January 20, 2013

my week.

1. This week I stayed home a lot. Ollie and I made this bustling metropolis from bristle blocks.

But don't be too impressed with our architectural skills. We just followed directions on the label.

Here is Twain's addition to our city. Looks more like that robot Wall-E. But don't tell him I said so.

2. The boys have taken to plastering pictures on their walls with my washi tape.

Hm. Wonder where they got that idea from.

Oh my word, this literally pains my eyes (kitties + dala horses= no). But what am I supposed to do? I don't want to hurt Ollie's feelings.

3. This winter has been unseasonably cold. There was frost on the ground for over a week straight. I don't know how some of you guys survive the snow. Tell me. How does your body adjust? I think my body went into shock. I feel stiff and slow.

I wear this hoodie 24/7. I get strange comments when I walk into trader joes, looking like an eskimo. But I care not.

This picture was taken a few weeks ago when my dearie Jessica was out visiting. Every visit with her is always special and requires documentation.

4. My sister Jessica lent me her Pride and Prejudice and Emma DVD's. Finn actually sat and watched Emma with me. He's at such a fun age where we enjoy many of the same books and movies.

I have come to a conclusion: Girls these days don't really look like girls anymore. (Please don't take offense at me... I mean no insult to anyone).

It's just that...they used to wear fun girlie dresses all the time. And dress up and go to balls. Even though I have two left feet, I imagine that even I would enjoy dancing at a ball. My only consolation is that I would most likely look pretty mousy in one of those fancy gowns--you kind of need a fabulous full figure to pull that off. And I am also consoled by the fact that I love my jeggings too much to wear a dress every day. But it would be fun for a while, no?

And I'm so fascinated by all the manners that took place in that society. I had to ask my sister a million questions like "Why was Mr. Collins not supposed to introduce himself to Mr. Darcy?" And "When boys called on girls, why did they just stiffly sit there and make awkward conversation?"

5. I went to a very special funeral this week. This is my beloved beautiful friend Megan and her husband. Megan's mama went to be with Jesus, after fighting a courageous battle.

Megan(and her mama) and Jason are my heroes. They have taught me so much through their sufferings.

It was a bittersweet journey, walking alongside them as they faithfully took care of Megan's sweet beautiful mama. Bitter in that I hate to watch my loved ones suffer. Sweet in that it's such an honor to be with my dear friends in both their joys and sorrows.

"Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn" Romans 12:15.

Our pastor Eric did the service. I think he was the perfect person. He never ever sounds like he's reciting from a text book. In fact, you never know what Eric is going to say. He speaks directly from his heart and is very authentic. At church he always says things like "Wrinkles are beautiful because it means you smiled your whole life and worked hard outdoors". Love that.

At the funeral, he somehow made me feel glad to be mourning, if that is possible. He said,

"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting" Ecclesiastes 7:2.

Let's face it. Most of us would rather not go to a funeral. I know I would not. Our bodies would much rather go to a party. But in reality, our souls actually need to go to a house of mourning...without all the noise and distractions of a party. Because at a funeral, we actually sit still and think about what is really important: our eternal destination.

And he encouraged us not to fight our sadness and to just go with it. Which is a good thing, because I was blinking back tears as soon as I drove up. It was a relief to not have to pretend to be brave.

At the same time, he reminded us that we don't mourn like the rest of the world, because we have the hope of Jesus.

It's still hard though(Pastor Eric on the left).

Dear friend Barbie and I. She has been such a consolation through this all.

6. John was looking for recipes on Pioneer Women's blog tonight. I find this slightly disturbing.

And then he emailed me a link so I can make her sloppy joes.

Is this normal behavior for one's husband?

7. Finally. And I've decide that 3 cats is too many cats(I know, I know. Some of you are probably thinking "I told you so!" Go ahead. Rub it in).

However, like Marilla said when Anne got into so much trouble in the early days: "But I've put my hand to the plow and I won't look back."

Because even though I'm tripping over cats (and boys) , I love these kitties so much it's ridiculous. I could never get rid of any of them.

Not a day goes by where I don't tell Blue "you are such a great beauty". I'm am simply in awe of her.

And I'm convinced that Moo has social anxiety disorder or some type of kitty spectrum disorder. He scrambles away as fast as he can whenever anyone so much as glances at him. But when you are all snuggled up in bed, he comes and nestles in...and I find it so endearing. 


