Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Texts From The Trail...

I have always told my hubby that I would have never been one to go west. I would have stayed in the comfort of the east with all the conveniences and safety that it offered.

IF there had been cell phones back then, and IF I had gone west, these are some of the texts I might have sent to my mom back home.

getting awfully tired of the smell of cow chips

heard the Indians today and I am afraid

love the quilt you made me

the wagons are creaking along and we are number 7 in line

wish I had stayed in the East

lots of dust

tell dad I love him

I miss you mom

seems like we have been traveling forever

I miss having a soft roll of toilet paper

I do love seeing the stars at night

maybe someday women will be able to wear pants, it would be a lot easier than dresses

reading makes the days go by faster, glad I brought a few books

the wagon behind us has a passel of unruly children

I have found a few good friends, and we sit around the campfire in the evening together

Jim is doing well. He keeps busy, keeping the wagon rolling

Horses are doing well

What I would give for a nice hot soak in the tub

I often think of the women who braved the wagon trail to come west. I admire them. I am not tough. I would have cried myself to sleep each night, and wanted to "go home". Thankful that I didn't live during that time period when the wagon trains were headed this way...

I love conveniences. Plain and simple.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


There is so much we can live without. I hate clutter, even though if you looked at my home office you wouldn't think so. Everything just gets plopped there and "I will put it away later"....

I have begun to go through my home and get rid of "stuff". Now, why was I keeping this? Have I used it in the last year?

Off to the Goodwill. I already made one trip this morning. I plan on making many more.

Less clutter, less stuff, less to clean, less to dust.... sounds freeing to me!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Alaska How I Love Thee...

I have internet.... First time I have been able to use my computer is today. I am sitting at Safeway (Eagle) grocery story and using their free internet.

I stepped off the plane in Anchorage and took in a deep breath of the brisk clean fresh air and absolutely felt at home!

I have spent time with my dad, and loved every moment. In fact, when I am done blogging, I am headed back out to see him again for a little bit. It is such a gift to my heart to be able to come and spend time with him. Something that I will always deeply cherish.

I spent yesterday with my darling daughter and met her Brian. It is so fun to see her beaming. Ah, my mother's heart. He seems like such a wonderful young man. I was able to meet Brian's mom and grandmother yesterday too. What a heritage that has been passed onto him.

Went to Church On The Rock this morning. What a wonderful word that Skip Bowersocks shared and I was able to see many people I love. My biggest surprise was seeing my roommate from ABI, the Bible School we attended so many years ago, Pam Christensen. What a blessing and treat for me. I don't think we have seen each other for over 20 years.

This is really such an ugly time to come to Alaska as it is known as "break up".. Everything is dirty...and yet, I absolutely love it. Don't have to worry about washing your car up here :}

I am thankful for the Lord's grace that covers us and has covered us through the years. It is only because of His grace that we are who we are and it is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other. GRACE.......