30 July 2008

a broken relationship...

so, the weed-eater and I are not on speaking terms, I mean I tried, I really, really tried...sweet talk and everything. Nothing. but. putters. ...again, the mocking-kind-of-putters. Thankfully, as previously mentioned, my yard has been beautifully trimmed, so before mowing today I sprayed Round-up everywhere that was trimmed...therefore the silent treatment from said weed-eater will have no impact on me whatsoever... It is now dead to me. At least for a couple of weeks, depending on rainfall...

Oh, and furthermore, have you heard the news? They are privatizing housing which means someone will be doing ALL the yard work beginning November 1...I know, I know, that pretty much means after this grass-clipping season is over, but nonetheless, I am happy. Of course, the question is now, how often will they mow, and will we have to watch for snakes in the grass if we get a lot of rain and not much mowing??? That is many moons away though, and you know me, ONE DAY AT A TIME.

29 July 2008

fishing

you know the Chinese proverb...give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime... ??



At church an elderly man asked me if I needed anything, I told him that I had told my SS class that I need someone to show me how to start my blasted weed-eater. (I have only heard putters from it when I have attempted...mocking putters in my opinion.) I then told him that I won't get kicked out of government quarters for long grass along my fence line, so I am really doing pretty well. He replied, "I will come over tomorrow, and trim your yard." I quoted the old proverb, and told him I really just want to learn HOW to do it.



You might not know this about me, but I am a bit of a ball of contradictions, while I am very dependent in some regards...I think Dad used to cut my steak for me through at least 10th grade, and the first time I mowed a yard I was 31...in other ways I am quite independent, moving to California, and then to Africa demonstrate this well.



For some reason, with the weed-eating, I want to be independent, I want to do it myself.



But, sometimes others want to give us a fish. And I think sometimes it is wrong to not allow them that honor. I am learning this, learning to accept help, learning to stand and watch, rather than to struggle through it alone. Humbling? yes; uncomfortable? most definitely. Part of being a member of the body of Christ? I do believe so.




Sometimes it is difficult to know when to accept a fish and when to ask for a lesson.



Yesterday, I got both. My lawn was trimmed and I received a tutorial on all things weed-eater. Tomorrow I am going to try to fire that thing up on my own. Lord willing, someday I might be able to show someone else how to do it...

27 July 2008

today's promises...

apparently the coloring book wasn't challenging enough for Walker...
he even had to try the wet surfaces inside the mouth, thank goodness it wasn't a Sharpie! speaking of product placement...we had some Dove Promises today, and Wilson LOVES to have me read what the wrappers say (he also gets a big kick out of the Popsicles with jokes on the stick and go-gurt wrappers with the joke answers on the inside...) I had to photograph our "promises" today, I don't really get why they are called promises, but...
GET YOUR FEET MASSAGED

DECORATE YOUR LIFE...notice the background, I would say mine is well decorated =)
and please, could this be any more perfect for this little man... BE MISCHIEVOUS, IT FEELS GOOD

26 July 2008

should I say it again...

...sure, why not? My husband rocks y'all! He did well at the promotion board, you can read about it in his words here. Of course, that is just the tip of the iceberg of all the reasons why that man rocks in my opinion... I got an early anniversary present by mail yesterday. My helpful photographer managed to catch a shot of me trying to tear open a box with a ball point pen--not the best box cutter out there.
aren't they pretty??? and they happened to match my shirt so I got to try them out right away!
they did remind me of three years ago when we were settling in here... I kept eyeing tevas all summer when we would go to the stores around Algonquin... my last pair of teva flip-flops is 8 years old, they were a gift from JB & Amanda when I got back from Africa, those babies hold up!but back to Oklahoma, while Wilson and I were laying down for our nap, we heard the strangest wind gust...it kept getting stronger and stronger, I wondered when it would stop and Wilson looked at me with the biggest eyes as the noise grew... (you gotta understand it is always windy here, this was nothing like the always windy that we are used to). It suddenly stopped, we looked outside and saw this...
very strange indeed.
And finally, I finished my last piece of Uppercase Living (for now). I had the board in my craft closet, and had the paint and ribbon as well. I thought it would be perfect in our bedroom, a great reminder for each day...
I really don't think there is any other way to live through a deployment, technically, I am pretty sure this is how we are all called to be living, but its really no longer an option for me. When the days pile up in my head, when I add them together, it seems insurmountable. A weight beyond what I could lift. But one day, one day by the grace of God, I can make it one day at a time.

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matthew 6:34 (the Message)



24 July 2008

messy little sweets...

