Sunday, August 31, 2008

First football game of the Season!

Friday night we went to the first high school football game of the season. It was a perfect evening for a football game! Above is a picture of the cheerleaders holding up a giant poster they made for the football team to run through.
There they go! They're all stoked up to play this game!
This was a special night for us as our two younger boys are both playing for the high school. Grayson is a senior and plays varsity and Hayden is a freshman and plays on JV. Because this was the first game they let all the JV team dress down too. This moment might not happen again where both Grayson and Hayden were both dressed down.
Hayden is #99 and is standing there proudly with his team. I was bummed that I didn't get a close up picture of him, but this is a good one where you can see him in his uniform. He didn't get into the game nor did any of the other freshmen, but it was an honor for them to be on the sidelines with the varsity players.
This is the first year that Grayson (#14) got to have his named called as one of the starting players. He has started before, but just on defense and for some reason they don't call out defensive players names. This year he played offensive, defense and on special teams. I know this moment meant a lot to him. Above he is running by and giving "5" to all the other players and I took the picture right when he ran by Hayden!
Grayson is the one standing out front on the very right. It was neat to hear his name being called over the loud speaker.
It was a beautiful night for a ballgame. We love living in this little town, everything is so traditional and so many people come out to support the team whether they have kids here or not. I was trying to soak it all in and really enjoy it as this is Grayson's senior year. One of our friends said it perfectly about our sons being seniors this year, he said, "we're trying to put an anchor on this whole year to slow it down a bit." I liked that.
They won! It was a close game too 16 to 13. They boys were so excited. Grayson played awesome! I was flattered because they all yelled my name to come and take their picture. It kind of became a tradition last year because I always took pictures of them after the games. They all put them on their Myspace pages.
Grayson and his two good buddies and teammates, Garrett and Alex. They were wiped out. All of them played the whole game!
Here's Grayson and Rachelle. Aren't they so cute! They look so all American! Notice the #14 painted on her cheek!
I love this picture. She is wearing his sweatshirt with his #14 on it. He bought her the zebra purse at the fair in the summer. Auh, young love!

Go Dawgs!!!!

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." I Corinthians 9:24

Love, Shar

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Their first home!!!!

In early July, Eric and I met Mackenzie and his soon to be new bride, Brittany, at this house. At this point they had been looking for a manufactured home that they could purchase and live in after they are married in a few months. They had done lots of homework on this and had looked at a few places, but whittled it down to this one. They wanted our opinion on it, so we met them there to look it over.

Before we got there they had warned us that it was a "fixer". When we went inside we realized what they were talking about. The previous owners did not take the best care of it. A lot of it was due to the fact that they quickly moved out once and then moved right back in, so things were in boxes and it was very messy. They had started a few projects that they never finished such as painting the cabinets and not putting the doors back up and painting the walls, which they painted three different bright colors, pea green, mustard and sky blue. Above is a shot of the kitchen. This might be overwhelming to some folks, but Kenzie and Brittany are not afraid! They see the potential and realize it will just take a little elbow grease (should I say A LOT of elbow grease). Any way, it has good bones and lots of potential and they are young, energetic and creative and have the vision, energy and time to get it ship shape. They already have so many good plans to make this a doll house. First on the list is a good scrubbing and then new flooring and paint.

The home was originally marked at $18,000, then marked down to $12,000. It is so reasonable because it is in a mobile home park and they will have to pay rent space. After we looked at it, we suggested that they make an offer of $9,500. We thought it needed too much work. Eric and I also suggested that they talk to Grandpa Jim about getting a proper contract and to Grandma Alice for her opinion because she used to be a real estate agent. The kids did talk to them and got so much good advice and help. Mackenzie and Brittany wrote up a contract stating their offer and had some stipulations in there such as the previous owners must remove all of their belongings and leave it clean.

The previous owners came back stating $10,000. Mackenzie and Brittany accepted and all parties signed the contract. With Grandma Alice's suggestion, it went through escrow, so it was all legal and they were protected. A few weeks later they got this document in the mail stating that they own the home! They were so excited!!!
Here is a close up of the document, it says "Manufactured Structure Ownership Document"

I asked them permission to share about how much it cost and they said they were happy to let people know how much they paid so that people would know that you can find affordable housing! As it turns out, the previous owners decided not to completely clean out the home due to some unexpected circumstances, so they knocked $400.00 off the sales price, so they got the home for $9,600! They will be paying $400.00 a month space rent, but after doing all the math with how much their apartment rent would be it is a very smart thing to do. If they lived in an apartment for three years and paid $585.00 a month, they would put in $21,060 dollars into rent and would get no money out of that. After a three year period living in this home at $400.00 a month space rent, it would be $14,400 in rent, but after that time they would have the home loan paid off and they will be able to sell it and get for sure the $10,000 they put into it and most likely will be able to sell it for more than that. That will be a nice nest egg to put towards their first stick built home. We think this is a great plan and a very smart thing to do. What is really exciting is that the Lord will be the center of their home!

We are so tickled for them! What a great way to start their new marriage! They are getting the keys later on this afternoon and will start cleaning and moving in! Mackenzie will live there until the wedding and Brittany will be staying at her apartment. We are going to go over there tomorrow to help clean and help them do some of the projects. We are so excited!!! I will be sharing more photos in the coming weeks of their new home!

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!!

