Monday, October 19, 2009
Things also have been pretty busy the last little while. I'm working 4 days a week at school...which I love. Really what could any single mother want more than to work at the school where your child attends!!
I have been feeling so great since the summer as well. I did go through a trying period...God really used that to get me trusting and relying on Him more...something I must admit I'm still working on. He truly shows me His faithfulness daily!
I'm hoping to soon get back into my sewing and other stuff...I so wanted to have mostly home made gifts for Christmas presents (yeah that isn't going to happen). Although I will have to find an ornament craft for Michaela and I to work on...we did the cutest one last year that I found in Country Woman magazine.
I really have to tell a story that happened last week. I had brought my minivan into the shop to have a leak checked out. I was a little worried about the cost of this...and it was taking quite a bit of time. A friend and I prayed about it then I phoned the shop (about 5 hours after dropping it off), they said it was just finished and I asked if I should prepare myself for coming in to pay the bill. The service manager let me know that the problem was covered under my warranty...there would be no cost. GOD IS GOOD!!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Four years ago I started a medications called Effexor XR for anxiety, I was not happy to be going on it but it really helped me a lot. I had often talked to the doctor about getting off of it...but the time never seemed right. Well this spring we decided that I could try and come off. Now you can't just stop taking this medication...you need to go down in dosage very very gradually. I was able to completely stop taking it in June, I felt such a sense of accomplishment.
After this last week I decided I needed to go back to the doctor and start up again. I spent a great deal of time in prayer and the Word, while I would like nothing more than to be free of any medication I know that right now I do need to be on this medication.
The first little while on this drug is tough, there are side effects...I'm just waiting for them to go away so I can start feeling normal again!!
On thing that makes me very happy is having Jen here with me!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
I'm feeling very down right now, for the last little while things have been pretty tough. We went on holidays, which was very good...I got to visit my family and Michaela got to see her grandparents. We were gone for nearly 3 weeks and that seemed to be a little too long to be away from home...I just really wanted to be home!!
When Ron passed away I discovered that he had very little life insurance, not something that when you are in your thirty's you think too much about. There was enough that I figured I wouldn't have to work and would be able to focus on Michaela for a couple of years...those years are done...and so is the insurance.
Now I'm responsible to support my little family on my own...that really stresses me out. I will be working at Michaela's school and really that is the biggest blessing that I could have been given. I know that I could find a job that pays much more and has more hours...but for a single mother working where your child goes to school is ideal.
I'm not sure what the future holds for me, I've been in prayer for God's leading. I want my life to be in His will and pray that I will be more dependant on Him.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The front yard I keep pretty simple...and someone trying to get in the picture! Most of the plants are in containers, I do have some roses planted...and they are gorgeous.
We call this the upsidedown tree, I'm not sure what it is called. I got it a couple of years ago on sale, I just love the look of it. The branches just hang down, in the spring it flowers and now it has little berries.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Not only did I get Oreo's cage outside (which he loved...because he could escape)! I've given him to a home that wanted to breed rabbits for food...on the condition that they wouldn't eat Oreo!! I figure he'd be happier getting to make babies, because that was not going to happen around here! Also I absolutely adore this family and I know he will be well cared for!
I did get my drawers cleaned out...and I even remembered to take pictures of it!
I emptied out all of my drawers onto my bed...and then began the big sort.
Before...everytime I used my printer I had to take down the paper sorter tray.
After...so much nicer...and a big bag of garbage out of there!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
So I have a few big projects (and several small ones) that I'm determined to have completed by the end of the school year!! I figure if is is in writing then I'll actually get it done...I may or may not take pictures!
Get my spare room in order, clean it out and get a bed and stuff in there..actually make it a spare room instead of the storage room it is. I'm not sure if it will be done by the time Jen visits...but maybe or probably not!
- Get my family room area organized and have all of Michaela's toys down there.
- Get Oreo set up outside for the summer...Rabbits in the house kind of smell!
- Little organizing projects - these should take about a hour each:
- clear out my computer armoire
- clean out the craft room - again
- clean and organize my dressers
- get my books organized
- finish all my filing
- organize my pantry cupboard
- organize my kitchen closet and cupboards
Once these things are done I will feel so much better and my house will be so much better to live in!!!
