Friday, September 28, 2007

The Reader's Digest Version

I'm not sure where this week has gone. We took two days off from school and still didn't get everything done! My mum has been a huge help, but we have been doing a lot of running around! Mum has been my driver for two weeks and we have been able to keep up with all of the children's weekly activities.

We went on a two hour drive to get my sewing machine back from repair last week and I still haven't done much more than a bit of mending! I have been trying to unbury my counter tops in the kitchen and have made good inroads into that chore, but it requires standing and that's not so good for my foot.

We are also in the throws of preparing for a 10th birthday celebration! I can't believe our Sweet Dreamer is turning 10 on Monday, but it is true! I have done a bit of shopping, but we also ordered a gift so that I would have to run around as much.

I finished my study homework and thoroughly enjoyed my Bible Study on Wednesday night and I have been pondering on one point especially - that God's measure of grace increases according to each one's need. It has been amazingly comforting and encouraging.

Our Dreamer has another new orthodontic appliance in her mouth as of yesterday, and it made eating really difficult for her yesterday, so we made pot roast and mashed potatoes for her tender mouth. Today she is back to normal - she even ate pizza for supper! She knows it will all be worth it - someday!

That brings us to today - Mum whipped through the house 'like a white tornado' and cleaned us up for the weekend, while I did a bit of kitchen work. I think I had the better end of the deal!

We are on tap to supply part of the lunch for the college student coaches who teach our children's homeschool soccer league on Saturdays. It is 'taco day' and our contribution is chopped onions, tomatoes and shredded cheese, so that is pretty much ready to go. We also made the 'desserts' for the 20 coaches. We made 2 big pans of brownies using Anna's recipe here - have you tried this simply to-die-for recipe yet? I also made my chewy oatmeal cookies and a big batch of snickerdoodles and I used the ice cream scoop to produce giant cookies so it went quickly! The Dreamer washed and polished 20 crisp Macintosh apples and I stamped some little 'thank you' tags - a 'sit down job' to please my mum! We added some autumn mix candy for color! I hope they like the end results, which are sitting pretty in a basket waiting for tomorrow's soccer game.

My dad came today to get Grammy - they are going home 'convoy' on Sunday since he just purchased a motorcycle and will be driving it home. It is still warm here, but I think he packed his long johns for the trip home because it is quite chilly up their way!

It is bed time but I have icing to smear over the cinnamon buns that made themselves in the bread machine this afternoon. That's tomorrow's breakfast! Grammy has got all the dozens of famous meatballs that simmered all afternoon into glass jars in the freezer for quick suppers when she is not here to help. We had pretty much emptied the freezer of my make-ahead meals in the 4 weeks of pain before she came, so it is nice to be putting yummy things back in the freezer for busy evenings. It was so good that the freezer was almost empty because it seems a wee girlie got herself a drink in the middle of the night this week and left the freezer drawer open all night - we lost all our ice cream and Popsicles and had to eat the partly thawed chicken right away, but not much else was lost - a blessing!

So now you know that there are two MORE things I am really not good at at all - staying off my fractured foot to let it heal and summarizing my week into a 'reader's digest version'! *Sigh*

I'm going to really really miss my mum when she is gone, but I'm grateful for the time we have had her here, and all of her wonderful help too! She even found my missing coupon organizer and I saved $58 on one grocery order this week - a happy feeling! As she says, I'm no good at staying off my foot even with her here!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ponder Anew

Praise Ye Lord, the Almighty

Joachim Neander 1650-1680

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, Who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, Who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

Praise to the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, Who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, Who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

We are learning an old hymn each week in our homeschool time. This is the hymn for last week, but we needed to go over it again this week since there are some pretty challenging words and deep theology that needed much explanation.

It has really spoken to my heart in a fresh way as I made an effort to help the children understand it's deep and abiding truths. It seems strange to them that the author wrote this in the 1660's, but it can be applied to our world today. We often think that each previous generation had less of the sinful world to deal with in their walk with the Lord, but truly, there is nothing new - we are just finding different ways to fall short of the glory of God.

Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by His mercy - today as much as in days gone by? It is a joy to 'ponder anew what the Almighty can do"!

thanks to Hymn Lyrics

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Round on the ends and hi in the middle!

Daddy and the children are off to see a real football game, live and in person thanks to a generous gift of tickets. There were four tickets and I would love to go, but there is no way I could manage the long car ride, the walking, the stair climbing, the stadium seating and the jumping up and down with excitement with this cumbersome cam walker - so I am at home having a quiet day! My husband searched for someone to give the spare ticket to, but no one was available, so the three of them set off on their adventure! It is a family first, and there is much excitement. They'll be sitting in enemy territory - on the visitors side - so they made sure to wear their colors. Can you tell who they are routing for?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Abundantly Blessed

Mum went out yesterday to pick a few cherry tomatoes for lunch and found out just how abundantly blessed we have been this garden season. This is at least the 6th bowl full that have been picked from this one plant that 'volunteered' this spring. It was kind of late getting started so I side dressed it with a bunch of compost from our bins and with a lot of watering, we have been blessed with many to eat and many to give away!

I am so grateful for the love of gardening that I have inherited from my Poppa David. I have fond memories of watching him garden as a very young girl and later, as a teen I got to help out quite a bit. I once helped him transplant 500 tomato plants in his tiny rigged up greenhouse - he paid me $20 and Nanny made me a good lunch! I thought it was a fortune! He sold the plants at his yard sale, gave many away, and planted 20 of them in his own garden each year. I learned much from him, and I am glad to have not only the gardening knowledge, but also the heritage of faith, which has an eternal reward.

My Poppa David sang and hummed the great hymns of old as he puttered around the garden. I knew that he was enjoying caring for his little corner of creation and working hand in hand with God to make things grow. He would preach a bit to whoever was listening as he hoed out the weeds, drawing simple spiritual applications from his chores. I remember a particularly bad year for weeds and how hard we worked to get rid of them. A few bitter smelling weeds got away from his hoe and grew over a foot tall. He had me pull them and then drew my attention to the deep roots. He drew a word picture of bitterness and habitual sin and how easily that can take over a life, if not quickly 'cut down' with repentance and confession to God. He gave me much to think about in the garden, and I miss him.
My mum says that every time she eats one of my tomatoes she thinks of her Dad, my Poppa David. I think of him every time I plant, water, weed and harvest.
Last night in our Bible Study, I learned that Adam was to guard the garden of Eden - that's what the 'work and care for' instructions really meant in Genesis. That smooth tongued serpent never should have made it into the garden to destroy the relationship between God and man with sin. Since Adam fell down on his job, God sent he and Eve out of the Garden and placed His angels there to guard it. It makes me think a bit differently about gardening. I'm glad we are at the end of this season and just have bring in the last of the harvest and then put the garden to bed for the winter!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mum's The Word

Mum to the rescue! That's right!

We've kidnapped Grammy again and she is here to help for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by the time Dad comes to get her, I will be well on my way to mended and we will all be in better shape. I so appreciate her willingness to help and Dad's willingness to let her stay with us in our time of need. There were some tears this morning when Poppa left for North Bay all alone in the Grammy-mobile, but knowing that Grammy would be here for a while helped to cheer everyone up. Especially me!

Mum has lots of responsibilities and commitments at home and I know it isn't easy to give them up, so we appreciate her sacrifice on our behalf. She wasn't planning to stay on - they were on their way home from their yearly vacation to the Southern Gospel Quartet Convention. We may have to go thrifting to find some more weather approprite clothing for her - that won't be a hardship!

I took my elastic wrap and soft cast off tonight and really soaked my pale shriveled foot - it felt sooooo good. Smells better too! I was wanting a long hot bath but I'm not sure how to 'hop' up in and out of the tub without breaking my neck or some other vital part, so I'll be content with a long shower tomorrow - without having to waterproof the cast! I'll be ready for the application of another soft cast at my appointment in the morning - though I must say, I don't look forward to that part! One week down, five to go! This is the first day without the burning pain, so I am feeling very blessed. It is also day 15 with no liver pain! Could the Mannatech be working? I hope so!

