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)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Last Day of May post.

I can't believe it is the last day of May. The month has flown by. Two more days of school and then another school year comes to a close. For us, it marks the end of our time in Hibbing as well. We are probably packing our immediate belongings and renting some temporary housing in Sparta, until we find a home. We think it is best that at least we are together as a family. I think we will be moving in about two weeks. This is becoming a reality. The kids will be able to settle in down there in their new community and youth group and it will just be better for us all. So far the house has not sold, but it is going back in the paper for another two week stint so we'll see what happens. In other news, my mom was hospitialized last week. They have found a tumor in her intestine and so she is undergoing further testing to see the extent of her situation. We are thankful that we have answers to what has been giving her so much pain and trouble for a year now and are praying that they can remove this tumor and she will recover back to full health. We appreciate your prayers for her. June will be a month of change for us. Starting with our final good byes to Hibbing and then adjusting to our life in Wisconsin. Change is hard, isn't it? But it feels good to be stretched and challenged. That is a little update. Along with a couple pictures. The first one is the girls and their "band mates" from the POPS concert. (per Brooke's request). The girls did a great job by the way! The second one is of the four kids with Tanner. He is a wonderful young man who attends our Sparta church. His family is amazing! This pic was taken as we said goodbye this past weekend. We went down to spend the long weekend with Randy.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Field Mice in the Window Well

Early morning mousehunt! Brittany screamed. Jessie calmly inquired. Brock advised. I grabbed my camera. (aren't I a big help?) Jessie to the rescue. Jessie and the yellow glove. Can you see the tiny mouse near Jess? Mission accomplished. The mouse bounced into the woods.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Extra! Extra! read all about it!

In today's paper! This article appears in our local paper today. As you can see there is a cute picture and quite a long article about the girls and their band! Pretty exciting stuff. The girls are performing at the Hibbing High School Pops concert next Thursday. It will be their last time playing in public before we move. It was so nice of the female reporter to take notice of them and put this great article in the Hibbing Daily Tribune. I will frame copies for Britt and Jess.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Our home makeover.

Everytime Randy comes back to Hibbing, he picks a "project". This visit we turned our attention outside. Seeing as our weather has become warmer we thought it was time to do something about our sandbox, otherwise known as our yard. With the help of friends (bribed with food and beverages) the project was completed today. (thanks Jeff, Jim and of course Gibby) Randy apologized that this was done now we are leaving. But it's a good job done. Picture One is the before. Well before sod but after black dirt. Picture Two is of what our front yard looks like now. Picture Three is of Randy and Gibby during the process. Picture Four is what Nanny did while the guys worked. I know why they say "it's a dog's life!". I was in charge of purchasing some flowers for our sill boxes and I planted those yesterday. It is amazing to me the difference it has made.

Monday, May 15, 2006

my Mother's Day

My Mother's Day was great by the way. Our crew went to a cool church in Duluth, then we hit canal park for lunch and then did some shopping. Of course, I am biased but I have the best kids! To top it all off Randy arrived just in time for dinner! The above pic is of the kids at lunch! The below pics are just us, messin' around on the way home.

Mother's Day post-a day late!

Happy Mother's Day! My mom was our safe shelter in a stormy childhood, putting our needs before hers. The greatest example I remember of this from my childhood, was how each of her children had beds to sleep in at night. But after the divorce, the living room became her bedroom and the sofa became her bed. Every night she would pull that thing out into a bed. It makes me sad to think of it. She sacraficed alot to make sure her four children were cared for. As I was writing parts of my previous post I thought of my mother. She is truly my friend in the way she has let me go free to discover my life, never weighing me down with any guilt. My siblings are spread near and far and she always supports us in our journeys and adventures. My mom doesn't have a computer so she probably won't even read these words, but I write it anyway...... as a tribute. To all the moms who are my friends and read my blog I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day as well. I pray that you realize that what you do is a "calling". People say it but I hope you truly believe it in your hearts. I hope you all had a wonderful day being honored for all you do. Love you all.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Lost Art

