Friday, December 19, 2003

Friday Five!

1. List your five favorite beverages.
1. Ice Water (nice & cold)
2. Wild Cherry Pepsi
3. Fuzzy Navel Wine Cooler
4. Raspberry Iced Tea
5. Vanilla Chai
2. List your five favorite websites.
1. What It's All About
2. Friday Five
3. Focus on the Family/Plugged In (movie reviews)
4. Brant Hansen's Blog
5. Thinking, just thinking
(as you can see, I do not surf the web often! I tend to rely on my good friend Brian to point me in the direction of interesting content!)
3. List your five favorite snack foods.
1. Chocolate--ANYTHING
2. Goldfish Crackers
3. Popcorn
4. Little sausages in bbq sauce
5. Relish tray type items
(I was going to put chocolate five times, but decided not
4. List your five favorite board and/or card games.
1. Cranium (board)
2. Hand and Foot (card)
3. Spoons (card)
4. Scattegories (board)
5. Catch Phrase (board--sort of)
(I'm sure there are others, but these were the first 5 to pop into my mind!)
5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.
1. Mario Party (I think it's #3)
2. Mario Kart
3. Mario Tennis
4. Roller Coaster Tycoon (although I haven't played it in a LONG time because I tend to spend many hours at it!)
5. Hoyle Casino
(I don't know how truthful these are, they are just ones I have played and if I were to play a computer game or nintendo type game these would probably be my first picks)

Thursday, December 18, 2003


Oh my goodness, yesterday was a LONG day! Josh took the day off work and we went Christmas Shopping! My mom came down to watch the kids and we left at about 12:30pm and didn't get home until 11 pm! We were all over Terre Haute and even made a trip all the way back to Charleston to pick up a few things we couldn't find. For the most part, we are done. Now we have to buy a few stocking stuffers and take the kids to buy presents for each other and their grandparents and then of course Josh and I have to buy for each other. So I guess we're really not done, even for the most part! Oh well, think positive right?

All in all the day was really good. It was fun spending time with Josh and the crowds weren't too bad, except at Super Wal-Mart in Terre Haute..oh man.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Today is Josh & I's Anniversary! We have been married for 8 years! Wow, how time flies!

I love you Josh more than I could ever express. Thanks for being my best friend!

Friday, December 12, 2003

Friday Five

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
Yes! I love the snow and cold and how white everything looks. It's so pretty!

2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
My ideal holiday celebration would be to have all of my family (including my two oldest siblings and their children etc) and all of my husband's family at my home for a big dinner and have a long afternoon of sharing gifts and laughing and making memories. (believe it or not)

3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
Yes. We always go get the Christmas tree together (my mom & my brother's family and us). I always make fudge for the first time of the season on the day we get the tree. We always have Christmas lunch at my house. And I think that's about it.

4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
Yes. We have done a few different things in the past. I'm not sure what we're going to do this year. We have talked about as the kids get older of possibly letting them pick a name from the "Angel Tree" and letting them pick out the gift, wrap it etc.

5. What one gift would you like for yourself?
I would love for my husband to be ready to have another child. But if you're talking about "material gifts", I would like a new DVD player, the one we have is not working properly.

Thursday, December 11, 2003


What is up with me? I am a pretty sensitive person anyway, I tend to cry at dramatic movies and will frequently cry through a novel. But these last two days have been so weird!!!!!!!!!!

I first noticed it last night after I read that Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs book. Then this morning I was going through more of the books and ended up finding my 2nd grade yearbook (totally weird, this is also the year my dad died) and got teary eyed looking at that (and for what reason I couldn't tell you!). Then I'm watching "Little Bill" with my preschooler this morning and it's about his grandma who gets stuck in Cincinatti on Christmas Eve and can't make it to their house and I find myself crying alongside Little Bill because he wants her to be there and she can't and it's not Christmas without her!

I'm hoping this will end soon, because I don't particularly enjoy crying at the drop of a hat. A doctor would probably tell me that it has nothing to do with anything that is happening around me, but probably an indication of something greater going on inside of me that I'm repressing. He's probably right. But do I want to go there?

Not now.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Childhood Memories

I was going through a tub of books my mother-in-law had given to my three kids and was so surprised when I found a book that I had read and reread and loved as a child! It's called "Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs". I haven't read this book since I was probably a very young child, at least 8 or 9. But I readily recognized the cover and amazingly as I began reading it to my kids I could vividly remember the pictures and what ones would come next. And then I remembered how the story ended and before I knew it my eyes were full of tears and I was fighting hard to control the emotion.

You see, this book is about a little boy who has a grandmother and a great grandmother and every Sunday he would visit them. He would call his grandmother Nana Downstairs and his great grandma Nana Upstairs because she was very old and couldn't get out of bed. Well during the story Nana Upstairs dies and the little boy is very upset. And there is a picture of the little boy going to his mom in the middle of the night and her reaching out to him.

