Monday, September 1, 2008

It's All I Can Think About...

On Memorial Weekend, the kickoff to summer, we spent the holiday dealing with this.

Two weeks later, it was this.

Summer flashed by and now it's Labor Day weekend...the unofficial end to summer, and three four of my dear bloggy friends, who live in Louisiana are dealing with Gustav.

Last night, as we lay in bed, glued to Fox News, I confessed to my husband that I didn't really even remember hurricane Katrina very well. Oh, I'm fully aware of the aftermath, but I don't remember watching it happen. Turns out, it's probably because we had just moved to tiny-town and Jake was only 3 months old...and just didn't affect me or anyone I knew personally.

My how my perspective has changed! Funny how a couple natural disasters of your own will do that to ya ;) When I imagine tiny-town enduring the same disasters again in three years, I feel sick. Yet, this is what is happening in LA.

My heart is heavy today for my bloggy friends Mama Belle, Tracie, and Rachel and Jodie (sorry Jodie, I forgot you live there too!). I heart them like my real-life friends...praying for them today, and for all those being affected by this storm.

I'm so thankful for a God who works all things together for good...and for friends whose faith is strong in times of trouble, knowing He will see them through.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


I stole this idea from the sweet and lovely MEME Lorie.

I'm plum out of original ideas and she reminded me of the joy of Meme's.

I have no idea what this meme is called...but it is random...and I heart random.

Here goes:

What kind of soap is in your bathtub right now? none, because the boys just took a bath and we have to totally empty the bathtub or they dump it all out.
Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? Nope
What would you change about your living room? I'd make it bigger.
Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? Dirty
What is in your fridge? what ISN'T?!?
White or wheat bread? Both
What is on top of your refrigerator? A Basket of fake red geraniums
What color or design is on your shower curtain? It's striped with brown/cream/aqua

How many plants are in your home? No real ones...that watering is just so much work :)
Is your bed made right now? I say...why bother.
Comet or Soft Scrub? Comet
Your closet organized? kinda
Can you describe your flashlight? seriously...this is a weird question.
Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? Glass
Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now?no-but I do love it....but NOT SWEETENED!
If you have a garage, is it cluttered? You have no idea.
Curtains or blinds? both

How many pillows do you sleep with? memory foam, it's fabulous.
Do you sleep with any lights on at night? nope
How often do you vacuum? HA! Less now that we have a dog to eat it all.
Standard toothbrush or electric? Standard

What color is your toothbrush? purple...I get the girl this house, that's a good thing.
Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? Yep
What is in your oven right now? burnt-on stuff that hasn't been cleaned in 3 years :)
Is there anything under your bed? I have a smaller home...I have to maximize every bit of space...its chuck full of bags and purses.
Chore you hate doing the most? cleaning the bathroom.
What retro items are in your home? *blank idea*
Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Yep, it's where the sermons get written...and houses the computer, so the office and I spend a lot of time together ;) I think we should start calling it "the study" doesn't that sound more classy? Cuz we're all about the class ;)

How many mirrors are in your home? Too many. Every door has a full length mirror behind it! I did not hang them...oh if the parsonage could only talk and tell me who did...but I do have a theory...the one behind the office door is "the fat" mirror, I avoid it at all costs. The one behind the bathroom door is "the skinny" mirror, I swear it takes off 10 pounds. I heart that mirror.
Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? dude...we don't even have emergency money in the bank ;)
What color are your walls? Taupe, taupe and some more....taupe. The kitchen is is green, I love it. The office...paneling: Don't even get me started on how I hate paneling...
Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? does Odie count?
What does your home smell like right now? A Yankee Candle called Good Morning...and smells like coffee a lot.
What kind of pickles (if any) in your fridge? dill all the way.

What color is your favorite Bible? See Here
Ever been on your roof? ummm, again, weird. No.
Do you own a stereo? yes, if you can call it's teeny tiny.
How many TVs do you have?3 *smiles*
How many house phones? 1 not counting cell's

Do you have a housekeeper? Yes, her name is Sarah...she's a pastors wife and mom to 3 boys...she threatens to quit quite often ;)
What style do you decorate in? Hodge-podge (it's all the rage, I'm sure you've heard of it on HGTV)
Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? Both...but my solid red chair + boys = not pretty.
Is there a smoke detector in your home? you bet
What are the items in your house which you’d gra
b if you only could make one quick trip? Pictures

Happy Sunday :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Love Him

My Eli, who is now a big Kindergartner is passionate about building stuff.


