Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A funny story from Cub Scouts

One of the ways I spend my time is helping with the Cub Scout Pack that Steven is a part of (or with the Boy Scout Troop in the same organization). They meet at a church in Stuttgart. A couple of meetings ago, one of the den leaders had arranged a visit from the local paramedics to talk first aid and show the ambulance to the boys.

After a little bit of time in the meeting room talking about first aid and paramedic work, they took the guys down to the parking lot to show them the ambulance. And the transport cot, including how you strap someone to it.

Did I mention that there was a church board meeting set for around the same time? Where the decision-makers and pastor for this church were coming to the church offices, housed right next door?

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Because they rolled up about the time the paramedics had one of the boys strapped to the cot, the lights flashing and the siren on for the ambulance.

That’s a memory worth preserving. The pastor and an abundance of serious people headed to a committee meeting were quite concerned. Good times Smile

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In the great outdoors...day two of beautiful sunshine and temps in the 70’s. The temps are supposed to last through tomorrow, although we will probably lose the sunshine; then the next plummet arrives. Hopefully not too much of a plummet.

Within our four walls...open windows and flexibility to enjoy the sun.

A heart of thanksgiving...for the sunshine. (Yes, that’s three mentions of the sun back to back. Can you tell I really needed this?) For life in the country where we can really see the stars. Oh my – they were beautiful this morning! For Steven’s chance to spend the day with his friend Read. Two happy boys!

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A heart of prayer...for upcoming surgeries and other health needs of church members; for several difficult family situations; for wisdom about our family’s schedules as we try to make some adjustments.

Random observations...I’m not sure you want to know what is running through my mind. It can be scary.

My silly children...had a great time splashing through the yard yesterday. Most of the back yard was an inch or two deep, but it was impossible to stay inside on such a glorious day. So, rain boots were donned, and much fun was had. It looks like the trees are finally deciding to wake up from their winter slumber, so they’re finally starting to drink heavily and suck up some of the rain water. The yard looks much better today – muddy rather than pond-like. The rain boots will be needed for mud instead of water today!

Thoughts from the kitchen...once again, a desperate need to menu plan. Today will probably be leftover lasagna.

On my bookshelf...the need for a plan. So many books – I just stare at them wondering what to tackle next. I have a deadline for the novel I’m reading right now, so it will be my only book for a little while longer. But, after that I hope to get back to non-fiction during my work breaks every afternoon and fiction at night as I unwind before bed. A good plan makes me smile. Now to successfully implement it!

Projects...I finished a sock! I’ve made it through the heel-turning on the second one. Olivia walked around wearing the single sock the other day. Goofy girl. 

Sounds of the moment...Steven and Read playing; music (currently country – who knows what will be next; I love our eclectic tastes!); keyboards tapping.

From Hibbard Academy...a light load this week. We’ve had so much gloominess this winter that it’s hard to not utilize our flexibility to enjoy a few days of sunshine. Yesterday Olivia did the primary core necessities while Angie and Steven helped me catch up on their grading. Today, Angie and I will do some read-aloud, and she might do a few other things. Olivia will work on core stuff. Steven will probably fit in a bit of independent work, since Read has some worksheets he needs to do as well – snow day makeup work. Then I’ll kick them all outside!

A favorite thing from last week...a Saturday off. We needed that.

The planner...we were hoping to enjoy a zoo trip this week, but it seems that the weather and our schedule are not going to line up. Instead, we’ll enjoy a delightful week of few obligations, ending with a birthday celebration this weekend with Doug’s parents.

Because visuals are fun...Jack decided he needed a perch, so he climbed from Olivia’s arms up onto her shoulder. Shortly after this, he launched himself from her arms all the way to the couch (probably a yard and a half). Not bad for an old cat!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, March 17, 2015…or, um, Thursday, March 19, 2015. Yes, it’s taking me three days to get this done this week.

In the great outdoors...spring! Beautiful sunshine and perfect temperatures. Doug and I walked for the first time in a looooong time this morning (Tuesday), and it was so delightful. The morning stars are amazing here on the prairie. I greatly prefer to walk in the light, but the stars make it worth a pre-dawn walk.

Okay, so Wednesday brought rain and much cooler temps that is still around this morning.

Within our four walls...open windows and the digging out of some warm-weather clothing.

Thursday…back to closed windows and warmer clothes.

A heart of thanksgiving...for sunshine, for my family, for friendships, for technology.

A heart of prayer...for a friend experiencing heartbreak; several dealing with health issues of their own or watching family members go through them; for the Choates in their last weeks in the Solomon Islands.

Random observations...I’m not wearing green (Tuesday). But the yard is. Practically overnight. Amazing what a little sunshine will do!

My silly children...are LOVING getting to go back outside. They donned their boots and slogged happily through the back yard Monday & Tuesday before the rain returned.

Thoughts from the kitchen...probably leftovers today.

On my bookshelf...a secret. Actually, it’s not on my bookshelf. It’s on my Kindle. And it’s fun! Okay, so that’s not very nice, so I’ll tell you what’s on the desk – Tricia Goyer’s Teen Mom. A stack of them – one for me to read and the rest to give away. So excited!

Projects...almost finished with my first sock! Just need to finish the toe section. It’s nice and chunky, just like I’d hoped. Olivia has worn holes in her house shoes, so I’m going to let her have the socks. She’s excited!

And, I need to get the robes made that the girls requested last year. I’m so slow. Must get better. 

Sounds of the moment...very distant music; tapping keyboards; humming of electricity – it’s really loud, isn’t it? Sometimes I’d love to ditch electricity just for the quiet. I think I could get used to doing without a good number of electric things. It would be hard at first to live without the computer and Internet, but it could be done with some life adjustments. But air conditioning, fans for air circulation, the refrigerator, and bright lights for dark days – those would be the hardest to give up.

From Hibbard Academy...plugging along, making good progress. It’s almost time to start planning for next year. Now THAT’s fun!

A favorite thing from last week...having gown-up, “won’t melt” kids in the misting rain on Saturday. There was a state convention sponsored missions event at the Little Rock Zoo on Saturday and the weather was a bit icky. Rarely a hard rain, but a constant misty drizzle. The kids just pulled up their hoods and kept right on going. Made for a fun day despite the weather!

The planner...a pretty normal week. Full, but normal.

Because visuals are fun...my sweet youth girls. Love these young ladies!

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