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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Feeling better...
Have you ever seen those advertisements for hearing aids where they ask questions like "do you avoid going out in social situations because of your hearing?" I can say right now my answer would be a hearty "YES!"

I am feeling much better than last week - I ended up going to the doctor Wednesday evening (we don't have any walk-in clinics here, so they have 'outpatients' time at the local hospital morning and evening) and by the time I saw him, my eardrum had burst already! No wonder it was hurting so badly! So I'm still on antibiotics, but I feel 100 times better than I did...except for my ear which still feels like it's just got a little bit of water stuck in it. Not painful, but very irritating, and when I'm around a bunch of people it just sounds like swirling voices underwater. And forget singing, lol - we had worship team practice last night and everything is echoing and tinny-sounding in my head, and my voice echoes the loudest of all, so I just gave up with the singing part and just played piano for the night. :)

Big G was away for the weekend, and I didn't really start feeling better until Sunday or Monday, so it was a difficult few days. But God continued to be faithful and gave me friends right when I needed them to give me a little boost to get me through the next few hours at a time - I laid on a friend's couch Friday morning while Little G was at school, which made the morning with high-energy A much easier; the other pastor's wife brought supper over on Saturday; and I sort of invited myself over to another dear friend's house for lunch (and all afternoon) on Sunday - A napped there (as did I!) and her college-aged kids played with Little G outside to run off some of his energy.

I'm now frantically trying to catch up on work and everything else that is showing signs of neglect from me being horizontal for a week! My family is coming up this weekend, so I need to get the house clean-ish for them, and Big G is at a coaching clinic tonight, tomorrow, and all day Saturday, so I won't have much help unfortunately! Now, if I could just get my ear unplugged...

posted at 10:04 AM  

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
WFMW - thankfulness in ALL circumstances!

We're all sick here this week - little G woke up Saturday morning and immediately asked for his bucket (this kid is amazing, he has never thrown up anywhere except buckets or toilets!), then as he was starting to feel better, A woke up throwing up on Monday morning. I crashed on Sunday night - I haven't had the stomach flu part of it yet, but have an awful head cold/cough/and now earache.

I'm sleeping downstairs to try and get better sleep and not disturb my husband as much, but last night consisted of brief periods of sleep interrupted by either coughing fits or waking up panicked because I couldn't breathe. And of course, being pregnant, I can't take anything except a little bit of Tylenol.

Yes, I am miserable. Yes, I wonder how much worse I will get and how I will be able to handle it without piles of cold medication! But...I am consciously trying to make the effort to be 'thankful in all circumstances.' Big G was supposed to be in Guinea, West Africa these first two weeks of March, but the trip was postponed due to instability in that country. I am so thankful that he is around to help me a little bit and take Little G to and from school still. I am thankful that the kids were mostly done the throwing up part of their illnesses before I started feeling so horrible. I am thankful for a dear lady who (without knowing I was sick) brought lunch over for us on Monday, which lasted for two days. I am thankful that A still naps most of the afternoon and Little G is pretty self-sufficient and will let me nap.

I try to keep repeating these things over and over to myself every time I'm on the brink of tears because I feel so yucky. Things could be so much worse. God is so good. No, it's not magically making me feel better, but my attitude is certainly much improved, and I know that I am doing my best to honor God even in this situation.


posted at 9:05 AM  

Saturday, March 10, 2007
Getting in the mood...
...for the Spring Reading Thing over at Callapidder Days! I saw the Fall Into Reading challenge too late to join (and oh yeah, I was in the throes of morning sickness all fall), so I've been excitedly waiting for the promised spring challenge! March 21st is the start of the challenge, so mark it on your calendars and get working on your list of books you'd like to read this spring!

Following along with the reading theme, I thought I'd do this meme - inspired by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer:

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? Paperback of some type - holding up those heavy hardbacks makes my carpel tunnel act up!

Amazon or brick and mortar? I like Amazon (or here in Canada), mostly because we don't have any big-box bookstores near where we are. I do have a hard time just walking past an actual bookstore, though, if we're visiting somewhere else. ;) But yes, could be hard on the wallet.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? Um, I don't think we have either one up here, or at least not anywhere I've been - probably in Toronto or Vancouver. Chapters is pretty much the big bookstore up here.

