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)

Friday, June 30, 2006

Super Mabel!

Today was one of those very hot summer days. After all it is almost July! So for my last post for the month of June I thought I'd post four pictures from our fun day at the lake. Brock had never gone on a tube before, but after his first try on "Super Mabel" he was hooked. It was hard to get him off. Thanks to our good friends for the wonderful day! We had so much fun with you all.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Twins?

Where has the time gone? Do you remember when I used to dress you alike? I do.....(thanks to my friend from Canada for sending this pic to me)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Man's Best Friend

My loyal, faithful friend...Mugsy! Every morning, we spend quiet time together. Dogs are wonderfully theraputic, especially on really bad days. Yesterday was one of those days. We all have them from time to time. Mugsy always listens, never judges, never interupts, licks away salty tears, looks at me with trusting eyes as if to say "your secret is safe with me". Jessie says he has almost a human look about him at times. I agree. His eyes sometimes seem so full of wisdom and understanding. He follows me from room to room, sometimes he will just sit quietly and listen, other times he will be my walking partner. He is my inside companion who seems to understand me more than most humans do. Mugsy Malone what did I do without you?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bend it Like Beckham

GO ENGLAND! Despite what people might say apparently Beckham isn't all washed up after all. His super goal today allowed a win for England. Just had to brag on the Brits a little. I love watching the World Cup games. If you haven't watched any yet, I would recommend it. Catch a game and see if you don't become addicted!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Pregnancy

Lately I have been having vivid flashbacks. It is amazing how you can forget certain details of your life, until something happens that suddenly takes you back to that memory. When I was pregnant for the first time I was just so excited! When I was a teen, once I got past the "I want to be an actress" phase the only other thing I aspired to in life was to be a mother. When I finally found myself pregnant I was so excited. Sick but excited. I craved pancakes and had to eat peanut butter sandwiches every night to coat my stomach so I wouldn't throw up. My diet explains the embarrassing amount of weight I gained while pregnant. Anyway, the point is that as the month of December approached, every day I hoped it was THE DAY; the day I got to find out boy or girl and count the toes and fingers. The days dragged on and on. I will add at this point of the story that I was blissfully ignorant and that is why I was anticipating my first child's arrival. When I was expecting my second child I was fully aware of the LABOR experience and wasn't quite so anxious to repeat it. I am sure all you moms out there understand where I am coming from. My due date was December 18th, 1989. I had friends who had their babies early and was somehow convinced that this child would appear soon. Believe it or not I think I even hoped for our baby to come on my birthday, December 10th. How cool would that be? What a great birthday gift! How naive and stupid of me....the days ticked by....no baby....my due date approached....no baby.....surely this baby would come before Christmas!! I remember Christmas that year very well. I was huge, uncomfortable, not sure if my skin could stretch anymore and beginning to wonder if this was a big joke. Every time the phone rang it was someone asking me "so did you have your baby yet?". Those questions always frustrated me....God was testing my patience. Something I was in very short supply of. I even skimped on my Christmas dinner, just in case I went into labor. I had heard you don't want to do that on a full stomach. Still no baby!! Why is this memory so vivid to me now....I guess cuz I sense a lot of similarities to my current situation. "no we haven't moved yet", "no the house hasn't sold yet"....again my patience is being tried. I am about nine months pregnant now. With a dream and a hope. I know that just as that little girl arrived in God's timing on December 27th, 1989...so will our new life be birthed. Eventually. I am uncomfortable, I am impatient, I do all I can to be ready. Back in May, I thought there was no way we would be here still into July. Funny. Life has this way of coming back around at you in just in different ways. I know we are close now...soon we will step into the new chapter and out of this time of transition. Painful, lonely, confusing, stressful but good for me, if I let it be.I am being stretched as this dream grows inside me. Can't wait to see it!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Father's Day

Although, a new razor, golf magazine and pj pants are quite decent Father's Day gifts, I do believe the best gift award goes to the Board at our new church; who gave Randy the freedom to travel home and be with his family for Father's Day! It was a day of food, laughter, more food, more laughing, Scrabble, The US Open, World Cup Soccer (we kept going inbetween the two), food and golf with Brock. When one lives in a Best Western for going on three months, a good home cooked meal is highly under rated. So the day did consist of a lot of eating of favorites! We enjoyed spending the day together as a family, without any pressures of being somewhere at a certain time, without any appointments to look at houses, without anyone looking at ours.....just simple family fun. The kids enjoyed having their dad around and I could tell he loved being with his family. I guess it struck me that spending a day together used to be something we took for granted...now it is the best present anyone could give us! Funny how circumstances affect our appreciation for the "simpler things in life". Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Answers to prayer.

