Saturday, April 29, 2017

movies

four movies. On my computer sets 4 movies. They are not in our movie collection "where they belong" according to my husband. They are on top of my computer. These are the movies I like to quote the most, the movies that when I'm balancing the checkbook, paying a bill, or blogging - I like to have on in the background. Some people like music, I find comfort in these movies. They are all modern, as I am not yet a fan of old movies. Maybe someday? Which one I would pick over another depends on the mood I'm in, do I want mostly music with a love story theme? Do I want romantic where the setting is character as well as the people? Do I want action with a dash of romance? Or do I just want to observe people having fun playing games with each other that happen to fall into love in the process? :)

Four go to movies.... 1, 2, 3, 4.

If you had 4 "go to" movies what would they be, and why?

My facebook post took on its own life!

So I made it a blog! :)

I liked research papers when I was young, but that was when it was "work" you had to go to a library, read books, do searches. I enjoyed going to the college library for my English reports when I was in high school and looking things up on Microfiche! That was pretty cool. I loved how you could soom through the film! :) Even though my grammar was (and is) not the greatest, I still loved writing a good intro, body, and conclusion. There was something satisfying about it. Sometimes I miss those days. Then I just think of how many times I say "okay google" and I get random information spoken to me from my phone (That isn't just the local time and temperature!) We've come a long way and I am both a product of my past and present!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Forward Motion

As I mentioned previously, life is always in a forward motion, even when we feel it isn't.

A little over a month ago we got our Jeep lease.  Chandler got the merit for his fine arts Tshirt design (that means it was the best in all of Michigan).

Today is Easter - we had Nicky over.  Had a nice meal and played a game and watched a movie together.  Life keeps moving forward.

In the Orthodox Church where I work for the next 40 days - They greet everyone with "Christos Anesti'' and the reply is "Alithos Anesti".   "Christ is Risen" "He is Risen Indeed".

While life goes on and moves forward, today is also a day to reflect on the past - what God did for us and why we should not take each gifted day from him for granted.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

random thoughts

Connections.  I still occasionally do the fantasy survivor league with my friends from OP.  I have been hit and miss over the years.  I mentioned it to people in Michigan and they want to start one here.
....  huh?  maybe.  Could I handle 2 leagues. Would I actually have to think about my picks if I did that?  lol

Even in my randomness I am analytical.  I like random picks but I almost always have a pattern or thought to the "random" pick.  Some might say that means it isn't truly random at all??

Chandler's at Michigan Fine Arts today.  We did not go.  He is doing worship team (drumming) and he submitted a T-shirt design.

Chandler has many talents.  (I can talk about him here - he doesn't read my blog).

I have to be careful with Chander.  I want to encourage him, but the second we do that he becomes an over-confindent-big-headed person.  He has worked on being more humble and he has improved.  The thing is, he has a BIG personality.  I honestly thought for years that of my two kids Nicky would be more out going, but as she has gotten older, she is quieter and more reserved.  Chandler (who used to not say 2 words to people) is Mr. Everybody's man.  All our friends talk about how sweet he is.  How their kids look up to him (not just becuase he's tall).  His bosses have always liked him.  His teachers.

I'm so glad that he is respectful and well liked.  If he were reading this, he would expect a but to be here.  No buts.  just that.  He is a good kid and becoming an good man and I'm proud of him.  I still parent him.  But I'm proud of him.

We stayed behind today from fine arts.  One reason was that Chad and I were both working yesterday (he wasn't arriving back from Chicago until late last night) and making the 2.5 hour trip would have been more challenging.  Another reason was because we do not have a vehicle for long trips right now.  We had a rental car booked but Chandler said we would make him too nervous and asked us not to go.  So we cancelled the rental and set up an appointment with a car dealership.

In 2 hours we'll be meeting with them.  I'm not sure if we'll get into a lease or walk away exactly where we were when we arrived.  But we figured it was worth looking into.   If it doesn't work out, we'll have to go buy another crap car.  I'm really tired of those by the way.

I digress.  I'm going to go get ready now and hope/pray for the best outcome for today.

----  good or bad, life goes on.  We are always in a forward motion.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Home - Where Home Never Was

Chandler recently had a paper he wrote about "home".  He took the perspective that "home" to him is not a place he has ever lived, but it is the farm, where I grew up that he knows as "the farm".  I am glad that he has a connection and draw to the land and I really enjoyed reading his paper and the memories he has both with my parents and just through experiences he was able to have because of the land.  He talked about riding the 4 wheeler and bycycle trips and exploring the entire farm, that seems to go on forever!

