Friday, October 30, 2015

A Busy Week -Battling a Marijuana Plant and Wenzel Farms

Phew this week was a whopper.  What is life if it isn't busy?  Besides the normal rigors of school and at home work life mixed with cleaning we had a few other curve balls thrown our way.  I attended a public hearing to stand up against a 3,200 square foot marijuana grow facility that is trying to be built in a residential subdivision.  I came prepared with my speech and was nervous as heck, and didn't know what to expect, so was pleasantly surprised to see the room full of neighbors we have yet to meet who were all against the project.  The meeting ended up going over three hours with multiple people raising valid arguments.

My husband and son's flag football team had their end of the season party this week at a mexican restaurant.  It marked the first season of his coaching career and he just loves it.  The parents got him a Starbucks gift card and note, which was very nice.  I made some good friends on the team and Logan just loved every minute of it.

Every year our family goes to a Halloween trail at Wenzel Farms.  They have a cute child spooky/fun walk through the woods with all sorts of decorations and lights.  We started going 5 years ago when our oldest was 3, and have been back every year even though it is an hour away.

Monday, October 26, 2015

I Need a Root Beer! Battling a Marijuana Growing Facility

Tonight is definitely one of those nights when I need a root beer.  I picked my daughter up from practice and drove straight to the store to buy one, and a Coke for my husband.  We don't drink.  We used to in a former life, but it quickly got us no where.  Both of us have a family history of bad drunken memories and after seeing it transpire in front of our kids we stopped over five years ago.  My vice is now root beer.

We have a lot going on like most people.  Bills, money, holiday plans, and not to mention that a 2 acre lot we bought this year in a new subdivision with intentions of building a little house on it to raise our kids has a proposed 3,200 square foot commercial marijuana growing facility trying to come in next door.  It was snuck under our eyes by the owners we are in contract with who are selling it to the marijuana dude.  They got us locked in and now we are having to deal with the mess.

The plans for the building are extension and lengthy.  Well thought out and detailed, to include multiple rooms, exteriors lights, employees, parking lots etc.  This is all right across the cul de sac street from our driveway.  Supposedly the fencing and hedges are going to protect us.  They are going to protect my kids as they ride their bikes in the circle right next to the building that is butted up against the bottom of the property line.  I am sure there will be no smell, no light pollution, no noise, no riff raff.  Of course this guy is a class act who almost lost his children in a custody case due to marijuana usage.  Who has been medically declared as 'Cannabis Dependent'.  Who has received large sums of money and living expenses for his crazy schemes from year to year from his grandma's trust fund as we hard working folk work for everything we have.  Nothing has been handed to us.  That is why this lot was such a nice dream.  It was affordable (I wonder why...smirk) the sellers were easy going (duh!)  Now we could be stuck back at square one.  Better yet, paying monthly for a piece of property I can never put a shovel into for the next 30 years as we go back to the drawing board.

To top it off I get to grace the presence of the county hearing tomorrow as it will be a last stand before final approval to get our opinions off our chest in hopes of swaying the opinions of Goliath.  I have my speech written.  The kids are prepared to come and be themselves, this is their future in all honesty.

But for now I sit here and and prepare to enjoy my root beer after a long hard day.  Veg out on some tv and start fresh in the morning.  Lots of prayers for whatever is meant to be.  Amen.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Love and Marriage - Finding a Balance

The last couple of weeks have been filled with cleaning, washing, homework, car pooling and finding dinner.  Logan has his last flag football game today.  This will free up a couple nights a week from practices, but I hear they are going to be replaced by wrestling.  Caylee is busy with cheer and Ian is loving his preschool time.  A couple of weeks ago Vince and I got to be adults for a night and be guests at an annual charity dinner for the local crisis pregnancy clinic.  It was nice to see such large community support as the banquet room was packed.  Some of the faces around the community were familiar, so it was nice to catch up with old contacts.

I went to the Oltmann Farms pumpkin patch with the kids for the second time this season to pick up jack o lantern and pumpin pie gourds.  We just love them, and the pie is one of my favorites to make.

I have been trying to read my scriptures and devotionals on a daily basis, because Lord knows I need them.  I am definitely a mere human navigating through these choppy life waters, while trying to come out with my family intact.  I thank God for my family and marriage everyday.  We are no where near perfect, and it is by his grace that he has changed us over the years to evolve and grow together.

One of the challenges my husband and I face is the fact that he is a pretty logical guy as where I pretty driven on feelings.  It has been a source of contention here and there to become an annoyance which leaves me saying to myself in the end, "What the heck!?"  It is usually started at the end of a long day for the both of us with him making a logical observation about dinner looking burnt or overdone, to which I take it personally after being excited to show him the meal in the first place.  I then get annoyed and try and explain how it hurt my feelings to which he says that it was simply a statement, and my over reaction makes no logical sense.  This perpetuates a cycle of nothing getting resolved and intensified feelings of logic and emotion to which I just give up and go to bed and then awake and move on in the morning as to resolve any awkward tension.

After a night of this followed by a lot of prayer I woke up to a sense of clarity in which I began researching and found the logic vs feeler marriage concept.  It made complete sense.  If the logic partner offends the feelings partner there is no real logical justification for the reaction.  This can lead to the logic partner invalidating the feelings as relevant and the feelings partner as feeling invalid.  Haha!  What a mess this can cause!  Two people created how they are created by God and brought together for his design, but without understanding and compassion on both ends this can lead to a real problem.  I think knowing how we are different or the same as our spouse can help give us the tools to work together or just leave things alone.

To top it off, after a lot of prayers and throwing it to God by myself in my prayer room...aka the bathroom...God came through for me hard in His word.

2 Timothy 2:22-3:5
"Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.  But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godlineness but denying its power.  Have nothing to do with them."

Have you ever felt like the scriptures were talking directly to you?  Literally like God is answering your prayers with the manifestation of physical words?  Ouch.  I think I failed in quite a few categories last night.  Oh to be human.  It is a glorious thing that God loves and accepts us imperfections and all.  That through Him all of us can find grace through the sacrifice of Christ!  Amen to that!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Back for Fall

Summer is gone and Fall is here.  I didn't hardly write the whole season, and feel amiss at the perspective and memories writing brings me.  Though I can't recall or record all of the summer's events I can capture  most of the photographs.  The collage is a mix of memories from May-mid October.  During that time my son turned 6 and had a Seahawks themed birthday and party at Chuckee Cheese, our daughter turned 8 and had a Hawaiin themed birthday party with her girlfriends and then a bbq and swimming at the lake, Ian  turned 4 go to ride go karts and go to Chuckee Cheese and my youngest celebrated his 1st birthday.  I also turned 34 and spent my birthday going to church, walking through a beautiful botanical garden and eating at Old Spagetti Factory, and Vince and I celebrated 10 years of marriage.  Glory to God!

We went on beach trips, spent most of our time with friends either swimming at a neighborhood pool, or at the park.  Spent Fourth of July with family for a parade and then watched fireworks from our property.  Our roofing company also had our first booth at the county fair.  It was a lot of fun, and my brother, Vince and I took turns working it from morning until night.  The kids had their last day of kindergarten and second grade and we had a preschooler, 1st grader and 3rd grader this year.   We had an end of summer trip to Seattle and stopped at the Lego and American Girl store.  We also made it to Oltmann Farms again for our pumpkins!