Thursday, October 4, 2012

I So Sew...Sort of...

I sew...not well yet, but I'll get there. I decided to make the girls skirts this summer while I was at my mom's. My mom is an incredible seamstress so it was a perfect opportunity to learn from the best. Well, little did I know the first pattern I chose was fairly difficult for a beginner, yeah, I tend to jump in with both feet. I will admit, it made me very frustrated. I DO NOT LIKE HEMS!!! Phew! I feel better letting that out. Especially hems on a circular panel. I finally got through that skirt and decided that Elle was gonna get a completely different style. I actually created my own pattern for hers out of a couple patterns. Now that was fun! My mom had to finish off the ruffle for me because it needed to be serged. I don't know how to use a serger at this point but trust me, I am going to learn! Here are the results of my efforts:
First skirt...finally put together but not hemmed yet

Making the flowers for the headbands (initially they were going on shirts but they are on headbands now)

The flowers

Good morning, Princess! This is the completed skirt. We were still at my mom's at this point

Elle's skirt, Elle hiding behind her skirt

Nope, she ain't coming out...

Friday, September 28, 2012

As Promised...

Here are a few pictures of the last couple weeks. House, kids, etc. I will still post the pictures of the skirts I (with my mom's help) made for the girls.

This is the side of the house

This is the front

breakfast nook and living room beyond

Dining room and family room (the house is shaped like an "L")

Looking away from the house

First day of school

Lol! Love the expressions here!

The driveway...well there are two driveways but this entrance is most often used because the other has a gate.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Home again, Home again Jiggity Jig...

We finally made it! Yes, we have officially moved back to California, Sacramento to be exact. We arrived the beginning of September and it has been a whirlwind of activities since. We moved into our house (I'll post pictures soon), enrolled the kids in school, went to church, applied for a job, and have been quite busy with a smattering of other "things". You know the saying, "Hit the ground with your feet running"? Yes, that's us, no time to waste. Everything will eventually fall into place and then it will be Christmas! Yikes!! Ha!

To sum the school thing up briefly, Elle and Ashley go to the elementary school right around the corner from our house. They both love it and their teachers. Levi and Myles are doing a sort of hybrid school schedule where they go to a location two days a week and are home the other three. It is nice and so far, they seem to like it. For them, school is not something they love but rather they tolerate because they have no other choice.

Church, well of course, we are at The Rock Church. It is nice to be home and see so many new faces (and of course all our dear friends). That is an indication of growth and revival. We are so excited to see and be a part of what God is doing here in Sacramento and surrounding areas.

Now a little run down on the "job". I applied for a para-educator position in the Elk Grove School District. This is just a foot in the door to help me in the future. It would be a part-time position during the hours my kids are in school. My goal is to continue on to my BA and this would help with experience. So, we'll see, I should know something in a week or so. God will open the door if that is where He wants me.

I will try to post pictures in the next day or so...till then, have a blessed day!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Till we meet again...Great Nanny

Yesterday, the family of Maggie D. Burke, affectionately known as Great Nanny, celebrated her life and her much awaited homecoming. This remarkable woman of God was ready to meet her Lord and Savior. In fact, her granddaughter, Javawn (which happens to be my dearest friend) said that she had actually packed her suitcase and tried to "go to heaven". She was ready. As much as we will miss her, heaven is having a party. A saint has come home. It is assuring to know that I will one day meet with her again in that sweet bye-and-bye.
A few years ago, my family had the privilege to go to Great Nanny's house in Idaho. Along with Dalen and Javawn, we loaded our cars and set off for one of the most memorial road trips. My kids still talk about it! It was so wonderful to meet the family, who by the way, accepted us as if we were family. How blessed we are! Here are a couple pictures Javawn sent to me from that road trip:

I'm not sure as to the pictures of us with Great Nanny, whether they were at her house or at her daughter's house, Sis. Judy Sargent. And I am not sure where Ashley is during the picture taking session, she was only about a year or so at this time. I am thinking she was either sleeping or wrecking havoc somewhere.

Great Nanny, you are loved and you are missed! Thank you for your unconditional love, a true Christian lady.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

In the Meantime...

While we are in transition to California, we are staying in Coos Bay, Or. with my parents. If we were going to choose anytime of the year to be here, now would be the time. It is slightly warmer than any other time of the year and with school not in session, we have some free time.
We have went a few places; park, library, fishing (sort of), a little shopping and I am finally learning to sew from the master aka my mom. The project I decided to start with is a bit more than I can chew. Thankfully, I am staying under my mom's watchful eye. When I have this project complete, I'll post pictures. If I posted now, it would not make any sense :).  
In the next few days, we are planning to head to the beach. Personally, I have been waiting for the overcast skies to clear. But I fear if I wait too long, we won't go at all! My parents live only minutes from the beach and at night I can sometimes hear the sound of waves wafting through my window. Glorious! Nothing like the sound of the ocean. I will miss it :(.
So Hello from Coos Bay...

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Repost From Another Blog...

