Monday, May 19, 2014

VBS Is Right Around The Corner

   Vacation Bible School is the next big thing on our calendar!  I love VBS!  There's a mountain of work to do in order to be ready for it in three weeks, but we have a lot of volunteers at church this year and everyone is excited and full of ideas. We'll be getting flyers printed up this year and passing them out at the Fourth of July parade. Our small local grocery store also bags flyer with peoples groceries. Also, one of our ladies at church says she knows the lady who works at the desk at the library. She says she can get the lady to stick our VBS flyers in every book she checks out!  Don't you just love small towns??  :)  With all these ideas along with the children who are friends and family of folks at church, we may have a huge VBS this year!  A little scary, but exciting as well. I believe our theme will be The Grand Scheme...It's Out Of This World!  We'll have outer space decor and the lessons will be about creation, Jesus coming to die, and the second coming.  We have three days to work with and Andy wants to get across the big picture of God creating the world, man sinning, and Christ coming to redeem them back.  I think it'll be good. I'm doing props and crafts. The church basement wall and ceiling will be encased in black trash bags!!!!  Rocket ships, astronauts, and of course dozens of planets and stars will have to be made and drawn. And WHEN do I have time to do all that???  Oh well, it'll happen somehow. :). I'm excited!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Our Tenth Anniversary

   I feel like number ten is a mile marker in our marriage. It seems like just yesterday that Andy and I met for the first time and now, ten years have passed!  Andy and I were engaged after just 6 weeks of knowing each other and married within the next few months. I was one of those girls who would ask, "How do you know he's the right one?"  I was always given the answer, "You JUST KNOW."  That always frustrated me because I wanted an explaination, an example. And no one could seem to give me one. It was always, "You'll know when it happens."  Well, I determined that I would wait til it did and then take good notice of it so that I would be the very first on earth to be able to explain to all those other questioning girls out there just how I knew!  Well.....I can't. When Mr. Right came along, somewhere in my heart, I knew without a doubt he was the one, even before I fell in love with him. In fact, I fought it, hoping it wasn't true because I didn't want to marry him!  :)  But, it turned out to be the best decision of my life. I couldn't ask for a better husband. Andy has been so patient with me over the past ten years. I truly don't deserve him. He has loved me through good times and bad and has walked with God and remained faithful in hardship. I'm the luckiest girl alive!
   Andy wanted to make our tenth anniversary very special. He started the celebration three days early by giving me a gift and a special card each morning. On the first, he gave me a small bottle of perfume, the kind I wore when we were first married. The second day, he carried in my 34 string Regency Celtic harp!!!  It's needed a few repairs so I've not played it in over two years!  I was so happy to see it again!  I've put new strings on it and am trying to get it tuned.  It'll take several tunings before the strings will be stretched enough to hold. It's the most beautiful instrument in the world, I think!
   The next morning, I looked outside and saw a lawn swing!  Oh, I've been wanting a swing forever!!!!  Andy said it was a good desire for a mother to want to take time out of her busy schedule to sit and watch her children play. We spent the evening doing just that!!  There is a constant breeze here, and sitting there on my swing in the cool spring evenings seems to gently blow the stress and cares of the day away, leaving me feeling refreshed. I just love my swing!!!
   Day four, last Friday, we drove to Indianpolis and went to the Harrison House. It's Benjamin Harrison's mansion. (One of those not-so-famous presidents). I wish I could post pictures!  The place was beautiful with all the antique furniture, wall paper, and other decor of the period. The staircases going between floors were curved and beautifully carved. They had a dress there that belonged to Mrs. Harrison. She was tiny!!!  Her waist couldn't have been more than 15-18 inches around!!!!   We had a wonderful time.
   After leaving the mansion, we got a shake, then drove to Muncie. It took us about an hour with all the traffic. We stopped to visit Andy's grandmother, then went to eat supper at our favorite Chinese restaurant. They've got THE BEST  hibachi grill!!!  We had a wonderful day! and a beautiful tenth anniversary!   I'm so blessed to be married to a man like Andy.
   We had a good day at church yesterday. We had the Lords Supper during the evening service and what a sweet time it was. Andy had all our people move up and sit in the first few rows for the service, a new thing for our church, and it really made it special and feel more personal.
    Monday morning and I'm back to painting.  I'm almost done with Christians room, finally!  With three little ones in the house, it makes it difficult to stick with anything for longer than a few minutes at a time. But the end is in sight now!!!
   Christian is doing good and changing by the day it seems!  He's grown out of the toddler stage and is full swing into the little boy stage. He thinks he's much older than he is and acts it most of the time. I have to catch myself many times and remind myself that this big boy in a little boys body is still only three. He's very smart and trying to hold him back from things he's sure he can handle is getting harder and harder!  He just can't understand why he can't use his daddy's drills and tools or mow the grass by himself. He'd do it too, if we let him. :). He wants so badly to grow up and be like his daddy. He already knows what vehicle he's going to buy, talks about what his first house is going to look like (he's even got a maid), he's going to have fields and combines and tractors, of course, and a wife with ten kids who are are all going to sleep downstairs in his big house while he sleeps upstairs!  Oh, he's got his life planned out already!
   Audra is changing too. I don't know if it's because she's a girl, or if it's because she's so little, but I still think of her as my "baby girl" even though she's now two years old. And she's all girl at that!  Anything from a fly buzzi her head to a worm on the ground will make her shriek!  I don't encourage this, nor do I know where she got it. :)  I guess I won't have to worry about her dragging in every little critter she finds outside. I had to tell Christian to leave his pet earth worm outside yesterday. At least it's just a worm and not a snake!!!  But it'll come!
   Wesley is cutting four more teeth and letting the rest of us know it!  Oh, he's been miserable!  Six and a half months old and already six teeth!  I've finally got him on a bottle and formula as of this past week and so far I've only had to treat his rash twice. So that tells me that something in my diet was bothering him and causing a bad reaction. He still had very dry skin, but the red ichy rash seems to be going away. It's been a long battle, since January, and though I still don't know what is causing it, I do know it's not just a skin condition on his part but rather something that he was getting from me. Now that he's on formula, the rash has disappeared. This will make it easy as I begin to introduce foods to him one at a time. It may take awhile, but we'll catch it eventually. At least for now, we won't have to keep him on the creams constantly.
   I forgot to mention that Andy also got me six grape vines!!  That was my fit for day four. :). We planted them yesterday evenin and oh! I can hardly wait to get fresh grapes again!
   Well, back to my painting...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Beautiful Days.

