Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
At our Creative Arts Ministry training a few months ago, they showed us this video at the beginning of a worship session. It moved me to tears. Today, I saw it posted on a friend's blog and thought I would share it with you. Please comment if it moves you too.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We celebrated Truman's birthday with a trip to Peter Piper Pizza, then home for cake & ice cream and presents! Truman also had a "party" at preschool earlier in the day.
To my bubba:
You are my baby! Your smile has always melted my heart. When I was pregnant with you, I prayed for a calm, sweet baby and my prayers were answered. You have always had a sweet spirit about you (with a feisty streak!). I am most blessed by the funny things you say and the smile that lives on your face. You are such a smart kid and I'm blessed to be your mom.
I love you with all of my heart! Love, Mom
A look back in time...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Me: "What time did you guys get up this morning?"
Harrison: "I don't know."
Me: "Was it really early, like dark outside, or later?"
Truman (very matter-of-fact): "It was in the morning."
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I'm sitting here on this lovely Saturday morning listening to the beautiful silence. Tommie & Franklin are camping this weekend, the other two boys are at a friend's house and the two puppies are outside romping around. I'm enjoying this morning's alone time much more than last night - probably because I know it will be over very soon.
It's interesting to me that sometimes we complain about something and when we finally get our way, we don't like it. I often think about how I would really enjoy time to myself in my own home with no one else. I complain to Tommie that he needs to do things socially, so I can be home without him. He's such a homebody. Last night, I had that opportunity to be home alone and what did I do:
7:30 - ate dinner with a friend & walked around an outdoor shopping center chatting
9:30 - visited Blockbuster to return movies & rented "The Bodyguard" - a movie I love, but Tommie doesn't
9:40 - talked on the phone to a friend, considered dropping by to visit
10:00 - returned home to let the puppies out
10:05 - too tired to watch a movie, don't want to waste my "alone" time by sleeping, so I decided to give the puppies a bath
11:15 - finished bathing & grooming and clean up
12:00 - fell asleep watching TV with a sleeping puppy on my chest
12:15 - woke up, let the puppies out, put them in bed and went to bed
I guess I'm a lot more boring than I thought I was!! When I was in college, I would have found a group of friends that wanted to go bowling or to the coffee house, then wandered around or hung out at someone's apartment until 3 or 4 a.m. playing games or cards without even considering bedtime. Okay, maybe I'm not boring - I'm OLD!
I really enjoy time alone at my house during the day or for one evening, but simply knowing that Tommie & Franklin won't be back until Sunday and the other boys wouldn't be home until Saturday morning made my time bittersweet. I am a social creature and though the noise and chaos that frequents my home sometimes drives me nuts, I do not want to live without it!
(p.s. I sure hope Tommie is taking lots of pictures on his campout, because I missed a prime opportunity to get wet puppy pictures!!)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The above photos were taken at 3 something in the morning. The photo below was taken at about 7 a.m. In the most shadowed parts of the backyard, the piles of hail did not completely melt until afternoon - even though it was very warm outside.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
In honor of my 100th post, I was reflecting on various things... I love lists! It is a simple, but fun act to list out something - anything. People to write notes to. Things to do. Groceries to purchase. Favorite movies of all time. I was thinking about lists and I remembered one of my favorite books ever. I found it in a bookstore when I was in late Jr. High or early High School. It is entitled "14,000 things to be happy about". The entire book is one giant list. No sentences. Just phrases. Or words. Not many books have survived from my childhood, since I've moved so many times! However, that book remains on my bookshelf to this day.After pondering this post idea, I pulled it from the shelf and was inspired. I was planning to write my own list of 100 things I am happy about (for my 100th post)... I got to about #15 and then I had a thought. I wonder if this book is still in print. I wonder if I'm the only person in the world that thought this list was the coolest book ever.
So, I googled it. Amazingly, not only does the book still exist, but it was reprinted in 2007 and there is an entire website devoted to that book and the other works of the author. The author tends to go a little new-age in a few areas, but overall I feel that this book/list is a wonderful reminder that we need to be grateful for the little things around us. If we focused our time and energy on all of the positive things around us, we would all be much happier people. The greatest part is that God is good, so nearly anything we find that makes us happy comes from Him. In reality, a book about 14,000 things to be happy about is a tribute to a wonderful God. Whether the author intended it as such or not.
I'm sure that I could sit here and come up with a list of 100+ things to be happy about, but instead, I'd like to challenge each of you to come up with 100 of your own. Maybe someday, I'll post my list (or the start of one), but for now... I'll leave you to ponder...
www.thingstobehappyabout.com - click on "Happy House"
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me." - Phillipians 2:14-18
This is how I want to live my life. Grateful. Cheerful. Rejoicing in the positive. This is my "new year's resolution" on April 3, 2008.