Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sometimes the Smallest packages are just so sweet!

Warmest wishes... Today in the mail I received such a sweet little gift. One of my friends is madly in like with tea. I have always enjoyed tea, but since hanging out with her it has such a larger meaning. Anyhow in the card she sent were 3 of her favorite teas. Along with a note that she would have sent 4 but she KNOWS the 4th is already my favorite. I am thinking that for such a small package it is a wonderfully thoughtful sweet package of joy. Thank you to my tea friend.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Baby Quilt Nov/Dec 2009

I got the idea for this quilt when I was down in TX visiting~ meeting Tristin our grandson. Since I needed to make another baby quilt I decided to go with my idea. So glad I was able to strip cut this even the 3 colors put together took a bit of time. Even for this smaller quilt the top took almost all of 3 yards of fabric ... less maybe 1/8th of a yard of the green. So glad to finish it BEFORE Christmas break.

pictures 1-3 you can see that I stitched "straight" down the center of each block. Then obviously the back of the quilt, followed by the "full view."
I wish I had down the "stripes" the other way.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas decorating 2009

Oh what a joy decorating this year for Christmas has been! Last year we were in Korea so we were VERY limited as to what we had and could decorate with. I think this year there is NOTHING left that we could decorate with!

I love all of our victorianish ornaments and yes there are a lot of them. Hence VICTORIAN :D

On the mantel besides the Nativity that my mom made and gave to me years ago, I also hung a swag and our stockings. (The side note to that Nativity is that the entire time my mom was making it I harassed her as to it being TOO bright and NO one would want to decorate with it... oh to eating ones words)

Here in the Kitchen are the little beaded trees I made with a friend back when Ric was in Seminary.

The joy of our little wooden soldiers! The first one we got was the green guy in front that Ric's father got for him when he went to Germany in 1980.

In our dining area we have our Red, White and Blue tree, and we are celebrating Advent we have really enjoyed how the scriptures remind us daily of the reason we celebrate Christmas.

The table cloth is another quilted topper I made while in Korea last year.

On our entertainment center I have put up another swag as well as the stockings I cross stitched years ago and the angles I made way back in the 90's.

Down lower you see little dwarfs. My Grandmother made me this set it is one of my most precious gifts from her.

Oh the happy happy joy of this time of celebration of our Sweet Baby Jesus coming ... all so He could die for you and for me so we could go be with Him for all eternity!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Almost September

Here we are almost September. Wow so much life has passed since I last blogged. We traveled from DC to NC to KS in the 66 'stang. Then found a house to buy. Stayed almost 4 weeks with Lisa and Jeremy. Signed on the house, got household goods. Traveled out to CA/NV for business then visiting family. Tasha spent almost a month with us. Been to Branson, MO 2 x's for Chaplain conferences. Ric went to a schooling in SC. Nadine and her family came and spent almost 2 wks with us. Went to Dearborn, MI for the BRO reunion (Big Red One). Began a new hobby called geocaching thanks to our son-in-love Jeremy, have found over 200 geocaches since 20 Jun 2009 ( I attended an ASIST class last week. Sure was interesting to learn a suicide prevention method.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Back in the USofA!

So we are all packed out on Monday and I fly Tuesday morning.  Sounds pretty calm.  Except that Delta had "archived" my tickets, which kind of means cancelled.  
Not knowing this because we kept getting e-mails from Delta saying I was flying (I got the last e-mail on monday)  I show up to the Daegu airport and get checked into that leg of the flight (which the Army has paid for) but they can't find my information to check me thru to DC.  So I get on the airplane and go to Seoul.  From that time until I land in Seoul Ric is on the phone (almost 2.5 hrs) working to get my tickets fixed so that I can get on the plane in Seoul.  In Seoul I get in the line which is at least 100 deep to wait to check into my flight.  When I finally get up to the counter the guy can not find my flight so he goes and consults with the supervisor.   Finally a man comes from somewhere and explains that he has spoken to my husband who is very concerned and that yes I will get on that flight.  I still have to pay for Beaux to fly with me so I go pay that and then make my way thru customs and security.  When I get in the line to get onto the plane my ticket clears red as in stop, the reason Ric wants me to call him.  The problem is in a year I have not memorized Ric's cell # I can not reach him.  Thankfully he had called Korean Air so much they had his number and the agent just called him from her cell.  The love my husband showed for me this particular Tuesday I can not even explain!  I love him so much!  And he took such GREAT care of me!
I am very grateful to be back on American soil I can not even properly put it into words.  Please if you read this say a prayer that God will not ever send us back to Korea or changes my heart.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Newest Quilt top

