Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Journal Entry #18

Out My Window: Ah, fall. Only 90 today. Monsoon season is over and the weather is drier and cooler. Skies are clear and cloudless. The a/c has been off for 3 whole days.

Reading: Just finished Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary. I read her blog now & then and find it funny. Enjoyed the book.

My apocrypha reading has bogged down in Sirach. I like to read narratives but I struggle with proverbs. They just don't capture my attention. Slowly plugging along.

Church Search: I think we have settled on a church - a small, liturgical LCMS congregation. It still feels awkward and we are still "the new family," but it gets a little easier each week. But, I like, like, LIKE liturgy and sadly liturgy is rare and getting harder and harder to find in Lutheran churches. I'm glad my kids are being exposed to it, because it will probably disappear completely in their lifetime.

Prayers: For my FIL Jim, starting chemo this week. For my children who are struggling with the new schools, new friends, new jobs, new church, new everything. For my DH who is having nagging health issues. Thanksgiving for the blessings of a home and food, family and friends, and a church that proclaims the Gospel and administers the sacraments.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Journal Entry #17

Out My Window: Clouds & sun. Serious heat on the way this week - 110s!

State of the State: Today is Charlie's 21st birthday. A friend from MN flew down to celebrate with him. Kids are still moping around the house, but luckily it is time to get ready to go back to school. Supplies to get, new clothes to buy. Linus has freshman registration next week. It'll be good for all of us for school to start - including me.

Kirche: We haven't settled on a new home church yet. We have been visiting 3: 1. A large LCMS. 2. A large WELS. 3. A very small LCMS.  There are advantages/disadvantages to each.

Large LCMS
Pros: 4 services to choose from, 2 traditional; Many service & fellowship opportunities; Personable pastor; Pews super comfortable; Nice welcome basket (coffee mugs!)
Cons: The altar looks like a stage (drum kit, mics, projection screens); Do not kneel for communion during some services;
In-between: Linus & Sally were the only kids at the traditional Sunday service; Protestant-like sermon series - not preaching on the Gospel.

Large WELS
Pros: 4 services, 2 traditional; Close to our home; Friendliest greeting of those we visited; Pretty church;
Cons: It would be a denominational change; Communion twice monthly
In-between: Linus & Sally two of only three kids at traditional service; Different liturgy;

Small LCMS
Pros: Liturgical; Pretty church;
Cons: One service; Farthest from home
In-between: Not just our kids in worship; Uses 1-year lectionary

Monday, June 23, 2014

Journal Entry #16

Out My Window: Sunny & hot. Such predictable weather here in AZ. This is Monsoon Season, the time of year we are suppose to get some rain. Nothing so far.

Desert Life: I'm learning bit by bit about living in this arid climate. I was worried about dehydration because I'm not a fan of drinking water, but I've learned I like water much more with some cucumber slices in it. I'm staying hydrated fairly well, but my little daughter, Sally, seems to get a little dehydrated most days and needs reminders to drink some water.

Bible Study: Finished Wisdom and started Sirach, another book of proverbs. Some good verses:
  • For fear is nothing else but unfaithfulness to thinking helpful things. (Wisdom 17:11)
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and was created with the faithful in the womb, and walks with elect women, and is known by the just and the faithful. (Sirach 1:16)
Moving: It's been hard on the kids. They are unhappy here. Lucy, our oldest, started a new job today. She is a social worker and got a CPS position. Charlie thinks he is going to move in with a friend from high school who lives in Tempe (we'll see). Linus has been sleeping or playing video games. Sally watches TV. School will start for Linus and Sally on August 7. Hate to wish away summer but I am tired of watching them mope around.

In the Kitchen: It is Mexican Monday and we are having chicken tacos, rice and salad.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Journal Entry #15

Outside My Window: Another hot & sunny day in the Sonoran Desert! :) We arrived in Tucson on April 30th. What a trip! We crossed Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and southern Arizona. It took 5 days and I hope I never have to drive it again. I do not have what it takes to be a long-haul trucker.

I am enjoying the desert so far. The mountains are beautiful and the landscape is interesting. We have flowers and grass and lots of birds and lizards. It is very alive and vibrant.

