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Julie in CA

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Julie in CA last won the day on March 10 2013

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    I became a Reformed Christian when I was 17, after a childhood with no exposure to religion at all.
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    Rural dairy farm country.
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    I like reading mysteries, and I love cooking, entertaining, & working on landscaping my yard.
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    I make specialty desserts for a local restaurant, and I'm the secretary for our teeny church.

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  1. Not to sound critical, and I hope it doesn't (I've missed the backstory), is there some reason you can't get on that plane with him? I agree that you can't do anything to stop this from happening, but there's also nothing to stop you from being right there at every possible opportunity. If the moment comes when he can't take it, you could be only a hotel room away rather than 2 1/2 hours or across states. At the same time, if I were in your shoes, I might feel ready to step back a bit from a terribly difficult parenting situation and let things unfold however it goes. That'd be completely understandable. Either way, (((hugs))).
  2. Contemplating what 70 x 7 is even supposed to mean in my life. :-/

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    2. Forget-Me-Not


      Forgiveness does not mean giving someone permission or opportunity to hurt you again. ((Hugs))

    3. sassenach


      There's a really short, really awesome book called The Cure. It has a great chapter on forgiveness- what it is and what it isn't. It's really one of the best books I've ever read.

    4. elfgivas


      for me, it means prying my fingers up one at a time, and letting go of the anger/hatred/hurt.... and trusting that God will do that for me, too. i keep picturing that God has this wonderful gift for me, and is standing right there, trying to give it to me, and that i can't accept i until i open my hands by letting go of whatever it is i am hanging on to. it is letting the person/feeling go free... and really, what i am doing is freeing myself...

  3. Burning the midnight oil building a business plan that I will probably never use. {sigh}

    1. Chelle in MO

      Chelle in MO

      It can be a good exercise in and of itself though! Gives you something to focus on right now.

  4. What in the heck am I doing wrong?? I cannot get my photo to show, even using Gravatar.

    1. Chelle in MO

      Chelle in MO

      I see it! You are gorgeous, and I love your hair!

  5. Ok-Your food comments have me curious! I've had stomach flu for a while but am still curious! Private message me your story-I had wanted to be a forensic coroner, before marriage. :)

    Also, I noticed you are using Thinkwell math. How old is your child that is using it, and do they like it, how are they doing? Our 15 yo is using it this year. The Pre-Calculus was too easy but he's having a bun whooping with the Calculus.

  6. Hmm....let's see... When the pain was very acute, I'd sleep with ice packs wrapped around my feet at night. Takes a little getting used to, but it did help. I started wearing Crocs knockoffs during the day with really stiff and high arch supports in them. When I had to go out, Skechers seemed to be the most comfy by far (don't know exactly why, because they're not incredibly supportive) Making a point of stretching gently before getting out of bed, or even before standing up from my chair. Since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, both at home and professionally, I added cushy mats to the areas where I spent the most time standing. It took a year and a half, but I'm almost to a complete recovery. If I had to pinpoint which of the things I listed was the most effective, I think it would have to be the continuous use of high and very stiff arch supports. Uncomfortable as all get-out in the beginning, but I think that is what made the difference in my recovery. It's incredible just how painful the condition can become, and just how much it can drag you down and drag away the joy of daily life. So....:grouphug::grouphug:.
  7. We only visited WA once about 20 years ago, when Gerrit got married to Karen. He lost his first wife many years ago in a terrible car accident which also injured their small children as well. We were so glad that he found Karen and that they've made a nice life together.


    All the rest of the family is in southern California though, so when we go visiting we invariably head south.

    Last year we almost made it up there, but something happened at the dairy so....

    My dc would like to go, and maybe we can make it there this summer. My spring vacation is spoken for!


    Trip preparations for Europe are going along smoothly, and we're starting to really look forward to the adventure.

  8. Yes, I'm turning 40 this year too. I don't mind. For the most part, I'm happier being slightly more mature (and perhaps a teeny-tiny bit wiser?) than I was in my teens, twenties, or even thirties. My dh and I keep looking at each other and saying, "how come you're so much easier to get along with than you used to be?". I think he's mellowed over the years--he's sure it's that I'm nicer than I used to be. {grin}


    Gerrit is my husband's oldest brother (there are seven brothers).

    I guess I didn't mention it because...well, I dunno. It seemed maybe a bit presumptuous somehow.

    -like assuming all homeschoolers must know each other, or that all African-Americans know each other just because of the color of their skin. Washington is, after all, a sizable area. I didn't want to assume that because you both were organic dairy farmers in the same state, that you must know each other. Goofy, huh?

  9. Hey, I also just noticed that you have a birthday coming. Mine is March 1st. If we lived closer, we could "do lunch" to celebrate! :)

  10. Hey, Colleen,

    I was wondering if you've ever met my brother-in-law, Gerrit van Tol. He's an OV producer with a farm in La Center, WA (Close to Seattle, I think). It seems he is fairly active within OV. He and his wife, Karen, also grow and sell organic blueberries on a small scale that I've heard are good.

  11. Hey! Ramona is my dh's and my hometown. We grew up there and moved away about 18 years ago, but both of our families still live in town. I can ask my sister about groups in Ramona, if that would be helpful. Are you hs'ing independently, or with Mountain View?
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