"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Monday, July 12, 2010

Garage Sale Weekend

This weekend we had our multi-family garage sale.  I really do feel blessed that our family is surrounded such amazing people.  I swear these other 3 families are the greatest people on the planet.  Really, I'm not kidding. If you knew them, you would love them too.  We definitely had more business on Friday than we did on Saturday, but I think that was because on Friday we had a lawn full of baby stuff to attract people.  The baby stuff sold really fast which I guess is pretty normal.  We didn't sell any really big stuff, but we did bring drinks to sell.  I think we probably made more for us with the pop and water than we did with our nic nac stuff. 

At the end of Saturday, the other families left me in charge of all their stuff to do with what I wanted.  The good stuff I kept for the YWCA and the rest I gave to Goodwill.  That was how I spent my Saturday afternoon, driving around dropping stuff off.  It was a beautiful weekend for garage sales. It was a little warm but in the shade it wasn't too bad.  Mom said if it was a neighborhood garage sale and people were walking around I probably would have sold more drinks, but I'm still happy with how much we made.  It was also nice to have the weekend off from work.  Friday I took a vacation day from the YWCA and I requested Saturday off from Sears.  I thought I would have to work on Sunday at Sears, but I had that off too.
I sold two of the dolls we were trying to sell for the YWCA, but we still have 4 left.  Do you know a doll collector?  They need a good home. The blue and red one have already been sold.  Click here for more pictures.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July Weekend

Wow!  I had such a great weekend.  Steve's brother called him on Wednesday night and told us that they were going to visit us for the weekend.  My first thought was, "AHH...my house is not child proof and clean at all."  Steve's brother and his wife have three precious kids.  They are 4, 18 months, and 10 days old.  So Thursday night, I ran around the house cleaning up, doing laundry, dishes and such.  Then our vacuum stopped working so we had to borrow my parents fancy expensive vacuum.  They have one of those Rainbow vacuums and I have to admit it was pretty neat and it did a pretty good job.  I'm not sure I could be convinced to spend 2 grand on it though.  We did get the house looking pretty good by the time they got here though.  They arrived on Saturday afternoon. I had to work at Sears until 9, so I had to wait until I got home to see them.  I so excited though knowing that I would be meeting our newest niece, Casey.  Look at that picture.  Isn't she precious?  She really likes Eskimo Kisses.  I think she slept most of the time we were awake.
Sunday: On Sunday, we woke up and went to the church that Steve's dad preaches at down in Wakarusa.  He spoke up how the road to Christ is a narrow road and the road to destruction is a wide road.  The wide road is easily and often more inviting in the short run, but it leads to death.  The narrow road to Christ is hard to stay on if you don't keep eyes straight ahead, but it always leads to better life. After church and some family time, we headed back home.  Steve put together a new toy for Keegan and Kyleigh to play with.  Keegan "helped" Uncle Steve put it together.  For lunch, Steve made some ribs and I made corn and mashed potatoes.  My sis came over and brought some cake and ice cream.  Keegan even helped me shuck the corn.  He was a very good helper.  Kyleigh helped a little too.  The ribs turned out perfect.
After dinner, we decided to take the kids to the St. Joseph County Fair for fireworks.  We got there with a little bit of time for Keegan to go on some rides and to see some animals.  We ran into some strangers...I'm mean the Radabaughs while we were there.  It's been way to long since we've seen each other.   Cadence and Keegan are only 21 days apart so I think they enjoyed seeing someone that was just their size.  The fireworks were great, of course.  Kyleigh enjoyed watching them from high up being held by Uncle Steve.  When we got home, it was bedtime.  Keegan was excited to get to sleep in the Ohio State room.
Monday:  On Monday, we actually had the day off from both jobs, because it was our Holiday from the YWCA since the 4th was on Sunday.  Steve got up and made breakfast for everyone.  Before lunch, Randy and Alexis and the cleaned headed home.  It was so fun having them visit for the weekend.  They should visit more often.  The rest of the day was not really planned, except for lunch.  We met a missionary couple that we met in Dallas for lunch.  They are actually from Mishawaka so they were in town.  We actually had a pretty productive rest of the day.  Steve cleaned out and vacuumed his truck and I got some garage sale stuff ready for our sale next week.  Then I cleaned out and vacuumed my car and Steve installed my new back seat.  My car looks so clean, at least on the inside, right now.  Now the next task is to re-clean up the house.  We gave Kyleigh some Cheerios for snack, so now we have de-Cheerio our house, put the toys away, wash all the sheets, etc.  It was a tiring weekend, but I loved every minute of it.