Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why silence?

Okay people, where is my feedback? I need to know that I'm not just throwing my thoughts out into the wind. Where are you?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

partied out

After an all night sleepover at my moms.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I'm covering my eyes

When a child becomes afraid of something, usually the first thing he or she does is hide their eyes away. Either by covering them with their hand, hiding behind a parents leg, ducking underneath the covers or just lowering their gaze. As adults, when we are faced with a scenario that takes us out of our element, we are expected to confront the obstacle head on, keep our eyes on the task at hand, and be diligent and determined. Well, I just plain don't wanna. I want to run behind my moms skirt, even if she is about a foot and half shorter than me, (hows that for a mental guffaw) I don't want to be an adult. There are prospects on the horizon that are both frightening, and awe inspiring at the same time. What do you do at a time like this when so much hangs in the balance? Well, I will do what I always do in times like these. I will cover my eyes and hide behind the One that truly holds my future in His hands. He will guide me, and lead me , and use me for whatever my purpose needs to be.

Specifics to come later. :).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Major McPooter

Had a blast on Friday night with some awesome girls from youth. I actually don't remember the last sleepover I went to, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't as much fun. Thanks for pouring into my life, guys.

Here's a rundown of some of the activities:

-6 person twister
-rude noises
-the "monica" walk
-ruder smells
-African dancing (not exotic dancing, Court)
-consuming massive amounts of carbohydrates
-the "ungame"
-rudest noises accompanied by rudest smells
-plenty of laughs to go around

Here's hoping there's many more of these to come!
(well, maybe not the rude noises and smells part. You know who you are, Major!)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My original quote of the day

All my friends say that sometimes i am a wet blanket with my advice. But then, they all admit that when you're on fire, that's the best medicine. :)


Monday, July 16, 2007

Punk Rocker Mondays...

Dress up was interesting today, just thought I'd share. They are little rockers!

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(she's throwing down an attitude and not what it appears she's about to do :))

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Worth a Thousand

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Well, it keeps happening. Last night was one in a long line of disappointments in my cinematic selections. We watched "Children of Men". Highly acclaimed, but for me it was just plain depressing. For those of you who haven't seen it, I won't spoil the ending for you, but let's just say I wasn't happy.

What is it lately. Am I too harsh of a critic? All I really ask for is a good plot (this movie certainly had it), good dialogue (eh), and an ending that leaves you feeling that the storyline has resolved. Hmph. It just left me feeling a little sad, and a little angry. Maybe someone else has a different take on the movie.

And why can't I pick out a movie that gives me everything I want. Maybe I should just stick to romantic comedies, and "scare the pants off of you" thrillers. Or better yet, I'll pick up a good book until Hollywood gets it act together. Ah, who am I kidding. I'll be ranting in another week or so after I go against my better judgement and watch another one.

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Taming the Teenage Cattle

I have to say, tonight, I have been overcome with memories from this past year. It's been a very different kind of year. Ushering in a new family member with the birth of our third daughter, becoming aware of the fact that my husband will be starting a new life in ministry, and last but not least, finding my spiritual gifts.

A few years ago, I never would have dreamed that youth ministry would be something I would find my passion in. It seems like such a thankless job. Teenagers had a way of intimidating me. When groups of them approached me, they might as well have been stampeding cattle. (You don't make eye contact, and you get out of the way fast). And alone, well, you never know what they are thinking. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that I could love them so much. Over the past year, I've had the extreme privilege of leading a group of several students. We came together during a tough time and built community through unity and fellowship. They have changed my way of thinking about teenagers, ministry, and even myself. I've laughed more than I can remember, cried with a few of them over some things going on in their lives, and hopefully had some kind of positive impact on their lives and relationship with God. I've emerged from this past year, a new person, transformed by God, and these awesome people. Some of them have graduated and I will only see here or there when I get really lucky, and some of them I get the extreme privilege of hanging out with for a time longer.

I hope that if you guys read this, you'll know how much you mean to me, how you've touched my life, and how much Jesus shines through you.

Peace Out,


Friday, July 6, 2007

Natural Worship

What does it really mean to worship? Do you have to be sitting in a church, surrounded with other people who are also worshipping? What do you do? Do you have to close your eyes, concentrate? How do you know that you are doing it right?

