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The other day while I was emptying the dishwasher I bumped my head on the cupboard door above me. I yelped in pain and Cherise asked if I was alright. “Of course I’m not alright”, I said as I rubbed my head. Jordan carefully put his handfuls of toys down, looked at me with his cute big eyes and said, “Mommy, can I hug you?”

On a less happy note, he comes to me asking me to clean his nose with a q-tip. I hesitantly looked at his nose which was now showing signs of bleeding slightly. I get tissue and tell him to blow softly as I can see that there’s something inside, and I’m not about to go in there with a q-tip! After two or three soft blows out comes a lentil! He had been using them for an art project, and though I thought we had done a pretty good job cleaning it all up, he seemed to have found one, though why he put it in his nose, I’ll never know! Boys!!!!

My hay fever is getting better, thank the Lord. I would like to ask for prayer though as I’m still having trouble with my breathing, especially at night; I would appreciate any prayers against this persistent cough as well.

As if getting the kids used to waking up an hour earlier isn’t bad enough, I’m having a really hard time of explaining how it works to Cherise. The whole concept of the night getting ‘shorter’ and it being bright longer is so confusing for her. I tried to explain that she’ll still be going to bed at the same time regardless of what the sky looks like outside, but boy, explaining this to a kid who hates sleeping!


More pix from the coast


Now who does she get that wild hair from?


Oh! That’s who!


The sea is just so beautiful!


Our host had this little race track the kids enjoyed playing with. I love their expressions on this one.

Oh, I forgot to mention that CC didn’t come with us as she wanted to stay and watch the ice competition with her friends here. She had a great time, had a b-b-que, star gazed and enjoyed the competition as well.

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Weekend at the Croatian coast

As we made our way, concrete, metal and glass was replaced by rolling hills with small trees and shrubs, the snow capped mountains in the distance getting closer as we went along. Soon we were climbing higher, going through tunnels and admiring the scenery on the other side—forests, and then rocky, red earth replaced the flat plains. Soon we exited the last tunnel which gives a beautiful first view of the sea, making one feel like we’d drive straight down into it. Of course, the road winds it’s way down the mountain and soon we were driving next to the clear blue water.

Our host invited us to his home for the weekend for a few days off. He graciously put us upfront-of-boat.jpg in his house, cooked for us (adamantly refusing any help from me) and took us out on his boat. That in itself was an experience I’ve never had before—going on a small speed yacht, and going fast! We slowly went out of the port, giving a relaxing ride. Soon our host said, “hang on!” and off we went! I was sitting towards the end of the boat, which sinks into the water somewhat as the front of the boat goes up (excuse my lack of nautical term knowledge, ha), it was an amazing rush! It was windy out at sea, making for a bumpy ride, and since it was a cold wind, we didn’t stay out long, and opted for a walk around one of my favorite towns at the coast in the sunshine instead.

We had first visited Primosten five years ago when Cherise could just barely walk. Thatche-jor-sea-b.jpg time we had camped in a cute little campground but visited the town—which is actually on an island that fishermen had long ago made a bridge across. Now there’s no bridge anymore, it had all been filled in long ago. The center of town was under construction this time around—in fact many houses and areas were under construction, as all work must be done in time for the tourist season. Since we couldn’t walk through the old town (I was enjoying the effect the sea air had on my breathing and wasn’t about to go walking through a construction site if I could possibly help it), we decided to walk all around the island. There’s a path all the way around, and we could enjoy seeing the sea from high up and then the kids had fun playing in a tiny patch of sand they found. After that, we hunted for shells until it was time to meet for lunch.

The next morning, we took a short walk to the beach again, looking for more shells andjor-cher-sand.jpg crabs. Short because the wind had gotten even stronger and was feeling cold as well. After lunch we made our way to the home that is nearby where we stayed for lunch. They were so sweet, digging up toys for the kids, feeding us dinner and I even got to download the home review program on their high speed internet connection, heh.

We got back late last night and today I can feel the difference in my lungs, as I’m back to sneezing and wheezing, but I’m thankful for the respite I did have.


In other news, Cherise finished a reading LU with a 100% average, and CC a Math LU with 96% on her test today.



Never underestimate the amazing power of love to change hearts and mindsets. Love can even give fresh inspiration to tackle what seems to be impossible.

–Mottos for Success 1


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Off to the sea!

A friend has invited us to spend the weekend at his house on the coast. The weather has been so nice, he’ll be taking his boat out as well! It’ll probably do me good to get some fresh sea air into my lungs; give me some reprieve from the hay fever which has gotten worse these last few days. I will give an update when we get back as he doesn’t have internet.

Don’t knock the benefits of relaxation. A refreshed soul can be a truly creative soul, and a truly creative soul is a productive soul.

–Mottos for Success 1

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Cute Kids

I was standing in the kitchen serving the kid’s breakfast with my eyes tearing up from the hay fever. Cherise looked at me sympathetically and asked if I’m ok. I smiled and told her it’s just that I’m allergic.

“To what?”

Not wanting to get into spring time pollination first thing in the morning, I just said, “To the seeds”

She looked down at her apple crumble with a puzzled look on her face and says, “But Mommy, we’re not eating the seeds!”

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Gentleman and big boy

Jo went up to CK to deliver some Mottos yesterday—that in itself is quite the story: He received a phone call from a woman who had seen the calendar at another shop and was interested in getting three for friend’s upcoming birthdays. Jo had some other business to do so he went up. It turns out this woman had photocopied (black and white) the whole Mottos calendar! Someone had torn out favorite quotes from the color one, so she was missing pages and she was thrilled to have her very own copy in color and with all the quotes!

Anyway, since he was in CK anyway, he dropped by the house and picked up some things including some of Jordan’s toys among them his little handyman set which he hasn’t played with since the move. Last night, the question was which toy he’d take to cuddle with him: the hammer or the drill! Boys and their toys! Since he enjoys falling asleep in my bed still, many a night I’ve gotten into bed after moving to be pinched by a car, truck or other such device. CC tried to convince him to take her cuddly cat, which he accepted, but the drill was still clutched in his hand when I went to move him later on, ha!

Jordan is such a gentleman though. The other day when Cherise was taking down the stack of six little boxes of picture facts to show him in the living room, he comes over and says, “That’s heavy, let me help” and proceeded to take two boxes to carry down. I thot it was so cute that even though he’s still so much smaller than her and can only help a bit, he wants to help his sister.


Don’t just look at the circumstances; look above and beyond them!

–Mottos for Success 1

The great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not.

–C.S. Lewis


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Oldie Goldies

I was reading Be So Happy with Charlotte for devotions last week; it’s one of those really old letters that I’ve nearly memorized by now. However, every time there are those quotes—often different ones that stand out. Here are the ones I liked this time around:

There is such a thing as being too serious & sober about some things & taking some things too seriously, especially yourself! The ability to laugh at yourself and your own silly mistakes is a good asset & helps keep you humble. But he who can’t laugh at his own mistakes or take the mistakes of others with a sense of humor either has too much pride or too severe a sense of life. God intended for us to enjoy living & He has given us the ability, the senses & the environment to enjoy it, including Himself, & our main purpose in life, as Martin Luther said, is “to love God and enjoy Him forever!”

…So God created you to enjoy the life He’s given you & to love & enjoy Him forever & to try to help others to do the same!

…Let’s always be able to smile through our tears—a ray of sunshine is even more beautiful in the midst of rain. Let’s have a little more sunshine and laughter…”Laugh and the World will laugh with you!–Cry, and you’ll cry alone!”