Sunday, March 27, 2005

Easter in Oregon

HE IS RISEN INDEED!!! Happy Easter to all. May your special day be blessed with thoughts of His Work for us rather than bunnies, eggs, and new clothes. We had a fairly short egg hunt across the street at the local park yesterday. The eggs were mostly in the wet grass, but the rain had stopped for a bit during the hunt. Lots of kids with baskets, mostly ten and younger. Our elderly neighbor lady came over on Friday in her bunny outfit - unfortunately I missed that occasion.

Back to school tomorrow for the last phase of another year. Pray it will be a good one - I want to impact young lives with Jesus in a way that will last beyond this year. I'm having some struggles enjoying teaching as much as normal - not sure why. I'm asking God to 'rekindle my flame', so I can do the best for the Lord and these students.

After school is out, I have plans to drive tractor for Jeff quite a bit this summer. Also the trip to Singapore. But next big item is Joann's graduation! Just a month away . . . time to get ready for church - God bless to all.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Spring Vacation

Ah-h-h!! Spring Vacation!!!
You’d think we’d be rested and refreshed as we near the end of the week, wouldn’t you? …far from it!!

We left last Friday afternoon to visit dear friends in Los Angeles. ‘Spent a night in a smelly little motel called the ‘Stardust’ in Redding, then spent 8 hours driving the rest of the way to LA. We got there stiff and tired of the car, just in time to go with them to dinner with his family about 40 minutes from their house by car…. (after we took a good long walk to get the kinks out!)

We enjoyed our time with Pat and Barby, doing things like church, Downtown Disney (a village of shops and restaurants outside of Disneyland), dinner at ‘Rainforest CafĂ©’ (fun!), a LONG walk on the beach (probably 4 miles total), relaxing and visiting in the hot tub outside their home, etc.

Then on Monday night the bug hit me! Actually, I think it hit on the way down, and just wasn’t recognized as a problem until during the night Monday. I thought I just had a sinus infection, and just put up with the discomfort. But then I started having severe stomach pain, and didn’t sleep well at all that night. Our original plan was that we would start our trip home on Wednesday morning, but by Tuesday morning I was ready to leave. Barby assured me that I didn’t need to do that, so we stayed one more day, and I’m glad we did, though we just stayed around the house and I didn’t do much at all. As it was, I wasn’t feeling quite so miserable for the trip home since we waited, but it still wasn’t much fun. We drove to Red Bluff – pretty much a straight 8 hours of driving with only a stop for gas along the way. We stayed in a Motel 6 (better than the first motel, but still not home). It felt good to stretch out on the bed and relax for the evening and night. Then on Thursday we drove the rest of the way home, stopping in Roseburg for a bite to eat at McDonald’s where Timmy was working (so we got a brief visit with him).

Jim drove every mile of the trip, and by the time we got home, the car had gone over 1750 miles! So are we rested?....

Today I’m feeling weak and tired, and don’t have much appetite (one good thing about it is that instead of gaining weight on the ‘vacation’, I actually lost a bit, which I can hopefully keep off!)

My sister and her family are out of town, so when we got home, my mom drove out to our house and is staying with us. She seems to have the same bug that I’ve been battling, so we aren’t doing much – just sitting around and looking at each other or napping. I think it’s better for her to be here, though than to be staying at home alone. The family gets back sometime tomorrow, so Mama plans to go back home tomorrow, too. It’s nice to have her here with us for a change.

Sunday is Easter. We don’t have any plans to speak of except that the choir is supposed to sing that morning. Practice is tomorrow at 6:30. If I don’t feel a LOT better by then, I won’t be singing with the choir this week! I do hope to be well enough to be at church, though.

I want to wish all of you a wonderful Easter celebration. May your relationship with our resurrected Lord bring you great joy and anticipation.

With Love,

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Flying Penguins

Tired of solitaire? Here's a new game to get addicted to.
Click on the Yeti to start, then click on him again to see how far you can make that penguin fly. My personal record so far is 321.

Monday, March 14, 2005

A splashing good time!

A picture of our fun at the carnival on Saturday! More on our site, plus a bit more of a commentary.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Two big things happened on March 11, 2005. One was that my brother Dave married Lisa. It was a nice wedding,Bride & Groom
and the cake was very nice (and yummy!) if I do say so myself!!

The other big thing was that it was Grandparents' Day at our school, and I was honored to be asked to be Katie Carmichael's "pretend grandma" (she suggested it to her mom). So I got to go and be Grandma for a Day at the school. I loved it! Fun! and Katie was so cute.
I love you all and miss you. Even though I saw 3 of you at the wedding, it was too short!

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Mama's Daffodils

Mama asked me to upload this photo and share it with everyone!

Friday, March 04, 2005

Guest coming

Well, Betsy's Mom should be in the air somewhere above Asia right now, we head to the airport in a little bit to pick her up. Should be fun to have a guest, and a connection to home! Thankfully we can get on line to see that the plane has been delayed (about an hour). So, we wait at home, instead of at the airport!

Love you all, and look forward to your visits!


Thursday, March 03, 2005

Busy, busy, busy!!

Making quilts for two weddings this month, baking cakes to decorate next Friday for Dave's wedding,working on getting everything needed so we can get our passports, working with a travel agent about getting tickets to Singapore, planning a spring break trip to L.A. to visit Barby and her new husband Pat (wedding tomorrow), numerous projects at home and at Grandma's, planning for going to Joann's graduation April 30, reading "Heaven", cleaning the church kitchen, going to Portland tomorrow to visit my former roommates, Twila and Kathy and attend a seminar with them Saturday morning, trying to lose weight again....

And at the same time, thinking of all of you and praying for you! Love you lots and lots!!