Friday, May 20, 2011

The Parsonage is Getting Bigger

Hello poor, neglected blog of mine...I've missed you.  I think of you often.  Let's update.

My husband's a pastor in a tiny town.  We live in the parsonage next door.  The 100 year old, three bedroom, one bathroom house that I really quite adore.  This is all old news...the NEW news is that our church recently voted  to add an addition onto the parsonage.  A quite large addition, like double-the-parsonage-size type addition.

They will be tearing off the back of the house, which consists of the mud room, little tiny garage, and attic/storage room above it.

They will be adding a  24'x 24' two-story addition.  New kitchen, dining, mudroom, and bathroom downstairs and upstairs there will be two  new bedrooms, one huge master and one smaller bedroom.  Then it will be new windows and siding throughout.

It's going to be  a process.  A likely long process.  Our tiny church never ceases to amaze us, we are humbled and excited.

The section with the red door is what will be torn off and where the new addition will be.

Ok, lets keep it real.  This is at the top of the stairs, that is the tiny door to the attic/storage room.  This is where I have been the last few weeks.

This is the attic mostly emptied out.  I know.  It was completely full, like "how do I even get in here" type full.

In order to tear off the back of the house, it required me emptying the attic, which is the room I like to call "I have no idea what to do with the item so I'll just open the door, toss it in and worry about it later."  I've done that for close to 6 years now.  Let's just say it's taken me weeks and hours of my life to sort through our stuff.

Ridiculous amount of stuff, most of which is sitting in my garage waiting for tiny-town city wide garage sale tomorrow!

It's got me thinking a lot about "stuff" and why we had so much.  I never want that much stuff again.  I want less stuff in our bigger house, because the stuff  is a waste of time and energy for me.  It's a new way of thinking, and I'd love to write more about it as soon as this garage sale is over!  :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Let Me Get This Straight...

My conversation today...

Me: "Jake, its gonna be nice out today!"
Jake (5): "What do I care? I only care about living and Jesus."
Me: "You don't care about the weather?"
Jake: "I'm just saying, what does it matter?"
Me: "Alrightythen."

Monday, April 25, 2011


I'm late on the Easter post.  Turns out I wrote something pretty dang good back in 2008 so I'm just gonna go with that this year. ;)

On a completely opposite note, I like to get our family picture snapped at church on Easter Sunday.   It's fun...for me.

This year 2011

 Last Year 2010...majorly preggo with Lucy

Easter 2009:

Easter 2008:

Easter 2007


 Easter 2006 



I started blogging three years ago in an attempt to document the ordinariness of our life.  All bloggers know that sometimes, the blog takes on a life of it's own...always changing.  Which is good.  It's just like life.  But sometimes, we need to get back to our roots...and if you're me, that means posts about your hair cuts. 

I'm attempting to grow it out.  Not because I like it long, but because I feel the need for something different.  I started looking back over the past few years of pictures and noticed that although my bobbed hair had slight changes regularly, the bob had still been the main-stay.  Call me crazy, but I like to be able to look back at pictures and remember which year it was, just by my haircut.  It makes looking back rather entertaining.  

It also means I'm pretty dang good at laughing at myself.

Anyways, here's the latest hair.  We'll refer to it as the "growing-it-out-but-still-cutting-bangs-in-order-to-make-it-less-boring" stage.

It will likely last awhile.  And then it will be long.  And then I will cut it.  We call that The Circle of Life.

Lucy Turns One

Lucy turning One meant three different celebrations.  I know, we're just wild and crazy. 

 Here's a glimpse...

Party Number 1...

Party Number 2...No I did not make the cake thus the reason it is so perfect!

 Trying to get a picture of Lucy with the cake...

Check out what ended up on her shoes.  At least the frosting matched.

And we tried again, this time barefoot.

Little Lu, Lucy Lu, Lulu...One looks pretty good on you!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I'm alive.  The laptop is alive again too, after the death of it's hard drive.  Long boring story.

Lucy turned ONE yesterday.  And when I figure out how to get all my pictures back on here, I will show you all the pictures of her one-year-old-cuteness.

Until then....

There's lots of new things developing here at the parsonage.  I'm looking forward to filling you in...later.

I'm a procrastinator...

Right now though, I need to finish chugging my coffee down and get my sweaty running self into the shower in order to start my day.

Glad to be back bloggy friends!  Missed you!

Friday, April 1, 2011


I've been watching this video for weeks.  My kids have been watching it at school and at home.  The whole state of Iowa (and beyond) can't seem to get enough of this bird.

One  of the little baby Eagles  is scheduled to hatch today.  TODAY.

God's design for life is simply amazing...

Video clips at Ustream

Don't worry about getting anything done today...there's an eagle about to be born...who can miss that?!?
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