Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Tale of the Attacking Tomato Plants

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a young lady had the idea to plant her tomato plants in a new spot in her yard. She realized that if she planted her tomatoes near the air conditioner drain line, they would be watered every time the a/c went on, and therefore the hotter it got, the more they would be watered. She planted five little baby plants near the drain and waited.

A few weeks later they grew out of the cages she had planted them in. And they started to climb on the a/c unit. Worried that they would interfere with the efficiency of the machine, she rigged a netting/ bamboo stick fence to keep the now 4 foot tall vines away from the a/c.

Worries about birds and squirrels were alleviated when it seemed they were blind to the tomatoes (they were too busy eating peaches).

A week later she noticed that the marigold and watermelon plants she had put under the tomatoes as companion plants were all dead and smothered. She brushed away the concerns and went back to kneeling on the ground and reaching in to get the beautiful delicious ripe tomatoes.

She bragged on Facebook and her blog about the bowls of tomatoes she was harvesting long after others had stopped producing.

One muggy morning she discovered the tomato plants had reached all the way across a five foot walkway and one could not reach the gate behind to take out the trash. A little concern reached her conscious mind, but since it was late July she knew the plants were almost done, so she put a couple more tomato cages as a barrier to the vines and kept harvesting tomatoes.

The next month the sunflowers stopped blooming and stink bugs arrived on her tomatoes. Her precious tomatoes were now marred by speckles! Sometimes they didn't taste as good! She figured she had harvested plenty, so let them be. Surely they would die soon and then the family could use the space for something else. This plan worked until her husband noticed the fruit rotting on the vine and would bring in pints at a time. She froze them as fast as he harvested, planning to make sauce. Her freezer was soon full of gallon bags of tomatoes. And the vines kept creeping.

They were hanging over every barrier they had placed. The vines moved 4 feet over and took over the passion flower trellis. They continued to threaten the a/c, the path, and the lives of whomever ventured over there.

Finally the weather started to change. The temperature dropped closer to freezing. But the vines would not give up! It's just wrong to cut up a vine that is still producing, so the husband wearily harvested.

Four days before Christmas, she finally called it. She took some clippers and a big plastic bin and went to attack the vine. She mercilessly cut off branches with ripe and unripe fruit. She ripped off vines that were dead. She slowly freed, one by one, all of the barriers that had been put into place all year long. She uncovered the trellis for the passion flower and grass that had been buried by vines. She shook the fruit onto the ground for reseeding next year (no, she hadn't learned her lesson).

As she surveyed the destruction, she began to plan next year's garden. She knew it was dangerous. She knew they could be smothered in bell peppers or cucumbers or tomatoes again, simply by putting the plants near the a/c. But she knew as long as Austin was hot, she would be using that spot for her favorite veggies.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hello? Anyone still there?

I know, I have neglected you all for too long. Most of you have given up on me.

Life has been extraordinarily crazy the last few months.

Denali started kindergarten, which means that I had to start making money.

So I have been organizing, selling books on Amazon, sewing beautiful things to sell, being a companion to a lovely lady, being the office manager for Good News Walking, and substitute teaching at my kids' school.

And of course keeping the house running and my family happy. So you can see why I haven't had a lot of free time.

As Christmas approaches I am so thankful for the ability to have a flexible schedule, even though it is a little more crowded than usual. I have been able to help out at the kids' school, including the upcoming multicultural fair, where I will be Irish step dancing for the kids.

I have also had time to decorate the house for Christmas and still be sane at the end of the day.

This week I am also starting a 12 Days of Giveaways on my book review blog. Day 2 can be found here. Enter to win, and if you subscribe to the book blog on google reader or whatever, leave another comment on the giveaway page and you will get double entries for that day.

Just remember, Sarah loves you, and Sarah also doesn't like housework. So there.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Treasure these moments

In the last week I have had the opportunity and pleasure to be a companion to a sweet lady who has lived a long time. She remembers the Great Depression, WWII (where her husband was a Navy man), and many other things. In fact her memories of days gone past are much easier for her to access than her memories of yesterday.

