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.