Monthly Archives: August 2008

A beautiful day!

After church and a quick lunch I convinced John to take Pippin on the Chase Path. We live on a VERY busy highway and there is really no safe place to take the dog for a walk. So, I sometimes drive the 22 miles to Wolfeboro to the Chase Path. It is beautiful, and flat. It winds around Lake Wentworth and Allbee Beach. If you go to the end it is 6.8 miles one way. We could not have had a more gorgeous day…sun, breeze, no bugs. Pippin was in 7th heaven. It was nice to see people out walking and riding bikes. I was glad to see several families out biking with their kids. We made a few stops for Pippin to swim. He is used to the river behind our house and having to swim against the current. Whenever he gets in the lake he just wants to lay down. After our 7 mile walk we went to the Dairy Bar for ice cream. Pippin got a doggie cup ;0). When we got home Pip fell asleep on the floor and John has been snoring on the couch ;0). It felt good to walk that much.

I know, I know…I should be digiscrapping the kids pictures, but I couldn’t resist doing this quickpage of Pippin. The photos were taken with my phone, so aren’t the clearest. If you click on the page it will enlarge.

Quickpage compliments of ASIQ_DS4Allmarco

Have a great night and enjoy your Labor Day!

Where has the summer gone?

I can’t believe it is almost September! It was a busy summer with a trip to Alaska and North Carolina. (Speaking of Alaska – GO SARAH PALIN!!!!!).  Katie was home for the summer and worked two jobs. Hilary was in Boston doing an internship with WGBH (although she did come home a few weekends) and Lindsey was in NC enjoying the summer break from teaching.  Hilary is back at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA working with Student Government and waiting for classes to begin next week. Katie arrived at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA on Monday PM and started classes Wednesday. I had workshops Tuesday and 1/2 day Wednesday and school starts on Sept. 2. I will be working in 5th Grade in the morning and 2nd Grade in the afternoon this year. ALSO, I will not be a recess proctor this year which means I won’t have to spend an hour outside in the freezing cold winter!

I took time today to clean out a few closets and rearrange some things. When I was in Katie’s room I found this painting. I knew she was working on it, I just didn’t know it was finished. I took the picture with my phone, so it isn’t the best…but those of you that have known me for a long time will recognize this person…

For those who don’t know…this is my Dad.  Nice job Katie, you can see that twinkle in his eyes…he would have been proud of you!

Well, I need to go start the grill – some maple glazed salmon is calling. Have a great LONG weekend and rest from your labor on LABOR DAY!

Let’s Party…

A few weeks ago we went to a concert by the Sky Family, “Fiery Faith and Fiddles.” The concert was wonderful (picture Christian Riverdance with a strong gospel message), but what caught my attention was how the man prayed. He invited God into our presence and called Him the “life of the party”. I had never heard anyone call God that, but it is so true – that is what He is. If I fully believe He is the life of the party, then why don’t I always live my life as if I am enjoying a party?

Last week I was listening to the new MercyMe CD and the song, “All right” caught my attention. The lyrics remind of us of a LOVE that never lets us go even on our worst days when we feel the world is crashing in around us. The tune is extremely catchy, but what grabbed me was the line at the end…it starts quietly then builds….”Count it pure joy when your world comes crashing, hold your head up and keep on dancing… Count it pure joy when your world comes crashing, hold your head up and keep on dancing…. Count it pure joy when your world comes crashing, hold your head up and keep on dancing…”

I began to put the two things together…God is the life of the party and at a party you dance. I will admit I am not a “dancer” (although I did dance in a hippo costume on stage one time…), but I do dance to the Lord when I’m home alone.  I also know what it is to have trials, (don’t we all), and I struggle with doing what James 1 says, “Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds…” I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy trials of any kind.

So, what have I been reminded of this week…

–Live life like I’m God’s date to the party.
–When I have trials (great or small), hold my head up and DANCE.
–Remember that the greatest dance partner, the “life of the party“, is right there beside me ready to lead…

DANCE THE DANCE OF LIFE!

