Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Name Game

Came across this fun "meme" and decided to try it. It was a lot harder than I expected it to be! Maybe I just have a hard letter. Wanna try? Go for it!
  • Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They do not have to be favorites, but they MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!
  • Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial.
  • You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
  • If you can’t think of anything, skip it.
  • Have fun!
Your Name: Karla
  1. Famous Singer/Band: Kay Kyser
  2. 4 letter word: kiss
  3. Street: Kiln Street (lived there in 1974-1975)
  4. Color: khaki
  5. Gifts/Presents: keepsakes
  6. Vehicle: Kia
  7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: key chain
  8. Boy Name: Kylan, Keegan, Kinsley, Konner, Kobe (all nephews)
  9. Girl Name: Kayla, Krista, Kendra, Kimmalee, Katie, Kimberly (all nieces)
  10. Movie Title: Kate & Leopald
  11. Drink: Kool-aid
  12. Occupation: king
  13. Celebrity: Katie Couric
  14. Magazine: Knit 'n Style
  15. U.S. City: Knoxville
  16. Pro Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs
  17. Reason for Being Late for Work: kid was sick
  18. Something You Throw Away: Krispy Kreme box
  19. Things You Shout: Kowabunga! (only I suspect that really starts with "c"!)
  20. Cartoon Character: Kanga

Monday, July 30, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

It's been awhile since I've posted my menu plan, but I want to get back in the habit of having one, anyway. It helps so much to have this figured out ahead of time, especially since my daughter now does most of the cooking... but I'm still in charge of planning meals (mostly) and getting groceries. My meal plan isn't fancy but it beats fast food all the time!
  • Monday: sausage rice casserole, broccoli, nectarines
  • Tuesday: chicken nuggets, cole slaw, watermelon
  • Wednesday: Hamburger Helper, green beans, cantaloupe
  • Thursday: biscuits and gravy, fruit salad
  • Friday: chili dogs, raw veggies, ice cream sundaes

The Plan?

Yesterday was our last Sunday at the wonderful little church in our area that we discovered the Lord led us to about 5 1/2 years ago. We have been very happy there (if somewhat overworked) and are so disappointed in the direction that the church is now headed, and how the whole thing was handled. Now we are officially "between churches". This is where we were 6 years ago. That time it took us 6 months to find a new church home. I have no idea where we'll go from here. But I take comfort in the fact that I don't have to know!

I got a new CD recently that I have been enjoying so much. Several of the songs have really encouraged me through all this. One I especially like was new to me. I googled for the lyrics and discovered that it's a Steve Green song...
I don't need to have the plan in hand,
I don't need to have the end in sight,
All I need to do is follow you,
wherever you lead and do what you ask me to.

Trusting you, Lord, with all my heart,
following you all my days;
whether I can or can't understand,
I'll acknowledge you in all my ways.

I don't need to have the plan in hand,
I don't need to have the end in sight,
All I need to do is follow you,
wherever you lead and do what you ask me to.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Time...

North Idaho scenery is some of the most beautiful I've seen. We've lived here for over 9 years now and I'm not tired of it yet. We have mountains all around us, but also wide prairies of farmland in between the mountains.

As I was driving across the prairie on an errand for my husband yesterday evening I drove through a short, splattery rain shower. (Big fat drops that the man likes to call "rain plops"!) Just at that time I was passing by a peppermint field that is my favorite section of that highway. No, the bushes don't sprout candy canes... but oh, they smell so good, especially when the irrigation sprinklers are on. The quick rain shower had the same effect. I breathed deeply and inhaled the scent of fresh peppermint as I hurried by on my errand.

The rain only lasted a mile or two, and the next field I noticed was dry and golden with bales of newly mowed hay scattered throughout. Even though it's still July, it reminded me that summer is already waning. The days slip by so quickly, and in our haste to "get everything done" we hardly have time to slow down to appreciate the little things around us.

Life is like that, isn't it? There is no way I have time to do all the things I think I need to do, not to mention all the things I'd like to do. The seasons of life are hurtling by as quickly as the days of the year, and there's nothing we can do to slow things down a bit!

Once again I was reminded of how grateful I am for the hope of Heaven! Just thinking of the "eternalness" of it all was enough to make me Homesick!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Another fun weekend...

This past weekend we drove over to Bozeman, Montana to hang out with King Tut! The Museum of the Rockies is currently hosting the traveling King Tut exhibit. We had noticed billboards about it coming back from vacation a couple of weeks ago, so decided to make a weekend excursion to visit the museum. My husband also wanted to visit the American Computer Museum there in Bozeman while we were in the area.

