Monday, June 27, 2011

Timely Tips Tuesday - Hair

Make your own leave-in conditioner for your hair.  This is an easy recipe that will add vital moisture and shine to your hair.


Just pour one ounce Jojoba oil and three ounces of water into a clean squirt bottle. Shake well before using.  I recommend applying this mixture to the bulk of the hair.  You can massage it into the roots, but be warned it can make your hair look a bit greasy. It works best on wet hair.  Letting your hair air dry helps retain more natural moisture as well. 


For me, showering in the evening just before bed not only invites romance with my husband, but sleeping on slightly damp hair produces nice curls in the morning. (My hair is naturally a little curly.)


A tip for curly hair - at night, while my hair is slightly damp, I smooth it down with just a touch of mousse and flip my head upside down and braid my hair from there.  (When I stand upright, the braid begins at the center top of my head.)  Then I sleep with it that way. It keeps it neatly out of my way while I sleep but when I unbraid it in the morning, there is automatic some nice bounce and body at the roots.

A Good Wife's Rules

I love this old excerpt from a 1950's Home Economics textbook.  I think that there are some good tips here for taking good care of our husbands.

·         Get your work done.  Plan your tasks with an eye on the clock. Finish or interrupt your work an hour before your husband is expected home.  Your anguished cry, "Are you home already?" is not exactly a warm welcome.
·         Have dinner ready.  Plan ahead, even the night before to have a delicious meal on time.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking of him and are concerned about his needs.  Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal (especially his favorite dish)are part of  the warm welcome needed.
·         Prepare yourself.  Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.  He has just been with a lot of work weary people. 
·         Be a little gay and a little more interesting.  His boring day may need a lift.
·         Clear away the clutter.  Make one last trip through the main part of the house before your husband arrives.
·         Tidy up. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc and then run a dust cloth over the tables.  Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it will give you a lift, too.
·         Prepare the children.  Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes.  They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the  part. Minimize all noise.  At the time of his arrival, eliminate noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher, vacuum.  Encourage the children to be quiet.
·         Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
·         Listen to him.  You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time.
·         Make the evening his. Never complain if he’s late for dinner. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
·         Don't complain if he does not take you out to dinner or other places of entertainment.  Instead try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.
·         Make him comfortable. Allow him rest and unwind in a comfortable chair or lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice
·         Make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Something to Do, Something to Think About and Something to Love

A few years ago I read in The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola, that it's good for children to have something to do, something to think about and something to love. 


Something To Do


Some of the ways we give our children something to do is through wholesome activities, lots of good old fashioned chores and service opportunities.  We don't have a lot of opportunities that maybe other families are afforded right now because we are newly transplanted in the area and don't have much outdoor space to work with (i.e. tiny back yard).  We also have no family in the area and are just beginning to get to know others.  But we are working hard to fill the empty spots wherever we can.


This summer, we coordinated some park days with our homeschool group and today we had our first (successful) one.  Our boys have been looking forward to this all week long.  My husband did such a wonderful job leading the games.  He ran and played Capture the Flag with all the kids and it seems that everyone had fun.  Meanwhile, I got to walk several laps around the park with some of the mothers and get to know them a little better.


So this activity actually worked out as something to do and something to think about!  I think it's important to offer as many good things to look forward to as we can.  They're already reminding me that next weekend  is one dollar ice skating day at the local skating rink and next Saturday is another park day. 






For homeschoolers it's especially important to keep life fun and interesting - it keeps their hands & minds busy.  There's a lot of wisdom in the old saying "Idle hands make idle minds".  We don't want our children's hands or minds idle, we want them serving, helping, organizing, creating, building, learning, running, playing, growing and working with a few periods of rest time here and there.  :) 


Serve others. We recently met a Christian elderly couple that live 3 houses down from us and our boys. We are so thankful for this opportunity; we've prayed that God would bring an aged christian couple into our lives for years that we could learn from and serve and now he has.  Last week our sons weeded their front and back yards and Monday morning they will be organizing their garage (under their direction). 


