2009-08-05

7 Quick Takes Friday #12




#1

I have been pathetically absent from the bloggy world this summer, so I decided I was going to do a Quick Takes post today if it killed me :)

We arrived in the US on June 24, and have been in Chicago, Kansas, Colorado and now Minnesota. We're here for another week and then we head south, to Miami and then Brazil to visit my Dad and his wife.

As always, furlough is a mixture of great moments with people we love and miss, and those moments when we'd do almost anything to sit on our own couch and sleep in our own beds.

#2

Meaghan got glasses. It took her a little while to get used to the idea, but she settled into them just fine.


#3

Nic, as usual, has approached this summer with unbridled enthusiasm. He has gone tubing, driven the speed boat, gone fishing and all number of other things. Often at the end of the day, he says "This was the best day EVER." Here he is with his first (and only) fish.


#4
My hard drive crashed the day before we left Colorado. Thankfully it was still under warranty at Best Buy, so I now have a new hard drive. I was impressed with the service I got from both Dell and the Geek Squad. I always forget the difference in customer service between Spain and the U.S.

#5

My stepsister Raquel got married in Brazil this past Saturday. She was a beautiful bride, and we're looking forward to meeting her new husband when we arrive in Brazil. I would show you a photo but Facebook has been crazy sluggish since the whole denial of service thing yesterday. Apparently Firefox does not like my new hard drive or something. Annoying!






#6

We have been enjoying an exceptionally cool summer. Everywhere we have been it has been bearable and often cool and rainy. Nice.

#7

One of the highlights of the summer so far was arranging for our friends Jonathan & Taryn to show up in Colorado at our Christian Associates conference. Troy and the kids didn't know about it, and their reactions were priceless. When they post the video of it, I'll have to put it on here.


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Happy Friday!

2009-06-22

He Who Began a Good Work

This morning I was walking to work, listening to my MP3 player. I felt a bit unsettled and was berating myself a bit for letting my hubby down.

Just as I rounded a corner, the Lord lifted my gaze. Most Mondays and Tuesdays since October, I have been walking by a house that has been under construction. Today, it was done. Not only was it done, but the construction fence had been taken down, and the flower bed in front of the house was planted with roses and shrubs.

Into my heart, He spoke.
"There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." Philippians 1:6
I am so grateful that He will one day complete the good work He has started in me. I've got a long way to go!

2009-06-21

Divine Appointments









A few weeks ago, Nic said to me, "Do you know who I really miss? Miss Julie. I wish I could see her again."

Miss Julie was Nic's speech and language therapist for more than a year, but this past year he didn't see her at all.

Last night, as our service ended, I came down the stairs in the building where we are meeting, after locking up the area we use for the kids. There was a woman standing by the elevators, and I offered her an offhand "Hola."

"Hi!" she said.

When I looked at her properly, lo and behold, it was Miss Julie!!

I went into the service, where Nic was standing on his chair so he could see the screen and sing along.

I said, "Come with me, buddy, I have a surprise for you. There is someone here you really wanted to see."

I opened the door. He took one look, and threw his arms around her. "I've missed you so much!"

How can you ignore a God who listens to the dreams of a 9-year-old boy, and reveals Himself so clearly?

2009-06-13

Fans

One of the beauties of living in Spain is the use of a fan in the summer. You can get them super cheap almost anywhere, and they are definitely not to display. They're for carrying in your purse, and flicking open at the bus stop, or on the bus, or the metro.

**When one searches for "fans" one gets people dressed up in team jerseys with painted faces :)

2009-06-10

Grasshoppers

When I was a kid, we lived in Brantford, Ontario for two years. I walked to school. At certain times of the year, I had to walk by a hedge that was absolutely full of grasshoppers. I hated that hedge, because often I would get bombarded by grasshoppers jumping on me.

I have told this story to my kids (in the spirit of "I had to walk to school both ways uphill".) So yesterday, Meg said to me, giggling, "You should have taken John the Baptist with you. He could have helped you!"

