Monday, October 31, 2011

Captain America at Your Service.


Home made, thankyouverymuch.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Things I Love, and Things I Don't

LOVE:














Don't:



Credits: Leaf artist: Alyse Ochniak, Robots from Hobby Lobby, Mustache candy mold from Wilton brand. Mom Jeans by SNL. Fleece jumpsuit was being sold at K-mart in case you want to run out and buy one. Jello...no idea, scary stuff.

(I think the fake ad is hilarious, I don't love actual mom jeans...)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, the Basics

My pastor preached a really good sermon on Sunday, well actually he always does. Part of it was taking note of how blessed we are and how many people are so focused on stuff or money that they don't recognize the harvest of blessings around them.

With that in mind, here is this week's list
I am so very thankful to God:
1. Fresh air to breathe and the ability to breathe it un-assisted.
2. I can walk.
3. Although taste may be an issue, I can drink my tap water and not get a disease.
4. I have a home, a home that truly keeps out the elements. I may not own it, but I live there.
5. My family has food.
6. I am blessed with friends and a community of people that care for one another.
7. Although we don't have much according to American standards, we have more than enough compared to world standards, and...
8. Enough to share.
9. I am free to worship God openly in my country. Yes things happen and somepeople try to squelch any mention of Him in schools , but I will not be arrested for singing his praises or reading the Bible.
10.Possibility and HOPE.

If you are missing hope talk to me about it. There is always hope available to you!
I know the plans I have for you, saith the Lord, plans to make you prosper, plans to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Glimpse, Table Battle

The Bionicle Heroes suddenly stopped in the middle of their great battle for a big dance number.*





* Spencer wants it made clear that he had nothing to do with this. In fact there are several more heroes dancing on the table right now! No Legos were harmed in the making of this blog, embarrassed maybe, but not harmed.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

1 in 22

That's a hard number to understand. One in every 22 pregnancies in Africa ends in death of the mother. It's even worse in Haiti.
This is a blog of a family that lives in Haiti, they lived there through the earthquake. They are still there. She works with a maternity center giving care and education to expecting women.

"Can you imagine taking your very pregnant sister, friend, or wife to a hospital only to be turned away, verbally abused, and/or neglected?

Can you imagine being in a hospital room with dozens of other laboring women and only two nurses to work the entire room?

Can you imagine a hospital without consistent electricity, basic supplies or equipment?"


Please read her post, and if you can, support this ministry of love and compassion. Even if it's just prayer. There is no "just" really, prayer is powerful and our ultimate defense.

Please take a moment to read her post.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

POP! POP! POP!

I had opportunity to share one of my skills with friends today. We made cake pops. I taught the basics of what I knew, and we researched new designs on line, but then we just went crazy and had fun. I originally learned from Bakerella. Such amazing and fun designs. We experimented and through trial and error learned some new ways to make these fun pops.Here are some of my designs today. I unfortunately only had my cell phone camera, and I missed getting a shot of the fabulous turkey and flowers that my friends made.


Pumpkins, I couldn't get a good shot that showed the grooves on the sides.
Three little Kitties
Classy
Fun designs
I SEE YOU
Spencer
Sheep and owls

Snowmen

A very fun day with sweet treats!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

I am thankful for:

You know what?
I am still thankful. I am thankful for many, many things. Today I am struggling. I have a whole list of wonderful things that I am very thankful for, but it is over shadowed by yuckiness. Am I still grateful? YES! But placing that list on here while feeling this other yucky thing is hard.

Through absolutely no intention I apparently hurt someone very dear to me. The more I tried to fix it, the worse I made it. Completely separate this weekend another person threw a text at me that rocked our friendship as well. It was really hard to bare. Both situations are/were crushing to my heart and soul.

I know this was an attack. I am involved deeply with a new ministry at church, it is exceptionally healing and people have great breakthrough in their lives, if they choose. I know I was given gifts to use specifically for this ministry. It is overwhelmingly beautiful. I thank God for the opportunity to be a part of it.

Satan doesn't like me doing it, and since I am using my God given gifts, and since I am helping others stop believing his lies and they are being re-connected to God, well, it makes him mad. So, as expected, there are attacks. This was one of them. I have worked out the mess with one friend, and I am at a loss with the other.

Here is my list just the same....when things look ugly, and things get hard, and things are yucky, I AM STILL THANKFUL...

