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2007 October » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

One of my favourite bloggers

22nd October 2007

One of my favourite bloggers

***PREFACE: you’ll notice that I still spell using NZ English. I’ve decided that since I’m not employed somewhere where it would make a difference, I’m going to keep my spelling this way. It’s my tribute to the part of my heart that remains in New Zealand. I also write the date in my journal like this - 22/10/07 - rather than 10/22/07. Again, just my own little form of rebellion.

Yesterday I read a brief blog post from one of my favourite bloggers, Kendra at Preschoolers and Peace . She announced that she was unexpectedly pregnant with their eighth child. Her seventh child was born just six days before my son, so he is seven months old now. I am so incredibly thrilled for Kendra and Fletch. I had the privilege to meet Kendra and her children last year when we were visiting my brother who lives just a few minutes away. Over the last nearly two years I have enjoyed reading Kendra’s blog and gleaning information on how to raise children in God’s ways, organising a homeschooling family, and just general great stuff. She doesn’t post as often as some bloggers (she’s a busy lady!) but I appreciate her heart for ministry and teaching. I think one word that comes to mind when I think of Kendra is genuine.

If you’re a mom with small children, have a look at her blog and her accompanying website. Great stuff in there.

And congratulations, Kendra. God’s richest blessings on your family.

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19th October 2007

Waffle Maker

Would someone with the initials JW or CR please buy me a waffle maker for Christmas. It’s on my Amazon wishlist. Thank you in advance :) I promise that you will not regret it.

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18th October 2007

Thanks Nana and Granddad

Dear Nana and Granddad

Thank you very much for my new book. The postie delivered it today and I was very excited. Mummy said that I could open it today and I like how its sparkly on the front. I am wearing the necklace and will make sure that Cutie doesn’t get to touch it because it’s mine. I like pretending to be Cinderella so it was a great story.

Love,

Precious

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18th October 2007

Laundry with legs

We have five people in our house, some of whom don’t know how to use a napkin. Or others that know how but think their pants are much more convenient. Add in accidental trips into the gutter full of mud, a mis-aimed spoon of cereal, one baby that’s just generally smear-y, a few runny noses that get wiped on mom’s pants, and splatters from the makings of dinner, and you get a whole lot of laundry. When we lived in New Zealand I did laundry every day. If I missed a day it started to add up and if I missed two days then it was going to take a while to catch up. This was for two reasons: 1) the washing machines are much, much smaller than here in the US. Like i could basically fit in four or five pairs of pants and that was it. And 2) we generally didn’t use our dryer unless we absolutely had to. A week of rainy weather, mom going absolutely crazy. Stuff like that. We had a big rotary washing line and I could fit at least three loads of washing on it with no problem. And on a day with no rain it would all get dry.

Where we live now, in an apartment, there is no washing line. We have no yard in which to construct one. I do have an airing rack that we brought from NZ last year for my mom which we’ve now appropriated and I dry most of my clothes (can’t risk any shrinking!) and my husband’s work clothes on there. But overall we use the dryer. When we buy our own house we’ll install a washing line. Why in the world would we use the dryer when it’s sunny over 200 days a year here and for at least four months of the year it’s over 90 degrees!

But back to my original post.

Because the washing machines are so much larger here, I don’t have enough clothes to make up a full load everyday, considering that I don’t want to wash our bright orange and red clothes with our white towels. So I’ve had to adjust our washing plan and I’m basically washing about three times a week. I get all the clothes out and separate them into piles by colour and then wash them. But the funny thing is, it seems that even though I gather all the dirty clothes and put them into piles, when I’ve finished washing all the piles there are still dirty clothes everywhere. I’m pretty sure that clothes in America have learned to grow feet and walk away.

Or it might be the little elf that lives in my house and walks by the piles and think to herself - hey that’s my favourite pink shirt. I think I’ll take it and put it on my dolly. Or the littlest elf that doesn’t yet walk but thinks he might like a sock to chew on and it disappears under the couch to be lost forever. Or the middle elf who just likes to make a mess.

