Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Search Resumes

I have been quite absent from the blogging world so I though I would post a quick update. A lot has happened. Norse was promoted (Woo Hoo) to "jobsite foreman" and we are thankful for the raise that went along with it. That is helping us resume our search for our own home! So if you think of it pray for us. This is a huge life moment and our goal is to have something under contract by the first of the year. We need wisdom and for God to send us the perfect house, and for Him to prevent the many other people in our price bracket from finding it first. We'll keep you posted. I should take the camera with us so I can post some of the excitement we have already seen, like one house that overlooked what we affectionately coined "the meth trailer dump site".

The Bible Institute has started and that is going well. The picture is a student, Grace, and I hiking Mt. Aeneas. The students are great.

Hunting season is almost over and we have meat in the freezer. We are headed to Darby, with Gran and Pa, for a last weekend elk hunt and Thanksgiving feast! We had fun with Bjorn and Mom Swanson on opening weekend.

hmmm... that is us in a nutshell and I'll keep you posted on the house hunt. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows James 1:17

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Toilet Water

It has been a couple weeks since my last post, but finally something picture worthy has taken place. The picture you see is our kitty drinking from the toilet. This is a common thing for dogs, but to my knowledge ours is the first cat to perform such a dangerous feat - she hovers dangerously close to a cats worst nightmare, pools of water. Please be aware she isn't forced to do this, we provide her with delicious clean water in a glass bowl only feet from the bathroom. So, Is there a lesson for us here?

I just thought that maybe we shouldn't settle for toilet water either, but even though it takes a little more work we can drink from the living water. How often do we try to fix things, or "feel" better by filling our minds with entertainment, food, or stuff when what we really need is encouragement from the true source of life. The Bible, Jesus. Those are my random thoughts of the day. So use the toilet water when you WANT it, but go to the "living" water when you NEED it! Have a great weekend.

Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.

Sir, the woman said, ?you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water. Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?

Jesus answered, ?Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4.10-14

Friday, September 01, 2006

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Two exciting things!

Norse and I just returned from our little jaunt to Wyoming to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary and right before that we moved our handcrafted log bed into our room! Pictures will come soon, but for now you just get the synopsis.

The bed is incredible and it renewed our commitment to someday having a bedroom that you can open all the doors and drawers in the room at the same time and not have used every square inch of available space up. We are so excited to have to move that bed into a new house someday.

Our trip was also a great time to reconnect. My marital advice to any couple ~ spend some concentrated alone time together so you can remember all the reasons you love them and to learn new ways to have fun together. Friday we landed in Red Lodge, MT at this little b&b the Weatherson House. Circa 1910 the house was great, and even boasted a clawfoot tub to soak in. We took in the local mainstreet (all 3 blocks) and dinner at the Red Lodge Pizza Co. It was fantastic. The next morning I even scammed a couple extra rasberry scones from our Hostess and we headed to Wyoming.

We landed in Cody around 11:00 and had fun looking at the shops. Our lone souvenir purchase was one of those "old time photo's" of the two of us. Did you know that you have to look serious in those pictures? Norse did great with his sharp jaw line and piercing blue eyes, however my cheesy grin was unmaskable and my serious faces were awful! So we settled on one of us "smirking" and I have been trying to work on the stone cold serious face ever since. Next time I will be ready. We then layed around the hotel for a little while, caught the gunfight downtown, and headed to the Proud Cut Saloon for the best steak in town! It was so good and the highlight of our dining experiences in Cody. So if you are ever in Cody, without the kids - I was carded just so I could be there - eat there. It is worth the $$.

Sunday we visisted the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that boasts 5 wings of Art, Guns, Western memorabilia, Indian Artifacts, Wildlife, and info. We spent the most time in the gun wing and Norse even found the 1873 that Grandpa Art left him. It was fun.

We headed home Monday via the Beartooth Highway and enjoyed just hanging out together. We are so mindful of God's incredible blessing on our marriage and are stoked to see what He has for us in the future! Pictures probably on Thursday!

Have fun this week!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Growing up...

The rodeo was a great time and although I didn't find any cowboys for Rachel to ride off into the sunset with, I am so thankful for such a precious friend to hang out with. Not too many exciting stories. Just a few questions to ponder...

