22 April 2008

Earth Day: He's Got The Whole World in His Hands

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
(Gen 1.1)
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters." (Ps 24:1)
"Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool." (part of Isa 66.1)

Well, happy Earth Day to you! It's not easy being GREEN, but today's a great day to start!

Yes, we're still breathing! Thankyouthankyouthankyou to the sweet friends who've been checking in on us. I'm so grateful for you dear ones.

Woah daddy, we've been so busy these last few weeks! I was complaining to the Lord last week that I've been so tired and He reminded me that just before this cuckoo season He refueled and refreshed me on my Mama Weekend Away. God is so GOOD! The day after I got home the babies got sick with high fevers and then we spent the next weeks passing it around and around. Between sickness and insomnia over the tremendous amount on our plate right now, I realized that I've not had one solid night's sleep since!

So, now we're finally coming up for air. Whew!

What have we been up to? Well, for starters, we are starting another GREEN business so we've been doing lots of research, lots of planning, and lots of talking out the details. More on that later.

We visited the Redmans (who travelled with us to Ethiopia -- love them!) out in the desert which was such a fantastic time, and then enjoyed having them as houseguests, too! Except for the tragic moment when I dropped their camera in the pool (yep, I did -- Darn it!), it was really great.

We stayed out at La Quinta Resort and baked in the sun.

We have been (and currently are still) fighting off homeschool spring fever. I've been searching for a new helper and researching new materials for next year which is fun, but a little daunting too. All you homeschooling mamas, what are you teaching?

And I have been scrubbing my house from top to bottom, getting rid of everything that's not nailed down or running away shreiking in terror. (My sister, Becky, psychoanalyzed me and said that I'm trying to have a sense of control over the chaos over the last few months... Hmmm, she might have something there.) Anyway I've been cleaning everything in sight, and preparing for a garage sale at said sister's house because our community is too snooty to let us have one here (Isn't that dumb?!).

We also had a delightful OCEAN (Orange County Ethiopian Adoption Network) family supper at our home last weekend. Such a great time. We can hardly wait to get together with you all again, and meet the new babies who will be home by then! Yahoo!!!

We took a field trip to the Long Beach Aquarium, and then another one to the San Juan Capistrano Mission and Zoomars which is a really cool, huge, exotic petting zoo. And we took a boat ride out in the Newport Harbor which we haven't done in so long. That is always a treat.

*pictures are coming. I'm months behind in editing and downloading photos. (Suzi, I promise to send you a memory card of our desert pics as soon as possible. Thanks for forgiving me my butterfingers!)

See what I mean? Busy! It's all good, but it's been a LOT! I've had to be reminded by the Lord that He's is charge. He's in control even when times are crazy, or worrisome, or I'm anxious about what we're supposed to do, or what He has planned, or just exhausted from too much too much! He's got the whole world in His hands.

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of His glory." (part of Isa 6.3)
Just for fun I'm adding on this little bit sunshine from the great Ray Charles...


The Redman's said...

sounds like you guys have just a few things on your plate right now!!!! Yikes!! Praying for a breath of fresh air for you! Glad you were able to squeeze in a getaway to see us! We had such a great time... and I know Mike enjoyed guy talk and "treats" with Michael!!!.. and my time chatting with you too-- peeing through Italy will always give me the giggles!! :)

Loves to you and the fam!

Tish said...

so glad to see a post! i was just logging on to leave a comment and say i've been thinking of you! glad to hear all is well...even if chaotic!

be_a_Mary said...

whew! its amazing to me how MUCH you do, and how WELL you do it all! girl, you are truly talented. you ARE doing a lot, and you ARE going to reap eternal rewards for the many ways you serve and give. My thought: squeeze in some fun with all that responsibility! Declare a movie night!! Announce a beach day! Cancel things if you need be. Say no. Schedule a massage with a great girlfriend whose name starts with a K and goes AREN!! :)

Lori said...

Two words; no excuse! Doesn't sound like much to me, but who am I to judge... ;)

xo Lor
ps.. so glad to see you back.

FHL said...

Sounds busy but fun! (minus the sick part of course)

We are SOOOO ready for summertime around here as well! My quick Curr. rundown. We use A Beka (phonics/reading/manuscript-not exciting but solid), Horizons (not thrilled with), Apologia (LOVE), Christian Liberty (US History-was good)....and I just received in the mail today a great big box of Sonlights 1 & 2 condensed world history (which looks fantastic- J was digging through the books asking if he could read them now!)So ask me about that one a year from now ;o) Hope your curr. hunt goes well!!

Rebecca said...

It's so funny... whenever I read your posts I think it sounds like I could have wrote it. :)

I'm glad everyone is feeling better and that life can go back to some semblance of normalcy!!! (If chaotic normalcy!!) :)

Rebecca said...

No travel date for us yet :( Still waiting on a court date! Send me your e-mail if you get a chance. My e-mail is rebeccalynnwinter@gmail.com

emily said...

Welcome back sister. I have been thinking of you so much and prayed for you again this am.

Homeschooling- blah! How much do they really need to know? Spring fever is killing me. I too am trying to figure out what to do next year. Lets have a phone conversation and put our heads together. :)

Hope you have a great day! Love you.

Lori said...

Are you deserting us again? I can't take it~ I'm getting on a plane to help you (and will make a pit stop in TX to pick up the other crazy Momma)!!