Bookmark or dogear? I usually just make note of the page/chapter I'm on and then assume I'll remember when I come back to it. Right. When I'm actually being realistic about by mental capabilities, I bookmark with whatever scrap of paper happens to be around.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? In theory... No, I'm another one that does well to keep my book pile off of the floor. :)

Keep, throw away, or sell? I actually very rarely *buy* books. Growing up, my parents (somewhat jokingly) said it was a waste of money to buy me books for birthdays and Christmas because I would immediately start right into it and usually finish before lunchtime. On a per hour basis, the cost of buying new books is just too much! I have given away a bunch of books that I inherited from my Grandma that I knew I wouldn't read and re-read.

Keep dustjacket or toss it? I have very few hardbacks, but I've kept the dustjackets on the ones I have.

Read with dustjacket or remove it? Read with.

Short story or novel? Novel. I think short stories remind me too much of 'assigned' reading in high school/university or something.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Is there an option 'C'? The one thing I can't stand is fantasy. Movies, books, whatever. There's just something about the fact that it's not 'real' that I just can't get involved. I watch Lord of the Rings (at the theatre, even) and I'm looking around at the walls, wondering what kind of speakers they use, how often they vacuum the curtains, etc. I'm just totally disconnected. I have watched one of the Harry Potter movies and it was...okay.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Chapter breaks, definitely. Usually about five chapters past where I was totally exhausted and should have put it down. And all bets are off if there's only a third or less of the book left when I'm tired - it will be finished that night.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Hmmm...probably dark and stormy night, once upon a time sounds too much like the beginning to a fantasy, and we know how I feel about that!

Buy or Borrow? Almost always borrow. As I said above somewhere, I read too quickly to make it seem worthwhile to buy. Although I do reread often since I don't remember much (maybe I should just slow down!). I borrow from the church library when I just feel like reading (light fiction), and a while ago I was in a big reading kick where I reserved and read a ton of recommended books from the library.

New or used? There is something special about a new book...the smell, the way they lay flat before anyone's bent the covers back... But the frugal me says used.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? I usually read something friends have recommended to me, particularly friends whom I know have the same taste in books! I don't mind browsing either, if I have the time and no children are pulling on my arms and legs!

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? I'm conflicted...I do like things to end the way I want them to (strange that the authors never call to ask my opinion, isn't it?) and yet I don't like the formula writing of some authors where you know way back at page 17 where the story's going.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Usually at night, curled up in bed. But once I get into a book, then it follows me wherever: making the kids' breakfast in the morning, bathroom breaks, walking up and down the stairs to do laundry (which, incidentally, is not the safest reading posture), and propped up on the kitchen counter as I prepare dinner.

Stand-alone or series? I have read a lot of series, particularly by Christian authors. For my 'light' reading, I like that I don't have to think very hard about what to read next. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of my reading has been 'light' reading since I had kids, with the exception of a period of a few months after A was born where I read a ton of stand-alone fiction. I think some good 'stand-alone' books will be on my list for the Spring Reading Thing! (Any suggestions?)

Favorite series? I loved the Zion Chronicles and the Zion Covenant by Bodie & Brock Thoene - my mom and I were reading them while they were still being written. We'd both read the newest one within a day or two, and then have to wait months for the next one!

Favorite children's book? I love Goodnight Moon, of course, and had such fun buying Harold and the Purple Crayon and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day for my son, since I remember them from my childhood.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? This is hard - the first one that comes to mind that none of my friends had heard of is Five Quarters of the Orange.

Favorite books read last year? Time Traveler's Wife was interesting...and maybe the first 'fantasy' book I've ever enjoyed. I liked Memoirs of a Geisha as well.

Favorite books of all time? I finally read Pride and Prejudice a while back and really enjoyed it (which surprised me, for some reason). I have reread The Peacemaker by Mark J. Livingstone several times - the ending gives me chills every time. I'm sure there are tons more, but again, I forget books so quickly so the titles are all gone from my ever-shrinking mind!