No worries, though, I am the author of this post. Therefore, it is perfectly legit. What some of you may not know is that I am one of four authors on a blog titled In God We Trust. This particular blog post was dated July 21, 2011. Unfortunately, I am not as active as I would like to be but I plan on participating more. In this blog post, I give a brief account of how God used our family to bring salvation to another an interesting way. Here is the original publication, in the end, I will provide a few more details:

Have you ever watched scripture fulfilled right before your eyes? Likely, you have heard the verses from Luke chapter 11 many times. 9) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10)For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Just recently, this very thing happened in my life. We moved to Oregon in February of this year after living in Washington for seven months (that is another story for another day). After arriving, we feverishly searched for a house. Finally, we found one in the “perfect” location, situated right behind my kids’ schools. Everything seemed to be going smoothly until the day before we were to move in. I called and the woman (homeowner) changed her mind! What??? Everything pointed to this being the perfect house! After a few tears (okay, many tears), we went searching again…sigh! The next morning we checked out some townhomes. Now I am not opposed to apartments, townhomes, condos, etc., however, keep in mind I have FOUR children. We took a tour and I was pleasantly surprised. These townhomes spanned nearly 1600 sq. ft. and the one we were hoping to get would be set facing the beautiful hills behind us. To make a long story short, we moved in two days later.
Now you are probably wondering how this scripture in Luke plays in, right? Well during the time we were looking for a place to live, there was a young mother calling out to God, asking him to help her find a church. She was raised a Christian, but now was living here in Oregon, far away from her family in New Mexico. She had been asking, seeking, knocking and God in His great love and mercy heard her cry. He changed our situation and opened a door for her. She lives in the apartment below us and we met under unusual circumstances (funny how God does that) but her and her fiancé now call our church home, and two weeks ago, he was baptized in the precious name of Jesus.
Although, God changed our situation and at one point, I even felt quite abandoned, He was responding to the pleas of this young woman. She asked and received, she sought and found, she knocked and God opened the door! The word of God never fails! 

The additional information as of today: July 23, 2012.

This family is now a member of our church here in Oregon. Gustavo, Jasmine and Star (their almost three year old daughter) attend regularly and God has done amazing things in their lives. Jasmine (the mother) received the Holy Ghost in August of last year. While she was seeking for the Holy Ghost, my little Ashley was praying for her. As I prayed, I looked over and God was also filling Ashley with the Holy Ghost! It was the most precious moment.  

The "unusual circumstances" we met under, now seem comical and we all laugh about it. Apparently, my children were not used to living in a place where our neighbor lived below us. Neither were they aware of the fact that when they jump or run, that said neighbor could hear it. This happened to be during spring break and my kids were up playing Hide n Seek. I received a knock on the door with a not-so-happy young woman standing there. She informed me that she had to work and she has a young child trying to sleep. I apologized and reigned my munchkins in. We had a long talk about living above other people. A few days later, my girls were outside playing. Jasmine happened to be outside with Star. Star immediately took to Elle and Ashley. As I began to talk to Jasmine, she related her story to me. She had been praying and asking God to help her find a church. She asked me where we went to church. I thought it was interesting that she knew we went to church without even asking if we did. She told me later that she knew because I did not get angry with her when she came to my door the first night. She did not come to church immediately because her fiance (now husband) was Catholic. A couple months later and several visits, just showing God's love, she called to tell me they were going to come to church that day. Well, I happened to be in Arizona at the time visiting my grandfather. Ronnie was the only one home. He called and told me they came. He said they were very receptive and God moved in their lives that day. Not long after, they were both baptized. He actually was baptized before her and received the Holy Ghost before her too. It has been an amazing journey, just watching their lives unfold and blossom. God is so good and I pray He uses us again and again...there are SO many hungry people! 


Sorry, I got this picture from my husband's phone. I'll try to get another one :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

An (abbreviated) Update...

We have been praying for a while now for God's direction in our life. Well, um...pretty much my whole life I've prayed that but not always did I follow. We moved from California to Washington in 2010. It was a quick decision and much needed for that time. Then it came time to move on due to lack of job. My husband was offered a job here in Oregon and we knew we had friends here and they had a church. (Most of my readers know the story). To keep things brief, we have been praying for God to lead us where He wants us. If He wanted us here, then here we would stay. If He wanted us in Africa, well then I would probably pray very hard that I was imagining things..just kidding...we would go! It has been quite the experience, however, to watch God open doors. When He does the moving, you know it! We know without a doubt what direction He is leading us...and we will follow. I believe it is in our best interest to follow and not hinder the will of God, don't you think?? We know not everyone agrees with us, we know there will be "talk" but with God on our side, we are not concerned. How can you argue God? ...If God be for us, who can be against us?... Rom. 8:31.
 So for the last couple weeks, we have been cleaning and eliminating things we don't need. Now we are on the packing phase...and, boy, is it interesting! Here are a couple pictures of what my kids do while I am trying to pack:

Build forts with the boxes, of course! (Sorry, they are in their pj's)

There are A LOT of details I will spare you. In short, we are moving back to Sacramento which is HOME to all of us. The plan is to be there by the beginning of September. In the meantime, we will be visiting some friends and staying at my parents house for a few weeks. Our lease expires the end of July, and we do not want to be in another lease because we would have to break it. (Huge expenses occur). So to all of our wonderful friends we've made here, we thank you! We are so blessed to be a part of your lives. We will remain in contact. And to all of our friends and family in Cali...we are coming home!