Autumn Updates 2019

Whew! It’s been a while!

After that last (deep-thought) post I wrote I’ve honestly just had to take a break and continue to work on myself—my mental health, my heart—and I can honestly say I feel sooooo amazingly good. I’m in a good place right now—mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ll share more on this in a future post but right now I just want to share (with y’all) some other fun updates happening in our household currently.

Nate and I had our 15 year anniversary/fall party last month and had over sixty of our family and friends show up! It was a ton of fun! We probably should’ve had it catered because I felt like Nathan and I were so busy with food prep, etc. that it was hard to visit with everyone. I had a lot of people tell me in the days following that they had such a good time and that fellowship happened — regardless of how unorganized I felt like it was; I guess I was the only one who noticed.❤️

Things such as this event is where I overthink and put too much pressure on myself and I just have to remember that it’s not about the decorations, not the games, not even the food — it’s about the people and the relationships taking place.

As we all filled up on smoked pork loin, even my cheap plastic forks gave us the memory of a good laugh while trying to cut it up…I had forgotten to purchase plastic knives!!….

For the table decor we stuck lavender (from our garden) in mason jars, and the pumpkins were cut from wooden garden post and then decorated with paint, used a stick for the stem, and tied flannel material around top.

Had a hayrack ride and photo booth also.

For anyone planning a wedding, anniversary party, etc. pork loin is a great way to go..we fed over 60 guests, bought serving supplies, and decorated all for under a $100. Our menu consisted of 3 medium pork loins, baked beans, spaghetti salad, chips, petite carrots, cake box mix cookies, hot apple cider, iced tea, and water...we even ended up with leftovers.

Camp Comeca: Took jr high youth kids to a weekend church retreat recently…super fulfilling for not only them but myself as a leader.

Halloween fun: I spent under $7 on Halloween costumes this year which is pretty normal for us. I try to not splurge on this holiday and pulling together costumes from things around the house helps us get creative and saves a buck too.

So we had myself as a ladybug, Paige as a VSCO girl (don’t ask just google search that whole deal), Warren as a ninja, exchange student as a panda with a wrapping paper cardboard tube painted as bamboo, and then Mc as a llama. Mc and our exchange girl’s costumes are actually PJs….sshhh!!! And the $7 I spent was on Warren’s plastic ninja swords….And yes the little pest in the pumpkin outfit is Beardsley 😡 you may remember him from the Furry Pinball and Faith post.

My little Spideyman nephew and I.

Warren’s 10th Birthday: Our youngest turned ten at the beginning of the month which means all of our kids are in the double digits now!😕 I don’t understand how the time creeps by so swiftly!!

Lastly Nathan surprised me with deciding he wanted to build me a she shed for our fifteen year anniversary so I’ll do a post of its own on that. I didn’t even know what a she shed was until he explained. He may be in regret that he ever had the idea at this point. I’ve thoroughly jumped at the opportunity — this thing is gonna be super sweet, complete with electricity!! I’ll save the other details for the post but here’s a sneak peek…

Blessings and thank you for reading!❤️

Furry Pinball and Faith

My girls spent the past week at church camp with my mom…in return I watched my (special needs) brother for her…and her crazy, wiry, ball-of-fire dog.

**don’t let his cute looks deceive you**

My brother was the easy part, but the dog (Beardsley) exhausted his stay after the first five minutes when he marched into my home like he owned the place and wanted to mark his territory. That was Friday evening.

Saturday he barked most of the day.

Sunday, before church, my husband and son went on a high speed chase after him on foot for 45 minutes; he’d slipped out the door and thinks this kind of thing is a game. In reality the only one enjoying their self is the dog.

Early Monday morning we put Beardsley out to potty and within minutes the neighbor pounded on our door like the police to dramatically inform us the dog was obnoxiously barking…thank you Captain Obvious. Continue reading “Furry Pinball and Faith”

Oh This Ladder! (Poetry)

If you read my post last week you know that I acquired a ladder that my dad used to use for his construction business—it’s not just any ordinary ladder—it’s rustic and wooden, and has a lot of wear and tear.

This was super exciting for me because my dad has been gone for nearly twenty years…meanwhile this ladder has just been hanging out in his retired garage…BUT I salvaged it! Continue reading “Oh This Ladder! (Poetry)”

I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 2)

Losing someone unexpectedly is one of the hardest parts of life.

There’s the ‘what if’ questions…

What if (he or she) was still here? What if I could’ve told them what I didn’t get to? Or what if I’d have been more present?

I wrote in PART ONE of this post that my dad, in his helpless, quadriplegic body, looked my mom in the eyes the day he died and said, “I’m so glad you’re the one taking care of me today.”

What if, like my dad, I looked at the glass as half-full, rather than half-empty?

What if I focused on the sweet memories I have of my dad? What if I held onto the time I spent with him, rather than dreaming of times that never got to happen?

Well, what if???Continue reading “I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 2)”

I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 1)

Warning: Sensitive material for some

It’s been eighteen years (today) since my dad died. It’s hard to even put those words together. He’s someone who hasn’t made it easy to ‘just get over.’

When you love someone so much and then lose them, it changes everything.

I know I’ve mentioned in previous posts the story of my dad, but for new blog followers and my own thought process (and anyone else) here we go…. Continue reading “I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 1)”

To My Email Readers

That last post today, about my gray hair, wasn’t actually supposed to post until tomorrow. I’m not really sure what happened but apparently it sent to all my email address subscribers, but never posted to the actual blog. It’s scheduled for tomorrow so you may end up with a repeat (edited) version…good old technology. Continue reading “To My Email Readers”

An American’s Thoughts From Germany

For almost two weeks now my husband and I have been on vacation in Germany visiting our sweet foreign exchange student we hosted a few years ago. To say we’ve had an incredible time so far wouldn’t even come close to describing just how amazing it’s been. This place is remarkable! When we get home (to the states) and time is on my side I’ll do a follow-up-post filled with pictures to hopefully convey bits and pieces of the experience.

But right now I have to write…

We’re traveling by train (currently) from our girl’s village to a larger city a few hours away for some last minute fun with her before we head back to the U.S. in a few days. I have downtime so I’m reflecting on moments from our time so far in Germany and there’s a reflection I just haven’t been able to shake… Continue reading “An American’s Thoughts From Germany”