I'm not for sure, but I think I got this book a little before or maybe after my dad's death and maybe that was my fascination with the book..identifying with the young boy's grief. It is definitely not a happy story, but it has stuck in my heart all these years. It's interesting how it has resurfaced in my life.

Just wondering where God is going from here...

Monday, December 08, 2003

Monday, Monday

I'm not a Monday person, enough said.

I did watch a new movie this weekend, you can check out what I thought on the side bar!

Friday, December 05, 2003

Friday Five!

(Well at least doing this has made me blog on a weekly basis!)

The person who comes up with the questions didn't have time for new questions for this week and so I went back and picked a set of questions at random to answer :)

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
Yes I'm organized. Not extremely, but I'm definitely organized more than most people.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
Yes I do. I have a calendar on my computer that I update almost daily and I also have a calendar in my notebook for work that I keep updated. I would forget everything if I didn't have these two things. And I constantly make "to do" lists for home and work.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?
Organized--yes. Here is the stack for bills, here is the stack of things that need to be put away and here is a stack of things that haven't been gone through and here's a stack for my hubby to go through..etc you get the picture. (I may be organized, but I'm not very neat)

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
My CDs are not alphabetized, but probably because they are just stacked on a shelf that is hard to see. My movies are all alphabetized. (which is no easy task when you have 3 kids under the age of 7 who really don't care that Care Bears starts with C and needs to go on the top

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?
Girl Scouts! I don't know why, but I'm having a hard time getting it together. I think it's because it's new and I really am lacking time lately to get it done.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Friday Five!

1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?
NO! I don't like to shop for basically 2 reasons--1. I always find something that I really want to buy but don't have the money to get and then walk away frustrated and dissatisfied with our financial situation, which is silly! God has provided for all of our needs and even has seen fit to give us a bit extra! And 2. I get so tired of all the people. TOO many people in a small space and it's irritating.

2. What was the last thing you purchased?Today I bought Strawberry Twizzlers at Wal-Mart so I could write the check for over to get cash for lunch.

3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?An actual store. I prefer to be able to actually touch my product and know what kind of condition it is in BEFORE I buy it.

4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?

5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing? lol.. The dish drainer I bought this week. I needed a new one because my old plastic one broke and I was using towels. But I paid $15!!!!!!!!! for the new one I bought and I just think that is way too much, but I needed one and was tired of dealing with the wet towels etc.

Thanks for listening :) I would love to hear the answers to these questions from you, so feel free to put them on your website and leave me a link OR answer them in my comments!

Friday, November 21, 2003

Another Beautiful Day!

Two days in a row and maybe even a third of beautiful weather! Thank you God! :) It has been such a boost to my morale! I love the sun!

Deer Hunting

Josh (my hubby) went deer hunting today with his dad! I haven't heard anything from them yet. It was 5 am when he left this morning and it is now almost 2:30pm. But I think it's good news that I haven't heard from Hopefully he'll get himself a nice buck!

Friday Five

Ok, so I stole the idea off of my friend Brian's website (see Interesting Blogs), but I really liked it, so I'm gonna be a copy cat!

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.

1. To begin viewing my overeating as a sin (which it is, but instead of viewing it that way, I view it as a bad habit)
2. To conquer my "laundry hole" Maybe not to always have it done up, but not to have mountains of laundry everytime I look in there.
3. To learn how to love my husband more effectively.
4. To have fun during the holidays!
5. To finish reading a series of books I've been working on.

(this one was hard..argh)

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.

1. Jana Hacker (very good friend in high school, have spoken very little since I've gotten married & she went to college)
2. Samara Frame (my best friend in junior high and the beginning of high school, she and I lost touch when I moved away my junior year of high school)
3. Greg Caywood (a good friend in junior high and high school, last I heard he was in Texas in the military)
4. Delana Parker (good friend in high school, lost touch when we both got married. Heard her husband was in Iraq)
5. Amanda Park (good friend from church camp, lost touch with her when I got married..have no idea where she is. She was in the military at one point??)

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.

1. Hold my tongue. Not literally, just when I get frustrated or irritated, sometimes I can't bite back the words.
2. Think positively first. I always see the negative before I do the positive. I would really like to cultivate learning to look at the good.
3. RELAX! I am a pretty uptight person. I have learned a lot from my husband in the art of relaxing. Sure there are problems that need to be worked on, but if right now at this point in time you can't do anything about it.. LET IT GO AND RELAX!
4. I would like to learn to shoot a gun (I think). With all this talk of deer hunting, I'm very curious as to what shooting a gun would be like. My friend Angie talks about how awesome it is, I'm beginning to be curious!
5. Learn how to lovingly confront. I'm getting more bold in my confrontations, but they don't seem to be "in a loving way". (kind of goes along with >#1)

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).