What is a guy really trying to make up for when he wears a tank top to show off his bulging biceps?
How does a pig win "Grand Champion" ?
When riding the zipper, what is the maximum number of spins your cage can make?
Can a person live on cotton candy alone?

On a more serious note... How do you convince a teenager to not get too caught up in High School relationships? I know this will sound parental, and Chels may get mad when she reads this (I love ya - little sis), but she has a 16 year old boyfriend who has already spent a few days in "juvi". I know people change, and yes as I have gotten older my moral standards have become much higher, but she is just 14 and I don't want to see her make stupid mistakes. I am open to comments. Do you just have to resign yourself to the realization that teenagers just have to learn from there own mistakes? Hmmm.. what did I learn from mine?

Anyway, Norse and I are headed on a trip later in the week, so be prepared for exciting pictures of our anniversary getaway! 6 years! Crazy huh.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The final days..

All last week was preparation to head to Conrad for Greta's wedding. I am so glad that is over! I was more stressed at her wedding than I was at my own! However, the ceremony was beautiful and I got to hang out with my favorite nephew Kyron. He even learned my name - all three syllables. I will post some pictures when I get some.

Camp is in its last full week - Can you hear the workers rejoicing in the background? It has been a good summer, but after 10 weeks we are all ready for some quiet time. So, this weekend I am looking forward to taking my best buddy Rachel to her very first Rodeo! Not really quiet time, but a good time is guaranteed!

I can think back a few years and laugh that I never would have revealed my excitement for such an event. I wouldn't want to be considered a hick. Now, I'm a little older and realize that it is quite freeing to be able to just be who I am and not have to find my identity by what I wear, listen to, or do for my job. I can embrace the Jesica who isn't afraid to enjoy a good Nascar race, see the rodeo, or listen to a little country music on the radio. That doesn't negate that I like to be a little funky, a little punk, a little "granola" all at the same time. More than that, I am Jesica , not a carbon copy girl, or someone who has to fit into someone else's mold, just the girl God created me to be - however strange that may be! I think I am starting to like myself. So my words of wisdom, be who you are - not who you think you should be!

Adios Amigos!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Where are you?

It's been a whole week since I last blogged. I like to think it is because our life is so amazing that I didn't have time, but it is just busy. Norse and I have been itching to do something fun like hiking or backpacking, so we took the opportunity to head to the bitterroot and take in the great outdoors.

Friday night we headed to my grandparents to spend the weekend with plans to hike Trapper Peak on Saturday. I am not sure why we chose to hike our first 10,000 Ft peak (which is considered a "strenuous" climb by a couple different books) for our very first hike of the summer, but we may only get one hike so we figured we had better make it a good one!

Saturday morning rolls around we head to the trail and head for the peak! It was a good climb most of the way and when we reached the final few feet to the summit, the dog decided she did not like to climb over the giant boulders that made the mountain top, so I opted to give Norse the pleasure of completing the entire hike and he went on ahead to snap some pictures.

I waited patiently and finally decided that for some reason Norse must have began down without us! A little frantic, I started my way down the rocks, but the dog wouldn't come. So after a spanking and some yelling, bribery and pulling on her collar we finally made it to the bottom of the rocks. The first group of people confirmed that yes, Norse had begun down the trail and according to their report, he was looking for me and was "way down the trail" . So here are Nadia and I trucking down the mountain and we have no water, and I being my usual graceful self slip on some shale and scrape my knee. The dog and I are parched and bleeding, quite the sight. I am already thinking about exactly what I am going to say to Norse when I see him, and boy is he gonna be sorry.

Meanwhile, Norse has asked the only other two groups he has seen on the trail if they have seen a girl with a black dog. They both respond "Yes she is down the trail a ways." (Just a note: This was some other random lady with a black and white dog.) So he continues to speed down the trail trying to catch up with me. Wondering where I am and why I chose to go on ahead without him.

So finally , we meet 10 minutes from the trailhead. I am almost all the way down and Norse has started his way back up the mountain to look for me. He looked frantic and I am sure I looked afraid. It sounds so cheesy, but in those moments I know we both felt like we had found what we both knew we could never live without...each other. So I didn't yell at him and after we both shared our version of the story we decided that was a really strange sort of circumstances and we didn't want that to happen again.

