Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rainy Days

Well, the rain has returned to Vancouver. Now that it's started, it'll pretty much rain all winter. It does make for coziness inside the house: candles, pots of soup, sweaters, warm slippers, fire in the fireplace . . . all the things that say fall. We don't get a lot of color here in the fall, although we do have a tiny bit, because most of the huge amount of trees here are evergreens. We have some maples spread around, and there's one tree that I can see out my kitchen window that has such pretty orangey-gold leaves right now!

For dinner today I made a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup and bought a loaf of sourdough bread. I've been thinking about making a sourdough starter, and after that loaf today . . . I'm going to have to put feet on those thoughts. It was delicious! I love making soups in the fall and winter, because they're so easy to put together, then they cook on the stove or in the crockpot all day, driving everyone crazy with their good smells! LOL

Andrew had another dentist appointment today. I think I mentioned before that his jaw has been popping - really loud. Our family doctor sent us to an ear/nose/throat specialist, who looked at us like we were crazy for coming to him with something so simple, diagnosed TMJ, and referred us back to our own dentist. The dentist made the molds for a night guard for Andrew to wear to help relax his jaw at night and gave us absolutely no other instructions other than, "It should get better now." I'm going to have to do some research to see what the next step should be if this guard doesn't work. I'm not real happy with the cost of this thing, but I suppose that's just the way it is. The Lord has reminded me several times in the past half hour since we left the dentist's office that He knows all about it and will supply the need, but my wife/mama heart keeps crying out that we don't have that kind of money!

Samuel is thoroughly enjoying his classes, but he still hasn't had any job offers. He paid his next installment on his school bill, and now he's walking by faith! ;) We teach them all their lives to live by faith, then when it's time for them to practice it, we hover over like we did when they were learning to walk physically! This is another hard step of parenthood: watching each child learn to make his own way. He does have a very good prospect with a security company, but he has to pay for their training up front, then wait for his certification to go through and get his proof of training - about 2 weeks of waiting.

I guess that's about it for now. Life is just humming along right now, full of the little things a wife and mom does - cleaning, cooking, laundry, schooling, Sunday school lessons, hobbies. Not very exciting, except that it's my family and home, and every day has its own pleasant rhythm. I hope you're enjoying your family and home too!


  1. Your last comment made me smile.
    Our families are so precious!

    We LOVE sourdough here but that can probably go unsaid since I say it so much. lol We took some sourdough pizza to church with us last night and everyone loved it so I will be sharing starter with some of the ladies. ;o) Yum!
    I'm glad you enjoyed listening to the musical glasses. We had never heard anything like that before either, until he came. It was a blessing having him here this week. He enjoys ministering to churches, small ones in particular. ;o)

    Enjoy your week.
    Praying the Lord will provide for your sons and that He will give you peace. ;o)
    ~ Christina

  2. Susan, my chiropractor recommended that I use a mouth guard. (The kind football players use) My jaw slides to the side and pops every time I open it, and I grind my teeth from the tension at night. I haven't done it yet, but if I ever do, I'm going to do what he said. It's far less expensive.

  3. I love soup in the winter time too... I hope that the mouth guard helps your son with his TMJ problem...
    we worry so much when something is happening with one of our children... and we have to be reminded that God is in control even with our teeth and jaws...
    I also know how worrisome it is to have one away at school and uncertain as to how the finances will be worked out...
    You and your sweet family are in my prayers...

  4. Hi Susan,
    We like a lot of soups in the winter too. Is it cold there yet. I am going to get your book in the mail soon.
    I will say prayers for your son.

  5. daybydaygrace9:13 PM

    Hi, my husvand & I have been sitting here reading down your blog and have enjoyed it so much. It has brought many laughs to us this night. I am going to put you on my friend's list so I can visit you from time to time. Blessings, Traci

  6. "Not very exciting, except that it's my family and home, and every day has its own pleasant rhythm."
    I loved this rhythm is pretty fast paced in this season of little ones :) but it is a rhythm all the same, and I love it. I love reading about you and your ministry...especially the one you so faithfully keep to your husband and children.

  7. Christina, one of the things that stops me from making a starter is not having many people to share it with! I don't need to eat all that bread, but I do know that I can make other things, like pancakes, with it. I guess I just need to work up the courage!

    I did enjoy your videos from the week. The evangelist is very talented - I loved the violin playing!

    Sarah, I guess we're locked into the mouth guard from the dentist now - it's made and he's wearing it! LOL I'll keep that in mind if we ever have to go through this again.

    Thank you for your prayers and always encouraging comments, Mimi! You always have something to say that lifts my spirits!

    Elizabeth, it was chilly today, but still up in the mid-50s. The wind was strong today, which is unusual. Our winters here in Vancouver are very mild, especially compared to the rest of Canada.

    Traci, I'm so glad to "meet" you, and that my blog has been of interest to you and your dh! I hope you will come back again!

    Heather, I remember our busy days with little ones. Thing is, I feel just as busy now! LOL Maybe it's because I'm older now and I can't keep the faster pace, so this pace seems fast! ;) Take care of those sweet little ones!

  8. There is a little award for you at my place. :-)


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