Consider the Lilies..: July 2015   

Jul 31, 2015

New furniture!

We finished purging all the rooms and closets of the house (Clay is working in the garage and the yard today). 
The living room looked lonely without anything in it. 

Nebraska Furniture Mart arrived at about 1:00 and brought in everything in pieces..
I felt bad for them though, the love-seat recliner is motorized and they really struggled to get it over the railing..   

Now this:
Is the most comfortable recliner ever..  Seriously, come over and sit in it!

The love-seat is gray (my favorite color) and super comfy..  You can come over and sit in it too :)
It even has drink holders in the center console..  Sweet!

Voila!  The living room is finished :)

Jul 28, 2015

Spring cleaning in the summer..

I'm a little late starting on my spring cleaning..  But better late than never right?  I wanted to get rid of a bunch of stuff so we rented a dumpster..  Big stuff like living room furniture, an old lawnmower, scrap-wood..  I am going to clean out closets too so I'm sure I'll find enough stuff to fill it..
We did this about 2 years ago; it's shocking to me that we have enough stuff to actually fill another one!  I'm NOT a hoarder and I'm a clean freak, so I really don't know how we could possibly accumulate so much stuff in such a short time..

Clay was super awesome today..  He said he could do more work at a faster pace if I wasn't in his way so he told me to go get my hair cut and get a manicure while he worked!  
Have I mentioned that I have the best husband ever?  Well I do..

We are having new living room furniture delivered tomorrow.  Ours was old and falling apart, plus it was white..  
White furniture + A daughter who welds = furniture covered in soot.
So we bought a love-seat recliner and a regular recliner and told Sky that she wasn't allowed on the furniture until she has washed the soot off.
We are going to have to have the carpets cleaned too..
White carpet + soot covered welding boots = gray carpet.
Ok, we actually told her that she wasn't allowed upstairs at all until she washed the soot off and removed her boots.

It's not like she comes upstairs much anyway..  Since she moved her room to the basement and bought a futon to go with her television, satellite, stereo, X-box 360, and X-box One, she's pretty content to stay down there when she isn't at work..
In case you haven't picked up on it, she's incredibly spoiled..  What can I say?  She's an only child..
She does have to come upstairs to eat, but I'm sure it won't be too long before she buys a toaster oven and mini-fridge..

We are going to get a new bed on Friday..  A king size.  Yay!
Then we can put our queen bed in the guest room and get rid of the bunk beds in there..  
Clay's parents will be here on the 11th of next month and I'm betting they would rather not sleep on bunk beds :)

I guess that's all..

Jul 27, 2015

The things you forget..

We got home on Saturday evening..  It was sooo good to sleep in my own bed!  
The first half of our vacation was fun, but I'm glad to be home.. The second half of our vacation starts on the 7th of next month when we spend 3 days at the mall of America..

It's funny; 2 months ago we had decided that since the company that Clay works for no longer allows permanent transfers overseas and we can't move to Africa, that we would move back to New Mexico..  
We used to live there several years ago, well Clay is from there, but after he and I were married in North Carolina we moved there for a couple years..  We left New Mexico when Sky was four years old and we visit occasionally (way less than we should)..

We were quite serious about moving back once Sky had moved out on her own and we were confident that she would be ok, but that has all sort of changed now..
I learned that I didn't like being that far away from Sky..  Sure she's very responsible, I know she can take care of herself without any help from us; but if we missed her after just 11 days, how much more will we miss her after a few months?
It also occurred to us that she could be married and on her way to having children in just a few short years..  She's our only child, so the children she will have will be our only grandchildren..  We would be those grandparents that our grandchildren hardly knew because we lived in a different state and only saw them on visits..  I don't think I want to be the grandma that communicates with her grand-kids through birthday cards and phone calls..
There are other reasons too..  Spending a week in New Mexico reminded me why we were willing to transfer for Clay's work in the first place..  
The climate is one for sure!  I forgot how much I absolutely hate the dry heat..  I will try my hardest not to complain about how humid it is here in Omaha ever again..  Sure, its really hot here in the summer with the heat index but I definitely prefer the humidity over the desert heat..

