Butterfly Wings

Our Life in Posts and Pictures

I’m Moving! July 28, 2010

Filed under: Personal — anet smith @ 12:22 pm

Blog sites that is. If you know how non-spontaneous I am, you’ll understand that it’s pretty out of character of me. Especially since it kind of “happened”.

I originally started Butterfly Wings as a class assignment and I labored for days just coming up with names and figuring out the “how to”. Butterfly Wings came from the poem on the sidebar, kept going for a semester, then stayed in a cocoon until I joined the Christmas Tour of Homes in December 2009.

I follow several blogs with Google Reader and I finally figured out how to display my picture (I know – not too difficult, but it was an accomplishment for me). A few days ago when I was commenting, I followed some links and ended up creating a new blog! I also found out that Blogspot does all the design things I couldn’t do before and isn’t as hard to use as I thought. Phew! So…

Please visit me at Our Ordinary Life.

As I was setting up the new blog, I had to come up with a name and took it from The Message, Romans 12:1-2 as you can see at the top of the blog. Today, I’m trying to make the bridge from Butterfly Wings and make the switch to only writing at Our Ordinary Life. To do so, I looked up the definition of ordinary.

ordinary [ˈɔːdənrɪ]
adj
1. of common or established type or occurrence
2. familiar, everyday, or unexceptional
3. uninteresting or commonplace

We have many ordinary days – although I wouldn’t call them unexceptional or uninteresting! That’s just not a possibility with children or with the adventure of following God!

Our sincere prayer is that we do place our everyday experiences before God, that we don’t fit into our culture, and that as we look to Him – He brings out our best. All for His glory.

 

Favor July 27, 2010

Filed under: Family — anet smith @ 1:27 pm

I have been keeping a “Daybook” for almost eight months now. It’s linked to the Simple Woman’s Daybook and each week I post responses to the same starters. One of them is “I am praying that”.

Not even two weeks ago I responded “Dad will be able to transfer soon. 6 mos. that he’s been 3 hours away is coming up in August”.

Two days ago I wrote: “On our visit Wed. we learned that the “rules have changed” and Dad goes to the bottom of the wait list and not the top as it was since he was already in a Veterans facility. Aunt talked to someone today and explained our situation. We’d go see Dad no matter how far away, we just need to be closer so we can be better advocates. Anyway the convo was good. He said it would be a couple weeks before anything could happen – but to check back. We will – every few days. Anyway, the prayer now is for favor.”

I got a sweet response from someone who said they had prayed for my request. I know we have and others have through this journey. We got our answer today.

Someone called and asked if we still wanted Dad in their facility. Yes!!! They also asked if I could bring him Friday. Well, actually I could be there in 6 hrs. – the time it takes to drive!

Yes, the drive has a lot of negatives, but the hardest part lately as I’ve already mentioned has been that it’s more difficult to be an advocate so far away (and M & L getting carsick when we go the shortcut). We are so relieved and so grateful. Thank you God for your favor!

 

Anet’s Daybook July 25, 2010

Filed under: Daybook — anet smith @ 10:31 pm

Outside my window… large puffy clouds – I think they’re holding back some of the heat. Yay! One (yes only one) of our flower bed plants is blooming again.

I am thankful for… still thankful for a house/dog/gecko sitter

I am wearing… jean shorts, bright aqua camp tshirt

I am noticing… that I am getting quite skilled at packing for short trips. This is number three of five for the summer. However – we are starting to look toward school starting.

Some plans for the rest of the week… Vacation Bible School.

I am currently readingCure or the Common Life by Lucado

I am hoping… to continue finding God’s open doors and to have time to talk with/pray with hubby.

On my mind… (some of this was before our weekend trip and some after) I’m thinking about our wonderful conference – God inspired messages on mission, seeing old friends and playing as a family at mini. golf and the waterpark. I commented to someone that as a freshman in college we had a weekend social at a waterslide. I never dreamed that almost 20 years later I’d be at a waterpark with some of the same people (and our children!).

Hearing…. the boys playing/talking about a computer game

I am praying that……. This is what I wrote last week: “Dad will be able to transfer soon. 6 mos. that he’s been 3 hours away is coming up in August”. On our visit Wed. we learned that the “rules have changed” and Dad goes to the bottom of the wait list and not the top as it was since he was already in a Veterans facility. Aunt talked to someone today and explained our situation. We’d go see Dad no matter how far away, we just need to be closer so we can be better advocates. Anyway the convo was good. He said it would be a couple weeks before anything could happen – but to check back. We will – every few days. Anyway, the prayer now is for favor.

From the kitchen… eating along the way and from the ice chest.

Around the house… laundry ugghh! I have many recently acquired items that need a spot. Aunt is being very generous as she cleans out her house. I am very happy to get some of Mom’s pottery casserole dishes. They are from the 60s.

One of my favorite things… blogging, playing games with the boys

From my picture journal


This is two summers in a row now that the boys have found a creek to do this. They love it!

More daybooks here.

