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Reusing Glass Jars...

Found this in the Family Fun Magazine I get from a friend. Thought this was a super neat idea.

ps. we've been stranded at home for the past two days... snowing heavily and consistenly for two days. no joke, no exaggeration. i kind of feel priviledged to witness this... in an odd sort of way. it's just crazy that there is that much precipitation in the atmosphere!!


There were several robins in my tree today! Even thought it was snowing!!! So spring has got to be close right? ;)

And this picture is from a few days before when the sun was shining. I was motivated to put up my Grandma's suncatchers. Rainbows reflecting everywhere.

The Flood 2009 Update...

Sorry for a delay in updates... we were stranded in J-town for 2 days. So yesterday was our first full day home. I didn't feel like spending it infront of a computer. Our house is fine. The town looks good despite one poor house which you will see in the pictures below. So these pictures tell mostly about Tuesday and then what we saw on our drive home on Thursday.


The Flood 2009...

It is officially upon us. Fargo called up the National Guard, major sandbagging efforts are in process. Record flooding is predicted. We have a crew going tomorrow- weather permitting. If we can't make it, there seems to be plenty of opportunities to help around here too. Tomorrow is supposed to dump inches of snow on top of all the water that is standing out there now. I'm hearing of flooding everywhere... many members from church have water in their basements, our church has seepage in the basement we found tonight. Anne Carlson (special needs school) was evacuated tonight. All the patients/students were sent to nursing homes and the hospital. Valley City is near flooding. Western North Dakota is flooding. Our river just outside of town, is extremely high. Our basement is normal with the damp walls and floors. A new development is the soft spot in the ceiling above me. It's from a vent in the porch addition. Knowing what it is still doesn't comfort me... cause it's getting larger. :) Prayers are very much welcome for the people of North Dakota. Flooding on both ends of the state are happening right now. Just got a long email from a friend in Hazen with tons of water pics. The snow storm occuring now seems like a cruel joke of mother nature. In the end, buckle down, do the hard work,continue to look to the Lord for guidance and strength to do the right things, and bring his message of hope where ever we can- through our actions and words.


That would describe my week. Nauseousness is ruling my days (right now apples are my friends). Wanting to sleep. So nothing exciting here to report. Plenty of things I'd love to do, but not motivated... like my mom said, it's good to just listen to your body right now... so sleep if you need to, cause you're going to wish you could later. :) So yes, I am pregnant, which is crazy! I'm definitely looking forward to the second trimester where supposedly I'll feel a lot better. :) I'm looking forward to our first doctor visit where I can find out more about how far along I truly am.

ps. I'm glad my lack of motivation hasn't affected my D. Today he carried all these bricks from the basement and started a makeshift path so we don't have to trudge through mud all spring.

The weekend...

So we had guests from Thursday to Saturday. They were excellent and full days. D's parents and my dear friend Elizabeth from Bits of Sunshine were our guests. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was to have you E! She was such a sport to our randomness, plus she jumped in and made meals, did my dishes, helped with random projects, even taught me a few things like how to make french knots and a yummy curry chicken recipe! Seriously, I need to have you come visit more often. It was so fun to talk about crafts, ideas for our house, and just plain catch up. It was super nice to have someone there who understands what it is like to be pregnant (we just found out this past Sunday!! so probably some posts in the future about that). You'll have to check out her blog to see if she has anymore to add about her weekend away... plus you can wish her a belated happy birthday (it was on Sunday). So on top of having a wonderful childhood friend here, we had D's parents who were all about getting projects done! We got the furnace taken out (we are going to electric heat), D's dad patched my whole in the wall, doors dusted, a washer moved out and a new one in, moved a deep freeze in only to discover that it doesn't work- so out again. And D's mom was so helpful in the kitchen too. The washer was $50 plus the gas to drive the bus down a super bumpy road to get it. It works wonderfully! Our house truly felt like home this weekend. It was a such a great weekend for me!
And to end the weekend, we had a family fun day at church... 2 hrs of games and fellowship. Here are some pictures to share from the weekend:

My new washer! I did 6 loads this weekend!

Elizabeth's yummy curry chicken

From Family Fun day at church... this is what happens when you throw darts at balloons


Most Tuesdays of the month, you'll find me here in the afternoon... in our church basement with some of my favorite ladies. They are the "quilting ladies", and from whom I gleaned most of my quilting knowledge from, and therefore to whom most of my gratitude of quilting knowledge is due.
It's usually quite a full afternoon of assembling layers, pinning the edges, and tying them... well and then there is always "lunch" afterwards where yummy desserts are served with interesting conversations of days gone by.

Around the house...

Sunshine, warming the place up. After a warm spell this week, where it even rained, the north wind once again returned, and brought cold weather.

Going on over a month with no washing machine... we are sooo close! This one is just not going to make it. D did an amazing job of getting the machine this far, but in the end, there are too many things that are broken. I'm honestly not sad to see it go. :)

I was given more fabric. Pressure is on to start using it all, cause I'm out of storage room already!

Projects from Today:


That was it! It wasn't that I needed the security of a certain amount of money, it was that I needed the security of a relationship.... If I were going to give my life as a servant of the King, I had to know that King. What was He like? In what way could I trust Him? In the same way I trusted a set of impersonal laws? Or could I trust Him as a living leader, as a very present commander in battle? The question was central. Because if He were a King in name only, I would rather go back to the chocolate factory. I would remain a Christian, but I would know that my religion was only a set of principles, excellent and to be followed, but hardly demanding devotion.
Suppose on the other hand that I were to discover God to be a person, the sense that He communicated and cared and loved and led. That was something quite different. That was the kind of King I would follow into any battle. ~ p.65 God Smuggler

And still I had not reached a point where I knew I had found God's plan for my life.
"What is it, Lord? What am I holding back? What am I using as an excuse for not serving You in whatever You want me to do?"
And then, there by the canal, I finally had my answer. My "yes" to God had always been a "yes, but." Yes, but I'm not educated. Yes, but I'm lame. ~ p.55 God Smuggler

"The prayer of the heart is the prayer of truth. It unmasks the many illusions about ourselves and about God and leads us into the true relationship of the sinner to the merciful God."
~ Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Way of the Heart, 1981

Back in the day...

...when we had a fish tank... and snails. I was just browsing through my pics and found this one. Just a random post.

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