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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Location: Wisconsin

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)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

From Colorado!

Hey everyone! Guess where I am right now? I am sitting here in New LIfe Church with Mike and Brittany waiting for our last service to begin. Then we are back in the car for the long ride home!!! But I have to say that it has been so worth every minute scrunched in Dave's car. There is so much to talk about but I won't go into it all now. I just thought it would be cool to write from Mike's laptop. This has been so amazing and I thank God for the opportunity. Britt got to meet one of her heros, Lisa Bevere. I even got a picture of them together. For those of you who know the story....she met A.B. as well. She was amazingly brave and initiated the conversation last night. Most importantly we met God! We will never be the same. All you teens and young adults, plan on coming next year. There are over six thousand young people here! From literally everywhere. Well say a prayer that I stay awake driving tonight !! Love ya.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Desperation '06

Well hey there everyone! Tomorrow morning Britt and I head out for Colorado! Crazy life! My kids always tell me to live like I was dying, so here we go... I had not planned to take this trip but some "stuff" happened. You know just life stuff... and Britt needed an adult female partner for her journey west! She had signed up for this nationwide youth conference back before we knew we were moving and well it's a long story but let's just say mom is taking the journey with her. So it's gonna be two young men from Hibbing, Britt and me. Okay that old Sesame Street song is running through my head; "One of these things just doesn't belong here, one of these things just isn't the same" Do you remember that song? Yup, it's me. I'm the vegtable in a car of fruits! Or the triangle in the group of circles. Whichever....I'm the oddball.

As with everything in life, I believe things happen for a reason. So I am believing that there is a greater purpose for this LONG drive out to Colorado Springs. The name of the Conference is "Desperation" and I think that when you drive fifteen hours to attend something you must be pretty hungry and desperate for something. I know that the next week will be an amazing memory for Britt and I to look back on. Seeing as she is probably only around our household for two more years I know that I have to treasure opportunities like this.
I have been uneasy about the coming week only because I don't really enjoy long drives in the car and the details were so unclear as to how everything was going to happen. I am not a spontaneous person. But I had a daughter who "desperately" wanted to attend this event and I know in my heart she is supposed to go. It occurred to me last night that we are to enjoy the journey as much as we are the destination. I believe there is something to be said for the hours inbetween the big "events" in our lives!
Our plans is that we will meet the male half of the entourage in Des Moines, Iowa, where I will leave my car and we will then all travel the rest of the way together. You can be sure I will have lots to blog about when I get back. My camera is ready to go!
Sometimes in life things happen out of order, or out of what our plans are. I am learning to embrace these things and make the most of them. I was in Colorado Springs three years ago and had hoped to get back there one day, it is absolutely beautiful there! I guess this is the answer to my hopes. So friends, no blogging from me for over a week! But be ready for lots when I return....Colorado here we come!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Milestone!!

It is official! Brittany passed her driving test today and is now officially allowed behind the wheel without me! Or her dad! The two older girls headed back to Hibbing last night after church with their dad. Brittany had her test at 1:00 p.m. today and she passed! You can imagine how happy she is. This is something she has wanted for so long! Jenny Clair likes to tell the story of how Britt would ask if she could drive when she was in Kindergarten back in Detroit. Sometimes Jenny would come by and pick her up for me so I didn't have to pile all the kids in the car to take her. The story is a cute one but at the same time gives a clear picture of our first born and her aspirations to be twenty since she was five! What a help this will be to me, especially once school starts! Congrats baby girl! You worked hard and I am glad it paid off for you.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

One week!

