Friday, March 25, 2011

On the road....

We're in Rawlins for the night heading to Denver tomorrow. After an extended weekend there visiting family, we'll be heading to Albuquerque. Malin begins working April 4th. Amelia is traveling with us keeping Barley under control. Meredith flew with Grammie to Denver to spend some extra time with her cousins (but the real reason is that she's just not so great on road trips). Amelia has been bribed with a dollar per day she doesn't ask, "Are we there yet? or how much longer?" She's been creative and has asked, "What town do you think we'll eat in? What state will we sleep in tonight and are we in that State yet? Do you think I'll have enough time to watch Enchanted before we get there?" She's also reading out-loud to me in the car which is quite enjoyable. I was surprised when she asked me to continue home schooling her the next two months before I start fellowship. I'm still thinking about my answer.

As we drive I think of all that needs to happen once we arrive in Albuquerque, I find the extensive highway of 84 to 80 a perfect time to agonize over all that's coming, but it does seem that the speed of the car correlates with my anxiety level and so I'm reminded we are commanded by God to not worry, not to be anxious. So instead I think of all the ways God has provided in the past, confident He will continue to be faithful in the future.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to get a puppy....

1. Find a breed that doesn't shed (this was #1 for me)
2. Ask your parents for 3 years.
3. Write a letter to your daddy about all you'll do to care for a puppy and that he can even decide on the name (because as much as you want to name him Fluffy--maybe daddy doesn't.)
4. Check-out library books about dogs every chance you get.
5. Look endlessly on the internet at dog breeds and tell your parents about them in detail.
6. Promise your parents that you won't ask for another animal (like a horse) after you get the dog.

So meet the newest member of our family... BARLEY!

"no wrong doing.."

It was more than I expected, but I am very grateful to have received an official letter from the Kenya saying there is no validity to the claims made against me and the hospital. Honestly I didn't believe resolution or even a favorable outcome was possible. And while I had committed this to prayer, along with many others, I did doubt that God would provide vindication. But there it is, written, clearly. How much peace this news brings!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A break..

I planned to take a little break from blogging, but that quickly turned into an entire month!

We just traveled from Oak Harbor to Bend to start what I see as the final phase before our move to Albuquerque. We did get to use snow chains for the first time crossing the pass today and so it was a long journey.

Thankfully Amelia was still able to say, "Goodbye," to her friends at Oak Harbor Christian School as last week the school closed for snow. We've resumed home-schooling for now. Meredith is eager to join in after going to pre-school the past 3 months.

These are the easy things to write about--the facts of our day to day life since returning to the States. The harder things, the things we're still working through and processing I'm not ready yet to commit to words.