This afternoon after lunch, we walked over for a visit and found the man trying to fix his doorknob.  My husband took over that job, for which the man was grateful, and then we visited with them for about an hour.


Something to Think About


The word of God gives us the perimeters for what our thoughts should be focused on in Phillipians 4:8. We mothers need to make sure we are exampling servanthood, godly manners, humility, accountability, reliability, compassion, etc.






It seems so many people have fallen for that whole "kids-should-be-reading-as-many-books-as-you-can-cram-down-their-throats" trend.  But teaching children the habit of excessive reading can be counterproductive.  (You can read more about what I think about kid's reading here.) 


My goal is to encourage our children to do things more productive with their time - especially starting at the 12 yr old age range. We want them learning skills, starting their own businesses, ministering, and really not having time to spend reading books (except for their school work and Bible times).  If they are reading books, we like to direct them to Christian biographies and adult-level spiritual books. 
Something to Love


We all have each other to love, but there's a different dynamic when you have a pet to love.  A pet is just a really cool part of a home that enriches a child's life in a myriad of ways.  This is our "something to love" little guy.  His name is Dublin:




He's a 2 year old medium-haired fluff ball of fun.  He is a big talker and will meow at you in conversational tones throughout the day.  We all love him and I can tell that he has helped our kids adapt to our new home much better than they would have without him.  It's really kind of miraculous that we even have him because the pet policy of this house we're renting was strictly NO PETS.  I prayed about it and asked my husband if I could write a letter to the owners of the house to appeal the policy.  My husband said to go for it.


So I wrote a letter thanking them for renting to newcomers like us and how much we're enjoyiing the house. Then I explained what kind of people we were (quiet, responsible, clean, etc) and told them that they'd be making a world of difference for our children if they allowed us to get a cat.  A few days later, we were SO excited when they agreed! We found an adorable white cat and we're so happy with him. 


His former owner was super and waived her rehoming fee so we could put that money toward his next vet check.  They gave us free extras (toys, carpeted cat perch), too. He's even declawed and perfectly mannered.  What a blessing!  Our boys have been learning consistency and responsibility with him, too.  We gave them full responsibility for feeding him and cleaning his litter.  By the way, we found that a product called "World's Greatest Cat Litter" lives up to it's name.  It's flushable and works amazingly well. Just love it!
Those are just a few of the things we've found to be a good guideline for us so our kids have enough to keep them happy and productive.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Brick Oven Pizza At Home

For years, Friday's have been our family pizza nights. Now that it's summer, I think I'm going to change our Friday night dinners -just for the summer season - to bbq nights instead.  We've just got to stop heating up the house with that oven every friday!


But I thought I'd share my pizza dough recipe with you today anyway, because it's a good one and I'm making it tonight and it's on my mind. I've tried many over the years, and this is hands down, our favorite. The overnight starter gives this pizza an unbeatable chewy/crispy crust!


Brick Oven Pizza


Poolish (Starter)
1 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon instant yeast
In a mixing bowl or the pan of your bread machine, stir together the flour, water and yeast. Set aside, covered, to rest overnight or all day.
Dough
3/4 cup water
2 1/4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil


Add dough ingredients to poolish, mix well, and knead to form a smooth dough. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 45 minutes; gently fold the edges to the middle, turn it over, and let it rise an additional 45 minutes.

Divide the dough in half. Preheat oven to 500°F. Spread on two pizza pans. Bake for 3-4 minutes, then remove from the oven, and top with sauce, cheese and toppings. Return to the lowest rack of the oven and bake for an additional 8 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling bubbly.
Makes two yummy pizzas!

Gotta go get the dough started on mine right now! 

Answered prayers

Well our house that's been for sale since we moved just went under contract today and we're just praising God.  It's been a long year paying the mortgage of the old house and the rent of our current home. Plus all the expenses that went with the old house - electricity, heating oil and lawn maintenance.  It's been emotionally and financially straining. 