Least favorite book you finished last year? Clara Callan - recommended to my dad by my aunt (a former English teacher), but was a little, um, liberal for me.

What are you reading right now? What am I coming to? Nothing - unless you count a little bit of Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul, or the Sears' Pregnancy Book! I need to get some good ideas!

What are you reading next? I'm not sure - stayed tuned for my Spring Reading Thing post, coming March 21st!

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posted at 9:27 AM  

Thursday, March 08, 2007
My husband's been away this week at a camp about four hours away, just spending some time by himself fasting and praying and just refocusing. He was supposed to be on a trip to Guinea, West Africa during this time, but due to some instabilities in that country (union strikes, martial law, missionary evacuations, etc) the trip was rescheduled for this fall. Since Big G had pretty much cleared his schedule to accommodate this trip, he was able to take this chance to get away.

He left for home late this morning, and I got a call from him around lunchtime saying that he was going to be stuck in a certain town near the camp for a while...his car had broken down. Yes, this was unexpected and obviously inconvenient, but he had such a cool story of how the power in the car suddenly cut out just as he was leaving town, and he just had enough momentum to coast onto the service road...right into the Ford dealership parking lot! (Yes, it's a Ford vehicle.)

He had to wait until the servicemen were back from lunch, but they looked at it right away, told him what it was (the alternator) and that it would be a couple of hours to put a new one in. And almost exactly two hours later, he was back on the road. To us, that is such a miracle - where we are living in the midst of booming oil country, it is sometimes a month-long wait for an OIL CHANGE! I can't imagine any dealership here accommodating an emergency that quickly!

My husband will be home in an hour or so, $400 poorer, but having benefited from yet another experience showing us how much the Lord really does take care of us and provide for us. Oh! And as a result of a large tax refund and a few other circumstances this month, we were able to pay off a couple old loans, plus having some money left over - this is the first month in a long, long time that we actually have money right at the moment to pay for an unexpected car repair like this! Usually when something happens to one of our vehicles, we end up playing 'catch-up' for a couple of months. But God knew that we were going to need the extra funds this month, and we will be able to pay it right away without having to 'figure out' how we will be able to do it.

Just rejoicing in His goodness today amidst a situation that could have been so much worse!!

posted at 5:08 PM  

Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Inertia: the tendency of an object at rest to remain at rest, and of an object in motion to remain in motion

Currently best applied to my relationship with work - once I get down there and get going, it becomes habit to do so whenever the kids are quiet/in bed. Last week I worked 20 hours (I'm 'supposed' to do about 10) just because once I got in motion, I tend to stay in motion. This week...well, I rested on Saturday, and here it is Tuesday and I pretty much haven't done a thing relating to work since. I just can't seem to make myself get down there and do it.

Maybe it's all the weight I've gained with this pregnancy increasing my inertia...


posted at 5:35 PM  

Party time!

Typical me - late to the party because I couldn't decide whether or not to come!

Hi there - are you enjoying the party so far? I'm having a great time meeting new people and visiting. Of course, I always do end up having fun even when I'm scared to death beforehand! That's me, I tend to be way too concerned with what people might think of me in a new situation and get myself all stressed out and worried, and 99% of the time, it turns out to be a lot of fun and I'm glad I made myself go!

I'm sure you're anxious to hit the snack table, so I'll keep my introduction short! I'm Dawn, a 20-something mom to G, my 'four years and ten months' loves-to-make-noise and loves-to-read firstborn son, A, my talking-like-crazy 19 month-old daughter who has more twinkle in her eyes than we know what to do with, and #3 (another girl, they tell us) due the very end of May! My husband's a youth pastor, so that tells you that our life operates around the youth group schedule, and we live in fairly northern Canada, where it is nothing at all resembling spring yet! (So I don't want to hear about the crocuses out in your neighborhood!)

Hey, how about I walk over to the food with you, okay? I'm sure we'll meet some new friends along the way. :) And come back and visit me anytime!

posted at 9:00 AM