From somebody's trash to my treasure. I like to re-style & re-create what was once a cast off. Isn't that what Jesus does with us?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer Highlights

Hello Lovely People --
It's been a while since I gave you a tour of our snug, little cottage. We are happy to call it home. It may not be as big as we like, or be as new as we like, but we are thankful for its protection from the elements, and the space we have.
If you are anything like me you have a closet of seasonal decorating items that you pull out at various times of the year. In that "closet" (mine is four floor to ceiling shelves) I rotate vases and silk flowers and candles and urns, just to name a few. I like that stash! My sweet husband has come to understand that I am a "woman of variety." I need to change things up every so often. Maybe more than he prefers! HA!

Not long ago my friend Kandi and I took a fun trip to Ikea. I scored these awesome metal chairs below with the sunburst design. $10.99!! I wanted more, but they only had three. I'm lovin' the color that it brings to our sun room! 

Some things in summer never grow old! Like my favorite spot to relax and unwind. The birds that fly over head and the rabbits and squirrels that scamper happily through the yard, hardly notice the peaceful lull of the hammock. It's a fun place to listen and watch nature all around me while I enjoy a good book.

I hope you enjoyed summer too!
 There's nothing like my husband's home made ice cream! Every year we wait in anticipation for when he is going to spoil us with some. It is soooo worth the wait! YUM!

I hope you have enjoyed your look around! Not sure how I will decorate for Fall yet. What ideas do you have? 
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Musings

Happy August, Friends!
Yesterday, I had a summer-is-almost-over awakening! Even though I had flipped the calendar into August just a few days before, the thought jolted me. I AM NOT READY!
Are you ready?
One of our favorite ways to spend summer is swim. My husband loves playing with the girls in the pool. It's always so much fun when they can "carry" him in the water. 
So many giggles go into that. 
What has filled your summer days? 
We've also been blessed to have two extra kiddos with us this summer. A previous co-worker contacted me at the end of the school year to see if I would watch her kiddos for the summer months. It works out that they are the same age as my two. They've had a built in play date for the warm months.

That has brought much fun and laughter as the kids run around chasing each other, throwing water balloons, swimming and doing crazy-fun kid stuff.

I hope you experience some laughter and fun before August leads us into September. I'm trying to sponge up every bit of sunshine and fun I can.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saying Good Bye ...

You think that you'll never do it again. Once hurt, twice shy kinda thing. Have you been there?
We have been hosting Chinese elementary students in our home for four years now. After the first time I said I can't do this again.
You take two lovely people into your home and then think you can just say good - bye after a week or two. Not that easy. It's an emotional roller coaster for sure.
But each time the email comes around and they are in need of host families, we are one of the first to sign up. My girls take turns offering up their bedrooms. They say they don't want to do it again, but every time they are all giggly over their new - found friends. They don't want them to leave. Good byes are hard and long. 
This year I had the privileged of leading the group. I was so honored to be able to communicate to the whole group (33 students and 3 chaperones) through a Chinese/American translator. We taught daily English classes and then toured our local hot spots. It was so much fun! We only lost a student once! HA! Her friend left her behind as she noticed the time and poor Tina (her American name) was stuck in a mall with 10's of entrances. Finally I tracked a slightly shaken Chinese teenager down.
They come to learn the language and get a taste of your culture. One year our "daughters" made us a traditional Chinese dish of rice and chicken. We'll never forget the two pound bag of MSG bought at the local Asian store for the meal. They said they had to have it. They used one table spoon for the dish. We promptly through it away when they left. HA!
In general the kids have always been very polite and cooperative. They "try" our American sandwiches and cereals, but if you ask them if they want Ramen noodles or white rice they are quick to take you up on it.

I love hosting the students because they are not as inhibited as the adults. They will tell you if they like something or don't. Even if their culture is not that up front.
Even though it was very hard to say good bye again this time, I would do it all over again. I can hardly wait until next summer!
Until then, my Chinese friends.