Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Moment of Silence...

Fall has officially begun here in the Storch household. It is a nice 65 outside; high tomorrow is 78; and I just made and partook (is that a word?) of my first batch of Chex mix.

Heaven on earth.

Enjoy fall my friends!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

For Your Viewing Pleasure...

We're locked, mostly loaded and ready to go regardless. We're in. Most of the boxes are unpacked. We're waiting on the rest of the girls bedroom furniture, and I still need to hang several dozen pictures, but so far I feel completely at home. (Actually, I've felt completely at home in all the places we've lived. It doesn't matter where we are as long as were together and where God wants us.)



View of the Kitchen


Family Room--eventually red velvet curtains will cover the back window.


Powder Bath Vanity; It's hard to take a pic of these little areas.


New Master Bed Threads. I was going for simple. Notice my makeshift shams in the back. The new ones are a summer project.


Master Bath Tub; yes, I still have tags on the towels. Just not sure yet.


And this was a the lovely surprise I received from my friend, The Sweet Diva. Just a few of my favorite things! Thanks Chelles!



Our new neighbors. We have about 20 of these making the biggest webs I have ever seen outside every window. The exterminator comes tomorrow with eviction notices!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Finally...

Well, we've moved. And although things are out of boxes, they aren't all put up, hung up or put away. And, it may be a while. When we moved to Dallas last year, I had all the time in the world since I was at home; not so much now.

As soon as I find the cord to download pics, I'll share. Especially the one of the HUGE spiders building HUGE webby homes outside of every window. I'd knock them down (about 15 of them), but I'm sure they'd turn and attack. I'd be a gonner for sure.

Also, it's 55 degrees right now. Can I get an Amen! and Chex Mix! please?????!!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Moving Day???

We should be closing on our house today. We've had so many issues building this house. We've lived in an apartment with no outside space for eight months; which, if you know me, is about the worst.

After all this, and we could have yet another setback today, what I have realized is this:

It's just a house.


I can live with a lot less--space, money, things.


God provides, even in limited space, so much more than I could ever hope for in regard to my marriage and relationship with my girls. Both have grown considerably in the past months.


He is in control. I am not. Even today I must give my concerns to him.


And of course, in God-fashion here was my Elisabeth Elliot devotional today: (Good words for a woman on the brink of telling her builder where he can put this house.)

Today will be full of turmoil, for we are moving. Decisions to be made, complicated sorting and packing to be done, hard physical work, confusion and misunderstanding. I will be tempted to "manage" things which are not mine to manage, to be impatient and anxious and vindictive--I can see it coming! But there is a quiet, steadying power--the love of Christ, and "this love of which I speak is slow to lose patience, looks for a way of being constructive" (l Cor 13:4 JBP). It is not in me. That brand of love is not a part of my nature. So I simply ask for it. Lord, your love alone, at work in me, behaves like that.

Love through me, Love of God.
Make me like thy clear air
Through which, unhindered, colors pass
As if it were not there.
--(Amy Carmichael, Toward Jerusalem)




Monday, September 03, 2007

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

I apologize if you have happened upon this post while looking up a Biblical reference, but I can assure you my experience in Target this morning with my two year old is about as close to hell as I can think of.

I should probably mention that earlier this week Mini-T fell at school which resulted in an emergency trip to a pediatric dentist. She split her gum, needed some antibiotics and was told to eat very soft foods for the next few weeks. Two weeks of pasta. Heaven for this little one.

So, when we walked into Target and she immediately hit her mouth on the bar of the shopping cart while refusing to get in or hold my hand, I should have taken that as a direct sign from God, turned around and walked out. Go straight home. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 or the tomatillo salsa we came in for. But no, we forged ahead.

On the one hand, there were not many people in the store. One would think that this is a good thing. However, do you know how far a screaming two year old's voice travels in a very large mostly empty Target? Completely to the other side, where the noise promptly bounces off the wall like a boomerang and comes right back.

She was defiant and screaming through most of the trip. And I refused to give in. I do quite often, but I realize that is part of the problem. She gets what she wants WAY more often than she should. By the time we were walking toward the checkout, she had two "disciplines" in women's lingerie and accessories. (I wasn't shopping in those areas mind you, but didn't want her to get "disciplines" in front of everyone now staring.)

And staring they were. Normally I get looks of pity. "I understand. " or "Stick to your guns!" is what those nice eyes usually say, but today it was all contempt for this poor mother (me) who has blood on her shirt from the entry incident, has tried her best to keep her two year old contained (which, by the way, is like putting your arms around a tornado and asking it to be still), and get out with the few things she needs. Suddenly, I was angry at them too. Each one just looked as us, hoping, wishing, praying we weren't going to get in line behind them. Now I wanted to stand behind all of them. For a really long time. And tell Mini-me to scream her head off. That'll teach 'em.

I was saved by Ms. Snyder. One of the third grade teachers at school who graciously talked to me and the girls, even Mini-me who scowled at her the whole time. God bless her. And thank God for sending Jesus because I'm sure hell is way worse.....but not by much.

**And before you feel bad that she hurt her mouth and got into so much trouble, let me assure you, one has NOTHING to do with the other.