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Monday, February 13, 2017


We downloaded the ponderize app a few weeks ago.  It is a free app to my frugal friends, but it reminds me 3 times a day to read my selected scripture of the week.

So what is ponderize might you ask? 

We have been taking turns at our house choosing a scripture of the week.  This has become our adult FHE for the week.  It has been good for me because my phone buzzes during the work day everytime I get an email.  Sometimes it is a reminder to ponderize.  Often I take the minute to read that family chosen scripture and it makes a difference in my day.

Our family has chosen to ponderize these scripture references over the last several weeks:

Ezekiel 37:15-17
Alma 37:35-37
Luke 2: 7-14
Luke 18:15-17
3Nephi 11:3-11
D&C 109:7-9
Moses 1: 1-42
Matthew 22:37-39
Moses 6:53-62
D&C 42:61

They come from lessons we felt the Spirit in or personal study, but it has been fun reading together and learning what each other find important in the scriptures.  We can see the lines each other have gained and enrich our own study.  I've enjoyed this in our lives.  More than that I enjoy when the kids come with a scripture when it isn't their turn, when they say I have one to share tomorrow, without being asked.  It took a long time to get people in the family want to study together. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Birthday Boy in Training

 I had the opportunity to go to BGSU to do some special education coordinator training.  It happened to be the day after Kyle's 45th b-day.  So I talked the old guy into going with me and getting a hotel room the night of his birthday.
 It was fun getting away for a night.  We went out to dinner and just relaxed without kids and animals.  It was nice to just hang out and talk for awhile.  Kyle dropped me at BGSU the next day for my training.  This one was not the best I've been to, but not the worst either.
 So I got picked up by Kyle and had a nice lunch and we went home.  What a great way to spend sometime, trapping him in a car with me for a couple of hours.
Before heading home we stopped in Bass Pro Shops and did a little shopping.  I told Kyle to pick out somethings for his birthday, but he waited for me to actually purchase them.  He ended up getting some things for the camper he is building for us.  I can't wait to see it finished. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cousinly Love

 We got to enjoy our niece and two nephews Saturday.  It was fun having them over after the YW fundraiser.  The energy of younger children in the house is stimulating.
 It is nice to see cousins getting to know each other and share talents with each other. Kayla did Kamryn's hair before church today.
 It turned out super cute.  She's turning into a beautiful young woman.  I remember keeping her when she was a baby, so her mom had a break.  She was very colicky and cried a lot. 
 Kadin is a freshman in high school now.  He is interesting in history.  Boy after my own heart!  He is very interested in wars.  He is really mature and easy to talk to.
 Kolton, also know as, Kole train, was lively.  He really loved our dogs and had them working out.
 They wanted to follow him where ever he went.  Kolton asked, when can we come again and stay more than one night in a row?  We might have to grab them this summer for a bit.
It was a fun weekend with the extended family hanging out.  There is nothing better than family time. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

What Can Happen in 22 Years?

My oldest turned 22 today.
Is it even possible that time can go that fast?

 We've changed a lot over the years.  We grown up learned so much and have lived a rather blessed life.
We cheered and watched and were involved.

We pushed, taught and watched.

We experienced, laughed and cried.

 We bloomed and grew stronger.

 We had arguments, ups and downs.  We tested boundried and picked ourselves up when we fell down.

 We did it over and over again.  What a happy day, when you wake up one day and know that you did the best you could, you loved, forgave, and moved on.  Moose you have been great for your mother.  I have become better because I know you.
I've loved the last 22 years.  I look forward to watching the next 22 and hope to see you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.  Happy birthday son!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 I'm Ready

So I've had some time to think about goals and what I want to accomplish in 2017.  The New Year always brings about the opportunity for positive change and reflection.
 At the beginning of the month we had unseasonably warm weather and took a family walk at Byer's Woods close to home.  We want to be mindful of our health.  I have also been trying to do yoga 2-4 times a week, but have gotten sick.  I hope to pick it back up when I can do it with out dripping out my nose while trying.
It's fun when the puppies can go too.

 Kota got a vest for Blair as one of his Christmas presents.  He wants to take her duck hunting when he is in Minnesota.  So he puts the vest on her on occasion, it has floats in it like a life jacket.
 She is cute in it anyhow.
 So the goals for the year are to learn new skills some things I have always wanted to, but haven't made time for.  I signed up for a knitting class with my mom.  We are going to go Tuesday to Joann Fabric for a class.  I'm excited.  I am also planning on picking up my genealogy again.  I haven't had much time to work on it the last few years.  I am going to blog hopefully once per week, but no less than twice a month.  I want to have a journal for myself and this is a fun way to do it.  I am going to take more pictures.  I need to start carrying my camera around with me more, but purchased a new SD card and am ready to go.
Spiritually, I have been called into the Young Women's organization.  So I have a lot to learn again.
I have been enjoying working with the girls, it is challenging, but Kayla is good for me to help me bridge some of the gap.
We read D&C 109: 7-9 (And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith;
 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord, that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord, that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High—) as a family at the beginning and decided this was going to be our family scripture for the year.  To build our house and to focus on our personal areas of weakness.  We have been using the ponderize app to read a weekly scripture and think about together.  We each made a list of things we will fast for in the next few months.
2017 is off to a good start.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of Year

A lot of things change in a year.  Jobs, priorities, etc.
My 2016 word of the year was prioritize.
I did not accomplish what I set out for, but I did prioritize what was important.
I applied for a new job on a whim.
I got that new job.  I've been a Preschool Director since August.  Interesting the changes between teaching and managing.
We are still planning on buying land in Minnesota, we even found a chunk, Kyle is going to call on next week.  Just happens that Kota might be living on it.
Life has a way of giving you things you aren't expecting.  I've learned over time that sometimes it is better than you could have expected.

 These two refuse to stay little.  So now I guess I have to let them grow up.  Kota is planning to move to MN to start a new job as a carpenter and look for a wife.  Funny 23 years ago his Dad moved from MN to Ohio to find a wife.  Life has come full circle I suppose.
This little one fell for a guy before he left on his mission.  So she is dutifully writing him weekly while he is out.  He has been out 6 months.  Fun how life works, the guy she met at a YSA activity camped with our scout troop at Scout Camp.  Kyle watched him grow up at summer camp.  If all stays on course how Kayla would like, they will marry after he gets home from his mission.

Kyle and I are working diligently to reduce our debt.  If all goes according to plan we should be debt free in about 5 years from now.  Or at least really close.  I paid off two school loans this year-I have the two big one's to go, but am happy to be reducing the debt.  That was a priority of mine.

I thought it would be fun to get family pictures taken one more time before the marriages happen.  Our little family, getting ready to embark on change.  Change that grown children bring in.  Change that is hard to be patient for, but really what else can you do, but wait and see what the good Lord has to offer.  Goodbye, 2016, you have been a good year for the Crawford's.  A lot of learning and blessing have come, we look forward to more growth in 2017.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Garden is a Blooming

 We did a ton of work on our house last year.  Bone weary tired work.
 Major restoration to front and back porch, new roof and poured a patio.
 So this year, for the first time since we moved in...
 ...18 years ago, we have been able to make the outside pretty.
 Relaxing even.  It is nice to go outside and sit on your patio and enjoy beautiful flowers.
 I decided to try some herbs this year.  My summer project is to learn how to use them.
We added some veggies to do a salad garden.

 I have a little bit of whimsy scattered through the area.

 Front walk, looks the best it ever has.

Home, sweet, home!