I have loved being able to spend time with her and listen to her stories and eat lunch with her and shop with her. She is a sweet southern belle and very genteel.  When my two weeks are up I will be sorely tempted to continue visiting with her.

This has made me remember and want to share with you something that I feel is very important.  We are to be taking care of the elderly in our lives. We are to share our time and respect them. If you have family in town that you don't get to see very often I would strongly encourage you to make more time. Bring them lunch or take them out to lunch. Go shopping or sit in their living room with a catalog and pretend to shop. Ask about the pictures they have hanging. Their memories and wisdom are a treasure that we won't have forever. I wish that my grandmothers lived in town so that I could be a companion to them.

If you don't have family in town, I encourage you to find someone to "adopt." Go ask at an assisted living home or senior center, or at your church.

Yes, I know there are downsides. Sometimes they lose their filter on their speech and can seem overly critical of you or a choice you have made. Sometimes they can't hear or see very well and you have to accommodate for that. Sometimes they move REALLY slowly.

But I would argue that these are all ways to help you pay more attention to them, not less. They have many years of experience doing most of the same things you will be doing. They can teach you just like you can try to teach them how to operate satellite TV.

Go forth. Be a friend.

End of soapbox.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Book Reviews Posted, including a giveaway

Hola friends. I have been scarce around here because I am too busy enjoying life to sit down and write about it. But I thought I would pop in and let you know about some books I reviewed recently:

Fault Line: A spy story.
The dollshop downstairs: a children's story.
Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs: kid's story about appreciating where you are.
Giveaway: The Aedyn Chronicles: open till Sunday
The Prophecy: Christian Horror book (I guess that's the genre)
Starlighter: Christian fantasy about dragons
The Rape of Nanking: Chinese holocaust

Anyway I highly recommend you go and check these reviews out. I have a wide selection of books up there for you to look at.

See you later!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Quilt


A while ago I posted in process pictures of my batik quilt.
I then put it on my bed but was always afraid it would get messed up or something.
So I put it up on the wall, directly across from my bed, and I see it every morning. I love this quilt so much!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Humble Pie

Don't you just love a good serving of Humble Pie?

I have been eating it every day since my wonderful delightful weekend escape with my husband.


First I had a mini ant invasion and after a little baby powder the ants were gone. You see the baby powder is too fine for the ants and it makes a barrier they won't cross. So I was very proud of myself for dealing with the pests.

Then a few of my friends were having ant problems in their houses. I was SO sympathetic towards them because "I have never had ant problems in my house in 9 years of living here. That is really crummy for you!"

Then this weekend we stayed in a lovely little cabin on the Sabinal River. The only problem was the ants. They were in the kitchen and bathroom and they were annoying. Who wants ants on their bath rug?

So I came home and was so proud. I after all have never had an ant infestation. Something is clearly wrong with these people who do have problems.


I bet you can guess what I found on my return from the cabin.

Ants.

In my kitchen, which is a really annoying place to have them. And you know what? Baby powder is not helping. And today they were still here with a vengeance, when I thought they were mostly gone.

So, world, I am confessing. I was proud and snooty and thought better of myself.

I apologize. And repent. And I may have to clean out some cabinets and caulk some cracks.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Making Room for God

My post yesterday got me thinking about gardening and how God works.

My garden really isn't anything special. I don't spend hours fertilizing and tilling, although in the beginning we spent a lot of time getting all the grass out of the way and putting in good soil (soil! there's another rabbit trail!).

After we planted the plants or seeds, we really left the rest up to God. Occasionally we will water, especially in dry Texas summer. But our ultimate goal with plants is to let them take care of themselves.

This summer has reminded me how little I actually do and how much God does in my garden. There have been summers when I poured much more energy and spent more money on resources and got a terrible result. This year it was all rain and climate. Sure, we planned to plant at the right time, and we chose good plants for our climate. But the rest of it (and the rest is SO MUCH!) was all God.

