Williamson Family Zone

Welcome friends and family. We have now officially entered the twenty-first century. Hope you all enjoy catching up with our busy family online. Enjoy!

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this first question is tough! I am a wife and mother of four kids whom you will probably tire of hearing about in the following posts. But that won't stop me!! My best friend and I follow God and live life try to walk our journey with joy, peace and lots of laughing! This is a blog about my family for my family (and friends too)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Middle School Paparazzi

Well, I am not really sure what to make of this!! Maybe someone out there has some suggestions. Here's the deal: we are being stalked by Paparazzi. Well, not exactly. There are no cameras involved. But there are screaming girls. Outside Brock's school they wait. Today, he saw them and turned around and went back to the school doors. At first, I was wondering what he was doing. Then I caught sight of "them". Finally, he quickly entered the car with a big sigh. Up ahead on the sidewalk was a group of pre-teen girls. They were watching his every move. I waited...they waited...the game was on. We have experienced this for a few days now so I knew what was in store. I figured that their patience to wait us out, was greater than mine was at that point. As my car approached the teeny bopping, bracefaced crowd the screams started. "Brock, Brock!!!" Giggling, jumping up and down, screaming and arms waving. All these things typically seen at a rock concert were in plain view, attracting attention at least a block away. Okay, now I am extremely embarrassed cuz every other parent waiting in their car is now looking at us to see if like, Orlando Bloom is inside our car. Nope, it's just Brock. Wow! What in the world? I am seriously considering picking him up in a different spot, either that or get some tinted windows. I was thinking that I would never have had the nerve to do that in front of the boy I like, let alone his MOTHER!! Am I wrong? And then a better question.....WHY AM I THE EMBARRASSED ONE?????

Monday, March 27, 2006

Good-bye

Well, yesterday was our last Sunday at the church here in Hibbing. We had a very lovely send-off from the Board of Deacons inbetween the two morning services. They had cake and a short presentation in honor of our ministry here. It was very touching. I was feeling so strong as I walked downstairs. But it only took about five minutes for me and the tears started. It is so hard to say good-bye to the amazing people here. When you are a pastor, you connect with people and care for them in a very deep way. It goes beyond a surface relationship. Sometimes spirits connect. We have stood side by side with these people of the North Country. They allowed us in their homes and their hearts for these eight years. We stood side by side at gravesites, we prayed beside sickbeds, we watched many a beautiful bride meet her groom at the altar, we welcomed babies, we laughed and we cried, we received criticism and praise, we watched over these sheep and counted it a great honor to do so. Sometimes, you wonder if you can bear to open yourself up anymore for the pain is so great. But in life, the pain is also a part of the journey and you have to embrace it and feel it. For us it is a time for embracing the loss. I close with a quote from a movie about the life of CS Lewis called "Shadowlands".......'it is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all'

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Mom, is that you?

I am sure there is a really cute and catchy caption for this picture but at 6:00 am on a Saturday morning it just isn't coming to me. Now that the weather is warmer our little Mugsy likes to spend more time outdoors. On Thursday while I was cleaning I looked outside and this is what I saw! I thought it was pretty funny. Nanny is like the best, most even tempered dog ever!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Music In Our Schools

The Bluejacket choir. Britt is fourth from the right. The three girls dressed up ready for their concert. Last night was the annual "Music in our schools" choir concert at the High School. The three girls all participated. Just one more concert to go before the school year is over. The time has flown by. I seriously cannot believe that it is almost April. Brooke, Sydney, (in front) Amber, Jessie, Chelsea and Britt is back. On the steps of the beautiful Hibbing High School! Friends forever guys...we love you.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A New Season

A new season of the year. The first day of spring has come and gone. The signs are all around.. I have to be honest in saying that spring has never been my favorite time of year. I suppose because I am not a huge fan of mud or rain. Both of which come in abundance during the spring. However, I am a huge fan of new life; baby animals, buds on trees, folded petals unfurling their way through the old leaves, sunshine that warms the longer days and rainbows. Change is necessary....'though, I am not a big fan of good-byes, of "lasts", of tears and doors closing. Yet just as the the rain and the mud bring forth good things so do those less enjoyable things in my life. There is NEW LIFE; buds of hope, baby steps towards our future, challenges pushing their way up from the ground of our lives, His love that warms my days and the promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. ~As March draws to an end our family is finding itself in a springtime of it's own.~

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Spring is here! The morning sun shines through an intricate pattern of melting snow.