If all goes well, it will close one year to the day since we put it up for sale.  We've been unsuccessful in trading in our inept real estate agent for a competent one.  Two days ago he finally agreed that if the current offer on the house fell through, he'd relent to letting us use another agent.  But the offer just went through so he'll be seeing us through the rest of the closing process.  At least he and my husband did clear the air somewhat to make moving forward a little more tolerable.


It just occured to me how so many things fell into place this week that I can see the hand of God in.
Some little, some big.  But lots of good things happened this week.
  • The house back east finally went under contract! Yay!
  • My husband felt relieved for "taking care of Joe" (our agent).
  • My husband finally and completely caught up his book keeping (6 months overdue and he doesn't let me do it).
  • I finally cleaned out our entire bedroom closet and organized everything.   
  • After being warned by the nursery (after the fact) that we had to be careful  what kind of soil & compost we use, we found out that what we'd just laboriously tilled into our planter boxes IS safe for growing vegetables (it's been pasteurized and contains no deadly bacterias from manuer like salmonella or e.coli.) Again, praise the Lord!


As I pondered how "funny" it was that the Lord allowed us to remain with this inept real estate agent (who was really causing my husband a lot of stress), I noticed his name for the first time - Joe - which means "the Lord will increase".  His last name has the word Law in it.  I just thought there is probably some kind of spiritual meaning to it all that we're not aware of.  Our finances have "decreased" since we moved here and I wonder if the name is a small sign that the Lord is using to remind us that it is HE who increases. 


I don't know what signifigance, if any, there may be in the closing happening a year to the day that we put the house up for sale.  But I love to think of how someday, I will see in whole what I now only see in part.  I'm just grateful that we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Once the house is sold, we can concentrate more fully on our new life here and pray the Lord will dig us out of the pit of debt we're in.  The finances are my husband's department and he's learned a lot in the last year about finances.  So many times I wished I could take over the riegns in that department because I could see how to do things a better way. 


That's the temptation for us isn't it?  How often do we see a "better way" but our husbands typically still do things their own way.    The Lord wants to teach my husband in a way that only He can do, and wants me to stand back and just wait when my suggestions are discarded. (And not be offended!)  But I'm learning that waiting and standing back and not being offended is when the Lord can do mighty things - when we get out of his way.


I'm excited to see what the Lord's going to do with us here on the continental divide and how things will go.  Of course I'm beyond words  excited to be rid of the old house and the stress it has caused.  I would do flips all over the house if I could. :)


Just praising the Lord today.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Love Your Husband

In the Bible, God commands the aged women to teach the younger to "love their husbands".  You'd think that a young woman would naturally love her husband, but I truly think God is talking here about actions rather than feelings. Feelings are fickle and can change with the wind.  Romantic love is awesome, but those who depend on that alone are heading for trouble.


What we feel when we fall in love is an inevitable euphoric state that we all revel in. It's wonderful!  I am a big fan of romance. Perhaps God designed things this way in order to cause two people to actually make the lifelong commitment to marriage?  It certainly helps! :) Every married couple fondly remembers the feeling they felt when all the world was lovely and studded with roses and diamonds just because they had found the love of their lives. 
But I have "fallen in love" with my husband over, and over, and over again throughout the years. Each day we are together, side by side shouldering life together, I grow deeper in love with him.  It's extremely romantic to grow old with my husband.




It gives us pause to wonder then, with all this euphoria at the beginning of a marriage, why are divorce rates so high?  I believe many couples divorce because one or both of them followed their feelings. They did not have charity  toward one another.
When a couple applies 1 Corinthians chapter 13 to their marriage, it not only endures but flourishes.


Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth. 1Corinthians 13:4-8




Here's the definition of charity from Webster's 1828 Dictionary:
CHARITY, n.
1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men. 1 Cor. 8; Col. 3; 1 Tim 1;


I think the act of good will is what love is all about. Doing what is best for another person is loving them well. Acts of kindness and love as well as words.  The Bible has a lot to say about words, and for women, our conversation specifically.
If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.  James 3:2


Emotions can stir the tongue to destruction. By placing a bridle in the mouth of a horse, the entire horse is controlled. The same is true of an enormous ship's rudder. 


