Monday, December 17, 2007

From Proverbs

Soon Nate will move on from his current job and begin designing his own software. Please pray for us in this (ad)venture.

Give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the LORD ?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

P.S. Does that make OINK, or SINK?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Happy Sinterklaas Day

After we realized that Sinterklaas Day was long over (that's when we had decided to open gifts), we decided to open our gifts to each other tonight instead. Nate gave me a very cute folding up travel Scrabble. We sat in front of the heater and played. I lost. Because Nate challenged "quo" and got "fez" on a triple letter.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Test your Typing Tempo

Here is a test that will tell you how fast you type. My family sent it to me; according to Dad, Holly has gotten 154 words per minute. My personal best right now is 90. If you want to get into the fun-spirited competitiveness while brushing up your typing skills, give it a try and post a comment with how fast you are!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas decorations

Here's the results of my decorating! Now, if only Wal-Mart could wait until Thanksgiving (instead of the day after Halloween) to put out Christmas stuff.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Mourning the death of Grandpa.
And rejoicing, always.

Mourning that he had to go through so much pain.
Singing because he's free of it.

Crying because my future children won't play Husker Du with their Great-Grandpa Hooyer in this life.
Curious if we'll do that in heaven.

Glad that I had the priviledge of having all eight grandparents present at my wedding.
Sorry that my sisters won't have that.

Missing his calm voice saying Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name.
Praising because God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

Sad that I won't have Grandpa's silent enjoyment when I sit down at the piano after a Sunday dinner.
Smiling at what awesome sounds he must be hearing right now.

Grieving our family's loss.
Celebrating Grandpa's gain.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Your kingdom come, your will be done

I've been wanting to post the past couple days to say something about Grandpa. However, I couldn't think of much to say that hadn't already been said by Heather's post, her other post, or Janet.
Mom and Dad called last night from the hospital and put the phone to Grandpa's ear so I could talk to him, which was good. I couldn't hear him say anything but they said he knew who I was and said something. I told him I loved him, that I wished I could be there, that I'm praying for him.

I do have two things to add to Heather's list, although she said most of the good ones already:
  • Him offering (threatening?) to pull our teeth out with a pliers when we told him they were loose.
  • Grandpa's version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Winner gets to slap the other person's hand-- hard!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Prosser Balloon Rally

Nate and I went to watch the balloons take off early this morning. They had designs ranging from Coca-Cola ads to potato plants, and of course the colorful geometric designs. I had never seen them up close before; it was cool. To launch, they stretch them out on the ground, blow some cool air into them, and then use the torch thing to heat it up so it stands. The 1st video is of a balloon filling with hot air. It was beautiful to watch them all drifting away!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Are you Superstitious?

I'm not. We just adopted 3 kittens born on Friday the 13th (of July). They're all black. Here's the pictures!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Almost Ready!

Here's the bulletin board Mrs. E and I made yesterday. We continued the decorating today using our fabulous stapling skills. I think I'm about ready for school to start (although I have enough details to take care of in the next week). Nate and I are having a busy but fun end of the summer: we enjoyed having a visit from G & G VW last week and from Matt and Laura yesterday. We tried to take the cheese tour at Darigold but it was closed due to flooding (water, not milk). Oh well, we had a good time visiting anyway.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Save the Corn!

This corn was sitting in the field getting gross until Nate talked me into freezing corn. I now have 5 bags of corn in my freezer. I know that is nothing compared to the hundreds of quarts of corn Grandma Hooyer probably froze in her life, but it's a start! If I feel motivated, I'll do it again tomorrow.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Capri Sun Lunch Bag

This was my project yesterday evening. You can find the instructions here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Home Again

Nate and I had a great time over the last few weeks catching up with family, eating yummy things from my dad's wood-burning grill, celebrating the 4th of July, pear pitching, and hiking, biking, and sight-seeing at Mt. Rainier. The photo below is before I biked from Paradise to the west entrance of the park with Rebecca, Alissa, and Nate's Dad...19 miles of cold/wet but downhill biking. (Click on the links to see some more pictures and videos of the trip.)
Our return home was somewhat sad because while we were gone Jeeves and Wooster were (most likely) killed by the neighbor's dogs.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Voyage through time zones

