Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm Moving

The problems that I've been having here at blogger are not being resolved. I don't know what else to do but to move out!
So I'm moving to a new "home". I hope you all will visit me at the new place.

It's still Life with 4! just that now I'm at wordpress. Click here and come over for a visit.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Who Do You Serve?

I serve a REAL God.
I serve a RISEN God.
I serve a PERFECT God.
I serve a MERCIFUL God.

Happy Good Friday to you!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lonesome Sound?

I've heard that a train's whistle is a lonesome sound. (Isn't that in a song?)
Some people even think it has a certain "romantic" ring to it.

We hear that lonesome sound twice each day. Although in our house, it's not the romantic, lonesome sound that some say.
We hear it as a freight train running right through our house.
The floor vibrates.
If we have windows or doors open when we hear the first faint sound of it rumbling down the valley, we rush to close everything up.

Yes, we live in a very peaceful, quiet, country valley.... but we also live right next to the train tracks.
So anytime between 9pm and 11 pm, the train comes rattling along.
As it approaches our valley, the coyotes begin their song. They howl along with the thundering of the train. You can hear them long before the train actually arrives near our house. They know it's coming.

And then again in the early morning, it returns to wherever it came from. Rumbling past again.

When we moved into this house (2 years this July), I thought I would never get used to it.
Neighbors told us we would get used to it and I thought they were absolutely crazy!

When the whistle would blow 4 times at our crossing, I would wake up with my eyes popping out of my head and my heart pounding like you wouldn't believe!
I told my hubby, "I'm going to be up with 4 kids every night when that "thing" comes through!!"
But, who would have thought, the kids don't even notice it!

And as time has gone by, there are nights when I don't even realize that the train has gone by.

When we have overnight guests, I always warn them to be prepared. Don't panic.
The train will come, and come it does.

Our valley is so tranquil most of the time.
But it really livens up and makes some noise twice per night!



(I'm still having blogger troubles. I cannot open anything that would open in a separate window, such as adding a photo to my post and opening the blogs that I read from my list. I have to manually type in the entire address to read them. uuuughhh!!! I can't even open the Help window to get this figured out!
So needless to say, sorry no pictures with this post. I actually have some really good shots of the tracks and the kids walking along them)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blogger Frustration

Is anyone else having problems clicking on links in Blogger?
I can't open up links to my blog list.
And now found out I can't open up any images for a new post?

I click and nothing happens.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Back to Normal....

...Whatever that is!
We have enjoyed our Spring Break and now it's back to the daily grind of school, sports and life.

Did everyone else have a good Break? I hope so.

I wanted to share this recipe that I got from my good friend, Tammi.
It is absolutely dangerously yummy!

HOMEMADE VANILLA CARAMEL
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
Bring this to a boil; stirring constantly. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add:
1 bar cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
Stir well.
This is so good drizzled over ice cream, brownies... well, any dessert for that matter.
We have also been eating it up with sliced apples.
I have mine stored in a glass canning jar in the frig.


Another random thing.
We had a big wind and rain storm last night... all night.
At about 4:30 this morning I heard the sound of something tin or metal crashing outside. Oh no.
My first thought was the roof to the chicken house. What a mess that would be!
But when I went out this morning to check on all the critters, all were safe and sound and dry.
Not sure what the metal sound was. I was just thankful that I wasn't going to be up on the chicken house repairing it in the wind and rain today.

Well, I pray that you all have a wonderful day. That you will see God's hand in your life.
That He will make Himself known to you today in a very special way.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thank God They Are Washable!

A beautiful day...
kids home from school...
the start of Spring Break...
waiting for Dad to get home from work.

It all started innocently enough...

.. a short walk through the pasture...

... to go do a little of this...



... but somehow on the way back to the house, the kids got a tad sidetracked.
A small run-off pond in the field... with salamanders to catch...
"please, Mom! Only our feet, just wading."..............
Until the feet became the knees and the knees became........ well, have a look..................



So after some much needed showers, the kids and the dog jumped in the back of the truck for a lovely ride up the logging road. Just for the fun of it...