Here is a variation of the last quilt I pieced yesterday.  Kind of an interesting mix of blocks.  
I am now ready to quilt it.   For my Jooyan (Korean Dr. friend)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

This week in review

So this past week... 
Ric was sick with ... kind of flu symptoms. I went to the Fabric Market and got more fabric ...  I almost have my shelves full.  I helped with the delivery of furniture at the Apple Tree. 
Sometime on Friday I got a call from a friend asking if I would help her she needed a top pieced for a quilt.   Friday eve she brought me the fabric, Saturday morning I called her to come lay out the blocks (only 15)  And today I finished piecing it.  It was really nice to do something so quickly.  Now I want to finish my couple of pieces before we leave here.  
 In just an hr I go to pick up Jooyan.

Monday, January 19, 2009

buying a house... part IV

So the construction company was supposedly motivated to sell the house we were looking at.  Oh well not that motivated.  So instead of buying from Korea we will keep looking until we get there.  That is fine we want God's will for our home, so at this point we wait.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Buying a house ... part III

So today we put an offer in on a house in KS.  The seller has until the 17th to respond.  So here is the irony... I am reasonably calm, Ric is STRESSED!  Ok if you know us you know that is COMPLETELY backwards.  I am rather enjoying not being the stressed one.  Ric is saying I can take the stress back.  
I can hardly wait for the next 40 days to go buy on one side... on the other I know that as soon as we leave here we will be counting days until the next deployment.  We actually fly 2 days apart and from there will make a fast/slow trip from DC to KS, stopping multiple times to see friends and family at least for a meal some overnight.
In the mean time there is a lot of life to live right here in Korea.  To include taking a Beth Moore Esther class, a Fireproof marriage study, more fabric to buy,  and the farewells have already begun.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Follow up to buying a house from a Distance

This will be short and crazy... seems like we have decided to put an offer on a house.  One of our Beautiful daughters went and saw it for us and so here we go the interesting world of house buying from A DISTANCE!  ARE WE NUTS!  Oops we both come from a family that fits that description I guess the answer is YES!  

Our Girls and our Infertility

God doesn't do things normally with us... so He choose not to give us kids the "normal" way.  
After years (1986-2005) of trying to get pregnant and going to dr's to figure out what the problem was.  In 2006 after years of significant pain I had a hysterectomy( 4 fibroid tumors in and out of the uterus) and prolific endometriosis which I had, had surgery for in 1997.  
Starting in 1999 God started sending us girls that needed to know God's love.  Needed love from a safe place regardless of their choices.  Need cheering on as they step thru life ~Ric is a great cheerleader... me I am mostly step up you are selling yourself short.  It took about 5 girls before we realized that this was God's plan... we certainly didn't see this as a direction for God to work in.  We almost lost one but she is tenacious and kept up with us.  I am glad she has such FAITH in us, giving us time to figure it out.  Our 7 girls so far have given us 8 grands who call us Nana and PawPaw.  
Walking the life of infertility has been very difficult, even now it can make me cry given the "right circumstances" .  I have frequently in the years wondered why God had this path for us.  It has been some of the most painful times in my life.  And it certainly makes me wonder why God chooses to give "stupid" people children to hurt.  Children are such beautiful gifts and to intentionally hurt them or not stand in the way of harm makes me crazy.  I am so thankful when I see parents who love their children.  
This week my heart has been especially pained at missing getting to raise our children... and yet if I weren't in this position would I have been open to love the beautiful girls that God has given us?  Probably not... 

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Buy a house.  From a distance.  I do not understand how people buy a house site unseen.  Maybe it is because they have purchased a house before.  Even though we have no intention of staying in the house we purchase for the rest of our lives it feels like such a huge decision.  And taking into consideration that we want it to easily able to sell in a few years and making sure that others will want it ... whew.   So we have looked and looked (online), one of our beautiful girls went and looked at the ones we were interested in.  Some we thought looked great our Lisa said she couldn't even get all her furniture into it... meaning there is NO way I could get ours into it.  All the decisions and really once we get there we will be making the decisions within about 24 hrs if not less.  Ready or not here we come... and yet the days must tick off before we can get there.

Friday, January 2, 2009


just sigh ... do you ever just ask why?  Well I do and tonight is one more of those times.  WHY?!