Monday, June 20, 2011


I'm able to upload my pictures!  Here's are a few:

Nightime view from my sister's backyard


We visited Red Rocks Canyon one day.  Beautiful!!

I have a lot more but I'll save those for when I get back to VA. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

No pictures for now

I'm having a great time at my sister's.  The temperature has been in the 100's so we have spent a lot of time in the pool! 

I won't be posting any pictures until I get back.  My laptop froze up on me so I won't be able to upload anything.  I can't access my e-mail either. 

It's actually a blessing in disguise.  I would probably be reading and checking up on email when I just need to be relaxing.  I just dread having a full inbox, though!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We're Here!

Julianne and I arrived safely, and very tired, in Nevada.  My sister was at the airport and we made our way to her house.  I took a shower when I got there; I always feel so grimy after traveling all day, especially on a plane. By the time I hit the pillow it was about 1:00 am....4:00 am according to my body!

My suitcase doesn't look as messy as the one above but I am all unpacked and ready for two weeks of relaxing.  I hope to post some pictures later today.  My sister's backyard is a paradise!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Getting Ready...

Monday evening Julianne and I will be flying out to spend two weeks at my sister's house in Nevada.  This is Julianne's graduation (birthday/Christmas) present.  We're really excited and looking forward to spending the time just relaxing.

We have a few excursions planned; most notably we'll be spending two days at the Grand Canyon.  Driving out one day, spending the night and the next day there.  One of the things we're looking forward to is a Star Party, where amateur astronomers from across the country bring their telescopes and share their knowledge with us.  I'm so looking forward to this!!

It's going to be wonderful to get a close-up view of God's heavenly creation.  And to be able to see the Milky Way in the dark sky.  Psalm 19:1-6:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
   and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
   and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words,
   whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
 5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
   and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them,
   and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A Reminder to Myself

I didn't heed my own advice to leave margin in my day and I paid the price.  I'm so tired!!  This morning was my team's day to feed the homeless and that is always a busy day.  Actually a busy two days because I shop for all the salad ingredients the day before and do a lot of the prep work.

We finish serving and cleaning up around 1:00 and then we all go out to lunch together...and then head home. But, today, for some reason I thought I should just add a bunch of extra errands into the mix before we went home.  By the time we got everything accomplished and returned home, it was almost 5:00!!

When I don't allow enough margin in my day, then I feel rushed and irritated because I'm trying to get a lot done in a little amount of time.  If there's not enough margin, then there is no room for mistakes....and no room for ministry.  I won't be able to talk with the bank clerk or cashier.  Margin is something that's very important to my sanity!!

If you haven't read Margin yet, I hope you'll pick up a copy. It will definitely help you to create "white space" around your time, finances, health and spiritual life.  Click here to find it on Amazon:  Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives.

(I'm an Amazon Associate and I earn a referral fee if you click through to the link and purchase the book.  No one has bought any yet so I don't know how much I earn.  :-D)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Julianne's 17th Birthday and Prom

Julianne and her friends getting ready to go to the  Christian Alternative Prom
Julianne and Morgan
Lovely Ladies

Friends over for Julianne's 17th Birthday.  They were supposed to watch a movie but decided to just sit around and talk!

Friday, June 03, 2011

Some Good Deals on Books for Kindle

These deals won't stay around forever so check them out.  Remember, you don't need a Kindle device to read these books.  You can download the Free Kindle Apps! to most Smartphones and computers.  

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


After reading this article over at Copperswife, I was inspired to dejunk my junk drawers! Here's what it looked like before:

I found a set of drawer dividers at Target.  It was much cheaper buying this pack than buying them separately and trying to figure out if they would fit.

And here's the results:

If you are looking for some good homekeeping and homeschooling tips, articles, book reviews, etc., then please stop over to Cheryl's blog, Copperswife, and visit a while.  I really enjoy reading her blog because she is a woman whose passion is for the Lord and for her home.