Monday, October 22, 2007

Just Another monday

Contrary to most, I actually like Mondays. For me, it's a new beginning. Last week is over, with all it's shortcomings, failings, and disappointments. Mondays give me a fresh start ~ another try. Sure, there are joys and victories in those previous weeks, but the weekend allows me to pray, rest, and ponder more fully those days gone by. When we have a 'week-gone-bad', I know that the Lord, in His infinite mercy will faithfully bring another Monday. Great is His faithfulness and His mercies are new every morning. I know this.

~ Happy Monday ~

Laura, Whiskers, and Math


Have you ever gone back and read some of your posts? I did a few minutes ago and found this particular one I'd like to share again. I have many new friends here, and I know sometimes trying to understand our crazy life is confusing unless you know the whole story.

Back in 1999, Phillip worked for a company whose biggest client was Wal-Mart. Because Phillip is in commercial construction, he was hired to travel all over the country remodeling the Monsters. It was a pretty rough year in some ways, but it was the very best, too. We had already committed to homeschooling and decided, in order to keep our family together, we would travel as a family if the Lord provided a way. And, indeed He did. In fact, He provided much more than I could possibly put into words. Sometimes, there just isn't words for what God does. He is indescribable.

Seven years later, I found myself in the exact same situation. In fact, the very same city (different WM) where we began all those years ago. We'd come full circle and, though times have not always been peachy, I purposed myself to make the very best of our situation this go-'round. After all, I had a choice. What kind of example would I be for my children, who now are old enough to remember this leg of the journey. I hope and pray they've seen joy, acceptance, and yielding along the way.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Good Lord's Day!

The kids got their wish. We woke to a winter wonderland. The blinds are open wide and we're drinking our coffee & hot chocolate with Southern delight. In all our travels in the last two years, the most exciting times are when we've seen snow. It's rare that we get real snow in Texas. When we do get any sort of precipitation, it's usually ice with a dusting of snow on top.

As you can imagine, Sarah and Douglas are taking inventory of the winter clothes we brought. After a time of worship here at home this morning, they'll be out in it. More pictures coming....

With Love ~ Angela

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Day At St. Mary's Glacier

Despite the approaching storm, we decided to chance it and make the trek to St. Mary's Glacier. I scanned the radar and local forecast finding that it wasn't expected to hit the high country until later in the afternoon, and Denver this evening. So, we made lunches, packed our winter garb in a tote, and headed for the hills.

Upon arrival, I immediately noticed the rocky c-l-i-m-b and thought, "OH, 3/4 of a mile is pretty simple, this should be fun."


Three quarters of a mile uphill is quite a workout for this fluffy gal! But oh-so worth it. We didn't get a good view of the actual glacier because of the snow, but we could definitely see some of the ice. We opted not to hike up the glacier itself because it was pretty snowy from base to the top. With some pretty cold hands and wet feet already, we decided to hike at the base, around the lake, and headed back down.

As I write tonight, the wind is howling and the storm is approaching.

I hope the children wake up to snow.


This website has some really nice pictures of St. Mary's Glacier. Douglas said,
how, that's what it looks like without the snow..."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Lighter Side

I found this over at Homeschool Humor and thought it was pretty accurate cute.


Q: How does a home schooler change a light bulb?

A: First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life. Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill. On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill. Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed. And there is light.

Facts About Pencils

I was so thankful when I saw the blogging tip of the month on the HSB Front Porch. I've been having the olders write each day in a journal, and though there are times when they could write their little fingers to the bone, other times they struggle to come up with something to fill a page. So today has been interesting. When I first mentioned the assignment, all I got was a blank stare as if asking, "What is there to write about a pencil?" But, eventually they got something on paper.


A Pencil

By Sarah, age 11

A pencil is made in a factory. It is made of wood and lead. And sometimes they are made of metal or plastic. A pencil is used for writing. You can write letters, do school, pay bills, and little ones can write on the wall. (which we would prefer them not to do)You can also erase something that is not right. Pencils are very useful.


A Pencil

By Douglas age, 10

Today, mom told me to write a story about a pencil. A pencil is what I do most of my work with like math, vocabulary, handwriting, grammar, journaling, and spelling. A pencil is what we all write with. A pencil is usually straight and pointed and made of wood.

Thift Store Treasures

Sarah and I spent a few hours shopping together yesterday afternoon. I had to stop by the mall for a quick errand and then we headed to one of the local thrift stores in the Denver area. She found a pretty denim skirt, a very dainty, crystal (probably more like glass) cream & sugar set, and a large bag of craft items. I stumbled upon this beautiful tablecloth and was so surprised to see that it was 50% off! It was originally $9.99 so it was a definite keeper. I don't know if the pictures do it justice, but it's really, so very pretty. It's round and about 7ft. in diameter. I can't wait to get it home-home (that's what Laura calls real home) to see it on our table.

Maybe I should start a trend and call it Thrifty Thursdays.