In other news, I am really pleased with The Dreamer's new piano teacher - she is excellent! She is a detail person and is asking the Dreamer to clean up her bad habits - better attention to the notes and timing! She will be good for our sweet girl, I think!

Have you ever bought Euro Shams by mistake and took 6 months to find the right size pillows to stuff into them? I did! Now the search is over - Kohl's had them on sale for $10 and I can finally use my shams! Too funny!

I never like shopping, but I must say, it is even more hatefull when your Mum has you confined to a wheelchair! I now know why most people I see in those store wheelchairs look pained - it isn't just their injury, their wounded dignity or their inability to control their own destination - those chairs are torture racks!!! Honestly - if stores want mobility challenged shoppers to stay for a while and spend a bit of green, they need to upgrade those wheels!!! Just my opinion of course - not a whine or complaint of course!

I did get my homework done for the first week of Bible Study - Beth Moore was right to say we would be doing a lot of reading with this one! Good thing reading and sitting go hand in hand for me right now. Perhaps I have a hope of actually finishing most of the homework for this study.

I am too tired to keep typing, and spell check isn't working, so please forgive my errors for they are many!

Thank you all for your kind words and prayer support!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fluent Whine-ese

I've been lying to our children for years - and just discovered it this week! I do speak fluent Whine-ese, when I really didn't think I could!

You see, I have always disliked whining. So, when we hear little voices whining in our home I usually say, "I'm sorry! Could you please speak English? You see, I don't speak Whine-ese!" Or sometimes I'll say, "I speak English, bits of French and a smattering of Spanish, but I don't recognize your language! Is that Whine-ese, I am hearing?" Usually the children immediately realize that there are going nowhere with their whining tone and revert to a more acceptable form of communication! There have been times when we have implemented the Whine Fine - $.25 for every whine! It's all been fairly effective and usually lightens the mood and gets us back on track.

This week I've found my fluency in this terrible language of complaint and dissatisfaction - though thankfully I think I've kept most of it in my head! Not all of it though! I've had to do a fair bit of apologising for whining myself this week.

I am having a hard time adjusting to the walking cast, difficulty coping with the pain, trouble sleeping, trouble with children who always seem to know when I am at my worst and decide to follow suit and a hard time understanding why 'just one more thing' has happened.

My mum called this morning from their hotel and listened to my woes for a while. She was concerned because I haven't been blogging much this week. She uses my blogging as a barometer for my well-being, which is probably not too far off, since I live by the old adage that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all! This blog post will be an exception, I hope! I just don't feel like I have anything positive to share right now.

This morning while I was struggling to make the beds, I was struck with this thought. Isn't is a blessing that my faith in God is not based in my feelings? My feelings are so fickle. We're going through a bit of a bump here - and I don't feel good about getting through one more hard thing. I don't feel like a vibrant victorious Christian this week, and I'm thinking my witness for Christ is pretty ineffective with all this whining and complaining.

My faith is based in the completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross. I was saved from my sin by His death, I have victory in this life because of His resurrection. I have placed my trust in Him, accepted His free gift of salvation, and I am not to be ruled by my feelings. I know without a doubt that God is able to keep us through this small trial, and will allow this time to be a blessing as we seek His strength and encouragement.

My prayer is that I will be able to be patient throughout the healing process, that I will keep on trusting, keep on following, and that through it all, God will be glorified.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bible Study!

I just wanted to share quickly that I am so excited about starting a Bible Study tonight at the church where our kids are attending AWANA this year! We are doing Beth Moore's 'A Women's' Heart - God's Dwelling Place' and I am so blessed to be taking part. I was in a lot of pain and didn't want to go AT ALL tonight after supper, so I thought, I'd stay home and rest my aching foot and leg - but thankfully I didn't!!! What a blessing! God wooed me into this Bible Study and now I am committed - and glad to be! I know I will be blessed with truth from God's Word that I can apply to my heart and my everyday life!

