Due to the half a cup of loaded coffee I drank tonight at Bible study, I am writing a blog. It has been awhile and it is time. This entry will probably be filled to the brim with randomness, but hopefully some sort of sense will be made. (Highly doubtful, however.)
Tonight one of the questions in our study was, “On a scale of one to ten, how has your week been? Take one sentence or less to explain why.” (Heaven = 10, Earth = 5, Lower than low = 0) Given the three options – I would have rated last week was a 7 overall, but I circled the 5 (earth). It was a busy week – life and work wise. Even though I’m not even sure what I actually finished. I love love love not just being busy, but having things to actually do and goals to accomplish. It’s just a nice feeling, ya know? Anyway, because my mind can even begin to wrap around the awesomeness that heaven will be one day – I rated my overall week as a 7, but given that I was laid-up with a inflamed spine, I knocked it down to a 5. The scripture for this weeks lesson was John 8:1-11. I have to say that I have always loved this scripture and have heard several sermons about it, but I have never studied it in depth like we did tonight. I am in awe of God’s goodness and detail in His words and actions. Very cool stuff.
So, I realized the other day that I still had a few tans paid for at a local tannery (not to be mistaken for the place where animal hides are tanned). So, last week I thought I could use a little color – especially considering I have been in a bathing suit for the past FOUR months whiter than white!!! In public no less! What was I thinking?! I am as itchy as ever, but loving that I am two shades darker than I was four days ago. Soooo, noticeable! (um, sure, okay)
Finley’s constantly saying, “I not like it.:
Aidan and I went on a date last week. I picked him up in the afternoon and he ran errands with me. Everywhere we went, we held hands. He was the best boy. Gosh, I just love him.
We had to make a run to pick up some invites that I designed for a friend in ND. And when Aidan saw the picture of Macie, he had a lot to say. I posted this story on Sarah’s FB page: “I have the cutest story for you. I took Aidan to run errands with me the other day and we picked up Macie’s invites and he studied it and said, “what’s this little girls name?” So, I told him. And he said, “she’s such a cute little Missy.” He couldn’t quite say Macie. And he asked me, “jo-fro*, do you think she has a bunch of toys at her house?” I said I bet she does, but I bet most of them are pink and purple and lots of princesses. And he said, “that’s okay – I can play with princesses.” A little while later, “jo, can we go to her house so i can play with that Little Missy ’cause she is such a cute Little Missy.” I told him well, no ’cause she lives all the way in ND. And he said, “well, maybe tomorrow then ’cause Jo, I really think I like that Little Cutie.”
*he thinks he’s so funny to call me “jo-fro.” It’s a new nickname, that’s for sure!
I am starting the application process to get a service dog. I have thought about it many times in the past, but didn’t know enough about it to pursue the idea. Yesterday on the way to Wal-mart I told my mom about the research I had done earlier and she thought I should continue to look in to it. On the way home from Wal-mart she told me to apply, to go for it. I was kind of surprised because she has never been overly eager to have a dog on her property, let alone in her home. When we got home, I started the application process. (It’s quite extensive!) The first application (to start the official application process) has to be approved to even continue on to the next steps and it can take months to get the first app approved. Regardless, I got an email FIRST THING THIS MORNING that I was approved to continue on with the next application. The whole process can take up to two years! The trained service/skilled dog is FREE. The only cost to me (besides obvious maintenance of dog with ownership) is a two week training with dog in California (transportation, food, lodging, etc). I am excited. I think this is one-step closer to independence and we all know that is my LIFE GOAL. 😉 I’m sure I’ll be posting more about this in the future – so stay tuned!
Okay, so we’ve been in this house for ONE YEAR! Awesome. Love the house and love God’s faithfulness. So, as we celebrated one year in the house – in someways the house also looked like we hadn’t fully moved in. In the main living area that includes the kitchen, dining area and living room, most walls were still bare and we had no window coverings (aside from the fabric blinds that came with the house). Lucky for us the whole house was painted a neutral beige/taupe with white bass boards and doors and classy fixtures (not just standard). All of that business to say that after 3000 hours shopping, researching, and surfing for something to cover our windows – we finally found something that not only works, but is beautiful. I love the way it’s all come together – and better yet I enjoy the fact that my mom loves her home. (She did a wonderful job picking everything out.) Someday I promise to take photos and post them since this is a major milestone in the home ownership adventure.
This past Saturday marked the first Farmers Market of the season. We went out for breakfast to celebrate Cindy’s birthday and missed the first one, but it’s usually only a handful of booths the first month anyway. I love this time of year! Better yet. . . . .
I love that trips to the nurseries all over the valley to buy carloads of FLOWERS & HERBS are just around the corner! I have basil and oregano seeds started in my bathroom window (lots of light). I’d love to start more from seed, but I just don’t have the space (or time) this year. And frankly, I enjoy going to the nursery and finding (and smelling) all the different types of herbs. Last year I had such a fun variety – even chocolate mint and pineapple sage!
My mom and I have spent countless hours together buying that years supply of perennials and annuals – can’t wait for another year! Love that time together and seeing all the new colors and varieties. My favorites are peonies. We planted three last year and I can’t wait to see them bloom this summer. We also planted hollyhocks (an old favorite from back in the day in ND) that have already started coming up. My mom has big plans for her flower beds this year – can’t wait to see them to fruition! She’s certainly not a newbie to gardening – it’s so fun to see how her flower beds and pots turn out each year.
My brother-in-law in building a fence for my mom’s house. Ahhh, another project that I need to photograph!
I think that’s enough randomness for one night. I’m hungry and still awake!