...I honestly do not know what happened with Walker's dinner... I was talking to Wilson and next thing I know one side of Walker's face is covered in chicken broccoli alfredo...at least he didn't seem to mind! you know how I said Wilson was infatuated with the carnival games at the amusement park? Well, I just couldn't bare to let him waste his money on those silly games...instead, I let him waste my money on these silly lollipops (Wilson gets angry when I call them suckers...)
yet another food item Walker eats like corn on the cob...
these things could last awhile...they are all wrapped up for next time.

***Brad goes to the promotion board on Saturday a.m. (This is where they ask all kinds of Army-related questions, and he earns points toward promotion depending on how well he answers...) If you remember, please pray that Brad would be confident in the fact that God has this all worked out already, and that he has led Brad to this place in His time. As always, we will keep y'all posted...
OOPS...one more thing, my husband is officially accepted as a student at Liberty University's Master of Divinity program. Woo-Hoo! We are thrilled that he can begin this degree program while he is deployed. God is good, all the time!

23 July 2008

just another ordinary day...

thought you'd like this picture of Walker sportin' your beret in the backyard this afternoon (not sure what Wil is doing...) and look, its me...grillin'!!! Who knew? the burgers turned out great and Wilson said, "these aren't even pink!" Its not as difficult as I thought, but I wouldn't mind if my arms were longer, its HOT opening up that lid...
on our way to check the mail...a highlight of the day for sure, I think Skoka likes it best!
the swim really cooled the boys off after getting back from the mailbox, so much so they had to cover up with a beach towel to eat their ice cream cones...granted it was 102 degrees earlier, so 95 felt downright chilly...
oh, and here is a little home-improvement-project Wilson finished, I found this hanging in their bedroom this morning...I thought it was so cute, I had to take a picture...you see, Wilson hung it on the wall himself...he just found a REALLY thick part of the texture and hung it there...no nail, no thumbtack, no tape, just wall...
sunshine, splashing, giggling, ice cream cones; the joys of summertime!

22 July 2008

our BIG "date"

I had my friend Jenn snap a few shots of Wil & I before our date to Frontier City. Walker wanted to be in the pictures too...awww...they like me, they really like me!and here we are, ready for a thrilling day at the amusement park! More pictures to come, I bought a disposable camera for that part...Wilson had a blast. It was (only) 100 degrees, and he didn't complain once about being hot or having to walk all over. He was disappointed that the train wasn't running though! We rode a lot of rides, they have a pretty big little kids' section, so he rode a lot of stuff there too. He was disappointed that I didn't let him spend too much of his own money on the carnival games...for some reason he is really fascinated with those...
And here are a couple pictures of more finished projects... I ordered some Uppercase Living from a recent party, and couldn't wait to get it on the walls... "Give thanks" in the kitchen...and "transforming love" on my cross wall. I was so excited to finally get my crosses up!

So we had a great day yesterday... And to top it off, Brad called last night to tell me that he improved in all three events of his PT test that he had (he didn't know this one was coming until a couple days ago!) He has a mock board tonight and then the Promotion Board will be Saturday. He has been studying like crazy for it, and there is a lot of information to retain. We continue to pray that he does well, and wait to see God's plans unfold for us....

18 July 2008

warp speed...

I mean, really??? this was FIVE years ago????first birthday
fourth birthday
today...five years old. FIVE. YEARS.
how is it possible?
we had a super duper day! Wil opened his presents before 9am so he could tell Daddy all about them. He let Walker open one nearly everytime he did. (Of course, this is the first year that Walker really grasps the idea of presents, and now thinks they are all for him. And because he unwrapped some for Wilson, he is even more confused.)
I will try to put a little slideshow up tomorrow, as well as some video. I think Wil had a great birthday...and more to come. We are going to the amusement park in Oklahoma City on Monday (military monday we get in for 50¢ each). My friend, Jenn, will be watching Walker for me, so it will be just the two of us. Wilson told me the other day that it is going to be kind of like a date. And then said, "this is going to be my first date, I think."

16 July 2008

just so you know...

you can find the recipe for pizza salad by clicking here

also, in the future, you know, just so know... if you are interested in something on the blog, and its in a different color and underlined, I probably worked extra hard to turn that word into a link, all you have to do is take your mouse to it and CLICK! And here you thought I just liked changing certain words color and underlining them....

and one more thing, totally unrelated to pizza salad...