Monday, March 20, 2006

The P words!

Today a couple of my vices came back to haunt me. The two "P"s...Procrastination and being a Packrat. When we first moved to Hibbing almost eight years ago, we lived in the parsonage. It was a 1970-ish tri-level. The thing about tri-levels is that they have these fourth levels built into the depths of the earth. Some might call them a basement. But for me it was a door behind which I could put everything I didn't have a place for on the other three levels. We were so grateful to have a home to settle into as soon as we got to town. After a while we bought our own home and moved out of the lovely parsonage. Unfortunately, not all of our things made it out with us. I say, unfortunately because now we are leaving this town I have to go back to all our previous stops and collect all our belongings that haven't made the trip with us. There are the larger items, like our crib, change table and cradle. But this morning I made my way through the cobwebs to find things like plastic easter eggs, envelopes, yarn, baby socks, winter boots and other must have items. As I pull cobwebs from my eyelashes, I am wondering "And why didn't I feel I could throw this lovely plastic egg away?" Did I think I would actually miss it or use it? Then there is the issue of the broken items. I know what I was thinking..."I will glue this broken ornament back together one day and it will be as good as new". Never happened, never will. With age, I am getting much better at the packrat syndrome. I have no problem throwing things out now. There are about five large boxes full of junk to prove it sitting in the parsonage basement waiting to be disposed of. I have to face my vices, for sooner or later they come back to visit from behind doors long forgotten!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The circle...

Today is a day that I celebrate the birthday of my brother, Bimal. And also mourn the passing of my Uncle Eric. The complete circle of life is before me today. Happy Birthday to my brother in Canada. I hope you have a wonderful day with mum and Romila. My thoughts are with you. Also, though another early morning phone call came. Cancer has taken another husband from my Auntie. She is a woman who is so strong and her life has been marked by tending to the needs of everyone around her. Much like my own mother has done. She is my mother's only sibling, my only aunt. Though she is an ocean away from me today my thoughts and prayers are with you today and with your two girls.

Friday, March 17, 2006

This is my final decision.

After feedback I received from a few people I decided that I will continue on with this blog. Please, know that I am not "playing games" here. In all seriousness, I thought it best I stop writing for a few reasons. YOU (you know you all of you are) convinced me to keep writing. First of all, I find journalling theraputic. Lord knows how much I need that right now. Secondly, some of you actually like to hear about my kids. Then I got thinking about how much I would want to post pictures from Prom Alternative this year, as both Jessie and Britt are going. Not to mention how fun it would be for you to see our piles of boxes form. (ha ha) So all things considered, I am going to continue with the blog! As my mother always said "To change her mind, is a woman's perogative" People always get them mixed up and I always say they are nothing alike. Looking at this picture I would say I should eat my words. They look so much alike here! Don't you think? For those of you who are not sure. Jessie on the left, Brittany on the right.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Last blog post.

So I think that I am shutting this blog down for a while. I will pick a new one back up once we settle in our new town. I'll continue to send out emails updating y'all so don't worry about that. This will just be one less thing for me to "manage" right now. Life is crazy! Thanks to all who read and care. Remember my email changed to mrswilly04@hotmail.com.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Resignation

Today was a day I had dreaded all week. Do you ever have weeks like that? I knew that Sunday March 12th would be a difficult day for a lot of people. It is a day I wished we could skip over completely. Today Randy announced to our church "family" that we are leaving Hibbing after almost eight years. Our last Sunday at church will be March 26th. Two short weeks. Randy accepted a position at a church in Sparta, Wisconsin. The road we have travelled lately has been one of lonliness, secrets, searching, excitement and as always....adventure. It's a road of obedience. A road of faith. We have known for quite a while that we would be leaving, but weren't sure where we would be going. It has been hard for the kids to not be able to talk about this to anyone. They are coping very well though. The children and I will stay in Hibbing until school is finished the first week of June. We felt this was best. Randy will go on ahead and start the new work in Sparta, early April. He will have lots of trips back and forth as we pack up and prepare our home for the market. I won't go into too many details in this post. I just wanted to let you all know what's been going on. There are no words to explain how hard the next weeks will be as we say good-bye to good friends and collegues. Thanks to those who understand my silence and my need to focus on my family's needs right now.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bitter Pill.

