Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ain't That the Truth!

Love this page from my daily ME calendar.  It says, "Too many people go through life running from something that isn't after them."  Lol!  The picture is perfect!!!

October Sunset

Kylen alerted me to an incredible sunset one evening, possibly the most spectacular I've ever seen, just outside our front door.  Wish I was faster at setting up the tripod, it might have turned out better.  But this gives you some idea.  Gone after just a few minutes . . .

Fall Bugs

Early in October, the bugs were thick for several days.  Kylen went on a bike ride and lived to regret it.  I got a knock at the door, and he was standing there, saying he thought I might want to get a picture.  He was covered, from his legs and arms to his face and clothes.  At one point he urged me to hurry, as the bugs were tickling.  Ick!!!  Now that's what I call tough.  No way could I stand there and have my picture taken with bugs plastered all over me.

October Update

It's been awhile, hasn't it?!  How time does fly during heavy schooling!  October, like September, revolved around books and co-op, with little time for anything else!

Kylen enjoyed getting back into guitar - more than I thought he would - and looks forward to practicing each day.  He liked his volleyball co-op class and playing games with friends during study hall.  Unfortunately, volunteering at the library was taking a toll on our schedule, so he had his last day in mid-October.  But he enjoyed his three months there, and we are thankful for the experience.  He has been able to do some volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission (UGM), although we are finding that many of their needs are during the day, when Greg is at work.  I'm not sure we'd be able to squeeze much more into our schedule right now, so that is probably for the best.  I'm sure God will put the time they spend there to good use.  Case in point, Greg has been going to a weekly men's Bible study he was introduced to through a gentleman he met there!

The apples class I co-taught at co-op was well received.  I hope to post about it . . . although I haven't even finished the post about the chocolate class I taught last spring!!  Sigh . . .   ;-)

I developed a new symptom in late October and won't go into details, but I saw an ob/gyn yesterday.  She thinks it is an infection, and I'm on antibiotics.  I hope she's right and that this is not a new direction my illness is going!  I had two very miserable weeks and am still needing to minimize sitting.  Prayers are appreciated!

I think the highlight of the month was going to my uncle's house on Halloween.  Good friends of ours were able to join us, and we all had a lot of fun.  I will try to do a post on it while catching up a bit.  I'm currently focusing much of my attention on planning our co-op's annual Christmas party, and Greg and Kylen have quite a bit of UGM training this month.  We also have a couple of Thanksgiving gatherings and an outing or two planned, which we are looking forward to.  God is good!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

No Man Is An Island

I've been humming this song for a couple of days but didn't remember lyrics.  So I decided to look them up, and it spoke to me about friendships, how they always seem to be in flux . . . and my unending desire to reach out more.  Especially this time of year when I feel so busy, too busy to give the way I would like.  If you're a friend reading this, know that I care about you!!!  And if I'm too busy to do much for you, I can still listen, and I can always pray!!  May the Lord bless you!


I won't run, I will stay
I'm not leaving you
I know there's friction here
The struggle makes us new

I wish you never thought you had to go
Wish you never thought you had to leave
Together we can lift each other up
We can build a shelter for the weak

No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
You don't have to fight me, I am for you
We're not meant to live this life alone

I see fear in your eyes
There's no safety here
Oh, my friend, let me in
I will share your tears

I wish you never thought you had to go
I wish you never thought you had to leave
We can always lift each other up
We can build a shelter for the weak, come on

No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
Please don't try to fight me, I am for you
We're not meant to live this life alone

Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let's reach out to something higher
Ain't no life outside each other
We are not alone
Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let's reach out to something higher
Eyes open to one another
We are not alone

No man is alone
Why you try to fight me
We don't have to do it alone
We don't have to do it alone
We don't have to do it alone

Friday, October 3, 2014

Neat Story

Just read this in Angels magazine.  Touching!

It was a brisk, late autumn day when a group of us hiked Mather Point in the Grand Canyon. My fellow travelers had been patient with me, stopping every so often so I could catch my breath.

“Go on ahead,” I said when we reached the observation point. “I’ll wait here till you pick me up on the way back.”

I found a rock to sit on while I waited. I was sorry to be looking out at the breathtaking landscape with no one to share it with. Well, no one I knew, at least.

A bus had pulled up and dozens of Japanese tourists filed out. Last was an elderly man. I moved over on my rock to make room for him to sit beside me.

I wanted to tell him how honored I was to witness God’s work, but we had no language in common. Just then he began singing in a low, gentle voice.

The words were in Japanese, but I recognized the tune: "Amazing Grace." I joined him in English. He motioned for us to stand up. The Japanese tourist and I finished the song on our feet, our arms locked, appreciating one of God’s greatest wonders, together.

Turns out we had plenty of languages in common, like the language of music–and of faith.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Update

September was all about school!  High school is turning out to be pretty intense.  Kylen and I are both more than ready for a break once the weekend arrives.  He is ahead of schedule in a couple of subjects and barely staying on schedule in others.  He usually has light homework in the evenings.  I planned most subjects to be done in 8 months rather than 9 to give ourselves a little buffer and the possibility of a much lighter schedule during December.

The apples class I'm co-teaching at our co-op is going well.  Having a co-teacher has taken some of the pressure off of me to make sure I have an hour's worth of material prepared.  Plus, she is doing all the prep for the lapbook portion of the class, which is a LOT of paper cutting!

I am also working on organizing our co-op's Christmas party.  This one will be more elaborate than last year but not as intense as 2012.  There will be crafts and games, but the prize system will be simpler.  Our theme is "A White Christmas."  Lots of blue, white, and snow!

My health is doing well.  My doctor told me she thinks I'm in remission!  Most of my meals follow the strict diet, but I have been experimenting with going off it more over the past month.  We've eaten out a few times, and I will occasionally have a small portion of what Kylen is eating for dinner.  I've noticed a reaction a few times, like my thumb joint being sore for a few days, but for the most part I've felt pretty good!  It's great to know I can be free to eat other things occasionally and not stress about it.

Fall hasn't really set in here.  A few leaves, but our grass is still green and the days are usually nice.  We're not complaining!