Thursday, June 22, 2006


I am not skilled to understand, what God has willed, what God has planned. I only know at His right hand, stands one who is my Savior.

I take Him at His word and deed, Christ died to save me; this I read and in my heart I find a need of Him to be my Savior.

That He would leave His place on high and come for simple man to die. You count it strange so once did I, before I knew my Savior.

My Savior loves, my Savior lives, my Saviors always there for me.
My God He was, my God He is, my God He's always gonna be.
My Savior loves, my Savior lives, my Saviors always there for me.
My God He was, my God He is, my God He's always gonna be.

Yes, living, dying let me bring my strength, my solace from this spring;
That He who lives to be my king, once died to to be my savior.

That He would leave His place on high and come for simple man to die.
You count it strange so once did I, before I knew my Savior.

My Savior loves, my Savior lives, my Saviors always there for me.
My God He was, my God He is, my God He's always gonna be.
My Savior loves, my Savior lives, my Saviors always there for me.
My God He was, my God He is, my God He's always gonna be.

My Savior lives
My Savior loves
My Savior lives
My Savior loves
My Savior lives

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Perfect Goodness

To qoute from my favorite tv cook - YUMMO! I mean seriously look at these red juicy slices of heaven. There is not a more perfect fruit in all the world. My daughter asked me last night what my favorite fruit was and I told her strawberries, she said "yep, those are my favorite too". Love this time of year, strawberries in the morning on waffles, for a snack, strawberry shortcake and well...everything in between.

Perfect. Good. Sweet. Love.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Dune Adventures

This is a tale of 15 awana kids who went on a sand dune adventure. This was the year end trip all the Truth and Training kids who finished their books this year. We took them to Florence to ride the miles and miles of dunes on the oregon coast. We piled into a converted bus dune buggy and off we went. Now let me say this was not the fastest ride out there, but we did have a great time. The little kids who came with mom and dad enjoyed every minute and loved to see the motorcycles and atv's poppin' wheelies. There was lots of yelling and screaming and begging to go down the big hills. My son sat there yelling and punching his fist up into the air everytime an atv went by us and at one point he was humming the theme to star wars very loud, that must mean he was ultra excited. My daughter said to me afterwards that we should invite grandpa to go and ride the fast one that was catching air as it came off the dunes. What a little daredevil. It was a great day and I am so glad that we got to tag along for the ride.

Friday, June 16, 2006

A Piece of History

It is not often that our children think of the liberties that we have in this country. They take for granted all of the "things" that they can do and own. But today I took the kids to tour a couple of WWII bombers (B24/B17) that were sitting out at the airport. We had seen them flying last night, but you could actually walk thru them and take pictures. What an important piece of our heritage as Americans....something that every child should have the opportunity to witness and show respect for. I had to explain to the kids what these bombers did and what they meant to us as americans in WWII. They had a hard time showing respect, because they are kids they wanted to run and play and noah was fascinated with the machine guns. It was amazing to see how tiny these planes actually are inside. They are such huge machines that carried such brave airmen, but to be in one and picture the men trying to run around inside, it was overwhelming. I only hope that one day my kids can look back at the pictures and remember that they had the chance to walk through these amazing pieces of history and that they will remember and honor the men and women who fight for our freedom everyday. To check out more about these planes visit:

