Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Here's a snippet of an email he sent:
We hit the 5 month mark of being here. It feels as if this has been a really long vacation and now it is time to go home. It would be so good to be home with you this time of year, but with your prayers and God’s strength we press on. We each recently had our first of 3 formal language evaluations. It is cool to share that we both are where we ought to be and are progressing well.
Still though it's humbling! In trying to compliment and tell a middle aged woman that she was still (muda)=young, I instead said she was (murah)=cheap. Embarrassed after realizing my mistake I then tried to correct myself and say the right word but still got the word wrong calling her (mudah)=easy. I essentially called her cheap and easy! (muda, mudah, murah)...they really shouldn't let me talk.
You can check out their website here. I'm sure a few words of encouragement would go a long way to build their spirits up, even from strangers.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
My grandmother was a story teller and boy did she have a lot of stories to tell. We video taped her right before she died telling some of those stories. I can't even imagine how many memories were lost by not writing them down. She was an artist too and if there had been such a thing as art journaling then I'm sure she would have been amazing at it.
I am finding these days that I just can't remember things very well. It has nothing to do with age, just too much to remember in everyday life that crowds out the important stuff. They say when you get really old all you remember is stuff from your growing up years so maybe it will all come back to me. In the meantime I will write a memory down as it comes and see how many I get. These pages in my journal will have less to do with art and more about the journaling.
The last week has been so cold here that I just can't get warm. It finally warmed up today and feel like I can actually function. BRR! The only problem is that now we get the rain forever and ever and ever. We would have snow if the two would meet in the middle. I guess I will keep hoping for another week.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The other ornament that brings back many memories is one that I have had as long as I can remember. My two sisters had similar ones in pink and green but mine was blue and I have hung it on the tree every year. It is a girl singing, probably in the church choir. As a little girl I sang all the time so that is probably why I was given this one.
And finally, we have the tradition of making our first bowl of chex mix while we decorate the tree. It gets passed around and enjoyed by all. It is kind of funny to me that quite a few of our traditions have been started without a thought to them being a tradition in the years to come. We just did something and then repeated it the next year and then the kids thought it was a tradition that we did every year. Now, if we miss doing something, they are upset. When we are all done decorating we turn off all the lights, except the tree lights and sing Silent Night.
Now we are ready to put some packages under the tree. I guess I had better get wrapping.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
OK, I have waited since the first Cricut came out for it to be affordable. Of course I was a scrapbooker way back then but there are many other uses for this wonderful die cut machine. I am making Christmas tags right now. I have also cut out letters to use in my journal. Isn't it pretty and it is so easy to use too. It is addicting though. When I first sat down to figure it out, a couple of hours just flew by without me even knowing. I was just cutting and pasting away. The Xyron Create a Sticker maker works really well with this machine.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I had a great Thanksgiving. All my kids came with my in-laws and my niece and her husband. The food was good too. I was a bit nervous when I woke up to put the turkey in the oven and the refrigerator had frozen it, YIKES! Not something you want to find when you are on a time table. I worked a little magic and it all came out beautiful and yummy and on-time. I was so caught up in getting everything taken care of I forgot to take pictures. I get so frustrated when I do that. We need another photographer in the family that isn't the hostess and the cook. Amanda, if you are reading this, I am crowning you the new family photographer. Be prepared with camera in hand. Anyhoo, it was lovely and I am very thankful for my family even though they make me want to pull my hair out most of the time :)
I'm off to create. YEAH!