Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Unrelated Topics

*unrelated topics*

i have a hair appt today. hooray!

and high time i tell ya.

gray is such a great color...for clothes. paint. boots. pillows.
blog backgrounds.
even hair.
as in...other people's hair.
mine? not so much. maybe someday.
but for now i am loving me some hair highlights and dye.

funny. how for so long i thought that gray hair was for my mom's age group.and kids are thinking the same thing.  

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photos by my friend at journey

it's been a few months ago already that i shared about jared getting his driving permit here. thanks so much for all of the congratulatory comments for him... and the empathetic encouragement, prayers and even a "bless your heart" for me!!!  i felt the cheers and the love. pleased bless your hearts. and as always, it meant the world.  
the "kids driving stage" was in the far-off future. like gray hair. right?
and now... how did i get here so fast?

is there ever a time in life when we aren't saying that?

and i'm trying to remember what was really so expensive about having two little boys in diapers at the same time...when considering the cost of insurance for teenage boys driving our vehicles. shocked

i didn't actually ride with jared for the first 6-ish weeks. a quick review of my job description *snicker* revealed that "teaching children to drive" was not to be found anywhere at all. and the lifetime allottment for addendums is already maxed out. winky i'm doing alot that i'm really not good at. whatevah *anyone?* so whew. glad that The Farmer is taking that one on. laughing

but jared is doing a great job. really he is.
from tearing around our kitchen 15 years ago on his little red plastic fire engine...
to riding on two wheels at the age of three...
then dirt bikes and on to *inserting loyalty* John Deere farm tractors with implements.
he does very well at handling a vehicle.

i'm trying hard not to remember that riding or driving something also always included ramping, "making air," wheelies and "look ma! no hands!"
it's the other drivers who i'm scared of mostly.
that. and there's only one way to change his inexperience with other drivers.
a deeply touching duh is what i'm feeling here. howabout you?

and then...there's this too with jared.
also exciting.
i already posted on fb, but wanted to share with you, my xanga friends as well.

he soloed on december 11th.
that's him in that plane. ^^^
flying alone...before he can even drive alone.

when i told a friend, someone who already knew about jared's flight training, our conversation went something like this;
me: jared soloed today!
her: cool! by himself?
me: yes.
her: but with his instructor in the plane.
me: no.
her: *gasp* you mean by himself by himself ?!
me: yes. taking off. flying. landing. all by himself. no instructor in the plane.


photo by proud mom. pleased
as jared was taking off... he rocked the wings to say, "hey mom and dad. look at me."

flashbacks. oh the flashbacks.

ummm...shouldn't you be concentrating on Flying.The.Plane? shocked
later his flight instructor said , "i thought he was acting like a hot dog." laughing

well. imagine that.

signed and dated, first solo t-shirt.
gray hair.
driving permit.
flying solo.

unrelated topics?


maybe not.


and now i'm wondering. can you over use emoticons?

i'm thinking... not with gray hair.
driving permits and solo flights.



or with a...
Merry CHRISTmas!!! happy happy happy happy blush
and lots of love. heart shy blush

from me to you,
my family to yours;

may you experience His presence ~ peace
may you be strengthened with His love ~ joy
may you see "the light before the sunrise." ~ hope

"...with the Lord is unfailing love
and with Him is full redemption. " psalm 130:7

Friday, November 4, 2011

[Not A This Moment]



{this moment} - is a friday ritual. inspired by SouleMama "a single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. a simple, special, extraordinary moment.
a moment I want to pause, savor and remember."
and then there's this; not a this moment.
also on a friday. but with more than one picture. and words. capturing...something.
which includes This Moment moments. yes it does.

but i can't say that i am the kind of girl who can embrace and savor electricity-less-ness for long.
a quick perfunctory hug is about all i can muster.
and that's only because who doesn't love a candle lit papa john's pizza dinner?
yay for not cooking on a saturday night!

jacob suggested snapping the photo of the leaf imprint in the snow. happysighlove. 

but then after that?
i am ready to turn on the upstairs hall light en route to my hot shower with my dishes happily being washed without me. yes. i can hear what i wrote. i know how spoiled that sounds. is.

i just love electricity and indoor plumbing.
and am so very newly grateful for both.
hot and cold water when i want it. where i need it.
lights that turn on. a running refrigerator and flushing pottys.
working oven, hair appliances, washer, dryer, bathtub and coffee pot.

whenever our electric is off, i think of those brave pioneer women of long ago.
and wonder. they did that.

at least they had the pony express for all of their printed out email needs. right?
maybe it was a pizza delivery service too. not sure.
i just love history and i'm trying to remember exactly how that was.
chalk it up to what audrey explained so nicely as mommybrain.


anyway. we had at least six inches of the wettest heaviest snow ever.

in october.

in october!


lots of trees and limbs on the fences. the worst of our damages.
but many are still without power north of here, even as i write.  


recently i found this quote. and it made a {this moment} moment in my head.
a simple, special, extraordinary moment.
and it's one that i've paused. am savoring. and not just to remember...
but to know. live. rest.

"Our God is predictable in His character, but He is unpredictable in His activity."
"you cannot box God in. when you put a lid on a box, it doesn't limit God; it limits your awareness of God. He's still moving and speaking, yet you can be unaware of His transcendance, His greatness, and His ability because it's outside of your little box." ~ priscilla shirer

012038's to friday and the weekend!
new this moments. and the not ones.
and to keeping the lids off of our boxes.

know. live. rest.