Friday, July 29, 2011

Saving The Day, One Playground At A Time

Aaron was playing a gig up at Lake Almanor. I sat nearby on a bench while talking with my brother on the phone when they caught my eye. Little boys in full wrestler style face masks and capes in the playground in front of me. Fearlessly they climbed the structures, jumping at foes, running them out of town. Some capes were authentic, The Flash, and Riddler...wait, he isn't a super hero, oh well. Other capes were towels, flapping in the breeze like international flags.

They played uninhibited of how they looked, confident in their awesomeness.

It was truly delightful.

Until the one kid fell on his arms and rolled around in pain for a minute.
My mom's heart didn't like that much. But in true super hero fashion, his buddies checked on him, helped him up and brushed him off. Then the adventures continued.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday David.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And Then It Went Completely Dark

I have been a busy person this summer. I have seen a lot of things. Experienced some great moments, and had some AHA! moments. While all of this is going on I think to myself, "I should blog about this". And I excitedly open up my computer to write and

It's all gone.
Wiped away like a dry erase board.

I sit.
I stare at the blankness.
Nothing comes to mind.
A whole lotta nothing.
It's amazing how much nothing can occupy a space.

Look, there goes some now...

I'll leave you with this...
Lemon Crunch cake is yummy, and a great memory from my childhood.
Faith, the 2 legged dog that walks like a human is miraculous, adorable, AND slightly creepy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, Little, Oval, Different.

I am thankful for technology. I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
Because of the human need to connect, combined with the technological world, specifically Facebook this time, I re-connected with a sweet friend. Even if Facebook is "the internet inside the internet", as my brother says, it did indeed help me find my friend. I missed her, and this coming Friday I get to see her, meet her honey and 2 daughters and tour the Jelly Belly factory just for fun.

So here is my list:

1. Technology.
2. Finding friends.
3. Jelly Belly Factory tours.
4. Barlett Pear Jelly Bellies, yum.
5. New friends.
6. Freedom to travel.
7. Sepay Olive oil and balsamic tasting.
8. Mama deer with twin baby fawns wondering on my property.
9. New jobs for both my daughters.
10. Restful, fun time spent away from my own daily life.

Who, or what are you thankful for?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Green Envy

Yes, the weather was crazy and weird.
Yes, the Garden needed work I couldn't do myself, and Aaron couldn't this year due to his Achilles injury, so we had to wait to plant. I look around and see other people's gardens, full, huge plants, with produce starting to be harvested. I try to not be envious, it isn't right. I kick myself a little when I see them and think, "If only I had planted earlier, or had more sun, or could handle that 1000horsepower rototiller myself". But the truth is it doesn't matter. I have what I have, and I can't go back and change it.

Some circumstances could not be avoided, or changed...
I made choices that led to where I am now...
I can't go back back and change anything...
I can only move forward, fertilize, pull weeds, water and love on what I do have.

I don't think I am just talking about my garden anymore.

The good news is I do have a hand full of sugar snap peas to pick today, 2 eggplants and 2 jalepenos soon, and a tomato is waiting to ripen. Oh, and a ton of weeds and grass to pull.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Screened in heaven in lovely Oregon.

Sitting outside while not having things crawl on me? Perfect.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, Road Trips!

Things I am thankful for regarding road trips:

1. New scenery. Driving to new destinations, with new things to see.

2. Music. Lots of great music.

3. Time for real conversations with my kid.

4. Visiting friends!

5. New adventures, and new memories.

6. Getting out of routine, taking a break from the normal.

I am also so very thankful for the silliness that is about to ensue.
I pray you all have friends that you can be silly with, to truly be yourself and have fun.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What's 6 Hours?

After finding my friend, with her new cell number, and realizing she was only 6 hours away instead of 10 or 11, I got to thinking. Six hours is nearly nothing in the big picture, I mean, you can leave at lunch time and be there by dinner. So I talked with my husband and sent a text to my fabulous friend,

"Ask your mom if I can sleepover".

Guess what? Her mom said yes!
The plan worked! ROADTRIP!

My son is very excited to go and see "his boys", which now that there is a daughter in that family he says "my boys, and {insert girls name here}". This makes me smile everytime.

I am excited and looking forward to this little break, I need this break, and the time spent visiting will be treasured for a long time. The road time with my son will also be treasured, as he is a delight to be around.

