God is good! All the time!

Tonight I am so tired but so completely grateful to God! We had a family of 10 come for lunch today. A homeschooling family that lives 5 minutes away. I had met the mother through a homeschool group meeting that I went to. The other day I went to her house, pulled her out on the porch and said, ‘Ok, what would you do as  a young mom, with kids and you moved to where you really didn’t have any family or friends that you knew that could babysit for you?’ She laughed and we sat on her porch for about 30 minutes talking about life and kids and such. I told her that I didn’t know how to go about finding dependable teenagers that I liked and had a relationship with except to find some and start! So, I invited their whole family over for lunch. So, that was today and it went very well. The dad couldn’t come because of work. But they have good kids and I think next week I am going to have her two teenagers over to hang out with David and I. We are finding our way, little by little. No, that’s not exactly true. God is being faithful to lead us, one day at a time and that is all we need I find.

Tonight we had a couple and their four kids over for dinner also. That is why I am a little tired. (Spent the day in my kitchen) I met this mom at a boy’s park day that I take the boys to twice a month (when we can). Their four kids are each about our boys age except they have a girl Ronan’s age (poor Ronan) :). There was something I really liked about her, the mom (Hannah) when I met her. We exchanged phone numbers and then, bam! Sickness and busyness hit and 2 months went by and I never called her to invite her over like I wanted to. Then, she noticed me at a boy’s park day last week and we talked some more. I was leaving for dental appointments and she had just arrived so I didn’t get to invite her once again! 😦  Two days later, I took the boys on  a field trip and there she was again! I watched her kids for a few minutes so she could go pay the parking meter and I thought, ‘God did this for me, I can’t miss another opportunity again’. So, I invited her and her family and that is who we had for dinner tonight!

We had a great time. Her husband could actually talk more than mine (which is a feat! I joked with her at the end and suggested she go put the kids to bed and then come back to pick him up)! They are lonely and starving for fellowship. It turns out that they just quit going to the church they were going to for several reasons. So, we’ll see. I just think it’s neat how God is putting people in our path and even when I miss what He wants  me to do the first time He keeps throwing them back in my path. 🙂 We ended up loaning them our Missions Dilemma Dvd and our ‘Raising Respectful Children in a disrespectful world’ book. So, pray for us and those we continue to cross paths with.

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In the land of the giants!

Two weeks ago David, the boys and I, joined our friends and Co. from TN on a two day trip to the Redwoods. Nobody in our family had been and it was beyond what we had imagined! We had a wonderful, relaxing time and the boys Loved it! Pictures don’t even come close to showing you what we saw, but I’ll post a couple anyway!

We found a Redwood!! ( a smallish one) 🙂

We also found such a wonderfully, delightful fairy-land. Hey, theres a red-headed pixie!

And River- "Now you guys know how small I feel!!"

We drove through this tree in our van!

Grandma Laura, this picture is for you. Morgon was thrilled to go in the slanted house!

Abba had just as much fun as Morgon! 🙂

We all had fun experimenting!

The animals we brought with us...

Tristan wrongly using one of the nice picnic tables at the playground. 🙂

This is Morgons photography and posing skills... Get behind that log, mom!

Some of the many wood carvings we saw!

One of the cute couples we went with!

And David takes on the Grandfather Tree! He kept saying,  I wish my dad could see this!

Crazy big, huh?!

Are you going to bite me??

Inside the One Log, house. We know how to live like this!!

Cant capture the beauty!, especially trying to keep up with Abba! 🙂

Shammah, climbing down from the Stump!

Felt like an ant in these woods!

100% Boy Country!

A tree fairy!

Mom look! A house!

Us with our wonderful friends in the Land of the Giants!

If you ever want to find Ronan, look up..

The forest was beautiful throughout, but I think my favorite thing were the roots of the trees. They look like huge beautiful flowers that just bloomed!

A blessing from God!

Ok, I know it’s been a while but things have been a little busy and blogging is just not at the top of my list of priorities. 🙂 However, I had to share a few pictures of a blessing God gave me a few weeks ago.

A good friend of mine allowed (I didn’t even ask!) her daughter to fly all the way out here to CA (from TN) to help school and take care of 3 of my boys while I went back to TN to visit friends and family for a week. Then, she (Chloe is her name) got to stay for a week longer once I got home!!!

