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I feel awful, HOORAY!

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Happy Mothers’ Day

We love you Mom!
Happy Mothers’ Day

Mom Judy & Lundie
Mom Judy & Lundie
Mom Pinner & John
Mom Pinner & John

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Geocaching – Trip #1

We had a really good day. Our very first Geocaching trip! We went outside. We walked. We hiked. We searched. We found!

For those of you new (like us) to the concept, geocaching is basically a scavenger hunt done with GPS! People create “caches” and place them around the world, then post their location using latitude and longitude coordinates, and then others run around trying to find them. Simple? Not always.

To learn a bunch more about the process, check out I have no idea why, but simply the idea of this had me SO excited. And I have to say, after having done one, I can sense an addiction forming. And it has the added benefit of fresh air and exercise!

When you find a cache, you have multiple options. You can just simply sign the log, leave a token item, or you can exchange an item. The caches can be any variety of container. You use a GPS device to locate the general vicinity of where the container was stashed, and then you look. And look, and look, and look. 🙂

It took us about 20-30 minutes to find this one. The container was not the one we expected, but very fun to find, nonetheless. I think the hardest part of the search was keeping Jack from running off on his own. He was having a really good time, running around, and whacking things with a stick he picked up!

When we found the cache, I laid the items out (see below). We were hoping the container would have been the larger one that we saw in some of the log pictures from over the years. (This particular cache was originally stashed in March 2004.) So, our contribution ended up in a ziploc baggie hidden with the container. Hopefully someone will find it and take it soon! 🙂

Let me know if you ever want to join us on an excursion. Weather permitting, I think this is about to become our new weekend pastime!!

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Amy’s in Ust!

My dearest friend, Amy, is in Kazakhstan right now, in the final stages of an international adoption.  I would like to ask for all of your prayers that God give her a clear sign which child(ren) she is meant to bring home.

This has been a really long road so far.  We’re cheering you on, girlfriend!

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Boy from Snowy River

The Man

The Boy

…from Snowy River

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Christmas Gifts

At first glance, my favorite Christmas gift is my new webcam from my husband. With it I am now able to have great online conversations with my mom and dad, whom I miss an awful lot! And I’m able to give them the “J5 fixes” they need. 😉

J5 and Mommy

The late bloomer gift is my new “The Message” New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs, by Eugene H. Peterson. I’m just reading it from front to back. I doubt I’ll use it as a study Bible, but then that was not what it was written for. I’m only in as far as Matthew 14, but I am really enjoying it! I don’t struggle to keep my mind focused – of course I still struggle to have a few uninterrupted moments to sit and read, but that has less to do with the book than it does with a certain 2-year-old…

In talking with Beth last night, I realized that my life needs “exercise and church”. I am going to try to find a way to get connected with one of the churches around here. Most likely, I’ll try to go to CCC. I want to get into another small group and they have morning women’s groups with child care. As for the exercise, I dug out my pedometer (I was allowing it to dry out after a trip through the washing machine). I don’t know yet what I want to do, but mostly I want to get my step count up out of the triple digits…

Sadly, I will be in church tomorrow for the funeral of my Great-Aunt Millie (My Grandma Forman’s sister). She was killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve. She was a super sweet lady. I will be happy to see all the family again. It seems that’s what brings us all together lately. The last time I saw this whole group was at my Grandma Forman’s funeral. It’s that generation shift. Family gatherings don’t seem as big as they used to, but maybe that’s just because I’m one of the grown-ups now.

Well, I’d best be going. My 15 minutes of rest are about up and I need to get back to the “Today” list that keeps growing.


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I have so many Christmas photos to go through from my trip back home, but I just HAD to share this one that makes my heart warm every time I see it. My son and my father:

J5 and Dad J
Merry Christmas

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Well, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus for a while now. Tried to do some pruning of my internet time and extracurricular activities. I’m not exactly “back” but realized that my own blog is the place I want to be.

I am going to jump into the Thin Within world with both feet and am joining the Tales From the Scales challenge midstream. They do what I was trying to do with Healthy For the Holidays 2007 – but much, much better!

J5 came down with croup Wednesday night and yesterday we ended up having to take him to the ER to get a steroid treatment. It was a really rough day, but he’s doing better. He slept through the night last night and that makes me greatly relieved. Breathing is not something to mess around with!!

I have tons of pics that I eventually want to put here. I realized that all my journaling would be more pleasantly served with illustration. And it would make for nice memories!

Since I’ve sent out the large majority of my Christmas cards, I guess it’s probably safe to share the photo from it. I’m going to scan one later for memory-keeping, but for now, here’s my happy family:

Christmas 2007

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Yes, dear readers, there is a Santa Claus!!

I’ve received a few comments that maybe my father is Santa. Just thought I’d share this pic from a few Christmases ago. My dad is indeed Santa! 🙂 I’m sure there’s some sort of deal we can work out if you’d like me to pass your wish list along for “special attention”. **wink, wink**

Merry Christmas in July!
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Happy 37th Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

You guys rock!