I know that my kids don't have a "homestead".  They don't have a childhood home that they will return too with their children in tow, where mom and dad have always been and will always be, but I'm glad that even though they don't have that, they have an idea of that through the place where I grew up.

In a different talk all together, Chandler said he would rather go on a vacation with Chad and I to KC/Springfield and do a "trip down memory lane" than a theme park vacation.  I guess even though you can never go back once you leave a place a part of it always stays with you.  That is how I feel about Indiana, Springfield, and Overland Park.  I don't know if Michigan is a "for now" or "forever" place for us, but it definately has made its mark also!  I'm very thankful that while for Chandler Home is where Home never was, for me - Home is everywhere I've been.  It moves with me and so do the people.  Each place has special memories and each person who touched my life and changed me gets to change others in locations they may never go, with people they will most likly never meet!

Home - where it continues with  me.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A new Beginning

Chandler started college today.  This is the first year of his dual enrollment program of high school/college. He'll be part-time high school/college this year (his junior year of high school) and next (his senior year of high school) and then he'll complete his associates degree in year 13.

I feel like we treat him more like he's in college than in high school.  But to his credit, he is a good kid, working a lot, and in college.


He just turned 17.  When Chad was 17 he graduated early and started his 4 year degree program.

Looking back on who we were and how we were at 17 and 21 (the age of kids now) man...how much we have grown since then!

I so many life changes happen between the ages 17 and 30.  In school, out of school.  Often people date or get married and start families during this decade.  I don't know if that will happen for my kids or not?

I'm looking forward to what the next 10 to 13 years brings them in life.  Where they will be, who they will be spending life with, and how much of their life will  they share with me?  

It is an exciting time for them and this is just the beginning!  :)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Love Week - STEPS - and reflections

This past week our church did a local outreach week for the second year.  They call it "Love Week" and we have several things we do out in the community to show love.  To name just a few, we clean up yards for some of the local residences that can't do yard work themselves.  We take a meal to city works (Fire Fighters, Police Officers, City Hall workers).  During the local city festival, we maintain the hospitality tent for all the city workers.  We cleaned up a local elementary schools courtyard, including building and painting 3 new picnic tables for them, plus did a lot of yard work for them.  We did a free soccer camp both years. There is also some random acts of kindness - with paying it forward at local restaurants and so forth.  It is a home missions week that is organized throughout the year.

Chad and I participated in the backpack giveaway program this year.  We purchased 2 back-packs and filled them for local children and then we helped inventory/pack the backpacks that came in to give away also.

I really like the idea of doing LOVE week and from what we've heard there are other churches that have heard about it and started their own form of LOVE week in their communities!

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STEPS.  Our pastor is doing a series on Joseph called STEPS.  He's talking about how we can think we know what God wants in our lives (the dream he had of his brothers bowing down) and then our life takes detours (being sold into slavery) or delays (waiting for the cupbearer to remember him).

It's not been an over powering series, but it has been a time of reflection for me.  Thinking about the detours and delays in my life and thinking  what "step" I'm on now.

Good stuff happening at church and I wanted to share!  :)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

:( Processing

Nicky is spending her first night in her new home.  She signed a lease and moved out today.  My first advice to anyone who is going to go through this someday with their kids .... PREOCCUPY YOURSELF!   Chandler is taking the basement (where Nicky was) and we annexed his old room for the office.  So the entire week to two weeks that she was packing and preparing to go, we were too.  It took some of the sting out of her going.  (Some).  Tonight as she was moving the last of her stuff, we were trying to organize the office and set it up.  Keeping busy is a big help to avoid the saddness of her moving out.

I am thrilled that we raised a daughter who wants to be independent and self sufficient.  She is both of those things.

I am sad that I won't need to stay up to wait for her to come home.  I won't know what she's doing all the time.  I won't be able to stop her from coloring her hair pink, or blue, or purple or all three! :)

But I trust her and I know that she is a competent adult.  It is just another adjustment to life.  Life with an ADULT child.  One down - One to go.  (I wonder what I can make Chandler's room when he moves out - Maybe Chad and I will each get our OWN office/extra room???? LOL)

Looking forward to seeing where life takes this awesome girl of mine!  :)