day 19: on the road



November was not the month for me to decide to try to post every day.  I should probably have thought this through a little bit more, but I am sure there will be many more posts, exciting posts, in the near future as we head to Florida for the wedding of my best friend from college.  Grace is a flower girl, I am a bridesmaid and David and Nathaniel are ushers.  We are all really excited.  The wedding isn’t until next Friday, but we are taking the long route to get there.  We have several interesting stop overs, beginning with a stay on Hilton Head tomorrow.

Follow our journey on my blog or on Instagram.

day 18: a breath of fresh air

IMG_20151117_161606IMG_20151117_161341IMG_20151117_165211Have you ever had a day where you just need to get outside and breathe some fresh air?  That was how I felt yesterday afternoon.  The big kids hopped on their bikes while the little two and I walked through the neighborhood.  It was a beautiful Autumn day.   Yesterday was stressful for me as I was waiting to hear back.  I finally got a message after 10:30pm, and we can now begin to take steps toward buying the home.   This would be our backyard:  IMG_20151111_125226IMG_20151111_125237 The kids want this house desperately and talk about it all the time.   We would really appreciate your prayers.  

day 16: new


There is something that we would like to become new-to-us, and we are working out things to make it happen.  If you don’t mind, say a prayer for us that this can happen.  We are in limbo right now, and there are few things that I hate more than limbo.  I am a planner, a doer, an organizer.  I don’t like waiting around for someone else to make a decision that drastically affects my life.  So, maybe I like to be in control just a little bit.  But that is what makes me the productive person that I am and makes waiting so difficult for me.

With all of this newness, we’d really like to find a more permanent home for ourselves.  We live in a lovely house, but we are taking steps toward making ourselves a home.  We have looked at over twenty houses in the area, ranging from a home built in 1902 in downtown Raleigh to a rundown home on 5 1/2 acres to beautiful suburban homes on wooded lots.  But there is one that holds my heart, and I’ll be very sad if we lose it.  I will try to be thankful in all things.  I will do my best to move forward if things go another direction.

My dear husband pointed out that God has always provided for us in the past.  And he is right.  Whenever I look back on something in my life, I can see how God was there in the minutia.   I am thankful for a heavenly Father who knows me and my family and who will provide for us what we need, when we need it.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
~ Jeremiah 29:11-12

day 15: clothing and giving

I am going to take this opportunity to share about the online auction again.
There are lots of **NEW** items ready for the bidding!

Here are two of the items that I am offering that I love


This lovely grey scarf is made with soft, acrylic yarn and is 60 inches long! Perfect for a man, woman, teenager or child because everyone loves a cozy, warm scarf during the winter.
ALL proceeds will go to the Sheldahl family.
Starting bid is $25.
Bidding ENDS at midnight on Saturday, 11/21.


It’s Not Easy Being Green Button Cowl is made with super soft hunter green yarn in a Waffle Stitch pattern with two large light green buttons. Perfect for a man, woman or teenager.
ALL proceeds will go to the Sheldahl family.
Starting bid is $20.
Bidding ENDS at midnight on Saturday, 11/21.

About Galatians 6:2

We are a group of people who came together to support those in need. Our items or services are auctioned off to provide funds where needed.

Our current auction benefits the Sheldahl family:
“On Wednesday, November 27 [2013] we received the pathology report from Wes’ brain tumor biopsy. He has the most aggressive type of brain cancer: Glioblastoma. We have a hard road ahead as we seek treatment. Cancer is expensive, and we need help.”
Wes is now a two-year survivor of glioblastoma which is quite miraculous. He has had chemotherapy, radiation and electric field therapy. Just over a week ago he had brain surgery to remove what tumor they could. (This is not a cure, but will hopefully help symptoms and buy more time.) Wes is the breadwinner of the family which includes his wife, Alana, and their four children. All of the proceeds of the first set of auctions will go to benefit the Sheldahl family.

This time of year we all think about gratitude and giving.
Why not pass on some of that to the Sheldahl family?

day 13: art

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Last week, we got the wonderful news that
David had won an illustration contest!
He will receive a copy of A Gift for Matthew.

All of our children enjoy drawing and creating works of art.
I enjoy painting and drawing,
but don’t spend very much time doing it these days.

Art is definitely a big party of our lives.
We enjoy going to art galleries and museums.
We own several original pieces of art that we love,
and we plan to continue adding to the collection.

Do you have a favorite piece of artwork?

day 12: wisdom


There are many days where I need to ponder this Bible verse, but today I need it more than ever.  There are things going on behind the scenes with us right now, things that are out of our control at the moment.  Finding peace and pushing aside anxiety feels nearly impossible, but I will think upon these words and be thankful for the many good things in our life and pray for answers to come.

What words of wisdom inspire you? 

day 11: gift

Without a doubt, the greatest gift in my life is my family.

Not just my immediate family: my parents, my sister, my husband’s parents, my sister-in-law and her family, my husband’s grandparents, and all of our extended family.
Even though we do not live near our families, they are a huge gift in our lives.

I appreciate the weekly emails that we receive from my husband’s grandparents.  They have five children and set aside one day each week for that child and his/her family.  We are Monday.  Each Monday, we receive an email from them with pearls of wisdom, encouraging words and advice.  I look forward to this every week.

We are truly blessed by our families.

day 10: music

day 10: music

When I was younger and in college, I studied music: piano, clarinet, oboe (for a short time), violin and voice.  In high school, I was in different choirs and every musical theater performance possible, including summer stock every year.  I was even the musical director of a children’s summer theater program for several years.

When I went to college, I originally majored in Music Education, but I switched my major after my freshman year because I realized that I had no interest whatsoever in teaching music in the schools.  While I enjoyed it, I could not see myself as a choir director.

I switched my major to English Education and Vocal Performance (Opera).  I enjoyed singing in choir in college; we toured the country and even went to the British Isles one summer.  I was in the lead in “Trial By Jury” by Gilbert and Sullivan and performed a solo recital my senior year.  I enjoyed it immensely.

After I had children, I stopped singing opera and played piano very rarely.
I still enjoy music, but I definitely no longer have the skill I once had.
I have always thought it would be nice to join a choir… one day.

I’m grateful for the many years I spent singing and playing piano
and hope that I can one day do it again.

day 9: laughter


When I took this photo of Grace this morning,
I had no idea my prompt for today was going to be “laughter.”

There is so much laughter in this house!
Our kids are hysterical, and, even though today has been a difficult one, we had many moments of laughter during school and lunch.  Now the laughter is trickling down the stairs as they play together in the loft.  We have one LOUD house, and I am grateful to hear lots of laughter.

day 8: nature


On day 2: inspiration, I talked about how much nature brings me joy and peace, so I won’t write much more about that.  I shared this incredibly dark, grainy photo from my walk tonight with Gregory to show that even when it is nearly pitch black out, I can still enjoy and appreciate nature.  I love the outline of the black trees against the grey sky, caused by the lights of the city.

Do you have a favorite place outdoors that you like to go?