Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

In fitness:

Aaron and I brought over my family’s old tredmill from my parent’s house on Friday. I used it for the first time today. Ah, I feel like I am improving already.

In coupons:

On Friday we also went shopping. We were in dire need of groceries. Before that our last shopping trip was in August! Whew, I know! I am so thankful for the coupons my mom lets me clip from her mail. She sees them as a waste of time but she gladly hands them over to me whenever they come. Along with our Kroger card, we saved $49.25 on our groceries. We would have saved around $50 if we remembered our bottle returns!

In auctions:

I went to my first farm auction with Aaron, Brian and Logan on Saturday. Aaron’s buddy Dale Jones and his wife Amanda joined us. Aaron bought a sprayer that he is going to give to his Dad so he can spray the apple trees next year. I found something that I liked. It was an old laundry wringer. It went for $45. Yeah, if it was at a yard sale for $10, I might have been more interested in purchasing it.

In weddings:

All of the Cooks had the pleasure of being invited to Chad and Jenny’s wedding. Chad is one of Aaron’s friends.

 After the auction we snagged some McDonalds for lunch. (Yeah. But hey, it wasn’t like I pigged out on that much of it.) I got a grilled chicken sandwich, a small order of fries, and water.  We drove to the Marshall’s house (Amanda’s sister, Michelle and brother-in-law, Eric’s [who is also standing in the wedding] place) so the boys could change. The wedding began at two. The Cooks sat in front of the Jones’ and the Marshall’s, who sat in the back row because they have little ones. Dale and Amanda have a 2-year-old daughter, Samantha. And Eric and Michelle have a baby, Emily. This was my first time seeing Emily. She is beautiful!

The ceremony was very nice, simple and the sermon done by the pastor was very good! Aaron and I stayed for the reception with the Jones’ and Marshall’s. We visited, ate and visited more. There were litle bells on the table that you could ring so that Chad and Jen would kiss each other. Samantha thought they were pretty neat. Afterwhile of watching her play with them I got the idea to loop them on the ribbon she had for a belt. She danced with bells around her waist and had a ball.  We left at 9:30-ish.   

In family reunions:

Sunday was the Gilbert family reunion, during Sunday school Aaron and I left and drove three hours to my father-in-law’s home town of Adrian, MI. After we arrived with ate, and visited. I finally am able to put names with faces!

In closing:

Aaron and I have grown to much closer this past year. Almost every day we mention something about that. I am so blessed to have him. There are some feelings that just don’t have words.


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Yesterday I went up to Clare to a flea market with the Lang’s and the Taylor’s. There was so much to see. There were rows and rows of vendors. At one of the tents there was this butter churn that I would have bought if I had more spending money. But I settled for a dollar package of nail brushes and a dollar package of pot scrubbers. Jimmy bought an old sturdy ice cream churn. The girls chipped in and bought a little gumball machine.

When we go next year, I will know to bring more money in case I spy a steal. After that we went to the hardware store, bulk food store and ding and dent store. I bought castor oil, soap, and the Healthy Choices Cookbook, of which I am so happy I bought, because it has recipes for REAL food, not 705 recipes for grain burgers and granola. If healthy food has left a bad taste in your mouth, then I suggest thumbing through this cookbook and seeing if you find anything that you’d eat.   At the bulk food store I bought iodonized salt, wheat bran and wheat germ. At the ding and dent store I stayed in the car with Carmen, Bekah, Abigail and Hosanna. Hosanna ate and fell asleep, while the other girls listened to Odyssey.

Aaron and I went shopping last night I told him that come this winter I would like to start sewing dresses. But first things first, I need to make myself some bloomers, patch his jeans and work on his ripped coveralls.

I am starting to look at canning less enthusiastically. I have been doing it for weeks, and now that I have both kinds of canners in my possession I will be doing it at home. Having a small kitchen has been kind of hard for me. Space gets taken up so quickly. I am trying to keep in mind of how my work will pay off in the winter when the ground is covered with snow and I will again be itching to do some gardening.

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Thank you for being a friend, travel down the road and back again.

Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant. Thank you for being a friend. 

You aren’t critical of me, you are concerned.

You’re aren’t hindered by the distance, you accept it and make a point to not loose touch.

You are content to sit under a pine tree and tell knock-knock jokes.

I love you.

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Only Child.

Reflections On Being a Spiritual “Only Child”

While I was sitting in church today, Bethany, the pastor’s oldest daughter was sitting besides me. During his greeting and opening I thought of how it must be to have a father figure such as a pastor. Then I began to think about how I  had many spiritual parents and families at Fraser Road. I didn’t really have a designated family like some would. I would go family to family and spend time with all of them. The Hine’s, to the Roy’s, to the Pawlicki’s, to the Wedding’s, the Benner’s, the Christian’s, The Youth Group and so on. I found my way into the structure whether it was looking after and keeping children in check, being an “only child”, or mixing in with the others my age.

Many, many of my Sundays were spent going to the park, playing board games, playing tennis, chasing kids, playing tag, swinging, talking, having Bible study.

Even though I had a lot of these spiritual step-families I had a lot of my own “looking after” myself to do. What I wore, watched, participated in. How much I read in my Bible, my prayer life. Sometimes I was completely on my own. Having this status was a blessing and a curse.

You were free and you were your ‘own’ but you were free and you were your ‘own’.

Reflecting on this, I will pass on to my children how I appreciated the love and welcoming arms of these families, and how we should treat newcomers, new believers, and spiritual “orphans”(for lack of better words).  We should always be willing to listen, teach, correct, guide, restore, and love whenever, however to whomever we can.

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My borage is opening! It is so pretty! I tasted a blossom and it has a very light cucumber taste. There is a little pea pod that just grew overnight or something! It came so quickly. One of my broccoli plants is starting to show a broccoli head. Two days ago I made two trellises one for my beans and one for my cucumbers.


Today Carmen (Aaron’s cousin and our pastor’s wife) took me out to a local coffee shop in Midland. Her youngest daughter Hosanna came. We both had iced mochas. I spied a health store and I eagerly asked if we could check it out. Carmen said she also has been wanting to go see it. So we ventured across the street. I loved it there! I wanted to get so much! But I practiced self-control. 🙂 I purchased diatomaetous earth, because something has been after my basil and I pulled off two green wormies from my broccoli. Folic acid, Betsy told me that anyone of childbearing age should be taking folic acid, and an herb handbook.

I have been having a great week so far!

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I took a little walk to our garden today. My poor hail-beaten tomato and pepper plants are doing better. They are going to be a little stunted, but I think they’ll do okay. A few of the broccoli plants are perking up. I hope they all make it! It has been rainy and drizzly this past week. Ugh. I hope my pea seeds won’t get drowned! When it gets sunny again I am going to sow bush beans and pole beans. I was talking to Aaron about purchasing trellises for the beans to climb. Aaron told me not to bother with doing that, he said he could make me some. Could I be more blessed? It is great to have a husband that is so handy!

I have found another beautiful blog – aspiring-homemaker.blogspot.com. Mia’s photography is so pretty! I enjoyed reading posts on what they do and how they live. It was very relaxing to read.

Friends of mine, Amanda and Josh,  just moved from their one room house to a two bedroom house. Amanda is taking pictures of everything and posting them on Facebook. She asked if anyone had a dresser because their one-year-old Emilea needed a dresser badly. In our house we are three dressers one for each bedroom, and at my parents house I have a dresser that belongs to me, so Aaron and I are going to give one of our dressers to Amanda and Josh.

Ahh, it has been a lovely day so far!

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Look Mommy, I’m on another blog!


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