 

What Did We Do? July 22, 2010

Filed under: Family — anet smith @ 2:05 pm

M & L were at camp the end of last week. They were having fun riding go karts, ziplines and the like. We missed them, but of course the conversation eventually came around to “What did we ever do before having children?” Friday night hubby and I went to dinner. It started pouring while there so we had to make a mad dash for his truck. It was only sprinkly as we came into our neighborhood.

When we first drove in we noticed lots of people in their yards taking pictures. This is what had everyone outside…

We decided to sit on the front porch and enjoy how nicely the rain had cooled things off. This is hubby waiting for me….

Before dinner hubby had fed the flower bed, transplanted the geranium and trimmed the shrubs – you can see the geranium in this photo of J. the dog…

Later when it got dark, we sat in the rocker again. This time it was to view the spectacular lightning in the east sky. It was in three separate sections and almost appeared choreographed. Oh, wait a minute – it was – by God! Hubby enjoyed ice cream while I splurged and had a rootbear float. Before it got too late we went in and watched Old Dogs and You’ve Got Mail. (We saw You’ve Got Mail in the theatre in Cedar Rapids right before M. was born.) It was a wonderful evening at home.

 

Some Summer Recipes

Filed under: Dinner — anet smith @ 1:52 pm

Sweet Cucumber Salad (from June/July 2010 taste of home simple & delicious)

3 cups thinly sliced quartered cucumber
2 tsp minced fresh cilantro

Dressing
1/4 cup sugar
2 TBS water
2 TBS white wine vinegar (I used red – that’s all I had!)
2 TBS lime juice
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. salt

In a salad bowl, combine cucumber and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over sald and toss to eat. Serve with a slotted spoon. 3/4 cup equals 64 calroies, trace fat, 1 g fiber and 1 g protein.

This was so delicious (and quick and easy)! In my opinion there was too much liquid, I may try it reduced next time. I liked having the change from regular salad or plain cucumber too. Both boys ate it.

Ham and Cheese Quiche
(from taste of home freezer pleasers cookbook)

2 pastry shells (9in)
2 cups diced fully cooked ham
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tsp dried minced onion
4 eggs
2 cups half and half cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Bake shells according to directions and cool. Divide the ham, cheese and onion between the shells. In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Pour into shells. Cover and freeze one quiche for up to 3 mos. Cover edges of the second one with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 – 40 min. or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean (I like mine more on the done side so I leave a little longer). Let stand 5-10 min. before cutting.

To use frozen quiche: Completely thaw in the fridge. Remove 30 min. before baking as directed. Yields 2 quiches 6 servings each.

The small ham I bought was enough for 4 quiches (2 to freeze for us and 2 for a friend) and one other meal (crockpot ham and potatoes).

 

Anet’s Daybook July 18, 2010

Filed under: Daybook — anet smith @ 2:44 pm

Outside my window… hot, hot, hot

I am thankful for… Summer camp, time with hubby, my children coming home safely

I am wearing… navy tshirt, khaki shorts

I am remembering… the video we saw at Church about the Thomas family in Iowa. Powerful testimony of mercy and forgiveness. Here’s the news article about the Thomas’ award, you can google to find a video if you want.

Some plans for the rest of the week… an Usborne book party, football combine, soccer practice, away for the weekend

I am currently reading… nothing besides Solo – The Message devotional

I am hoping… to stop procrastinating on the laundry!

On my mind… dreading having to go mow at Dad’s after dinner. It is soooooo hot! We were gone, the person who was supposed to last week couldn’t because of the rain, both people I’ve called this week to mow haven’t called me back and now it’s been over 3 weeks! (Update: we made it, but not without a mower mishap. It was nice to have all four of us working. I was going to stop cutting the field, but hubby said keep going. It wasn’t quite as dark as I thought it was after I took my sunglasses off! lol)

Hearing…. the fan (and L making noises in it), keys tapping, the usual when I daybook

I am praying that……. Dad will be able to transfer soon. 6 mos. that he’s been 3 hours away is coming up in August

Pondering these words… Mercy is not getting what we do deserve and “The example he set, the standard he set of how to live your life strictly by doing what’s right — that’s the legacy we hope to continue of our father,” by Aaron Thomas.

From the kitchen… Burgers (for tonight) and chicken (for later) on the grill, 5 veggies (5 colors) also on the grill and cucumber sald. Ham and cheese quiche – 2 to freeze for us to have later when we’re busy and 2 for a friend who has several family members who were in a car accident (please pray for family and for my caregiver friends). I’m going to post the receipes for these last two soon.

Around the house… I finally got my desk and the office clean! Our new plan is to do some rearranging of my desk and filing cabinet to accomadate hubby’s things so we can give the boys the other desk to use.

One of my favorite things… watching lightning (from a distance of course). In all the places we’ve ever lived, it’s never been better anywhere than Oklahoma!

From my picture journal

More daybooks here.

 

Mountains and Trees July 13, 2010

Filed under: Summer — anet smith @ 8:39 am

Isaiah 55:11-13 (New International Version)

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
which will not be destroyed.”

View from where I stayed on vacation

Almost same view from downstairs

Shenandoah National Forest at Big Meadow

From Skyline Drive

From Woodstock Tower

 

 
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