Archive for November, 2007

Thanksgiving!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2007 by Sarah

Greetings from a cold and frozen tundra! We enjoyed our week in Virginia for Thanksgiving with near 70 degree days! The leaves were beautiful and we were so excited to be able to revert back to Fall for the T-giving holiday. Here in ND, we lost our leaves quite a while ago and it was feeling more like Christmas when we left, but it was a great visit. We were just a few days behind the peak of the leaf changes, but still got to enjoy quite a bit of it. Sam has never seen Va in the Fall. You know we got married on Oct. 22 so that we would have a Fall wedding in all it’s glory. Don’t you know that not one leaf had changed for our wedding. Oh well.  But we did get to visit with family this time. Aunt Cealie came in from Australia with our cousins, Jesse and Zoe! That was really fun! Uncle Jim and Aunt Gayle came up from Alabama with our other cousin, Mehgan. So all in all, we had about 25 people at Thanksgiving. It was great! We also went down to the Smithsonian on Wednesday to see the Butterfly Exhibit, which was “temporarily closed” until February! We were so excited to see that, but maybe next time! It was beautiful in downtown Washington D.C.

The Capital Building!

We did get to celebrate Mom and Dad’s 40th Wedding Anniversary at the Olde Towne Steak and Seafood in Fredericksburg, VA.  And then of course, Dad celebrated his birthday on Nov. 26. So we had much to be thankful for! Wes and Cindy made it up from FL and it was so good to be able to see them! We ended up leaving on Sunday and took a new route home, through Charleston, WV. It was a great trip, but we reached Minnesota and the snow started, by the time we got to Fargo, the temps. were well below freezing. Welcome Home! 2 degrees when we rolled into the driveway and yesterday didn’t get above 12 degrees and today with windchills, I don’t have a clue what we’re pushing, 0 maybe? All I know is that it’s cold! And I wasn’t ready for it! Well, as soon as something more interesting happens, I’ll be sure to get on here, for now, my brain is working slow because of the cold! Burrr!!!!!!!!!!! PS. I got to see Lori and Rachel and that was really good!

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Stteeerrrrannnngggge Weather Patterns in ND!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2007 by Sarah

Well, got up this morning at 7am and went for a walk. And then, as if that’s not strange enough, I got on my long johns and got ready to face the freezing cold – Sam and I walked outside and there wasn’t even a chill in the air – do you really think that Global Warming could actually reach North Dakota??!?!!!? Yippeee! Well, it’s in the low 60’s right now and …. well, that was yesterday – I had to leave work before I finished this blog! Now, wouldn’t you know it, it’s 34 degrees and the snow is blowing horizontally! Not really sticking, but still… Yucky! So anyway, there goes the whole Global Warming thing. We can all hope, right?

So this weekend, I drove 4 10th graders, 1 11th grader and 1 freshmen in college down to Minneapolis. And to tell you the truth, I was pretty sick about it. I’ve never been in complete control of a trip like that. Besides that, whenever we go to the Cities, Sam is always driving because he knows his way around since he lived there. So I never really pay attention to where I am. So I had directions, but Sam said that the road took me straight to the Target Center. The only thing is that I had to find parking for a Suburban! So needless to say, I drove around quite a bit. I was lost a lot of the time, but the Lord totally worked it out and I drew closer to Him as a result and survived. It was fun with the girls! And I hope that they had a good time too!

Other than that, we are getting ready to drive down to VA on Sunday for T-giving holidays. Just got word from my brother that he and Cindy won’t be moving to Ohio anytime soon, so it’s kind of a bummer that my family will be spread out all over the country for Christmas. So I’m hoping to make it down to their house to start getting ready for Christmas, I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. So when we get back, we’ll have to break out the Christmas decorations. Everyone around here already started putting them up yesterday since it was such a nice day. Because you never know when the bad weather is coming. I actually saw a Christmas tree decorated in someone’s house yesterday! That’s pushing it a bit.

Well, Sam did get his buck this last weekend. A nice size one too! So we’ll probably end up having over 50 lbs. of Country Sausage and a LOT of jerky! I guess he shot it in the gut which makes the rest of it kind of stinky. So other than that, we have a conference coming this weekend – Walk thru the Bible/New Testament. I’m actually really looking forward to that. Other than that, we are just getting snuggled in for the long winter ahead. But seriously, we can’t complain, we’ve had the best Spring, Summer and Fall! Well, I just had a little scare, I thought I lost this whole blog, but here it is! Have a great rest of the week!

Just a quick plug!

Posted in Family on November 6, 2007 by Sarah

belle-armoire-cindys-jewelry.jpgbelle-armoire.jpg [I just have to make the announcement that the Nov/Dec edition of Belle Armoire Magazine is finally in the stores. I have been anxiously waiting for this moment. I am just thrilled that the 3 pieces of jewelry I submitted to Belle Armoire were published, it was a dream come true for me. I would like to send a BIG thank you to Stampington for the wonderful article they put together and the gorgeous photography. They did a great article called Altered Vintage Jewelry which they featured 6 different artists. The inspiration for their article came from the rejuvenated jewels that “Amy Hanna” creates.  I hope everyone will go out and purchase the magazine and check it out. ]

 This is an excerpt from my sister-in-law’s blog – I wanted to make an announcement about it. And what better words to use than hers! I don’t know how many of you keep up with her jewelry, but I can’t wait to see the article! Don’t forget – **********Christmas is coming! 🙂 ****************

Ok, now…where was I?