We have been here for a week now. Life is different I will say that. We are in the middle of farm country and so in church we pray for rain. It has been so hot and extremely dry here which is so hard for the farmers. Today, the rain came. I guess I had never thought of the impact the dry weather had before. But now I am very mindful as I drive the country roads and see the oceans of corn stalks, leaves bent down in the blistering heat. I hope it rains all day!!
I love the fact that I can walk everywhere. Last night after dinner we walked down to the library. Yes, we already got our cards and have signed out books. In fact Sydney finished one already and is on her second. I love walking down Water St. in town, sometimes grabbing an ice cream cone to eat on the way. Yesterday, I counted five times I laced up my shoes to walk. This town is full of old homes and I love checking out people's gardens!
The kids are doing well. They get out and do a few things. I know once school starts it will get a lot busier. They are officially SPARTANS now. They are all registered at the schools. Brittany and Jessica met with the school councilor and he helped them choose their classes for the fall. Britt especially has to be careful in what she chooses because now she is a junior her future plans really affect her course selection. There are much more choices here in Sparta for them. Jessie will take Driver's Training in school! Aside from their core courses they could choose from many electives. Britt is gearing towards the medical field, so her electives include a nursing course and anatomy. Jessie is taking German 2, Keyboarding and Business Law. Hopefully, they will get into all the classes they chose.
The councilor was so helpful and friendly. He even invited Britt to run with him and some of the Varsity Boy's Cross Country team, seeing as she is joining Cross Country this fall. The boys team is seperate from the girls here in Sparta. Anyway, I think he was a little suprised when Britt and Syd showed up Monday night to run. It was so hot but they endured the three miles. Britt was so sore and tired, so now she gets up every morning and runs. She is determined to be in shape by August 14th when practice starts.
That is about it for now. Randy is heading back to Hibbing tonight after church. He will check on the house and bring another load of things back to Sparta with him. I really forgot a lot of things. Who thinks to pack toilet brushes?? Not me, but they are very necessary! I guess I still feel very much inbetween two places but I hope that our house sells very soon so we can really settle down with all our things.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Take care

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Forwarding Information

Randy and Sue Williamson
c/o 720 Avon Rd.,
Sparta, WI
54656

608-487-4526 (Sue's cell phone)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Cheeseheads.

Two days of 100 degree weather. I promise you I thank God for the air conditioning at least three times a day! This reminds me of where I grew up in southwestern Ontario. Very similar! I have enjoyed walking the streets and getting to know the town a bit. One of my favorite places is called "Ginny's Cupboard". It is a quaint old fashion soda fountain/restaurant downtown. It serves homemade sandwiches, soup, sodas, ice cream, malts etc. The boys behind the counter are called "jerks" and in the back hallway they even have a "JERK" hall of fame. Man my girls could add a few pictures to that wall!! Just kidding. The "jerks" are the boys who make the fountain drinks.
Another great experience so far was when a man from the church brought us dinner one night. He picked us up some KFC so I wouldn't have to cook. Cedric is a dairy farmer and works very hard milking twice a day. So once his second shift was over he stopped by to bless us. He handed Randy a white grocery bag and said "here are some snacks for you". We both thanked him as Randy set the bag on the counter. After Cedric left we went back into the kitchen and looked in the bag. Inside was a pound of fresh butter and two huge blocks of cheese!!! I had to laugh. Snacks from a dairy farmer!
We are all doing well and so glad to be together. Another update on my mom....I spoke with her today and she is doing great!! She actually had my brother take her to a store today and she walked around for a bit. She sounded wonderful. She isn't in pain except the odd pang and she is sounding like her old self. There's talk of food and finding a house to buy...so I know she is getting back to her normal self again!
That's the latest from Southwestern Wisconsin. Land of the Packers and Cheese!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Goodbyes and Hellos

Well, Iam writing this from Randy's office desk, here in Sparta! Our last night in Hibbing we had a little stream of visitors come by to say their goodbyes. Thanks to those of you who took the time to do that. We were so blessed by theVelo family who took the time to drive out from Nashwauk. We stood in a circle and joined hands while they prayed for us. I don't think there was a dry eye. They also took the time to write personal notes to each of us on little index cards. They were special heartfelt messages that we will all treasure! Randy was so touched he actually told me that I had better write about it on this blog! Velos, if you read this please know that in the midst of a difficult time for our children and ourselves you took the time to love on us and we were truly touched by your kindness. I think that people who have an understanding of the ministry and all that is involved were able to look past themselves and think of us at that time. Thanks Reid and Chelsea for staying up with us til 1:30 and giving us great thoughts and memories to take with us! You better come visit!

Nine years ago on Brock's third birthday we had just been voted in to the Hibbing church. It seemed somewhat ironic that we had celebrated a new beginning when he turned three and as he turned twelve we closed the door on that chapter of our lives. We had come full circle! We spent Tuesday night at Randy's parent's place so Brock could have somewhat of a celebration. He opened his special gift from his grandparents, a twelve gauge shotgun. In Wisconsin, twelve is the legal age that you can begin hunting. I know that he was thrilled to receive such a special gift.

Wednesday we arrived in Sparta around lunchtime. We were able to get into the rental house immediately. It is about ninety degrees here and is supposed to reach one hundred by Saturday. We were grateful for the air conditioning after unloading boxes for about an hour. We are currently living in an old Victorian home that has three bedrooms. The girls all share a room. We are sleeping on matresses and cardboard boxes serve as dressers. But I'll tell you we are all just so glad to be together as a family.