Nate and I traveled by train, enjoying the view, the freedom to walk around, and not being treated like potential terrorists for having a one-way ticket. The picture is from the lounge car, but we sat in our own spacious seats most of the trip. We celebrated our anniversary on the train by eating in the dining car and watching the DVD of the wedding. Stepping out on the platform to stretch our legs in Minot, North Dakota, I breathed hot 'n humid air for the first time in a while. Not technically "refreshing", but it made me smile.
Now we are on to celebrating the 4th of July and visiting our families spread across the midwest.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride Through God's Word

At Lynola's prompting, I will give you an update about VBS! Nate and I have enjoyed two days on the "ranch" so far. Nate's job is taking pictures of the herd for Friday's slide show, and I get to lead and help the very energetic Purple "Ranch Crew". I found out this morning that my Grandma F. led the Purple Ranch Crew at her church's VBS. (I think this publisher must have a monopoly or something; did anyone else out there have Avalanche Ranch VBS?).
Pray that they can absorb the lessons from the stories...they can be overly talkative at the Bible Story Room. I think in a group of 15 or so kids of mixed ages (I don't have that many myself, we go together with another group), it would just be better not to ask those "interactive" questions to the whole group at once (what city are you from? Have you ever been to a river? etc.). It is just asking for chaos.
Anyway, the music and the kids are fun. And if the girls raise the most money to buy cows in Bangladesh, our pastor will wear a wig and sing Hannah Montana. The boys haven't decided their challenge yet.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Kitties! (Part II)

Here is a video of our kitties playing. Which one do you think will be a better mouser?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Rebecca had Monday and Tuesday off, so she drove here from Mt. Rainier to visit us. We had a good time catching up, baking banana bread, "thrifting" for hiking clothes, and just hanging out.
Very soon summer will be here, hopefully bringing more outdoors time and visiting time!

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Our kitties arrived yesterday. They are cute and also very smart- they figured out how to get out of their box in the garage. They were scared of us at first but they are getting more playful. They look a lot alike, but one has a white spot on his/her back. They do not have names yet. Suggestions will be taken into consideration.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Island Game

Guess what! I am now a computer programmer. OK, I cheated a bit and used the helping program Scratch. You can see the game I made at My excuse for creating this is that programming will help me understand Nate better.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

The title means "Happy 5th of May" for you non-Spanish-readers, and it is a Mexican holiday somewhat like the 4th of July. We didn't participate in the festivities very much, although we heard happy-sounding music coming from town Friday evening while we were outside!
We kept busy yesterday helping with a spring cleaning day at church and then cleaning ourselves up a bit to help chaperone the Junior Senior Banquet. It was fun to see everyone dressed up, the food was excellent, and we even got to take home a cute centerpiece (shown in the picture).

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pita Pita!

This was my experiment on Saturday. It didn't form perfect pockets, more like isolated bubbles. I think I rolled it too thin. We just spread the chicken and beans on top and it was good. Much better than making a special trip to Safeway (I normally don't go there, but they seem to be the only place that sells it) for dried out store ones!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Spring Tour Concert, Spring Project on a whim

Last weekend was busy and fun- the Dordt band and orchestra were here on tour. I was in charge of feeding them, making sure they had places to change clothes and warm up, and places to sleep after the concert. Of course, we claimed Heather and her tour buddy Melissa to stay at our house. Ruth also came from Idaho for the concert and stayed overnight. The concert was great and it was so fun to see them, even if it was very short!
Yesterday at Wal-Mart I was inspired. The pictures show the results. The fabric is tiny pink stripes- some metallic- with a little bit of wrinkly-ness. I sewed it last night after going bowling with friends. Nate was pleased with how late I stayed up (it gave him plenty of reading time).
I didn't use a pattern (learned that from you Mom!), I just measured my blue skirt. I greatly overestimated the amount of fabric I would need so I might need to sew something else too!