Another factor..  I don't really feel safe there..  I'm sure I'm just being paranoid but while we were driving around town after dark in the Jeep (with no doors or top) I knew that if Clay wasn't with me I would have felt uneasy..  Clay's younger brother told him just before we left for Arizona that Roswell wasn't the Roswell that we remember..  I think he was right..

There are other reasons too, reasons that I won't blog about..  
Clay would like to see his brothers more often and we miss the kids, plus it would be nice if we lived there so I could spend more time with Ami (I love her church too) but I think we are going to stay in Omaha with Sky and make a bigger effort to visit more frequently..

Jul 25, 2015

Almost there..

We are about 15 minutes away from the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort and let me tell you, it has been a loooong drive from Albuquerque!  It's about a four and a half hour drive, but we took the scenic route and visited the ice cave. 

It's so cool!  (no pun intended). You walk through about 400 yards of forest over a volcano (no longer active) through volcanic rock. 
And twisted trees (the trees can't get their roots down deep enough to maintain stability so they grow in this weird twisted way to maintain balance until they just fall over. 

This is the bottom (roots) of one of the fallen twisted trees. 

Jul 24, 2015

Tired but not sleeping.

I woke up at 2:00 yesterday morning and couldn't go back to sleep. We left the Twin Arrows Resort and Casino after breakfast (around 7:30). We skipped the Grand Canyon; I wanna go home. I miss Sky and my bed. :). Plus it was going to be really hot by the time we got there and we wouldn't enjoy ourselves. 
So instead of driving through Utah and Colorado to get home we decided to take the shorter way back through New Mexico and then up through Colorado. 

(Buffalo at the trading post where we stopped to buy souvenirs for Sky)

By about 11:00 in the morning I was struggling to keep my eyes open and by 1:00 the wind was so hot and blowing so hard that it burned my face. 
We called it quits and got a hotel room in Santa Fe around 3:00, took cold showers, covered our faces with aloe gel, ate something and went to bed at about 5:00. 
Clay is asleep but here I am wide awake. I get the feeling that I will be struggling to stay awake again, but I am determined to bear it quietly in order to get home sooner. I'm gonna be really bummed if we have to stop to sleep just 4 hours out of Omaha!
We are going to leave here in about an hour and a half and try to drive the rest of the way home. If we leave while it's still dark we can cover a lot of miles before it gets hot. 

(Camel rock, just outside our hotel). 

Hopefully my next blog post will be posted from my living room!

Jul 21, 2015

On to Albuquerque..

Our reservations in Arizona were changed from the 26th to the 22nd so we have to leave a couple days earlier than we had originally planned. But they upgraded us the the executive suite for the inconvenience so that's a plus :)

We spent a couple days in Melrose on the ranch with Clay's parents and a couple days in Roswell; we were able to see our nephews and niece, and Tom and Ami. We weren't able to see Levi much but we didn't give him much time to plan a visit with us. We didn't tell him we were coming until we were only 3 hours away (I forget that he doesn't have FB so he isn't in the loop). 
We got to go to church with Tom and Ami on Sunday. I really like their church and the sermon was pretty good :)

*couldnt leave Roswell without one picture of an alien*

We weren't able to make the trip back to Melrose to meet Lestie or to Las Cruces to see Vickie though. (bummer)

It's been so hot!  It's funny though, when we are in Omaha it feels like I would do anything to get away from the humidity, but then I spend a week in the desert and I remember that I prefer the the humidity!


Jul 14, 2015

Dodge City.

We left our house at about 630 this morning, but didn't actually get out of town until about 730 because our brand-new car stereo wasn't working so we had to stop at Walmart to get a Bluetooth speaker.

We were going to try to drive until about 8 o'clock at night before we got a hotel but we stopped at 3:00 in Dodge City Kansas instead. So we only drove for eight hours. 
We are driving the jeep so there is no air conditioning, it got up to 99° and since we are in Kansas there is absolutely no shade over the roads at all and it just got too hot and too uncomfortable to keep going.

