Saturday, February 25, 2006

Miscellaneous

He really wants to touch those buttons!


I just got back from a very short trip to Abilene with my sister Ruth. She is going to school there in the fall and was interviewing for a scholarship.

Now I'm cleaning my house because we are babysitting 5 kids tonight, bringing the total to 7 children 5 and under. So you can imagine I'm doing my best to childproof to the highest degree. I don't know what I'm serving them for dinner. Maybe I'll go buy some hot dogs even though I despise them. Kids like hot dogs, right? And some mac and cheese to go with it. Yes, of course there will be veggies too. French fries count as veggies, right? Just kidding.

Emmy is rock climbing with her daddy in the rain, without a jacket. Both of her jackets are somehow at other people's houses right now. Way to leave things places.

Have I mentioned we are babysitting 5 kids tonight? Better run and clean some more!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Easy Come, Easy Go

Well today I discovered that our tax return had been deposited. Yay! But then I had to turn around and write two checks- one to our church for tithing on the refund, and the other to our credit card to pay for our roof.

Blah.

Sure would have been nice to get a new couch, or TV, or stove, or loads of climbing gear, or a new fence, or whatever. Oh well. It's nice to have less of a balance on our credit card now I suppose.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Last night we went on a date. First we ate at my favorite Greek restaurant. Then we went shopping. I am in dire need of new exercise clothes and so first we tried Academy. They lost big time. The selection of clothing was too trendy and not big enough for me (I'm a size 18). So we went to Target. They had lots of choices and I picked up some undies, socks, and exercise pants. The pants are very comfy- in fact I'm wearing them now.

Then we went and got the kids from the sitter.

Then I stayed up way too late reading a silly book.

Now it's morning, 39 degrees outside, and we are slowly waking up. Later this morning we are going to see the Biscuit Brothers perform at a church. They are a really fun kid's oriented show that teaches about music. I think Emmy will love it (she loves the TV show) but I'm not going to tell her till we are there. Denali's cold is almost better and we are all feeling a bit better.

I wish it would snow, but not until after the show this morning.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Well Mairi turned up again this morning, seemingly none the worse for wear. I guess I get a second chance for all of those "if onlies."

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Mairi


I wrote about our cat Mairi once before, in my Live Journal.
Today I am a little sad because she seems to be missing again. She's been an outdoors cat ever since we found out Joel was allergic to her about 3 years ago. We've been paying less and less attention to her ever since simply because we are not outside that much and we just didn't hang out much with her. It's been a week or so since I last saw her, and now I feel a little guilty. If only I had taken her to the vet in the fall and got her tags registered. If only I had put that new collar on her. If only we had found a new family for her (which never worked even though we tried). If only...

I am just praying that she has a new home or a peaceful death, and that she is not in a shelter or trapped somewhere.

Sorry Mairi.

PS- Part of the problem here is that I really feel that if a family adopts an animal, they should commit to taking care of it for the natural life of the animal, and be good stewards of the life. I feel as though I have not been a good steward.

Jane's Quiche Recipe

beat 4 eggs in a large bowl
Stir in:
1 package thawed creamed spinach
1 cup grated parmesan (about 4 oz)
1 cup sour cream
Lots of grated mozzarella! (I use about 2 cups)

Pour into partially baked deep dish pie crust

Slice tomato wedges and arrange over top

Sprinkle with McCormick's Lemon and Pepper Seasoning (this is an important ingredient)

Bake 350 degrees for about an hour

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Quiche


This, my friends, is the best quiche you'll ever eat.
That is some quichy goodness right there.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Tooth #5- A Molar?

So Denali has been sleeping very poorly the last week, and it's making us all exhausted. Day before yesterday I finally figured out why. He's teething again, and this time it's molars. He's already popped one. So his 5th tooth is a molar. It's so funny. Usually kids get them from the center out, and only do molars after a lot of teeth. Oh well. At least now we know.

But we may be sick. And we have a V-Day date lined up for tonight, and Ladies' Class tomorrow. So I cancelled my gym appt to see if I could get everyone well. Anyone have ideas for get-well-quick tactics?

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Joys of Living in a College Town

Says Emmy at dinner: Which color card would you like? Blue or hook 'em horns?
Daddy: What? Hook em horns? Is that a color?
Emmy: Yes- this one (she indicates a card that is supposed to be red, but is, indeed, quite close to the "hook 'em horns" UT Austin color of burnt orange)
Mommy: I want the blue one.

When pressed, she would not divulge her source, but I assume it is her uncle Zebra who works at the UT Co-Op store even though he has never been a student there.