Hmmm......I'll have to think on that.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Never A Dull Moment (part I)

The one thing I hope & pray our children are learning through this traveling journey is flexibility. Life doesn't always ever turn out the way we plan it. And sometimes it can be SOO F-U-N!!

At least that's what I hope I'm teaching them.

Saturday morning, we headed out to meet our dear friends in Kimball, Nebraska. They will be moving to Kimball in just two short weeks (from Eastern Nebraska) because of a job change. The day was so interesting as we drove around town, following our friends as they hunted for a place to either buy or rent. After the house hunting we had lunch which was fun because I'm pretty sure we had Pizza Hut all to ourselves. Because both families are SO into farms, we then drove out to a place for sale just out of town. It had all sorts of out buildings, an old school bus, a couple of barns and a fantastic view of the rolling prairies dotted with cattle.

{enter dreamy sigh}


Because I'm such a shutter bug, I like to take pictures of .....just about anything! LOL

This is just a beautiful house in Kimball I wanted to capture.


Later that afternoon, we stopped in town at a local coffee shop. Again, we had the place to ourselves which is always so fun. We were delighted to find such a neat place in that size town. As we sipped and chatted, the rain began to pour. It was truly so cozy. Then the lights went out! ~ And they never came back on....not until hours later. Needless to say, the kids were thrilled and, as if nothing at all happened, we continued to sip our sweet caffeine and savor the time with our friends. In the dark.

Sadly, our time came to an end and we parted ways. They headed back East and we headed West.

Then we got a call....

Stay tuned for part 2 of "Never a dull moment" coming soon!!

Three Reasons to LOVE Photography

#1 ~ The Sweet One

#2 ~ The Goofball

#3~ The Boss

Capture the moments, they're fading fast.

Never A Dull Moment(part 2)

As we headed West to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the pouring rain, I thought I'd give my Mom a call. I noticed a missed call and after comparing it to the call Phillip had received a few minutes before, I realized that someone was calling from Nebraska. It could only mean one thing, our friends with whom we'd just parted, needed help. As it turned out, they needed gas but since the electricity was was out all over Kimball the gas pumps were not working, leaving them stranded. We turned around, found a gas can, filled it up and headed back to Kimball. On the way back, I had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun (not to mention less driving as it was 2 1/2 hrs. back to Denver in the stormy, pouring rain) to drive just 40 miles further East to Sidney (NE) and visit Cabela's the following day? By the time we made it back, I had phone in hand trying to make reservations in Sidney, home of Cabela's world headquarters. Using our hotel points, we found a (dry) place to stay, Phillip headed to Wal-Mart for a simple cheese & cracker dinner and we bedded down for the night with dreams of camouflage, tents, boots and guns dancing in our heads. Despite the fact that our little one threw up in the middle of the night, we toured Cabela's the next morning. I took a few pictures, we bought hats for the boys and a few other souvenirs then headed for Denver.

We may never pass this way again. I'm so thankful for detours.

Below are a few pictures of our day in Sidney.

Friday, October 12, 2007

My Passion

I have a passion. Photography. It's not the camera itself - no, not the gadets, or the fancy case, or pixels. It's what I see at the end of the process ~ the finished product. Is what I think I saw portrayed in the end?

I'm learning.  

And lighting, a lens, a tripod, and time are important.

None of these I have at this point in life, but one day.....

One day.


Please visit my Photography blog!

Enjoy ~





Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Butterfly Thank-You

Before our dear friend, Stephanie, broke her ankle last week, she generously gave us a "weekend to remember" for our anniversary. After surprising the kids on Friday evening by picking them up in their jammies, they spent the weekend having all sorts of fun. Following a lunch at the "best McDonald's they've ever seen" (and they've seen their fair share, poor kids...) Miss Stephanie took them to the Butterfly Pavilion which included an opportunity to hold a tarantula. I don't think anybody volunteered but, nonetheless, they had a grand time watching the furry critter crawl over the tour guide's hand.

She's keeping a safe distance! LOL ~

The Butterfly Pavilion includes many other insects

They were not allowed to touch the butterflies, but one did land on Douglas' shirt.

Here, he is just pointing to one.

Butterflies love rotten fruit, but our daughter with the ultra-sensitive smeller wasn't impressed

Sarah wanted to make sure I saw these iridescent ones. Aren't they beautiful?

Thank you, Miss Stephanie, for a memory-making weekend.

We love you!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Tuesday Tidings

It's really feeling a lot like Fall in the Denver area these days. Still no snow to speak of, at least down here in the "lowly" places, but surely we'll experience snow at least once before we leave, around the middle of November.

A dear friend, who lives here in the Denver area, broke her ankle last week. We've been so blessed to be here at such a crucial time, not to mention we've been able to spend sweet time with her since she's been off work the last several days. She's a precious friend and such fun to be around.

Later today, we'll head to the library.

Be a blessing today. Live for His glory.