Now let's get all spiritual and apply this to our relationships with God. I have been studying the parable of the sower and every scripture that relates to that parable has emphasized our job as caretakers but that we don't actually do any of the growing or the work related to that. We can plant and harvest but that's it.

So when we make room in our lives, clear away the "oughts" and "shoulds" that this world tells us we need to do, and clear out all the plans we have to "fix" our spouses and kids and selves, and let God work, he can make amazing things! His plan isn't a cultured lawn. He has a vision so much bigger, so full of awesome, that we cannot even dream it! We can try to plant seeds of Bible study, being with wise people, and etc, but we cannot do it on our own. It's impossible.

Our small minds can only imagine a lawn with pretty trees. But God has much much bigger plans for you. Clear away the weeds, put in some good compost of the Bible, and see what will grow.

our little minds vs God's bigness

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

God's Garden

This morning I had a chance to spend a few minutes in our family garden (it's really God's but whatever).

What I saw amazed and delighted me.

Our tomatoes this year have gone crazy to the point that I am almost sick of them. We've had over 2 months of lots of tomatoes every day. The key for us was to put them over by the a/c drain line, so they get lots of free water every day.

Near our tomatoes are the sunflowers Denali wanted to plant. They are huge and beautiful. I have a tiny passionflower vine that has not put out any flowers yet but the Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have found it. This is the only thing the baby caterpillars eat and so the mama butterfly has to find this one plant to lay her eggs. She found ours even though it was barely a foot tall, and every day there are about 10 caterpillars on it.

This morning I saw a cocoon near the vine, which I assume is from one of those caterpillars.

My bird of paradise plant has made its first bloom. If you have never seen one of these you should definitely click the link and see the prettyness. It's gorgeous.

We had a garden spider about an inch long back behind the tomatoes but I don't know where he went.

Our peach tree is so loaded with peaches that we have a stick propping up one of the branches. Every day a squirrel comes and eats half a peach. He seems to think the peaches are ripe but we know they aren't. Soon though.

Every thing in our garden reminds me of God's glory and power and wisdom. I cannot imagine this happening by chance. It is by design.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Emlyn's Recovered

thanks everyone for your concern for Emmy. She is feeling much better and the doctor has cleared her. We are thankful that none of the rest of us have gotten the illness, whatever it was.

Our summer is now in full swing including visits with friends, art projects, and all sorts of delights.

Off to make breakfast!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seeds Music

My friend Bethany let me know about this awesome music available. Seeds Family Worship puts out Scripture to song, and they do it in a fun and great way. We have two of their CDs and let me tell you we all love them. Even Joel is able to tolerate them, and that's saying a lot.

They are trying to fund their next CD, "Seeds of Character", and are having a fundraiser called 45 Days of Worship. I would like you all to click over and check them out!!

Bethany put more details about it in her blog. You can access her posts about Seeds Music here, here, and here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer!

"So what are you doing this summer?"

I have been discussing this with lots of people recently- school is out and we have lots of free time to play, see friends, go on trips, and do special things that we don't seem to have time for during the year.

This year specifically we are going to soccer camp (indoors, score!), VBS, swim lessons (also indoors!), we're having a cousin visit for a couple weeks, and my sister Ruth is going to be married. It's going to be great.

Unfortunately all we've done so far is nurse Emmy. She has a nasty virus that has fever and staying on the couch. This is day 6 and we are doing all we can to help her get better. Last night that included grandma watching the kids overnight so I could regain my sanity with a date and some time to myself.

This is frustrating for me. While I enjoy being home with my kids and not having any other calls on my time, I am also frustrated with being home with my kids and not having any other calls on my time. I feel like I am treading water here. I have lots of projects to do around the house but it seems like nursing Emmy is sorta like taking care of a newborn. It is so intense that when there is a break I just mindlessly play computer games or toot around rather than doing anything "productive" that is "on my official list and agenda".

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining too much. It's so so nice to be able to stay home and not have to pack lunches and be certain places at certain times.

I'm just ready for summer to really start. Bring on the pool! And the friends! And the exciting stuff!