1. Give back to God.
2. Build a house (pay off the one I have first)
3. Invest in my husband's dream ( I won't share it because it's his dream and I'll let him vocalize it when he's ready)
4. Buy my hubby a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.
5. (this may seem silly) Buy a new bed..a queen-sized one that has a canopy and made of mahogany wood!

5. List five things you do that help you relax.

1. I'm married, you figure this one out :)
2. Read
3. Talk with my husband
4. Play with my kids
5. Sit quietly (enjoy the silence..doesn't happen very often in my house!)

Gotta run, time to pick up my son from Preschool!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

I Can See Clearly Now, the RAIN is GONE!

Sunshine, mid 60s and gorgeous! I just spent sometime outside with my youngest son playing and I was actually warm in my sweatshirt! What a wonderful day!

The Sacred Romance

I'm in small group with a few other people reading our way through The Sacred Romance. I'm not sure how I would describe the book. I really appreciate a lot of what the authors are saying. It's things I have felt, but never voiced. But at the same time, they get wordy at times and some of their examples are lengthy and difficult to work through (especially when they use poetry..Ugh..not my strong point).

But something that is sticking with me is what I read last night in chapters 9 &10. They talk about two roads, one road is straight and you can see a place to stop overnight and the other road bends quickly and you can't make out what's beyond and there are some ominous looking clouds. Of course the majority of us take the straight road. Relying on what we can grasp and understand and leave the other road, but we never truly "know" God. We can only "know" God when we venture into the "unknown".

Ouch. How much of my life right now is "unknown"? Virtually none. And right now my heart is screaming "Isn't there something more?". I love my life, don't get me wrong. I have a wonderful husband, great kids and things are going really well actually.

But I know there is something more...with God. Something more He wants me to do than simply teach Kid's Church, take care of administrative tasks for the church, lead a small group, and all the other "busywork" that I have found for myself to feel fulfilled. And ya know, I'm still not fulfilled.

I think it's time for me to start asking God what more He has, and more importantly be ready to obey when He tells me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Rain! Rain! Go AWAY!!!

It's raining today, again. It's been almost 2 weeks of gray skies and I'm going out of my mind! I need sunshine! The weather man says tomorrow we should get some..I certainly hope so!

Hope the weather is better wherever you are!

Thursday, November 13, 2003

I'm Back!

Well I've been reading a lot of blogs lately on a semi-regular basis, so it's kind of gotten me anxious to have a spot to kind of "think" out loud. So here I am :)


Public Display of Affection, for those of you who have never had the privilege of having someone shout those three little letters at you. As for me, if I had a penny (just a penny) for everytime PDA (or some form like: "Get a room" "Enough of that" etc) was said to me I would be an extremely rich woman! Now I have to admit that when I was in high school then it was very proper to point out the fact that I needn't be kissing on my boyfriend etc. But now that I've married my sweetheart, one question has to be asked.."WHY are people still yelling PDA?" "WHEN is it ok to kiss your honey is public?" Good gravy people!

I love my husband more than words can describe and I thoroughly enjoy giving him a hug or kiss (and even sometimes a pinch on the hiny if no one is looking) in public and I think it's healthy. It's healthy for young people to see that we really do care for one another and kissing is still fun and very much a part of life after you say "I DO". Now I'm not saying hanging all over one another and being liplocked 24/7 while you're out in front of everyone. I'm talking about those stolen moments where you walk past each other and can't resist touching shoulders or hands. Or the quick kiss on the cheek as you get up to go to the bathroom or something. Why not? Why not??

Josh and I have decided that people just say those things because they are jealous. My hope is that Josh and I will be 80 years old and he'll still be chasing me around the kitchen stealing kisses while I'm trying to make dinner. I pray that we will still hold hands and not be able to pass each other without touching.

Friday, May 30, 2003

Do you ever feel like you're being tossed around by everything that is going on around you? I do, and I notice it more because I seem to have a lot of dreams about tornados while I'm feeling that way. They range from knowing a tornado is coming and doing everything I can to protect myself and then either the tornado never comes, or it goes around or isn't that bad to not knowing the tornado is coming and being stuck in a horrible place and scared out of my mind and it destroying everything. Sometimes the presence of God is overwhelming and I know I'm being supernaturally protected. Other times the tornado just rips through and destroys everything.

I think a tornado to me, is very much like life. Life comes, and I'm really powerless to change it. I can protect myself, I can prepare for it, but I can't change it. I can cry out to God, and sometimes He changes it, or protects me, but other times He allows me to go through it. It doesn't always make sense, but then I'm not God and I can't see the whole picture like He does.