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." Psalm 127:1

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, August 29, 2008

My Nephew Nick's visit

The second week of August we had some more company! Our nephew, Nick, came and stayed for three nights. This is my husband's, brother's son. They live back east in Maryland. Eric's brother, Mark, brought Nick out for a one week visit. Mark did some mountain climbing and spent the night on the mountain, so Nick stayed with us. We had a great time! One day when I was working, my hubby Eric, took his father, Grandpa Jim, and the boys out to the mouth of the ocean to go crabbing. Here they are when they just got home.
They had a great day and caught 13 crab!
We have cooked them in the house before and boy does it stink up the kitchen. I was so happy when Eric bought one of these big Propane pots so he can cook them outside now and it works terrific!
Yummy, nothing like fresh cooked crab!
We had a marvelous feast!
We also took him out in the boat to inner tube!
He had a blast. The only other time he has done this was the last time he visited two years ago, so he was excited to go.
We stopped the boat in the middle of the lake and ate our picnic lunch and the boys jumped of the boat to swim and play.
Lots of good memories were made.
What a great way to cool off.
We drove the boat over to "Dorena Drop" where Grayson and Cameron jumped off. The picture above is Grayson jumping. Grayson measured it last summer and it it's a 50 feet drop! The water below is over 20 feet deep. Kids around this area have done this for years and no one has ever gotten hurt that we have heard about.
Now it's Cameron's turn. Boy are they brave!!!! While we were there we saw a 56 year old man do a backwards swan dive and he did it perfectly. We talked to him after and he said his goal is to do this every summer until he is 60! Amazing!
Here's Eric driving the boat and eating his sandwich. He is the unsung hero hauling all these kids around on the water, but he loves it!
After we were done tubing we drove up higher to some of the swimming holes. This place is called "The Pipes" because there are old irrigation pipes that kids jump off into a 15 foot deep swimming hole. The pipes are about 20 feet tall. Here is Hayden getting ready to jump.
I was really proud of Nick because he had never done this before and he was brave and climbed up there and jumped off! He said he loved it!
We are so blessed with these amazing swimming holes that are about an hour from our home. They are so fun and so beautiful! Here's Cameron sitting on a rock at "The Pipes".
After that we drove up to Wild Wood falls. Here's Eric and I watching the kids.
Grayson is ready to dive in. This cliff is about 20 feet high. This place is amazingly beautiful.
There he goes! Wow! I could never do that! I'm proud of my kids for being able to do it!
Again, Nick didn't think about it, he just did it! That shows some real guts! He was laughing at about the way this picture turned out with his arm straight out like that!
One thing Nick wanted to do with us was go to the thrift stores. He says he loves thrift stores and garage sales, but doesn't get to do it that often, so Hayden, Nick and I took an afternoon and went thrifting! They had a fun day together. The boys were looking for electrical equipment for their X-Box. Nick collects sports memorabilia to put in his room and he found several hats, a helmet and some foam #1 hands.
I am so glad that the boy's Cousin Nick got to come for a visit, he's a great kids and we had a wonderful time!

"Be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Trash (can) or Treasure????

Another new cutie that I found at the Goodwill. I saw this baby and did the treasure dive. If you were in the store when this event happened and I accidentally hurt you, I appologize for that! LOL!
It's a vintage tole painted garbage pail.
It goes perfect in my room! I LOVE it!!!! Thank you Lord for this small blessing!
Now I have two! I have had this one for about two years. It is in the master bathroom. I love it too. One of these days I am going to learn how to tole paint. I have a friend who teaches classes and she said I can call her anytime and come over to learn!

Have a great day today! I hope the Lord will keep you and richley bless you with whatever you do!!!

"A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume." Ecclesiastes 7:1

Hugs, Sharon

Happy Birthday Kelli!

I would like to wish my sister, Kelli, a very happy 50th birthday today! She has always been such a great big sister. She is a strong woman of God who takes her role as the Proverbs 31 woman very seriously. She is an excellent wife and mother and a very good sister and friend.

Sisterhood is powerful.
~Robin Morgan

This picture is from last year's annual birthday gathering with my two sisters and our mother. We will have another celebration some time in September.
Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life.
~Author Unknown

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit,
a golden thread to the meaning of life.
~Isadora James

Happy 50th birthday Kelli! I love you!

"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as sisters, be compassionate and humble." I Peter 3:8

Love, Sharon

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Life Magazine Moment

I took the boys in to to Macy's to try on their clothes that Mackenzie and Brittany picked for them for the wedding. All of them will be in the wedding as Mackenzie's groomsmen. While they are very happy for their brother and are excited about the wedding, getting fitted for fancy clothes is probably last on their list of fun things to do. I snapped a few pictures and they just crack me up! It reminded me of the old Life magazine when they used to show scenes like this.
They are "stuck" in these fancy clothes while the sales clerk was getting the alteration lady.
So bored. He's actually reading one of the stores catalogs!
So cute! I think Hayden is checking out his complexion in the mirror and Cameron is trying to figure out if the shirt fits. Is it time to go yet???
I don't really know what is going on in this picture. It looks like Cameron is trying on shoes and Hayden is looking at the bottom of his shoe for some reason.
Cameron needed some alterations on his pants in a very "sensitive" area and he had two women checking him out.
Does this look a little awkward to you? Let's get a close up of that face..........
...........yes, I think Cameron feels a bit awkward.
There's a smile!

This was one of those once in a lifetime moments that brings me joy.

"The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born!" Psalm 33:6

Love, Sharon
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