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on November 5, 2007 by Sarah

Ha – I don’t even remember what I was going to write! I crack myself up! I was going to tell you about how the Lord provides for our needs according to His riches in glory – and that’s some RICH stuff!

Anyway, I don’t know how many of you know that we have some pretty crazy vehicles. We ended up selling my car to get rid of the payments and the Lord provided a 1996 Ford Windstar van for $300 last May. It was an amazing deal! We’ve had to fix a couple things on it, but the Lord just totally provided and it’s been a great vehicle. Well, just recently, Sam’s car has been on the blink and this last time, I know that it was going to cost more than it was worth and so it’s been a pain. We’ve been getting by with only one car and it hasn’t been too much of a problem, but anyway whenever we needed a vehicle, we were just borrowing from the Colemans. And that has been great. But we were borrowing a car with over 350,000 miles on it and one of the head lights was busted out. So I know that Judah has gotten picked up a bunch of times in it. Anyway, all that to say, Sam has been bound and determined to get an SUV – which is a gas guzzler and as expensive as gas is these days…blah, blah, blah. I haven’t been too excited about it. But a reliable vehicle would be nice…. So John, my father-in-law went to the State Auction the other day and came home with a new vehicle for us! So long story for not much! But it’s an ’02 Chevy Blazer in dark green, with just a little hail damage and only 74,000  miles on it. And we got it for $1500 less than our budget! The Lord has given Sam that art commission which I told you about before and we wanted to pay for a new car with cash to not go into debt any more – and He totally blessed us out of our minds! It’s awesome! So that’s that!

We are getting very excited about heading home for VA. Here’s another miracle – today was the first we’ve seen of any snow flurries! I know that by this time last year, we already had snow on the ground! So God continues to be so good to me. Right now, it is 32 degrees, but hoping to heat up  to 40 today!!!

 Let’s see…what else was I going to write? Oh yes…. Friday night – we had an overnight with the 6th-8th graders! Well, I am just about finished with overnighters. And I think Sam is too, but as you know, we started a Student Leadership Team and we sat down with them, and what is the first thing they wanted to plan? An overnighter!!! Much to my horrific suprise! 🙂 Anyway, we told them, if you want to plan this, then that’s fine, but you are going to be in charge and we’ll be there to help wherever you need us, but this is your thing! So they were all excited and started planning like a month and half ago about all the things they wanted to do! Make it 6th-8th instead of 7-9th because the 9th graders are too difficult to deal with and they wanted to introduce the 6th graders into the youth group. They wanted to have a scavenger hunt and at each different station, they were going to talk to the kids about certain issues. One of our 15 year old girls wanted to do a station on Purity/Aids. She and a friend did extensive research and they were prepared with a talk and illustration. This was big stuff! One of the stations was about different obstacles that we face in our lives. And this was the big one – We thought it would be fun for them to have to crawl through a maze and end up in this corner where we’d cooked like 15 lbs. of spaghetti. It was all dumped in a garbage can and the kids had to dig through it to find the clue! Well, it was going great until some 8th grade boys thought it would be a lot smarter to pull the bag out of the trash can and rip it open and begin throwing spaghetti EVERYWHERE!!! I mean, it was stuck to the walls, in peoples hair – getting ground into the carpet by the second! Then we had everyone get out of the room, but it was stuck to their shoes and feet and as 30 kids walked out of there, it was tracked all up and down the back hallway of our church! Let’s talk about mess. Well, let’s not talk about it! It was tragic though! But through all of that, our Student Leadership Team shone with shining colors – they did an amazing job of keeping their cool, getting down on the floor and helping clean everything up and they were just amazing. Anyway, it took about 2 hours to clean up. So by then, it was like 9:30. Then Sam made everyone go to the Purity/Aids talk and then we continued with the evening. But man oh man, were we exhausted. But I think it was such an incredible learning tool for no one else than our Student Leadership Team. They saw what it was like to plan and be so excited to share with these students, only to have them destroy the whole thing within minutes! We ordered pizza around 11:30 or midnight and the SLT were the first ones running to the table for caffeine! It was pretty funny! Then the next morning – you should have seen them – they were like “What were we thinking? We’re never doing an overnighter again!” It was priceless – they looked like zombies but oh man, they were such good sports! God has truly blessed us with an amazing group of students to take over these leadership opportunities!

Next, I would like some prayer. I am driving 6 girls down to Minneapolis this weekend for the Revolve Tour. I don’t really know my way around the city, and I’ll be the only adult. We have good girls going, but we’ll be gone from Friday morning till Sunday evening. And I’m not used to leading things like that. I’m kind of nervous about it. The conference goes Friday night and most of Saturday, then we’re going to go back to the house where we’ll be staying and then I have to go to the airport on Sunday morning to pick up Johnny, my brother in law, who is coming back from 9 weeks in Texas. So I know it’ll be fun, but your prayers would be appreciated. Then next weekend after church is when we head down to to VA for that long drive. So there will be a lot of travelling in the next couple of weeks. Well, I guess I need to get some work done since I’ll be out on Friday and the whole week of T-giving. And if I happen to remember what else I was going to write, I will be happy to do that! Happy week to you all!

(Big breath) Get set, get ready, GO!…..

Posted in Life in these United States on November 2, 2007 by Sarah

Did you know that the Lord loves me more than I could ever imagine and He shows that by taking care of me ALL THE TIME?! I think I’m going to have to write again later, because I just don’t have the time to spend on this that I want to. So stay tuned! 🙂