And here's the thing, God wants us this excited about spending time with him.
He wants time with you, and it should be a highlight of your day, to see Him, hearf from Him, learn about Him. He's waiting for you, all excited to spend time with you. How's your heart? Do you skip time with Him because you are busy? Does it seem like an assignment to you instead of something peaceful or restful? And don't get me wrong, I am speaking to myself right now just as much as I am speaking to you. Give Him your time and He will give it back to you. Praise Him and you will be lifted out of trauma, despair and even grumpiness. Seems like a good trade to me.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather have joy and peace.
I am thanking Him for this little treat this week.

What can you thank Him for?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hey You, I Want To Talk To You

A slight panic rose in my throat as I heard the classic tones in my hear, "The number you have dialed is no longer in service or is disconnected".
I dialed the cell number for the same person, and heard ,in essence, the same recording.

I called her husband and thankfully got through on his work line.

Nothing dramatic happened, nothing scary or weird. Just everyday choices, like no longer having a house line, and kids that lose cell phones. No big deal.

I am a friend keeper.
Suddenly having no way to contact a dear friend made me uncomfortable. I did e-mail her, but it turns out she is visiting family too, and I have no idea if she has internet access. I may not talk to someone for a long time, but that doesn't mean i feel anything less regarding them. usually when we meet again, or speak onm the phone it's like we never parted. I like that in a relationship. No neediness that demands a specific amount of time together to "prove" anything.
So, I will razz my friend, just a little, about not giving me her new number, but I know she meant nothing personal by it. She'll probably say something like, "All my numbers were in the lost cell phone, I don't know where my phone book thingy is".

And it will be true too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

There's This Bird

Let's say there's a bird that mostly lives in your yard.
It's really a beautiful bird, and it knows it.

Let's say this bird is addicted to the attention it gets for being pretty, even if it's a cat.

You work with the bird, you try and convince it that it doesn't need outside validation, but inevitably, it goes back to it's behavior and teases the cats.

You have helped heal the wounds left by the cats, more than once.

Do you eventually give up, just because it won't listen anyway? Or do you keep trying?

Is there a line drawn somewhere that clearly gives this answer? When is enough enough? Is it when it costs you something yourself? If they keep coming back, do you ever turn them away?

I like hope.
I like to offer hope.
I think hope could change the lives of millions of people.

Poverty kills it.
Damage as children destroys it.
Verbal and physical abuse silences it for most.
But it's still there. There is a better way to live, there is a life with peace, and purpose and love. And it's a gift, free from a loving God that hates to see His children so lost.

But sometimes people say they know that loving Father, and yet they act out a different life.
Because we are human, damaged, with deep wounds that fester and rot us from the inside. We deny the healing offered and refuse to turn around to see the light. Some refuse to believe they are truly worthy of such love, of such healing, that the death suffered by Jesus was somehow not enough. We all have our moments of doubt. We all have our moments thinking in dark ways.
How do you help some step out of it, when they won't even admit that they are there?

All I have is prayer. So that's what I will do. It is more powerful than words, it is more powerful than earthly actions. I can lay down my worries for this bird. I can turn this bird, with all it's flaws and ignored potential, over to the Lord. He can lead it to it's knees, He can bring it healing. And I can know, without any doubt, that I have done the right thing.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I have deep gratitude:

1. That the bear didn't want anything to do with us.

2. We were able to get into our cars before the storm really hit.

3. Tents with that extra layer against rain.

4. That Spencer can play with any age group, and still have fun.

5. For really good burgers in the company of missed friends.

6. Safe travels.

7. For Aaron's gigs.

8. Long phone calls with other dearly missed friends.

9. Little blessings.

10. A God given future and hope.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Triple Treat!

Last week, as planned, we set off to see our friends in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. They were on vacation and camping. I checked weather, and Lori Snoozleberry* and I dicussed our original plans for the beach since a severe thunder storm warning was indeed in affect. It was decided that since the chance of rain was only 30% we would still meet at the beach and then be flexible.