So now I'm sitting comfortably after a nice cold shower in front of the A/C in our hotel room.  
Clay went to get dinner. We were going to go to a steak house but it's too hot to go out again. 

We are probably gonna leave before the sun comes up so we can get a few hours of cooler driving time. 

Jul 10, 2015

Day 8

3 Personal Goals

It's taken me a while to do this particular post..  Not because I couldn't think of any personal goals; I have several..  It was just a matter of sorting out my top three..

So here we go..

For the longest time I had the wrong idea of what meekness really was..
I thought it meant timid, weak, fragile..  Meekness = weakness..  Right?
Well no..
Websters 1828 dictionary (which by the way is the best dictionary ever, I really really want one, and one day I will own a hardback copy of one instead of using the online version which would be incredibly helpful in my theology studies) defines meekness as: 

Softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations.
In an evangelical sense, humility, resignation to the divine will without murmuring or peevishness; opposed to pride, arrogance and refractoriness.
Meekness is a grace which Jesus alone inculcated and which no ancient philosopher seems to have understood or recommended.

 I do not possess a softness of temper..  When I'm mad, I'm mad.  I will say that my temperament has improved since I began seriously reading the Bible and it does take a little more than it used to to make me angry, but still, when I am angry I speak without thinking, I snap at others and behave in a very unbecoming manner..  I don't throw tantrums or anything, but I do use a hurtful tone and I can be incredibly mean.
I'm alright as far as dealing with personal injuries, but the gloves come off if anyone says anything about my husband that could be considered even remotely close to an insult..  And if I feel that he has been treated unfairly?  It can get pretty bad..  You see, I know how amazingly wonderful my husband is and I feel that it should be obvious to everyone else as well, so when I feel that his awesomeness has been threatened in any way whatsoever; the gloves come off..  
It's stupid really..  It's not as if he needs me to defend him, and he doesn't care what you think of him anyway..
Oh, and gentleness?  Wow..  Not even close..  I can be incredibly sarcastic in a mean sort of way, tact still doesn't come naturally to me, I tend to be a bit confrontational, and the word aggressive has been used to describe my personality more than once.. 

So that's one goal..  To learn, practice, and eventually behave with meekness all the time..
I'm trying and I am getting better..  I have noticed a change..  Hopefully one day someone besides me will notice as well  :)

Well, that was a lot longer than I thought it would be and it was only one goal out of three..
I guess I'll do the other two later..

Jul 8, 2015

Changing plans a little..

I'm still working on the next part of the blog challenge. 

We changed our plans as far as our vacation goes. I started researching Route 66 and discovered that a lot of the sights that used to be popular have closed down and are in disrepair. Most of the sites that I read about said "not open to the public, but can be seen from the road". 

So instead of Route 66, after we visit family in New Mexico we are going to spend a couple days in Arizona visiting the Grand Canyon. 
I have been there before when I was a kid but I we didn't spend much time there and I don't remember much, only that I thought it was incredibly boring. 
We are going to take a jeep tour through the canyon and see everything and to stay at the Twin Arrows Casino and Resort in Flagstaff which is about an hour away from the Grand Canyon. 
Then we are doing to drive through the Painted Desert on our way home..
We were going to go through Wyoming to see Yellowstone and then to South Dakota to Mt. Rushmore before going home but we decided that we would rather have money in the bank :)

Sky has signed up for more college courses; she has graduated from welding school but she wants a degree so she can make more money..  We really don't want her to take out a student loan..  If we don't extend our vacation we could help her with tuition..  She will be in her own apartment next year and it would be difficult for her to pay rent and everything else, plus pay for school too..  
She did win a partial scholarship when she won Skills USA, but i'm sure she will still have plenty to pay..

Clay will be home in less than a week!!

Jul 2, 2015

Day 7

Photo of your significant other and 10 things you love about him.

This one is going to be easy..

1. He has more patience than anyone I have ever met..  In the 19 years that we have been married, he has never raised his voice to me.  Seriously, never.