On a side note our garden is still doing very nicely. We are getting about a pint of tomatoes and a pint of blackberries every day right now, and soon we will have more bell peppers and figs and peaches. The herbs are all growing well and it's just a lovely place to be. I also got a hammock for Mother's Day and when the mosquitoes are otherwise occupied I love resting there. The butterflies are all coming out of their cocoons and fluttering around, and the heat is holding off for now. All in all this is a great place to be.

This also all reminds me that in heaven there won't be any of these little earthly things to distract us from God's power and glory. I pray that Jesus will come back quickly and that every day here I will be doing what I need to be doing to prepare myself for heaven. And I am so thankful to be a stay-at-home mom who can take care of her sick little girl without being worried about my paying job.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2 Timothy Lesson #2

I taught this lesson on April 14. I hope it brings you peace and hope.

Read the entire book of 2 Timothy aloud.

Do not be ashamed of the message of the gospel. Paul lovingly uses his last words to encourage Timothy and to remind him of his job. Over and over we hear "Do not be ashamed." Even Timothy, who learned from and worked with such a great leader as Paul, was ashamed sometimes. How much more so are we?

The amazing thing about these words of encouragement and warning is that they ring and hold true with us as well. Paul's last words to his dear son are also God's words to us.

He tells us to stand firm in the faith.
He tells us to preach the Word.
He reminds us we should not be ashamed.

I think of times when I have a message or Word from the Bible for a close friend, and I act ashamed of it. I smile, and apologize for the advice, and tentatively offer an idea. That is NOT preaching the Word. Or I fuss and fret over the wording, trying not to offend, waiting for the perfect time to broach the subject.

The Word of the Lord is not chained. The name if the Lord is a strong tower. Yet I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day.

We are to preach the Word in season and out of season. We are charged as soldiers or farmers or athletes to run this race. This is no time to be complacent or worried about the right phrases.

Mark 13:9-13 (New International Version)

9"You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

12"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.


This text reminds us that the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to say. When I have something difficult to say I make a conscious effort to pray that the Lord would guide my words.

Why are we doing this? Why are we running such a difficult race? If I am already on the right path, why must I treat it with urgency?

CS Lewis gives us an excellent, biblical reason. I am flattened by this essay every time I read it. This is an excerpt from the Weight of Glory.

"It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour's glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously--no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner--no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat--the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2 Timothy Lesson

I taught this lesson on April 7 to the ladies class I go to. I hope it benefits you.

Read the entire book of 2 Timothy aloud.

The two parts of this book I will be focusing on are 1) the fact that this is the last letter of Paul's that we have and its insights and significance because of that. 2) The extreme importance of Scripture in a Christian life and a reminder to whom we belong.

This week I will focus on Scripture and sound teaching.

2 Timothy 3:16- 16All scripture is inspired by God and isb useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

I trust that God's hand has been working through the ages, through the first collecting of writings, through the different languages, through the various councils and leader decisions. God has protected and honored His words.

So our verse 3:16 tells us
1) It's good for teaching.
2) It's good for "reproof" or conviction. When you read the Word you should be convicted by it. That is the Holy Spirit working.
3) Good for correction- setting things right in your life.
4) It's good for instruction- becoming closer to God's will for your life.

Paul goes on to remind us that not all teachings will be sound, and not everything we hear on this earth will be truth. In fact I see that it is getting increasingly more difficult to find truth in this world. Despite the amazing variety of ways to get information and the millions of authors on our planet, I see more and more nonsense.

I call it nonsense--it's a fun word to use and it sums up the situation. I speak lightheartedly of some of the nonsense I allow into my life, but it really isn't funny at all. I am pretty careful with teachers who purport to be Christian. I think and compare with God's Word while they are teaching. Yet I allow a disturbing amount of time in my life where I turn my brain off altogether and I wonder if that isn't even more disturbing. For the sake of example I will tell you what I have been known to do in a day. I have been trying to remedy this and feel it is wrong.

