A Quiet Wood

A Quiet Wood

Monday, June 30, 2008

A Suspension of Summer

For those of you wondering about the word "suspension" in my title, I use it in its scientific sense. A suspension (unlike a solution) is a mixture like pepper and water in which one ingredient will not dissolve the other (small rocks and water, small children and water...things like that). This blog promises to be just so. If you, dear reader, are expecting smoothness of flow and startling continuity, you are about to be sadly disappointed. Due to my utter lack of initiative (call it summer slothfulness), I have been amassing a great host of experiences which have yet to be recorded. That, my friends, is the purpose of this blog, an absolute juggernaut of information that I hope will not overwhelm you too intensely. So here goes...

A Day With Mom
by Sonja

It was 5:15am on Saturday. Sonja was sleeping in her bed.

All at once, her alarm clock sounded. "Beep! Beep! Beep!"

"What is going on?", Sonja wondered. "Why is my alarm clock beeping?"

And then Sonja remembered. It was her Day With Mom! They were going to Yard Sales! Oh, joy!

Soon she and Mom were in the car. Mom was Happy! She loved to yard sale.

The first yard sale was pretty good, but Sonja didn't get much. She also went back to the car before Mom did.

Then it started to rain, but Mom and Sonja braved the rain. They would not be deterred. They were very proud of their bravery.

The rain came down harder...

...and harder.

But they still got a few cool things.

After they were finished, Mom and Sonja met Dad at their favorite breakfast place, The Royal Cafe. Mom and Dad love to eat breakfast. They also love each other.

Eating at Royal Cafe is finger lickin' good. Right Dad?

After their yummy breakfast, Mom and Sonja went to the dented can store to get Bargains...

...and to the flea market to get a watermelon.

Their last stop was at Staples to buy Stapley stuff.

After their big outing, Mom and Sonja were tired. It was time to relax in the Pool!

So they did. It was fun. What a great day to be with Mom.

The End.

Heidi's Wedding

Weekend before last, I flew up to Cinci to enjoy the joyous occasion of my buddy Heidi's nuptials. Heidi married a wonderful man, Nathan Easley. They make a terrific couple. The wedding was beautiful in its simplicity and sacredness. It made my heart go, "Ahhhhhhh". I also was able to spend a little bit of time with Julia, who braved the trip from Illinois. It was lovely to see her as well. Here are just a few shots of the blessed event.

Nathan with the girls.


Hope. (The group, not the emotion.)

The musicians...amazingly talented, all. :)

The cake (by Marianne), both beautiful and exceedingly tasty.

A really beautiful day. I'm so glad I was able to be a part of it!

Cake Decorating Lessons

Speaking of cakes... On Thursday, my mom invited some young ladies over to our house who were wanting to learn how to decorate cakes. It basically turned into a "Fun With Icing" party, but a good time was had by all nonetheless. I even decorated a little cake myself with results that weren't too terrible.

Our "class".

My cake and I. I will be taking orders shortly.

Finally...Our Backyard Zoo

Some people have to go to zoos to see critters, but here in South Florida, one never knows what one will see in the back yard. Friday morning I saw this.

An armadillo just making himself at home. He actually made it all the way up to the back porch.

Fortunately, he opted not to come in.

Well, that's about it. At least that's all I have pictures of. For those of you who have successfully made it through this entire post, I salute you! *salute* You are either extremely kind or extremely bored. (There may be a few other options in there as well.) Blessings to you all!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Subber is a Cubbid' Id...

For those of you who are completely flummoxed at the title...I've been having to talk while holding my breath today since I am now ensconced in Diaper Change Central for the summer (my mom runs a home day care). Sometimes those diapers can be gruesome. *gag*

But...I'm home! Yay! I drove down the beginning of this week, eating copious amounts of sunflower seeds along the way to stay awake. Hopefully they won't have any adverse effects. (However, I do find myself adjusting toward the sun from time to time.)

The end of the year was full of activities, so I think I'll just bombard you with some photos and spare you the brilliant discourse.

May found me at...a bridal shower for my buddy, Heidi. You go girl!! She's getting married in two weeks, and I am excessively happy for her.

A last photo shoot with my Discipleship Group. Most of them are growing up and leaving the nest. :(

A "Dean Staff" photo shoot. I actually could use your help praying about this one. I have to replace some of my RA's due to the reality of graduation. Three of these in the picture are moving on. *sob* I have been so blessed with my office staff. They are top notch young ladies. One is going to nursing school, one is getting married, and one is going to the mission field. I'm so proud of all of them!! Anyway, I need God's wisdom about replacements. (Pray...hard. Yes, you...lurker.)

Moving on...Memorial Day! What an incredible day I had with my favorite brother. He is so good for my heart. What a blessing to be with someone who speaks the same language and who loves you...period. Ahhhhhhh.

We decided to have a picnic. I was so self-impressed (you may all feign surprise) that I had remembered everything. However, when we arrived, I realized that the box of matches that I brought did not have a flint strip on the side. We tried striking the matches on the grill, the picnic table, our heads, but all to no avail. We then devised a "Brilliant Plan" that involved the cigarette lighter in my car and a slow and tedious walk from the car to the grill bearing the slowly burning bag of charcoal. Anyway, it worked!! We ate the steaks to prove it.

We also had happy watermelon.

A great day!

I also had time for a day at the zoo with my buddy and his special family.

And then, my buddy had a birthday, so his family got together to worship and pay homage to the beloved Child.

There was a cool cake made by Mommy.

Although, the birthday boy had a bit of difficulty with the taste...

But he seemed to manage quite nicely...

...and enjoy all his happy presents.

All in all, it was a good month...May. Lots of good things. Lots of friends. Lots of love. Indeed, who could ask for more?

I had planned to leave you with some thoughts from my devotions this morning, but I've already had to retype part of this once for some reason (the computer gods hate me), so I think I'll leave that for another time.

Until next time, a blessed summer to you all!