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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Menu Plan: May 2 - May 8

We have a couple repeats this week, and a day dedicated to breakfast (though that wasn't on purpose). Rich and I get to have a night to ourselves this week, thanks to a friend who is going to watch our children so we can have a good time out, which will be a nice break for us. It will also be nice because we have yet another packed week. Baseball season is well underway, so we have three games this week, on top of the normal two gymnastics classes and ballet class, plus Amira has an extra rehearsal for ballet because we are getting closer to performance time.

We have also been busy moving fencing and getting our garden ready. It is hard work. I am reminded of the quotation from Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." Much like our home projects, it all takes longer than we expect it. We have much to do, but we're trying to take it one project, one day at a time.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Oh, I love this recipe week! I esp. love the breakfast ideas!

I am so glad that you have a break... I am sincerely hoping you have lots of new friends to step up to the plate to give you more nights out... and I try to fight the envious feeling that it should be us!!! (I can't be envious; it's against my religion)..

We are starting to feel your pain this month as we try to move and close on our house. Pray for us. please. auggh...! How did you do it?

We still hope to see you in June.

P.S. the chickens are roosting in the garage... I HATE racoons....
We were the children's favorite parents in the world when we gave them chocolate on toast for breakfast before church on Sunday. :-)

As for how we moved? Remember, I called on you and everyone else we knew to come help pack, watch children, clean, load the trucks, dig up plants, everything. That's the only reason we got it done. There was just too much.

We miss you all a ton. We had a rather emotional morning prayer as our first reading was about the Israelites complaining about the manna and talking about all they missed back in Egypt. We talked about how it wasn't wrong for them to miss the good things, but it was wrong to despise the good God had done. So, we brought it home that it wasn't just the Israelites who did this. We were prone to forget the amazing good provided for us here because of how much we missed home, even though the cost for staying would have been so great. Obviously not as great as slavery and having our children sacrificed, but still the good would have been rendered useless because of the bad. It is hard to miss our old home (with its 800-1000 more square footage), friends, airport, neighborhood, town, harbor, availability of shopping, even the weather. We are so looking forward to seeing you in June. Our property is big enough to camp out, or you can use the RV, or you can make the children use the RV and you two can camp on a mattress in our big tent (that's what we did to get some privacy before we could move into the house). People are free to camp out in the living room or the open area of the basement, too, but we no longer have a separate room available.

That's one nice thing about our new place. Very few raccoons (I've only seen one by the water), much smaller raccoons and they don't leave the lake and streams, really. There just isn't enough shelter or water for them elsewhere. They are masked bandits. I know animals have no souls and can't actually be evil, but raccoons are pretty darn close. They don't even eat the whole creature. They kill out of pleasure. It always makes me a little happier to see one dead on the road, actually
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