"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Taking Down The Cheer

I really need to move on and get all the Christmas decorations packed up today. This will put me one step closer to the big move in February. Soon I can say, "I'm moving next month" ... instead of next year; that sounds much better to my ears!

My big exciting plans for New Years Eve are to stay home, maybe pop some popcorn and watch a movie. That suits me just fine! This has been quite a year to reflect upon ... so much change ... new everything ... including meeting some great friends in blogland. I hope to someday meet a few of you folks this side of heaven. But for now, my hope for you is that you have a safe time bringing in the New Year and use your talents for God's kingdom in the coming year.

Blessings to each of you,

Mrs. Mac

Friday, December 29, 2006

Looking Back on 2006

Photo: Your's truly with my brothers; Christmas, 1960

Over at 4:53 AM (Dawn's site) she had a great idea for a post. Take the first sentence of each month that you made a post for this past year and write it down. Care to come along for the journey?

Stuck on a narrow sandbar .... that sums up my spiritual life.
(side note ... what a way to begin the new year!)

Finally an offer has been made on our home!

Clean, crisp, fresh air ... aahh!

A week ago today we arrived with "all we own" packed inside our two cars.

The past month has been one of great relaxation!

Nathan's pic after 5 bbq chicken drumsticks!

Once again my youngest has made his escape!

Imagine opening your on-line "mailbox" and seeing a message from your husband titled, "Regarding Our New Baby" !!

The past few days have flown by without much pause!

Our firstborn daughter hails from Royal Oak, Michigan.

Tomorrow night I should be freezing my bunz off on a visit to the "North Pole" via one of the Coeur d'Alene Resort's cruise boats.

I'll be in and out of blog world just a bit during the next week and a half as I get in gear for my daughter's wedding (next weekend) and the company flying in for the big day.

If you want to play along, just leave a comment with your link.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Send Me To My Room ... Please!

Christmas day was pleasant enough; not too busy or fussy. Christmas Eve was a Sleepless in Idaho night ... along with Christmas night .... along with last night. My little Mr. Nathan was having some GI (intestinal) problems ... (no, he's not sick) ... some weeks are a little rough on his body ... and ... for some reason ... the nights seemed to be his choice time to complain (and rightly so). This meant dear old mommy had to get up more than her normal share of times to get up ... in turn making mommy dearest a bit over-taxed. I'm hoping and praying that tonight will be a good night for both of us. Dh made a comment today that when he's up here for good he'd take turns getting up with the little guy ... I corrected him and requested that he take the first year getting up at night as that's what I've had to do (he replied something about maybe wanting to go back to work right away ahem ... ).

I did get out for a bit today to check on the order for new interior doors, trim molding and stair rail parts ... along with interior wall finishes and colors schemes ... that was fun. The interior of our new home is taking on its character.

I've been lurking the past few days and it seems like most of you all had a blessed Christmas.

Good night ... sweet dreams (I'll try too!)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Christmas Welcome

Care to take a peek at our Christmas decorations?

Welcome to our home ... near the front door you'll see Dh's itty-bitty, Charlie Brown Christmas tree (he insists on a bit of fresh tree).

We have a wee gingerbread house to tempt you (might be a bit stale by now)

... How do you like the pretty tree next to the stockings on my desk?

To cheer me up while doing the dishes, I've added a little windowsill trim as well.

And last but not least ... my newest "moose" friend to grace our woodsy home. If you check back late Christmas night ... you might find "after" photos of the morning's mess. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Getting Connected

Belonging to a rather large church makes it hard to see the same people twice at any one of the five services. To get connected, one is encouraged to join a small home Bible study group. I put my name in the basket months ago, and low and behold someone called me last week to say there's a group that meets four doors down from my new home. This past Wednesday I went to the study and enjoyed meeting people in my new neighborhood that are Christians. Thank you Lord for the blessing.

A Great Affinity For Love

I take great offence when I hear kids or adults use the "R" word (retarded). Little do they know it mean "s-l-o-w" not stupid. Having a s-l-o-w child is not in society's majority ... so comes the lack of understanding by that majority. What my child lacks in speed he makes up for in love. He loves his dog, Miss Holly. Lately when he rambles about his love for me, he's been calling me "Ho-nn-y" (L's are difficult for him to pronounce). I know he's trying to express his love in the same language tone he uses for his pooch. Today, when dh called, Nathan started calling him "Ho-nn-y" ... I had a little explaining ... but Daddy was pleased with the connection. People, do you know how blessed I am to have someone saying "I --- love --- you" mommy with eyes and body language that oooozes affection 24/7? Parents that have s-l-o-w children are in a select club ... be it not one we chose to be in ... but one in which God has placed us. The best place to be is in God's place ... the blessings are awesome.

