So, how did WE celebrate? By trying to stay on point and keep on doing our home projects. Jared bought some wood and fixed our closet rod that was bowing under the weight of our clothes. He also put up towel racks and planted some bushes and plants he bought on 60% off because it's high summer. And he installed the towel racks! Woot! Woot! Abishai got to ride in the truck with Daddy on both trips to the hardware store in "Ice Cream's seat" aka the toddler/booster seat that's usually in Ice Cream's car. He missed Daddy a lot and loves all the wrestling they do.
I'm feeling better and not very dizzy anymore when I wake up. I still take it slow in the morning though. My ears feel less filled with fluid, too. Justin and Keturah stayed close to home today. They wanted to get the pool put back together, but I wasn't sure what Jared and a neighbor, who is also a home repair guy, were going to get up to, so I avoided it. They read their books and had their screen time. Benaiah mowed the grandparents' yard and chilled, while Grandma put his laundry through the wash in preparation for CIY next week. And yes, I was right, Grandpa is going non stop! From being at NACC all week, then coming back and working his day job all day yesterday (after flying in that morning), to preaching today, then working late, then preaching tomorrow, and finally, taking off with the 200 high school kids and sponsors to Michigan at 7am Monday morning. I don't know how he does it! I think he also preaching and something else next weekend, too. Crazy, crazy! But that's him, and we all know him like that, and he does recognize it. I'm sure it will be mentioned at his funeral numerous times. Gary likes to do a 3 year life map, just like Jesus' ministry was 3 years long. That's part of how he accomplishes so much. I do better with a plan as well. I didn't have one today and didn't accomplish as much as I could of. But I have a new goal of getting those books done, 2 boxes at a time, and filling at least one box full with books to sell or give away from the 40 or so book boxes we've had. Wish me luck!
Oh, and I started the Whole 30 program today, and whoops, had a tiny marble sized bite of cotton candy as I was giving some to Abishai. I almost spit it out. It's going to be a toughie, and I was thinking about that when singing our songs at church tonight about victory and God's strength when we are weak, etc. Yes, our food journeys do matter to Him, too. And I've already been praying hard for me to stay on track and for this 30 days will reset my system and heal my gut so I can get better. It's like a detox and hard reset for the body. Then you stay on the paleo lifestyle afterwards, and maybe do the whole 30 once a year or something. My birthday is this month, but I can not cheat or this won't work. I'll have to just eat some sweet fruit or something. No chocolate unless it's 100% cocoa powder. Yes tough. Not at all tough like the persecuted church, I know that. And when we mention our freedom in Canada or the USA, we should always remember that many don't have that freedom to choose what they eat and when, where to go to church, or what to say. We are blessed here, beyond our wildest dreams. Be grateful.
|Abishai is getting so big! He pulled out this game all by himself and started building. He remembered that I had showed him that you build something, put the piggies on, and then throw the angry birds at the structure knocking it down.|
|Abishai's building project.|
|Happy Canada Day, Abishai!|
|Working on one more project before kids' bedtime.|
|Yeah! One towel holder!|
|You see those towels hanging on the wall? We have towel racks!|
|Now, this is genius! Use a pole and the dead space above the toilet to hold one or two more towels! Awesome!|
|I repurposed one of the shower curtains that a friend bought us in Charlottetown into a regular curtain. I didn't cut or sew it, but rather I just draped it over the existing curtain rod.|
|Jared paid $3 for these. Not only that, he planted them! He's becoming the landscape artist!|
|Again, $3 at Lowe's.|
|Abishai was laughing because he was trying to give the dog a backwards hug and Socks kept moving away.|
|I've become my dad! He always loved the brand Poland Spring's flavored fizzy water and took them to work. No sugar or sugar substitute, no caffeine, etc. This type of water fits into the whole 30 program.|
|Justin helped Abishai get the mail tonight. Lots for the previous tenants, and a few things fr us, like a bill!|
|I wore one of my Canada shits to church tonight. And I tried out my new headband.|
|I love this new headband! I didn't have to adjust it even once! I might look like a 12 year old, but I don't care.|
|Aww, Jared had a special "Exhibitor" badge at NACC! Cool!|
|The calm before the 2 solid hours of backyard fireworks. Go to bed, people!|
|This is part of what I bought after the very successful corporate led sale! These are this year's catalogs and I finally have a real table runner! This will work out great for shows!|
|Check out those beautiful catalogs with all the fancy pretties! Do you want one? Don't hesitate to contact me!|
|Canada baby who won't sit still!|
|Happy Canada Day, everyone! Good night!|