Friday, October 17, 2014

Thankfully My Car is Fixed

For under $300 and it apparently is a problem for a lot of Altima owners.  Crankshaft sensor going bad but Nissan's recall didn't replace it only cleaned it.  I wouldn't have gotten the recall since it is a used car for me but the sensor is now replaced with a new one that shouldn't have this problem again.
Tomorrow, 2 hours of soccer, yea me, and then finish laundry that for some reason seems to be so very much for just two of us.

And my Friday evening just got freed up.  Our high school team's homecoming is tonight and G has been invited to go with a friend who also invited her to spend the night.  YEA!  This is a soccer family as well so they will bring her to the game in the morning.  And yes G is very very excited about going.  I am personally excited about not having to go myself and having the morning to run my errands by myself!!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Over the Hump Day

We had a fairly relaxing weekend due to soccer games being cancelled for rain.  I enjoyed not having to go out and about this weekend.  Cleaned off the dining room table which for me is a big deal as that is usually dumping ground central.

And Wednesday on the interstate going home my car died.  Thankfully, I was able to pull to the side of the road.  It started again right as my dad answered his phone when I called.  But then sadly it died for good when I went home and started to leave again for choir practice.  Good think I went home first or I wouldn't have know the car wouldn't start before 7:30 when I was supposed to get G at GAs.

And thankfully, my dad didn't listen when I suggested he combine sell his 2 vehicles and purchase just one; because, for now I am driving his truck.  I am also praying desperately that I don't wreck it.

God was good enough (well He always is good) to get home home safely and get me off the interstate when it died without issue.  I am also praying the fix won't be significantly expensive.  I have spent over $1200 for the air conditioner earlier this year that I have yet to truly recover on top of our mini vacay coming up that is well with the timing of not being able to cancel it for refund, bummer.  Had this happened in Sept, I could have cancelled for full refund.  I truly do not have the money for anything big.

Of course going into the weekend knowing my car won't work is not actually comforting.  Thankfully the gas is going down in price.  This truck will take a lot to keep filled.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Another Busy Weekend

Our Saturday started early 7am with breakfast of grits and bacon for G, because #mmbacon, then grocery shopping by 9am.  Anyway, home by 10am, and why does it take me an hour to grocery shop? to unload and back to next town by 11:15 to pick up teammate of G's for soccer having to get to the field early for photos.  Soccer game was cold, and I still managed to get a sunburn on my forehead.  The wind was biting cold and I had no protection from the wind.  They played okay, not spectacular, much better than I would do.

After soccer at 1:15pm, grabbed mom, took teammate home, took G home for shower, out again to purchase the Sunday Church boots for fall/winter/spring.  Prices were up and I paid more than I wanted and didn't get the dark color I wanted. Seems a similar pair of boots cost 1/3 less last year.  Yes, these boots can be worn to school as well as church.  Will she?  that is the question. Anyway, there was a great pair of red boots that would have looked so much better with her black pants.  She refused my suggestion, instead, picked a dark brown with orange uppers which are pretty but I just don't like them with the black pants.

After boots, off to a late lunch with mom and G then to see the 4pm matinee: The Good Lie.  Reese Witherspoon is the most well known actress in the movie and is center on the posters.  I hope the marketing team thought more people would see the movie if she were on the posters more prominently.  The story is about the Sudanese refugees or The Lost Boys of Sudan, their trials in Sudan and going to the refugee camps as well as the ones chosen to come to America prior to 9/11.  Mom and I both cried and laughed through it.  There were a lot of difficult parts to see because they filmed it so realistically or at least created it to be very realistic.  

One thing that could have been more of a focus was the faith of the Sudanese children.  They showed up to the refugee camp with a Bible after walking hundreds of miles.  Though the movie wasn't a biography it was based on composite stories of these children/adults.  The actors who played the refugees were themselves refugees and two were child soldiers.  One was a son of refugee parents.  I strongly recommend you can go see it, do so.