  1. So many things!
    1. I love Emma and Pride and Prejudice and anything else that involves manners that have long been lost. Masterpiece Classic theater is what I'd prefer to watch above all else.
    2. Marilla and Anne--I feel like I grew up with them. So glad you love them, too!
    3. My heart is heavy for your mourning, and for your friend losing her mama. Praying for peace and healing for all of you.

  2. Where is everyone getting the washi tape from?!

    Sad to hear of your friend :(

    1. i got my washi tape online somewhere because they have a better selection. but they do sell it at target and michaels too.

  3. Marilla and Anne. YES!
    Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy. YES!

    So sorry to hear of your friend's mama. Mourning and sadness, while a necessary part of life, are so difficult. Although I do agree with everything you said (you have a wise Pastor!!)

    And oh, oh, oh your kittens are the sweetest. You are definitely brave for having so many in your house, but they sure are adorable :)


  4. I've lived my whole 26 years with snowy winters (Alberta, CA) and I dislike it greatly :( I love where I live, but yeah, I could do without the snow. Although...there's nothing quite like making fresh tracks in new snow, or watching it fall gently thru the window while sipping on hot chocolate. And you definitely have a high appreciation for the summer :)
    But right now it is -19C with the windchill (I think that's around 0F) and i would LOVE to be on a warm beach right now. Sigh.

  5. you're my fav...i love you and will call soon:)

  6. If you read ebooks, I'd recommend Rachel Van Dyken's regencies. (Although I think most of her books are available in paperback as well.) She writes clean, sweet romances that echo Pride and Prejudice. :)

  7. It's sunshiney but cold here today. Stay inside, snuggle and love your kiddos a little extra! So sorry to hear about your friend's mama. Anything from Pioneer Woman is worth trying! Her white chicken chili recipe is to.die.for. And easy. Have a good week!

  8. I love what you said about our mourning being different. Prayers with the family. Those pictures brought tears to my eyes.. The way you lit the three crosses is beautiful.
    I do hope your kitties stay sweet and special to your heart instead of overwhelming you with work!

  9. Yeah, people don't look like that anymore...except for oddballs like me who have an "old world look." Yes, people (more than one) have said that to me. Mostly it means I look completely silly in anything remotely trendy. =P

    Mourning can be hopeful when we have Jesus. It really does make a world of difference. It's a blessing that our sadness has an end. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. i know this is like totally the least important thing you wrote about, but those sloppy joes are killer. my husband loves them. like loves them. hope you guys like them as much as we do.

  11. I think the kitties look perf next to the horses. :) You know I love me some adorable kitties!!!

    I need to come visit yours and get my fix. I miss my sweet Pete so!

  12. I made those sloppy joes and my husband liked them alot. He said they were even better in his lumch the next day. And yes, I do love me some Pride and Prejudice. But it's 4 degrees here and those dresses would be pretty dang cold.

  13. oh man. my kids tape EVERYTHING to the walls these days. it's like a washi tape hoarder house over here.
    i like your eskimo hoodie.
    i'm sorry about your friend's mom. so hard.
    and you. you and your CATS. crack me up!

    love you. miss you.

  14. If you're loving the P&P, you'd love Downton Abbey if you haven't checked it out already

  15. I've made a lot of Pioneer Woman food. Luke loves it. So I keep making it.

  16. i had a dog like your moo. it really made me feel special when he let you pet him, it know it meant he really liked me : )

    I love your thoughts and your pastors words about the funeral and death. What a great joy we have knowing that this world is not our home.

    I just made the pioneer women's homemade tortillas last night.oh.my.goodness. they were soooooooooo good.

  17. Oh my GOODNESS, this world is so small!
    I found you through emeryjo.blogspot a long time ago. I think I discovered her blog through her myspace music page ages ago.
    I have been loving checking in on your blog in the past year or so, reading on and on and being so encouraged and loving your photos and the fun way you tell stories, especially about your boys, and the way you link things with your kids to the Lord.
    Just saw the photo of "Pastor Eric"
    and I know him.
    From Hume Lake!
    I started going there as a camper in the late 90s, worked there very often from 2002-2007 and did the Joshua Wilderness Institiute in 03-04. (When I wasn't at Hume during those years, I was taking courses at a community college, or more often, volunteering at an orphanage in Jamaica.)

    Small world.
    Hume does that though!
    Even when traveling in Australia last year, I met an American kid at the air port from a school in Papua New Guinea that Hume brings camp to! And when in Jamaica, some high schoolers who came to serve at the orphangage for a day were wearing Wildwood bracelets.

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