It's more funny because we really do not have much allegiance toward UT Austin other than living in the same town. Our Alma Mater is ACU in Abilene.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Morning

Christmas Eve, a rare family portrait (I'm usually taking the pictures, not in them).


Well I dragged myself out of bed this morning for a quiet time. I am now starting to wake up a little, so hopefully when the kids get up I won't be grouchy. That's the best thing about getting up earlier than them; I spend a little time with God and then I spend a little time by myself before everyone wants things from me.

My talk on Monday went really well. God had put this on my heart, and God helped me present it in a concise way.

The rest of the week I've just been trucking along, still disbelieving that I have so much stuff to do all the time. I don't know why I'm surprised--Amy manages to keep busy and she doesn't have a car. But it's still hard for me to prioritize so that I'm not so busy.

Last night Denali really didn't settle down to sleep well; in fact, I had to bring him downstairs again with me for about an hour. I was afraid I would be sleeping in the LaZyBoy all night long with him. Thankfully when Joel got home from his basketball game he took Denali upstairs and D went to sleep up there for the rest of the night.

The weather has been nice except for the part where you want the heater at night (40 degrees) and the air conditioner during the day (80 degrees). We have been trying to avoid the a/c but it really does get hot upstairs. We've got to get someone out to assess our energy usage and see if they can fix something.

The bank finally gave us back the money that HEB had taken from us. They had double-billed us and so we were short some money for a while.

We've filed our taxes and are now waiting on our return so we can pay down most of our credit card balance that has been there for 2 years, ever since we were forced to replace our roof (another story all together).

Evidently my chicken recipe has gotten me some hits on search engines. That's sorta cool! I'm averaging 25 hits a day now. Wowzer. Although I know about half of those are my mom (just kidding).

Monday, February 06, 2006

Some Pictures While Emmy Sleeps

EDIT: she is not dead, just very tired.

Yes, you read the title right. It is 10:30 am and my daughter is still asleep. This is highly unusual and I can only attribute it to the fact that we were out until 10 pm last night at a Super Bowl party. Either that or she's dead. I don't want to go check because she obviously needs the sleep and if I go up there she will wake up. Or she will be dead. Either way it would be crummy. Anyone got a set of x-ray glasses I can use? But I am ready for my talk tonight, or at least as ready as I'm going to be!

Emmy wrapped up in her beautiful new blanket that Granna made for her.



Aren't I a part of the desk?



On the road to walking.

Blessing Your Husband; Questions for you!

You may want to scroll down and read the two previous entries before reading this one. It will make more sense that way.


Questions for Discussion and Contemplation


1. If you’re currently struggling with an annoying character trait or habit that’s really bugging you about your husband and it’s clear that he isn’t making a change right now, what will you do to relieve your feelings of anger, hurt, or frustration? Record your thoughts and feelings and prayers--for your eyes only.

2. Consider a situation in your marriage when your high expectations put your husband under an impossible strain. How did he respond? What brought relief? How will you avoid similar situations in the future?

3. Of your physical needs (such as rest, fitness, nutrition, healing), which most needs your attention right now? What steps can you take toward meeting that need? Set a goal and ask your husband or a close friend to encourage you in your efforts.

Ways to bless your husband today, in a tangible way:
*For at least one day, set aside thoughts of your husband’s faults or shortcomings. Focus instead on God’s unchanging promises and purposes for him.

*Pray for your husband. Then pray some more. And keep on praying.

*Try to understand your husband’s opinion during a disagreement or dispute. Aim to make allowances for the differences between you.

*Refuse to engage in retaliation or self-pity if your husband says or does something thoughtless. Resist unwise responses.

*Identify and examine your expectations of your husband. Write down three or four of the most unrealistic items and commit each day to abandoning them.

*Accept your husband as he is: If your husband isn’t presently interested in discussing spiritual matters, praying with you, or regularly attending church, persist in giving the matter to God in prayer. Don’t despair; keep growing.

I relied heavily on a wonderful book for this lesson; in fact most of it is taken directly from the book in one form or another. I highly recommend it for further reading.
Blessing Your Husband by Debra Evans
ISBN 1589970039.

Blessing Your Husband Part 3

We are not perfect, and therefore our marriages are not perfect. Our job is to appreciate and understand our husbands in all their uniqueness. This puts our focus on God and his plan rather than ourselves.

Expecting our mates to completely meet our needs for love and security is incompatible with true Christian love. Viewing our spouse as a means to an end--namely, as the main person responsible for satisfying our innermost needs and compensating for our inadequacies--distorts the real meaning of love and threatens our marriage by placing an intolerable burden upon our partner.

As you respond to your man with encouragment, forgiveness, and a firm belief in him, you will have a great impact on his life....