If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. James 1:26


The principle is this: control what you say.  So many wish for control over other people or circumstances.  And if you can't say something good, right, loving, controlled, encouraging or kind - it's best to say nothing.  Whisper a prayer to the Lord for wisdom and patience when you're irritated.


Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 21:23

Being quiet when we feel upset or doubtful about some little thing yields good fruit.  So buttoning the lips and spreading a smile across them is truly an act of charity.  Contrary to the New Age religion spilling out of Hollywood and the media, YOU are not that important! (Neither am I.)  This is not a self esteem issue or who's more valuable than whom.


God said we are to prefer one another. That means put others first.


Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  Rom 12:9-10


As a wife, love your strong man authentically. Never forget the euphoric love you had in the beginning of your relationship that drove you to the wedding altar.  Look for ways to stir the fire between you.  Look for ways to endear yourself to your man. A good marriage is sprinkled liberally with both feelings of love and acts of charity. It begins with a commitment to submit ourselves to God and then to our husbands.


Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  Matt 25:40


Expressing love by what we DON'T do is equally important. We are a living testimony to what is in our hearts.  Who sees our testimony most? Our children! Those young eyes are always watching.  Will we example that true love and long lasting marriage is a joy or a burden?  Your relationship with your husband will affect their future in countless ways.


Some of the DON'Ts:
don't form a habit of pointing out his mistakes
don't be a complainer
don't nag him
don't correct him publicly especially in front of your children
don't take him for granted
don't forget to arouse and excite him with a little mystery once in a while
don't worry about money
don't speak when you're angry; instead, pray quietly and give the problem to the Lord
don't engage in an argument - it takes two.
Prov 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.


Some of the DO's:
do overlook his bad habits and faults
do show appreciation for him and any wisdom he has
do admire his strengths
do thank him for the provision to your family
do show romantic enthusiasm for him in private moments
do pick up after him without grumbling; peace in your home is worth the extra effort.
do serve him from your heart and with sincerity
do feed him healthy, home cooked meals and pack him tasty lunches
do keep your home in such a way as to give him a haven of comfort, peace, order and cleanliness. The old saying is true - a man's home is his castle. He's the king of his castle and you are his queen! 


These are just a few of the things I've learned in our years together - and I'm still learning!  As long as I live, I will have room for improvement! Every day is a new chance, so don't drag yesterday around with you.  Depend on God; He will give you wisdom for the asking!


But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5


Loving anyone with the charity that God describes requires effort. Sometimes our spouses become so familiar, we forget to treat them special.  Most people mistakenly think that family begins with children. But actually, a a man and his wife are a complete family unit. Children only add to an already in tact family.


Think of how many other areas in life are affected and trickle down from your family.  Your happy and functioning family is your ministry.  So love your husband well today.  Build him up, encourage him and be his best friend. After all, you chose him.  And you chose him for better or for worse.  Make sure that as many "betters" are because of you as you possibly can.  :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Timely Tips Tuesday

I use Dryer balls.  I went for years seeing those little spikey blue dryer balls in the laundry section of the grocery store and wondered - do they really help? What good are they?


At a garage sale recently, I found a pair of beautiful, practically brand new dryer balls for 50 cents and picked them up. I was excited because these were on my grocery list for the week and now I'd just gotten them for one tenth the price! The lady selling them said she didn't like the noise. Huh. I can put up with the noise, myself.   If it means conserving energy and saving money, bring on a little banging around noise. Doesn't bother me.  (FYI, it's not that loud.)


I threw them in the dryer and there they've stayed doing their amazing little job of cutting the drying time by at least a third.  So instead of an hour to dry heavy stuff like towels and blue jeans (on high!) it takes anywhere from 30-40 minutes. For other laundry loads, even less.  These little balls work by breaking up the clumping that happens inside the drying process and allows more air to move freely between the wet items.