That girl makes me smile.

2009-06-08

Awards



Nicolas made it through the school year without any "expert" help. He had a great teacher, and between her efforts and us working with him, he did pretty well. The last day at school he got these two awards. :) These make me happier than many others could :) He and Meg also each got their Bible award for the year.

2009-06-05

7 Quick Takes Friday #11


#1

Summer is officially in session in our house. The kids finished school today at 1. We got home around 4, and there is already paper carnage spread around the living room. Nic raided the paper recycling he's making a waterfall apparently. And so it begins.

#2

The Michael W. Smith concert last night was amazing. This is the first concert like that we've been to in our 11 years in Spain; what a privilege! I was really happy that our kids got the chance to do it. It's great when Compassion International is involved too, love the exposure given to kids in need. It was a late concert, and by the time all the initial stuff was done it was 10 p.m. Nic had just said to me that he was ready to go home when the light show started and the music came up. His eyes about popped out of his head and he was on his feet clapping and having a blast. He did fade but rallied for the last number :) Bless him, that boy has no beat at all but he had a blast clapping and jumping around anyway.

#3

Ants have declared war on our household; more specifically on the kids' bathroom. We keep spraying and spraying and they keep coming. I think we have two varieties, one with wings and one without. Hello, warm temps.

#4

I am thoroughly annoyed with the amount of spam that is getting in my inbox. I use Outlook to manage things, but use google email, which does a pretty great job of keeping most spam in my spam folder. Not lately; I get more spam in my in box than real mail by far. Someone told me that it's because spammers are using images in the messages. Whatever they are doing, they are ridiculous! Imagine what they could accomplish if they put so much energy into something productive!!

#5

I am getting the hankering to mess with my blog again. Oh no, somebody stop me! :) I really love my background though, so I may just have to do a new header. We'll see. Or I could TOO LATE! I SHOULD be productive and work on organizing things for our summer furlough which is approaching at the speed of light!

#6

I got the long awaited official letter saying I can be an "Auxiliar de Conversacion" (English-speaking teacher's aide) again next year. It seems fairly clear that I will be assigned full-time at the school where I enjoy working. Still praying that proves true! The best thing is that I'll be able to drive the kids to school and pick them up, which translates into them being able to get up a little later and have more Mom time. So thankful to God for providing for our family this way!

#7

Now that I was a numb skull and changed my template I'll be fiddling with forever until it does exactly what I want! I need help!

2009-05-28

7 Quick Takes Friday #10


#1

This morning I had a delicious raisin bun (supplied by our good friends Al & Elizabeth who arrived from Amsterdam last night.) It was delish, as usual. Funny thing; I haven't had a piece of bread in over 3 weeks! I love bread but it hasn't been too bad not eating much of it (except an occasional craving for a croissant!

#2

It's funny how you think your kids are always growing up but then on certain days they just seem to have changed in leaps and bounds! Nic has seemed that way to me especially lately. He goes to elementary camp with his school next week and will be gone for 2 nights. It's the first time he will be going off and leaving the rest of us at home! Recently he began making the after-school tea, and swallowing his allergy pills whole. :)

#3

Next Thursday night we get to see Michael W. Smith in concert! Our kids really have no idea who he is :) but we are super excited. Concerts like this rarely happen in Spain!

#4

Our kids finish school next Friday at lunch-time. They have already been eyeing the pool downstairs, which opens on June 10th :) I have to work until June 23, and we fly to Chicago on June 24!

#5

Our dog knows that she can stare at me and annoy me to the point where I will give her food in the afternoon. No matter when I get home, she stares at me pathetically until I give in and feed her. If Troy is home alone with her she will go all afternoon without a peep. Pickle. You can tell who is the alpha around here.

#6

You can tell that Troy and I have not been eating bread, because when I opened the bread drawer today to get bread out for sandwiches for our guests I found a VERY nasty piece of moldy homemade bread that has been festering. Ick. Nice, Heather.

