Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I, on the other hand, am spontaneous, loud, a talker and enjoy doing things on the fly!
My husband and daughter sitting in the same chair....
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My dad AND my husband have a birthday this weekend. BOTH of them!! And I struggle. OH, I struggle to buy either one of them a gift because, let's face it, I seem to get them the same things every single year. Pants. A shirt. Maybe socks. And it's so amazingly boring.
You know, girls love to get a new top or skirt every now and then... or a new purse and we are all over ourselves with excitement!! I can shop ALL DAY LONG for my mom and still have things that I wanted to buy. For me, girls are just so easy!! I know that the men in my life appreciate the clothes, I mean they can not go naked for heaven's sake, but I just want to buy them something they will LOVE!
My friend Amy gets real creative with her man's gifts, but she's engaged and it's all new and all...
Well, I have been married for 12 years and I have used all of my creativity! Well, not really.. it's just that I have no direction.
Then my friend Jennifer had to buy her husband a birthday gift recently and he likes computer games so she got him a new game. It was a great idea!! I just don't think my husband will play it... so that's out.
My dad is a singer. He sings in a barbershop quartet group and he plays the banjo!! (YEE HAW!) Last year we got him a new guitar strap for the banjo and a pitch pipe for the a capella pitches that they need when singing barbershop. Here he is holding up his guitar strap.
Thrilling people. I tell ya.
Those were great ideas.... for last year!!!!! Now, it's this year and I am fresh out.
SO what do you do when you don't know what to buy? Gift cards? The same old clothes thing and just hope that they love it? ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Sorry to bore you with this entry. It's where I am today. :)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This is D'Kali! She is so precious and I had written an entry about her before because she was a part of our special needs VBS. She has limited language, but she is so sweet and gentle. I love spending time with her.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
It has been sort of like this..
I saw a little baby turtle trying to cross the road and it turned the other way as my car approached. I thought, "Turn around girl! This world is not for you!"
I saw geese in a group waddling along and it was as if the Lord said, "Your walk is not always steady, but you are not alone. I have given you family and friends who walk like you and who know me."
There was a dog playing and jumping around in his yard all by himself... having a grand time! It didn't seem to matter that he was by himself. The Lord said, "Let Me be your delight. You are not alone. Have joy! No matter what comes I am here and we can enjoy our time."
It thundered and I thought, "He's bigger than even that huge, loud, uncontrollable noise, and He's in control of even the thunder."
There were three little birds on our deck and my daughter noticed that they all looked the same and they all kept singing. "Sing to Me child! I am worthy of your praise!" was what I heard.
Those may seem kind of silly to you, and to be honest they have made me smile and sometimes giggle to myself. I have wondered why He would use such things to speak to me, but I am also glad that He's speaking!! There are times when I can't sense Him, hear Him or know that He's even near. It is not always easy to hear that encouragement. Sometimes it's just silence and it can be deafening.
I suppose He is teaching me that I need not take my times of intimacy with Him for granted. I need to look for Him in the little things every single day and not assume that I will always hear Him speak . I am very much like Martha.. busy and not always hearing what the Lord has to say. The times that I somehow manage to quiet myself a tad and listen, like Mary, need to be times that I take in every word that He whispers through His still small voice.
Lord, I thank you for the times that You do speak. I trust that You are always here whether I can hear You or not. You are Lord. You speak through simple things that I sometimes miss because I am too busy or too stubborn to hear. Please don't stop! And please help me to be still enough to hear You. I praise You for the birds of the air, the turtles that crawl and the dogs that run and play. It's the little things that children thank you for, Lord, but I must never forget to come to You like a child.. with a childlike faith... ready to listen to my Daddy.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Later my mom called to see how things went and she asked if I walked her to her class. When I said no... well! I might as well had been in timeout!! My mother was NOT happy with me about the fact that I let her only granddaughter walk to her first day of first grade by herself!! MAN! I was between a rock and a hard place there. My little one finally trying to be independent and my MOTHER guilting me for not being a good mom. WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO??
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Just a tad.
See lately my sweet girl has been a bit of a... shall we say... brat.
Yes, I said it. She has been a little more than I can bear and it is mainly because of her sinful nature and boredom. Sheer boredom. And that whole sinful thing that none of us would like to acknowledge about ourselves. But it's there. Oh, it's there.
She has not been the best listener, shall we say, and she has talked back to me more than once... ok, more than 10 times a day lately. I mean I have had to really talk to this kid about her mouth and lack of listening skills. I have also had to follow up with other... more physical... "talking". It has not been fun!! AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!
Is anyone with me here?
I am sure that her attitude has not been the only contribution to our state of frustration of late. It's hard to admit, but MY attitude could sometimes use a little adjustment as well. There have been times that I have said (to quote my friend Jennifer) "SOMEBODY needs a nap here! And it's MOMMY!" (Makes me crack up every time, Jen!)
Anyway!! School is starting and we will get up bright and early to head over to our first day of first grade!! I seriously can not believe that she is starting REAL school. It will be really, seriously great to have a new routine and a little time to get a few things done that I have been putting off. She is so ready to be with kids her age and she wants to read and do math too!
YEA!!!!!! Let me just shout it from the roof tops here.
We got a shower, washed her hair, got out the new cute little outfit that she will wear, got out the new sandals and went to bed on time!! The routine begins tonight!!
Sick, aren't I? Who gets this excited about this stuff? My husband even told his mom that he thinks that the mom is AS excited as the girl, if not more!!
Pitiful, isn't it?
where is your cell phone?purse
your significant other? smart
your hair? wet
your mother? funny
your father? sentimental
your favorite thing? laughing
your dream last night? dumb
your favorite drink? tea
your dream/goal? glorify
the room you’re in? office
your hobby? store
your fear? loss
where do you want to be in 6 years? home
what you’re not? quiet
one of your wish list items? puppy
where you grew up? Columbia
last thing you did? quiet time
favorite gadget? cell
your pets? none :(
your computer? great!
your mood? mellow
missing someone? yeah
your car? new
favorite store? target
like someone? alot!
your favorite color? pink
last time you laughed? yesterday
last time you cried? Sunday
So I tag Jennifer, Valarie, Faith and Mimi (Faith's mom), and Heather! Have fun girls!! :)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Fed the cutest little goats! Oh my word! They would stick their heads through the pickets in the fence and just watch you until you stopped with a little ice cream cone of food for them! They were the cutest things!!
I was so glad to get away with just my little family! We also went hiking on a trail, did a scavenger hunt and saw a waterfall! It was fun to be away from work and the other stresses that keep us so busy. Each of us needed the time together for different reasons and our little three day get away was entirely too short, but we had a ball!
Happy Summer! School starts soon!! Yea!! oh, I mean...