Oh, we've been having such beautiful weather!  Spring is my favorite season!  Everything is so new and fresh. To me, one of the first signs of spring is the first sound of grass being mown. I love the smell of mown grass!  Waking up to the sound of birds singing, and looking out my window at the waves of yellow dandilions popping up all over the fields. How could you not love spring?
   We've been SO busy!  Andy had to rip out the shower surround in one of the bathrooms in our new home and replace it with a new one. Along with that came ripping out some old dry wall and leaky pipes. So he's been doing the mudding and when that is done, I can start painting.
   Speaking of painting!  Audra's rooms is almost done!  I did that in a light lavender with white trim. It really helped to update the room with that awful green carpet!  I'm workin on the boys room now doing it in a pale yellow with white trim.  It's a huge job and I'm the worst a cutting in!
   Audra also had a birthday a couple weeks ago. It's hard to believe she's two already!  She's still so tiny though and I believe Wesley is going to catch up to her soon!  We had the church over for a cookout roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. Actually, there was more food there than I can list. :). It was a fun day!
   Andy and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary next week. It seems like just yesterday that we were married, and now, looking back over the past ten years, I see lots of memories, some good and some bad. But in all, it's been a good ten years and Gods hand has been there all the way. Andy has something special planned for this anniversary but is keeping it a secret from me this time. :). Whatever it is, I'm looking forward to it!
   We cannot get Internet at our new house, which is why I haven't been around much in the blogging world for the past few weeks. I really don't have much time for it right now anyway. But, until I can get to the library, I won't be able to post pictures. I'm blogging from my phone now, but with no Internet, I hesitate to use up a lot of data putting pictures on here.
   Well, that's about it for now. Until next time!