Another part of the movie that could have had a bit more time was just the total cultural adjustment like how to use a phone or what one is.  Maybe it would have made the movie too long but it was just under 2 hours so really it could have been a wee bit longer.  If this movie is playing in your area, go see it.  #theGOODLIE

Sunday was church and nap for me, movie for G; then up to mow the yard even though I didn't really want to do it. #lazy  Hopefully, this is the last mow for the year.  G picked up the sticks for me without griping oh and she also picked up with a shovel bits of an animal left over from some sort of nature attack.  Yes, I paid her for picking up the sticks, but sometimes she still gripes even though I pay her.

We slept with the windows opened last night, and around 4:30 I was so glad to have the yard mowed. It came a thunder storm that woke me up but not G.  She doesn't hear anything when she is asleep.  I used to could sleep like that.  Not sure exactly when that changed, probably age and hormones.  I had to shut the bedroom window though because the rain did tend to splash in on the window sill.

This is the confusing part of fall, cold in the morning hot in the day, what to wear based on what does it feel like outside at the moment, difficult to predict rain or heat or cold as the day moves on.  Well, that is all going on for now in the M household.

Friday, October 03, 2014

A Promise Ever Faithful


This week I saw and was reminded of promises God made.  The rainbow was actually a double but didn't show well in the picture.  After the flood, God promised Noah that He would never use a flood to bring worldwide judgment.  God is always faithful and always good.  In Sunday school I was reminded about the promise to have a descendant of David rule on the throne and that there will always be a High Priest to offer sacrifices and that if God's covenant with the sun and moon shall fail then His promise regarding the branch of David shall as well.  

Man tries and tries to scare people into believing that man is causing the earth to be destroyed via man made carbon.  Man tries to scare people into believing God is not good nor in control.  Man is sinful by nature and drifts toward sinfulness and darkness.  God is Light, in Him is no darkness.  God is Love.  God is HOLY and cannot look upon sinful man.  Jesus, God's Son, took the fall for sinful man so we can be restored to a relationship with God.  

Sometimes looking at all the evil in this world it is hard to remember that God has a plan, a hope and a future for His children.  But then, I just go read the back of the Book and I see Who wins.

Friday, September 26, 2014

This Weekend, BOLO

for a photo G took that has been published** here.
I don't know if they will print her name but they will print location in Arkansas.  It is a sunset though I forgot to tell the author of it.  So either Saturday or Sunday this will print.  There are some pretty spectacular photos of sunsets and sunrises on this site.

G has become enamored with taking cool sunset pictures as we leave my mom's.  I will also say that one night we literally saw the sun drop or rather, I guess saw the earth turn.  It was very cool to share that moment!~

**updated link

Thursday, September 25, 2014

G's POV

Last night while G was supposed to be getting ready for bed, she made a comment about her eyelids.  G has double eyelids which was pointed out to us in China when she was a baby and the comments were basically that she is so lucky to have double eyelids.  So G said, "I have double eyelids because God was preparing me to grow up in America."  She is so funny.

The comment wasn't out of the blue but it did cause me to stop in my tracks.  I don't remember now what the total conversation was about that we were having but that was relevant in her own working out of her story.

She is a funny kid and keeps me on my toes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weekend Updates

First and foremost, I didn't get my dream job. Obviously, for me, not God's will and I am trying not to be disappointed.

 Now on to the weekend updates: Saturday was very very busy. G had a car wash at 9 so I dropped her off and headed to the grocery store. Finished up there a bit after 10, rushed back to get G and take her to change into her soccer uniform then back to the soccer field by 11. We did make it there in time. She played, not her heart out because she was tired and had only 1 rest, but she played for 40 mins or so.

Then we grabbed my mom, went home to let G shower and change, then out shopping for the fall blue jeans. Let me say first that I dislike shopping with G. Last fall I discovered that she is so afraid that I won't buy her something when we go shopping that she will promise the moon in order to have me buy her new clothes. She loves tennis shoe shopping, and generally she loves shopping for her own clothes.