He cracks me up. It's Saturday morning and he's laying on the couch watching the NASA channel.

Praying he gets his daddy's math and science skills...because if he has mine, all he will be doing for NASA is suggesting what color combination would look the best for the new spacesuits.

Love you Eli...even if you do leave Lego's all over...everywhere ;)

Friday, August 29, 2008

My Apology Letter...

Dear Odie,
I want to thank you for being such a good sport while Jake adjusts to his brothers being at school.
You endured, with such grace and dignity under the Kleenex blanket he made for you.
Thank you for not biting his head off as he lays on you, props his feet on you, and totally disregards your personal space. I wish I could display your same patience under those circumstances.
I promise to get him out of the house more so that you can have some peace and quiet.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My 15 Minutes Are Up...

A couple interesting things...interesting to me at least.

Here's what I've decided. Blogging is like therapy. I've never been to (professional) therapy (not that I haven't needed it) but I'm a big supporter of it, for sure, particularly if the therapists knows Who the ultimate healer truly is.

I've been looking back over what I've written over the past few months and it's interesting to see things progress. At the time, the writing itself is therapeutic...and then re-reading it was maybe even more beneficial.

At the end of each month, I go back and print off my blog for the month. (Do you do this?) I'm old school...I like a paper copy. Because for me, it really is kind of like a journal of everyday life...and someday, just maybe my grandson's wife will want to read about how her father-in-law hung from the ceiling fan...I'm just saying.

Another cool thing happened the other friend Sarah called because her mother in law was visiting from out of town and happens read my blog and wanted to meet me in person. I was giddy. That's the first time that anyone has ever WANTED to meet me! Oh sure, I meet people all the time...but I'm pretty sure it's not because they read my blog and actually want to meet me! Made me feel a little famous...or "infamous" as my friend Sarah said ;)

So yesterday, Sarah and Arlona came over for coffee...and I made muffins (which were a little dry and crusty, but lets not talk about that.) Arlona, you totally made my day, thank you!

No worries...the Lord quickly humbled me in my famousness. Last night at Noah's first flag football practice I sat with all my friends...yeah, just me. Not even Eli and Jake would hang around very long before gallivanting off with their little buddies.

Apparently, the flag football parents to do not read my blog *wink wink*

PS - I also got to see another blogger friend (who happens to be the other daughter-in-law to Arlona) this past weekend...I told her I'd wait and post pictures when she gets backs's only fair.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I Have No Shame...

Lovely, no?

We have 5 people in our family and 5,000 toothbrushes.

And a smorgasbord of toothpastes.

I'm going to blame this mess on the flood. Many wonderful companies wanted to make sure that all the flood victims of tiny-town had clean sparkling teeth (and hair.)

I'm sure they meant for us to spread-out the use of the toothbrushes. But not in our home...nope. In our home, it meant tear open every single one and use it at least once and then forget which one you used.

Just thought you should know.

Your turn. Spill it. Are you lieing neat and clean in the family toothbrush department? Or does yours look like mine...minus the 5,000 toothbrushes?

It's important people...I need to know.

*Dear Ben, Happy 33rd Birthday! I love you. I promise I will make buy you a cake and I won't even eat all of it...AND I won't get you a toothbrush for your present...promise :) *

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's Even Boring to Me...

I can't seem to get my thoughts into one cohesive idea.

Imagine that.

Guess that means bullet points.

  • It was hair-cut day today, WOO HOO! I'll resist showing pictures because it was just a trim...but it feels GREAT!

  • I'm feeling a little lazy now that I just have one child at home. I think it's part of the whole "adjustment" thingy, but still...

  • Yesterday I learned how to do this cross out a word I've been admiring it for months but could never figure it out! Thank you blogging basics 101, my new hero. Be prepared for me to use it endlessly. ENDLESSLY.

  • I'm going to start cooking...meals. And making menus. It's a novel idea.

  • Oh here's a hair-cut pic...who am I kidding, I can't resist a hair cut picture

OK...this post is boring me to death...I gotta end it...after I apologize profusely. Maybe you can leave me a comment with something really interesting in it so it will balance out my boringness and my readers will at least have SOMETHING interesting to justify their time wasted here. Seriously...I'm counting on you :)

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