Monday, August 18, 2014

The Shed Project

Last night we finished another, rather major, improvement to our yard.  One of the previous owners had put a car port (or possibly for a boat?) in the south east corner of the yard.  It was huge and ugly and we had been wanting to get rid of it for awhile and replace it with a shed.  However, it wasn't at the top of our priority list until recently.  Since we didn't have a shed, we would put our mower and other tools under the car port and cover it all with a tarp.  It was better than nothing but certainly wasn't ideal since rain water collected in that corner of the yard, strong winds could blow the tarps off, and our son would always find a way to get into stuff that he shouldn't.  That last part is what finally did it for us. 

A week ago Saturday, Daniel and Michael (brother-in-law) disassembled the car port and dug up the posts (they were cemented into the ground).  It took them about four hours in the afternoon to get that project done (and it was hot outside).  We bought our new shed and big 2x2 pavers to go underneath it on Saturday.  We cleared out the area, decided where we wanted the shed and which direction we wanted it to face, and Daniel started work on Sunday morning.  It took him all morning to get the pavers put in place and evened out and then Michael came over again at about 2 and they started assembling the shed.  The shed is a 7x7 rubbermaid shed from Menard's.  We didn't want anything really expensive, permanent, or difficult to put together which left us with very few options.  Anyway, the men worked another four hours or so (again, it was probably 105 degrees in the sun and even hotter inside the shed once they got the walls and roof on) and finished in the early evening.  Although the shed isn't the sturdiest thing in the world, it'll serve our purposes and looks really nice.  Over the next week, we're going to add some dirt to the area around the shed and get grass planted. 

Our shed project was definitely a success.  There's plenty of room to put everything in the shed, including some tools in the basement that should really be in the shed.  Josiah can't get into it and it'll be locked so our things are secure.  And besides all that, the yard looks bigger and much nicer! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Intercede For Those Who Are Suffering

My heart has been heavy the last few weeks.  Tragedies, both near and far, seem to all be hitting at once.  The outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa has hit close to home.  Nancy Writebol, the nurse who contracted it while working in Liberia, is the mother of one of our pastor's.  The last few weeks have been very difficult for the family and we, their church family, have been walking through it with them, feeling their pain and anxiety, their hope and despair, as they feel it.  The cruel comments on social media have hurt because they're about people that I care about.  Every time I see someone say "Why couldn't we leave those people in Africa?", all I can think is, "what if that was your mother?  Or your spouse?  Would you not do everything in your power to get them back here so they could have the very best medical care?  Would you not move heaven and earth to get them to a hospital where they can get medical treatment and have a chance of surviving?"  But most people are afraid and uninformed and they speak from ignorance and cruelty, not thinking to walk a mile in the victim's shoes. 

We have been receiving heart breaking news from Iraq.  The ISIS terrorist group is slaughtering men, women, and children, targeting Christians and other minority groups.  People have fled to the mountains and the young and old, those most vulnerable to the elements, are dying.  There's reports that parents have thrown their children off the mountian just so they don't have to see them die of thirst.  That's too horrible for me to even comprehend.  There are other reports of the terrorists beheading children or cutting them in half.  Women are being brutalized and sold into slavery.  Men are told to recant their faith or die... and many times, they die anyway. 

And then the news of Robin Williams' suicide.  This will, I'm afraid, cause a spike in suicide attempts as those who are suffering from depression follow in his footsteps.  I'm not even going to attempt to write about depression because I've never experienced it nor am I trained to handle it.  There are already far too many misinformed people spouting off about it.  The only thing I'll say is: if you're suffering from depression, there is hope.  Don't let yourself believe that suicide is your only option.  Talk to someone and get some help. 

As Christians, we're told to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.  Now is a time for weeping.  Now is a time to get on our faces before the Lord and intercede for those who are suffering.   

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I'm an Aunt! And Other Happenings

Good heavens, I haven't written in two weeks!  And so much has happened...
The most important thing is, of course, that I'm an aunt again!  My lovely sister had a little girl a week ago Friday.  Joanna Isabel was 6 lbs 15 oz (I think) and 19" long.  She's a sweet little girl but it's kinda sad because she's making me incredibly aware of how NOT a baby my Josiah is.  Speaking of Josiah, he seems to be adjusting pretty well to the addition of a baby to our family.  He always kisses her goodbye ("kissing" to Josiah is laying his head against her head... it's so sweet!) and has held her a few times.  However, since she can't do much, he gets bored with her pretty fast and goes to find Zuzu to play with.  The only time he gets resentful of me holding her is when he's tired.  And at those times, it's not like he wants to sit in my lap or be held in my arms.  No, he just doesn't want me holding her

I've also been babysitting a lot the last couple weeks.  A mom needed to go to a dentist appt so I watched her son for a couple hours last Monday.  That same day, I was watching another little boy while his mom had some medical treatments at her doctor's office.  I watched him again yesterday.  And the third little boy that I watched last Friday and I'll watch again this Friday didn't have daycare on those two days so the mom had to find somebody else to watch him.  I'm always happy to help out other moms in the church and Josiah always has a good time with the other little boys. 

And last but not least, my own mother was in town for two weeks (she left last Saturday) to help out with Joanna.  We did some shopping with her, including a big consignment sale where I got some clothes, two winter coats, and some books for Josiah.  I like this particular consignment sale because they always have lots of clothes, shoes, toys, and other stuff for babies and kids and it's all in good shape.  They're not trying to sell junk like a lot of places. 

Well, I hear Josiah "talking" to himself so he must be up from his nap.  It's ice cream time!! :)