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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Valley

My good friend, Charla, posted the lyrics to a song that has been an inspiration to her through some tough times. I thought that was a great idea and decided to do the same. Most of you know that Dave and I have had a lot of "stuff" going on the last 6 months. Most of it not very good. We do have hope, though. Hope that God will see us through to better times. Hope that we will be blessed when we have walked through this valley. This song is by Ginny Owens--If you want me to (remix version). Thank you, Amber, for the CD you made with this song on it. It has really reminded me of where my focus should be through everything.

The pathway is broken
The signs are unclear
And I don't know the reasons
Why you brought me here
But just because you love me the way that you do
I'm gonna walk through the valley if you want me to

No I'm not who I was
When I took my fist step
And I'm clinging to the promise
You're not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire if you want me to

And it may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
But you never said it would be esay
You only said I'd never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me and I'm all by myself
And I can't hear you answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering that Your love put You through
And I will walk through the darkness if you want me to

Cause when I cross over Jordan
I'm gonna sing and I'm gonna shout
I'm gonna look into your eyes and see you never let me down
So take me on the pathway that leads me home to you
And I will walk through the valley if you want me to

Monday, May 19, 2008


I am at school eating my lunch at my desk right now. I am having a spinach salad with sliced almonds. The best part is the salad dressing. My friend, Natalie, got me started on it and it is delicious! It is Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame. Try it. You will like it. Yum, yum!

Friday, May 16, 2008


Our (not so) trusty water heater stopped heating water Monday night. We have been without hot water for 4 days. I called and left a message to get a plumber to look at it Tuesday. Dave called me at school Tuesday and said he talked to a guy from work and thought he could replace it himself so he didn't want me to make an appointment to have the plumber come out. He got home Tuesday and went to look at it and quickly changed his mind. I think normally it is a fairly simple thing to do, but we have a water circulator that makes it a little more difficult. So, Wednesday I called the plumber again and set up a time for him to come out this morning. The last few mornings I have been boiling water on the stove and carting it to my bathtub and while I was doing it this morning I thought, "This is the last time I will have to do this. Thank goodness!!" Famous last words....The plumber told me the heating element needed to be replaced and then everything would work fine. Well, when I went to wash the dishes (which have been piling up since Monday night) the water didn't get hot. We have some problems getting the kitchen sink to get very hot so I thought I would do a load of laundry on hot to get the water started that direction and then the sink would get hot. The sink never got hot. Yeah, we still don't have hot water. And, to make matters worse, I washed a load of white towels before I realized this and the water was all rusty from the work that had been done on the water heater. I started running the water in our bathtub and sinks and so much rust came out. I think the towels are ruined. When I called the plumber back at 4:00 I had to leave a message. The receptionist called back a few minutes later and had talked to the plumber. He said to check the breaker and to hit the reset button on the thermostat to see if that would make it work. She also went ahead and set up an appointment for Monday afternoon for him to come back out and look at it. Needless to say, even after checking the breaker and resetting, it looks like we are going to be hot waterless this weekend. Looking back, when she told me he would come back out Monday after 4, I should have said, "No, he needs to come back today after 4." I am not that confrontational, though. I will just grumble about not having a hot shower for the weekend.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Family Pics

We took pictures with my family for my dad's 60th birthday back in March. We took several, but this was my favorite. It was an interesting experience. There was some miscommunication about the tripod, so we ended up not having one. I just propped my camera up and used the timer. My bro, Nathan, and his wife, Jeannie, are on the left. My dad and mom are in the middle. My sis, Jill, and her husband, Jeremy, are in the front. Dave and I are on the right.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hairspray and ants

I think hairspray might kill ants, but I am not positive. It might just temporarily stun them or maybe it just makes their legs stick so they can't move them. Either way, I think we have successfully kept them out of our house for the time being.

Note to self: "Don't keep the dog food in the garage if there are holes in the bag!"