1. God faithfulness to see me through.
2. Words of encouragement from other sources, that have no idea what's up.
3. I don't have to have all the answers.
4. Miracles.
5. Restoration.
6. New babies! This time a great-nephew.
7. Fall leaves fluttering, and a garden still producing.
8. No a/c or heat needed.
9. Twelve extra inches of insulation going into my attic tomorrow!
10. Progess and growth in my daughters, beautiful, maturing growth!!

I pray you have a blessed week. I pray you find gratitude even in the dark moments.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just Like That

Today our community, and our church, and a dear sweet family in our church said good bye to a member of the family. She sat with her husband and three daughters and sang worship songs, and smiled a big beautiful smile. She taught at a local high school and was dearly loved. She was the kind of teacher that really cared about her students, helping them strive for more, expecting more. The kind we need more of.

She was only 51. Apparently she didn't shared her age with even her own daughters. About 5 weeks ago ago she went into the ER because she couldn't catch her breath. They found blood clots, gave her medicine and sent her home. The meds didn't really help, they went back in. Two and half weeks ago she was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Two weeks ago they said she had six to nine months. A week ago she went home to be with the Lord. JUST LIKE THAT.

This post isn't about death.
This post isn't about fear.
This is about legacy, and life, and how you treat others.
If you treated everyone like they were going to die tonight at midnight how much better might the world be? Would you be mean just because you could? Or would you forgive a little more, let go a little more, use better manners, speak with more kindness, and frankly, honesty. Not the kind of honesty that would insult a person's hair or clothing, but the real stuff. People are treasures.

This woman left a legacy behind because she built up her students to try and better themselves. She did it with compassion and shined God's love in a dark place. She left behind a loving husband and their three lovely daughters. I pray her legacy lives on in how they choose to face the world, how they interact with others, how they answer God's calling in their lives and how they love others. This road will not be perfect, nor easy. I just pray they stay on it.

I don't want my legacy to be about perfectionism, or striving, or money. I want it to be about relationships, and love and doing what is right. I want it to be what God intended it to be, what ever that is. It doesn't matter if you are a sewer worker or a billionaire business owner or the Queen of England, it's who you are, not what your job is.

Hug your family, tell your friends they are special to you. Be the best sewer worker (or whatever) you can be, strive to grow and stretch, be less offended and more forgiving, and leave a positive legacy behind for others to follow.

Just my humble opinion.

Friday, October 14, 2011

One Month

Our new house mate, from henceforth called Worf, has been with us for a month now.
We are ironing out a few small things, mostly with internet companies and stuff like that. He is finding his groove living with a family, and I am finding my groove having to feed one more man sized appetite as well having someone non-related living with us. The whole walk out to the kitchen in your PJ's thing has truly been an adaptation for me.

All in all, it's all good.

Seriously.
I see how his presence is a blessing to my husband. While I speak Aaronese, Worf speaks it more fluently in the music department. Aaron just finished creating/producing one CD (more on this in a few days) and is starting the next, due out by Christmas, and already I hear the influence and modernization of his songs. This is a blessing indeed.

On the flip side having Worf around has gotten me off my fanny a little more and preparing better meals for everyone. I had slipped into bad habits and now, that just won't cut it. Just because Aaron is away at dinner time doesn't mean I can just eat a snack and feed Spencer a quesadilla anymore, nope, full meal it is. I forgot how much I really like to cook, real food, from scratch.

This arrangement is mutually beneficial. It's a good thing.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7,100...And Counting

My daughter sent over 7,100 text last month. SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED.

Do you know how ridiculous that is?

That's more than a text every 6 minutes of the month...even sleeping.
OR One every 4 minutes of waking time (based on 8 hours sleep).

She doesn't text while working, and I'd love to think she doesn't text while in class (Wahahahahaaaaaawooo).


Based on her current usage she is going to blow this number out of the water this month.

And interestingly enough, you'd think with all that texting going on she would be out of things to talk about to me....but she has plenty to say. Plenty.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Very Thankful Tuesday.

Thank you God for:
1. The power of your name.
2. Health in my family.
3. Restoration.
4. Fall weather, seasonal changes.
5. Progression, growth, breakthrough.
6. Food on the table.
7. Shelter.
8. Ability to share with others.
9. The army helmet at the thrift store for Spencer's costume, small and silly though it be, it is a big thanks.
10. Spencer's bike. What an incredible blessings for us all.

