Saturday, February 21, 2009
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Tea today: Genmaicha
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Read about my baby girl's love.
And for the record, I love this guy, too. And not just on Valentine's Day when the price of roses is too high and there's not a reservation to be had in town - except in our humble little kitchen.
Oh snap, I had to throw a photo in anyway.
Tea today: Republic of Tea White with orange blossoms
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tea today: White cantaloupe
I've laughted myself silly at the mondegreens over at Fellowship of the Traveling Smarty Pants this week. Ever since I figured out that Celine Dion really sings about hot dogs and not about "hearts going on," I can't remember the words to any of the songs I used to think I knew. Thanks to Nick the Geek for teaching me a new word. I will find some way to work that in a conversation this weekend.
And a two.
I won a contest from Shannon over at Rocks in my Dryer and yesterday my "Courage" necklace arrived in the mail. It was just a few days late from when I needed the actual courage, but it was worth the wait, which means a wing and a prayer got me through the week. Thanks to lisa leonard designs! Forget Valentine's Day guys? Something hand-made from Lisa would get you out of the dog house!
And a three.
At our Beth Moore "Stepping Up" Bible study last night, this line hit me in the gut. "The things I hate the most about my past are the things God is using in me to minister." Isn't it great how He brought us to our respective places? If you don't think so now, trust Him. You will see He knows what He's doing.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Today, at 11:00 a.m., family and friends are gathering in Parker, Colorado, to celebrate Tuesday Whitt with a "wagie ride" parade.We want them to know that the celebration is not only in Parker. It's in California and Texas. In Ohio and Michigan. In Illinois and New York. In Canada and South Africa. Right here in Iowa. And in even more places than I can name. Please join us in a "wagie ride," a sled pull, a spin on your bike or a Saturday drive. Keep Tuesday in your heart today. Keep her family and friends in your prayers. Write a story. Take pictures. Create a post. Link up to Mr. Linky here. We love Tuesday!
Tea at this moment: Jasmine
This wouldn't have been my first choice of video (because it's someone elses kids!), but the song says it all, as only SCC can sing. Not sure I could make it through a wedding with this song, so it's a good thing it's not a chosen selection. Scroll down and stop my playlist first!
Tea today: Republic of Tea Sip for the Cure pink grapefruit
Friday, February 6, 2009
My kids are all smart in very different ways. There's
They were blessed with SuckerMom. You want it? You got it. Because I love you.
I'm proud that they have grown up to be kind, respectful, and loving, but not always to each other. They're siblings.
In other words, they are human. Beautifully, wonderfully, perfectly, and yes, sinfully human. Born in His image, made to seek Him, and still searching for the answers to life.
I often wonder why I didn't teach my offspring to deal with disappointment with a little more grace and acceptance and as a routine part of life. How to tough out the disasters and heartbreak life hurls at you. To "find the glory in suffering." To recognize that God will not keep them in the darkness, yet He never promised them a perfectly happy life either - on earth, at least.
I probably wouldn't have listened to this advice had it been given to me at the right time. I commented to a blog friend today, I want some "do-overs." The consequences for not getting it right the first time are very heavy today.
But if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't make it quite so easy for them. As a matter of fact, I would have made them darned close to miserable.
A bit poorer. A little more tired. And a lot hungrier.
Rather than doing the paper route myself and allow a teenager to sleep in because I loved him so much, I would drag his sorry butt out of bed...because I loved him so much.
Rather than not make a careless, unapologetic teenager pay to fix the dented garage door frame because I loved him so much, I would make him work his skinny tushy off and figure out how to get that door frame fixed...because I loved him so much.
Rather than offering a mall shopping trip (lunch included) to a sobbing teen rejected by friends because I loved her so much, I would talk it out, let her cry it out, and show her how to suck it up...because I loved her so much.
Life stinks sometimes. It throws us curve balls, fast balls, and we get beaned by foul balls. It breaks hearts, spirits, and wills. But God will never leave us where we are - He is only asking us to perservere because He has so many wonderful plans for us, and He wants us to feverishly seek Him in order to fulfill those plans. Sometimes He will bring us to our knees, sometimes flat on our faces, sometimes even drag us through the mud - just to get our attention. He doesn't care if we come to Him angry, questioning, and untrusting - He just wants us to come to Him, and beg for His mercy. Because any relationship with Him is the start to a wonderful relationship with Him. And He has such wonderful plans for that relationship.
It's a tough lesson to learn as an adult, but it's never too late to learn.
I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that l might enjoy all things.
I was given nothing that I asked for; But everything that I had hoped for.
Tea today: Young hyson
Thursday, February 5, 2009
My 25 things:
1. I am a recovering perfectionist, and becoming mighty good at the recovery process, I might add.
3. Andy Roddick looked directly into my eyes and said “Thank you” when I wished him good luck at a tennis tournament. I was within inches of him, and the only one of the group that wasn’t a screaming teenager. Yes, I was visibly out of place.
4. I cry in church almost every Sunday. Praise songs move me to tears. 5. I don’t like help in the kitchen. Maybe #1 isn’t so good after all.
5. I don’t like help in the kitchen. Maybe #1 isn’t so good after all.
6. If I were to choose a husband for my daughter, he would be a worship music leader. And he could sing for his supper at my house. See #4 and get the Kleenex. Then see #2. Then see KT freak if she reads this.
7. I hate balloons and rubber gloves. EEeeeek.
8. I have a beautiful quilt that is near completion that just can’t quite get itself done. Perhaps recovering procrastinator should be added to my resume.
9. If I bite into a piece of meat and hit a blood vessel or something else stringy, I’m done. Take. It. Away. Bring me vegetables.
10. My first computer was a PC Junior, and when I got a “real’ one, the IT guy at the hospital said “you’ll never need more than 80 meg for home use.” I think he still uses a Brownie Instamatic.
11. I got to meet Mark Schultz and even got an embrace from him. Then he sang to me. Well, there were a few hundred others in the audience, too.
12. I met SONICFLOOd backstage and had my picture taken with them.
13. I once saw Chevy Chase in a hotel elevator in New York. He was not friendly. He did not appreciate Ron Burgundy’s comment about our Christmas lights. He could not stand up very well.
14. Rafael Nadal is even more perfectly sculpted in person than he appears on TV. I got within a few feet of him, too. He didn’t speak, though. Language barrier, I’m sure. Wonder if he’s seen my Facebook profile pic? (Have you figured out I’m a groupie yet?)
15. I finally have the secret to getting that applewood smoked bacon flavor in soups and stews – it’s called applewood smoked bacon.
16. Bad table manners make me crazy.
17. I take more time preparing meals for my dog than I do for my husband and me. He’s special. And dying. (The dog, that is).
18. I always meet deadlines, but not until the last minute. Self-imposed deadlines often require rescheduling. See #8.
19. I will never understand how an airplane gets off the ground.
20. My favorite smell is onions and garlic sautéing in olive oil.
21. I have four years of college eligibility left to play tennis.
22. I can’t memorize Scripture very well, but put it to music, and I’ll sing you every word….horribly.
23. I have a cat who only loves two people – Ron Burgundy and me. Everyone else is chopped liver.
24. I want to visit the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked. But the fighting there scares me (oh ye of little faith).
25. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
Tea tonight: Metamucil (yeah, you read that right!)
Monday, February 2, 2009
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