Sunday, February 07, 2010

Bullet Points on Superbowl Sunday

I am afraid I may have lost the 2.5 readers that I once had due to lengthy preachy blogs so for the sake of hanging on to the few faithful readers I have I will try to keep this blog down to fun short bullet points;

There is nothing better in the chip department as Tostitos Hint of Lime white corn chips. Mixed with salsa that has cream cheese and avocado and one begins to feel life is worth living again.

Speaking of life and it truly being worth living ,The Giant and I have started taking St. John's Wort. It's a vitamin used for anxiety and depression. I am hopeful it will help.

Me and my kids have gone twice to a church called Bethany United Church of Christ in Seattle. Aside from this church we only tried one other mega church in Everett that was good but just not the right fit. Anyway, back to Bethany UCC, I really like this community of people(no Hillside because nothing will ever come close to you, still I am interested in getting to know this group better) and believe that they are on a track I want to get on.
Emma is not quite on board yet because we sing out of hymnals and she says, "It smells like old people" but I reminded her today that I want to keep going for the things they value are similar to my own. It's different from anything my kids have ever experienced as far as church goes, but to me feels vaguely familiar to my old Catholic days but in all the good ways.

My car has been out of commission for the past 3 weeks. Flat tire, brake lights, another Flat tire and then something engine related that not even the Giant wanted to tackle. We brought it to a local mechanics shop and for under 500.00 I am on the road again. It feels really nice, really nice. I am grateful for my car the Ford whose name is Beastie Boy.

I have discovered quite a bit about myself in this move. One of the things that I have discovered is that I have taken the feeling of comfort one has in being known by others for granted. It is hard and gets old very quickly to always be the new person. It is also quite humbling and has taught me again the value of hospitality.

I don't really watch football AT ALL. Most everyone who knows me knows my true sport of choice is baseball. I am watching today though because well there is nothing else going on, and I am rooting for the Saints. I remember visiting New Orleans a few years back with Moses and it was 2 years after Katrina, still the devastation was so great and it was an eye-opening experience to see what this city has been through so that is why I vote GO SAINTS!! For no other reason and for a completely non-football related reason but there it is. GO SAINTS!!

Pic of the view we have up our hill, pretty amazing.


The Leftoverist said...

Hi Noel! So wonderful to meet you this morning. I really can't imagine what it's like to move (with four kids!) to a new place. I've had experiences of being new on a much smaller scale, and they were exhausting. I'll say a prayer for you this week that things fall into place much quicker and more painlessly than you dared hope. Look forward to getting to know you better...

noel said...

So great to finally meet you as well Sarah. Felt as though I kind of knew you which is the weird thing about this techy world we live in now a days. I really appreciate and am truly grateful for those prayers right now and I am really looking forward to getting to know you and your family better as well.

Beth said...

Gorgeous views! My goodness - you have a lot to be thankful for :D


I found you through Sarah's blog, which I love!

noel said...

Hello Beth, yes they really are so beautiful. It's true I really do have so much to be thankful for. I try to remind myself of that on bad days. :)
I am absolutely just ga ga over Sarah's blog and will give you a heads up that the quality of mine is not yet quite up to par :) Anyway, welcome!! And I will have to sneak a peek of yours as well. Always good to get more recipe ideas when feeding a family of 6.

jordan said...


i'm looking into some good 'ol st.john myself; way to care for yourselves. :)

you continue to be on my mind, knowing that moving to a new place is hard and that the transition takes time... i am praying that you all are given enough glimmers of hope, of belonging that keep you bouyed through the hard days....and as sarah wrote, that the transition does move at a pace that can only be attributed to grace. i see your coming to wa as a provision and am trusting that the rest will follow. each person in your family is so incredible; i do believe in time you'll settle into a reality that feels like home...

until then, here's to raising a glass. :)

know you are loved.

oh, and nice pic, ms.sarah. :)

noel said...

Jordan-I will let you know how it goes with the St. Johns I am so the placebo pill girl so often times I feel better just knowing I am doing something. I am going to give it a full few weeks before I start tooting it's horn. Mo will for sure be a good judge as to whether is it works or not.
Thank you so much for your encouraging words as always. Really they mean so much to me. I wrote you a FB msg. to give you a better update.

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