We didn’t get to do a lot of fun, entertaining things while she was here with us (River was sick as soon as I got home and didn’t get better till the day before Chloe went home). But, we did have girl’s night with Tristan, her, ice cream and I! We also got to put flowers in my window!  David didn’t think we should classify that as “fun” and thought I was weird to do that at 11 o’clock at night. 🙂 What can I say? Some people watch movies to have some relaxing, let-down time; I cut out flowers!

Anyway, I really was blessed by Chloe! Not only by her taking care of my boys but by the time I had with her while she was here. These are a few pictures of our flower cutting night…

Spring is coming! We have to grow some flowers on the window!

Chloe was the tiny tape piece cutter. See her nice small pieces on the coffee table?! She did cut flowers too. 🙂 this was just her special job toward the end of the night- midnight or so. 🙂

Chloe getting bored! Thinks Im crazy! I know I am!

River thinks Im crazy too. "Mom, I wanna go to bed now!"

Chloe- "Ive got flowers growing out of my nose!, Come on Ari, lets watch a movie, do something relaxing!!"

Well, now you know. This Is what Ari finds relaxing to do late at night sometimes… Things that aren’t always necessary. Necessary is what I do all day long!! Thanks Chloe for not only putting up with my craziness but also for joining it! Was fun to have someone to do it with.

Snow day fun!

This past weekend we, (along with two young couples from the home church we go to) went to Lake Tahoe!!! We stayed at Rick’s dad’s house so lodging was nice and affordable (free). 🙂 We left Friday after lunch, got there and the ladies went food shopping for the weekend while David watched the boys. Rick, Tim and Kallah came Friday evening by about 8pm. God is so good to us! He is faithful to give us just what we need and we all needed this weekend!

It was very nice being able to play in the snow, come home and put our winter jackets back in the winter bin! Also, I’ve never played in the snow that long without getting cold!! It was plenty warm with just long sleeves. I wished that I had just brought the boys lightweight jackets… crazy! The snow was about 2 feet deep and a couple times we would randomly sink into it in pockets up to our knees. (some wise people we saw, were wearing snow shoes) 🙂 I wish I had taken more photos of the scenery! It was much more beautiful than captured here. But, you’ll have to put up with having someone who wanted to sled more than take pictures and who had to hold a whiny kid when not sledding, and spent more time with people only to occasionally remember to pick up her camera! 🙂

We did a lot of fun stuff together… played in the snow, (for the first time this year) watched a movie, played Mexican trains, ate ice cream, laughed and over all got to know each other better. We had a good weekend together, but pictures speak better than words, so here are a few pictures of us with our new friends. These are the 2 couples who moved into some lower income apartments together (don’t share the same apartment) to start a home church and see if they could reach the young people who live in those apartments.

Rick and Katie are 31 and 29 have 2 kids- Kallah- 4 years, and Noah- 2 years. Rick is a substitute school teacher and Katie works in dentistry.

Tim and Kristina are newly weds, married just 5 months ago. He is in collage for Game design, and she is an elementary school teacher.

Katie and I racing Rick and David! Girls won of course!!

Tim and Kristiina going ohhh so slow 🙂

Tristan and Kallah with their Mini- snowman!

This is Rick with his 2yr old- Noah

This is Katie with her and Ricks 4 yr old girl- Kallah on her lap (she had a fever that day:( )

Fun that night- Katie and her amazing tongue trick!

Rick trying Katies trick!

Tristan joins the fun; he was hysterical to watch!!

A good picture of Katie and Noah snuggling before bed!

Tim and Kristiina at our snow day

Kristina and I held the record for the longest sled ride till David and Morgon finally broke it! But alas! Tristan and I topped the record off on the last ride of the day!!! Yeah! He was so excited!

Tim and Kristiina After snow day! 🙂

The boys and dad!

Rivers first and last sled ride

He ended up with a face full of snow and of course did Not think that was fun. 😦

Rick and Morgon right before they wipe out! Meanwhile, Ronan and Kristina win the race!

The boys heading up to Do it again!

Rivers opinion of snow- at least whenever his hands touched it. 🙂

Our view from the back porch deck...