Tuesday, December 29, 2009
- I joined the world of blogging, I never would've dreamed that I could have kept up with this for a year. More to come, I hope.
- I started or restarted scrapbooking with new friends
- Celebrated our 2oth Wedding Anniversary
- Celebrated the life of Doctor Knight
- A great Small Group start
- Facebook and Twitter
- Disney World through the eyes of a first-timer. We got to take go to Walt Disney World and take Jenna's friend
- A new van...not a planned event, but nice all the same
- Loss of an Uncle
- The blessing of another birthday--better than the alternative.
- The beginning of the forever being promised office remodel.
- Too many Musicals.
- The end of 6th grade for Jenna.
- Beginning of summer break.
- Some great new friendships made.
- Great vacation to Orange Beach, AL with the Bales. The Caribe Resort Rocks.
- Death of Michael Jackson
- Cooking classes for Jenna--one of the best things ever.
- Feelings of needing a new job opportunity
- Bethany Girls Breakaway 2009-- A great weekend with daughters and moms
- The start of HMM
- Jim starts Photo of the Day blog
- The remodel was finally complete.
- The start of 7th grade.
- Guiding Light comes to and end after 70+ years
- Jenna turned 12
- The Homecoming car accident--glad everyone was safe.
- Trip to WDW with my best friend. Food and Wine Festival--no responsibilities--splitting meals. ALL GOOD.
- The Nehemiah Series--sermons to change your life.
- A new JOB!!
- 1ooth anniversary of BFC--Jenna joins the church.
- A new job-- like none I've ever taken.
- Tragic death of a friend
- Death of an Uncle
- Great Thanksgiving trip to Ohio. Spent with great family that I wished didn't live so far away.
- Another great Christmas card designed and executed by Jim
- A real snow storm in Oklahoma
- Debt free
- The end to a great year of change, some losses and some great blessings in our lives.
I hope as you do a review of the past year that you find most of yours full of great memories and wonderful events. Even in the tragic happenings I hope that we all are able to find ourselves more grateful for the blessings we have and that we not take them or one another for granted in the coming year. God's grace and peace to you.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
They have no relationship to one another...just both equally puzzling.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Jim has introduced me to some churches, pastors, laymen (okay, I don't really know who all movement includes) that are trying to get us (Americans) to rethink Christmas. What if we really embraced a spirit of giving of ourselves and not so much the giving of only material things? I can't imagine a Christmas where my daughter isn't excited by some great toy or gadget, but I will have to tell you that she couldn't even really make me a list this year. What does that say about me as a parent? Does she really have a life of no wants? What can I give her that will really mean something?
As I go through the the next year surrounded by a community of people who really have needs, I'm hoping to discover a better way to celebrate Christmas next year. These people are trying to better themselves but fall back into old traps. Women trying to go back to school but can't make rent because they can't work if they accept monetary assistance to go to school. Men who have criminal records and can't find a place to live because no one wants to take a chance on former criminal. People who walk everywhere they go, not because they are supporting green lifestyle, but because that is their only choice. People who crave a kind word. People who come in everyday just because it's a safe place to be for a little while.
I don't have a plan, but I have a desire. I don't know what the solution is, but I see the problem everyday. I hope the Lord lays a really good vision on me so next year when I am only six days from Christmas I know that I have done my best to make it meaningful for those whom I love and for those who don't really know love.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Jenna and I actually got to spend the evening making Christmas crafts, which we traditionally do way before now. So this might be the only one we do --but if I do say so myself--it turned out pretty darn cute. It did help my Christmas spirit just a little. We're supposed to see a live version of "White Christmas" this weekend so I have high hopes of finally finding some of the joyous season happiness.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I know you were hoping for some great story of redemption or some story of how we are helping so many people,,,,yada yada, yada. But you know it's really all about ME! LOL! I have some great human interest stories to tell too, and I will spend some quality time writing them down as soon as I can stand up straight again and not feel like climbing into bed the moments I walk in the door in the evening. Grace and Peace to you.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The phone rings----the caller ID reads someone from our Sunday School class---I'm sure it's just a reminder about the Chili Cook-Off that we were not planning to attend---then I hear from Jim "Oh No!!" and everything changes.....
