Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

From the whole Hee Haw Gang!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Anniversary Trip

For the last three years, Mr. Wonderful and I have made it a point to get away by ourselves to celebrate our anniversary.

We originally started it because we hadn't really taken a vacation without the kids and we thought why not do it for our anniversary. 

As it turns out, we still like each other enough to keep doing it, so we are.

Here are some pictures from this years trip.

I have to say the weather was perfect!

Just like the company!

The house was right on a creek.

Absolutely wonderful way to spend an anniversary!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Party on the Patio

Last weekend we had some friends over to help us celebrate the final completion of the patio!

So of course I took pictures.

Chairs are all set up.  Baby Boy made my adirondack chairs and we loooovvvve them!  I have told him I want a loveseat made like that. 

I am sure he will get right on it.

My goofy husband made faces in every picture we took of him, so just becuase here is one of them.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Chasin a chicken

This weekend we lost one of our chickens, and since we only had one more laying hen left, we decided to move her to the barn.

Here's where the fun comes in.

BB couldn't catch the chicken, but my little runner, she caught it in no time!

Believe it or not, she has already asked when she can get more chicks?

Toby  was a little bit scared of the old red hen.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Sing O childless woman!
Break out into loud and joyful song, Jerusalem, for she
who was abandoned has more blessings now than she whose husband stayed.
Isaiah 54:1

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yes, you can!

Today is Make a Difference day!

Our youth group is striving to make a difference in some small way.  And if we can do it, trust me, so can you.

Imagine how we could change the world if we could all come together.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Are we being obedient?

I think I have mentioned before that in our Bible study we are doing Genesis.

Now, I have to admit when I first heard that was what we were doing, I wasn't really impressed.  I imagine that's why I am just a simple layperson.  

But once we started going through it, I have been amazed at how much I have gotten out of it.  I really am impressed with how simple things are sometimes, yet we sometimes over analyze or maybe we just look right over it.  Or maybe it's just me.  

We are currently reading all about Abraham. Now, Abraham's character has some flaws, but one thing he does without wavering is he listens to what God tells him to do and he does it, no questions asked.


We were discussing how when God told Abraham to take Isaac to the mountain and sacrifice him, he goes.  That simple, he just goes!  While I can't imagine what must have been going through his head while he was going.  He never questioned the reasoning of why God asked him to do what he was doing, he only did as he was told.

What obedience.  I have said that there were times when I wish that God spoke to us in audible voices so that we would know that it was truly him.  But I have to wonder, would I be as obedient as Abraham?  Have you ever felt like God was trying to get your attention but we dismissed it to our imagination, or just tell ourselves that we are reading too much into it.  Maybe we or I should be more aware of when those feelings come over me.  Maybe, just maybe, I don't "hear" because I don't want to.  

What seems like blind obedience to me, is just natural for Abraham.  While he wasn't perfect, he was completely and totally committed to the purpose God gave him.  What is amazing also is that he didn't even know what God had planned for him, he only knew to go where he said and to just trust him.

Sounds simple doesn't it?

But is it?  Do we trust God completely?

With every aspect of our lives?
Our finances?
Our jobs?  Or lack of jobs?
Our health?

What seems so simple can be so hard for us can't it.  

What is harder about asking ourselves if we are being obedient, the question or the answer.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Conversation with teenage drivers

This week our daughter is  taking a friend's children to school so we were having a conversation in the car with her about how she really needed to be careful with other kids in the car.

I personally think she is a pretty darn good teenage driver, but then I am biased I suppose.
I have to say, the man tends to get uptight while riding with baby girl and he doesn't know when to let something just go.  If you know what I mean.

Anyway, we were riding in the car and here was the conversation.

Man:  "You need to stop playing with the radio and pay attention to the cars in front of you."

Baby Girl:  "I am paying attention, you do it all the time, you even talk on your phone."

Man:  "Did you ever hear that most accidents happen because you aren't paying attention."

BG:  "No, but I think I did hear something about cell phones causing accidents."

Please know that at this point I had to interject and tell the kids to stop arguing.  Really, sometimes they argue like a bunch of  babies.  I had to give her credit for the comeback though, that was a pretty good one.  But the man didn't really see the humor in it.

Imagine that?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just an ordinary day

Yesterday, Baby girl had a cross country meet about 45 minutes away.

And just so you know, it rained most of the day yesterday.

So, they all got pretty wet, and muddy!

Running will do that to you in the rain.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oh My Gracious!!!!

I wasn't sure it would ever be finished when we first started, but finally,

finally, it is complete.

Every thing starts with a plan, and of course it was adjusted several times before it all started to come together.

We did a lot of shoveling!!


We were getting closer and closer,

until finally, after 3 loads of rock dust and too many trips to Lowe's to count, we are finally finished.

Look at those hard working fella's.

This is what the stones look like.

Nice, right.

Just one more picture because it just looks so great! 

Of course it ended up being bigger than we first planned, but I am so glad we did it.

Linking up  HERE!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Latest project

Well, besides the patio which I hope to soon be finished.  This was my latest Goodwill find, and I have to say I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's made over!

I know, hard to imagine at this stage isn't it?  

But I think I see a diamond in the rough.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Crazy busy, but productive

This weekend, we worked our tails off trying to get our patio done.

I shoveled, and shoveled, and shoveled some more.  Then we ran out of rock dust.

Mr. Wonderful already has another load on the way, we are determined to finish it by the weekend.

I can't wait to show you what it looks like.

Can you feel the excitement?

AAaaaaarrrggghhh!  I can hardly wait.