Thursday, June 18, 2009

Oh my stinkin' heck...!!

....I'm going to TEXAS!!!!


"Sometimes life moves pretty fast...If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!" (Ferris Beuller)

So I don't even know what to say! But for those of you wondering, and more importantly those of you who followed my journey out of NH and on to FL, we almost moved to Texas.

Long story short: the guy at the camp still needs help; my hubby still hasn't found "real" work here in FL; for some inexplicable reason they have stayed in touch these last few months.

I have no idea what the next couple of weeks will bring, but suffice it to say, this could get interesting! At the very least DH is going to help out with some much-needed construction projects. I'm also pretty psyched (yes, I grew up in the 80s....) about the road trip!! Once we get up to I-10 in northern FL and head west, we're in new territory that none of us have traveled before! Kewl...!

I'm bringing my laptop, but I know there's no service at the camp house currently. I'll try to update when I can from Starbucks or Panera in town. I'll miss "52 weeks" next week (and possibly the week after as well) but I will resume with Post #5 as soon as I can!

Gotta run, my friends....I've gotta PACK!!!!!!!

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Forever In Blue Jeans

Hey LOOK!....A picture of me that was NOT taken in Disney World!!! And yet, it's still a theme park. Oh well! This is from Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH, a couple of summers ago....

Monday, June 15, 2009

Food "shortage"

So, I'm wondering, are they making lasagna noodles shorter than they used to?? I've been making lasagna for years. I buy different brands of noodles depending on price, but it's a product that is fairly consistent regardless.

Over the last few months (and including before we moved so I can't blame it on the South!!) I have noticed that when I'm putting the noodles into my 9x13 pan, they no longer run the full length....Instead, the come up about an inch shy of the edge!

Remember when you could make a meal in the ol' 9x13 pan and really feel like you made something hearty?! Now I feel cheated. I guess I'll have to start cooking an extra noodle to lay the short way and fill in that gap! ;)

On a similar note, anyone notice that a "half gallon" of ice cream is really only 1.75 quarts?! (except for Publix own brand - woo hoo a real half gallon!!)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Funnies

Here it is! Another Friday, another Funny!
(Kim, I promise to try to have fewer references to WDW in my future posts!!!)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Forever In Blue Jeans

I'm participating in a year long challenge, created by Carin (click the image above!). The goal is to be in one picture a week, for 52 weeks. Since us moms are always behind the camera, this gives us a chance to get out in front and be in the pictures with our family. Fun challenge, right? You can join too! Just jump in right now and let me know you're playing along! Carin has added a Mr. Linky on that we can check out each others pictures.


So here's me! Disney World!! Where else, right?!

Me and DS7 on the bus, headed for Epcot (is it weird that I can look at this

picture and remember exactly what day it was and where we were headed?!!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Learning and growing

We've had quite a time around here lately. Last week was probably the worst yet in terms of our outlook, and I saw my DH sink to a low I hadn't seen in over 17 years of marriage. This road we're traveling now would split some couples up, to be sure. Stress over finances and especially for him, feeling the burden of providing for his family...all that can really weigh a person down. And it has.

But we are not broken. I don't know how anyone lives without Christ in their lives these days, I really don't! I like knowing that God is in control! I don't find that oppressive, I find it freeing and quite comforting. The road is certainly not always easy - we're never promised that - but it is always passable with God at our side. When it gets too much for us, He will then pick us up in His loving arms and carry us.

I do admit that at times over these last 2-1/2 months I've gotten angry. I've pulled away from God rather than run to Him. But fortunately that didn't last long and lately I find myself drawing closer to Him than ever. And you know what?!.....He's there!!

I have been reading up a storm and devouring books almost as fast as I can get my hands on them. The most recent is one that my dad gave me this past winter after he'd finished with it. I started it then, but soon put it away and packed it up to get ready to move. I dug it out the night before last and have already nearly finished it! It is exactly what I need right now and reading it is like having the Lord reach down and hug me.

The book is called "Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On: Trusting God in the Tough Times" by Stormie Omartian. I read this little gem yesterday....

"Sometimes what seems like the darkest step we've ever been on comes just before the brightest light we've ever experienced."

If last week was our "darkest step" (and it sure felt like it!) then God is about to do something wonderful!!

And yesterday I read what is possibly the most encouragement I've had in a loooong time.....

"The wilderness is where we are forced to leave behind the familiar, the comfortable, the past successes, the accomplishments, and the old bag of tricks that always worked before. The wilderness is where God takes us when He wants to get Egypt out of our hearts. He wants to separate us from all that we crave, so that all we crave is Him. Just as God wanted to get the taste for Egypt out of the Israelites' mouths, He wants to get the lust for certain comforts out of our appetites, too. It's not that He doesn't want us to ever be comfortable. It's just that He doesn't want us to depend on the comfortable. He wants us to depend on Him. He doesn't want us to love the comforts more than we love Him. When God aims us in a new direction, we have to let go of what we've known, be willing to embrace the unfamiliar, and trust that He will sustain us on the journey."


Monday, June 8, 2009

A reading fool

Yep, that's what I've become! I just added Book #2 (officially) to my Summer Reading List!! Yahoo! I read this one in a matter of days. It's a travel narrative and I devour those. It's also by a favorite author of mine who specializes in that genre, so it was all the more appealing. I found this book at the library last week and had never heard of that title by Peter Jenkins, so I was immediately intrigued. Reading the synopsis on the back, I discovered that the voyage this time was all along the Gulf coast of America - from the farthest Florida keys to the Texas border with Mexico. Living on part of that very coast as I do now, I was hooked. And it did not disappoint.

In between my official summer reading, I also managed to finally finish James Michener's "Texas." I started reading it a couple of years ago (just picking it up now and then when I had time) so I don't count it as part of my summer reading. But I'm thrilled to have finally finished it! In hardcover form, it's two volumes!! Quite an interesting history that state has.

I have no idea what to read next! I should probably sort through my still-packed boxes and dig out some gem, some title that once captured my attention but sat, alone on the bookshelf, pushed aside by Life.

Time to read!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

2 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

And....yet another Disney World photo!! Ah, well, I guess that's where I am most likely to have my picture taken. This one's from a few years ago but it's one of my favorites....I am literally beaming over having my picture taken with Buzz Lightyear! Yep, I love me some characters, I do...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Sunset at the Magic Kingdom ~ Walt Disney World ~ Florida

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blog kitty!

Self-explanatory picture post!....

Messin' With the Mutant....

No, not really. That's a "chapter" in the story of Mr. Magorium and his Wonder Emporium (and I do love that movie!).

But it just sounded better than "Messin' with my head" for a title. Which is how I feel the last few days! I know the Lord is working in our lives. I have been praying about a certain something in particular. I have been trying to be quiet and still while I wait for the Lord to reveal Himself. I believe I know what direction He's pointing us in.

Or do I??

Just when think I know, all of a sudden something else happens that derails my train and I'm left thinking "Huh??!..." Then the games start: Hmm, I must've missed the Lord the first time, and He's moving this way instead. Or is this is a distraction from the goal? Or is this the goal and my first inclination was the distraction?!

And so it goes. I can be one messed up mama! lol!! I'm managing to keep my wits about me. A day at a time is the best I can do, and you have to agree that is usually how the Lord does things as well! :)
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