can get used to.  Kurt found this little toad in our sprinkler box in the front yard.  I love the habitat already = lives outdoors, feeds itself, no cage cleaning involved.  It was a fun play item for two days, but that is as long as it lasted.  'Someone' let it out to hop in the grass after that (no body we know, I'm sure).  That was great while it lasted!
E

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Birthday Girl


We had such a fun weekend celebrating Savvie's birthday; (aside from her massive bike wreck, that is another story.)  She started out the morning with breakfast in bed, followed by opening gifts and having a ride on her new fancy bike with gears and hand breaks.  She went to the store with me and picked out a special treat, then we made her cake and got to spend the rest of the evening with Grandma and Grandpa, Great Grandpa and her cousins and aunts and uncles who were in town from Utah for the weekend.  We wish ALL of our counsins and family could have been here and we had a blast with everyone who was!  I'm glad we had extra people to help eat the massive cake.


















Age 9 Favorites:
food: avocado
Color: turquoise
Movie: Ramona & Beezus
Book: Call of the Wild
Song: Our Song by Taylor Swift
Indoor activity: art
outdoor activity: jumping on trampoline
subject in school: science
place to go: the pool
gifts received:  clothing, bicycle, scripture case, ring, 3d chalk, music cd




















The 'friends' party is this friday so I have more photos of that -- wish me luck!
E