 Her style is jeans or shorts and a t-shirt. If I give a little she demands 30 miles. So if I think what we find she won't wear and try to reason with her about finding another store to look she promises that she will wear those jeans or whatever then within a week after purchase she is refusing with wailing and gnashing of teeth.

 So last year we headed to a store and walked out with 1 pair of pants for church and a few pair blue jeans. By 3 weeks into wearing the blue jeans and pants for church she was melting down about them being too tight with real tears. Oh and one pair she refused to wear because a little girl in her class had the same pair.

 I ended up purchasing some extra jeans on-line (clearance) but had to return them because they were too small to her even though they were 12P. We swapped them for size 14. By the way, she isn't a size 14, she is barely a 12. She just hates having clothing to touch her. She doesn't ever unbutton or unzip her pants to put them on or take them off.

 Anyway, she tore up the Sunday pants before the winter season had ended, and I made her wear them torn up because she did it in anger. She had wanted to wear blue jeans because one time I allowed her to do so in extreme cold; therefore, she tried to take the 30 miles and justify wearing jeans because of the 1 time I allowed it.

 I know, she is just being a kid. Even this Saturday she demanded to know why she can't wear one of her new darker blue jeans for church. The reason is because she will demand to do so every Sunday and throw back at me the fact that I allowed her to do so once. She will wear the black pants on Sunday. I can't and won't make her wear a dress (she is uncomfortable in them) but I can make her dress in her best which is black pants and long sleeve solid color shirt.

We are now on the look out for boots. So needless to say, I wasn't looking forward to shopping this Saturday, but my mom came along and we ended up being successful. I say that hesitatingly because she hasn't actually worn the jeans we bought. Living in the south, she can wear summer shorts for a much longer time, thankfully.

We went to 12 stores Saturday, 3 in our town and G refused to even consider any of the jeans. We then headed past big city to bigger than our town where we had lunch. Lunch helped knock out the lack of cooperation and grumpiness which made shopping a bit easier, thank you Fazoli's $5 lunch menu.

We found 1 pair of jeans and a pair of black pants for Sunday at Goodwill. We found 3 pair of jeans at a consignment shop, one of those being a size 8 husky (boys Levis) that were hung in the wrong place but that G tried on anyway and liked. I didn't even see the size until I washed them at home. It was best to let her take what I thought she could wear and try them on without input. She won't be wearing the huskys to school because the waist is so big that even pinning them doesn't work.  Oh and they don't cover the tops of her tennis shoes which she likes her jeans to do.

I told her those could be her Saturday lounge jeans. Everybody needs a pair of Saturday lounge jeans or outfit unless of course your Saturday is a church day then just a weekend outfit. She also told me this week that you can't wear flip flops with blue jeans, never mind that I do so about everyday.  We then found 2 pair of jeans (new) at the Gap outlet and paid more for the 2 pair (ON SALE EVEN) than for the 5 other pairs of jeans/pants combined.

We were unsuccessful with the search on shirts. There just weren't any solid color long sleeve shirts. I ended up ordering some long sleeve solid shirts on Justice online and Hanes online. I got them in size 16 so hopefully she won't complain even if there is a bit of shrinkage.

I had told her that she could wear the long sleeve shirts under her favorite t-shirts and not have to wear the tank undershirts. Now she has taken that to mean she will only wear them layered and no tanks. For Sunday she thinks she will get to wear her Sunday summer t-shirts over these long sleeve shirts which is not at all what I meant. I only meant for school purposes. I sense a long battle this winter with clothes and undershirts.

Oh and thank goodness fall is hear and winter is coming because she got green paint on her khaki summer Sunday shorts. She only had 2 pair of them and now one is totally ruined. I can't get the paint out. So I guess those are her new Saturday lounge shorts, heh.

After the Saturday shopping G and I treated my mom to Baskin Robins ice cream waffle cones and then home. G and I got home around 7ish, had supper and then to bed. Sunday I managed to get my nap in and then Bible study at church.