#7

Can I just say how annoying it is to have to figure out immunizations from 2 different countries? I am majorly stressed out by shots right now!!!

2009-05-16

I hope I never stop learning this lesson...

"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor."
Matthew 7:1-5, The Message
I love how The Message speaks to my heart. It's a lot harder to shrug off.

2009-05-15

7 Quick Takes Friday #9


#1

Wow, I don't know what is different this year, but I have never had allergies this severe in Spain before. Nic is also having a really hard time. Whatever is out there blooming, I hope it finishes soon! A good rain would probably help clear the air as well, but I'm not sure if any is in the forecast!

#2

Today is another holiday in Madrid, San Isidro; the patron saint of Madrid. Gotta love Spain and their constant holidays :)

#3

Garage sales don't really exist in Spain, but once a year the school where our kids attend holds a big sale. I have some stuff to get rid of, so I hope to get some time today to sort and price the stuff I have set aside I decided that I would be a complete idiot to think that sorting through a bunch of dusty stuff out on the balcony and then spending tomorrow morning outside surrounded by fields would be a good idea. Oh well, there is always next year.

#4

It's the season of saying goodbye for us once again. This weekend we have to say goodbye to one of our church gals who has been an integral part of our church for awhile now. Boooooo.

#5

Our kids have less than a month of school left, and I am starting to realize there is a lot I need to get done before we head to the US on June 24. Yikes!

#6

Troy and I are reaching the end of our second week of diet/eating better. We have both lost weight and are feeling more energetic, so that has been really encouraging. We're not done yet by any means, but it has been a good start!

#7

When I read this article about the razing of the home of one of the Slumdog Millionaire child stars, it just made me feel so hopeless. How is this possible when so many of us have sat in the movie theater with our popcorn and enjoyed this movie? And yet still, this boy sits in the rubble of his home. There is something very wrong in the world.

2009-05-02

7 Quick Takes Friday #8



#1

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#2



My hubby is the best! After last week's post, he told me he would eat better/diet with me if it would help. He even resisted homemade pizza and cheesecake on Wednesday night. We're on day 5 of a 14 day period that's fairly restricted, but we've had no whining and no cheating and we both feel better; more energetic and healthy. I am so grateful for this man! Not just in the dieting thing. Over the past few months he has been so supportive with the adjustments of me going back to work, outside our home and my church role. He has stepped up and added even more responsibilities to his already loaded plate without complaint. And his cheerfulness often keeps me going when I may not be feeling so cheerful.

#3


I have a serving tray similar to this idea, only rectangular. I'm pretty sure we got it for a wedding present almost 18 years ago, and I really have not used it very often. This week a light bulb went on over my head. I never feel like cutting up veggies during the week, but a tray full of veggies and ranch dip made with low-fat yogurt has been awesome to have in the fridge all week! So easy and motivating to know they are in there. Meg loves veggies and dip, so even though she most certainly does not need to diet, she's been enjoying it too. I plan on doing this most weeks, even if we aren't "dieting." It's especially nice now that the weather is warm.

#4

I just got the call that our car is repaired. Since they are only open for 2 hours I doubt I'll make it to pick it up today. Next step, inspection, which was due in April. Hope they don't hassle me too much for being late. Also that is passes without any other problems (tires could be an issue. And oh yeah, if the horn doesn't work. It's crazy strict here.)

#5

I really need to write a newsletter since my goal is to have it out on the first of the month. I'm blogging. Uh oh.

#6

Allergy season is definitely here. It looks like both kids are going to need to take it this year.

#7

I probably need to go to the store and buy some veggies for dinner, but I'm hoping I can find enough stuff for a decent salad in the fridge. I defrosted the freezer this week (the fridge part is frost-free, the freezer not. Weird!) I hate that job so I'm glad it's done!

2009-05-01

7 Quick Takes Friday #7


#1

It's a holiday in Spain today (including Mother's Day, on a Friday. Go figure!) I'm so happy about that; it has been a long week and I'm plumb tuckered out. My Dad got back late last night so we're all looking forward to a day without any obligations hanging out.