That was our weekend excitement. We had a really nice rest of the weekend with the grandparents and the talk of hunting season is already in the air! Greta is getting married this weekend and life marches on. I hope you have a great week and maybe something fantastic is awaiting tomorrow!

Monday, July 31, 2006

A New Week...

So for the last two weeks I have felt a little bit like I am trying to stay positve, but inside I am cranky and tired and wishing I could runaway from life. Then Sunday came and we ran into a couple friends. It was seeing them deal with God breaking them that made me realize I needed that too. I needed to stop relying on my abilities, my positive thinking, and my will to get me through, what I really need is the love, strength and joy of Christ flowing through me. So today is a new day, a Monday (not my favorite day), but a new opportunity to start fresh. So here I am willing to try to let God live through me. "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.. Let it shine, Let it shine, all the time..."

So with this new attitude of mine I am glad to present you with photos of my new fantastic fridge
and my misbehaved dog.

Also beautiful things in my life..
My gorgeous sister

and the flowers outside my house!

Aren't they great? Life's little pleasures.

Help me not to miss them.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind
can see.

-- Mark Twain

Just a note to say don't forget to spread a little kindness. A trip to Walmart and week with its ups and downs makes me thankful for the kindness that is shown to me daily.

On a happier note, our black mutt, Nadia returned home from her trip to the vet, and is now puppy free for life. I am thinking that she has caught on that the vet is not her favorite place to go. The fact that she peed all over the floor of the clinic when she saw I was there to pick her up makes me think that she was glad to leave. She is now at home enjoying the luxuries of the Swanson house including ice cubes from our new fridge.

I have realized now that I have officially turned the corner to true "adulthood". When you prefer household appliances instead of gifts for just you on your birthday, you are old. I think I am starting to cope with the fact that I am now closer to 30 than to 20. I hope I start getting wiser soon. (I promise I will post a picture soon of our new "addition" - the fridge) Norse keeps telling me that since 40 is the new 30 then technically I am only 16.

The Camp bell has been rung, and I need to get back to work before my swim date with a handsome fellow named Norse. I am hoping something exciting will happen this weekend so I can wow you on Monday with the best blog entry ever! Here's hoping you have a great weekend too!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Catching up...

Summer. It used to be my favorite season, now I think it is just the busiest. It started with Mexico - which was phenomenal-, family visits, family reunion, and now completely immersed in Camp! I am tired, but happy.

I included a few Mexico pictures. I have a lot of Norse working, but I couldn't find many with me working (no laughing). Do you ever have those moments when God speaks to you, and you obey? Those moments when I actually hear Gods voice AND obey are rare, but amazing. This was one of those times. It was refreshing and again renewed in me the faith that I sometimes doubt. I went into the trip thinking that Norse and I were going to be used "as a couple" to glorify the Lord and I think God used us, stretched us, and changed us more as individuals.

We got home and here came the family, first mine. I know I am biased, but I love my family. We laugh, we're loud, and we love with our whole hearts. You'll never get a wimpy hug from a Jury. I miss them. Then it was to the Swansons! And I am so thankful for great in-laws. I have learned that they love different from my family, but wonderfully. We had a good time together and I am starting to feel like a real part of the family. (Not that they ever treated me differently, but I am insecure) I miss them too, but I can't wait to see them at Greta's wedding!

Now it's back to work for Norse and back to Camp for me. Norse is amazing, in case some of you didn't know this already, he truly is and I don't know what I would do without his constant help and encouragement. He works so hard and is almost finished with our log bed! I am busy at camp and sadly it's the dog that suffers, but we are doing great.

There it is the addendum to my initial posting, hopefully you are somewhat up to date now. I'll try to keep updated and at least post pictures, since they say a thousand words anyway.


Just the beginning...

So I did it, I skipped myspace because I am too old. I don't text because we're cheap, and talking on the phone, well everyone can do that! So here is my attempt at a blog. I don't promise anything exciting, funny, or life changing, but if you are wondering about what we've been up to, this could be a place to check. Here's hoping I can keep up, and that occasionally I may come up with something funny, exciting, or life changing. I have to go figure out how to work this thing now!