Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Prayer request and trip update

We made it to West Virginia! We've been here for a week and a half just about. (I think! Time is no longer my friend and I usually do not even know what day of the week it is.) We've been staying in motels. We are currently in a small hotel that is a little roomier than the motels have been, but not over-priced. Thank you Jesus!

We've been staying in motels since we left CA and it's not a fun way to live. Better than being homeless though.

We signed a contract for the property we want. But there's been another problem we are having to wait out, on our end, before we can close. it's causing lots of stress, anxiety, and worry, and longer hotel living. We need a home to live in. We need homeschooling to get back on track.

We would love it if you'd help us pray over this matter please!

Summersville Lake, near the property. Looks pretty low! Someone told us they drain it some after each summer season. Have not verified that yet.

I didn't get any blogging done on the trip. Obviously! LOL. Wifi is not that fab out in the boonies or in busy motels, or in the whole northern section of AZ, and some of NM. We enjoyed getting to drive in lots of different states, some not for very long, some for almost the whole length of the state. America is beautiful, I highly recommend going out and seeing some of it before it's too late!

West Virginia is gorgeous, there's so many trees and hills. Reminds me of where we lived in Colorado. People are also really nice here. Strangers start talking to you like you're old friends. It's very refreshing and totally opposite from California where most people wouldn't even smile back or say hi back and preferred to give you a dirty look because you are bothering them.

I can't wait to share more pics and stories, but that will have to wait until we move to the property.

Oh and something exciting for me, that only my primitive friends would understand, there are actually prim shops here! I'm hoping this means I can start swapping again after we get settled and I can unpack my craft supplies. Two shops are very close to the property, but I have not had the pleasure of visiting them yet. I visited two inside a mall in Beckley, but every single thing had a made in China tag. :( Is that pretty common? I know I can source made in America/handmade on Etsy and online, but I also like to support independent brick and mortar.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, we'll be eating at Bob Evans, thankful they will be open and serving dinner. :)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Our Trip from CA to WV

~Kids at the Grand Canyon~

We drove through Las Vegas so the kids could kinda see what it's like. (Hubby and I have been there many times in years past.) The Grand Canyon was pretty awesome, and so big. It was overcast and cold, but hubby managed to get some good pics I think. We stopped to talk to the Native Americans selling jewelry and pottery in AZ at a couple stops. There is something very peaceful about them. We went to Four Corners, where you can stand in four states at once. Then we headed into New Mexico to have dinner with Hubby's family. We drove through a small part of Texas and Oklahoma. Drove through Kansas on up to Nebraska.

We had a great time with awesome friends in Nebraska! I've known Randa online and through snail mail for so many years, since before Anabelle was born and she is 12 now! Randa and her husband welcomed us into their home and we talked and talked and ate homemade food, a VERY welcome break from restaurant and gas station food! Our kids all got along great and I know my kids loved the visit!

We drove through a tiny corner of Iowa into Missouri. Then went through the bottom of Illinois and Indiana. The drive was pretty with lots of trees and rivers, creeks, & ponds. Kentucky had lots of horse farms, which Anabelle loved! She is a horse fanatic. We went over the Missouri River (multiple times), the Mississippi River, and Ohio River.

It turns out that blogging during travelling is not as simple as one thinks. Oh well. We had no phone service or internet in the entire part of northern Arizona and most of northern New Mexico. Thankfully we found some good old fashioned paper maps along the way and had no emergencies. The wifi in most of our motel stops didn't work well either. It's definitely going to take a good chunk of time to collect pictures together of our trip to share. Four people and five photo devices doesn't make the task easy! I did post some pictures during our long drive on Instagram and Facebook.

We made it to West Virginia! There are so many trees and hills here, it reminds me a lot of where we lived in Colorado. Especially this morning when hubby went out to get coffee and said it was 20F outside. Rumor is it will snow tomorrow. :) We shall see!

We're staying in a motel and hopefully will get things started with a realtor tomorrow.

Continually praying for God's guidance!

(post stuck in draft, forgot to post it!)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October Hello

(Sea Lions in SoCal. Picture taken by Hubby. If you are ever in Orange County, head out to Balboa Island and take the boat tour.)

We may finally be leaving California for real very soon! Most likely before November gets here.

We're very excited to start looking for a farm in West Virginia.

Randa, we are coming to visit you! This is your warning! hehehehehe

There has been nothing to blog about, we've just been in a long waiting game that has really sucked. However this journey's end is arriving!

I will be starting over with a new blog. New journey, new blog. Hubby has encouraged me to blog during our travelling so I will post about that next time.

To bless you...

Louie Giglio - Label Maker Series. Free. Mp4 downloads. From Passion City Church. Louie is one of my favorite pastors to listen to! There's a lot of his talks on youtube as well.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Playing in the Dirt

I haven't been taking many pictures lately, hardly have any for April and May, which is so unlike me, but here is a mish-mash of pictures from the last 2 months.

Justin caught me taking his picture. LOL. I do try and sneak photos of him because he likes to make horrid faces when I point the camera at him. Teenagers!

Anabelle has played in the pool a few times, starting the swimming season off early. However, the weather has cooled down again so the pool is back to being too frigid for now. She checks it almost daily. ;-)

Anabelle buried the huge white sweet potato last year, I forget when. We decided to dig it up to see if anything grew. I was surprised that there were red SP that had grown under the big white one! We did try them for dinner, but they were too starchy. The leaves had died off a couple of times, but I think it was just from lack of water. I am working on prettying up the yard before we leave so it needed to come out anyway. She had fun digging them out, she loves playing in the dirt. :-)

We have season passes to Knott's Berry Farm and go a couple times a month. The kids love the rides, but some seem a little scary to Anabelle. She decided to try this one, a pendulum type swing. She would not smile for the camera, this was her first ride on it. But she ended up loving it and rode it twice on our last visit.