2:30 AM…

…the phone rang…I took the call. My friend, Kathy Mather, is dead. She wasn’t much older than I am. She had been sick since Friday night. We thought she had a stomach flu. Now she is dead. My heart aches. Please pray for her husband, John. My husband is at the hospital with him. Our church has lost a friend.

Phew!

I am not crazy about driving in Boston – I can do it, but it is not my favorite thing to do. Last night I left around 6:45 PM for Quincy, MA. I hoped to be there by 9:15 PM – I figured traffic would be minimal at that time – WRONG! Construction cost me about 45 minutes. I spent the night with Hilary in the dorm room at Eastern Nazarene College, where she has been for the summer. I slept OK – but fully understand why you live in a dorm room when you are in your 20s…

By 8 AM I had been to Dunkin Donuts and we were eating bagels and coffee (OJ for my “coffee is disgusting” daughter). The next 4-1/2 hours were spent walking up and down stairs. Hilary was in a 2nd floor room and we had to move her to another building and a 2nd floor room (so does that make 4 flights of stairs?).  We filled Hilary’s car and John’s truck with her things. Up, down, up down, up down…Today I WAS the stairmaster!!!! It was hot and sticky and we were sweating like crazy. I helped her loft her bed and I put together a futon. At 12:45pm everything was in the new room. We got in the truck, turned the a/c to MAX and headed for IKEA. I LOVE IKEA and haven’t been able to go since last fall! The original plan had been to be there by 11 AM and eat Swedish food in the cafeteria there – NOT. We were in and out of there in 45 minutes! WHAT A SHAME!! We were on a deadline – Hil had to leave to babysit at 4:30 PM. We left IKEA with a new futon mattress, lamp and a few goodies for me…From IKEA we headed to Walmart and 20 minutes later were in the truck headed to Wendy’s since we hadn’t eaten since 8 AM. Wendy’s was devoured at 3 PM and I took Hilary back to the college. After taking a fan, lamp, and refrigerator up to her room we said goodbye. She headed for the shower and I headed for home at 3:30.

I LOVE YOU HILARY and am glad I could help. I am proud of you and I can’t believe you are a SENIOR at ENC! God has blessed you and grown you. He has a GREAT plan for you – His Word tells you that.

I programmed my TomTom for home, hoping it would find a way around the traffic; it did it’s job, but traffic was so bad I couldn’t get over to the exit…so we went to plan B. It took an extra hour to get home, but I made it. I jumped in the shower and then met John outside at the fire pit with s’mores fixin’s. Kate (and Pippin) joined us and we had a nice time. Pippin got the first toasted marshmallow since mine fell off the stick before I got it on the chocolate…he liked it…

Tomorrow we had planned to drive to Lake Willoughby, VT and have a nice day with Katie. It is supposed to rain, so we will decide on Plan B in the morning. Hope you’ve had a great Wednesday!

Crazed Days…Hang in there…this is a long one…or quit where you want ;0)

I know it has been awhile since I posted. A lot has happened so I’ll do a quick recap and then get to my thought provoking reading.

Lindsey and I left Blowing Rock on Fri, 8/1. Our excitement began with a cow in the middle of a 4 lane highway, followed by no speedometer, then no odometer and ending with, what appeared to be, transmission trouble. I called AAA to have it towed to where she bought it 4 months ago and then called Enterprise to get a rental car.  Everything fell into place, although it was a stressful few hours (trust me this is the SHORT version of what happened…). Thanks to my friend Bethany for offering to help if we needed her. The downside to the whole mess was I had planned a nice visit with Bethany and it just didn’t happen…maybe next time.

