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!