Friday, February 27, 2009
Ram was nice enough to watch all 3 Lambs when none were taking a nap. I got to drive our new car for the first time. We have had it for a week and it already has over 450 miles on it. I've never driven a car with only 450 miles on it. Ram had never driven a car with only 6 miles on it before last week. On the way there it was just enough time to figure out some of the features on the car that are different than our minivan like the cruise control. I'm still not used to driving so low after driving the minivan. I like it and I'll have to be sure to use the cruise control or I'll have a heavy foot and get myself in trouble.
When I got home Ram had cooked a steak dinner while I was gone. We obviously aren't fasting meat during Lent! We had received the t-bones as a Christmas gift from church members and decided to use them tonight. We had potatoes free from the grocery store. We also had broccoli and asparagus to use from the freezer. The two oldest Lambs ate really well. We ended up discussing treats during supper with the Lambs. They were surprised Ram said steak was a treat. They thought treats were sweets. So we talked about fruits and vegetables out of season are treats. Even meat is a treat because we don't have meat at every meal. It was a good discussion and gave them something to think about.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A little later Lamb 1 came up with this on his own..."Mama, do you know we are getting ashes tonight just like 'Ring Around the Rosy...Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down'."
After all that, Lamb 1 refused to get ashes when the time came. Lamb 2 wanted them and received them. I told Lamb 1 he could still get them tonight from Ram if he changed his mind, but not tomorrow. When he got into bed he said, "I didn't get ashes this year, but I'll get them next year."
You prayed and kept the fast;
Inspire repentance for our sin,
And free us from our past.
Be with us through this season, Lord,
And all our earthly days,
That when the final Easter dawns,
We join in heaven's praise.
TLH 418:1 and 4
We start a Lenten series on Jonah tonight. The pastors are going to rotate churches in our circuit, but write a new sermon each week so it goes in order for the members. I will go to our tri-parish churches some weeks and go with Ram other weeks. Tonight Ram is at our church next door.
I rejoice that there is communion tonight so we can with the angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven (including Aunt Alice and my Grandmas), laud and magnify His glorious name.
I decided to try IN Jane's recipe for sweet potato lentil soup. We had some homemade yogurt so we topped it with that. I didn't use sausage or fresh ginger or lime wedges. Lamb 1 refused to put yogurt on it, but the rest of us did. For dessert we (but not Lamb 1 or 3) had yogurt with flax and cinnamon and a little honey. After we ate that I realized we didn't have any yogurt left for topping the leftover soup today. I'm sure it will be delicious without yogurt too. Ram's mom gave me a Spice Boy to grind spices. It came in handy to grind some of the spices that I had but weren't ground. Today's too busy, but we'll have to go to the store to get milk to make more homemade yogurt soon. And yes, we were eating homemade yogurt with flax, cinnamon, and honey before I read it on this blog.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Happy #69! My sister is at home celebrating with them this year. We love you, dad!
I wrote this early and had it ready to publish and now I can't figure out how to publish it on the correct date. It should say Thursday, February 26.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
My Grandma was the second of four daughters. Alice was the youngest. The also had one brother that was never officially adopted, but part of their family.
I was trying to figure out how I could go to the funeral in IN. I was planning on driving the boys myself because Ram is busy with Ash Wednesday coming up. I was hoping the funeral would be Thursday or Friday so I could pack on Monday, drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then be there for the funeral. The funeral is on Wednesday and there is no way I could get everything together and drive that far by myself by then. My sister thought maybe I would just take Lamb 3 and fly, but there's no place for the other two Lambs while Ram has to be a pastor this week. And even flying is a big deal when you live 3 hours away from the airport.
I'm sad to not go to the funeral. I went to my Grandma's and her other two sister's funerals. Many of the family that will be there I haven't seen since my wedding 7 years ago, and some since before that. Times like this are when I am the most sad to live so far away from home. I do hope to go to the wedding of Alice's grandson this summer. Hopefully I will see a lot of the family there under more happy circumstances.