I mentioned how well they work to a neighbor and they said they use four balls with even greater results!  Now every garage sale I go to, I'm scouting for more of those blue balls! :)  Someday, I might break down and buy some new ones, but for now I'm content to wait out another garage sale or stay with my two.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Menu Monday

Here's my menu for the week!


                               Menu for the Week



7am
Breakfast
12pm
Lunch
3pm
Snack
6pm
Dinner

Dessert
Monday

Cold Cereal
and milk

Pastrami Sandwiches
Fresh peaches

Blueberry Muffin  
With Milk

Homemade Chicken Pizza
Green Salad
Milk

Dessert Pizza
Chocalate cookie crust, cream cheese frosting and strawberries
Tuesday

Scrambled Eggs, toast
Orange juice

Peanut butter Sandwiches
Cut veggie slices
Applesauce

Graham
Cracker
& milk

Green Salad
Salmon Alfredo
Iced Tea

Fresh
Fruit
Weds

Granola with Milk
Orange Juice

Tuna fish Sandwiches
Celery Sticks &
fruit

Whole Milk
Yogurt w/ granola

Quesadillas,
beans and rice
Milk

Homemade Raspberry
Jello
Thursday

Cold Cereal
 with milk

Sliced Turkey Sandwiches with lettuce and tomato

Apple Slices with peanut butter

Baked Flounder with mashed potatoes & mixed veggies
Iced Tea


Fresh fruit
Friday

Granola
with milk

Burritos
Beans, rice lettuce, tomato, sour cream

Cut veggies
& fruit

Homemade
Pizzas
Milk

none
Saturday

Pancakes,
eggs, milk,
orange juice

Avocado, Swiss & turkey sandwiches
Celery sticks

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Mongolian beef with broccoli, zucchini
and hot Rice

None planned
Sunday

Belgian Waffles
Bacon
Orange Juice

Cheese, Peppers
 & Onion
Quesadillas

Cut veggies
and dip

Fried Chicken,
Potato salad,
Rolls & coleslaw

Coffee
Cake




Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Growing Food

I'm excited to soon be growing some vegetables out on our back patio.  We have a very small back yard (thankful we have a yard at all, though!) and we decided that since we're renting, we don't want to dig up the ground and ruin the grass for a garden.  So my husband is going to build us a couple of raised planters out of natural wood.  They'll have feet so they'll be easy for me to care for without even bending over.  I'll try to post pictures when they're finished.


One thing I think I will plant on the side of the house where there is some beauty bark is pumpkins.  They vine out and take up so much room that they'll be too heavy for a container.  But I think they'll be pretty easy to grow and we won't have to dig up any grass - just clear a little spot where the beauty bark is, plant it and water it.  Come fall, I should have a nice patch of pumpkins for pies and front porch decorating!

Juggling it All

We are in a very busy season of life right now.  We recently moved to a new state and there is so much involved in getting settled.  So many balls in the air it can really feel overwhelming.


Our last house is still for sale and trying to take care of all the aspects of it's care and dealing with the real estate agent has been very time consuming.  Right now my husband feels our agent has shown significant incompetence and we have severe doubts as to his ability to sell our home properly. 

Last February, we had excellent buyers and got all the way to the day of closing the sale. Literally on the morning of closing day, we got a call after they did a final walk through and were told that the house was flooded. Apparently the pipes froze and burst overnight. This was devastating news. My husband took it especially hard. We not only lost the sale, but now we had to do major repairs on a house 2,200 miles away. 

But God. 

Little did we know that the Lord was about to perform a miracle for us. 


We were stunned to learn that our home insurance policy did not cover flooding. Did you catch that? Did NOT cover flooding! 

Our trust and hope was in God alone. So after we reported the damage, the insurance man simply said they would cover it.  Wait, what? 

This was an absolute miracle. We did not ask questions. We praised God! 