#2

All week I was stressed out about dealing with our broken-down car. I called the Ford place where we have taken it before on Tuesday and he said "Don't bring it until at least Wednesday, but I can't look at it Wednesday or Thursday either." So I had it towed there yesterday. When I called to say it was on the way, he complained that it was a bad day, blah blah blah. Sometimes living in a foreign country wrings the joy right out of me.

#3

We spent the afternoon out in Alcala de Henares, where we ate the world's best rotisserie chicken, walked around Plaza de Cervantes and enjoyed a beautiful blue sky. Bliss. I also got chocolate on my shirt, of course.

#4

This is where we will spending a few days this summer with fellow missionaries from Christian Associates. SOOOOOOO excited!

#5

I am trying to figure out what is going to work best for me to lose the extra weight I am carrying and get in healthier shape. Not sure yet what it's going to be, but something has to change. The older I get, the harder it is to lose. The biggest hurdles for me I think are if I have to eat differently from my family (which is likely!) and the cost of that fact. Oh yeah, my fondness of chocolate may be a problem too. About eight years ago I lost quite a bit after Nicolas was born and I decided to work at it. But over the years it has just been creeping back on.

#6

I have been staring at that number 6 for far too long.

#7

I am also very happy that today was only Friday :) I know, I'm lame!

2009-04-26

Muz


Joy Grant
May 30, 1944 - April 26, 1990

Nineteen years ago today, early on a Thursday morning in Quito, Ecuador, my Mom died of cancer.

On Wednesday afternoon, we were at the hospital with her; the hospital where she had worked many years at the information desk. We knew her time was short. The skies grew heavy and dark, and it poured rain the likes of which I had rarely, if ever seen. God was weeping with all of us as we struggled to let her go. She was mostly unconscious at that point, but had approached her illness and death with dignity, humor, and grace.

I often huddled beside her on the hospital bed in those three weeks of letting go. She would warn me if she felt sick because she knew I would hide in the bathroom while the nurses helped her so I wouldn't start gagging. Even then, she mothered me. And I knew when the kindly visitors had grown too much, and she needed peace and quiet again. Most of the time, I lay beside her, holding on as long as I could.

At the end of the day, we went home, leaving her with the hospital staff, as well as two missionary friends who were nurses. They sat with her all night, and were with her when Jesus took her home.

I heard the telephone ring, but I burrowed under the covers and pretended I had not heard. My Dad came gently to tell me what I already knew in my heart.

Nineteen years later, I still miss her. Not as painfully as before, but in moments when I would do anything to have my Mom again. I wish she could have met my children. I wish so many things.

I know that Heaven is a better place because she is there, and sometimes I am amazed God lent her to us at all. I like now to think of her rocking the baby I lost, Grandma to a grandchild after all. I like to think of her sipping coffee with her friend Carol, one of the nurses who was with her when she died, who has since joined her in Heaven. When our friend Judi died recently on Maundy Thursday, I smiled to think of Mom waiting for her to welcome her and show her the ropes.

I love you Mom.

2009-04-24

7 Quick Takes Friday #6



#1

Grandpa is in town :) Well, not mine, but my kids'. I am super happy to have him here, and the kids are pretty happy too.

Here is a photo of the two of us taken in November 07.




#2

I always get more emotional in airports at the arrival hall (not the departures.) It makes me teary watching people reunite. I remember when we arrived back in Colorado Springs after our 3-month internship in Lisbon, Portugal (we had to pick up our visas for Spain in the US.) I walked out into the terminal with 15-month old Meaghan asleep on my shoulder, and when I saw my friend Lucy standing there waiting for us, I almost lost it.

#3

I have been wanting a new shoulder bag. Now that our car is dead I have been taking the bus out to work and I find I want to drag more stuff with me than will fit in my purse. I saw this bag at Accessorize (which is a store I love!) but was very put off by the price tag, which was more than 50 euro. Today I found a cute one at C&A that was less than half of that. Woo hoo! It's not quite as cute as the Accessorize, but I was happy to find something that will work that's not going to break the bank!