...(several hours pass) pajama shirt?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

What should we name it?

Here's a picture of our new car, purchased from another teacher family. It is a blue (obviously) '98 Chevy Malibu. The air conditioning works. The trunk is good-sized.
To celebrate, we used some of our Jav-ahhh! gift certificates on a peach smoothie for me and something coffee-containing for Nate.
Little white Nissan is still functioning, although it may be developing some new quirks.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Wronged, Wrong

You shall not steal

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...where thieves do not break in and steal

Last Saturday we had the unfortunate discovery of pieces of bike lock in our garage. Yep, they were cut. Gone with the bikes were our camping supplies, the shop vac, and other tools.
And I was upset. Upset that someone would come into our garage and take things that people had given to us as gifts, upset that we had tried to get renters insurance just days before but couldn't because of some of the electrical "features" of our house, upset that we barely got to use these things, and on top of that, upset with us for somehow becoming fairly attached to things we definitely didn't need to live, and can be replaced (Coleman stoves are pretty cool, but they are not a homemade family heirloom). Nate's family is in Louisiana right now helping people whose possessions and homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Life without a good place to live has got to be a lot harder than life without a nice set of pruners and clippers from Ace Hardware.
So, we have taken and are taking reasonable steps to keep "our" things safer. I had always thought of stewardship as buying what's on sale, tithing, and investing time and money wisely, but could stewardship mean leaving lights and music on (we did that before, too), trying to get insurance, or maybe even --as the sheriff suggested-- putting up stickers that say "smile, you're being videotaped" around our home? When do these actions cross the border from stewardship to selfish paranoia?
Are we wrong to own, appreciate, and protect our well-designed computers, good quality sleeping bags, and luxury vehicles (...please think of our rusty truck and notice the somewhat humorous point in my otherwise serious post). I don't think any of these things is inherently wrong. But this week has shown me that it is hard to possess much with a pure heart. And that compared to managing possessions, I probably spend far too little effort storing up treasures in heaven.

I'm going to be a teacher...

...again next year at Sunnyside Christian School. I signed my contract on Monday and am truly looking forward to a second year here (and some things have got to be easier the second time around, right?).

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Poisoned Peanut Butter, Projects

Tomorrow there is no school for me (mid-winter break, aka basketball state)! I plan to go to Wal-Mart and return our jar of peanut butter whose product code starts with the deadly 2111. They have been recalled because of salmonella. I find it strangely exciting to have this jar of potentially poisoned peanut butter in the house, although I'm thankful we didn't eat it.

Also at Wal-Mart I'll buy some elastic so I can finish the green skirt.
I made a new curtain for our bedroom and demoted the 70's green one to the storage/guest room.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


I just finished sampling this yummy sourdough wheat bread! I think I'm getting the hang of it and I hardly have to look at the recipe any more.

This week was Nate's birthday, which we celebrated by eating at Bob's Burgers and watching Driving Miss Daisy.

Looking forward to a mid-winter break from school next week; I hope to relax and do my taxes (probably not simultaneously).

Monday, January 15, 2007

An "old" friend

Here's a picture of Ruth and I (both wearing East Hall shirts, by the way)!
She was our first official overnight visitor besides family helping us move in. On Saturday night we had pizza with Ruth and Laura B.- it was a lot of fun. Ruth left for her parents' home in Idaho this morning. It was so nice to have her here to enjoy good conversations and "show off" our town, our house, and our church.
Thank you, God, for friends!

Friday, January 12, 2007


Yesterday night Nate got some good shots of the comet; he sent some in to the Daily Sun News (the Sunnyside paper) and they published it.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


On New Year's Day we decided to celebrate being married for 6 months (thats 1/2 a year in case you are confused by the mathematics of my title) by going out for Chinese. As I am still learning to appreciate Chinese food, I didn't try the mini-octopus. I stayed with "safe" things like sesame chicken and something similar to crab rangoons (yum!).
The other adventure of the day was making noodles.
Tomorrow it is back to school for me!