Well I'm heading out to help my friend do some painting and maybe get to plant a few more flowers in the garden!!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Things have been very busy around here since we got back. Back to school, work, getting the house in order, getting the yard in order...I'm ready for summer holidays!!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Anyway I'm feeling a bit more positive about dreams, a good friend of mine got me to admit that my dream has always been to live in a log cabin and raise chickens (yeah you can all stop laughing now)!! I know it is crazy...but there has always been a bit of me who is drawn to that lifestyle. Who knows...someday God may surprise me and haul me out into the country!!
Michaela is a bit sick today, she was snuffly and stuffy yesterday and this morning she has been a bit feverish and has thrown up a few times...we're just hanging out at home and having a jammy day (we'll I'm going to try and get the cleaning done today).
We had a wonderful Easter weekend. It was so relaxing (which is why I need to get my cleaning done today)!! She has a spot on her face so I'm being paranoid and checking her all of the time to see if it is chicken pox (or chicken pops as she calls it).
I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, I'll have to take some pictures to prove it!! I made a Cinderella costume to take to Disneyland and a Hannah Montana dress (just a regular dress in a HM print)!! I've been loving it, my sister gave me her old serger almost 2 years ago and now I'm finally using it...WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG!!! It is the best!!
Well I'd better get some chores done around here! I promise to post pictures of my sewing projects!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
One day I was in the kitchen and turned and seen her just sitting in the sink...like it was perfectly normal!
Last Christmas once again I was in the kitchen and she had climbed into my shelves...not sure why she went there but I think it had to do with the little fish tank on the bottom left of the picture.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We finished up our business and then she mentioned that she grew up in a town close to where I live...I grew up in the same town. I let her know that and let her know when I graduated...she graduated the same year! Turns out that I worked with her mother and we knew each other...how funny is that.
It totally made my day...just having something like that happen really blessed me.
Yesterday I took Michaela skiing with the school, she wasn't too fond of it...okay she cried most of the time. She tried stayed in her lesson for about an hour when we decided she had done enough. Someone thought that maybe I should have skied as well...I said then we both would have been crying!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
That is pretty much how I felt about the session. I've had dreams...heck I was even living my dream. Then it was taken from me, how do you dream again after that? One evening with my friends we were talking about our dreams...I told them that I don't have one. Why would I want to struggle to get where I'm living my dream and risk having the rug taken out from under me. My desire is to live in God's will, to be obedient to Him and to be a servent...does this require having a dream?
I think it is great the people have dreams for their lives and if they know that it is God's will for their lives then I think that is wonderful. For now I don't have one, right now I'm living where God desires me to be...I don't know what it will be tomorrow, next week or next month. I don't know if I'm just protecting myself from the pain that I've been through, but we had dreams, plans and all that...they changed.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I've been kind of preparing myself for today, Michaela had school and I had to work. I've been feeling a bit off today because I'm wondering if this is where I'm suppose to be, am I doing what God wants me to be doing...this week I've been really working on making sure I'm living in God's will.
So I'm at my desk and my friend comes into the office, now this woman is an amazing woman of God. She is so beautiful inside and out...not that she would ever admit that she is gorgeous...but whatever! Anyway she came to me with a devotional book she was reading and showed me today's devotional written by a woman named Sandra P. Aldrich she lost her husband to brain cancer when he was 39...WOW.
This verse really spoke to me,
So I'm reading this book and just started crying...not the nice little teary cry...no, the big sobbing ugly cry! This was just want I needed, I needed to feel that God was there with me, I needed to know that He is going to look out for me...but I also need to make sure that I am communicating with Him. I know that right now I'm where God wants me to be, I will trust him to guide my decisions, I will trust him to protect us and provide for us.
The crazy thing is that she didn't know what meaning this day had for me, she had no idea. God amazes me when He does things like this...He is so good!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I'm still recovering from this...
I went to a conference called Breakforth it was very powerful and convicting. There were so many people and amazing concerts, speakers and worship leaders. I got to listen to Erwin McManus, Wayne Cordeiro, John Eldridge. The worship leaders were Brenton Brown, Matt Maher, Paul Baloche and Brian Doerksen. I also got to see MercyMe and Michael W. Smith in concert. Quite a line up...and this isn't even the breakaway sessions!!
