Aug 30

thankful thursday #7

Here we are, Thursday. It just happens that my little brother is leaving for China on a “thankful thursday”. And so, I dedicate this post to him. Many of you don’t know my brother, Garrett. He is by far my FAVORITE redheaded brother. He is my hope for having a lefty and redheaded child. He is goofy and can make anything super fun!148315_497475083638067_64879225_nSome of my favorite memories of Garrett involve a shopping cart and a grocery list. I always made him come shopping with me because I didn’t want to be all alone and he just simply made it more fun.

He has always had a soft heart and is sensitive to sin. I am a rule follower, but he takes it to a whole different level, in a good way. He is a man (that’s so strange to call him a man because he’s my toothless, freckled, 5 year old brother) of integrity and always looking to do what is right.thankful-thursdayI am so excited to see what the next 10 months in China brings. God brought us John (my adopted Chinese brother) and used that to give Garrett a heart for the Chinese people. He has been taking Chinese language courses at the community college over the last year and was given a recommendation by his professor to teach English at a high school in China. I am so excited for him and this BIG adventure. I can’t wait to hear all of the fun stories and hear all the crazy things he eats.

Hope you have a great time Garrett! You will be missed! So thankful for you on this Thursday!

happy thursday!

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Aug 20

called to the life of the ridiculous

We got Hank a new crate a few weeks ago, and after Ian put it together, the kids enjoyed making a fort out of it. We may need to get another one for the kids to play in. :)IMG_0471On a completely separate note, I want to tell you all about the completely ridiculous happenings of the last few days. It’s been one of those weeks were you are thinking “Really Lord, could this get any more crazy?” and then it does. :) As my English teacher always said, “We are called to the life of the ridiculous”.

So let’s start back on Saturday. Ian has been building Hank a dog house and he was out working on it most of the day. He’s also been putting in more hours at work, so I asked him how he was feeling after a long week of work and then a long day of working hard outside. He said he was feeling kind of weird and tired, but we just chalked it up to working hard and long.IMG_0490The next day he said he still felt weird and that he was having these weird symptoms but he thought they were from his new vitamins. I then informed him I thought he had a UTI. I hopped online and of course read that it’s highly unusual for a man to have a UTI and it was probably something much worse. Ian told me to stop reading and go to bed, we could deal with it the following day.

So the next day the symptoms continued so I went and got an at home UTI tester kit. It was positive. So that night we went to urgent care to get him an antibiotic. Any slight fear I had from reading all that stuff online were gone after talking to our doctor. We left the urgent care to go and get the antibiotic and go home. IMG_0509Trying to get the antibiotic was quite the ordeal. They couldn’t find our insurance in the system, the insurance company was closed because it’s a west coast company. So we would have to pay cash to get the medicine. So we paid cash and went home.

The doctor had told Ian to take two pills the first night to kickstart the process. Ian took the first one and about 30 minutes later felt like his allergies were kicking in so he took his allergy medicine. About 10 minutes after that he felt like his face was swelling and felt chilled. He was super congested and his throat was beginning to feel tight.

At this point it’s 10pm and everything is closed, except the ER. He could still breath fine, so to avoid a hospital trip we decided to take LOTS of Benadryl and just keep an eye on things. I set my alarm. We went to bed after he was feeling better and three hours later, I woke up to check on him and give him more meds. I felt like I had a new born again. IMG_0515I had a hard time falling back asleep and Ian is pumped full of drugs, so at this point our household is pretty tired. It was a crazy night! We started with a UTI and almost ended up in the hospital. I am so thankful he is okay and feeling better. We have another prescription waiting at the pharmacy. Hope this next one works okay with no side effects.

This whole thing has once again shown me that the Lord is in control and that in a moment he can take away the things we hold so dear – health, money, and our loved ones. I am just so thankful we are on the road to recovery. He is faithful to show me my sin in these type of situations and so kind to teach me gently.

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Aug 17

buttermilk biscuits with local honey

Today was a “biscuits and honey” kind of day. So I whipped up a batch of these fluffy biscuits. As they were coming out of the oven, I knew I had to open up my new jar of “Hughes Honey“. I love that it’s local and that it’s from our good friends, the Hughes. What could be better? So I slathered my biscuit with some butter, followed by a spoonful of this yummy, gooey, sweet honey. Mmm Mmm good! Thanks Keri for the yummy honey!

biscuits and honeyHope you enjoyed your Friday. We sure did. It was a fun day spent at the park with friends, grocery shopping, hanging with Ian and the kiddos, and eating yummy food. What more could you ask for?



