Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just saw these song lyrics on my sister Ruth's Facebook "Notes". Never knew about "Notes" until yesterday, but whatever. They are strong words about the power of the Bible. The Bible has the answer to your problems. The Gospel is there.

"The Word" by Sara Groves

I've done every devotional
Been every place emotional
Trying to hear a new word from God
And I think it's very odd,
that while I attempt to help myself
My Bible sits upon my shelf
With every promise
I could ever need
Chorus:
And the Word was
And the Word is
And the Word will be
The old Word is the new Word is
The old Word is the new Word is...
People are getting fit for Truth
Like they're buying a new tailored suit
Does it fit across the shoulders
Does it fade when it gets older
We throw ideas that aren't in style
In the Salvation Army pile
And search for something more to meet our needs
Bridge:
I think it's time I rediscover
All the ground that I have covered, like
Seek Ye first what a verse
We are pressed but not crushed,
perplexed but don't despair.
We are persecuted but not abandoned
We are no longer slaves
we are daughters and sons,
and when we are weak
we are very strong
And neither death nor life
nor present nor future
nor depth nor height
can keep us from the love of Christ
And the Word I need
is the Word that was
who put on flesh to dwell with us.
In the beginning....



Right along with that I had a great conversation with Amy today and we came up with a new mission statement that accurately describes my ministry.


Having heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is my intent to reflect His glory and to honor His sacrifice of death on a cross. I do this by helping my brothers in need with great joy, in anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Banana Peanut-butter Sandwiches

Denali bows, Emlyn curtsies

This whole week I've been out with a sinus infection. I finally had to go to the doctor and get drugs, which have really helped. I'm starting to feel normal again and even was able to go help someone else today. That made me feel good.

My house really needs a good scrubbing though. Maybe I will have energy during the weekend to work on it.

Tonight I got home at 6:30 and had to scramble for the kids' dinner. I had chicken noodle soup from Costco (SO GOOD) but they won't eat that, so I peered around and found that they had never had peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwiches. I made them on hamburger buns cause I was out of bread. They went over pretty well- the kids liked them but didn't seem hungry and wanted to fool around instead. Maybe they would be more enthusiastic about them if they were really hungry.

I'm NOT turning on the TV for the kids tonight. They are going to play for another half hour and then it's bed. Hooray!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hallway Closet Finally Organized

Last night Joel and I were discussing how frustrating some of our closets were. Joel's closet had photos in addition to all his clothes and he really wanted the photos out and the climbing gear in from the garage. I have always been frustrated with the hall closet because it is so big and yet was totally under-utilized.

So we set a budget and I bought some shelves from Target- all of those cubes you see cost $50 in all. I painted two walls with some leftover paint. Then we moved all the photos onto the high shelves that were original to the closet. They are at the top of this photo.

Below the photos are part of the new shelves. We've got kid and adult games, hats, bags, and boots, lock box and Easter storage.




This wall didn't change- still holds all our shoes and there are three hooks- one for mommy, one for Emmy (backpack and coat), and one for Denali.



The exciting thing in this picture is all of the clear floor space.



Here is an odd space that is under the stairs. It's quite a deep shelf and the roof is slanted so it's hard to use well. I've got 4 cubes here now holding sports equipment, umbrellas, swimming gear, and sewing stuff. In front of the cubes are my sewing box and my current sewing project.

Joel's closet is going to be more happy as well! We're excited with the change, and all it took was $50 and an evening.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Birds

We have a birds' nest in the roof of our screened porch. Most of the time the birds go outside when they leave the nest, but every once in a while they accidentally take the back exit from the nest, which leads into the porch. Then we have a real trial trying to get the bird out.

Me: Bird, it's time to go outside. Look at the door- it's open.
Bird: Ack! Ack! I'm frantically flying around!
Me: Bird, if you would just calm down I can show you the door.
Bird: I am compelled to fly back and forth and hit the screen with my beak!
Me: You are very silly. You are ruining my screen and you might hurt yourself.
Bird: Look! I'm all worn out! I'm here at the top of the screen, perched on the roof, and panting with my little bird beak!
Me: I guess I will try the feather duster trick to get you out. Stay still. Don't fly off.
Bird: Ack! Ack! Don't come near me! I'm frantically flying around!
(Repeat ad nauseum)


Note: The feather duster trick consists of gently covering the bird with a feather duster or towel. Then the bird can't see and calms down. You then pick it up, through the duster, and carry it outside. It only works if you can catch it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Relaxing Weekend

Just had to take this silhouette picture of Denali. So sweet.