1)Facebook games such as when a squirrel hands me a bubble and I use that bubble to pop other bubbles before the time runs out.
2) Kids books about camping
3) Website that makes fun of people
4) Reality show where people lose weight through finally thinking only about self.


Total in one day: 4 hours.

That sounds horrible to me. In this same day I probably did 1 hour of housework, 1 scattered hour of parenting, 30 minutes of Bible study, and a bunch of other "necessary" stuff. I say this because it scares me. None of these things are evil on their own or in tiny doses, but when I spend such an unbalanced time on them I believe Satan has too much influence in my life.

I am being lukewarm. I know I should be studying God's Word more and spending more time with my children but that takes work. That takes brainpower, and full attention. I'd much rather check out and pop the squirrel bubbles.

I'd rather skip the sound doctrine all together and heap teachers who scratch my itching ears. It's much easier that way.

Even though this is very hard for me to share I want to because I am scared for our culture. I am scared that we are letting our free time be wasted. We are taking all our time-saving devices and adding mindless games to our lives or conversely filling our time with "Very Important Things" that God might not actually think to be that important.

Fiddler on the Roof has a great song called "If I were a rich man".
The last verse pulls me in.

And I'd discuss the holy books with the learned men, seven hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.

Let me read this again.

2 Timothy 3-4:5

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is inspired by God and isb useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

I want to be like this. I want to be thinking, preaching, and living God's Word. And if I am bringing trash into my life I will be spewing trash right back out.

2:20-21
20 In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. 21All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentionedb will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work.

I want to be a special utensil, don't you?

How can we counter this legacy of trash? How can we change it to a legacy of truth? How can we be different?
2 Timothy 3:14-15
14
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

The only antidote against a world of apostasy is the Word of God.

Get it on audio. I have Johnny Cash reading the New Testament.
Memorize Scripture.
Read it out loud.
Take a course.
Post Scripture on Facebook.
If you do something with your spare time, analyze it! Does it make you want to read more of God's Word? Does it make you yearn for a closer connection to Him? If not, should you really be doing it?

I am sorry that I cannot say "I have it all figured out and you do ABC and then you too can be perfect and I never struggle so that's why you should listen to me."


Before I end, and read your charge to you, I would like to point out that this says preach the Word, not preach from the Word. Don't just take a couple verses and weave a sermon. Preach the Word.

Here is your charge:




4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Procrastination

In the past two days I have completed two very minor projects that have been hanging over my head for about a year. One took about 10 hours to complete, and the other took about one hour. It is amazing the freedom I feel and the pride in having these jobs done.

What are you procrastinating on? How long will it really take to finish?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Irish Dancing Update

Most of you have asked when the next competition is so you can come, or when my group will be performing locally. For Saint Patrick's Day some groups from my school will be performing. I will not be in the show because I am too new, but here are the times.

3:00 Mother Egans 715 W 6th St
4:30 pm Fado's Patio Stage 214 W 4th st
7 pm Cover 3 2700 W Anderson Lane (For this one at the end my teacher will teach a set dance to whomever wants to participate. If I am able to come I will be up on stage learning/teaching the dance as well)

I am also looking at going to the Bluebonnet competition in Dallas April 16-17. I would need to bring the kids and so therefore would need another adult to come with me (Joel can't). It would entail driving up Friday night, staying at the hotel where the feis is, and then in the morning watching the kids/watching me dance. Then we would all go back up to the room (depending on the kids' attitudes) and then in the early afternoon we could watch the best of the best perform. Then in the evening there will be a ceilie which is a party where everyone mingles, listens to music, and dances. Then we would stay another night and then head home.

If you want to just come see me compete in Dallas that would be great too.

