Monday, June 23, 2008

OK, so I'm not a very good blogger. Life has been like a roller coaster lately and I want off. NOW! I can't believe life is busier now than when the kids were little. But it is. Speaking of kids, life never turns out like you think it will. LOL
Erica is waiting to hear back from an interview for a postion in the Dallas Center/ Grimes school district and we have a week to wait before they will make their decision. She thinks she is the only one going crazy waiting. I'm about to lose my mind. If she gets it she will move to West Des Moines. I'm trying to be positive but I thought she would be the one that stayed close to home and Tyler would move to Des Moines like my brother Derek. But Tyler bought a house 2 blocks from us, so I'm set on seeing him quite often.
But I never really thought Erica would move out of Osky. To Des Moines, no less. I am so excited for her most of the time. A new exciting job, GREAT shopping, wonderful restaurants, a great choice of churches and making new friends. But it's scary too. Thinking of her living up there and there's more crime than here in Osky and I can't make sure she's ok all the time. She's a big girl you say? I know, she's 23. But she's still my little girl. She will always be 13 yrs old in my head and 4 yrs old in my heart.
I keep telling myself that Derek and Emily will keep an eye on her and if she needs anything they are right there. And if this is where the Lord wants her than this is were she needs to be. When she student taught in Dubuque she taught at an inner city school so she has the training she needs to deal with all kinds of kids and situations. I know she can handle it. I just need to get used to the idea of her living up there. I know, she hasn't even gotten the job yet but I need LOTS and LOTS of time to get used to new things. And this one won't be easy. But it will be exciting. Like taking the kids to kindergarten for the first time: it was sad because it was the end of them being my little kids. But it was exciting because there was so many new things they were going to learn and experience.
OK, I think I'm doing better. "Thinking out loud" always seems to help.
I'll let you know next week when we get the call.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


It finally feels like summer! This year has been hard in switching my mind to summer and the relaxing pace we all enjoy. For 19 years my kids have gone to school and you always knew summer started when they were out of school for summer vacation. But this is the first year that neither of them were in school and there was nothing to note that summer had officially arrived. I just kept thinking it didn't feel like summer yet. There were no HOT days to signify summer. (just lots of rain). I couldn't make myself sleep in a little longer or sit on the porch swing without feeling guilty. I couldn't sit and read a book or watch a movie with my daughter during the day without feeling like I should be up doing something. Why is that? Well, no answer here.

We had a cookout at our house saturday night before Fathers Day and that finally triggered my brain into thinking it's summer. Yeah!! So monday and tuesday night Erica and I watched movies. Just nonsense chick flicks. But we had so much fun. Laughing and lounging and her yelling at me because I can't just sit and watch a movie without getting up and doing something every once in a while. It's a Mom thing. Or a type A personality thing. Not sure but I"m going to work on that over the summer.

Now I'm off to Tyler's to help Emma sew a purse. What do I know about sewing? Not a thing. But I know how to thread the bobbin and the machine. So together we'll get it done. And what better way to spend a summer day then spending time with this precious girl.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Front Porch Party

Now doesn't that sound like fun? It makes me want to go out on my front porch and have a few friends over. Especially my bible study friends. These ladies are the best and they appreciate the value of a front porch and the quietness of sitting there with good friends and digging deep into the word of the Lord. Just imagine it: a cold glass of tea or lemonade, a comfy chair, flowers all around you, a gentle breeze, the soft laughter of your very best friends. You feel the Lord blessing you and your friendship together because you have taken time out of your very busy lives to spend time together and to go deeper into His word. And thats what a front porch party is all about. Sharing time with friends.
So lets all head out to our front porches, decks or patios and spruce them up a bit. Make a pitcher of tea or lemonade and invite some friends over or your very best friend- your husband.

The blog that got all of this started is Rose Colored Glasses and they are having a Front Porch Party Thursday June 5. You can go there and see everyones warm and welcoming porches. Here's pictures of my front porch

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It's a Good Day

Today has been a great day actually. I am a consultant for I Remember When and I had applied for a State Rep position that will cover several states. And last night I found out I got it!! I really didn't think I had a chance. I've only been with the company for 1 year and there were alot of women who had the option to apply and they have been there longer than I have. It's alot of paper work and time on the phone and computer but I'm very happy I got it. It will help me build my business too.

I hate to do it but it's in the "Need to Do" catagory and thats have a yard sale. So this weekend we are having a yard sale. How do we accumulate so much stuff every year? For those that know me, they know I LOVE to go "Curb Shopping" so some of the stuff is from that but not to much. I usually really like the stuff I pick up and I use it for a couple of years at least. So it's mostly the size 7 jeans I haven't worn for years and finally give up on ever getting back into. And I have some scrapbook stuff that isn't my taste any more so it's going in there too. Some of my IRW inventory that I would like to get rid of is being marked down too. Which reminds me, I need to get back to work and get things priced. See you at the yard sale.

Monday, June 2, 2008

I'm a Blogger

I really am a blogger. This from a woman who doesn't even write Christmas letters. But we're stepping outside the box and trying something new.
And the new and exciting thing happening today is talking to our travel agent about our trip to Hawaii in Feb. 2009. This is a trip we've been dreaming about for along time. So our gift to each other for our 25th anniversary, which was May 28, is this wonderful trip. Ohhhhh, can't you just
imagine yourself sitting on the beach watching the sunset? Sorry, no stow aways in the suitcases.