Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Kitchen in Color. And a short detour about dirty dishes.

Life to the Full Kitchen Collection by DaySpring

I suppose it was this ad that started it. Or maybe it was the bland monotone of both the winter view outside my window and the view inside from my kitchen chair. I had a sudden urge for color.

I began to "shop the house." I pulled the red vase from the entryway table, the red glass votive hurricane too. I found red and teal cookbooks and brought up my stash of blue ball canning jars from the basement.

I allowed myself a tiny bit of shopping. A Valentine plate from Target's "dollar" aisle (the $2.50 shelf), a green plate from The Mill for $2.00, and a blue glass insulator turned votive for $1.50.

Oh, look!  A fun artsy angled photo. Nah. I was just avoiding the full sink of dirty dishes. *wink* Jesus did say He came "that they might have life, and have it to the full," and sometimes that means leaving dishes in the sink. A "full" sink. Ha.

At least that's what I tell myself. But I do think it's true. It's only when I see a friend's spotless sink that I get all jealous of their dedication to cleanliness and then I doubt myself. Thus the hiding of the dirty dishes picture.


Anyway. Back to the kitchen. A red mug from a friend, various glassware....whatever I could find in my color scheme, I used.

 Yes, we always have a Papa Murphy's pizza on our stove. What of it?

The Christmas card wreath still hangs, but today I have plans for it. I love items that can easily convert from one holiday to another... I'll post when I'm done. 

I spy two berry hearts from Target's "dollar" aisle. ($5.00 for both)

This would be a fun project and nice addition to my sink.
Should I try it? I wonder where Robb's drill is........?

The plate clock above my sink does need to go. As in buh-bye.

I've had it forever and a day. Like, since the first year of marriage, and I can't even remember what it was like to not be married and have kids, so it must have been forever ago.  Maybe I should replace it with this:

On second thought, maybe I'll just paint it myself! (It could say, "May your sink overflow. Ha!)


This needs to stay a very cheap makeover. If it wasn't, I'd get this, too:

God Is Good - Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print

Because it's true, and I think it would be good to have in my face every morning, ya know?

Especially when I've left dirty dishes in the sink.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Language, Linguistics and Laura

Laura and I, 1987 

When Laura came into our lives that 4th of July weekend, she was 6 weeks early and little, born to our family of four who hadn't added to it's number since my twin and I were born 11 years earlier.

I remember hearing the news of the upcoming baby, over Oreos and milk at the kitchen table, and was so astonished I actually threw up. It took approximately one minute to get over the shock before my twin sister and I were excitedly planning and scheming to go shopping for the little sister we wanted.

Some thought she was an ooops with such a large gap between siblings, and older parents. But we knew better. She was planned. By our parents and by our God. 

She was one spunky kid. I supposed she had to be with two big sisters who dressed her and redressed her and taught her to talk early and do tricks on command. She sucked her nuk upside down and rotated it in her mouth when requested. Around and around and around. I taught her to pick her nose, and who knows what else.

We taught her good things too. I think she could say John 3:16 as soon as she could talk.

I believe she was only four when she declared she wanted to be a missionary. I suppose lots of kids say that sort of thing, but she meant it.

Laura with our niece, Victoria, 2010

Yesterday, my little sister boarded a plane with two suitcases and a backpack and moved to Mexico. We had our goodbyes and tears the night before. As I walked into church that Sunday morning,  her plane was leaving the ground.

She's a linguist, and I suppose I could take credit for her language skills, what with all the big sister coaching on her pronunciation when she was little. Sara and I would have her say a word over and over until she got it right. I could claim credit, but God gave her a fascination with language, a love for the Word of God and a passion for people without the Scripture in their heart language.

She's moved to Mexico to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators, and I'm a proud big sister.

If you would like to follow her journey, here is her blog.
Leave a note telling her you were sent there by her big sister. :)

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tap. Tap. This thing on?

Yes, I'm still alive, and we are all well.  See?

I simply haven't shown up here since the last day of last year. I'm not sure what happened.

But I know this: The kitchen is staying cleaner than it's been in forever, the laundry is done, and my kids are enjoying their new math curriculum. Robb and I have made a new habit of putting the kids to bed, and taking the short walk to our favorite place on the farm, En Gedi. I suppose this is the biggest factor contributing to my silence. I've been talking to him instead of you!

Robb has been attending a mens group that has been watching Mark Driscoll's sermon series, The Peasant Princess. I watch it online, and when he gets home from his class, we discuss the material. The series has brought healing to us in areas we didn't know needed work and brought increased depth to our oneness. We highly recommend it. :)

Life is good. Really good. Don't get me wrong. It's hard too. Robb's been in class for his GRI these last two weeks and we are waiting on God's provision. We're fine for a bit. We know God provides. We also know God is rarely early, but never late. Still. That's not an easy place to live.


Life is really, really good.

I love my husband. (RDOL ~ random declaration of love. {Have you SEEN him lately?} Before and after weight loss post coming soon.)

So. Since I've not been here and you possibly wonder what we've been up to, just for fun (or not, if you've already seen these), I think I'll share some of my recent facebook status/stati/whatever.

We have a teeth brushing problem and a bad language problem in our house. Therefore, when bad words are spoken, the new punishment is brushing teeth. So there you have it.
Taking Mitchell to his first Bible quiz tournament at Crown College. Crazy, competitive, but best of all, God's Word is quoted all weekend.
Too bad Crown didn't have such a hip coffee shop when I went here! Enjoying it with my Mads now.
Mitchell's team did ok, yesterday was better. Boys are having fun. Their team name is "Here Comes Trouble." So true. :)
And.....our quiz team makes it to silver finals... tired mama. Long day. Happy boys. :)
Hubby so dedicated to diet, we r at restaurant, he orders a salad but runs next door to the grocery store to buy better dressing. What's funnier is he had fried ice cream for dessert. I guess he saved his fat grams for later?
Just finished my first batch of liquid laundry detergent. 2.5 gal.for about $ to use it!
Got a haircut. or a trim. or whatever. :) I'm soooo high maintenance*sarcasm*, July was my last haircut!
God still performs miracles. Today he raised a baby doll from the dead. After yrs of being mute, she now cries. Or maybe that wasn't God. A mute doll is a blessing.
Random fact: my husband spends more time on the phone talking to friends than I do.
Stagnation in spiritual life comes when we say we will bear the whole thing ourselves. We cannot. -Oswald Chambers
I have baby Jesus in my pocket.
God is good. I say so neither to convince myself or you, nor do I live in denial of any pain, but I choose to believe the truth that He is good, and therefore interpret all of life through that lens.
And on that positive note, I'm gonna go snuggle my skinny hubby and try to stay warm. It's FEEEEEZING tonight! (-10* of freezing.)

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