"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

Click on pics to see us up close & personal! :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bountifully Blessed....(again!)

After all the rainy, wet & cold weather lately, I am super thankful for the blessing of the Colorado BLUE SKY!  There is nothing like it on earth, I am sure!

What are you thankful for today?

P.S.  Another blessing from my Father:  My two little ones are playing together-kindly-for the last 10 minutes!  Baby steps, baby steps.....

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bountifully Blessed....

Thank-You Father,

For the blessing of having sold our house.

P.S.  To all my blog readers-I have been thinking lately about how blessed I really am.  & I want to give that glory to God-the giver of all good things.  So, several times a week, I am going to thank Him here.  If you feel so led, could you leave a comment telling me of a blessing from God in YOUR life?  I would love to have a hundred comments every time-we know our God is THAT good.

"No good thing will He withhold
from them that walk uprightly"
Psalm 84:11

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Looking Frantically for House!!! :)

The house we really wanted went to someone else, so on to something else!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just to Keep You All in the Loop!

We have a verbal offer out on a house that we're pretty excited about.  We gave them the offer yesterday around noon, & we are waiting to hear back from the sellers....

Monday, May 23, 2011

Under Contract!!

If all goes as we hope it does.....& if God wants it to happen, this house will officially belong to someone new 5 weeks from now.

I would imagine that shortly before leaving it....I'll wax eloquent on how much "life" happened here.

But, for now, woot woo-we're excited to be moving on!

Well.....I sure have some brave kiddos.....(& one who's more like her mama!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yes, in fact, our house is on the market......

We have had on average, about 1 showing per week. Our house has been on the market since the end of February.

A few days ago, we started to realize that if it doesn't sell soon, we may be stuck in it for another 5 years or so. :(

With that in mind, we lowered our asking price by 17K on Tuesday. Since then, we've had 6 showings, & we have 1 more scheduled tomorrow. We also have one offer on the table.

If you feel so inclined, we would covet your prayers-for God's perfect will & timing.

Thanks so much!

Chore Time!

This summer, I am trying something new. Chore packs. Each child has a job(s) to do before & after each meal. Their jobs are listed on 3 x 5 cards like what you see above. Ruth & Nat have pictures of each chore. They are all laminated. We are still filling up marble jars, too. Each chore gets one marble.

Chores are so important for kids to be involved in. For one thing, I think it helps them take ownership in the family. Can you think of other reasons?

(sorry this post is all wonky w/ spa cing. Trying to post from my phone again!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

one more time!

Woot Woo! Got the pics to upload from my phone, too! Now I can really blog anytime/anywhere!

This was taken on Mother's Day.

Trying something new.....

Just a quick attempt to post from my phone. Hoping it works!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


SAME Result:  A heart overflowing in love (mine!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Good Friends......What a blessing!

I am blessed to count these women among my friends.  This was taken Sunday after church.  I hAave heard it said that every woman needs many friends-friends for different areas of her life.....& this picture portrays a slice of that truth in my life.  My sister, a friend from at least 25 years ago, & a newer friend.....who has helped me through many a parenting woe......

Have you found this to be true?

L to R: Me, My sister Shannon, My friend Valerie & my friend Amy

Mother's Day.....

While my life is far from perfect......my Mother's Day was just about! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Singing I Go, Along Life's Road......

I love to sing.  I don't think I've ever talked about it here on my blog, but I come from a family of musicians-one of my great grandparents graduated from Juilliard.  I have a cousin getting her doctorate in violin performance.  Two of my siblings are outstanding on the piano......& the rest of us, while we do not excel to that extent, all love music.

My sister (the pianist) & my friend I occasionally sing a special at church.  Next Sunday, we are singing a favorite of ours:

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I'm Here....I Promise!

Blogger gave me fits for DAYS when I tried to post......but, I think I have it figured out!  YEAH!!

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