Thursday, December 26, 2013

An Encouraging Quote for Today

"It actually takes a lot of trust to follow a compass. By definition you only need to use it when you are lost and can't see where you are going. It is easy to want to follow our feelings instead. ('I know the compass says to turn right, but I'm sure its to the left...') It is also easy to default to walking the path that we already know rather than the one God is leading us to. Yet if we will trust God's biblical guidance and strike out on the road He lays before us, we will end up right where He wants us."
--The Life-Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World by Shaunti Feldhahn and Robert Lewis

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joy to the World!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Ramblin'

To say I'm feeling overwhelmed these days is putting it mildly.
It seems surreal that Christmas is the-day-after-tomorrow. I keep turning on Christmas music (even though I usually only enjoy it in very small doses) to remind myself that we really are in the midst of the Christmas season. Mostly my mind is whirling with trying to figure out how we are actually going to manage to move in two weeks.

In the midst of everything, life goes on. So here's a little glimpse of what we've been up to lately besides packing.
Early in December, the girls and I enjoyed a lovely ladies' brunch at church.

The next morning Lyle and I flew to Colorado for a week to check out the situation there and to make our decision about moving.
While we were there I crocheted almost non-stop because pre-Christmas orders for mug cozies were pouring in from my Etsy shop. I haven't yet taken time to tally up how many I actually made this fall, but I know it numbers in the hundreds! Just crazy!
Last Sunday night we sang in a cantata at church. We enjoyed participating in the choir. It was a fun cantata to prepare for. What was so amazing to me was that our choir director was a 19-year-old young man, and our accompanist just had his 15th birthday! They did an outstanding job.

Wednesday night we had a "farewell" social time with our Bible study group. We have been hosting a weekly Bible study in our home for the past 6.5 years, so we've formed some very special relationships. It is hard to say good-bye.
The girls have been enjoying Christmas activities and time with friends this month. Laura hosted a party for her friends Friday night.
On Saturday afternoon she went sledding with friends and banged up her knee pretty badly. The wound was very deep and ugly, so we decided she should probably go to the Immediate Care clinic. As it turns out the covering of the knee cap was even torn, so it required 6 internal stitches and 4 external... plus a tetanus shot and a round of antibiotics. Lyle said, "We are so glad the accident wasn't worse, but the timing couldn't have been much worse." She is getting around pretty well, but is limited in what she can do.

And so... that brings us up to Christmas week. My shopping is done. I just have a few last-minute gifts to wrap... and countless boxes to pack.

As always... life is an adventure!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A New Adventure

You may have noticed that I haven't been blogging actively for the past few weeks. There's a reason for that.

Lyle and I have been carefully and prayerfully considering a major decision for our family. Both of us have unexpectedly been offered full-time jobs in the Denver area... and while we certainly weren't anticipating making a 1,000-mile move at this stage of our lives, it seems that there are too many open doors and details falling into place for it to not be God's leading.

And so, right here in the middle of the holiday season, we find ourselves packing up our household and working on all the tedious details that go along with a cross-country move. We'll be headed for Colorado shortly after the New Year.

My new job is in actuality, somewhat of a "reincarnation" of  my current job. I will continue to work as an advisor for Sonlight Curriculum, but as an employee in the main office in Littleton, Colorado, rather than as an independent contractor from home. Lyle will be working at Unique Litho, a print shop not too far from the Sonlight offices. We are excited about this new chapter in our lives, but a little apprehensive about the changes, as well.

Life is always an adventure!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Our first family picture with all five children--
December 1970.

They say the greatest gift a man can give his children is to love their mother.
This man does that.
He also loves his children and isn't ashamed to tell us so.
I've noticed that's rare in a man of his generation.
We don't take that lightly.

Happy 71st birthday, Daddy!
I love you!