I have had a lot of time to think about a lot of things lately. Probably too much time. But I have to say that in our current situation I have found the value in true friendship. I personally believe that our society as a whole cannot value it for it hasn't defined it. We all want good friends but aren't so willing to be a good friend. What are friends?...I have found that they are those who pour life into us, rather than take life away. They aren't always looking for the "what's in it for me?". Friendship is unselfish and never self-seeking. It doesn't care whether you are a doctor or a garbage man. It doesn't care where you live, how old you are or the color of your skin. It isn't jealous. If things go well for you, it rejoices and celebrates. In times of crisis, it puts aside comfortabilty and reaches out a hand. Friendship will speak TRUTH, even at the risk of offending. It doesn't find your faults and dance around them. Rather it will bring you the keys to rid yourself of those faults. True friends will seek your best rather than what is best in their eyes. Friends will graciously set you free to travel your journey; never loading you down with a burden of guilt. Being a friend costs something and requires something. It isn't just sharing popcorn at a movie or hanging out at the mall. Oh how we have cheapened our views so that we can fit the awesome responsibility into a neat package that fits into our busy, self-consumed lives. Friendship is a lost art. I pray God continues to teach me this art, for I have certainly not mastered it. However, I am thankful for the treasures He has given me and my children during this time.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Concerts and such.

I have been terrible lately at keeping this blog up to date. It is really because there isn't much to tell. I wish I had some great story to share but I really don't. The kids informed me yesterday that there are eighteen days of school left. That means we have approximately four weeks left until we move. Our house is now officially for sale and so my days consist of trying to keep it clean should we get a call. I can't really travel too far, in case someone calls. It is akin to having a chain and house around your ankle. But I am happy to be a slave to this place if it means we sell it! Randy keeps looking at homes down "there" for us as well. He is definately getting a feel for the area. The children are doing well. Sydney has her last choir concert this coming Thursday. Her thoughtful choir director thought it would be nice to give Sydney a solo for her last performance. She will sing a few lines alone from the song, Matchmaker, from "Fiddler on the Roof". It just happens to be one of our family favorites. The older two girls have their concerts coming up in another two weeks. Their band was recently interviewed for the local paper and hopefully that story will run just before their performance. Brock....well Brock entertains himself by dicovering new ways of contorting his face, new noises his body can make and new ways of expending his energy especially if it involves annoying his sisters! So really that is all I have to report on the goings on in the Williamson clan. Not very exciting reading I am afraid!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Treasures

I have to admit, I am by nature, a creature of habit. I am not sponantious and I like my schedule! When summer comes I enjoy the freedom of a relaxed schedule but by August I am craving the organized living that the school year brings. All that to say, waiting to move has it's challenges for me. Days of no direction, no meetings, no ministry and endless hours in an empty house gets old very fast for me. As you know Randy is already in Sparta, pastoring our new church. We felt it best that the kids finish out this school year and with that decision comes sacrafice. With all the strangeness of my life right now, I have to admit that I have asked God to show me the purpose in it. I am a firm believer of making the most of whatever stage of life you are in, whatever opposition you face, whatever obstacles may come. So I sat and waited for the answer......and I can say that I believe these days are a gift to me. If I want to look at them that way. Last night a young woman came over and wisked Britt away to "celebrate" something amazing that has happened in her life recently. When the two giggling girls returned they plunked themselves down on the sofa and Jessie and I joined them in a wonderfully delightful conversation. Before I knew it, hours had passed! The clock read, 11:30 p.m.!!! It was a school night! For this.....uptight? mother that normally would have stressed me out. And I have to be honest in saying I had a moment of "inner freaking", but it was overwhelmed by the appreciation of the moment. There is something to be said for knowing your moments with people are coming to an end. Something to be said about seizing moments that might never be again. I have grown to love this young woman as she has graced our lives for eight years. Not only is she embarking on adult life come this fall, but we will no longer have the contact with her like we do now. I wish that everyone would take the moments of their lives and live them as if they might never come again. Like they are the precious treasures they are. School night or not. I treasure these memories with my girls and their friends. Life is to be lived, felt, embraced, enjoyed, savored, tasted and appreciated. Every moment. Even the times when we feel we are displaced..