Now to rest ... tomorrow is a new day!

My New Best Friend

There are disadvantages to loosing weight. Sometimes your favorite summer sandals get kind of loose and sloppy. Sometimes you keep on wearing them, partly because you paid so much for them, and well, they are just so comfortable and cute! The problem with this is that uneven ground combined with loose sandals can cause slipping - that's what happened on our last day at the beach in North Bay. Four weeks ago or so.
I thought right away that I heard something pop, but I didn't want to complain too much. I complain enough as it is! Today I finally saw the podiatrist, and guess what? It's a fracture. Now I have a new best friend, a cam walker. For six weeks.
I'm trying to be cheerful, but it's discouraging. I'm thankful I didn't try to walk the Bridge at Mackinac. I'm glad to know all my pain wasn't just me being a whiner. I'm glad to be able to afford treatment. I'm still having trouble being thankful in all circumstances, but I'm working on it!
If you didn't know that I was a stubborn and difficult woman before this, you do now! I was foolish not to get it looked at sooner, but I was just sure I had twisted it and it would heal sooner or later. It's my optimistic personality - given enough time everything gets better, right? Apparently not foot fractures that you are still walking on!
Sooooooooooo.. just how does a mama 'stay off' her feet for 4-6 weeks? I'm not sure!
Here I thought my patience was perfected! I guess the Lord is still working on me in that department!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fall Supper

I tried a new recipe tonight - I ended up changing it significantly since I found the recipe too complicated, I didn't have all the original ingredients and I left out the things that I knew would not be appreciated by my family. It turned out to be tender, slightly sweet and perfect for a fall supper! I hope you enjoy it too! My hubby says 'It's a keeper!' and the kids liked it to.

Apple Chops

4-6 boneless pork chops, fat trimmed
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup fine dry bread crumb
1 tsp. olive oil
½ cup + 2 tsp. sweet apple cider
2 Granny Smith apples, skins on, cored and cut into 12 wedges each
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp. corn starch

Combine cornstarch with 2 tsp. of apple cider to make a smooth paste and set aside.

Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large frying pan.

Combine salt pepper and bread crumbs in paper bag and add pork chops. Close tightly and shake bag to coat. Remove chops and place in hot oil. Brown 3 minutes on each side until golden. Add ½ cup apple cider and apple wedges. Bring to a slow simmer. Simmer for 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the chops - mine were all about an inch thick and took 8 minutes. Add maple syrup and continue to simmer until pork is cooked and apples are tender - about 5 minutes. Remove chops and apples to serving plate and keep warm. Add cornstarch mixture to juices in pan and stir until thickened. Pour over chops and apples on serving platter. Enjoy!

I thought it looked so pretty when I added the apples! I didn't take a picture before serving - we were too eager to eat!


Lest you somehow have the impression that all is smooth sailing around our home, I must share this little story of woe. Yesterday afternoon a 100 year old footstool became a casualty of the Storyteller's imagination. How can a sweet little piece of furniture survive 100 years, but not our 7 year old son? It's simply this. He was imagining he was King Herod and that he was having the worst temper tantrum of his life because the Magi didn't tell him how to find the baby who would be King. He picked up the footstool and threw it down - and that is the end of a hand carved cherry wood footstool that has been in my husbands family forever. Sigh!

Were there tears? Oh yes! Was there discipline? Uh huh! Consequences? Of course! I think we have a little boy who will never throw a piece of furniture again - at least I hope so.

After our 'loving discipline' The Storyteller and I had a hug and he told me how sorry he was. We went on with the day. At bedtime I gave him another big hug and told him how much I loved him even though I wasn't happy with what he had done. He let out a big sigh and said, "I've been waiting to hear those words all day Mama!"

Saving the planet ...

one paper napkin at a time. Yes, that's right! On our vacation our children watched Animal Planet - a rare treat since we don't watch t.v. at home. They were impressed by the R.O.A.R. commercials and determined to try to make a difference in our little corner of creation.

They had a bit of a hard time coming up with a way we could make a change that would impact nature, since we are already doing some things to care for God's creation.