Weighty Matters: I am down 4.4 pounds! Stress is less, weather is great, activity is up, eating better and feeling better. The best I have felt in months.

Reading: Things got crazy and my e-book expired before I read very much of it. I'll try to get it again later. Not reading anything currently. Still have boxes to unpack, not quite settled yet.

Scripture: I have been reading Wisdom (or Wisdom of Solomon) from time to time. I'm finding it is much like Proverbs. Some verses I've highlighted:

Those who trust in Him, will understand the truth, and those who are faithful in love will rest in Him, because grace and peace is for His elect. (3:9)

For the Lord will not exempt anyone's character, nor will He stand in awe of anyone's greatness, because He Himself made the little and the great, and He is equally concerned for everyone. (6:8)

For instead of a fountain, even everlasting in flow, you gave human blood to the unjust, and while they would be crushed into disgrace because of the murdering of infants, you unexpectedly gave your own abundant water, (11:7-8)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Journal Entry #14

Happy Easter!

Packing like crazy. Moving day is this Saturday. Feeling whole range of emotions, but mostly overwhelmed. So much to do, so little time.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Journal Entry #13

Out My Window: The calm before the storm. Most of our snow is gone except the piles along the road and the biggest drifts, but we are under a winter storm warning once again. Yesterday it was 6 to 12 inches possible. Today they upped it to 8 to 14. Spring is a 3 steps forward, 2 steps back dance in Minnesota.

Moving On: Progress, finally! Our house still isn't sold but Mr. Bee with the help of a real estate agent who really, really made an effort, has found an Arizona home for us. Not just a rental, but a lease to own house. Woo hoo! We won't have to move again right away. It has 5 bedrooms, a 3 car garage, it is in a quiet neighborhood and close to good schools. It does need some TLC, but that is okay, I like the layout and think we can make work. Packing has started and we can move in as early as May 1st. Lucy and Charlie have already given their 2-weeks notices at their jobs. Time for me to do the same.

Reading: Finished O, Pioneers! An excellent book. Interesting how different the view of adultery was in the early 1900s. Today we would never think that Emil and Maria got what they deserved. Now I'm reading To Heaven and Back by Dr. Mary Neal. My first e-book check out from the library. I've wanted to read this for quite some time after seeing Dr. Neal on a talk show.

Apocrypha: Finished Greek Esther. I recall reading a blog post once praising Esther as a model for submissive wives. You would NOT think that if you read Greek Esther. Onward to Wisdom - a long, long book of proverbs.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Journal Entry #12

Weighty Matters: I've cut back a bit and have kinda watched my eating but the scale hasn't budged. When I was younger that would have been enough to shed a few pounds. Not so anymore. I started exercising a little - some stretching and strength exercises. Oh was I sore earlier this week! Feeling better now so I should probably up the intensity.

Moving Along: Still at a stand still. All we need is a place to rent. Sounds so easy, but turns out it is not.

Lent: I like the Lutheran Hour Ministries devotion this year. Seems to be just what I need to hear. Putting my measly problems in perspective.

On My Needles: I need to finish my second sock! It is starting to get warm out and if I am to get any use from them this year I need to get it done.

Book: Still reading O Pioneers! Almost done. I went on pioneer story binge a few years ago and I should have read this then, I'm not as into it now. But it is still a good read. Not sure what I'm going to read next. Maybe some non-fiction.

Out My Window: Melting snow. Saw a flock of geese and a bald eagle this week. There must be some open water nearby. Maybe the Mississippi has broke up a bit. Colder air this weekend and snow expected next week. Not done with winter yet.

In the Kitchen: Dinner tonight was stuffed shells, garlic bread and salad. Dee-Lish! No wonder I'm not losing weight. ;-)

Prayers: For my kids, for my husband who is traveling internationally, for my in-laws health problems. Praying for the families of those aboard that missing plane - how scary! Praying for the protection of the unborn. Praying for our church. Thanksgiving for milder weather, a home and food, and a Savior who rescued me even though I don't deserve it. Praying for those who are homeless and hungry and those who haven't heard the Gospel. Amen.