Anyway I appreciate everyone's support in this! I am loving dancing and you are all so encouraging.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

first feis report

today i competed in my first feis. a feis is an irish dance and music competition. i danced the light jig, the single jig, and the reel.

i drove up to dallas and stayed with my aunt and uncle and my aunt ivy came to the competition with me for moral support, it was really nice to have her there rooting for me.

i had borrowed a lovely blue dress from another dancer so that was a great dress to dance in. i arrived about two hours early to see other dancers and to make sure to be there on time. in retrospect it was probably good to get there early but i should have found something productive to do. sitting around was not good. i was very very nervous and even though i warmed up i probably did not run through my dances enough times.

the first dance is always the reel. i was the only one in my class of competition for all three dancers so that took some of the pressure off. i was completely unprepared for the music. i had been listening to prior dances and thought i could follow a fiddler rather than an accordion which we usually practice to but either that or nerves made me completely unable to count in the music. the judge counted me in to start me off at least four times and i just could not hear the time. this is very unusual for me since i am a musician. finally i just bowed and went off.

i had just a few minutes wait before my second dance, the light jig. i love light jig, it's the first dance i learned well, and it just seems to speak to me, so i gave myself a good peptalk and jumped out there. it went great. i heard the time perfectly, i danced both steps and was able to finish the dance in style. i felt much much better about this one and felt like i redeemed myself for the judge.

then i had a long wait for the single jig, which was not great because i lost some momentum and started worrying again because the single jig starts the same as the reel and i was concerned i wouldn't be able to hear it either. i got through the first step great and the first part of the second step but lost my concentration and flubbed a bit.

overall i was very happy with my favorite dance and bummed about the others but it was a good experience. there was a lot of waiting which i didn't expect and i missed the best dancers while waiting for my turn because of the way they timed things. in the future i hope to improve my dances more and really to be more calm. i was a complete wreck the entire day and that is wearisome. it was nice to hang out with one of my friends from the school and pretend to be something other than a mom for a while. it was also fun to hang out with my aunt. i wish my teacher had been able to watch me dance the light jig but was glad she missed the other two dances. :)

the judge left pretty much the comments i expected. she liked my carriage and "tech work", which is good because it means i have the basic stuff and can start to carry that into other dances and learn more and more difficult steps. so thats great.

sorry i wrote all in lowercase i'm typing on a netbook with tiny keys. i am looking forward to the next feis i participate in, whether it be in a month or in a few months. i have never loved an activity like i love dancing. i am so glad i discovered it.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I Believe

I thought of my Uncle Brent when I saw this webpost.

It takes the Nicene Creed and gives you Biblical reference for each part of the creed. Then you hover the mouse over the reference and it pops up on your screen.

http://www.extremetheology.com/2009/11/the-nicene-creed-according-to-the-scriptures.html

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A Song for Orion

Today is the three month anniversary of Orion's passing. I know that Ben and Sondra and the rest of our family still covet your prayers. In my house things are starting to get back to a "new" normal. Denali and Emmy talk about how they miss Orion.

I wanted to share a song with you that our friend/fellow ACU alum wrote about 10 years ago. It's called "God, Please Take Care of My Baby." You can find Zane Williams at his website. I asked for his permission to post the mp3 file on my blog of this song.

Here's a link to the song.

Or maybe this will work

Monday, January 04, 2010

A long, lovely day

Today was our last day of Christmas vacation. I am happy for school to be starting again but not happy about being bound to a schedule.

We had Denali's birthday today, and for the first time I hired out all of the party prep to a children's play area. Jungle Java in Round Rock had some understaffing issues when we arrived but by the end of the party time I was pleased. They took care of everything, including cake and goody bags, the kids had a great time, and I got to leave and go home to my (relatively) clean home.

Afterwards I got to watch a few extra kids (actually they watched my kids and I got office work finished), and we got to eat quesadillas and cupcakes for dinner.

Lastly I was privileged to read two AWESOME books and write reviews for them. If you have been reading my blog for any time at all you know how tickled I am to find new chapter book authors for my kids. I've got two new ones to share: Milly-Molly-Mandy and Grandma's Attic. Visit my book review blog and see the joyousness.

Tomorrow Denali turns 5. I will officially be the parent of two kids and no toddlers. Life is amazing. I am honored to be along for the ride.

Book Giveaway: Green by Ted Dekker

I am giving away a copy of Green by Ted Dekker. Click over to my book review blog to enter the giveaway.

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