Friday, October 31, 2008

Reflections from Karate

Last night at karate - Jessie was trying to do her forms. She didn't know the whole form. The teacher asked if she was practicing. Jessie told her "I don't have time." The teacher said, "You are six years old how could you be to busy." Jessie said, "I have to play." If only my life were as busy as Jessie's!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Visit to the Keeter Center

We spent the weekend in Branson at a meeting. The kids stayed at the hotel with a friend while we sat in the conference. After the meeting we went to a pumpkin patch. The kids had a great time running around the top of the hay maze. (Sorry, I don't know why the photo uploaded sideways) I am fairly sure they were not using the maze in the spirit in which it was made - but since no one was watching - whatever! I have added an updated house photo - They are building the front porch this week. I love my porch!
Today I am going to make a to do list for the week:
1: Wait for the repairman to come and fix my brand new Kenmore frontloading HE washing machine. I can't believe it lasted almost a month! Well worth the $1500 I paid for it (or not!). Keep in mind this was an emergency purchase after my previous frontloader broke after one year of use - I am sensing a trend and I am not happy. A mom with 4 kids should never be without a washing machine!
2: I am going to start saving money so I can pay 50% of my income in taxes - Who cares about giving to charity and supporting my own community - I trust that the federal government will do a better job spreading the wealth (or not!) than I would if they let me keep my money I earned for working hard.
3: I finished my master gardener class this week - I am going to spray dangerous chemicals on part of my field so I can try an create a wildflower prairie - seems wrong that I have to use chemical for this - whatever - by the way I can't use my master gardener certification to improve my business - So I can't advertise Laurie, MD, master gardener - I am sure my patients would be super impressed by this - They could come in for their sore throats and ask for advice on their leaky tree.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cub Scout Fishing

We had 42 cub scouts at our pond today, in addition to many leaders, parents, and grandparents. The kids had a great time. They caught lots of fish - and no fish were severely injured in the process! I thought about what a great program the scouts are - This morning I probably would have been doing laundry or cleaning the house (or blogging) - Instead an event like this makes you spend time with the kids - when you can think of a million other things that you could do. Thanks to everyone who came and helped and brought kids, and thanks to the Dept. of Conservation for the service they provide - It was a huge success! I also included some house update photos - The electric, plumbing, heating/cooling - geothermal - are going in this week.

Friday, October 3, 2008


This is my plug for the new movie "Fireproof". This movie was made by Sherwood Baptist Church. They are the makers of "Facing the Giants" - which if you have not seen, you should. They have an amazing movie ministry. I listened to an interview on Focus on the Family the other night with Kirk Cameron (who stars in the movies - if you grew up in the 80's - he was so cool! - Now an outspoken Christian who uses his acting talents to make great movies.) I am sure this movie will not win an Oscar - but will have a longlasting impact on many lives. God is really working through this church to make a difference in the world.

Check out the movie trailer at
Check out the focus on the family broadcast about the movie here (It is a 2 part series):
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