So, I’ve done laundry today. There is a pile of clean clothes on the couch and mini-piles in several other places where the laundry has gotten up and plopped itself down.

By the way, I think this is also the answer to the mysterious disappearance of socks which plagues households world-wide.

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15th October 2007

Update

I’ve not been writing much the last month or so. It’s not that things aren’t going on but it’s almost like so many things are going on that I don’t know where to start and am using my energy elsewhere. But a few bullet points to keep you in the loop:

  • Handsome is leading worship at our new church each week for both services and is really enjoying it. I don’t think I mentioned it but we bought him a new  guitar after we moved since he sold his back in New Zealand. I am able to sing with the team on occasion, but not regularly because of the three kids. God is really working in our church, it’s almost like a revival. Since we’ve been attending there  has been an average of one baptism a week. People are getting saved and being discipled and lives are being changed. It’s exciting. We’re excited about being involved there.
  • Precious is nearly four years old. We’re planning her birthday party - just a few little girls coming over and we’ll have princess dress-ups and make princess wands and eat pink cake. She can’t wait. She doesn’t know it yet but her grandparents are taking her to Disneyland the week after her birthday.  In addition to being four, she is teaching herself to write letters, which amazes me. I’ve worked with her a little bit on her letters but she’s basically teaching herself.
  • Which leads to my next point - I’m starting to prepare to homeschool Precious next year. It’s not that the schools here aren’t good, because they are. But homeschooling provides a level of flexibility that regular school doesn’t. We’ve been thinking and praying about it for nearly two years now and that’s where we’re headed. So I’m researching curriculum and watching Precious to see what kind of learner she is so I know best how to guide her learning.
  • We finally got our health insurance sorted out. Probably the biggest source of anxiety for me since our move. But at least we have dental too :)
  • God continues to challenge me about my priorities and choices in my everyday life. Perhaps more on that in the future.

That’s all for now. Thanks for continuing to check up on us and hopefully I’ll write again soon.

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7th October 2007

happy?

The kids are all in bed for the afternoon, two sleeping, one not. After I came back from putting the baby in his crib, Handsome asked me this question - despite being sick, are you happy? And I could honestly answer yes, I’m happy. God never promises us that we’ll be happy. We are supposed to have joy in all things, even things that stink, but happiness is not guaranteed. Joy is definitely longer lasting and entirely more fulfilling. But when you’re able to add in being happy, that’s just the icing on the cake.

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4th October 2007

Just in case you were wondering…

…only 81 days until Christmas.

The only reason I was trying to figure it out (and by the way, I just Googled it) was to see how much time I had to make Christmas ornaments. My calendar seems to be filling up much more quickly than I like. My dad is already listening to Christmas music and has been since July. I’ve got my Christmas wish lists ready and I’m starting to prepare my gift lists. We don’t spend a lot on Christmas but we still like to give gifts, so I do a lot of baking and we make homemade ornaments and take family photos to give away.

I haven’t had a Christmas in America since the year I got married, 1999. We’re looking forward to it and just this morning Precious asked me where our Away in the Manger Nativity set was. It’s actually the Little People Nativity Set, which you can see here  .We had one in New Zealand, which we sold to a collector, and I’ve already bought a new one to replace it. The girls played with it everyday and that’s how Precious learned the words to Away in the Manger. If you have small children or grandchildren, it is well worth the price.

Merry Christmas!

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1st October 2007

Friends and Family

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I don’t normally post pictures of my family but I wanted to put up just this one. That’s me with the dark hair in the back and my friend next to me. She has been a great new friend to me here since I moved and we were saying on Sunday at church it’s almost like we’re sisters because our moms are like best friends and my dad buys presents for her little boy! Her little boy is the one smiling in the front and my three kids around him - Cutie is on the right, Precious is on the left (you can’t see it but she’s got a blanket on her head, pretending to be getting married) and Little Buddy is in front of me. Blue eyes all around :) click on the picture to enlarge it.

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