Well, again it has been a long time since I have written. Just to let you know, today my mum went to the surgeon for the results of her body scan and other tests. I am so thankful to God that they found nothing other than the one little tumor on her intestine. There is not a sign of any other growths or problems. All her results came back clear. So she is booked for surgery to remove the troublesome growth on June 26th. They will still biopsy the tumor just to make sure it isn't cancerous. We are all so relieved. Thank you so very much to everyone who has prayed and asked about her. Thank you all! I would name you by name but don't want to forget anyone! You know who you are. In other news we just returned from a little trip to Sparta. I am pretty excited about a house we went to see. Right now we are taking some initial steps towards purchasing it. But as you all know, long is the road to home ownership. Especially, when you own a home already that has not sold! I don't want to say too much right now because it is far from certain. But you can be sure I will update you as the process continues. I'll tell you a little bit, just to peak your curiousity (I am pretty sure that is what all good writers do to encourage their readers to come back for the following chapters). The home was built in the late 1800's and has had only two owners, the original couple and then their only child who never married. I can also tell you it has a "carriage house", a clawfoot tub, stained glass and wood floors throughout. At present, it is being lovingly restored and receiving some necessary updates (electric, plumbing, insuluation, central air). The finishing date is still up in the air. I have already said more than I should considering it isn't ours....but I am excited about it. I trust that if it is meant to be our new home then all the details will be ironed out in good time.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Working Girl!

Today I am taking a road trip to pick up my "working girl". Last week Brittany decided to take her dad up on his job offer of working in the church office. She excitedly packed up all her best clothes, jewellery, her makeup, hair appliances and everything else a young woman might need for a week at the office. I am happy to report that she LOVED it!!!! She answered the church office phone, even when a suspicious Mr Larry called her, I understand she handled herself very well. Perhaps, she has been inspired by Mr. Larry's wife all these years. What a great example to follow! Besides phone duty, she did filing, computer work and some other basic office tasks. Sometimes her job even included helping the book keeper choose a new hair cut! I really don't want to get all sentimental, Lord knows there has been enough of that lately, but it is just so rewarding to see the children you raise begin to unfold their wings and begin to fly. This week has been a week of testing her wings...waking up, working out, eating a healthy breakfast, preparing herself for her day, being ready for when her dad picked her up for work. Brittany loved every minute of it. She might even decide to persue a career in office management. It seems to suit her very well!!! You give your children roots in their formative years and then you have to let them go to become the people God created them to be. The time goes by so quickly..but it is part of the plan....I am proud of you my working girl!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Sydney

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Last Day of School

For eight years I have taken my children to and from school. Not once did they have to take a bus. This morning I took the all to familiar drive into town for the last time. Normally, the last day of school is greeted by relief, cheers, joy and excitementment. In our home, it was met with sadness, grief and a silent dread. The girls quietly joked that they hoped they wouldn't cry all day. Our lives in Hibbing have been full of many things, school was always at the center of it all for our children. Our years have followed a seemingly never ending circle. The fall months meant getting back to the schedule of classes, homework and settling in with new teachers. It meant, football games, cross country, buying new clothes, Homecoming, N/K games, pk retreat, Minnesota Youth Convention and training for the upcoming sports seasons. Winter follows quickly in the north. For our family is was always busy with basketball! In our first years here the long winters were hard to adjust to. The bitter cold days that seemed to never end. There was skating at Greenhaven, High School hockey games, Christmas break and Jacket Jamboree to fill the winter months. Spring would always creep up as if to tease us. It seems we would always have some warm summer like weather only to be laughed at with snow a week later. Everyone always told me not to plant anything til after Memorial Day up here. After years of frost in early May I do believe them now. Spring has always been about celebrating the fact we could get outdoors again. As this was the time the school year was coming to an end it would be very full with concerts, plays, prom activities, track, baseball and field trips. The annual trip to Ironworld for Arbor Day...I did that four times as a parent volunteer. I think the Smokey the Bear song will forever be engrained in my memory. Then the last day of school with seniors racing around the school in their decorated cars, yearbooks being signed, short shorts, cheers and laughing. We came to this town in the heat of summer; the sounds of stock cars rumbling through the night air. Summers here meant Mc Carthy beach, trips up the north shore, Little League, family vacations, camping, bonfires, youth group activities, church camp, staying up late, sitting at the side of the highway watching fireworks, parades, sleeping in and touring the area beaches. We came here in the heat of the summer and that is when we will leave. Cherishing the years here. Remembering the special coaches, teachers and friends who will mark our lives forever. As I drove my children in to school for the very last time here in Hibbing, after our daily ritual of praying I spoke this to them ."For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11 We look forward to that hope and that future.