Aug 16

thankful thursday #5

Hey y’all. Hope you have had a great week. I woke up this morning to 66 degree weather and two cranky kids, so we got all strapped in our Bob Stroller and headed out for a nice, long, cool walk. It was just what I needed. I love walking with my kids. I love looking down and seeing there cute, chubby feet sticking out from under the stroller cover. I love fresh air and this morning, there was a certain crispness to the air. Perfection.jobie and mama snuggles snuggliesThis weather has me anticipating a sweater and riding boots. I have been saying for months that I can’t wait to be cold and all bundled up. What can I say? I am a true Washingtonian, but I do love the sun… just with out all the humidity. So thankful for cooler weather, my fancy Bob Stroller, two kids to share the walk with, and their ever so cute little toes hanging out in the fresh air.ruthie girl rooroo ruthieOn a different note, the last few days we have been making lots of tents and forts. It’s been loads of fun. I love how the little things in life, like a blanket draped over the crib, can bring so much joy and so many smiles. As I always say, I am one blessed mama.IMG_1129 IMG_1126

happy thursday!


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Aug 9

thankful thursday #4

This week has been a week of fighting for joy. It’s been a long hard fight. But it’s funny, because the week seems to be chalked full of things to be thankful for. Since my little man just turned two, I thought I would spend this post focused on him.sleeping babyWhere to begin with my little Jobie? He is such a delight. He isn’t talking much, but certainly making progress. He loves cars, trucks, balls, anything that has to do with Dada, and loves to make his sissy laugh. He hates the dog jumping on him, going down the dark hall way, and eating.fallHe had his 2 year check up this week as well. I was a little nervous for it because he is on the small side (since he stopped nursing at 8 months) and hates eating. Those two things don’t make for a good program for growth. But the Lord is faithful. He weighed in at 25.9lbs (34%) and 34.5 in (39%). The Lord has been faithful to take the little amount that my boy eats and grow him strong. He may be on the small side, but healthy nonetheless. I know this may seem like a small thing, but I want to give Him praise for keeping my little man healthy. I know that’s a gift and it’s one to be very thankful for.screamingOn a much lighter note, I have been eating up all the Jobie cuddles recently! He has fallen asleep on me in the last month, more than I ever remember. He has been climbing up on my lap more to get in a few hugs and then off to play again. He gives the best “squeezy” hugs and big, wet, juicy kisses. He is so affectionate, like his daddy. He has a good man to emulate. I fear Ruthie takes after me… She wants to be with her people all the time, but no need for snuggles. :)IMG_0555So on this Thursday, I find myself fighting to be thankful, all the while, knowing I am blessed far more then I deserve. We do serve a kind God, who lavishes an abundance of sweet gifts on His people. What a great picture of the gospel.



Aug 2

thankful thursday #3

I am sure I’m going to say this every week, but how is it already Thursday? I thought I would format this week’s post a little differently for a couple of reasons. First, my computer is down so I am using Ian’s computer. Which in turn means I don’t have access to any of my pictures. And second, this week marks our church’s 5 year anniversary so I thought I would pay a little tribute to my local church, Redeemer Community Church.

We had the privilege of attending Redeemer for the first time three years ago on the anniversary Sunday. We had just moved here from WA and didn’t know a soul. We felt very alone being so far away from everyone we knew but we were warmly greeted and overwhelmed by all the invitations to lunch and dinner. The invitations were so abundant we were booking weeks out! We knew that first Sunday that this was the church for us. And just three months later, we became members.

It has been so refreshing to be at Redeemer. It’s just enough like our old stomping grounds but at the same time, the Lord is using it to challenging us in new areas. It’s been a joy to be apart of the Redeemer family. We love the people, fellowship, and worship. We are so very thankful for this body of believers and for its leadership. It’s been so great to see the Gospel lived out by the leaders and the congregation.

So on this muggy, dreary, Thursday I’m feeling very thankful. My husband told me the first month we were here, that by the time it came time for us to leave, I would be sad. I didn’t believe him… but once again, he was so very right.

happy thursday!

PS- We still have at least one more school year here! We aren’t leaving tomorrow. :)