A lego tower that almost reaches the kitchen ceiling, and a pirate pillow.


Amy and her family at the carnival.


Now that I have convinced Denali that he is very handsome in his suit coats, he really enjoys putting outfits together. I was amazed to see this old-school pilot look.


Who could resist this smile?


This morning I called in sick and skipped church. I was well enough to clean my house so that's good. I'm slowly getting better from these allergies and hope to be back in fine form soon. Right now the main thing is I sound really stupid when I talk and I get tired more easily (didn't know that was possible!)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Final Scriptures on the Car

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12


Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10




After a couple of years I have finally filled all of the panels on the car with scripture.

They aren't perfect but then I'm not perfect either so that's okay.

Here are the other three entries with the other scriptures on them. I guess I should have taken some that gave you the full effect of the entire car, but I didn't. Sorry.

http://princessbride42.blogspot.com/2007/09/more-scriptures-on-car.html

http://princessbride42.blogspot.com/2006/12/art-car-revisited.html

http://princessbride42.blogspot.com/2006/10/finally-done.html

Thursday, October 16, 2008

More ehow articles

This afternoon I finished a few more articles over on ehow:

How to Make a Patchwork Skirt
and
How to Paint Words on Your Car
and
How to Take the Candy out of Halloween

Go on over and have a look!

Happy Birthday to Amy!

Amy's birthday is today. Go over to her blog and tell her happy birthday.




I'm calling in sick today. My throat feels horrible.

Monday, October 13, 2008

No New York After All

Well it turns out there's some sort of economic crisis going on right now... ?

So the business trip that I was tagging along with has been canceled.

So we canceled my ticket too (no free hotel, no free rental car) and put the money towards a future ticket to the Bay Area.

But my house got cleaned and now I get to relax here this week!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Who knew I was a model?





Today I got to be a model. Press release for when the advertisement will debut is forthcoming.

Hint: it involves aprons...

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am THE BOMB

No, that is not a KKK hat. It is a UNICORN hat. Duh.


All by myself, I got Joel's old cargo rack for his bike and installed it on my bike.

All by myself, I installed Joel's old bike panniers onto my bike.

All by myself, I installed my new headlight and brakelight.

I am ready for an excursion!

(Plus I saved us $30)

Errands!



REI- pick up shirt
InStep- drop off shoes
Sally Beauty- use coupon, buy hair product
Great Harvest- use coupon, buy bread
Costco- buy yams, liners, soymilk
Bank- deposit check
Library- return and borrow books
SuperTarget- use gift card on silly things

Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Tale of Two Churches

This week I went to two outreach festivals put on by churches. I came away with two very different feelings and impressions.

The first one was full of entertainment. There was a teacups ride, inflatables, petting zoo, popcorn, cotton candy, and many other things for the kids. The only catch was that all of it cost money. You could pay a flat rate for a wristband or by the ticket. Attractions ranged in cost from $.50 to $3.00. And for the adults, if there wasn't enough to spend money on, there was a live auction, a silent auction, a bake sale, a food court, and a craft fair. I looked at the eyes of the women there, helping, and I saw tiredness. I knew these women had put many many hours into the function, and they were working very hard to make sure that this went off smoothly. They looked a little frantic to me.

The kids had fun. We came home hot, tired, and $60 poorer.

The second one was a small function. The church had made a recreation of a Jewish village from Bible times. There were plywood "buildings" and stalls. When you arrived your children could put on "authentic" costumes (pillowcases sewn into tunics). They got a bag of "coins" and could go around to the stalls and buy whatever they wanted to and keep it all. There was a tax collector, a potter, a carpenter, a candle maker, a baker who sold bread, a fruit stall, and various other small craft stands. There were two goats to pet. The main attractions were the two plays put on. The first was the story of how Samuel was called to be a prophet of God and the second was the story of Naaman's healing. The acting was first rate and though the main actors had wireless mikes, the props and costumes were very simple and handmade. Think old bedsheets and plywood. It was completely free. At no time was I asked to pay a dime. Everyone, even the people in charge, was very relaxed and friendly. They talked to us and kindly helped the children make their choices. They spoke of how they had used the talents God had given them to make the things they were offering.