Alice and her husband Carl lived next door to my Grandma. They were younger and helped my Grandma out a lot while she was still in her own home. As a child when I would go visit my Grandma for a week or two, I would also spend several afternoons going over to Alice and Carl's to visit for the afternoon. They were like my grandparents too. Alice visited my Grandma so often that my grandma would say, "It's only Alice", when she knocked on the door.
One thing I really appreciated was Alice did her best to correspond with her relatives and especially wrote to me a little more often after my Grandma died. She sent letters or cards when each of my boys were baptized about how happy she was that they were now part of God's family. I sent Christmas cards out late this year so I just received a letter from her a few weeks ago in response to our Christmas letter.
We were able to see her last June when we were on vacation. Here's a photo of Aunt Alice with Lamb 3 from that day. I'm so happy that she held each of my 3 Lambs when they were babies!
As sad as I am, I rejoice that Aunt Alice is singing with the angels today.
Asleep in Jesus! Oh, how sweet To be for such a slumber meet,
With holy confidence to sing That death has lost his venomed sting!
Lamb 1 had 3 soft tacos. Lamb 2 had 2. They had lots of toppings (cheese, salsa, avocado, sour cream). When Lamb 1 was on his second helping he said, "I'll eat the rest of that avocado with my next helping. When he was eating his third helping he said, "I want cookies for dessert."
Today Lamb 3 ate a whole banana, plum, pear, 1/2 big sweet potato, and some avocado and crackers before he said he was full. He's still nursing full time too.
Is this a bad sign looking ahead to when they are teenagers? I can see less and less leftovers to put away after meals.
Ram's mom jokes about throwing the meat to her boys when they were teenagers. I think I will be joining that club very soon.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
But this week I've been noticing small things that are signs of the times and I don't just think, I KNOW it is going to get worse.
1. Ram needs his car replaced. It is cheaper to buy a NEW car than a used car. Well technically, it's about a $1000 more for a new vs. a car with 65,000 miles on it. This is a good time to be a car buyer, not a good time to be a car salesman. I thought the days of buying a new car for less than $20,000 were long gone. I was wrong.
2. I've heard that everyone is doing their shopping at the grocery store and they are doing well because people are eating out less. But recently our small local grocery store has had incredible deals. I don't know if this is because people are shopping at Walmart or if the grocery store isn't doing well. Today Bryers ice cream was $3. I realize the container is smaller than it used to be, and $3 isn't that good of a price when we lived in Fort Wayne. But for out here at the local store, Bryers is normally $5.75. I could go on about other prices, but what really shocked me was you could use manufacture coupons with their good deals and get double coupons and there was no limit to their good deals. And it wasn't just a few items on sale for these incredible deals, it was lots of items. So that tells me it wasn't just a few items to get you in the store. Again, a great time to stock up and be the buyer, not so good for the local grocery store.
3. There is also talk about how incredible mortgage rates are right now. We live in a parsonage so I don't know anything about that. But it's a great time to refinance or buy, not a great time to be the seller or bank.
That is one reason why neither Ram or I are part of Facebook. I could write a whole post about other reasons why we aren't part of Facebook. Ram is part of Wittenburg Trail, but he rarely uses it and I'm not part of WT.
Esther tagged me today to do 25 things about my children. I just started this blog in December so I had never been tagged before. I don't have a problem with a meme like that. Although I did think 25 was rather long. Maybe some day I'll do a post on my children, but this week I'm too busy to do it.
Susan has been discussing with Loopers her terrible computer problems recently. There are some nasty viruses going around computers recently and currently. She was given the advice to watch her websurfing and only go to sites that she KNOWS are safe until this calms down. (google blogs, Amazon, etc.) And if you haven't backed up your computer recently, that would be a good idea too.