Currently we feed the birds, we offered sanctuary to a starving kitty, now a wayward cat, and we even feed the squirrels - a vain attempt to keep them from stealing my tulip bulbs! We recycle as much glass, paper, cardboard and plastic as the county will take. We garden organically, eat organically, and avoid packaged foods. We turn off lights, dispose of batteries at the drop off, don't buy aerosol products and take our plastic bags to be recycled. We use cloth bags at the stores that will allow them. We donate to the nature center and have even tried to rescue a squirrel with a broken spine -but he didn't make it. We use non-petroleum based soaps and many homemade cleaners. We compost all our veggie scraps and use very little paper towel but we are paper napkin crazy - as in, it's crazy how many we go through during a meal!

No longer! We have recently converted to fabric napkins! Pieces of soft heavy cotton cut in 18 inch squares, machine hemmed on all four sides - as simple as that! So far we have 16, but I can see I'll be making some more as soon as my sewing machine comes home from the repair shop. I'm guessing 24-30 might be good.

So far we are washing them, hanging them to dry or drying them in the dryer and just folding them, but the desire to iron them is great since I hate rumply. I'm thinking this will be a good place to start with 'ironing basics' for Dreamer.

If I were a betting woman, I'd say this may not last more than a month or two, but we'll see. We're not sure how else to 'save the planet' right now, though the kids have noticed that the only non-energy star compliant appliance in the house is the ancient hot water heater. I heard the kids 'plotting' in the laundry room the other day - something about helping the old water heater to die a little quicker by taking extra long showers! They were giving the old heater hateful glares and letting it know it's days are numbered!

It's a very small step for the planet, but at least we are trying. I'd love to know what you are doing to 'conserve creation' with your children.

"The earth is the Lord's
and everything in it."
Psalm 24:1a

Monday, September 10, 2007

Beginning Again

This seems to be the week! Everything is beginning again for the school year and I am slightly overwhelmed! I haven't even had time to post our vacation pictures - ah, well! I am still longing for high-speed Internet so that the whole process is a bit more time efficient! It currently takes 15-20 minutes to upload a picture! This one of the firing of the muskets at Fort Michlimackinaw is the most dramatic. Very loud and impressive - and the smell of burning sulphur is not to be soon forgotten!

So here we are back now to AWANA, piano lessons, ballet, speech therapy, continuing with home school fall soccer league and of course, home school - that's a biggie!
We could also be going to the nature center for home school nature club, attend a weekly co-op, take part in home school art, join the home school gym group, sign up for horseback riding classes and take swimming lessons! I think that would be completely overwhelming! We may do some of these things some time, because they are good things to do, but we are not going to do them this semester.
We don't need to be running around everyday to get a well rounded education. We pick and choose our activities with our long term goal in mind - raising children who will one day be competent adults who live boldly and intentionally for the Lord in whatever walk of life God calls them to.
While there are a lot of great lessons to be learned in sports and other activities, we are trying to find a balance. For their sakes as well as mine. I don't want to so over schedule our family so that we have no time for spontaneous fun. I love that the Historian likes to take off on Saturday and explore our area - as a family. I love watching him read to the children before bed - hard to do if we are rushing in from an activity and hurrying them off to sleep so that they can be ready to hit the floor running for the next day!
We are out 2 evenings a week with this schedule, and that is enough for now. We guard our supper hour passionately - we sit and eat together - no T.V., no interruptions, no exceptions. The Historian arrives home a bit early on nights when we need to be out and then goes back to work later if necessary, rather then miss supper. We might have quiet music playing, but mostly we just talk and enjoy one another's company.
The big thing that I am learning (I hope!) about chronic illness these days is that making careful choices about how I spend my energy is vital to my health and my enjoyment of family life. When I push too hard, I crash. It isn't pretty.
I keep praying that God will show us the 'best thing' so that I can spend my days according to His will for our family's good and to bring glory to Him in all we do. For now, you can usually find us at home, knee deep in learning to be more like Jesus, with a bit of math, reading and history thrown in for good measure.