We got to the Museum of the Rockies early in the afternoon on Saturday and paid the admission, got tickets for the planetarium show we wanted to see, and then found the restrooms before we started our tour. While he was waiting my husband picked up a brochure about the computer museum and realized that we probably wouldn't have time to visit it after the Museum of the Rockies because it closed at 4:00. Then we discovered that the Museum of the Rockies was open until 8:00, and yes, they would let us back in since we had already paid for that day, so we headed across town to the computer museum.

It was a small museum, but very well done. We were impressed. I'm not sure that the kids were, though. They just have no comprehension of what life was like before there was a PC (or 4!) in everyone's home... not to mention all the other digital technology we rely on so heavily these days. I showed them the TRS-80 that was the first computer I ever used back in the early '80s in high school. I tried to describe how very limited it was... monochrome green text, no sound, no graphics, cassette tape drive, the only function the thing had that I could tell was that it could work an algebra problem if you entered the data just right... and it took longer to enter the data in BASIC format than it did to work the problem by hand! At the time I couldn't conceive of why anyone would need such a thing in their home... of course, now I can't conceive of life without it! Still, the kids didn't get it. I guess they're just too young to understand.

When we finished there, we went back over to the Museum of the Rockies and toured the King Tut exhibit. Absolutely awesome! Looking at the elaborate ancient artifacts made me wonder what kind of technology the ancient Egyptians had!

Other exhibits included a Montana history room, a Native American hallway, and a huge exhibit of dinosaur bones, teeth, and fossils. Montana has some really great dinosaur digs, and much of what the paleontologists have discovered are on display here. We also enjoyed a planetarium show called "Stars of the Pyramids".

Just a fantastic day of learning as a family!

Bloggy Giveaway Week!

It's Bloggy Giveaway week, with opportunities for lots of great prizes from lots of great blogs. Head over to Rocks in My Dryer for all the details.

Just so happens, it's also the week for the blog tour of Eric Wilson's book A Shred of Truth... and I have two copies of it to give away! If you enjoy mysteries from a Christian perspective, you will want to enter the drawing. To enter, go to my main blog page and enter a comment in the Cbox on the right side-bar. (Please note: I am only able to mail to US addresses.)

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A shadow from his former life has reappeared, casting threats of violence and retribution. And soon the attacker is swinging his blade of self-righteous judgment directly at Aramis, challenging him to “face his sins.” Can Aramis finally break free from the guilt of his old ways, or will he succumb to the vengeance of an arrogant sociopath?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tough choices...

Seems I'm always growing and learning... I hope I never stop! (Honestly, I've met some people who are a good bit older than me who seem to have never grown up. You just gotta wonder, "How did they get to be so old with so little sense?" And I'm not talking senility either! But I digress...)

Anyway, circumstances in my life recently have caused me to ponder... well, a lot of things, actually... but in particular the concepts of submission, obedience, and taking a stand for what you believe to be right. I have never been able to tolerate being told what to do. Ask me nicely and I'll bend over backwards to help... but don't try to force me. Is that a good character quality to have? I'm not sure. I've been examining my heart about it...

My conclusion is that God calls us to obedience, but he doesn't force us to obey. It is our choice. I joyfully choose to submit. God has proven Himself. He can be trusted. Always. That makes it easy for me to submit to His will.

The Bible says that wives should submit to their husbands, but my husband doesn't force me to submit. I joyfully choose to, because my husband has also proven himself trustworthy. That makes all the difference.

We are choosing to walk away from a church we love because important decisions regarding the future of the local church have been made without the consent or input of the local people.
No relationship has been established with the ones making the decisions. Something about that just seems very wrong. So we have to take a stand for what we believe to be right... but it's so hard. Just heart-breaking. I'm not sure where we go from here. We'll be up in the air about this for some time to come, I'm sure.

One lesson I am taking away from this experience, though, is the importance of building relationships with and proving myself trustworthy to my children. I am reminded that this is critical if I hope to have their hearts and have them "joyfully" submit to what I believe to be best for them from day to day.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Home Again!