It is now Thursday and Lindsey still has a rental car. The place it was towed waited until Tuesday to tell her they needed to take it to their other shop – where it is now. Supposedly it is not the transmission and will cost not quite $500. We’ll see…the lesson we learned was that speedometers and odometers are connected to the transmission. Once she gets the car back it needs new tires before her trek to PA for her college roomies wedding on 8/16. Linds was a trooper through all of this. I can see how God is growing her – even though she has been frustrated she has taken the events that didn’t match her agenda pretty well. I’m glad I was there to help during the thick of it.

Since I got home on Saturday it has rained and rained and rained. I have gotten caught up on odds and ends at the house. I have spent parts of 2 days getting financial arrangements finalized for Hilary and Katie for college. Unfortunately, the lender we have always used isn’t doing college loans anymore, so I spent one night doing research on lenders recommended by their colleges. Let’s just say it was a frustrating experiencing getting established with two new companies. One of them, the well known lender Sallie Mae, almost drove me to drink! After setting up everything so John could e-sign as co-signer it determined that I did not have the correct address and shut down the account! When I called it showed John at Plainfield Pike in N. Scituate, RI. He hasn’t lived there in almost 35 years!!!! Eventually, after talking to him (not me), they accepted his information! The other lender will not allow a PO Box, so transactions have to have our physical address (where we do not have a mailbox) and use email for correspondence. (Thank you terrorists for making transactions for honest, hardworking people such a pain in the neck! ) As far as I know, I have 5 pieces of paper to fax for Katie and then the paperwork is done. Hooray! Now we are in the process of getting Katie ready to do her practicums in PA. This afternoon we have done a PA background check (she has no records-surprise…$10) and filled out the form for Child Abuse Clearance ($10). She cannot do the PA fingerprint thing through the FBI until she gets to PA…($40).  $60 and a bunch of time and paper just to be able to do practicums…geesh! Anyway…enough complaining…

I finished Soul Cravings by Erwin Raphael McManus, while I was in NC. It is divided into several sections and I will admit the first section is really what spoke to me. It was all about God designing us for relationships. I already knew that and that this was what I was craving and lacking here. It also reminded me about God’s designing me for a relationship with Him. It was good to have those things reinforced. The other parts of the book delve into why we were created to long for God and how to respond to that. I did read the entire book, but the why and how of craving God aren’t an issue for me…so it didn’t “speak” as loud.

While on the plane home I began reading The Shack by William P. Young. WOW! It is fiction, but puts a “face” on God in a new way. I haven’t finished it yet (too busy with paperwork), but hope to finish it by Sunday. As you read it, remember it is fiction not theology, then you will enjoy how God speaks to you.

On another, find peace where you are note, my Bible reading the past few days has had these verses as part of it:

“Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. “ I Cor. 1:24b (Need His power and wisdom, not mine…)

“My heart has heard You say,”Come and talk with meand my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'” Ps.27:8

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind imagined what God has planned for those who love Him.” Isa 64:4

“How can we understand the road we travel? It is the Lord who directs our steps.” Prov. 20:24

While I was in NC I called to check on my friend, Becky, who recently had back surgery (mind you, she was reading by the pool when I called…wish I could have been with her). At the end of our conversation, she reminded me of something her Dad told her…the gist of it was, “You have to be happy where you are before God will move you somewhere else…”  Here’s the thing, it’s not that I’m not happy here – I make do. It’s the relationship thing that Soul Cravings talks about that is missing…greatly. I can do my job, which I love. I can go to church and do what I do there. I can take care of my family. Unfortunately, it often feels like that is what my life is about and that none of these areas connect – I feel disconnected. I can continue to live here and John can continue to work/serve here, but parts of us are dying on the inside. The long hours of the 2 jobs is a strain for John. SO, I keep trusting and praying and seeking what God wants. I will continue to believe He keeps His promises and that He has more than I can imagine planned for me/us. I guess the Proverbs verse sums it up – How can I know this journey and why should I expect to understand it – God is the One directing it – not me…(my paraphrase).

So, for now…trying NOT to direct my journey – have a great day – hope the sun is shining where you are…