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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Indiana Jones at the Drive-In Theater

My boys had their first drive-in experience this weekend. We were contemplating what we should do this Memorial Day weekend. We all wanted to see the new Indiana Jones movie. I was deciding which theater to go to and suddenly it occurred to me that we should go to the drive-in!

First, we went to Italia Gardens for pasta and yummy bread. While there we thought it would be neat if their friends came too. I called my girlfriend and her husband was home so they packed their lawn chairs, snacks and blankets in their truck and met us there.

It got pretty chilly. I was silly and didn’t even think about dressing warm for the evening weather, but it worked out fine. The children all crawled in the truck to stay warm while the adults snuggled in blankets outdoors and chatted while watching the movie. We had fun.

I bet you are wondering what we thought of the Indiana Jones movie? We loved it. It was exactly what we expected. It had all the silly adventure that the other movies had plus a sweet sappy ending. I especially love that they always make it out of dangerous situations by the “hair of their teeth”. It is completely unrealistic but totally entertaining.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Survived Ugly Trials? Don't Hide From Them

Today I was thinking about the Forget-Me-Nots that I wrote about the other day. I wish I had taken a picture of that dead-looking mess so you could see the amazing transformation that happened overnight.

It is so amazing how GOD can take something that looks like a dried up, dead mess and just as you’re thinking that you had better tear it before the neighbors notice how unkempt your garden is, HE suddenly turns it into amazingly beautiful flowers and foliage.

I hope I can remember the transformation of those flowers when I am tempted to be too hard and critical of myself and children…or anyone.

GOD has HIS own perfect timing. We cannot know what he has planned for our lives; we must grow at the pace he sets before us.

What we think is a big mess is most often the natural progression of HIS perfect plan for growth and healing in our lives.

These thoughts remind me of this video I discovered a few weeks ago by Seventh Day Slumber.

If you don’t know who these guys are you should check them out. They are real people living real lives and trying to make a difference in our world.

Here is a video of Joseph’s Finally Awake Story.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Park Closed For Season: Our First 2008 Roadtrip to the Beach

Last month Debbie and I took a drive to Caseville to spend the day lounging on the beach. I know what you’re thinking...going to the beach in Michigan in April?!? Well, you know we are just crazy that way. Plus, it was such a beautiful day and the boyz were with their father so I was a bit bored. Of course the beach does not open till Memorial Day, but that did not deter us. When we arrived we parked in a parking lot of a business in the neighborhood and walked to the beach. We rolled up our pants and spent the first half of the day going from sand bar to sand bar. Yes, the water was COLD on our feet but we only had to take a few steps before we reached the next sand bar, and the sun warmed the sand and our feet nicely.

When we got hungry we drove to the little gas station and bought sodas and cheese popcorn. The Crispy Cream donuts were tempting, but at 99 cents each and my pants still being a bit tight from my winter weight, I “just said no”. We considered going to Port Austin to take a walk on the pier, but decided against it since the fun stores are closed until the season opens and gas prices are so high now.

We goofed around for a bit before we decided to go back to the beach for the sunset. This time we wore our hoodies. It gets quite chilly on the water when the sun goes down. The beach and campground was closed so we could not park in the parking lot. We parked in the little area in front of the metal gate designed to keep people like us out till the season begins. I am pretty sure we are not supposed to park there, but the police just pretended they didn’t see us. There was another family parked there but they were leaving just as we arrived, except one young man. This beach has a campground with mobile homes and permanently parked travel trailers. There are also sites to bring your tent or travel trailer. This young man walked to his motor home and went inside. Obviously we are not the only rule breakers in that town. We watched the sun set until we could not stand the cold anymore. Debbie says that once she gets chilled to her bones it takes forever to get warm again.

On our way home we stopped at McDonalds and posed for some glamour-shots with the infamous Ronald McDonald. We could not get his autograph or anything because he is molded plastic. I will post photos of this when I finally break down and purchase a cord that connects my phone to my computer. Darn Verizon doesn’t use standard ports so I have to order it or go to the Verizon store, which I have been too lazy to do.

We arrived at Debbie’s around midnight. I gathered my things and headed home. Hanging out on the beach is one of my favorite pastimes. I look forward to more beach days this summer. I have a dream of spending an entire, carefree summer in my travel trailer (which I don’t have yet, it’s part of the dream) with my boys, parked on a beautiful beach.

…maybe someday…

Walt Disney said,

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”

I believe this to be true. My biggest dreams have been to be a wife, mother and teacher. I was a wife for 15 years. (I hope to be a wife again someday). I have always been a stay at home mom and have homeschooled two of them into adulthood, the other two are still at home. So, I will continue to dream.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

the forget-me-nots are blooming!

the forget-me-nots are in bloom....
like crazy!
there are flowers all over the plant.
it's beautiful.
i opened my curtains and happened to get a glimps of tiny blue flowers.
at first i thought the boyz must have left something in the garden, but then i thought...
why would they take fake flowers outside?
why would they be playing with fake flowers at all?
so i leaned over to take another look and ..
i was so excited that i hollared to the boys that the flowers were in bloom...
and of course we had to let papa know right away. LOL
Z excitedly told me that they popped out yesterday and that the day before there was nothing there but that dead straw looking stuff...
thank GOD we didn't tear it out.

forget-me-nots are the Alzheimer's flower.
my mom died of Alzheimer's disease several years ago.
my dad planted them as a memorial to her.

...and, yes, i know that i did not use many capital letters in this post...
im just a gramatical rebel that way :P