Kelli got her box!

It took almost a week for USPS to deliver Kelli's 'prize' (randomly drawn by The Historian here), but last week it arrived. She opened it up and showed off her wee treasures on her blog here! How special! I'm blushing with all her kind words! The chocolates were only slightly melted, by the look of things! Honestly they looked more like real buckeyes, but chocolate can only stand so much heat and humidity! Next time, UPS, I think!

It is really fun to give a gift that is so greatly appreciated! I had so much delight in putting it together to celebrate my 'blogiversary', but even more enjoyment seeing all the places Kelli has found for each little thing in her home! Thank you Kelli!

Now, I'll need to find another 'excuse' for a giveaway! It truly is more blessed to give than to receive!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Glad to be home!

I'm so glad to be home! We had good travels and have seen God's hand of provision during our trip many times. Safety and comfortable places to stop are high on the list!

Speaking of comfortable places to stop, I must 'praise' the Hampton Inn! I have never enjoyed such a comfortable night at a hotel! They have revamped the bathrooms and added wonderful pillow-top beds, substantial pillows and fluffy comforters to their rooms - and I was told that these are chain-wide improvements. The cost had increased, but it was well worth the extra $10! After 3 nights at the Ramada Inn on their rock hard bed trying to plump a rather hard pillow, my body really enjoyed the supportive yet soft comfort at Hampton Inn! Now, wouldn't it be nice if they gave us a free night's stay for my hearty recommendation? I'll be looking for a pillow top for our bed at home! The only trouble with that is that I may never get out in the morning!

There is much to be done here at home, so I'd better get to it! I'll post vacation pictures a bit later! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Vacation Blog

I'm just quickly grabbing some computer time at the hotel - we are on vacation! Actually we are heading home from a long vacation weekend and have one more night close to home to stretch it out a bit!

We have just been up to Mackinac City, MI for the 50th annual Bridgewalk. It is a family tradition started by my mother in law 11 years ago and we are blessed to have the resources to carry it on! This year, I wasn't up to walking the Bridge, but some 100,000 other people had the pleasure, I guess! It was crazy - long long line ups and hours of waiting - it would have exhausted me! Just watching them wait exhausted me! The Historian felt that it just wouldn't be the same without me along to cheer them all on, and they all decided that they made the right choice when they heard the tales of 7 hour walk nightmares - it usually takes us 2 hours start to finish!

Instead, we had a leisurely time over breakfast and spent some time at Fort Michimilimackinaw and took in some excellent history - and some fun new 'historical' toys from the gift shoppe! It was a lot of fun. We have toured the fort before, but I think the kids will remember more this time - the guns and canon blast made a BIG impression!

We have stocked up on fudge, salt water taffy and Alice's Karamel Korn - no, I did not misspell that - Alice did back in 1951 when she went into business. We have eaten our fill of whitefish and played in Lake Huron ( Brrrrrrr!). We have discovered the fun of mini golf and enjoyed a new waterpark - along with an outdoor second story hot tub - too cool! We have more shells and wonderful rocks to take home to our collection too! We made watercolors and pencil drawings of the beach and took a few pictures. Whew! We packed that all into two days - it is any wonder that my husband thinks I need another day before heading home? He has a few more days off so we hope to get to some home chores too - and of course the mountain of laundry that comes with vacation time.

Our kids have discovered 'Animal Planet' - one of the perks of a hotel vacation is that they get to see a bit of t.v. while I get ready in the morning! They have been running a lot of 'Tribute to Steve Irwin' type shows and the kids have learned a lot more about crocodiles than I ever thought they would care to know! Who know t.v. could be so educational?

I'd better run for now! I look forward to being home and enjoying my own bed tomorrow night, and catching up with all of my favorite blogs! Lord willing! This family time is such a blessing though, and everyone needs a little vacation now and again! I am being very faithful with the Mannatech and I am no longer achy and sore all over - so that is such a blessing!

We watched glorious sunrises over the Straits and were blessed again to know the Creator of the universe took the time to display His wonders right before our eyes! Awesome! Truly!