Saturday, September 27, 2014


Yesterday was only half as exciting as anticipated.

The exciting part was my husband got the promotion he was hoping for.  It's a very exciting position for him and it MIGHT mean less travel.  At least when he does travel it should be domestically most of the time.

The excitement that didn't happen involved buying a house.  We, or actually our realtor, had found a house that was not yet listed but which the owners were planning to list in a few months.  They let us look at it, gave the dollar figure they were planning to list at and indicated they would take less if they didn't have to do any updates.  We loved the house.  The kitchen had been modernized and, while it wasn't anything I would choose, it was very well done so I could appreciate it.  None of the bathrooms had been updated and the roof is nearing the end of its useful life.  We thought we could get the house at a good price and do the updates to our taste.  We planned to write up an offer yesterday.  However, before we could begin, the seller's realtor indicated that they were not willing to accept $x for the house.  Basically they were willing to give just the tiniest discount.  We decided not to bother making an offer.  A little disappointing because we really loved the house and it's location.  However, I know that God has something for me whether it's a different house or no house and I only want to be where God wants me.  So I'm not too disappointed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


From all indications, tomorrow is going to be an exciting day in our house...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

When we decided last week that we were going to homeschool Ethan, we didn't intend that I was going to start immediately,  But then...

On Thursday his teacher gathered some papers that had been turned in without names.  And she lit them on fire!  In the classroom!  Ethan was freaked out by that so he spoke with the vice-principal.  Later in the day the teacher apologized to Ethan.  No one called us to report anything.  Fire in the classroom?  No big deal.  Just another day in public school.

So that was it for us.  We went in the next day with a letter saying we would be teaching him at home.  We went to his classroom, collected his things and left.  Later that day we went to a local store that sells curriculum for homeschoolers and purchased everything in the photo plus more.

Homeschool began today.  I sure hope I can do this.  I must.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Full Day

Wow.  I almost cannot say anything else, but I'll try.  Among today's events:

- We found "the house" to purchase
- it was discovered that the house we are renting has a good deal of mold in the crawl space.
- Husband is 95% sure he's getting a fantastic promotion
- decided to homeschool son

Just, wow.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


There has been a great deal of bad news lately. Thankfully none of it has involved me directly, just people around me that I care about. I was wondering what I could write about that wouldn't be the "downer" stuff and I thought I must have some picture I could share. I realized I have lots and lots of pictures that I've never shared and I chose this one for today. In August we took a trip to the Bahamas. While there we indulged in a meal at Mesa Grill. If any of you are fans of Food Network you will know of Bobby Flay. (The kids and I have become fans in the past few months.). Bobby Flay owns Mesa Grill; that fact is what drew us to the restaurant. I don't think I can convey how much we enjoyed our meal. Each item we tried was unique from anything we've eaten anywhere else, and everything was perfect. Even a simple thing like corn was over the top delicious. It seemed to be seasoned - I'm guessing here - with lime and cayenne pepper, was blackened and had a sprinkling of goat cheese over it. I never dreamed something as simple as corn could be so delicious! We were dressed better than this at dinner. I didn't bring my camera to dinner so we went back the next day to take the picture.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A friend of ours has been deeply entrenched in sin for a long time.  He appears to be on the brink of  giving in fully to Satan.  I think this is the saddest thing I have ever witnessed because it has terrible, eternal consequences.  It is unfathomable to me that someone could choose to reject the gift of eternal life, especially so knowingly.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The kids are in their third week of school,  and the germs have begun to be passed around.  My daughter was home sick today.  A friend told me she and her husband were sick for 10 days, on and off.  I sure hope it doesn't last that long for my daughter as she cannot miss that much school!

We found a house we like today.  I don't know if we are still too early to work things out with our lease, but I'm going to talk with the realtor tomorrow about possibly making an offer.  As far as we can tell this house has no cats, mice or rabbits (all of which inhabit other homes we've liked.)  I don't relish the idea of moving again, but it must be done.  I am going to have to get rid of some things, a process which is very difficult for me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yesterday I cleaned up more mouse droppings, so Eric stopped at the store and picked up a bunch of mouse traps.  He set 4 traps last night.  We were surprised this morning to find not a single mouse.

This afternoon I left the pantry door open while working in the kitchen. Forrest (our dog) sprung a trap when he went to investigate the peanut butter on it!  He escaped unscathed but with a healthy respect for mouse traps!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fish or cut bait

I think it's time I either write or quit blogging.  I'm going to try to write something every day.  If I cannot come up with anything to say I'll quit.

We are dealing with mice again.  The evidence tells us this house was infested before we moved in.  Therefore, when our lease is up we will be moving again.  That, unfortunately, is still 6-1/2 months away.  Nevertheless we have begun looking at houses, thinking we will buy again rather than rent.  We found a house that seemed perfect.  It had the exact number of rooms we want, a layout we liked and a nice swimming pool.  As we walked through the interior we were becoming more and more convinced that this was the house for us.  So we began carefully inspecting the back yard and pool.  Then, just as we were concluding that this house was darn near perfect, our realtor turned in the paperwork to the page titled "Seller's Disclosures" (or something to that effect.). There, in the seller's own handwriting, was the revelation that they "had" a mouse infestation. (Now resolved, they claim.) That was the end of that love affair!