The kids came away with very excited tales of how they had actually been able to buy their own things! Emlyn loved the tax collector.

The extreme juxtaposition made me think about what our goals as a church are. If a church is truly there to be a light in the dark, why are they trying to raise so much money and why are they trying to be so much like a regular secular carnival? I knew I was at a church for the first festival but because of so much cost I felt the same way I feel after a day at Six Flags. You know "I can't believe I just paid a dollar for a water." "Oh look. Another place to spend my money."

When I left the second church all I could think of was the simplicity. Yes. It was different from our culture. There were no bright colors and there were no loud music productions. But I felt more inclined to come back to that church than I have in a long time. It felt like home. It felt like a place that would welcome me and take whatever paltry talents I might have, and use them for God's glory. And my kids did not once ask for cotton candy, or why they couldn't have their face painted, or ask why they had to sit for twenty minutes and watch a play. They were so excited.

Do we really have to spend thousands of dollars and buy the latest technologies and play the latest songs in order to be a witness? Let me tell you, the one I will be visiting is not the fancy one. Even though it's only 10 minutes away and the second one is 40.

That's my food for thought today.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Did I Mention...

I'm going to NEW YORK!


Joel's got a business trip and for the first time I get to come along! While he works I will be wandering around New York all by myself.


Do you have any tips for me? Any places I should or should not go? Any subway tips?


I'm really looking forward to the trip, and the kids will be glad to see Grandma...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

RAIN!

Last night we finally got rain for the first time in a couple of months. It was so lovely to hear, even though it woke us up at 2 am and Emlyn had to come down to sleep with us.



Today she is still sick- I'm hoping one more day of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will cure her.



Yesterday I finished five projects that were little but taking up a lot of clutter.



This morning due to an early conference call for Joel I got to go to the grocery store ALL BY MYSELF. I wasn't able to linger but still. And I found four coupons that went with what I needed to buy.



Then I got to go outside and garden. For the first time in months I was motivated because of the temperature and the rain. Now I'm going to go buy supplies.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Morning Depression

This morning I have not much to look forward to.

I know I am supposed to be focused on God, but I find it hard to do that when my house is messy and I have some small minor emergencies to take care of.

I need a shot in the arm. Do they do God shots?

Maybe that's called the Bible. Maybe I could do that...

Blah

6:35 am

That is the time my children came downstairs this morning.


7:01 am:


The time my children came downstairs the second time.


7:16 am:


The time my son tried to carry two 5 pound weights in his basket. They are too heavy for him.



7:17 am:


They are now doing math.


Isn't it too early for math?


And weights?


And being up?


Do you think I can go back to sleep on the couch?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Emlyn

Today Emlyn woke up snuffly. She was a little snuffly yesterday too. I'm calling it allergies, but any time she's under the weather during the school year we take it really easy so she can be as calm as possible and get better.


Therefore I think she will be staying home from church and watching more Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She's wearing big girl pajamas- oversized shirt and flannel pants rather than a cute Dora nightgown. When did she get so big?

Saturday, October 04, 2008

A Very Sad Day

Today was the end of an era.


An age of innocence closed.



No longer will we be carefree.



Emlyn and Denali discovered the power windows in the car.



Yes,
for 6 years I have been the official controller of the windows. They would ask oh so sweetly if I would roll the windows up or down. I made them show me their hands (in the rearview mirror) so they wouldn't get smashed.


There were some people who rode in our car whose children would roll the windows down. I would furtively, grouchily, roll them back up and lock them. And hope that my kids hadn't noticed.


Today on their own they found out that they could control the windows. Now it will be up down up down up down. Things will blow away.



How can something be so bittersweet?

Friday, October 03, 2008

On the Last Day


"On the last last last day, I will be wearing my handsome suit," my son told me a couple weeks ago.

"What's the last last last day?" I asked.

"The day when Jesus comes," he replied.

Since then he's changed his "last last day" outfit to "fun clothes," but I still can't help but shiver a little when I see him wearing his suit. What if he knows something I don't?


Y'all better get right with God!