#4

I am thoroughly disgusted about my current weight. Hopefully disgusted enough to actually DO something about it.

#5

I am still coming to grips with the fact that ER is gone for good. I watched the very episode 15 years ago (when we actually lived in Chicago) and have watched all the seasons. Crazy!

#6

I just noticed that my little calendar date icons are wonky. When did that happen. Now I will have to obsess fix them. Phooey.

#7

Sometimes I feel weird that I participate in this and am not Catholic. I hope nobody thinks I'm a poser.



2009-04-19

Shutterfly


It took me awhile to settle on a place to "keep" our digital photos. I have tried out quite a few, but in the end I settled on Shutterfly and I have been really happy with it. You can download free photo software, but the thing that I like the best about it is the "Share" sites you can use to show your photos. I like the way you can personalize the display in many different ways. And the best thing is that it's free. Since I try and use our money as wisely as possible, I'm really happy not to have to pay a fee every year. They also have great offers for members. And, I was also able to add a page for Meaghan to put her pictures.

If you want to check out our page, it's here.

**Uploading to Shutterfly does take significantly longer than some other sites, but since it's free, I don't mind!

2009-04-17

7 Quick Takes Friday #5



#1

During Lent, I had the mumps. Seriously. What? I had terrible pain in my face and jaw one night. The next day I went to the ER, thinking I had an infected tooth or something. The ER doc said he wasn't 100% sure but he thought I had "parotiditis, a viral inflammation of the salivary glands." I came home and looked up the English translation. "Wait, he's saying I have the MUMPS???" Yeah. Go figure.

#2

Our 15-year old car is dead. Meg and I drove the dog to the vet (who would take her to the kennel) the day before our annual Easter retreat. The already poorly car began acting up even more on the way home. Thankfully, we made it home. It's now parked in the garage under the building, and I'm wondering if it will even start again. This is when the stress of living in a foreign country is the worst. We're trying to decide if we at least find out what it will cost to repair, or if we should just junk it. Either way, the whole thing is a pain and I'd rather just leave it in the garage. Yeah, very mature.

#3

I love this picture of my daughter. My friend Amy took it on the Easter retreat during the worship jam session.

#4

We finally have tickets for our furlough this summer. We normally have one every other summer, but we skipped last summer. Although it's not always the most restful time, I am so looking forward to heart connections with people who know and love us well back in the US. We're ready for a break, and I so need to have my emotional tank filled again.

#5

My Daddy is coming to visit. He and my step-mom actually arrive in Madrid today but are driving straight to Portugal, so I won't see him until next Friday. That makes me strangely misty; wish I could at least get in one hug today. But very excited to see him next Friday.

#6

We had a great time on our Easter retreat. I am always so blessed and grateful for the time and space to really sit with the Easter story. The whole experience of Maundy Thursday, celebrating a Seder, worshipping together, hanging out, and the joy of Sunday morning is a treasure.

#7



I finally read The Shack this week. I tend to wait awhile when something gets a lot of hype because I am resistant to hype :) I really enjoyed it. I was tickled to find out it was written by a missionary kid. I can feel the stirrings of the story working their way through my heart.


2009-02-24

Fat Tuesday

Like last year, I won't be on facebook or blogs during Lent. If you need me you can reach me on email heatheracady at gmail dot com.

I WILL be posting one blog entry between March 9-13 about Daisy Chain, because I really want to help promote Mary's book.

See you after Easter!

2009-02-13

7 Quick Takes Friday # 4




#1

We have finally gotten some sun again, and boy, has it made a HUGE difference in my spirits. I have been trying to get outside in the sunshine as much as I can to soak it up. My weather bar has a big ole sun on it for tomorrow with a 57 next to it. That makes me very very happy!

