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.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Journal Entry #11

Moving On: Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. House is still for sale. Still haven't found a suitable rental in AZ.  As soon as we find an AZ home things will get VERY busy here, VERY fast. Until then, I wait. I am tired of waiting.

Out My Window: Weather has improved. It's been above zero for 3 days! I think it got above freezing today!  I saw a Robin on Wednesday. Spring is here!

Lent: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:6-7

Last year during Lent & Easter my brother was dying and I was praying daily for him. It all happened so fast. He was diagnosed with cancer in February and died in June. Looking back to last spring all I see is grief. I don't remember Lent or Easter at all.

Next year I'll look back and see the chaos of moving a family of 6 across country, I hope.

Kitchen: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Journal Entry #10

Moving Along: House on market 151 days. Ugh. Moving date is still up in the air - still haven't found a place in AZ. Hoping for end of April. I keep praying.

Reading: Finished Tess. Such a good book. I believe I first read it when the Roman Polanski movie adaption was released, I would have been 15. Full of symbolism, it would be fun book to study in college. I can see how Tess was symbolically Eve - having sin trust upon her and living as a fallen woman. Eve (Tess) is ultimately redeemed by blood, but taking matters into her own hands, she is her own redeemer. Or perhaps it is a nod to the Douay-Rheims Genesis 3:15. Maybe this is why it is considered a feminist novel. Interesting how the religious climate in England (Anglican, Calvinist, Methodist, Deist) are portrayed in the men she encounters, and how each of them is unforgiving, or perceived to be - failure of Grace in the church. The baptism of Sorrow was a particularly moving moment in the book (Genesis 3:16). Got me teary eyed.

Just started O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. Another book about a strong woman. First time read.

Out my Window: Still cold. Below zero every night. Deep snow. Icy roads. Agony. Probably the coldest winter I have lived through.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Journal Entry #9

Moving Along: Looks like May 1st is our target date to move into our new house in AZ. Yeah! Now if we can just find that new house....Mr. Bee's company will help with the rent, but we have to pick a place. Five bedrooms with a pool, no busy streets, and a mountain view would be nice. And a 3-car garage would help a lot. 68 days and counting!



Out my Window: Ten inches of fresh snow and lots of ice. Roads are awful. Scary drive to work. Kids had their 6th day off of school this year (2014) because of weather. We had a couple of warmer days this past week but now we are back in the deep freeze for the next 10 days.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Journal Entry #8

Moving Along: 2 couples this week and 1 more tomorrow, but still no offer. But the rental offer looks likely! We will be moving this spring I hope.

Feels like life has come to a stand-still. Haven't finished my socks, my book or Greek Esther. Need to get going on stuff!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Journal Entry #7

weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5b)

I woke up this morning with those words in my mind. Last night was horrible. I felt utterly defeated. Another showing, another "no, thanks." More snow. More cold. Can't find a 5 bedroom house to rent in the area in Arizona where we plan to live. Tired. I miss Mr. Bee - he's been so busy we haven't had much time to talk. And no matter how well-behaved my kids are, it is nice to have two parents in the house.

But! I woke up feeling refreshed and renewed and ready. Much more energy. Things have looked brighter all day.

The temps got into the 20s - felt like spring!

Found a house for rent that I like and it is not far from where we want to live.

Had another showing tonight.

So.....maybe tomorrow will be better still.