We enjoyed our family reunion in Missouri over the weekend, and then traveled home on Monday and Tuesday, at a not-so-leisurely pace. Still playing catch-up, as is typical after getting home from vacation. We're in the middle of a heat spell... which will probably last 2 or 3 weeks and then be done for the summer. But... to use a cliche... it's a "dry" heat... so even with temps over 100 it's not nearly as bad as it would be in the mid-west... and it still gets down in the 60s at night!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Iowa and Missouri

Another easy day. Hot and muggy in the mid-west! Probably not as hot as it could be, the humidity about knocks us over, coming from the drier northwest.

We stayed at a state park near Columbia, Missouri. Arrived in the middle of the day, so had time to relax a bit in the air-conditioned trailer before my husband and the kids went into town to see the fireworks display. My husband and I played Scrabble. It was a pretty close game until he played the word "educator" over two triple word squares for a total of 140 points for that one word!! He just thought he was pretty smart! ;-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Minnesota

Any easy day on the road. And state #37 for me (not on this trip... in my lifetime!). We deliberately chose this route to add a couple of new states to the map on the side of our trailer.

Walnut Grove did offer a more reasonably priced tour of their Laura Ingalls Wilder museum than did De Smet. Of course, none of the buildings were the actual ones that Laura lived in, but still... There was a replica of the dugout the Ingalls family in which the Ingalls family lived in On the Banks of Plum Creek. It's hard to imagine a family of five living in such cramped dark quarters for a year, or however long it was they lived there!

Monday, July 2, 2007

South Dakota

From Jamestown, North Dakota we headed south to South Dakota on a two-lane highway. This is the first time we've traveled off the interstate since we left home. We like getting off the beaten path, so that was an enjoyable drive. As we came in Aberdeen, South Dakota I noticed a billboard advertising Storybook Land. The billboard said it was free, so we decided to stop and see what it was. I didn't expect much but thought it might be a fun place to stretch our legs. Much to our delight, it turned out to be very cute and very well done... especially to not charge an admission fee. Our kids are little old for story book characters, but they had a blast posing with the various scenes and climbing around on the slides and other playground equipment built into the scenes. One feature of the park was a "Land of Oz" section. Just a lot of fun for an unplanned stop!

We were interested to visit De Smet, Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" but were disappointed how overpriced the tour was. We decided on the self-guided (free) tour. I know we didn't see as much as we would have if we had paid $30 for our family to be taken through the buildings, but I don't appreciate being taken advantage of! We did visit the Ingalls homestead and took pictures of the cottonwood trees that "Pa" planted (which is all that remains in witness of the Ingalls ever living there). We also visited the cemetery and took pictures of the Ingalls family graves.

Tomorrow we plan to visit another Little House site in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Wonder if it will be a dud, too? Oh, well... roadtrips are an adventure, and there's always something interesting to see along the way!

Today's weirdest sight: A stray bull casually strolling through a small cemetery in a small town we drove through!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Montana and North Dakota

We got an early start on vacation by leaving on Friday evening after my husband got off work. Since we are traveling with the trailer we knew we could stop to sleep at a rest area just whenever we got tired, so we drove about 4.5 hours that night. Good thing we did. We hadn't gone very far yesterday morning before the trailer had a tire blow-out! My husband had been afraid of that, as the tires that came with the trailer don't have a very good reputation. I guess a lot of people have had trouble with them. We spent several hours in Butte, Montana getting the tires replaced, but since we had a "head start" we were still on schedule.

The highlight of Saturday was climbing Pompey's Pillar east of Billings, Montana and seeing where William Clark signed his name on the rock. We drove again till after dark and stopped at a rest area about 30 miles in North Dakota. When we got up this morning we discovered that the rest area was on the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, with viewing areas of the Bad Lands right there in the rest area.

This is the first time any of us have been in North Dakota. I need to count up to be sure, but I think this makes 36 states for me.

We stopped in Bismarck at a park along the Missouri River and had fun climbing around on a replica of the keel boat that Lewis & Clark took up the river from St. Louis to Bismarck.

In Jamestown we visited the Frontier Village with old buildings that you can tour... a church, a school, a log cabin, a general store, a post office, a jail, etc. It was adjacent to a buffalo museum with a herd of buffalos in the nearby field. They also offered stage coach rides for $5 a person. Our youngest daughter is crazy about horses so her daddy insisted she and I take the stage coach ride. She was just beside herself! She sat on the edge of her seat... then she'd poke her head out the window to peer around to see if she could see the horses... people waved at us as we went by (like we were our own little parade... or the Queen Mother... or something!). She definitely got her $5 worth... and I got mine just out of watching her!