#2

I have been reading through the Bible chronologically this year (I found a schedule here) for the first time, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm reading in the Message, which I love. I haven't read much of the OT in The Message yet, and it's really coming alive. I am behind this week, so I plan on spending some time on the balcony in the sun tomorrow, catching up.

#3

Facebook makes me happy. I have been getting back in touch with people from years ago (lately, from Canada) and it does my heart so much good to reconnect. At this point in my life I deeply appreciate relationships with longevity. I am grateful that God is blessing me with this "reconnectings."

#4

I am looking forward to Lent again this year. I only began observing Lent a few years ago (I'm not a Catholic but my hubby and I deeply value the ancient future aspect of our faith.) Last year I gave up facebook (which makes #3 considerably ironic! :) ) reading blogs and writing on mine. This year I plan to do the same, but also make some changes in my eating habits. I like the idea of not only "taking things away" but also adding good things as well.

#5

Our daughter turns 12 soon, and we're starting on the adventure that is puberty :) Thankfully, she is a delightful girl. I am hoping that we'll have to deal with rampant emotions more than snarkiness. She has a tender heart. Last week during Godly Play, she told me about how she had learned in chapel (at school) that people are persecuted for their faith. She said "I think it's happening right now, so I think we should pray about it." So we did.


#6

Having lived outside of the US for the past 11 years, I forget that Valentine's Day is not just romantic. Here they call it "El Dia de los Enamorados" (those in love) and they would be stunned at the amount of loot my son came home with from school today.

#7

Next week my friend Lisa (one of the 3 close friends that California has stolen from me in recent years) is coming to town for a quick visit. I am SOOO excited.

2009-02-02

Daisy Chain: Coming Soon!

I am super excited that my friend Mary's (she's the only celebrity I know!) new fiction book is coming out soon. I have been waiting for this impatiently! You can check out Mary's blog here. And watch this space for more info on this book, as soon as I can get my hot little hands on it!

2009-01-30

7 Quick Takes Friday #3


#1

I have been soooo tired the past couple of Fridays that I haven't gotten anywhere near a post. I'm tired today too but determined to write SOMETHING.

#2

My baby turns 9 tomorrow. I got on the birthday party bandwagon a bit late and everything may end up being a bit haphazard. Thankfully Nic is easy to please. We just got back from a little jaunt down to the party store to pick up supplies. I was afraid that nobody would be able to come since we live quite a distance from most of his classmates, but there will be at least 6, so he's happy.

#3

Friday is "Mess Around Day" at our house. The kids are allowed to do whatever when they get home from school (they don't have to do homework). We often make popcorn, watch a movie or play Wii. Ray Charles wrote our theme song :)

#4

We don't feed our Beagle (a.k.a Lardo) people food (mainly because she steals it whenever she can) EXCEPT for popcorn. She is addicted. As soon as she hears the popcorn bag being opened to put in the microwave she comes running. Here she is "sitting pretty" for popcorn.


#5

My husband makes the potato salad in our house. I love potato salad but have always considered it too much work to make myself :) Tonight he made it for the community group he and Meg go to. I made him leave me a little bit. The house smells delicious!

#6

Winter in Madrid is normally fairly sunny. Even if it's cold we usually have deep blue skies. This winter it has been cloudy, cloudy, snowy, rainy, foggy and cloudy some more. I think that might be part of the reason I feel so tired. I need me some sunshine.

#7

I very rarely have long conversations on the phone anymore. When we first moved to Spain we had to pay for all our calls so I got in the habit of not talking long. Now we pay a flat fee (albeit a fairly pricey one) for calls but I still rarely pick up the phone.

2009-01-26

Floundering

I don't know what my deal is, but I have got to get myself motivated. Christmas vacation was great (I was very tired and really needed that down time) but I have had such a hard time getting back into good routines since then!

I think one of my biggest problem areas right now is grocery shopping. I haven't quite figured this out since I started working part-time. And since the opened a Carrefour City just down the block it has been too easy and convenient to make a dozen little trips there. Granted, the prices are OK. But they don't carry everything, obviously, since the story is probably 1/eleventy-billionth of the size of the big one 3 metro stops away.