We met them there, sun shining, warm and wonderful. We enjoyed our time playing in the water, jumping off rocks, feeding her youngest watermelon (he LOVES it)and goofing off in general. They lined up so I could snap a family photo when I noticed it: Dark, ominous clouds had gathered and were swiftly blowing down the mountain towards us. We quickly gathered up everything and headed to the cars. The wind picked up and yellow pollen from the pines created a yellow fog over everything. It was so thick. We left the parking lot as the first drops fell, and CRACK, double lightning bolts hit right where we were headed.

And then the skies opened and it let everything go.

The rain was instantly super heavy, and then the hail followed, like giant blueberries. The streets started flooding with yellow tinged water.

We got in front of the storm and headed for their campsite.
Now, during this same time frame Lori received a message on her cell phone from her mother. More friends of ours from San Diego (and still at the church were we all ministered together) had been camping elsewhere put kinda got bored with where they were and headed up to Tahoe and had posted it on FaceBook. Technology, YAY! We were able to get ahold of them and we all met for a yummy dinner at Bridgetender in Tahoe City.

It was a delight and a treat to all be together again. We miss these families dearly. We know we are where God wants us, as do the other families, but He gave us a treat and let us all hang out in the splendor and beauty of lake Tahoe.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Only, it wasn't a squirrel.

After roasting marshmallows with friends.
After our friends little ones were tucked in and asleep in the tent.
After Spencer crawled into the back seat of the car to sleep after a fun , but long, day at the lake.
After we placed out camping chairs in the trunk and readied ourselves for the hour twenty minute drive home.

The four of us stood in a small square, talking. I was standing across from Troy, who was telling an animated story in the near dark, with only the flicker from the camp fire and a nearby RV light between us.

And then it happened.

Troy finished his current sentence, and was staring over my shoulder, and said the word, "Bear".

I turned as Troy turned on his flash light and about 5 feet behind me was a smallish bear.

Thankfully the flashlight was enough, the bear ambled away.
And we quickly got in the car to leave.

I've seen bears before, I've seen what they can do, and that was the closest, without bars or walls, that I have been to one. I hope to never be closer, thankyouverymuch.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

We are up at Lake Tahoe again today. This time for a visit with friends. We met them in the San Diego area, where we ministered at the same church, and then ministry took us in different directions. They are now in Utah, and we are here, near Lake Tahoe.

Thankfully, Lake Tahoe is one of their favorite places, so we do get to visit with them and their young boys every once in awhile.

Beach, dinner out, roasted marshmallows.
Whew, we have a busy schedule today! I hope we can survive.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

I am so very grateful

1. For the freedom to speak my mind, share my faith, and vote. Thank you to all those who have fought in the the past and and still currently fighting to keep America free.

2. For an opportunity to use my gifts and training and lead people to breakthroughs.

3. For air conditioning.

4. God's strength to get through the tough stuff.

5. I've said it before, and I will say it again. My husband. His support and compassion, his leadership and loving ways, all such a joy and so very necessary in my life.

6. Also, our new church facility. It is great, and will be even greater when the sanctuary is completed (soon!).

What are you thankful for?
Go ahead, take a minute, make a list. Share it with me if you would like!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Mighty Little Guy

As I left my property to go somewhere the other day something in the sky caught my eye. A large bird of prey was being chased and attacked by a very small bird. As beautiful and amazing a bird of prey can be, I am sure it totally deserved the lashing it was receiving.

It got me thinking.

That big bird represents how evil can show up in our life.It hovers, waiting for us to put our guard down. It swoop in, sometimes completely unexpected, pecking away at something precious to us. It can destroy our home and lives in a blink of an eye.

But we are mighty in the Lord, we are that little bird totally defending it's nest, it's mate, babies, it's life. We can be fearless, with the strength of the Lord, to chase away evil, to take back what is ours, and be BOLD.

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Friday, July 1, 2011

1/2 Inch Wiser

Spencer returned safely home from camp.
I am extremely happy about this, not that I expected less.

When asked if he liked camp he said it was, "exemplary".

He had fun, made friends, and learned good stuff about God. He seems more confident as well.
It impacted him.
I like to see growth in my child.

He also literally grew while he was gone, about a 1/2 inch. He is closing in quickly on his sisters, much to his delight. His features are changing as well. I see a young man emerging from my kid. I am both excited and a little sad. So excited to see what's next for him, and really sad that my youngest is getting so grown up.

It's all part of the mothering gig I suppose.