A Castle Tour

I took Carissa to Glen Eyrie castle on September 1st for her 20th birthday. We had tea and a tour of the castle. The castle was built in 1903 and is amazing. The details are just astonishing. Mr. Palmer did not skimp on expense.  The castle is owed by a Christian organization. For a reasonable fee you can stay the night and enjoy breakfast the next day.

Some Good News

I have some good news to share. Many of you know that Brian has been living and working in California since January 2017. He moved to California for work, so he could support his family. We have lived apart since March 2017.

Fast forward to the present. He took 3 weeks off and came out in mid June to move us. When he got back to California his boss said, "so you are going to be a certain football fan now?" Brian said, yes. His boss said, " I have a friend that has his own company in telecommunications and I will give him a call." So his boss did just that. Brian talked to the company and made plans to meet with them when he was going to be back in town. Brian came back to in mid July and interviewed with that company. He didn't hear anything for a couple of weeks and then he got a call in the beginning of August for a drug test and back ground check. A few weeks ago he received a job offer from them. It is a pretty good offer, with making more money …

Finding a House

God delivered this house to us. It was all his doing because I was exhausted from searching on my own. I started looking for a house to rent the end of April. In one month time, I applied for 4 houses, which always had another applicant before me. The last house, I even offered to pay 12 months of rent up front but the landlord would not go for it. I was like what is the problem, my credit score is in the high 700's? It was because I did not have a job yet, it did not make sense. I had been praying this whole time about this, but then I totally gave it to God 100 percent. At that point I just knew God would take care of me and my two boys. I had the stress of packing and did want to continue trying to find a house to rent. I did not want to be homeless, but I had to trust God.

Our friends, the Nieves family offered there home to us. The agreement was for a month. I thank God for their hospitality and love.

Two days before we moved out of our Missouri home, my friend …

Moving to a New Home

In June we moved to a new home. We now live in the foot hills of the mountains. We have deer, bobcats, rabbits, and bears that wander our back and front yards. There is a nice size deck, which I have some plans to make into outdoor living space. I just love the blue spruce tree in the back yard. Where are the bugs? I have not seen any flies and mosquitoes. I'm sure there are ticks but no chiggers. Notice the giant slip and slide in the backyard? Bought it at Sam's Club. It gives the boys and their friends some fun. 

The kitchen is a nice size with upgraded appliances. 

 The entry way is nice. You can either go up to the main living area or down to the basement where there is a family room, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

Mock Trial

This past week Shane participated in a mock trial. It was part of his debate strand for school. He and his classmates have been working on it since January. It was intense work, to learn about the case and memorize roles. Shane was the medical examiner. His team went up against another 8th grade class. His team lost both rounds but it wasn't about winning. A real judge presided over the case in a real court room. The students did an amazing job and what an experience. This is a nice cap stone to a year full of growth for Shane.

Shane Graduates

Shane graduated from 8th grade. I am so happy that he finished the year strong. He's an amazing young man, full of love and kindness. We are so proud of him and love him dearly.

His tutor/teacher had him display his Latin notes at graduation because he takes excellent notes in class.

Now, onward to high school.

 A display of Shane class.

 Shane's Latin Notes

Are You Serious?

Yesterday we had a home inspection done. I arrived home and the buyer's realtor and the inspector were still at my home. I got to talking to the realtor about the couple that are buying our home.

This is what she told me. They currently live outside of Colorado Springs. They have 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl). They lived in California, where they met and married.

Everyone is shocked about the similarities our two families have. I just smile knowing God orchestrates things. I have said that I don't believe in coincidences.