A new month is upon us! Let’s see what it will bring!

Friday July 1, A nice breezy day, didn’t get as hot as they said it would. About a week and a half ago some things were not so clear, then got a little clearer, today those things got clear. πŸ™‚ Doesn’t mean things are better, just clearer, but that’s good. I know I am not saying much, that’s just the way it is. Chocolate ice cream to end the evening, ahhhh. Weekend ahead!

Saturday July 2, Pancakes and an egg for breakfast, yummy! πŸ™‚ A hot and sunny day. Stephanie went with a friend to a pool for the day. Josh is packed and ready to leave 5:30 AM tomorrow. Received an anonymous monetary gift in the mail today! πŸ™‚Β  God supplies when we are in need! πŸ™‚ Grilling burgers for supper! πŸ™‚ Burgers were good! Put some cheddar cheese on to melt, a slice of tomato, garden leaf lettuce, mayo, slices of dill pickle, brown mustard and ketchup. πŸ™‚ Now some sort of chocolate before bed…I will be set!

Sunday July 3, Saw Josh and the others off on their trip to Colorado. A good morning service at church. Also was given 3 bags of bagels and bread (BIG bags). Took a nap this afternoon cuz of the early morning.

Monday July4, Independence Day! The H.S. group made it to their first stop in Nebraska okay. Here is a link if you want to follow them http://gbcoasis.com/colorado2011Β  Kids went to a parade by Gma & Gpa’s house, and ate lunch with them. Went to see fireworks in Warrenville, pretty good! Happy Birthday America!

Tuesday July 5, A sunny hot day. A/C need I say more? Had to go back and fix a small leak that developed on a previous job. I said no charge and she insisted on giving me some cash. I appreciate her and she does me and my reliability. One customer at a time…just need more! πŸ™‚

Wednesday July 6, Our oldest daughter turns 13 today! I don’t know…to be thankful or horrified! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to choir practice tonight. Had a good practice, Benjamin sang too! Ah birthdays…can you say Texas Sheet Cake?! My kids and I usually do. We never tire of it! CHOCOLATE!!!

Thursday July 7, A nice day today. No rain lately, will probably have to water the garden tomorrow. Got to spend some time with my sister this evening. She bought Noodles & Co. for the two of us for supper, her first time. Got some info from a friend about certain things and that makes us more knowledgeable.

Friday July 8, An uneventful day. The boys mowed the lawn, Stephanie received more gifts from her aunt to open (she still has more to come). We had fruit smoothies again! Burgers on the grill. Weekend ahead!

Saturday July 9, Stephanie got her gift from Mom and Dad in the mail today! Earlier than we expected! A gyro copter, pretty cool, I got to fly it too! πŸ™‚ Also the book by Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, came. We are going to read it together.

Sunday July 10,Β  Two good services at church today. At this evenings service I lead singing. I enjoy that and picked some good songs. Our HS youth group got back at about 8 PM so I stayed to wait for them. They had a good trip and now with Josh back we are at full strength with the 8 of us again. The week is ahead, what will it bring?

Monday July 11, We lost power at 8 AM but we are okay. Bailed the sump pump pit for a while then the water started to drop on its own. πŸ™‚Β  Just hot!!! Took some food to my wife’s parents house.

Tuesday July 12, No rain (good) and no power yet (bad). At my brother and sisters for some cooling. Took more food to my wife’s parents house.Β  At least the freezer will get someΒ defrosting out of it. Possible job interview tonight!

Wednesday July 13, Yeah! after 51-1/2 hours we got power! πŸ™‚ Now we restock the refrigerator after it got a thorough cleaning, freezer too (needed).Β  We went over to my sisters house and had a brunch with her then loaded our food up to bring home. Next the parents place. Choir practice tonight. Benjamin and Josh both sang tonight!

Thursday July 14, A nice day! Catching up with all my email and blog stuff. Got our frozen food back. Some days it is really all about the little stuff, nothing amazing, and it doesn’t have to be!

Friday July 15, A sunny day, the heat is coming! I’m on LinkedIn as of three days ago and have 16 connections already!Β  Want a good nights sleep tonight. Hope I get it. Let you know tomorrow.