These are question that lots of people who are starting their walk with Christ tend to ask themselves. But, from what I've found, worship is not just something you do, it's something that happens to you.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.

God wants to be near us, as much as we want to reach up and touch His face.

When you slow down, and let that moment happen to you, it becomes all too clear how close God really is. It's the most natural thing in the world and we make it so complicated. Listen to the beauty of God's nature and be struck down with awe, just pick up your favorite worship song and hear it for what it is, not the notes being played, but the surrender of our earthly distractions to our most loving Creator. If you are indeed in church, let your mind wander no farther than where the Holy Spirit will guide you. Let the fire rise up in you, until you can no longer contain your joy for the Son, who died for you, so that you may be able to have this moment. Just let go.

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Ain't too cool for school, anymore.

Well, I'm trying to register for classes for the fall. Yep, me, going back to school. (when I was 19, I swore college wasn't for me, and I would get by without it). How time and maturity changes your perception. I thought I would start out with my white whale, (for you Moby Dick fans) College Algebra. I'm hoping they will hurry up and accept my transfer credit so I won't have to take all those silly little prerequisites. I'm nothing if not lazy.

So, with one class (to dip my toes in) on the horizon, I wonder if all my pent up excitement and optimism will help me. Or if I'll be like a fish out of water, and flop around on the dock.

Triumphant Return

Apparently, our little Princess hung out with a nice family over the holiday. The animal shelter called me this morning and said someone had found a sweet little dog matching her description. I called the lady and we both had a laugh about how insane the dog is, and she promptly brought her to our front door. Her two children will miss her, and my three children couldn't be happier that she's home.

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Thanks for all of your prayers. She really is a member of the family.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Missing Pooch

Well, it might have finally happened. Our little dog, Princess, is keen to escape our backyard through a hole in the fence. She usually gets brought home by a caring neighbor or scratches at our front door. Sometime early yesterday, one of the girls let her out in the back to do her business and she hasn't returned since.

Kayleigh is taking it horribly. She couldn't sleep last night because her mind kept going to her best buddy, wondering where she was. I was suddenly struck with the fact that this is the first time something has happened to her that I couldn't make things all better. If this dog doesn't come back, she will have lost her best friend, and I will have no answers to make her feel relieved. I was also struck with how much I miss the little one. She usually jumps up into bed with me and sleeps on my legs. I miss being pinned in, like a prisoner.

Come back, little friend....

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Mommy's friends....

Well, I had such a fun night tonight! I hung out with just about the coolest girls ever. I haven't giggled that hard in a long time. There is definitely something to be said for having girl time! Being able to share stories of crazy child behavior (and crazy mom behavior) with people who are in the same place in life, and walk with God was definitely a blessing to me, one that I've definitely needed lately.

Dionna, Reese, Laura, (and Shelli who couldn't be there, but I love you anyway girlie), thanks for reminding me that I'm not alone (hiding in the bathroom...). Yes there's an inside joke there somewhere, but don't try too hard to figure it out...

I love you guys.


Grill or Die tryin'

How far would you go for a good meal? I mean, would you consider spending a lot of money on a gourmet meal at a restaurant? How about putting up with a big crowd at a popular eatery? Just how much does a delicious dinner mean to you?

Both my dad, and my husband were off working (or something like it) yesterday, and my mom and I decided to have dinner together. It has rained and rained and rained here in our area these past few weeks with hardly a day of respite, so my mom and I decided that since there was a break in the clouds and we thought we might have recognized a clear sky, we thought we would take the initiative to enter "man's domain" , otherwise known as the grill. Feeling very confident, we lit the easy light charcoal and waited for the little broquets to get ready for cooking and we waited, and waited, and waited. After several attempts at lighting them, we saw progress, and smoke. We were on our way. What do you think happens next? Well, thunder rumbles in the distance. "hey, no problem, we've got time". But, no way. Soon it begins to drench everything. Now, under these circumstances normal people might give up. (Lightning and 65 mph winds tend to make most people shy away from the out of doors). But my mother, nah...She slaps on a windbreaker (i use that term loosely) and a ball cap and marches back outside to flip our pork chops. As I watched in amazement (from inside) she battled the strong winds, and the lightning and the rain to whip up some tasty vittles. It was quite the spectacle, and quite the meal. Here's to my (slightly insane) mother...

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