Archive for February, 2007

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Tagged Meme – my first!

February 27, 2007

Wow…I’ve been tagged!  I’ve heard about this, but wasn’t sure how that worked.  HomeWithTheKids tagged me to give 5 reasons why I blog.  And…I was just thinking about that yesterday morning.  I always want to make sure I’m still doing things for the right reason (it’s so easy to get off course, isn’t it?!)

1. Writing is a form of release to me.  I’m real good at bottling things up, and writing helps crack the cork on that bottle.

2. Writing is realism on paper (computer screen).  Once I read it I can process it for what it really is.  Not what it looks like in my mind.

3. I have found that most of the Christian bloggers I’ve gotten to know are a great “family” to be a part of.  It’s worth the investment and I didn’t want to miss out on something so life changing.

4. Blogging is a great way of being held accountable.  You just never know who might be reading.  I love that!

5. Man…I just can’t come up with the fifth!  Will 4 do??

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One small act of kindness

February 26, 2007

Recently my mum gave me a book to read with the boys.  It’s called Simple Acts of Faith.  It’s true stories that are interesting and touching that also surround Norman Rockwell paintings.  It’s really been a hoot to read.

Thought I’d share one with you as it’s a story I’ve never heard before:

“In a suburb of Dallas known as Richardson, a small, bright-eyed gentleman named Jim Hoyt manages his own bike store.  The mom-and-pop shop, Richardson Bike Mart, is known throughout the community as a strong sponsor of bike racers, and Hoyt maintains a personal passion to help kids get started in the sport.

Keeping an eye on the street front, Jim noticed a young woman who faithfully took her son to a nearby shop for fresh doughnuts each week.  He began talking to the woman, discovered she was a single mom, and instinctively knew she was struggling to get by.  Jim took an interest in the small family and decided to give the woman a discount on a bicycle:  a Schwinn Mag Scrambler.  The mom accepted the offer, and through the kind act of a stranger, sever-year-old Lance Armstrong was introduced to the world of biking.  Describing the bike, Armstrong writes, “It was an ugly brown with yellow wheels, but I loved it.  Why does any kid love a bike?  It’s liberation and independence, your first set of wheels.””

My first bike was red with a sparkling red banana seat.  I loved it!

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Rockin’ metal

February 22, 2007

Years ago I received an email regarding a thought that really rocked my level with God.  I had actually forgotten about it until recently when a dear friend passed it on to me again.  I’m sure you’ve heard it time and time over.  I don’t even know if it really happened to this lady, but I think it’s worth mentioning again.

It related to Malachi 3:3 – “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.  That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.  As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”   He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.”

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Party on dude!

February 21, 2007

So…I’m lurking through some more blogs today when I started to see this party button popping up every where!   I’m all about parties (ok, so my current lifestyle is more sleep, less moving; however…).

If I’ve got it right, if we go over to 5-minutes-for-mom the week of March 2-9 we’ll get a chance to mingle with other bloggers.  It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers and to get your blog noticed as well.  I’m not sure what to expect but anxious to see how it goes.  So come on and let’s go shake our thang!!

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Wierd Meme

February 20, 2007

And the meme’s start.  I actually like some of them.  Here’s one that wasn’t too personal but fun:

Do you chew on straws?  No, but I have thing for paperclips.
What’s your worst fear?  Being manipulated.
Do you snore? YES (…she’s a lady. HUH!)
What is the color of your keyboard?  Black
Do you sing in the shower?  Oh yeah… great accoustics.
What is your secret talent?  I can’t do it as well now, but I used to be able to twist my feet all the way around until my toes faced behind me.
Have you ever bungee jumped?  No, nine, never.
Do you like your handwriting?  Used to…now I use the computer too much so my handwriting stinks.
Do you cry at weddings?  No (except for a friend who waited forever to get married…I was all verclempt)
How do you like your eggs?  Over medium (no wiggly whites)
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?  Crunchy
Are you wearing socks?  Nope…it’s too nice today.
Have you ever read Catcher in the Rye?  Yes, it was required reading at the British HS I went to.
Do you play an instrument?  I play some piano.
Do you snort when you laugh?  No, but I have a pretty loud gawffa.
Can you moonwalk?  Good Lord, no.
What was the last thing you ate?  The filling of a Sour Cream pie…Yum.