We had computer problems a few years ago and we had to backup our photos and important things and then erase everything and start over. We learned our lesson and Ram is much better about backing up than he was before that. We have been busy so Ram hasn't done a backup for awhile. But with Susan's news, he backed everything up last night. So far it seems like we have been protected from this group of viruses. I hope that we continue to be protected. Not because we don't have things backed up. But because it takes so much TIME to fix your computer up when you have to mess with this. We know from experience when we had to crash our computer. With 3 little lambs and Lent starting next week, we don't have time to rebuild our computer now. I know some people crash their computer on purpose every so often to start with a fresh slate. I'm not one of those people!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
With the internet and radio we can keep up with the news but we haven't been beat over the head with news about the woman with Octuplets nor do we have to listen about all the foolishness that Obama and Congress are doing now nor do we have to listen to the media idolize Obama. I don't miss that at all.
A problem that I didn't expect is both Ram and I want the internet at the same time. He's busy or gone all day so the evening is the only time he can use the computer. I'm home and I may skim e-mail or blogs, but I don't have time to post on my blog or use the computer to update our digital photos or things like that when I "have" to watch the Lambs. I'm sure Ram and I will adapt and come up with some kind of solution to this.
Just imagine, we didn't even watch that much TV and rarely had it on in the daytime and these are our results!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
We only took a few photos tonight, not trying for the perfect one, and this one turned out pretty good for all 3 of them together. Maybe there is hope that we can have all 3 in a photo together!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I taught at Zion Lutheran Academy, Fort Wayne, IN from 1996-2003. I started teaching second grade and then taught first grade.
I read in their newsletter that 4 churches on the south end of Fort Wayne including Zion, Bethlehem, and the two churches that combine for Unity school are all combining to make one Lutheran school on the south end of Fort Wayne. Their hope is to open it by this fall. There is lots of planning happening now. I must stress that this has not been approved for sure by the churches. But it sounds like it is really going to happen.
The Zion members (past and present) knew this was happening for a long time. Financially they just can't afford to support a school staff with declining enrollment. Hopefully by combining they will be able to still offer Lutheran education on the south end of town and save lots of money by combining. Hopefully the classrooms will be full of children that want to have a Lutheran education instead of small classes. Financially they couldn't maintain the ancient school building any longer.
The problem is Fort Wayne as a city's problem. Most of the factory jobs are gone and not being replaced with new industries. It was a sad day with Lincoln Insurance moved so many of their staff that they eventually moved the Lincoln Museum too. The people that are left don't want to live on the south end of town because the media has made it sound unsafe. 40-50 years ago the south end of town was THE place to live. I'm not sure, but I think Bethlehem was the largest Lutheran school in Fort Wayne then too. My mom remembers trick or treating at some of the south side mansions because they got a whole candy bar there. Anyway, there just aren't as many people living on the south end of town as there were before.
Part of me is really sad that this day came even though I knew it was happening. Children are the life of the church and it's sad that they won't be worshiping in daily chapel at Zion any more. But part of me is excited that by combining they can still have a south side Lutheran school. It would be exciting to be part of the planning of a whole new school even if it is a lot of work.
I have great memories of my time at Zion and I will treasure those memories and continue to keep Zion church and her school (whether it is a combined school or her own) and her staff in my prayers daily.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Lamb 1 really wanted a grill. He has been asking about one since September. Every time we go to Once Upon a Child or Goodwill he looks for one. The one he saw in September was just a plain grill. Yesterday we found a talking grill at Goodwill for $4.99! Here's a photo of it.
I didn't know if it would work, but we put new batteries in it and it does. I looked on the Playskool site and they sell a different kind now, they no longer sell this one. Ours came with just the grill, no parts. I'm going to look into if the new grill they sell, if the replacement parts would work with this grill. If not, they already have play hamburger to make.
What is really funny is that we have a real gas grill but it is still in the box, not assembled!
We also found and bought adjustable roller skates for $1.99.
We've all eaten a lot of pretend deluxe cheeseburgers this morning. Lamb 2 baked pretend chocolate chip cookies to eat for dessert with them. Yum!
(I took these photos off of Ebay because they don't make these any more. I'll try to post photos of the Lambs with their grill soon.)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I remember when I was little my mom would make grilled cheese or garlic cheese bread along with split pea soup so that we had something we liked along with something we didn't like. (But we were expected to eat both.)