Trusting God to satisfy our innermost longings and desires is neither easy nor automatic: We learn to let go of our desire to control over a lifetime as Jesus teaches us the meaning of true love.

Each of us needs a unique combination of basic nutrients, exercise, sleep, recreation, and the space to appropriately express our emotions. We also need a time of peace and quiet on a daily basis...

By respecting our body, we will discover a new appreciation for what we are--and aren’t--capable of. Through accepting our limitations as well as our abilities, we can adopt a lifestyle that fits our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. After meeting these important needs, other activities--including caring for our husband and family--can take place with greater ease.

The key to unlocking the secret of knowing God’s strength in the midst of our weaknesses is choosing to reach out to our Savior for help and direction when we are tempted to cling to our concerns instead.

It’s precisely when the hardest things happen to us that we have the greatest opportunity to grow in our relationship with God, draw closer to Christ, and better understand what it means to love the Lord--and our husband. The practice of blessing our husband dynamically assists us in fulfilling our vows, no matter what today’s circumstances may be.

When facing intense marital conflict, it’s natural for us to want to [play God]. Nevertheless, this is when we most need to take a step of faith and make a courageous choice--a determined resolution to rely upon God’s Word, the Holy Spirit’s help, and the sound counsel of mature Christian advisors.

Once again, this is taken verbatim from Blessing Your Husband by Debra Evans ISBN 1589970039. I have taken a paragraph from one chapter, and a paragraph from another, here and there. It is important to note that the ordering and editing is mine, and any mistakes I made in transcribing it from the book or mixing it up are also mine. I encourage you to pick a copy of this book up and read it. It has lots more wisdom than I can post here.

More on Blessing Your Husband

Here's something else that I think is really neat. This is taken from "Blessing Your Husband" by Debra Evans. They are prayers personalized from the Bible that you can pray for your husband (or anyone else). It is really cool.

God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip my husband with every good thing for doing your will, and may you work in my husband what is pleasing to you, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. -Hebrews 13:20-21

May my husband know your grace is sufficient for him, for your power is made perfect in weakness. -2 Corinthians 12:9

God of hope, may you fill my husband with all joy and peace as he trusts in you, so that he may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

May my husband call upon you, Lord, and may you answer him; may you be with him in trouble, may you deliver him and honor him. May you satisfy my husband with long life and show him your salvation. -Psalm 91:15-16

May my husband accept your words, Lord, and store up your commands in his heart, turning his ear to wisdom and applying his heart to understanding. -Proverbs 2:1-2

Lord, thank you for being with my husband; I know you are mighty to save. May you take great delight in my husband, and quiet him with your love; may you rejoice over him with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17

Be my husband’s rock of refuge, Lord, to which he can always go; give the command to save him, for you are his rock and his fortress. -Psalm 71:3

May my husband receive from you all wisdom and spiritual understanding for full insight into your will, Lord, so that his manner of life may be worthy of you, and entirely pleasing to you. -Colossians 1:9-10

And this is my prayer for my husband, Lord: that his love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that he may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God. -Philippians 1:9-11

May my husband’s eyes look straight ahead, may he fix his gaze directly before him. May he make level paths for his feet and take only ways that are firm. May he not swerve to the right or the left; may he keep his foot from evil. -Proverbs 4:25-27

I pray my husband will trust in you today with his whole heart, Father, and lean not on his own understanding; may he acknowledge you in all his ways, that you will make his paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

And finally, Lord, may I never cease to give thanks for my dear husband when I mention him in my prayers. I keep asking that you, God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give my husband the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that he may know you better. I pray also that the eyes of my husband’s heart may be enlightened in order that he may know the hope to which you have called him, the riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints, and your incomparably great power for us who believe. -Ephesians 1:16-19

Thursday, February 02, 2006

POOP

So the other day I gave away Emmy's teaset. I had never liked it, and since she got so many new things for Christmas, I figured she wouldn't miss it.

Well, she did. A lot.

So I had to buy a replacement teaset that hopefully I would like as well. I ebayed and found one. It seemed reasonably priced but I forgot to look at shipping. Doh! So I ended up paying $25 for it.

Then I paid through PayPal. I always forget that PayPal uses our savings account rather than our checking because you can only use an account once and Joel got the checking for his PayPal account. Make sense yet?

My payment got rejected because we don't have any money in Savings. Not only that but they charged me 25 stinking dollars for an insufficient funds.

So I have now paid $50 because I gave away that stupid ugly teaset.

Isn't that just lovely?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cake


Emmy requested a pink cake when we were grocery shopping yesterday. So I baked it from a box and it smells like Captain Crunch with Crunchberries. I'm too scared to eat it, but Joel says it tastes like a frosted crunchberry. Yum.