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It’s a gusher!

February 20, 2007

It seems I always have a runny nose.  In our neck of the woods, allergeries are just a way of life.  If you go through 3 months without an allergy attack of some kind, well, your body has just lost all touch with reality and you’re about to kick it!

Needless to say, I’ve been blowin’ and a goin’ for weeks now.  I had NO time to stop and try to take care of it.  That is until last Friday.  Life came to a skreetching halt.  I can blow off some green snot (no pun intended…really!).  I can blow off a hacking cough that’s just annoying.  I cannot handle an ear-ache.  I turn into a blubbering 3-year-old.  Heavy on the blubbering.  Thursday night(while my hubby was snoring away blissfully beside me) I was doing the classic Pleading-of-God whine.  What would appease my God to give me a restful sleep with no pain??  Taking care of my body would seem the most logical choice!  But that didn’t help me right then and there did it?!

By Friday morning I was ready for the doctors.  You see, when it comes to going to doctors you have to hijack me.  Kicking and screaming.  I don’t like them.  They are Painmakers.  So for me to tell my hubby, “I need you to watch Gremlin for a hour or so cause I give up.” was HUGE.

Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long in the waiting room (how many of us have wacked out stories of the waiting room?!)  When the dr came in and took a look inside my ear, she practically squeeled with delight!  It was a little un-nerving.  Apparently I had a textbook infected ear that she wished she could take a picture of.  Well, that thrills me to death.  Not that I cared at that exact moment, but really….anytime I can have a picture perfect anything is exciting to me.

She gave me LOTS O’DRUGS!  I figured that was that.

Oh was I wrong.

Now look back up at the title…do you see where I’m about to go?  Yep.

While I was at the church picking up Gremlin, I realized the skin on my face, by my ear felt wierd.  I reached up there and WOW!  I was a-leakin’!  Some of it had crusted on my face.  I didn’t know if I should be worried or completely grossed out.  I decided on somewhere in the middle.  Apparently she had ‘released the pressure’ when she stuck that scopey-thing (you’d never guess English is my only language) in my ear.  Which was fine, except I ‘gushed’ the rest of the day and through the night.

Now think about that.  That is A LOT of nasty looking fluid.

I was pretty much walking around in a cloud of sinus pressure pain the rest of the weekend which is why I’m just now coming back to cyber life.  I’m good, happy and it’s SUNNY TODAY!!! 

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I love me a good forum

February 15, 2007

 

I was thrilled to death to hear about the new forum starting for mothers in line for a little grace – MOG.  I recently have been a part of a forum that’s a bit odd for me…The Cavy Compendium.  What’s that you say?  Apparently a Cavy is a snazzy way of saying guinea pig.  No…I don’t have any…never have.  I’m completely blaming my sis-in-law.  She used to be VERY good at keeping up on her blog, but then these furry little gals stepped in and took over her body.  Needless to say, if we (the fam) wanted to know if she was alive or dead, we had to join the compendium and get the scoop.

And I’m here to say, those forums are a hoot!  You can get some real wacko’s out there, but most of them are just animal loving people that have fallen in love with this weeking (they week…it’s a sound not a body function!), popcorning (they jump around like fleas!) ball of fur.

I am personally an aunt to Chili and Neener.  And a proud one at that.

Now…where was I going with that?  Oh yes, I encourage all of the thousands that read this blog to go straight to that forum (the MOG, that is), sign up and enjoy some good chatting.  It doesn’t matter if your kids are all grown up or if you have 5 kids all under the age of 6.

Go on.  Go check it out.