There is a song out by Warren Barfield that I love. Its a love song, they play it on the Christian satellite station....but its not one of those double-meaning Christian "love songs". Its really about the love of a man and a woman, and also how we sometimes need help from the One that is all about love... I could go on explaining it, but would probably ruin it. I think the words are beautiful.

When I hear it I am reminded of the love Brad and I share even from afar. Of the shelter his love provides each day. A few times I have been compared to a single-mom during this deployment, and honestly, it offends me a little bit every time I hear that (even though I know it isn't meant to be offensive). I guess because I know my husband loves me...and I know my days would be so much harder if he didn't. I know he loves our boys dearly, and I know my days would be so much harder if he didn't. And while we will be apart a LONG time, I know our Father is holding us together in His hands. Ok, enough of that, I might ruin my song...

I love the part about angels coming to guard the door. Isn't that a beautiful picture? I don't know why, but I love it... if you think its cheesy, you can tell me, I'm a big girl...

15 July 2008

a full day's work

Curry (Barbie's husband) brought over a load of mulch for our our flower beds... This job was long over due, and Barbie finally talked me into letting Curry drop it off, and she and I would spread it all out. But when it got here today, I was just a little too excited and Wilson and Walker and I got to work... But we ran out, so we decided to make some soap with the rebatching kit (hand milling?) that Heidi sent me because I won (!!!!) her contest...
But then Barbie & Logan stopped by and Wilson got to begin the annual week o'presents. (Because let's face it, its more fun to spread the birthday fun out sometimes). We intended to go back to soaping...
But then, Curry dropped off a second load of mulch...
and the clouds looked ominous, so we had to hurry to finish up. I think Wilson moved almost as mulch as I did today, he was a good little worker, even after I cautioned him about the large spiders that could be crawling around in that stuff (I saw one before I cautioned him...no sense for false alarms).
And then we finished up our soaping... Heidi, really this smelled so yummy! And even though there were a fair number of steps in the process, its pretty simple.
Walker, of course, was eating candy most of the afternoon...which is better than other things I am sure he could find to do with his spare time!
I even managed to make Pizza Salad for dinner which was remarkably good, but I was terribly tired by then and did not feel the need to photograph it for y'all...

We had a full day and accomplished a lot, and I am so thankful to our Father for bringing us wonderful friends that bless us so well!


13 July 2008

weekend alliteration


Blood- that's right y'all...Walker found my stash of razors in the little toiletry bag in the top drawer. Knicked himself in a number of places... his index finger was the worst, I had to resort to google to figure out how to stop the bleeding...where is a medic when you need one??? Of course, Walker did not. shed. one. tear. just had blood all over himself. And since I am not THAT committed to the blog, I waited until he was taken care of before I took pics...

Birthday party- Wilson's buddy, Caden, turned five this week. The boys had fun at the pool party, and Wilson was super excited to hit the pinata...

all the kids were happy to scavenge for candy!Barf - ok, again, not that committed to the blog so no pictures of this one. (and no, I don't think I have used that word since the early 90's) Walker got sick last night, then tried to crawl in the tent with his brother afterwards. I knew when I opened the door, something very terrible had happened in there. Thankfully, he seems fine today. Perhaps too much candy at the party??

Bugs- they are strong little buggers. Whatever they are. Here are a few shots, one with my index finger to give you an idea of how tiny they are...

and the black specks here by the front door---a bunch of these unknown species--- Another call to housing is on my list for tomorrow...

Burnt popcorn- If you are planning on visiting anytime in the next month, I am guessing you will still be able to smell it. I stepped outside to check on the bug colony in the backyard and forgot about our little snack in the microwave...


Bubbles - Walker dumped all of the Bubble Bath into the tub tonight while I was running the water...the bubble bath that I bought on Wednesday. At least they are clean...and feeling better, so far...


at least our weekend wasn't Boring!

12 July 2008

happy campers...

for some reason, Wilson REALLY wanted to get his tent out Tuesday to sleep in... It has been up ever since. The boys have alternated who sleeps in it at night and at nap time. Walker has been sprinting from the living room after our "daddy video" to get into the tent first... yesterday, I caught a picture of the boys trying to lure Muskoka into their little haven. She sniffed around a bit and walked away. I think she might be attempting to be a camping snob...

10 July 2008

daddy sent a package!

they could hardly wait to rip this baby open...look at the surprise on Walker's face...
Dinosaur Books! Our favorites...
going to school for Wilson

...and how to play with our friends, for Walker!
all I have to say about that is...
MY HUSBAND ROCKS!

(Curry & Barbie saved me some $$$$ with their new embroidery machine, woo-hoo!)