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Matthew 18:1-5 KJV

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Five Days Before Christmas

... And all through the house
every creature is stirring (hopefully not a mouse).
The stocking are hung on the front of my desk next to the tree
in the hope that dear Mommy won't want to flee!
My plate this week is full ... and not with Christmas treats
but rather a "laundry" list of stuff to do that makes me quite weak!
There are appointments to order for the new home such as:
hearth stone
and tile
I'm sure when Friday's over
I'll be wearing a big smile!

But that's not what Christmas is all about.
Remember the babe in the manger
that made the angels SHOUT:
Glory to God in the highest?

Remember? He didn't stay a baby
but IS incarnate.

Remember? It's HIStory that is behind
the tree, mistletoe, Santa, packages,
goodies to eat, parties to attend
new PJ's for the kids

Put him back ... don't devalue His prominence
Keep Him at the center of your celebrations.

Remember His purpose.
To save us from our sins
have everlasting life.


Merry Christmas to all
and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

One More Wedding Photo

Here's a picture of dh, the bride, and yours truly at the wedding. The bands of elastic in my blouse gave the appearance that I had rolls of "jello" floating around my middle section on film ... other than that, it didn't look as bad (so I'm told lol). Patrick took a flight out this morning ... now my household consists of four lonely souls ... last week I had nine people under my roof (yikes)! The quiet is nice :)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Heaven's Rejoicing ... And Mama's Happy

Tonight my dear son, Patrick, got baptized at church. We're pretty excited about his decision and pray the Good Lord will keep a close eye on him as he travels with the military and beyond. This mama is sleeping well tonight.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Party's Over

Ahhhh ... the company has departed, all but my oldest son; the house is quieter; my food bill is much smaller; my running around like crazy is done; daughter is living at her own apartment with her husband; just a nice quiet hush is over the house now (except for the raging wind and rain beating on my windowpane!) Time for a Calgon moment and a Guidepost magazine. I don't think I could read anything about Christmas decorations ... or recipe guides. No, just give me some short ... real life stories to read. Good night!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Wedding Pictures

Here are some of the early "returns" on digital wedding photos. I still have 35 mm film and a few more digital camera's to process ... but couldn't wait to share a few memories with you. The day was a dream come true for our daughter, and as parents we couldn't have been more happy with her choice in a husband.

Photo of young man in front of Christmas tree is our oldest son, Patrick. Youngest daughter, Ann, in the red dress; Groom and Bride; their wedding cake.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Big Day

We're just hours away for the big event. I'll post pictures and details tomorrow.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

No Taxi Service Today

Well, how do you like that? My hubby rented a large car when he got to Spokane and is waiting at the airport for my parent's plane to land. No need to even make a taxi run! How nice! And to make things easier, for dinner tonight, my oldest son has requested "sloppy joes"! Easy day, easy meal, no stress! The weather is mostly sunny, snow is beginning to melt ... but still pretty. Temps are in the low 30's; last week we were in the high teens/low 20's ... much better weather for company. I'm surviving the wedding crunch!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wedding Countdown

Thanks for all the well wishes as the time winds down for the happy couple. I can't believe how relaxed I am ... hopefully not too relaxed and then finding myself burning the midnight oil Friday and Saturday. Yesterday, if you could have seen me washing the cars out in the snow covered street with rubber gloves, and a special telescopic car wash mop ... they both were pretty disgusting with the remnants of dirty snow melt and leftover junk floating around inside. My neighbors must have thought I was nutty (well I am ... but that's OK). Thursday is when all the company starts arriving; I'll be wearing my taxi hat that day making runs to the airport. The bride picked up her dress from being altered today ... exciting! Well, I'm off to Wallyworld for a few last minute items. Stay safe and warm dear friends.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Light Cruise Photos

I'll be in and out of blog world just a bit during the next week and a half as I get in gear for my daughter's wedding (next weekend) and the company flying in for the big day ... But, here are some of the photos I took on the holiday light cruise this past Wed-
nesday. Hope everyone stays warm and safe from the wrath of winter. The cruise was freezing ... but beautiful and the pictures just don't do it justice.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Holiday Light Show

Tomorrow night I should be freezing my bunz off on a visit to the "North Pole" via one of the Coeur d'Alene Resort's cruise boats. If my camera doesn't freeze up, I'll post pictures on Thursday. Look out my midwest friends ... "Old Man Winter" is about to blast away your balmy weather (sigh).

