Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Week

The LORD is near.
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all comprehension, 
will guard your hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus.
(Phil. 4:4-6)

It was a good week of learning to be more intentional about being thankful in my heart and expressing gratitude. There were many great stories on Christian radio that reminded me of more specifics to include in thanksgiving.
Daily decisions are pressing now. Sunday afternoon we strolled through furniture stores with Sam and family. You'd think these were amusement parks the kids were having so much fun.

Monday Mike and I spent several very successful hours shopping at another furniture place. We finally found what we liked and ordered most of the remaining big items.
By afternoon I was feeling really sick, so instead of doing something special for new teenage grandson Malachi's birthday (like collect embarrassing baby photos and post them on Facebook), I stayed in doing nothing, missed the dinner at chef-son's, and called the clinic.

Malachi, age one
Tuesday I saw the doctor--ear and sinus infection worse and possible pneumonia from the sound tho' the xrays were clear. Just finished the second round of antibiotics today. Coughing spells are fewer now. On the mend at last.
I was really disappointed to miss the last painting class of the year. I was going to fix or finish a couple recent pieces and sign them, but alas, they remain thus.

Wednesday was little Zion's second birthday.

Zion, day one
 I was sick so did not host Thanksgiving dinner, instead Stephan invited us. I coughed my way through a wonderful family time. The food was great, just wish I could have enjoyed it more. Even so I had to try all three kinds of pie.

Perfect pie trifecta: pumpkin, chocolate, peach
SIL Diane spent a couple nights with us. Friday we took it easy. No Black Friday craziness for us! In the evening we watched Julie and Julia again. Such a great movie.
DIL shared a special deal on her blog. I keep buying and giving away her book with great responses each time, not only from those who deal with infertility. Go take a look at Hope for the Barren Heart (

Saturday already and I finally made it back to the house and took a look at areas painted with Basque Green, a color I chose by name more than loving the shade at first sight. It is definitely bold, dark, deep, masculine. And now I like it more than some of the blue shades.

Pottery display area

Ship Room (guest bedroom)
Kitchen cabinets are all in place--so much more storage space!

The siding is almost finished.

So while I've been sick taking it easy, the guys have been working long hours. Mike is at the house every spare moment. There are still issues with the heating system. He's had to drain the boiler five times so far.

"Not again!"
"in everything give thanks
for this is God's will for you
in Christ Jesus."
I Thess. 5:18


skoots1mom said...

great pics...
i've had the same mess you've sounds the same. I'm believing I may have to have a second antibiotic, too
it surely gets old...
love all the house pics! won't be long now.


The house is looking awesome. I love the pies and I agree...peach, pumpkin and chocolate is the perfect trifecta of pies. Coughing seems to be the way Frank and I communicate these days. Have a wonderful week.

Lhoyt said...

Time does fly! Hard to believe Zion is already two!
The cabinetry is impressive. Glad to see the progress on the house. Also good to know you're feeling better.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Great progress on the rebuild!~ I know you will be so happy when you are finished.

Happy Thanksgiving

The Bug said...

Mmm - those pies look good. Sorry you felt so bad - I hope you really are on the mend.

The house is looking great - I love that green shade!

I'm thankful that my second mammogram yesterday (they found something in the first one) turned out just fine - nothing suspicious at all.

Kim said...

Lovely, lovely cabinets! Sam did such a great job! I like the green too :) I've been on a green kick the last few years.
Sorry to hear you've been sick, but glad to hear you're starting to do better.
Enjoying our time in Sta. Rosa! Wish you were here :) You'd feel better in no time with all the lovely sunshine and warm weather.