Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Enjoy the gift of an ordinary day!

So a friend posted this on her blog and I was so touched by it I wanted to share it on mine too. I for one am one of those women who takes these everyday moments for granted...who is always in a rush for the day to end and who takes too much time taking care of those things that can wait, like the dishes or the laundry. And yet when I heard this it made me ponder....Thomas turns 7 on Sunday and I can hardly believe it; looking back it seems just like yesterday that we were crying and praying at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. That this little man was just a tiny baby who we felt so blessed to have. The sweet, chubby, clingy child who hated to be parted from me...has turned into a more independent, confident, lean boy who loves to play the Wii and computer. Who is now capable of reading early chapter books like Magic Treehouse, is bright and well liked at school...and who is slowly pulling away from his mommy and is turning to his father. So as we approach Mother's Day...may we all be reminded of this message. I definitely needed this reminder of just how PRECIOUS an ordinary day can and should be. And it gave me a glimpse of what my ordinary days might be like in just a few years. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AWANA Award Ceremony

So on Sunday we had our church's AWANA award ceremony. I am so proud of my kiddos. Rebekah finished her first Cubbie Book with PERFECT ATTENDANCE! And then Thomas did an outstanding job. Not only was he just 1 of 3 Sparks who completed the second Sparks book, did their review and earned the extra credit pin by completing his workbook, but he was again the FIRST Spark to be completely done, and he did so with over 6 weeks to spare!! It was a lot of hard work on his part, but I couldn't be more proud!

Afterwards there is always an ice cream social and of course that's almost the highlight of the evening! Vanilla with raspberry sauce for Thomas and chocolate with chocolate sauce for Rebekah (surprise, surprise!) Next year Rebekah will finish Cubbies with the second book and Thomas will finish his third and final year of Sparks and I'd venture to guess he'll complete the review and extra credit too!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

So my sister came down from Anchorage this past weekend. It was great for her to be here, with my dad's declining health and all. We've seen her several times this spring up in Anchorage, but the kids loved having Auntie for a "sleep-over" at our house. She is now 35 weeks pregnant (due May 25th) and we (namely Rebekah & I) are super excited to welcome baby Jazmyne into the family and love on her.

These are pictures from Easter. Did you notice the kiddos are wearing the same outfits as in the photo above? I bought them at a local boutique here and paid a small fortune for them, so I guess I should be thankful and glad that they like them well enough to wear them often. Such a handsome and tender young man my Thomas is turning into. And well Rebekah....she is uniquely her own. Super sweet one minute and then ultra independent and sassy the next. Chris even set up the tripod and the camera and took a family picture. It is good since we didn't have one taken for our Christmas cards this year and once it's cropped down it should be a good picture. Doesn't hurt that I have lost 20 lbs. since February and Chris is down almost 40 lbs. :)

My father's health is rapidly going downhill and I would covet your prayers for my family. I just got off the phone with my mother and it looks like my father will need another back surgery (that would be #3) ASAP for a slipped disc and with his diminished mental capabilities,I'm just not sure how that's going to work. But if he doesn't have it, if the disc slips completely, it would paralyze him. My gut feeling is that he'll be in a assisted living home by the end of the year if things don't improve drastically...and it's beyond description to watch my father wither to this shell of a man that he once was, not even so long ago. I know God's hand is on him and He will work this for His good purpose somehow, but peace and strength are needed for the rest of us, especially my mother.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My latest crafty creations

So, these past few months this has been my "crafty" creation of choice. And you thought I only scrapbooked! all started because I made two of these bow tie bags; one for my mother and the second was for my Aunt as Christmas gifts (not pictured). Then I had to make myself one (brown/cream accent). Then a lady who works at a local convenience station saw my mom's and she paid me $50 to make her one (brown/blue accent). Then I made one for my mother-in-laws birthday (black/brown accent) and most recently I offered to make one for a friend who is paying me for just the cost of the materials (brown/green accent). I've been debating whether to make them and try to sell them at the fall craft bazaars...but not sure if I could make it worth my time. I guess I would hate to make them and not have anyone willing to pay the $50. But then again, I guess I'd have gifts for all my friends if they didn't sell. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No posts but lots of snow!

Okay, so it's now April and I still haven't posted. much for my best intentions. We have been super busy here. Awana's, field trips, school carnivals, Rebekah's dance class every Wednesday and volunteering in Thomas' classroom on Fridays. Then there's the scrap retreats, day crops and workshops I've held recently. Bible study, quilting on Thursday's, quilt group once a month, keeping up the house and the list goes on...makes me tired just typing it all out! I so apologize for not keeping this blog up very well.

So can you guess what it's doing right now - April 14th in Kenai, Alaska? It's flippin' SNOWING! Aaaaaagh....last night my son and I went out for a beautiful bike ride/jog, saw a herd of caribou in the field at the end of our road and this morning this is what I woke up to. It's a bit depressing to be honest. I'm ready for spring!! Makes me want to go curl back up in my bed with my girl and enjoy a cup of cocoa and a good book! But I guess go do my bible study instead.... :)