My family loves split pea soup. Because Lamb #1 couldn't have dairy, we searched and found this recipe. It is from What to Cook When you Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat by Arthur Schwartz. Ram LOVES this recipe book. I often catch him reading this recipe book, not just to find recipes, but he enjoys READING the information. (When I looked this book up on Amazon, a used copy is 24 cents, but you have to pay shipping.)
Split Pea Soup
2 cups green or yellow split peas
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
7 cups water
1 large bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
homemade croutons (optional)
You can chop the vegetables in the food processor. We don't do that, it's ok with us if it's a little chunky.
1. Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper and croutons in a large pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer about 50 minutes until peas are soft.
2. It says to puree the peas and vegetables in a food processor or blender in 2 or 3 batches. We don't do this, we don't mind it chunky.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Return to a simmer and cook briefly to make very hot for serving with or without croutons. The soup will keep for several days in the refrigerator, but you will need to add more water when it is reheated.
You can add a ham bone, ham hock, or bacon to this. We have made it both ways, with and without ham and it is good. I like the pea flavor. You could also use canned broth for some of the water or add a chicken bouillon cube. We usually make it without meat and with one can of broth with the water. We don't always make the croutons, but that is really good on it.
I like this recipe because you can make it the way you like it. It's a really cheap way to make it without meat or milk too. And it's a healthy way to make it if you leave out the salt. And it's a fast recipe, done in about an hour. We plan to continue to make this recipe for our family even though the Lambs can have more dairy now.
Friday, February 6, 2009
2. All 3 Lambs slept last night while we made a phone call to the best man in our wedding and talked over an hour. It has been rare for Lamb #3 to sleep for a long time before midnight. I don't think we've had any long phone conversations since he was born that he slept the entire phone call. It was great to talk to him too.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lora pointed out these awesome words from President Obama this morning. Thank you Lora for alerting us to this.
"There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being."
We need to keep President Obama in our prayers daily.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
When we first signed up for it we were hesitant because you had to sign a contract for 3 years and we are never sure if my husband will get a Call and if we will be here that long. When we started the basic channels were $9.95/month. We've been here for 3 years since then and the price has gone up two dollars too.
We feel we can spend $11.95/month much wiser than TV. The only show we both like to watch is CSI and it's been changing so that we no longer like it as much. We don't watch sports except Ram likes to watch NASCAR but it is rarely on the basic stations we got. We can get our news off of the internet and I'm sure there is lots else we can get off of the internet. The Lambs have a few movies (mostly Richard Scarry) that they enjoy but they have never watched Seseme Street or TV shows. The most frustrating thing is the news always talks about the Twin Cities and rarely mentions our part of the state. The weather people usually stand in front of our part of the state. We are able to get news from both Fargo and Twin Cities and neither show our weather.
We had paid through January but they forgot to disconnect us so we were able to watch the SuperBowl yesterday. We called this morning and it is really disconnected now.
You may be surprised that we aren't rushing out to get a NetFlix subscription and we have never had one. We also live 7 miles away from the library and a movie rental place. And we live 1 1/2 hours away from Blockbuster. I know that we could watch much of TV and movies on NetFlix.
We found that when we had TV available, we just vegged out in front of it every evening even though there was nothing on that we really wanted to watch. I think without it we will read a lot more. Plus, we have a lot of movies that we own that we have never watched or only watched once that we would enjoy watching again. We just never get around to putting our movies in the DVD player.
We were discussing this with a couple from church last Sunday. They agreed with us that it probably is good to save the money on TV. Then the conversation came out that they have cable TV from both the phone company and satellite because he wants Big Ten sports and she wants her shows. Plus they have two TVs so they both can watch what they want. So I think our conversation went right over their heads because we only had one TV with 11 channels to begin with.
Growing up, both Ram and I had a long time without a TV. Ram had one in the closet for when his mom thought it was something important enough to get it out. My family didn't own one from about the time I was 5 until the time I was 12. My family played a lot of board and card games together and read aloud. We joked that my younger sister was all the entertainment we needed.
I'm happy TV is finally gone at our house now too!