I feel generally disorganized and behind on things. Why am I telling you this? I don't know :) But maybe it will embarrass me into some kind of action!

That is all.

2009-01-09

7 Quick Takes Friday #2

Thanks to Jennifer at Conversion Diary for hosting!

#1

We actually had a snow day today! It's practically unheard of, but it snowed most of the morning and is back at it again. It would have been nice to know it was coming before we got up at 6:25, and the kids left at 7:10 and then spent 20 minutes standing outside in the dark waiting for their ride. But either way, we've enjoyed the unexpected sight of white where we usually only see green!

Poor puppy wanted to go play too.




#2

I fear my husband may blow a gasket while playing the Wii NHL game he got for Christmas. He's tripping people, fighting and all kinds of hockey-like behavior. He also is doing TERRIBLE, he's NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY ALL-STAR...

#3

I went back to work at one of my schools yesterday and I have to say, I missed those little critters. Gotta love 6-year-olds giving me hugs and telling me they missed me etc.

#4

I really wanted to have sushi for dinner tonight, but I am way too comfy and warm and too lazy to walk the over one block and down a block and a bit to buy cream cheese and soy sauce. That's pretty bad!

#5

I got to chat with my friend Gretchen in Boston, which was nice. I miss her! She used to live here in Madrid but moved back at the end of the summer.

#6

Nic turns 9 on the last day of January. Apparently he wants a birthday party this year. A soccer party, with soccer plates, cups and napkins. And "we" can make a soccer cake. How soon they learn that royal we. Never mind that in Spain it's called futbol and he doesn't even really play. And excuse me, but how did my baby get to be almost 9?

#7

I am excited because we're going to be treated to quite a few visitors over the next months.Lisa, Linus, Hud and Nancy, Rita, my Dad and step-mom, hopefully the Aults. Yay! Visitors make me happy. What are you waiting for?

2009-01-04

The Bells

Our apartment is only a block away from a church that rings its bells. Even though we don't worship there, I love the sound of the bells that calls me to worship, no matter what I am doing when I hear them.

2009-01-02

7 Quick Takes Friday

I have been reading Jennifer over at Conversion Diary for awhile now. She's smart and funny and I really enjoy her perspective on things. I really want to blog more this year, but who knows if it's really going to happen. I figure I can at least manage once a week :) I was going to take some photos and all that but then it'll be next Friday before I get this post done.

#1
My daughter's feet are almost the same size as mine. I wear a size 5. She's almost 12. Do you think I can wish that she'll stop at size 5 so we can share shoes? I didn't think so :( A girl can dream though.

#2
This year my "theme" is the word "present" as in "being present" (although I like presents too!) Circumstances in our life and ministry mean that life in Madrid is often lonely. Since I connect with people online a lot, I am often on my computer. That's a necessary evil to be able to stay in touch with those I love who are far away, but this year I want to do better about really being present where I am. I think this year that will mean more deliberate connection with my family.

#3
When I was growing up I journaled like crazy. I haven't done that in a long long time, but I'd like to journal more regularly this year.

#4
Barb over at Chelsea Morning has a "Good Things" book where she keeps track of ideas she likes and all kinds of stuff. Even though I don't get many magazines (too much of a pain to ship to Spain) I think this would be a great way to keep track of stuff I find online and print out. I'd like to start one this year.

#5
I am perplexed by the amount of cleavage I see nowadays. Not just on celebrities but on normal everyday people, even women my age. I just don't get it. I'm just saying.

#6
After being a complete slug almost constantly since December 26th, I went a little nuts today. We put away all the Christmas stuff, I'm washing couch throw pillows and even took the footstool apart so I could "dry-clean" the fabric in the dryer.

#7
When we're on vacation, we tend to stay up WAAAAAAAY later than normal and then sleep in. Problem is, that does not mesh with real life. So starting tonight, I have to start going to bed at a normal hour for me. Or next week will be a killer.

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That's all!