I left with my wonder friend Tamara on Friday, we got on our plane..now I'm not much of a flier so this is never my favourite part. We were delayed about an hour...because of that we missed our connecting flight. We were so praying that we would make a close flight...because MercyMe was playing that night and I soooo wanted to see them. We went to the flight that would be leaving only an hour later than our original flight....but we were told that it didn't look good. So we were formulating plans (okay so they may have including shopping in Vancouver). Praise the Lord we were called and we got on our flight!! We landed in Edmonton after a very rocky ride...not my favourite thing!
While we were waiting in vain effort for our luggage Tamara see a fellow holding a breakforth sight...we though maybe they were providing some sort of shuttle. So in our faint hope she went and spoke with him...sorry he was picking up some of Paul Baloche's people. So while we watch everyone else's luggage go drifting by we come to the obvious conclusion that ours didn't make it. But in that time the van driver came up to us and said that Paul Baloche's peeps are going in the limo with him so if we needed a ride he could take us...woohoo!!! So after reporting our delayed luggage (that should be delivered to our hotel tonight) we were on our way! I'm not even going to get into the mess they made of our luggage...lets just say I'm glad that I knew the hotel that the person whoes luggage I got was staying...as she got mine!!
Wow the crowd amazed this small town girl, going in for registration went very smoothly. I decided to head to our hotel and meet up with our friend who we hadn't seen in a while. Tamara said she would save our seats in the main session. I got to our hotel with only a little bit of phoning and getting lost...but Jen and I were on our way to Tam. Okay now for future reference when you are heading into a worship session asking asking your friend to raise their hands is not a great idea!! I had no idea there would be so many people...it was awesome!!
The next little while was walking, walking, walking and more walking...while getting to listen to some amazing speakers in between. We had some great bonding time with each other, Tamara has a way of convicting me in ways that I'm laking in my relationship with the Lord.
The last day of the conference I had walked to my session and seriously the shoes that I can wear all day at work and such JUST DON'T CUT IT AT BREAKFORTH!! My plan was to either buy some Crocs or cut my feet off....I decided that shopping for Crocs would be less messy (and painful). I did find Crocs but actually found shoes that I liked better and they were on sale (yeah my cheap Scottish blood). They were awesome!! I was able to continue the adventure! Michael W. Smith was the last concert and he put on such a worshipful concert...it was so amazing to feel the Spirit in such a strong and meaningful way!
The next day we met up with my nephew Kevin and his friend Michael...seriously two of the funniest people I know!! I just love them so much! We had so much fun at the West Edmonton Mall! After that I finally got to eat at Olive Garden (once again a first for this small town girl)!!
Before we flew our the next afternoon (Tuesday at this point) we decided to do a bit more shopping on our way to the airport...gotta squeeze it all in! We made it in time for our flight to Vancouver and we had a bit of time there before our flight home...we were going for a bit of a walk and passed by a board that said our flight was cancelled!! WHAT!! We were told that our airport had some mechanical problems and they plans couldn't land there....we were going to fly into another airport and but home (this is a 2 hour flight...then a 2 hour bus ride)!! What a finish good thing I was with someone who makes me laugh and who I can joke and cry with.
I have been home for two days now and I can still feel the effects of the weekend...physically and spiritually!! I would do it again in a heartbeat, but this time I'd get my nephew to take time off so I could bring Michaela with me...I really don't like leaving her at home!! If you want to see some pictures go to Jen's site...I didn't bring my camera because it is way to big to haul around!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I like to use whole wheat pasta, for us I put half the box in a casserole dish...I don't cook it first. I've found that if I boil the pasta first I find that it will get a bit mushy.
I put my favourite pasta sauce in...I also had a bit of water to the dish as well (just put about a 1/2 a cup of water and swirl it around the jar to get out the rest of the sauce). This will make up for the amount of sauce that the pasta will absorb while cooking.
I added fresh mushrooms today, sometimes I will add red peppers...or canned mushrooms...whatever I have on hand. No I didn't wash the cutting board between cutting the sausage...but since it all cooks together it is okay.
Mix everything together
Grate some mozzarella cheese...
Put the cheese on top if it all...cover the dish and bake at 375 F for 45 minutes, uncover for 10 minutes
and there you have it...
Add salad and there is dinner!!
Hope you enjoy this, this has always been a great meal for me because you can make it the day before and leave it in the fridge until the next day.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Saute them on the stove with a bit of butter, using the same pan you browned the sausage in...give it great flavour.
Now that is all slow cooking away...I will mix it up now and then and check and see if I have to add a bit more broth or not!!