Saturday, July 31, 2010

"It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up." ~J.K. Rowling

I can't hardly believe that tomorrow is August 1st!  This year is flying by.  I remember as a kid everything took FOR-EV-ER.  Mom told me once that as you get old time moves much quicker & that I'd be wishin' it'd slow down.  At the time, I thought she must be nuts because I'd been waiting like 200 years already to just turn 13 (LOL!) but she was right.  Once I hit 21 time has moved on at more of a run than a steady march.  Maybe having a child affects the whole time thing because Liv seems to be aging at least 2-3 years for every birthday she has.  I feel like I'm grasping at her trying to hang on to "my baby" & before my very eyes she is turning into a young woman.

6th grade.  Half way there.  That's my Liv.  In about 10 days, Liv will head to school & officially have hit the halfway point of her elem/high school education.  I can remember walking her to her classroom that 1st day like it happened yesterday & then it all starts to know, like when cars rush past you at 100 mph...I'm so proud of her I could burst.  She's such a beautiful young girl - both on the outside & on the inside. Watching her grow is a lot of fun, but it's sometimes sad too.

I've finally finished getting all my shots, tests, & misc. other requirements taken care of so I can start school on the 23rd. I'm officially certified in adult, child, & infant CPR as well as the techniques for helping choking victims of all ages & the use of an AED.  Sitting in that BLS class only reaffirmed I am on the right path.  I found myself truly excited about the knowledge that was presented & desperately ready to know more about how to help people & save lives.  I'm really excited to see where this journey leads me. When I started college a few years ago, I thought I had it all figured out what I wanted to do.  Today, I am moving down a path that I never really thought about.  Education has a way of helping you & directing you to what it is you really need & want to do with your life. I know over the next few years I'll find many areas of the medical profession that I didn't know about or hadn't considered & I will refine what it is I want to do as a RN.  I look so forward to that discovery. Education has really taught me to embrace the unknown & to look forward to learning & experiencing that which I didn't even expect.

Things have been so chaotic around here, I haven't had a chance to blog about it, but most of you already know anyway. Still, I wanted to say "thank you" for all the prayers that were sent our way for my FIL's recent surgery.  He came through the surgery like a real trooper & is doing pretty good.  He will likely have to have some form of chemo treatment, but we're waiting on the results of the pathology before we'll know anything for sure. He is really a remarkable man & a walking miracle.  We're so grateful that things have worked out as they have & for the opportunity to have more time with him.

While we're on the subject of "answered prayers"...remember a few months ago when we found out that we were going to have to move (again) and everyone pitched in & prayed & prayed & prayed for us to find the right place?  Well, as you all know we found a nice place by great neighbors :).  But in the few months we've been here, I've really came to understand why God put us here & why everything worked out as it has.  At the time, Toby & I tried to cling to the knowledge that God had a plan for us & that we were being directed toward the path He intended.  But that sure is hard to do when you are being pushed blindly down a tunnel where you can't see any light. Still, there are no words to describe how truly grateful we are to have Chad & Sheena & their boys next door.  Knowing that our Liv has a 2nd set of parents watching out for her has brought Toby & I a kind of peace we could NEVER have experienced had we stayed in our old location.  All of our lives are being so greatly enriched by them & their 3 boys that it is glaringly obvious to me now what God had in store for us.  Had the bad news of "you have to move" never been delivered to us we would have never even looked for another place let alone considered moving if we heard of one.

It sure makes me glad that I don't always have control of everything :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day..." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning!  It's been a little while since I posted.  A lot is going on in the King household right now, much of which I'm going to refrain from posting on blogger right now. Suffice to say, the past couple weeks have been rather challenging, but as with every dark tunnel, there is always a light at the end if you just hang on long enough to find it. 

Tomorrow Toby's dad will have surgery. I don't want to get into the details on here, but any & all prayers, positive thoughts, good energy, etc would be appreciated.  I hope to be able to post later this weekend & report that his surgery was a success & all is well.  At this point, we're all trying to stay optimistic.

I can't hardly believe that Liv goes back to school in just a few weeks!  And I begin my nursing classes on Aug. 23rd!  EEK!  In the mist of everything else going on, I've been finishing getting my shots, tests, etc.  I go next week for my physical & the following week I get my CPR certification & then I am ready to go!  Yeah, that's a lot of "!!!!!!", but that's how I feel when I think about the whole experience.  I think I've ran the whole gamut of emotions & then ran them again.  I'll feel much better when the 1st week is under my belt & I know more of what to expect. I know this quite possibly may be the challenge of my life, but I'm as ready as I can be. 

It is going to a huge change for our family. I've been home now for over 3 years & before that I worked here locally for a little over a year & had been home for 3 or 4 years before that.  Being gone every day, 5 days a week PLUS the homework time when I am home is going to be all new for all of us.  Liv asked me the other day if we could go to the zoo when it cools down this fall.  I said, "We can, but it'll have to be on the weekend since I'll be at school."  She sat there for a minute & then said, "Oh, yeah.  I gotta get use to you being gone during the week, Mom.  Sorry."  With my online classes I could always move my work around & suit everyone's schedules.  It's definitely going to be a HUGE change for us all.  I think this change is what I am most nervous about.  I'm an easily guilt-ridden mom so this will be a BIG challenge for me. 

On a completely different note, I recently made some homemade laundry soap.  I LOVE it!  I'll be posting the recipe to it & few other of my homemade cleaners on Mom's Kitchen later on.  I know it's not food, but it's definitely something that I think Miss Liv will use later on so I'm going to blog it for her & maybe you will find them useful too :) 

I just realized how random this post has been...oh well, that's how my thought process is going right now.  It's like a million & one things bouncing around in my skull. Some days (or weeks or months) are like that :) 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

I realized today that we have just over 5 weeks until Liv heads back to school as a big 6th grader...gee whiz, where has the summer went?  For starters, it's absolutely ridiculous that the kids are heading back to school on Aug. 10th after having had to go clear past Memorial Day this past spring. BUT aside from all of that, the summer just seems to be flying by.  Here we are already upon the 4th of July weekend.  

4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the BBQs, the fresh veggies coming on in the gardens, but most of all I LOVE the fireworks.  Every year we head north to a nearby town to listen to music & watch the fireworks display.  It's something we started doing with Liv when she was just a toddler & it's still one of my favorite family things we do together.

Speaking of veggies, we had our first batch of homegrown corn on the cob this past week.  It was DELICIOUS!!!  Oh my, I had forgotten how much I truly LOVE corn-on-the cob. I had read somewhere that you could cook it in the husks in the microwave so I tried that & it is really good made that way.  No heating up the kitchen with a big boiling pot of water & the corn is done in minutes & shucks easily after cooking. I will definitely be cooking our fresh corn like this from now on.  I'll try & remember to put some how-to instructions over at Mom's Kitchen.  Trust me, you cook it one time like this & you'll never go back to the pot on the stove method :) 

July also marks the time when fresh tomatoes become available.  This has to be my all time FAVORITE, fruit?...oh whatever, you know what I mean :)

For the past couple of years I haven't been able to get enough at once to can, but I'm hoping this year to get some canned.  There's nothing like canned tomatoes to make a winter chili or soup perfect. I'm also going to try making my salsa recipe with home-canned tomatoes this fall & see how it tastes. 

Are any of you canning mama's too?  I'd love to hear what you stick in a can & how your family uses it later on.  If the corn continues to be good this year, I think I'll freeze some of that too.  I like to get onions & green peppers & chop them up for the freezer when I can as well.