A friend of ours has fallen from his roof and has a head injury, they have taken him to the head trauma hospital....
Moments like these always bring the lyrics of Don Henley's New York Minute to mind. I know... not too spiritual uh? But it always reminds me how quickly things can change.
Since that phone call I have witnessed the body of Christ to what it should do. They have rallied beyond what is normal. I have witnessed the wonder of technology in how facebook has brought this tragic news to people all over the country in a matter of moments. I have witnessed a Sunday School class without direction but with determination to pray and lift up a family and take a love offering when no one knew what else to do. I have witnessed a school community (a public school at that) arrange a prayer vigil in a moment''s notice to pray for this teacher/coach and his family. I've watched my husband remembering all the time he spent with this man while they were in grad school. Then I saw him volunteer to finish out the man's teaching session at SNU without compensation. The call of God's people is never as evident as when there is a need in a tragic situation.
The situation for this family is dire and we are reminding ourselves that we serve a God of miracles...but know that we live in a world of cruel reality. Please say a prayer for this family as you think of it, the road ahead of them is one of uncertainty no matter what the outcome.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So, now when I could possibly muster up the actual confidence to try out for a musical, alas my youth has passed me by. My voice still might be able to sing these favorites of my youth but I'm sure the wrinkles, creaky knees, arthritic fingers, and added 30 pounds will prevent me from ever capturing this particular dream. So I'm hoping to get to realise it through my daughter. I don't usually force my dreams on her but you may spot me in the back of the audition in my best stage mother voice reminiscent of Rosalind Russell in Gypsy "Sing out, Louise...do it for Momma!"
And now pardon me as I warm up my voice and get my hairbrush out to sing my best version of "My Favorite Things"
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.........
P.S. If you are following "What the heck is this?" we went with a knife holder as the use for this particular item. Watch for more "What the heck is this?" int he coming days.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
It is made by Sterilite, so we're guessing some kind of kitchen/office utility unit. Any of your thoughts would be welcome.
Friday, October 30, 2009
1518 NW Rockwell Ave.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Some interesting facts about the store that you don't notice when you only volunteer a couple days a week but now are there 40 hours a week:
- People will donate anything, and expect you to be grateful to get it, and of course we will be.
- My hands are so dry that they feel like sandpaper
- Some customers come by everyday.
- The need to snack during the day is directly related to what box you have been digging through.
- I work in a Hoarders Haven.
- At this time of year we could rename the store North Pole City--so much Christmas stuff!!!
- A significant amount of the people I see daily live a completely different life than I do and I should be more grateful.
- The people that work there are amazing and have embraced me unconditionally--at least to my face.
So Far. So Good!!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
As I embark on a totally different "career" challenge this week I feel the like God has been tapping me on the shoulder for months and finally I felt it, or at least I acknowledged it was Him. I am really excited to see what He has in store for this time in my life. I'm sure that He will be expanding my capacity to give and love to lengths that I can't even imagine. I hope you are blessed this week (or soon) with some opportunities to try to out give God. I heard someone quip this tonight on TV and it seems appropriate for me this week, "The Purpose of Life is to live a Life of Purpose."
The pastor left us with a great quote today to try to get us out of our comfortable church mode and be about the Kingdom business.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Pay an Atheist for Post-Rapture Pet Care
ALSTEAD, N.H. -- Christians who believe they'll vanish from Earth in the rapture can now hire an atheist to care for their pets.
For $110, Eternal Earth-Bound Pets offers a 10-year contract guaranteeing that an atheist will adopt the pet that's left behind by its raptured owner. Additional pets can be covered for $15.
The company's owner, Bart Centre, said his pet rescuers definitely won't be raptured because they've all blasphemed the Holy Spirit in writing, committing what they believe Jesus called the unforgivable sin.
His Web site said the rescuers are animal lovers who "are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus."
Centre said he doesn't believe in God or the rapture, but is offering a service for those who do.
The service is available in 22 states, including Oklahoma.
