Friday, April 30, 2010

April 2010

We've updated April. Enjoy!

We're good. God has continued to provide for us and we've been fed and rent has been covered in one way or another for 3 months. God is more than good.

He is an amazing magician. One day, earlier in the month, we got an anonymous envelope stuck onto our front door with money inside and this message written on the outside

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added to you. -Matthew 6:33

This verse has been rolling around in our brains since. God wants us to abide in Him and He will take care of us. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19.

This last Sunday at church, God told me to just “praise Him.” Sing praises, speak a family praise Him. So I have, and surprise-surprise, He is holding us up! He’s already done a couple sneaky things in the last couple days to show me how! Praise God!

The summer is starting to book up already with lots of visitors! I love it. Grandma Jean is coming for a couple weeks at the beginning of June. She’ll get to be here for Benjamin’s 4th birthday. WooHoo! Two of my closest friends are going to visit at the end of June. One was able to book a ticket already. I can’t wait for the next installment of “Girl’s Weekend Extravaganza!” I love that my dearest friends and I have managed to get together at least once a year since college, regardless of wherever we’ve ended up living. They are truly part of my family. Also, Jon’s cousin Anna just booked her tickets to visit us. She's coming out for all of July. I can’t wait! She is a remarkably precious person. I love her. Yay!

I got to see Gone With The Wind on the big screen with one of my girlfriends. I can't believe I hadn't seen it before. It was amazing and I'm so glad my first time seeing it was on the big screen. I love classic movie night at the movie theater! Now I want to read the sequel, Scarlett.

We got treated to a visit to the Discovery Science Museum for Bubblefest 2010. It’s nice to have a friend with a press pass. It gets us into some fun places for free. It was an unbelievable show. Bubbles and laser lights filled every square inch of the room and we were all laughing, grinning, and just having fun (not to mention choking on bubbles)! Too bad no pictures were allowed in the show. We had a great time enjoying the rest of the museum with our friends. It is a very hands-on place of learning for the kids. It’s nice when fun overlaps with learning. This totally counts for science. Homeschooling is so fun.

I spent the week of Spring Break catching up on bookkeeping. I even reclaimed all the boxes and laundry baskets that had been filled with papers, notes, and unopened mail! Everything now has a place and is organized, filed, and ready for me to start living in real time instead of constantly being in a “catch up” state. Just a little bit more work and I’ll be fully caught up. I’ve been buried for years and it feels like I can breathe again. It’s a nice feeling.

We tilled and prepped the garden bed outside and planted corn, jalapeƱos, squash, salad, oregano, basil, & cilantro directly into the garden. Still have a few more weeks to wait to transplant the other seeds we started indoors last month. Now we have to figure out how to kill all the rats that live in our bushes so they don't eat our plants. That’s a project for this coming weekend I suppose. I plan to use traps instead of poison. It just doesn’t seem like a good idea to use poison around kids, dogs, and growing vegetables. So far the corn, salad, basil, oregano, & 1 squash sprouted. It's so fun watching things grow, especially when it's a noticeable difference day by day. I really hope the jalapeƱos and cilantro decide to sprout. The ones I started indoors never did, so I was hoping that they might if I planted them directly outside. We'll see.

And to end with the funny quote of the month:
Ben asked "Caleb, do you think I'm pretty?"
Caleb replied "No, and you should be glad."