Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Saturday, August 11, 2012

On the Home Front - Last Before School Starts

A peek through my window…. Very brown and dry – some of the flowers are hanging in there. It really looks like fall many places because of the drought.

What’s going on this week… the start of school!!!  Enough said.

What “the boys” are doing… L is spending the night with a friend.  He has a “pool filling up” job that I took him over for last night and will need to do again tomorrow.  M. was quite the trooper and helped me in my classroom and then with groceries today.  We got his school supplies.

On my mind… Aunt.  Have not had any time to update (and don’t really now), but she was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks ago.  It is the most curable type (APL) and she’s finished 7 days (24 hrs ea) of chemo.  We’re waiting to hear if she’s in remission and when she can go home.  Trying to make plans for that – cleaning, getting rid of plants, and taking care of her.

On my bedside table… I had better get busy reading something!  I posted “What Mrs. ________ is reading…” in my classroom so I need something to put there.

I am richly blessed… Hubby has helped with so much and been so patient lately, friends have offered help with the boys, a friend brought dinner last night and one is cutting lamination and doing other classroom things for me.  Beyond that, Aunt is extremely well cared for and many of her friends (old and new!) are visiting her in the hospital (tomorrow will be day 15).

I am immeasurably blessed to have been married to my best friend and the love of my life for 17 years tomorrow.  We went to breakfast this morning and visited a local Route 66 tourist spot.

I’m praying for… Aunt and the new school year.

Our home…  the dining room looks like a classroom exploded there, but everything else is not bad thanks to Hubby and the boys and the little that I did in the kitchen this afternoon.

Menu planning… Monday – sandwiches, Tuesday – something in the crock-pot and Wed – breakfast.  Much to everyone’s dismay, it may stay that way for a while!

A photo or two…

Friday, August 3, 2012

Flashback Friday - Watermelon

To those who know my picky eating habits, I know it won't surprise you that I didn't eat watermelon until after we lived in Sedona (I was in my late twenties!).  Now, I absolutely love watermelon!  There are two things I don't like about watermelon though 1) Getting one home and it being "bad" - like the one Hubby got last week, it was pink. and 2) How expensive the seedless ones are now.  They are almost four dollars each and I remember buying them at Sprouts in Texas for 99 cents!

Last evening we had had a wonderful dark red juicy watermelon with house guests we had known during our Beeson year (and who we saw some when we lived in Texas).  It was absolutely wonderful to see their children 10 years later.  We looked through our pictures from the Beeson year (2002 - 2003) and of course one of Hubby and my all time favorite pictures of the boys was in there.  It's what we've always called "The Watermelon Picture"...

Look closely at what's on L's watermelon he is eating!  Yum Yum

One of first Beeson gatherings was on the lawn in front of our townhouses.  I think it was for the fourth of July.  I also found the second "Watermelon Picture" that was taken in our back yard in Albuquerque the following year.  Our friend (who also has my name!) and her family were visiting.  We met when she came to our garage sale and before our neighborhood was built up, we could see each other's houses even though she lived on another street.  Her family always called if we left the garage door up at night.  Her husband called one morning when he saw the tent you can see in the picture blow out of our yard and get picked up and carted away by construction workers. (Hubby went and retrieved it).

Isn't that beautiful GREEN grass for Albuquerque?
I just noticed in both pictures M is eating watermelon from the rind.  I usually cut it all off and in pieces because that's how I like it (and never with seeds - seeds make it not worth eating), but last night M asked for some on the rind because "It tastes better that way.".  I guess that started at an early age!