Friday Finds

I know, I know… I need to finish telling you about my trip… soon!  But today is just a short post to share a few of my favorite finds during this week.

This post by Michelle Lesley is spot on!  While her blog is geared towards women this post is necessary for all Christians to read.  Let’s be weird together… read the post and you’ll understand!

This podcast by Kevin Swanson was fascinating. This podcast was not what I expected it to be… you should take a listen!  I know, for those of you that think Kevin is a little… um… out there, I find his podcasts a breath of fresh air.  Someone bold enough to speak the truth. The world has enough wish washy Christians… we need more believers to stand up for Gods Word!

I was at a birthday party not too long ago and they served a white chocolate raspberry bundt cake that was truly awe inspiring!  Phil found this copy cat recipe. I haven’t tried it yet but perhaps this weekend. Then I’ll have to figure out how to make one gluten free for him!  Enjoy!

That’s it for this week. I’ll try to finish sharing about my trip over the weekend.

Gaylene

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Happy 17 years and 9 month Anniversary to the most amazing man! I love you Phil!

I did not sleep as well last night.  Between my tossing and turning and Mikayla yelling at Jonathan in her sleep I didn’t get much rest.

Today was the last leg of the drive to San Antonio.  We arrived around 5pm and went to the Vera’s house. The Pinto’s have known this family for many years and were instrumental in helping the Pinto’s move to San Antonio.

Before landing in San Antonio, Amy Sue and I (and the kids with us) stopped in Comfort along the way. There is a Bed and Breakfast for sale that we wanted to check out. We drove through the small town and stopped at the BNB to look around. It was beautiful! I made reservations for the girls and I for Friday evening.

Once in San Antonio we all went to see the Pinto’s new house. They don’t close on it until Friday but we were able to do the final walk through. It’s a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a pleasant neighborhood.

One of the most obvious differences between San Antonio and Denver is humidity…. wowza! 98 degrees feels a lot different when the humidity is 49%. I’m sure you get used to it though.  But I do love the rolling hills and lush trees that span the landscape.

The girls and I stayed with the Vera family for the night. They have 2 girls ages 5 and 8. They played dress up for awhile and then we went to bed.  The Pinto family stayed with another family friend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I slept well the first night on our journey. We were up early, showered and eating breakfast by 7am. We got our stuff packed back into vehicles and got on the road by 8am. Our plan was to drive to Lubbock, TX and stay there for the night.  After a few stops we made it to Lubbock around 7pm. We ate a few snacks then headed down to the pool to relax for awhile.  It was a long day of driving but we made good progress.

 

 

 

New Mexico!

Friends!

Finally Texas!

Lunch break

We’re Going on an Adventure!

5 days into our journey I finally realize I should have been blogging about our trip!  Well… better late then never!

August 14, 2018

Today is Tuesday and we have a busy day ahead of us.  We have piano lessons in the morning then spend the rest of the day packing and getting ready for our trip. Have you heard? We are going on an adventure!  Unfortunately, not all of the Wilson tribe could go but Mikayla, Alex and I get to help the Pinto family move from Lakewood, Colorado to San Antonio, Texas.  Alfredo plus two kids will be in the Penske moving truck and Amy Sue and I will have the other 3 kids in their Highlander.  We are all excited to start on our journey.

We arrived at their house at about 6:15 Tuesday evening and we all start helping to get the last bit of stuff out of their house and either into the garage for sorting later (Alfredo will be back in Denver for a bit longer) or into the moving truck. Then we were able to get the house cleaned. Their tenants were moving in the next day!

We finally got on the road around 8:45. We only had to drive for an hour and a half because we were staying the night with their friends in Colorado Springs.

As I look ahead at the coming week I’m both excited and nervous about this journey!

March Birthdays!

It’s hard to believe it is March 30th already!  It’s funny how time flies faster the older I get.

So, we have 3 birthdays in March ranging in age from 4 to… oh 50?  Let’s see if you can guess who turns how old!

First, we have this sweet girl.  Katherine is growing into quite the outgoing little girl.  As our youngest she certainly keeps us on our toes and is very much loved by all her family.  How did she turn on March 6th?  A whooping 4 years!

After swimming, playing on the playground on a windy day!

Mid March – Swimming at the Ridge. Katherine loves the water!

Katherine at build-a-bear workshop to pick out her birthday present.

Katherine with big sister Natasha at their birthday party.

Katherine and mommy at her birthday dinner with mom and dad. She picked Red Robin!

Katherine and daddy at her birthday dinner.

This is a fairly common occurrence in our house with either Katherine or Jonathan!

Um, were you using a mouse on the computer at 4 years old? I know I wasn’t!

Katherine with her absolutely wonderful speech therapist Miss Sandra.

Katherine’s first car ride in a booster instead of a 5 point harness.  

We all celebrated Katherine moving up from that 5 point harness… wow what a pain in the rear!  She was very excited for Build-A-Bear, her first birthday dinner with just mom and dad, her birthday party and her new booster seat!

Moving on to Natasha!  WOW.. 15!!!  It’s so hard to believe that our first born is 15.  What a blessing she is to us.  She is so helpful and encouraging.  She loves to help with dinner or Katherine or play games with her siblings.  She has 1 piano student and hopes to gain more this summer.  She’s doing very well in school and is looking into pastry school after high school graduation.

Natasha making apples and pork chops for dinner.

Natasha and Daddy at her birthday dinner. She too picked Red Robin.

Natasha at her birthday party.

And last but certainly not least is my favorite brother-in-law Andy.  He turned 40 something or maybe 50 something in March and I’m grateful that he moved to Denver several years ago so that I can get to know him better.  I know he won’t mind me posting this picture… 🙂

Andy graciously holding Alex’s 2 build-a-bears! All that’s missing is that great smile!

Happy Birthday Katherine, Natasha and Andy!

 

Worship

While looking for good historical fiction my kids can read I came across an article about worship written by Douglas Bond. It caught my attention because we will be starting the process of finding a new church home after Easter Sunday and worship is very important to us. I prefer to sing hymns but can worship with other songs. However, we do not want to land at a church that just sings KLove songs. While some music KLove plays is safe (stay away from anything sung by Hillsong and Jesus Culture to name a few) I don’t believe their place is in a church worship service… for the most part.

Anyway, take a look at this article. It’s long but I agree with the authors take on worship. It’s worth taking the 5 minutes to read to the end.

He is risen!

Gaylene

Finding Joy When We Are Others Focused

I listened to a podcast today by Leslie Ludy.  I really like Leslie’s podcasts because they aren’t too long (most last between 15 – 20 minutes) and Leslie truly seeks to encourage women to live a set apart life as it says in the bible.  Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; the LORD hears when I call to Him.

This week her podcast focused on finding joy when you are focused on others.  It’s easy to focus on ourselves or our circumstances and be discouraged and even hopeless.  But Leslie gives a few examples of women in history who chose to serve others despite their sometimes tragic circumstances.  That’s the kind of legacy I want to leave!

Take a listen!  Leslie Ludy Set Apart Podcast

Gaylene