Now, I know it's going to hard but put aside all your beliefs, doctrines, religious upbringing, theology classes you had in college, faith in the human spirit, and basic morality and be honest, aren't you thinking "Dog Gone It (pun totally intended) I wish I had thought of that!!"
P.S. My daughter is sure our dog is a Christian since she has prayed with him, so in our case we're covered.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- We really prefer the familiar --especially if we're traveling without the husbands.
- Southwest Airlines was offering a Friends Fly Free deal--choices? WDW or Las Vegas. Really no choice for a girls only trip(especially since we've not been to Las Vegas)
- If you stay on sight at WDW they will get you from the airport to the resort on a Magical Express bus. No rental car needed.
- WDW has a great Resort transportation system to get wherever you want to go on property.
- Epcot's Food and Wine Festival
- Great Service and Clean Surroundings
- Total escape from reality
Sure, we might have gotten some of the those things or may be all of them at another destination but we knew we would have them at WDW and we love WDW so for us it was really no contest.
We did not count on the heat however. It was summer hot. It was the talk of the whole resort. But I will have to say that it did make us slow down a little and not try to push so hard. We get to WDW and feel like we have to see all the things we love and push ourselves to exhaustion. It's what we do--but we don't do it so well in 90+ temperatures with 100+ heat indexes. I think God was smiling on me on Saturday (I don't why he wasn't smiling on Tonya, but I guess that's between them) but I got to spend the whole day--10:30am-4:30pm at the pool. Tonya spent the day with me but it's not the same piece of paradise for her. She is learning to appreciate the escape of it, but for me it is still my true bliss. So even though she thoroughly and completely beat me to the ground at an ongoing game of 7/11, it was the best day of relaxation between two days of great theme park visits. And now the proverbial vacation slides.
the props at Hollywood Studios and us
Epcot's Food and Wine Festival
We attended a culinary demonstration by Keegan Gerhard the Food Network Food Challenge Host and owner of the D-Bar Desserts in Denver. So completely over our heads but still fun to attend.
This the apple dessert they served, totally delish...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Since I have worked there I have:
- had a dear friend get married (Happy 15th Anniversary--Oct 2009)
- lost two grandparents
- felt the shock wave of the Murrow Building Bombing
- turned 30
- tried to get pregnant
- had a baby
- moved a few times
- became WDW fan(atics)
- watched the unfathomable, as the Twin Towers fell
- discovered the Internet and can't seem to live without it.
- changed churches more than once.
- more celebrities than I can mention have died
- turned 40
- reality TV somehow became acceptable entertainment
- Jim got me hooked on Lost (help me God?)
- lost my dad
- became part of a "small group" at church
- started a blog
- found my holy discontent (thank you Pastor Busic)
- gave notice on my job
Yes, I gave notice on my job. This is the last week I will get to enjoy the new door on my new wonderful office. I will have to give up my amazing co-workers. I will have to give up my ability to come and go if the need be. I will be adjusting to a whole new life with a new job. I think I might actually be hyperventilating while I am typing this....(paper bag....please....hurry...)
I really believe that God has been preparing me for this change for a while (it's easy to blame God for our choices, but I really think He has had a hand in this one). I am a going to manage the ROC Resale Shop. This is one of the ministries of Reaching Our City, Inc. and it helps to financially support many of the other ministries of the organization. I have been volunteering there for about three years in a very small capacity but have always felt a draw to the store's ministry. I have a degree and some experience in retail management and a real heart for this store, I am praying that this will be a successful pairing.
So please keep me in you thoughts this week while I end a great run at my current job and jump out the "proverbial" plane without a parachute into this new endeavor. I'm praying God will give the strength and insight of Nehemiah in the coming days.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We're also going to enjoy all kinds of food at the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. The only problem I foresee with this trip is that it will be too short. I will have plenty of things to report when we return. I'm sure that I can find a plethora of Hidden Mickeys to share. Have a magical weekend I know that we will.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” ---Phillip Brooks
Yeah--no pressure there???!!!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
We are counting our blessings tonight and reminding ourselves of what is most important in life.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
But in the lower right hand corner I noticed this little emblem. No ears but still a Hidden Mickey of sorts. Anyway... it brought a smile to my face.