Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pew Bows!

I am making Pew Bows for my friends wedding. I'm actually decorating for them at both the church and the reception. I'm a little nervous about overwhelming myself with too much to do! How did I ever work full time and take care of my family? I am thankful they were forgiving with meals, laundry and other important stuff!

So here they are...let me know what you think!

Oh ya, my devotion today talked about how our joy is not defined by our circumstances. It’s based on our relationship with God who, in due time, will bring us out of our present situation. Whack (right in the middle of my forehead which is now framed by some silver stuff)! Thinking this needs to be tattoed on my hand so I can be looking at this all the time. Good reminder!! Need to remember this when I am dealing with my lack of confidence in lots of things. "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4: 6-7
I also had a really neat visit with a new friend today...his name in Bineu. He is a Black Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Nine months old and looking for a new home. I am is Aryssa. Really need to pray about this!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Home last? Well....maybe!

Well...we are back from our very special trip to "Vegas Baby"! It was an adventure for sure! Our flight from here to Denver was uneventful. Denver to Vegas was amazing. I was so surprised at how much we could see from the plane. I mean you are up so high! By the time we landed in Vegas it was dark...well, not really cause Vegas is never dark and never quiet!

We found checked into our room and went for the first of many long walks. We figure we walked from one end of the strip to the other at least 5 times during our stay = sore feet, but no guilt for that extra dessert!

The most annoying thing about Vegas are these people who click these business cards of naked women in front of your face. They promise to have a "girl" to you in less then 20 minutes. I thought Don was going to punch them in the face...they didn't just click these cards in front of was right in your face. Men were collecting these cards like baseball trading cards. We were disgusted.

Thursday we bought another monorail pass ( we weren't right on the strip) and headed back to the strip in daylight. Those irritating "clickers" were still there. As we passed this one lady clicker she looked at us and said God bless you! I wasn't sure what to I figured I'd better just pray for her! What a sad existence.

There are lots of little kiosks with "stuff" for sale. I did buy a purse as the one I had just wasn't practical....especially for walking thru crowds of potential pick pockets. I was rather surprised I could barter with the girl. Got her down from $54 to $35. Nice small purse.

We were getting tired of walking in crowds of people and since we had some coupons for Madame Toussaud's we decided to head into their. What a blast! Matthew Mcconnaughy, George Clooney and Tim McGraw...what more could a girl ask for! And Julia Roberts, Madonna and Jessica Simpson for Don.

More tomorrow......

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ok, I'm scared...really scared!

So i know if you read my little blog you are also someone who prays for me! So here it is...I'm scared! I'm scared if I'm not here, he won't get out of bed and go to work. I'm scared if I'm not here, he won't take the time to make a lunch to take to work. I'm scared he can't do it without me! So who the heck do I think I am! I'm certainly not God.....why do I feel like I have to be everything to this child.
So I am writing this and leaving it here! I need to go away and be Kim...even if it is in Vegas! More importantly I need to let him carry on with his life without me trying to guide it. I need to let him run to God instead of me! I've been able to easily do this with the other children......

I am trusting that if you are reading this you will pray for my child...that God will take care of all these things......and give me rest!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Anniversary Dinner

The children surprised us with a celebration dinner with 75 of our family and friends! What a wonderful evening. They planned a potluck meal and the food was delicious.
They gave a beautiful speech that made us cry and a hilarious slide show that made us laugh! I can't thank them enough for all the hard work that went into planning our evening. You blessed us!

Cousin Sharon Vanderhooft also joined us for the celebration weekend for the anniversary and thanksgiving. We have had a great visit.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on all of our blessings! We have so many.....thank you Jesus for all you have given us!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Family Dinner

Today we are going out with the kids for a celebration dinner. Though I think they have something else up their sleeves. I'm hoping not though as walking into a room full of people is very intimidating...especially when their focus is you.
Cousin Sharon Vanderhooft from Ontario surprised us with a visit this weekend. It has been great to catch up with her after 10 years of not seeing her in person. Today her and I went to the BakeOven to pick up a few things for Thanksgiving dinner. I also bought some yummy cinnamon bread for breakfast tomorrow along with some yummy gouda! Don was excited to open up the bag and see our stash of goodies. I also bought some hagenslag, not sure if that's the correct spelling but it's those chocolate sprinkles our kids love on toast. Especially he was excited to see that he could munch on that for brekky tomorrow. Add one dozen almond tarts and a bag of Wilhemina peppermints...we're set! I'm nervous...Aryssa just called to say I should send her a text when we get to the church.....hmmmmmm!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Day After.....

The excitement we think we are going to have....and it was quiet! I am so very thankful for the twenty five years Don and I have shared. Can't wait to see what the Lord will do for the next twenty five. Looking back at our wedding pictures is cool. Everyone is so "grown-up" now! Or should I say old? Some people are still very much apart of our daily life and others...not so much. However I am thankful for each and every one of our bridal party.
I guess I was a little sad not to hear from everyone. But I know I have not acknowledged each and every birthday and anniversary....I do try to remember the milestone birthdays and anniversaries. I guess I should write them down in a perpetual calendar. Better still would be those neat little reminders that pop up to say, "Don't forget!"
Don and I did go out for dinner to Moxie's. We enjoyed a delicious dinner. Don had his favorite, pepper steak with garlic mashed potatoes. I enjoyed their special. Chicken Marsala, with roasted potatoes and delicious harvest veggies! I even tried a peach bellini! Yummy!
We walked around St.Vital SM for a while and then headed over to Moore's so Don could use his GC. Love their reward system. It's always nice when you can get something for free!!
So now we are going to be counting down our days to Vegas! I'm looking forward to seeing the lights.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Only 2 more sleeps....

In only two more sleeps Don and I will have been married for 25 years. Wow! I think back to all the people who said it wouldn't last.....I am glad we proved them wrong. Not that we had anything to prove. I'm thankful God placed Don in my life. I can't even imagine where I would be without him. Thru thick and thin baby, and we've seen it all!