What do you get when? ... Amazing Google Searches

The other day I was checking my site meter and noticed a visit via a google search. Key words picked up that led to my blog were "one more kiss mama", and a few days previous, "...not to wear red or black to a wedding." I'm dedicating this to Sara in Michigan because it sounds vaguely similar to her style of parenting ... which by the way, produced two of God's finest young men on earth (from what I read) :) Check out this gals My Space under Heros

Monday, November 27, 2006

Coffee Snobs

My very soon to be sil always comments on my good tasting coffee. He bought an inexpensive coffee maker and complains that it just makes a terrible brew. We even use the same coffee (Yuban)? Are you a coffee snob? Silly question, but I think I may be one. I've tried all sorts of whole beans, even used to have dh bring me my bean "fix" from Trader Joe's market on his monthly visits up here. I can tolerate Starbucks ... but not the French roast. Our area has some fine coffee houses and even several local roasting companies. But for the quick fix, Yuban is fine. Only the small can though as I get "high" opening a fresh one :) I use a Cuisinart "Grind N Brew" with a flavor control switch. Are you a coffee snob? (Guess what dear old mil got her dear sil for Christmas? ... hope he doesn't read this post)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Glad To Have Studs

I felt idiotic the past four weeks driving around with studded snow tires on my van ... but not any more (he, he) ... bet the line at the tire store will be two miles long tomorrow morning. It started snowing mid-way through church this morning and is supposed to continue until 10 PM.

Reflections of Christmas

1. Adoration
2. Reflection
3. Price Paid
4. His Great Love
5. Grace
6. Mercy
7. Sacrifice
8. Timeless
9. Free Gift
10. Willingness

These words and so many more describe the Christ Child that was born in a lonely manger long ago. Care to add what He means to you?

"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome" 1 John 5:1-3 (NIV)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Just One More Kiss Mama

Nathan's parting words as I tucked him in bed Friday night, "Just One More Kiss Mama" ... yes, my heart melted!
"When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."
Psalm 3:24 (NIV)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Let It Snow

A beautiful sight to behold today ... I'm glad to be all snug inside ... we have a snow/blowing snow advisory overnight. Last night around 10 PM the neighborhood kids were playing outside and making snowmen. Hope everyone enjoys the evening ... turkey sandwiches anyone? Pumpkin pie? Did you enjoy your day with the family ... or serving in a soup kitchen?
Top photo - our new home being built on the left. Bottom photo - road in front of our new home 11/23/06

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Wishes

"Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

From Ephesians 5:19b-20 (NIV)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 20, 2006

No More Whining!

In the mid 1980's I accepted Christ as my personal savior. Being raised in the Church I was taught more about a religion ... than a relationship with the Living God. As a new believer, I was certain God would just bend to the whims of my prayer life ... NOT. I remember praying that God would give me perfect vision so I wouldn't have to wear contact lenses any longer. Dh and I were renting a small three bedroom, one bath home that had been built in 1933. As typical of that era, we had one very small bathroom with one light bulb over our one sink. Originally there was just one bath tub ... but during a remodel, someone tiled up the walls and installed the plumbing for a shower. Only problem was a rather low window that had to be covered with a plastic curtain to keep it from getting wet. One stormy night after a Wednesday night Bible study, I was getting ready for bed. Standing in the dinky little bathroom, I began complaining to God about my vision and asking why He would not just make my vision clear. All of the sudden a bolt of lightening struck the telephone pole in the rear yard. Attached to this pole was the electric line to our house ... that also ran through a tree just outside the bathroom window ... the line was attached to the house eve just above the said window ... Now being that it was a windy, rainy, stormy night ... and that I had just been complaining to God about my slight annoyance with my vision, this lightening traveled from the pole, through the line, through the tree and straight to the house at the exact moment of my complaining. (edit: Seems I also remember a "voice" saying, "How would you like to be blind." Probably the Lord's way of getting my attention, ya think?) From the now pitch black house, I could see the "live" wire dangling just outside the window. Talk about a wake up call ... I began to tremble that God would use His might to scare the wits out of me. Dh was sleeping so I crawled with fear and tremble through the hallway ... through the living room ... and to the telephone. Back then there was no 911 to call. I certainly couldn't see a thing ... so I dialed "O" and got the operator. Bawling, sniffling, and shaking like a scared animal, I could just barely compose my words to ask for help. She kept telling me to calm down ... all the while, I was sure God was telling me not to complain about my vision and to be happy with what He'd given to me. From that day forward, I have never complained about what I don't have ... but learned to be content with exactly what God provides. I do believe it was that one event that turned me into an optimist for life and always looking for the bright side to every situation.