Thursday, July 31, 2008

Weekend project



Last weekend, I decided it was time to rip the carpet out of this closet. It was old and stained and it smelled. The plan was to pull the carpet up and replace it with cheap, easy-to-clean linoleum. I even found the peel and stick squares designed to make my life easier. Those plans changed when I pulled up the carpet and pad and found this:


Not the kid, the hardwood floor. (The kid was my helper for this project and he did some good work. ) We suspected there was hardwood under the carpet, but weren't sure about that or what condition it would be in if we did find it. Turns out, it's not too bad. There are paint splotches all over it, but other than that it looks pretty good. I'm not worried about the paint because, hey, it's a closet!

We scraped some of the paint off of the floor, swept and vacuummed, then mopped twice. Then we put everything back in and now it looks like a closet again. Only cleaner and not SO smelly. (There are boy shoes in here, after all!)


While I was working on the closet, I started thinking about the old stuff in my heart that needs to be ripped out. I know there are some things that are old and smelly and stained that need to come out. And when I let God come in to my closets and take out the old and ugly, He will find something better underneath. It may need to be cleaned up a little, but when He is done, it will be something unexpected and beautiful.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men: yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reality check

Yesterday, my nine year old son asked me a question: "Mom, why do you have those big bags under your eyes?"

For obvious reasons there will be no picture with this post.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cajun Camp 08


Well, I am back from Cajun Camp. We had so much fun! We ate and laughed and talked and ate and hugged and ate and even cried a little.

We walked all over New Orleans and did all of the things that good tourists are supposed to do. We saw Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, French Market, the Mississippi River, and even Bourbon Street. We rode the streetcar down St. Charles St. and walked over to Magazine St. to do a little shopping.
Did I mention that we ate? Oh man, did we have some good food!! We had brunch at The Court of Two Sisters, beignets at Cafe' du Monde and dinner at Brennan's. We had pralines and pecan pie and cafe' au lait. Melissa even tried turtle soup and ate her first boiled crawfish.

We talked ALOT. About our kids (9 of them between the three of us!), our husbands, our selves, our walk with the Lord, and anything and everything else. We had not been together for 3 years, and there was so much to catch up on. It is wonderful to be able to get together and have the years just melt away.

We were so sorry to see it end. Plans are already underway for the next Cajun Camp. Patty and Melissa: Thanks for being my buds and being the friends and moms and wives that God has called you to be. Thanks for standing strong in your faith and in what you believe in and for holding me to the same standard. I love you both.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Today's the day!

Cajun Camp here we come! I leave today (in just a little while, in fact) for three fabulous days with my fellow Daisies! We don't have any real big plans, just being with each other is good enough.

Today is also significant for another reason. One year ago today, I had a hysterectomy. It was a very hard decision for me to have the surgery, but I am glad I did. Aside from the physical benefits, I have learned much about myself and my God. I have learned that He is sufficient in all things and that His plan is much bigger and larger than my own. I have learned to let go of things that I cannot change. I have learned to be more thankful for the blessings in my life. I have learned to trust God more and to embrace the quiet and listen for His voice. He has been my comfort and sustainer. I also would not have made it this year without Todd. Words cannot express how much his support and care of me have meant. He is all I could have wanted in this life and I am grateful beyond measure for what God has done for me.

I am a different person than I was a year ago, and I am so thankful.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Good friends




Today was such a good day that I feel like it should be Gratiwednesday! Our very good friends, the DeRosiers are visiting from Oregon. We had so much fun spending time with them! When they moved to Oregon two years ago, we had a hard time saying goodbye. Our kids miss each other terribly and we miss spending grown-up time with Mike and Shannon. Today was a good time of playing and laughing and catching up with the details of each other's lives. It was such a sweet time that it was hard to say goodbye again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gratitude


I found this at Heavenly Homemakers and loved the idea. I have so many things to be thankful for!

The upstairs air conditioning is getting fixed today!!! Hurray! Actually, it is not getting fixed, it is getting replaced. You might not think having to replace an entire a/c unit would be cause for celebration, but there have been some nuggets of thankfulness to be found: 1.) It could have been worse---it could have been downstairs and I would have to COOK in this heat. 2.) The boys have had alot of fun sleeping in their tents (which have gotten larger and more elaborate as the days wore on).
I am also thankful that in three days Cajun Camp 08 will commence! I haven't seen Patty and Melissa in 3 years and now it will only be three more DAYS! And, I'm thankful for my husband who is encouraging me to go and doing whatever he can, to make sure I have a good time.

Yes, indeedy, much to be thankful for!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Introducing...

MYSTERY MAN!!! Or, CAPTAIN FLUTE, depending on who he wants to be at the time. Jack has more imagination than any other kid I have ever met. He can play just as well by himself as he can with a group of kids. It's hard to see in this picture, but the orange spot on his shirt is a hand-made logo with a question mark in the middle. He is holding his weapons that he drew on paper. One is a lightsaber (this is Todd's child) and the other is a flute that has explosive capabilities (I don't really know where he got that). He is so funny and so originial! I love that about him. His special verse is Zephaniah 3:17 which says, in part, that God takes great delight in us. It is hard to imagine not delighting in Jack!

The weapons!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Back from camp (again)


This is what happens when you spend 4 days at an all-boys camp. You come back EXHAUSTED! Curt had a great time at this camp. It was all about boy stuff---archery, shooting, basketball, football, swimming, and a ropes course. There was also worship time, Bible study, and patriotism. Of course, we are having our usual "re-entry" issues: after spending so many days with boys, we have to go over the noises, jokes, and words that are not appropriate, especially in front of Mom. Many, many thanks to David and Lenny for bring our boys to camp and helping them grow up a little bit more.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tent City

This is what happens when the upstairs air conditioner breaks down. It is tough to sleep in south Louisiana without a/c, especially upstairs. It is currently 84 degrees up there (it is 9:24 pm), so the boys are camping out downstairs. One is in the living room and the other one is in the "playroom". I have strategically placed the blankets so that they cannot see each other. Hopefully, sleep will arrive soon!


when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:24

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New addition


This is Daisy. She arrived Monday evening. People who know me will not be surprised that I picked Daisy up on the side of the road. They will, however, be surprised when I say that I have NEVER done that before Daisy. I passed her up on my way home Monday evening as she was walking along the highway. I had gone about a half mile before I turned around and went back for her. She was so skittish that she wouldn't come to me. I left her there and went home to the two dogs that we already have. As I unloaded the dishwasher, I could not stop thinking about her. So, I put some dog food in a ziptop bag and went back out on the highway. The lure of the food was too strong for her to resist. When she got close enough to me, I scooped her up, put her in the van and drove home. My plan was to find her a home other than my own. That plan just didn't happen---I decided to keep her. (Joni and Susan, you are off the hook for this one!) I think she will turn out to be a great lap dog (she's smaller than the cat) and has helped to even out the boy to girl ratio. AND, she fits the black and white color scheme. I'll have to explain that in future posts!