Monday, January 2, 2012

Word of the Year

So, I have been really leery to have a word of the year this year.  Last year I had "intentional joy".  It was one of the hardest years of my life.  I was scared to pick a new word. 

The word "Hope" kept coming back to me.  I was afraid of what that could entail.  I still didn't want to claim it, but after several confirmations I decided to go for it.

Yesterday, I was drinking tea from my new travel mug I got for Christmas.  I had originally bought two mugs for a wedding present for my nephew and his wife, but then decided I should find something else for their wedding.  I ended up giving one of the mugs to my dh and the other to me for Christmas.  I just wrapped them up and didn't think anything about it.

Fast forward to yesterday, as I was drinking my tea.  I looked at the mug more closely.   Guess what the mug says?  "Hope"  "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  Isa. 40:31"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sweet unexpected blessing...

I had something like that happen to me the other day. I was at the Dollar tree looking at Christmas ornaments and this little old man came up and asked if I was Norwegian. I said, yes I am. He then proceeded to sing me a Norwegian song set to the tune of O Christmas tree. It had 5 verses! He sang it loud and clear so everyone could hear! I had a hard time not crying, as my dad was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and would have loved to learn the song and chat with the man. I wish my kids had been with me that day, but it was sweet none-the-less.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Our Christmas Cards this year...

Stationery card
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wanna see something cool?


We were working with a group for an art project for Seattle Children's hospital. they are going to auction it off. http://youtu.be/1J5Hktupd8Y?hd=1. It was a lot of fun. I thought the video was really cool. You get to see my whole crew too.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

What my mother did and does for me that I still do for others...

My mother is a prayer warrior.  No matter where I was as a child, or young adult, I could count on her prayers.  I remember being on a youth group trip to the ocean and nearly drowning. After being in the rip tide for 30 minutes I had no strength left.  I opened my mouth to take a breath of water and join my beloved Jesus, but God had other plans. God performed a major miracle and transported me 500 yards in an instant to our youth group leader who carried me out of the ocean.  It was exactly at that time that my mother knew something was wrong, and was praying for me.  When I got home after the weekend she asked me, what happened at 2:43 p.m. on Saturday?  God knew I needed my mother's prayers.
    When I was at Bible college, I know it was my mother's prayers that helped me get through exams and illness.  When I was a missionary in Israel, my mother set a time to pray for me everyday.  Even today through my children's illnesses and hospitalizations, I know my mom's prayers are with me.  It is a comforting thought to think back over the years and see what God has brought me through.
    I am endeavoring to be a prayer warrior like my mom.  When people share their troubles with me, I might not have all the answers, but I can pray!   I am trying to teach my children to pray for others as well.  God wants us to be in daily communication with Him.  This is not just for dramatic, life threatening things, but the simple everyday things as well.  Finances, Health, Relationships, God is concerned with every aspect of our lives.  Prayer really does change things.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Home again....

We're home again.  We got to spend Easter with our church family.  It was so good to be back.  We were going to spend the day with my parents.  However, that is dependent upon the weather.  Yesterday it was sunny and 70 degrees.  We figured we could be outside at my parents place.  Unfortunately, the weather is rainy today,  so we're not able to go.  We'll have an empty Easter egg hunt here at home.  It's different, but good. 

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Battle of the Sweet tooth

Ok, I'll admit it.  I have a terrible sweet tooth.  I think I could eat candy or sweets practically at any time of the day.  Today, they called over the loud speaker that the coffee cart was available for the next ten minutes.  They give free coffee to the parents every so often.  Today I went down, and they had two big boxes of fancy donuts, chocolate covered marshmellows, and robin eggs!  Oh my.  I wanted a little of each!  Then, I remembered that back at the room were two kids that have been newly dignosed with diabetes.  It would be so mean of me to bring in all the treats.  Normally, I would bring a little treat back for the kids to eat too.  However, if I do that now, that means they get another poke and shot.  Treats just aren't worth extra pokes anymore.  So I skipped all the sweets, got a cup of coffee and two hotwheels.  I came back to the room with a clear conscience and happy kids.  This adjustment is so hard for the kids, and just a little bit hard for me.  I wonder how long it takes to get rid of a sweet tooth?

I was looking at a friend's blog post and saw her signature after each post.  I thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I would make one for my blog too.  Here it is:

What do you think?  :-)