My husband decided he and our 14 yr old son would travel back to the house for a month and repair and restore the home themselves.  My husband was able to use it as he would any other job through his construction business. 

For some reason, this was really hard for me to accept.  Fears crept in. Sinful, faithless fears. All I could think of was what if something went wrong. Here I'd be, in a city I'd only lived in for a few short months, all alone with our 12 year old son. After some wrenching tears, I turned from my fears and gave it all to the Lord and supported and helped my husband 100%. I was not bothered with fear or worry from that moment on. 


My husband and 14yo son drove the 2200 miles (took 3 days and 3 nights to get there!) and they were able to do ALL the repairs for half the cost of the insurance check we'd received.  So the extra money allowed him to actually be paid for his time there as well as have new carpeting installed.  And the house turned out BETTER than it was before. 

My husband does things correctly and very thoroughly, as if he were doing them for himself.  He doesn't leave a stone unturned and makes everything really durable, water tight and perfect.  He's an amazing carpenter and an even better man. I love him!!!  

He actually found some damage in the house that wasn't reported in the original inspection after the damage that other men would have just left undone.  I'm SO glad I rose above my fears and supported him.  God knows best and my fear was a lack of faith in the Lord to work things out.


During the repairs our real estate agent reported he had four buyers lined up who were just itching to see the house.  But my husband told him to hold them off for a couple days till he could finish the house. 

When the house was finished, and he was home, my husband called our agent to inquire how the showings went and got bad news. There had been NO showings because our agent told them all BEFORE they'd even seen it that the house had been flooded and scared them away. Great! :) If they had seen the house first before they were told of the repairs, they would have fallen in love with it. 


Now, my husband's list of grievances with this agent have outgrown and he wants to terminate the contract with him but the agent is unwilling.  So the problems with this house just keep trickling in and it's wearisome to think about them. 

In the process, we have learned that the upkeep costs an empty house out in the country are enormous. In winter, we have to keep the heat running so the pipes won't freeze.  In summer it's weekly lawn maintenance.  The enormous financial strain on my husband is mind boggling and I'm praying for the Lord to relieve us of the burden of this house as soon as possible. 

While our former house issues abound, our new life is rife with other complications. My husband's trying to get his new carpentry business off the ground. He installed kitchen cabinets for a man in exchange for a 2 year website contract and that is still hanging in the air because the web guy doesn't appear to be very bright or ethical.  He said he'd make a logo for him but the ones he's made are pretty cheesy and so that ball is in the air, too.


Another ball in the air right now is the house we are renting has high radon levels and we've just done three radon tests - all the windows have to be closed for three full days. That's hard to bear when it's over  90° outside and we have no central AC. Can't use ceiling fans during a radon test either. 

So we tried to get out of the house as much as we could but the nights were really tough to take.  Sweltering.  We rejoiced when it was done and we are hopeful that the landlord will put in a mitigation system soon.  

The other balls in the air are just getting settled here, finding a church to fellowship with, finding new friends, homeschool activities, etc.  We found a nice homeschool group which we joined, but it's hard to get to know people when only a handful of the members ever show up at any of the events.  


My husband has visited several churches in the area, but hasn't found one he likes yet.  We're looking forward to when we can join with a body of believers.  We're starved for the oxygen that comes from being part of a healthy, God fearing church to both give and receive help, prayer, encouragement and worship the Lord with. 


Meanwhile, I am trying to make this house into a home for us and give our children as much of a feeling of comfort and security as possible.  We're doing good and still laughing and I just praise God for his goodness to us every day.  I'm so, so thankful for all God has done for us.  There's no way we could juggle it all without the Lord and His unfailing grace.


Updates:

1) Our house sold for full price two months after this post! Praise God!!
2) The unethical website guy did NOT honor his contract with my husband. I look at it as a blessing because dealing with this man for two years whenever we needed to change something on our website would have been a real grind. We ended up using Vistaprint which we're much happier with!
3. The landlord never did a thing about the radon!] 


Praising God anyway, who is able to do exceedingly more than we can ask, hope or think!