Friday, December 18, 2009


Um. Yes, I'm here. I wish I could say either that I've been on a fabulous holiday, or that I've accomplished a ton of stuff, but.... Rather, I've been a slug. Terrible, yes?

Last week my hubby was away the whole time on a business trip. That completely threw me for a loop! The weather was crazy (hovered around 10 degrees for a while), and my power went out Monday morning a few minutes before friends arrived to celebrate St. Nicholas Day at our home. We quickly switched gears and met at her house (thanks, Char!), but I didn't end up getting any photos (for shame!). I didn't get to walk in the mornings with Russ gone (and not sure I wanted to walk in those temps!) and wasn't feeling well for a few days, anyway.

Thursday of that week, we were invited on a trolley ride through town with friends. We looked at Christmas lights, sang Christmas carols, and ended with Christmas goodies and hot chocolate! Unfortunately, I'm not so hot at low-light photography and so did not get any magical pictures to share, though we had a positively fabulous time.

We did make it to A Walk Through Bethlehem on Saturday, which was amazing, but I again didn't do so well on the low-light photography. I did get a few decent photos, so I'll try to share about that in a day or two. I was very impressed with the event!!

We are in the middle of finding a new church, which is really tough at this time of year. Not to mention that I've never been in this position before. We attended our past church for almost 25 years!! Needless to say, this has thrown off our Sunday rhythm.

I'm back to walking/running with my sister this week. Very hard to wake up so early after a week off, but it has felt great to get out in the fresh air and MOVE! Shannon and her hubby were so kind as to watch the boys Wednesday night so that Russ and I could get out for a date. It has been waaaaay too long since the last time. Dinner downtown at a beautiful local Italian restaurant and then around the corner to the restored old theater to watch Invictus. Ahhhhhhh!

I've posted about Christmas books, activities, and events for a few years already. For some reason, I just haven't felt like re-posting about the same things over and over again this year. I need to get a post up with links to some Christmas stuff I've shared in the past for those of you who haven't been around long enough to read about our holiday season.

Also, I've been mulling over my focus word for 2010. This past year, my word was LOVELY, and I think that it was a perfect fit. What will this coming new year bring? More about that in the week after Christmas.

Sorry for the wordy post with no photos, but I know some of you were wondering if I had dropped off the face of the earth. {Grin.} Just wanted to let you know that I'm still here and kicking, and I'll soon have more posts up for your, uh.... amusement? edification? something.

Have a terrific weekend!!


Anonymous said...

I love your blog but I just about go blind trying to read the white print on the black background. Any chance that you could change that?

Heidi said...

Hopefully that is a little better.... it'll have to do, for now. :)

Anonymous said...

Heidi, always love to "hear" from you. Have had a wonderful week orchestrated by God with much care from others and rest for myself and sweetness from the Lord. Wishing you and your family all of the same in this season.
Love, Connie H (in Tualatin)

Shawna Powell said...

Hello, I just started homeschooling my daughter and have been doing so much research online about styles and curriculums... I'm having brain overload! I just found you blog last week and am so excited! I am ordering sotw tomorrow! Anyway you mentioned wanting to find a new church, I thought I'd share with you a new church that is actually fairly close to you. Journey LLT (living life together) is a new non- demoninational church that is meeting at Clover Ridge. We've just began in September but our numbers our growing pretty steady. We are loving it! I thought I would extend an invitation for your family to come visit us.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, thank you.

Mindy Skains Independant Scentsy Consultant said...

OH MY GRAVY... I have been in the same funk. Its hard to get outta the slump...
Glad you are back and look forward to reading more.


Unknown said...

"listening" for my word too... funny story, in the vehicle last night dh asked me, "What do you think MY word should be?" as in... his. Oh no, darling. THAT is for you to decide. I like that he is taking up the tradition too though, it's such a great one. Look forward to hearing yours =)

Maureen said...

"I'll soon have more posts up for your, uh.... amusement? edification? something."

That something is enjoyment and education. I always enjoy your blog and often come away with some new ideas or activities to try.

I look forward to seeing what your focus will be in 2010.

Merry Christmas Heidi.

Jen Rouse said...

Finding a new church home can be challenging but also fascinating; as you visit churches you get to see the way so many churches choose to act out the Word of God.

Anonymous said...

My word for this coming year is going to be "discipline." That word carried a negative connotation for most, but when you think of it as in the context of being a disciple, which is what I'm striving to be, it takes on a beautiful meaning, and it is a very necessary word for me in my life right now. Glad to "see" you again-- I check your blog like I check my email, so you've been missed! You are a source of inspiration and encouragement. --April H.

Tina said...

Hi Heidi,

I sure do miss seeing you up there in the balcony on Sunday mornings!