Well, it is over! I have watched many basketball games in my day, but none like last night. At the risk of sounding like I am a sore loser I will just say that it was the most heartbreaking way to loose a game for our girls. They outplayed Hermantown and led through most of the game. It was a close score all night. With .3 (not three but point three) seconds left in regulation time the girls thought they heard the buzzer (it was extremely noisy in there) and rushed off the bench to the floor. The Ref. called a Technical and their shooter (who is amazing by the way. The girl scored thirty-five points last night til she fouled out in over time) But anyway, she tied the game with her two shots and we went into overtime. Hibbing led by four with just seconds on the clock. Hermantown managed to sink a three pointer and then steal the ball back after it was knocked out of bounds to score again. Final 79-78! Season over! The crowd literally stood quiet in shocked disbelief, the players fell to the floor crying. I guess when it comes down to it, you just have to say "it is what it is" and move on. Cheerleading is over for us and the basketball season is too. I've gone over it in my head and wished that the outcome was different and wished that if Hermantown was going to win it was by at least six points so we knew they just got outplayed. But with a game like that there are so many variables that it makes the bitter pill harder to swallow. Congrats to Hibbing Bluejackets on a great season.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Section Finals!

Well tonight is the night! Jessie and I are going to watch the game. Britt will be cheering for our Girls! Should be a great game! Randy's checkup went well. He actually didn't see the surgeon this time but just the "stitch taker outer lady" (right?) He has some new pain meds that should help the pain but not make him fall over like a rag doll twenty minutes after consumption. This is always a plus when you are driving, preaching or eating. We found the solution to Britt's dress crisis. It's a gorgeous gown and even better it was on sale! This is Syd and her friend when they recently sang the national anthem at the PeeWee Hockey Tournament.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

MORE snow!!

We got dumped on again last night so Randy and his buddy headed down to the Cities last night. His appointment is early this morning. We'll wait to see what the surgeon has to say about his progress. He seems to be doing really well, all things considered. I just did my "Chores" ie. filling the woodstove and shovelling. Ahh, country living. It's good for me to get out early and do something! My bonbons and soap operas will have to wait.... ha ha. Tomorrow, Brit cheers for our Girls basketball team in Duluth. The girls did beat Grand Rapids rather soundly and now they play in the Section Finals, tomorrow night against a tough Hermantown team. It'll be fun to watch. State Tournament starts next week. Brock has a home tourney this Saturday so our days are still pretty full with basketball!! We are also doing the prom shopping too. Jessie needs shoes and now we found out we'll have to buy a dress for Britt as she has grown again and doesn't fit in any of the ones she borrowed. She's gotta be five ten in heels! Tall! I thought girls stopped growing at like fifteen or something. Guess I was wrong. I am sure Jessie hopes she'll continue to get taller too. Well congrats to ORU on winning their division in College Ball! and of course---Go BLUEJACKETS!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Is spring here? The weather has certainly warmed up. "They" say that by Monday it might reach forty up here in northern Minnesota! I'll be so glad for that. My poor car has taken a beating with all the snow! Randy is doing well. He goes back to the surgeon on Wednesday and has his stitches taken out. He is also weaning himself off the medication so he can drive. We are hoping that the girls win tonight so then they'll play next Thursday for the sectional championship, most likely against a very good Hermantown team. If they win sections then they are on to state! It's pretty exciting. I guess that's about all I have to say. For those of you who haven't checked in with me in a while, my email changed. Check post #160 for details. Enjoy your weekend!