We went to our nieces baby shower at her new house. Baby was actually born a week before the baby shower, an emergency situation, but he's doing fine, and his mom and dad are over the moon happy! We are too! He'll be in the hospital for awhile so we're praying over him.

This is one of our younger nieces at the onesie decorating table. The kids decorated 2-3 each because it's too hard to resist just making one of course. LOL. They were good about waiting and letting others make some too before going back and making another.

Anabelle had fun decorating onsies, crafting is one of her favorite things to do.

Our other younger niece (sister to the above niece) made her new baby cousin an Angels inspired onesie with a fox and a dinosaur. (The Angels are the OC baseball team.)

And lastly...

I tried to sneak some pictures of Anabelle playing in the dirt this afternoon. I gave her some kitchen items that were destined for the recycle bin, knowing she'd love to play with them instead. She picked the spot under the tree where the grass won't seem to grow. (The lawn is suffering big time in this drought.) And she's been making mud pie and cake.

Then I see her going and getting water from the pool instead of the hose? There's a faucet right by where she's playing... silly girl.

Caught red handed. She was a bit embarrassed, LOL. Not that it matters that she takes water out of the pool really, but I reminded her there *is* a hose nearby.

She's a happy camper outside, using her imagination and playing in the dirt. I love that about her. She's so much like me when I was a kid. But I do still like to play in the dirt - gardening!

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Thank You

I won this Heart in Hand cross stitch chart from An Arizona Stitcher!

Thank you Shelly! :)

Book Review: The Atonement

The Atonement
by Beverly Lewis

The story is about Lucy and her dad, Christian. Throughout the story there are hints about a past relationship Lucy had with an English man. Whatever happened ruined the father/daughter relationship and also Lucy's faith. Lucy spends a lot of time volunteering in the English world which takes her away from her family. Her family misses her. Her father starts going to grief meetings, hoping Lucy will go with him. We aren't certain what kind of grief he is suffering from until later in the story. He meets an Englisher at the meetings and befriends him, inviting him to his farm. This man wants to live a more sustainable life and spends his time gleaning the Amish ways from Christian, while befriending his daughter Lucy. The story makes you wonder who Lucy will end up with... is it her longtime childhood friend Tobe or this English man? I won't give it away. :)

This was a great story and I highly recommend it for Amish Fiction readers!

I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Catch up on randomness

My grandmother's Graveside Memorial was this past Saturday, the 16th. The cemetery dug the wrong grave so she was not buried that day. Yesterday the correct one was dug, but for whatever reason they had to wait until today to inter her. I wasn't there, so hopefully it was done.

My family also now believes that my great grandmother is not buried in the correct place. (She passed several years ago at 101 years old.) Apparently she was buried and then had a service. I don't know, I wasn't there. We were still in CO and not here in CA. We were told conflicting information about it at the time so we missed it, but not intentionally. Granny was/is my favorite family member, I was sad to find out we'd missed it.

Focusing on prayer and trusting God. The sooner we move the better. It's still a waiting game.

I've been doing the January scripture writing plan.

I'm pretty sure I have caught a cold or something tonight. Another benefit of moving will be being able to start making cultured and fermented foods again. I've had enough of this getting sick often stuff!

We are most of the way packed up. The everyday things will have to wait awhile longer.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rain Today

Every now and then it rains in southern California. And the people rejoice. Especially lately, because of this horrible drought we're in.

Anabelle's rubber ducky, washed in from the sidewalk.

This area always floods. There is a drainage system for the backyard that pumps excess water out to the street. But when we get these hefty rains, it can't keep up.

Justin took the umbrella and walked around the pool a few times. He does this at random even when it's not raining. Minus the umbrella.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

I hope you all had a great New Year's Day holiday!

We stayed up till midnight with food, games, and a movie. We watched Mercy Rule on Netflix. It was okay, not the greatest movie, but it does have a G rating.

We went to my brother in law's house on New Year's Day. Our nieces got "hover boards" for Christmas and our kids took turns trying them out.

We are packing and cleaning to move, but I don't know when we are moving (maybe next month?), or where yet. Hopefully somewhere more rural because we'd like to get chickens. I can't wait to get out of California! This has been the longest 2 & 1/2 years of our lives, we are antsy to move and start our next journey. Maybe then I'd have something to blog about! ;-)

I've been cleaning out our worm bin for the move. Sorting through the castings for the worms takes DAYS to do. Their compost is amazing for the garden and they process nearly all of our kitchen scraps so they are worth it. The castings make the bin very heavy to move around so it's best to harvest it all and start the bin over. I've got it setup with the small shoebox bin as a temp worm home, the blue bin is their regular home, and the orange 5 gallon bucket is for the worm-free castings (compost). I will spread the compost around the yard and let the rain/watering do the rest.

Our neighbor's tangerine tree is bearing new fruit again. We will miss all the free citrus when we move.

I am excited about...

~ Moving. I don't know where we are going, but I've been praying. God's got this!

~ Getting our cats back. (They have been living with another family (who are being paid) because they were not allowed to live at Gram's house with us.)

~ Getting our stuff out of storage in Colorado. (Living without our things and with someone else's has been a huge challenge.)

~ Finding a Christ centered church where we move to. Praying over this as well!