I love afternoons like this.
Laughter.
Smiles.
Family.
Blessed.

Oh Man, I Can't Keep Up!!

Friday... yeah! Last day of school until March 29th.
Looking forward to Spring Break. Although that doesn't mean that we will be able to slow down any. Actually when the kids are home, life is even busier.

My blogging has been so sporadic.

So I'll try and catch up with what has been going on....

-our Principal/Administrator search is almost over. 2 more meetings, 3 more interviews with the finalists, and then someone will be hired. I've been really praying that it will be the person that God desires to have in our school. The person who can make some much needed positive changes.

- Bear has a couple of ortho appts. We are starting Phase 2! All that means is that we are in the process of another 1 1/2 yrs of braces and appts every 6 weeks. And of course, money, money, money coming out of the Health Savings Account. Praying that we won't have to do any more oral surgery this time around!

- I'm missing crafting time. Quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, whatever. I miss it.

-Getting geared up for track and field season. This will be Ryan's first year to participate in track. He has always played baseball (since he was 4 years old!). This year he wants to try something new. Should be interesting. I'm not even totally sure what to expect.


-In the meantime, Bear will be playing baseball on the Majors team. He is really looking forward to this season. His coach is great. A neat Christian man who prays with his team before every game.

-In the back of my mind, I realize that Lindsey's birthday is only 1 1/2 months away. Maybe I'm just in denial about the fact that my baby will be 3! But she reminds us often saying, "My birthday coming up soon!!" Yes, Baby, it is.

-Dust bunnies are taking over!! Having hardwood floors does have some pros but also has cons. Such as, if you don't sweep and mop very often, the dust bunnies reproduce and they spring up all over. They hide under the furniture, in the corners, around the woodstove........uuugh, they are EVERWHERE!! Maybe today I'll get them rounded up.


So pretty much, that's my life today.

It may sound like I'm complaining and whining, but actually I am thankful for all these "things" that keep us busy.

God has blessed us with the ability to try new things, to be involved with activities we feel are important, and to be with each other.

He is always good.
He is always faithful.
He is always loving.
He is always near.

And every day I need a good, faithful, loving and nearby God!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Boat Access Only!!!

Away from the crowds....
Away from busy streets....
Away from stress....
That's where we spent the weekend!
A 1/2 hour drive from any town and a 5 minute boat ride to seclusion....

My in-laws just bought this lake house. It's so pretty!
The surroundings are beautiful!
Of course, with it being March, we didn't do any swimming but the kids have already made summer plans to run down the dock and jump right into the lake.

We spent some time just boating around the lake and enjoying the scenic beauty and quiet.


The kids all got a chance to drive the boat!
Fun!!





Now we are ready for summer to come and weekends at the lake house.
The perfect get-away.
"Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
--- Psalm 103: 22



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Where Did The Week Go!?

It's been busy around here........
-a birthday
-parent/teacher conferences
-basketball tournament
-meetings
-baseball and track sign-ups
-Literacy night at school

Whew!! It doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.

Hopefully I'll be back soon.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Blessings





Today I'm thankful for so many blessings in my life....

  • discovering a new snack, hummus with spinach and pita chips.... yum!

  • heart to heart talk with my teen son

  • laughing with my children as I chase them around the house

  • a vehicle that gets me where I need to be

  • a husband who loves me

  • teaching and talking with my son, applying scripture to his life

  • sunshine that peeks out from behind the clouds

  • pushing my daughter on the swings and hearing her laughter

  • learning some new skills with a camera
  • finding a hide-out for the kids to play in (where the blackberry bushes create little "rooms" underneath them)

  • gazing at the stars while I pet the cat

  • wondering if our dog is going to have puppies

  • knowing that I can take my concerns to God and He hears and answers

  • little broccoli and lettuce sprouts basking in the sunlight

  • having money to get groceries to feed my family (even though I can't stand grocery shopping!)

  • having tax return money to be able to pay off a couple of bills

  • a warm bed

  • a homemade dinner of vegetable beef soup and wheat bread

God is so good!