Saturday July 16, A hot but relaxing day. Kids got to swim in neighbors pool. Guess I need to ask when adult swim is? More heat coming! Sleep was a bit better. Staying up too late reading.

Sunday July 17, Church services today, do you go? A/C!! I’ll be thankful for that all this week!

Monday July 18, Our oldest had a job interview today and got asked to stay for a second interview, so a possibility. He also interviewed by phone with a recruiter. So another possibility. A/C!! Up to 35 connections on LinkedIn!

Tuesday July 19, A/C!!! 2nd son James had an interview today. He worked at WA last night as a techie and got Josh lined up to fill an open slot also! LinkedIn at 41. Got some re-arranging of my email addys done.

Wednesday July 20, Our 26th anniversary is today! We went for a bike ride this morning, about 6-7 miles or so, then read the first chapter of One Thousand Gifts together. Heart touching and wrenching at the same time. There is going to be feeling in this book. Also a happy 27th birthday wish to my niece today. πŸ™‚ More later. Went to a movie, P of C. Then dinner at DB’s Mongolian Grill, good food! Walked along the Naperville river walk, still hot out.

Thursday July 21, Oldest had a pre-interview with the recruiter from the previous phone interview. Girls went with Gma today, had a good time. A/C! Up to 46 on LinkedIn.

Friday July 22, Today Benjamin has an interview with the company the recruiter is working with. A little cooler this morning and some rain, opened the windows before it gets hot again.

Saturday July 23, Woke up very very early to storm sirens going off, but all okay. Now I’ll be tired all day. The power stayed on! πŸ™‚ Got some house cleaning done. Stephanie went with a friend to Naper Settlement. The 3 older boys went to play rugby this evening, with a group of friends.

Sunday July 24, Storms again last night and this morning, but we still have power. Cooler this morning too, windows open and no A/C until mid-afternoon. Sunshine after the storms, and you know, at least during the day there is sunshine during the storm, just gotta get the clouds out of the way! πŸ™‚ Received a gift at church tonight. Got this page back to normal! What will the week bring?

Monday July 25, We got out and weeded the garden this morning. I made a repair on a bunk bed. Cool morning, A/C for afternoon, windows back open tonight. My brother called, gonna work for him on Friday. Check out ESPN’s prime time news magazine E:60 tomorrow at 6PM CST should be good!

Tuesday July 26, Our oldest, Benjamin, was offered a job and he accepted! I passed out 87 door hangers for my business today in 3 neighborhoods. Need to do more. Up to 52 on LinkedIn. Anyone see the ESPN show on E:60 today at 6PM? We don’t have TV reception so my brother DVR-ed it for us to watch later. No TV? Okay long story short…no antenna and not gonna pay for cable or other. So no TV since 1999!!! For that, YES, I am thankful! πŸ™‚

Wednesday July 27, A cool night and morning, but hot afternoon A/C. My sister had some good news about some teeth procedures. Choir practice was good tonight. Got some work for tomorrow! Maybe another bathroom job coming too.

Thursday July 28, Did a plumbing job today! Work with/for my brother tomorrow. Girls were with Gma today.Β  Up to 54 on LinkedIn and 2 recommendations! Got some good news this evening.

Friday July 29, Well I did work for my brother today 7 – 5, my feet are killing me and I ached all over. But it is a good kind. Except the feet, I have bad feet from a previous injury, which gave me permanent plantar fasciitous. Anyone got remedies? Got home to some more good news.

Saturday July 30, Slept okay, tired,Β  feet feel better, still tight. A/C!! a hot one today. The 3 youngest went to a fun fair at Gma’s church. Our youngest daughter got to read to a Newfoundland at the library! It was read to a dog day.

Sunday July 31, The end of another month! Feeling better today. Went to Sunday morning and evening church services, morning singing in the choir and a good service with 1 baptism, evening I lead singing. I guess I took a nap this afternoon, must have snored and gave it away. πŸ™‚ What will August bring? Tomorrow starts a new day, week and month.