Well that is the update for now. I will try to keep up with this the best I can. I am off to Piggly Wiggly to get some meat for dinner! Don't you just love that name?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Happy Birthday Son

His birthday isn't until the 11th but seeing as we'll be on the road on Tuesday I had to post this now. The picture is Brock heading out for an evening of golf with Gibby. Mr. Gibson is a good friend of our family and has taken Brock golfing with him lately. Tonight's game was a birthday gift! Brock loves the sport and is working on his swing. Too bad I was taking the picture or I would have stood next to him so you could all see that he is actually taller than his mom now! His goal is to be 6'4"! We'll see! Brock enjoys sports of all kinds, he loves the Packers and the Timberwolves! He can out talk any of us and pretty much out eat us as well. He has a great imagination and is always coming up with original jokes or ways to improve the automobile. He's a thoughtful and sensitive kid. It isn't unusual for him to come home after a bike ride with a fist full of wildflowers for his mom. Well, Happy 12th Birthday Brock. "you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are grey, you'll never know dear, how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away." I used to sing that to you every night. Dad and I are so proud of the young man you are becoming.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Creative cooking and other SIGNS!

What do: packing tape, boxes, lists, man from moving company and creative cooking have in common? They are all signs of the reality that WE ARE FINALLY MOVING! A gal's mind can start playing tricks on here when you have mentally prepared for something but it never seems to transpire. You really start to go crazy! But finally the signs are all confirming the reality. I have to pack a few boxes and make a list of everything we'll need to live for two months. Just the VERY basics. Early next week when Randy arrives with a small trailer I have to have it all ready in boxes. The nice man from Atlas came by to take a look at all our stuff. The last sign, "creative cooking" otherwise known as "how to use up as many things from my fridge and pantry as I can". I hate throwing stuff away. But don't want to give a half used jar of mayo to anyone! So now I get to make up meals that use up the cans of soup, bottles of salad dressing, ketchup, dill pickles, rice, noodles and other items I have hanging around. If I come up with any great meals I'll let you know. I wouldn't hold my breath though. I wouldn't suggest you come by for dinner unless you want tuna and peanut butter! So finally, all you Hibbing folks can stop wondering "are they ever gonna leave?" I know it must have crossed some of your minds! Everytime I see people I know they always say "aren't you gone yet?" Soon. Very soon. YIPPEEEEE!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Wait is OVER!

At last....the Williamsons are outta here. God has made a way. In His timing, which is perfect. Randy has secured a rental home for us to live in short term. It is a long story that I won't bore you with on this blog but I think it has a lot to do with the prayers of friends and family. So the countdown begins. We have decided to leave our unsold house here in Hibbing (sound familar Jenny?) and trust that it will sell soon. But this fractured family will not wait. Randy will drop off our two bigger dogs, Nanny and Johnson at his parent's place and we will bring the little gangster with us. The yellow house with the red door becomes vacant on July 10th and we will move in soon after. There is another house with our name on it but it is receiving a complete makeover and needs time for that process to be complete. Hopefully, by mid to late August we will move all our belongings into our new place. Of course, there are details and papers and banks and all those other things that go along with purchasing a home. Right now it is still foremost in our minds and prayers that this home in the country would sell. It is the last rope around our ankles that ties us. The countdown begins. Less than a week! And we can be together as a family and ajust to our new town.

Monday, July 03, 2006

A very special Saturday

Brock had quite the adventure on Saturday. He has a good friend, who is actually more like a big brother. For a young guy with three sisters, "big brothers" are truly appreciated. Reid has always been that figure in Brock's life, especially in the last two/three years. So his buddy, Reid was to receive a scholarship from the Minnesota Twins (our major league team) for college. They were presenting him with this scholarship before Saturday night's game. Reid was told he could bring one guest on the field with him. He asked Brock to accompany him. What a thrill and honor! So Brock travelled down to Minneapolis with Reid and his family. Before the game started they walked out on the field together. Apparently, the scholarship recipients lined up on the first base line and the "guests" gathered around homeplate. You can imagine how exciting this was to an eleven year old boy. I found it ironic that the Twins were playing Wisconsin's team, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Twins won by the way. My sleepy boy arrived home at 2:30 a.m. with a bag full of goodies and a heart full of memories. Thanks Reid, you are a wonderful role model of character.