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Country Roads

if you were born in the 70's you remember John Denver....bowl cut, country boy,glasses and most of all you remember him on the Muppets Show singing along with Kermit the Frog. But did you know that there might be a cult revival of his songs happening. We went to our nieces 8th grade graduation last night and for one of there theme songs they sang country roads by john denver...not "time of your life" by green day, which they originally picked. Now picture this, parents were asked to sing along, the roof was shaking and people were really getting into this husband just sat there staring at me, apparently he did not even know the song. I knew every word. My dad listened to a lot of country when I was a kid, Alabama, Roger Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings...and a little bit of John Denver. That was some pretty cool times last night.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Busy Weekend has been a crazy weekend. I had a garage sale on friday. Had a decent turn out and earned a little extra cash. My girlfriend came over and hung out all day...the boys played so well together that we hardly knew they were there. My daughter lost her third tooth this weekend and the next one is hanging on by a thread. I spent the rest of the weekend in portland scrapbooking with a friend. We scrapped from morn to night (1:30am) and only left the house once. I was still in my jammies at 3:30pm, how great is that? it was a weekend of good laughs, good food, not a lot of sleep and good conversation. Sunday afternoon we packed up early and met the rest of the gang at Chevy's for lunch. This is a group of friends that has been going strong for 12 years. We got to know each other in different ways, but eventually all landed in a care group together and started monthly Olive Garden meals together. We saw each other through boyfriends, job changes, engagements, marriages, babies and moves. Even though we are now scattered (belgum, colorado, salem and portland) we will always remain friends. This photo is missing krista ,our ex-pat friend maybe I should photo shop her into the picture! Thanks for the memories gang....OG lives forever!!!

Friends make memories...the heart preserves them

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I have a graduate

Look at this cute kindergarten graduate. A little singing...a little magic 1st grade wand...a little job future "I want to be a princess" and a little coldstones. The crazy thing...she still has 5 days left of school. nuff said.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Really Pumped

Okay so I was on Jamie Waters blog tonight and she posted about Spirit West Coast, which they were at handing out flyers about her husbands DVD - Angel Wars. If you have a son you have got to check these out. It looks right up Noah's alley and it has a positive and biblical message. Need to find one so I can check it out.....maybe the lightsaber noises will go away for awhile! Here is the link for

Just reading about Spirit West Coast made me nostalgic for when I used to go to Jesus Northwest. Good times had there....early-90's. But it was so much fun. Got introduced to some great new bands (at the time) and it was always fun. If you notice the cross necklaces that we have on...the first year we went this kid was making these to pay his way thru college. He was there for years and you can still buy them in several christian bookstores in the area. Crosses by Brian. I still have mine, never wear it, but good memories attached to it. I was just sorting thru pix this morning for a scrapping weekend and thought I would post some "great" pix. No kidding about the hair ladies, okay maybe a little.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

3 Cousins sitting on a tractor

Child of My Child

Heart of my Heart

Your smile bridges the years between us -

I am young again discovering the world

Through your eyes.

You have the time to listen

and I have the time to spend.

Delighted to gaze at familiar, loved features, made new in you again.

Through you, I'll see the future. Through me, you'll know the past.

In the present we'll love one another, as long as these moments last.

Pictures on Sydnie, Noah and Ryen all on my dad's "tractor". Ryen had her first tractor ride this weekend and loved it...well, at least she did not scream. My kids being 6 and 4 can actually drive it themselves. It was fun to see a new little one on it. Found this poem about 4 years ago and love it, thought is was perfect for these pictures.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Normal Doesn't Live Here

okay you think I am kidding, but it is so true. the only thing that we know around our house is drama!!!!!!!!!!!! (like the drama) so this morning i walked Sydnie to school and we get into her classroom and i look at her neck which is completely red and nasty looking. her teacher comes over and we decide she is having a reaction to her antibiotics, we head to the school nurse which informs us we need to go to the doctors immediately. we head home and jump into the van to head to whichever doctor will take her, pediatric or ENT. on the way there are repeated questions...can you still breath okay, swallow fine, does it itch at all? all of which sydnie answers with the "mom, i feel fine really." finally one of the doctors calls back and says to stop her antibiotic now (which does not help the dose she took this morning) and continue to watching her throughout the day. holy cow, nothing can just be normal (hey i am going to take my meds for tonisilitis and be just fine). the whole house cannot stay well enough to even just like each other right now. drama finds me wherever i go. there is no way around it. I just want a little dose of normal...that is all a woman wants. I just want days of laundry and cleaning and cooking...not running to docs offices and making children take antibiotics. The good news about all of this, is we saw the doc yesterday (which of course this did not happen then) and he said sydnie will not have to have her tonsils our right now, but sometime in the future she will. so at least we don't have a surgery looming in our future.