2. He is a great dad.  Just ask Sky..  According to her, he can fix anything, do anything, and is the coolest person who ever lived.

3. He works harder than anyone I know..  For reals, I'm not exaggerating; when he goes to work, his schedule is 24/7.  He is on call all the time.. He has worked 36 hours without a break, slept for 6 hours, and then got up an did it again..  More than once..  His typical day, when everything is going smoothly is on average, 14 hours..  He does this for 5 weeks at a time..

4. When he is home, he is home.  He doesn't spend hours playing computer games or video games; or spend all his time hanging out with friends, or perusing personal interests..  He's home with us..  I have never ever had any reason to complain that he doesn't spend any quality time with his family..  All of his time off work is quality time with us.

5. He is incredibly selfless..  I mean really, really selfless..  He never thinks of himself before anyone..  It's completely natural, he doesn't even try..  That's just how he is.. 

6. Humility..  He is as naturally humble as he is selfless..  

7.  He never says no to anyone who needs help; even if he doesn't like them..  He'll do anything to help if it's within his power to help; give money, manual labor, anything..  He never expects anything in return..  Even when people take advantage..  It doesn't matter to him, he'll still help..

8. He's a natural leader..  I know that practically every guy on the planet likes to think that they are a born leader..  How many guys do you know that say "I'm more of a follower, I don't like to take the initiative"?   Yeah, none..  
But Clay just is, you know?  Lots of guys are afraid to step up, many won't admit it, but they are..  Several years ago, he and I were in a grocery store and this guy came running in, followed by two other guys chasing him..  They tackled him in the produce section and started wailing on him..
There were at least 5 other men standing around and no one did anything, they all just stood there and watched..  Clay walked right up, grabbed the guys and threw them off of the one getting pummeled.   They kept coming back at the guy on the floor and Clay kept picking them up and tossing them until finally 2 guys caught on and started to help..  
He also knows that a good leader needs to set an example..  He caries himself with confidence, but not arrogance,.  He doesn't ask anyone to do anything that he isn't willing to do himself..  At work, he doesn't tell his people what to do, he shows them, and then works alongside them..  I'm sure it's not easy to supervise 150 to 200 people who don't speak your language; but he makes it look easy..
He commands respect without saying a word..  And he gets it, from everyone..

9. He can do just about anything and everything he does, he excels at..  He doesn't do anything badly..  He can fix anything, build anything, shoot anything.  He's incredibly smart, though never draws attention to it..  Most people think that all he does at work is swing a hammer and drill holes in the ground, but he does so much more..  He has degrees in chemistry, geology, and agriculture..  A big part of his job is brain-work..  Yeah, he does swing a hammer at work a lot, even though it's not really his job now..  He'll even chip cement when he needs too.. He is a roughneck through and through..  Sure, he's a big guy with mohawk and earrings who works knee-deep in mud and crude oil, but he's the smartest roughneck you are ever likely to meet..

10. He is a good man.  He has amazing faith.  He doesn't worry, he doesn't doubt, he doesn't question and he doesn't struggle..  He loves the Bible and reads it with me every day that he's home..  He loves Jesus and it shows..  There is nothing fake about him.  What you see is what you get..  He doesn't put on airs, does nothing to draw attention to himself (however the mohawk does) he doesn't ever seek to be edified, glorified, or praised..  
He is never too tired or too busy to help anyone who needs it. He's a great dad (I know I said that before but it's worth repeating) always willing to give Sky his undivided attention, and his patience with her is unlimited..  He never fails to tell her how much he loves her and how proud he is of her..
He's the kind of husband that any woman would be beyond grateful to have; everything he does he does for us and with us in mind..
When he is away from us, he works tirelessly to support us and when he's home he makes it his mission to take care of us..  His motto is 'I will not be out served"..  You won't find him sitting on the couch asking anyone to wait on him..  In fact, he makes it difficult for us to do anything for him!

I know that I could not have done anything to deserve this incredible man and I honestly do not know why God chose to bless me by making him my husband..  There are no words to describe how I feel about him, love doesn't seem big enough..