What are you thankful for today?
If you are reading this, you have electricity, that right there is something to be thankful for!

Friday, October 7, 2011

I'm Looking At You!

This week during Bible study it was said, and I believe it, if you are always critical of yourself you will be judgmental and critical of others as well. Think about it, when you feel bad about yourself and you tear yourself apart doesn't that attitude walk around with you? Do you look at others lovingly and forgiving their imperfections, or do you tear them apart, even if it's in your own mind? I was watching another teaching recently that stated during a conference a woman left the room to use the restroom, the speaker told everyone to think bad things about her when she returned. When she came back they did just that. Minutes later he asked her to the stage and asked how she was doing. She said she had been fine until she came back in the room and suddenly she felt terrible about herself and about being there.It's not just the words that hurt!
In a household one member can bring a bad attitude into the room, and affect everyone and their days, especially if that someone is the mom or dad. I think the mom influences this the most. If a mom sets the tone in the morning with negative thoughts and expressions of dislike everyone takes that with them. If she sets up the day with optimism, and love, that's what they will carry into their day. It's amazing. If someone comes home with good news and is met by grumbling a sore mood is surely to follow.

It's easy to say we can overcome someone else foul mood, but it's much harder to repel it than you think. Circumstances shouldn't rob us of our joy, but we often let them.

I challenge you to work harder at this for the next week and see what a difference it makes around your home or with your co-workers. Pray deeply and spend time with God, ask Him to help you set an example of JOY instead of grumbling or depression, or the need for perfection. I am taking this challenge myself. I have already noticed the difference in the past, but I have been slipping lately. so I am getting back up on the joy wagon. Who's with me?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rainy With a Chance of Humility

Our church started something new this fall. Wednesday nights are now an everybody night. Instead of youth group one night, men's study another and ladies Bible study yet another we condensed it all so there is one trip for families. This is a wonderful thing. My husband leads the worship every other week, and he always wants me to sing with him. A few years ago I would have tried to wiggle my way out of it. Sure, I can carry a tune, and have good pitch, but I wasn't amazing, and only amazing people get to sing to God on stage, right?
Four years ago, in a desperate cry to the Lord for healing of my own soul I heard an answer,"just sing to me". I did. I was asked a week later to join Worship Team, I did. I struggled at first with so many songs I didn't know, but I kept at it. I learned what I could about voice training and my own voice, what it could do and how I could stretch it. I was no stranger to vocal training, I sang in a performing arts high school and in college as well, but this was different, this was trying to be excellent for God.

My voice has been stronger now, and I can do more with it. I feel a freedom now to really go for things, to express it and not just hide it. People have complimented me, and noticed the changes, and I talked long with the Lord to not let it go to my head. I need to live somewhere between "I suck" and "I have arrived", because neither is true.

Our weather changed this week. Ninety last week, forty-eight today. That's a big swoop. As soon as we slept with the windows shut I noticed a middle of the night coughing fit, something I hadn't had since the windows were open. I am beginning to suspect my down comforter, which frankly saddens me and I don't want to talk about it.

On to what happened last night. This weather change, and apparently air change in my room has left my voice hurting. Suddenly I can't make it be powerful, it's weak. We did a great set of worship songs last night. Aaron had me leading two in particular that I adore to sing with all my heart. I can enter in the throne room and sing them to God. They are just amazing. Rehearsal went well. I could tell my voice was tired compared to normal, not quite right.The actual service started and my voice did weird and funny things during these songs. In my head I kept thinking,"ACK!", but I would open my eyes and see that people were worshipping, not paying attention to me. I was so very thankful. My Worship pastor sat in the front row, along side her amazingly musically gifted daughter, and they just kept praising, not cringing, not staring me down. I know I am my hardest critic.

God can take us where we are, use our imperfections and glory to His name can happen anyway. I am so thankful!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thankful Tuesday!

Fall has fallen. I am thankful...

1. Cooler, crisp air
2. Last produce from the garden before winter.
3. Fall leaves
4. Less gardening, weeding, lawn mowing
5. Soups
6. Rain
7. More clothing options including...
8. BOOTS, including...
9. Uggs!(Or Bearpaws in my case)
10.Baking without dying in the kitchen, woohoo!

What are you thankful for this season?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Eleven

Eleven years ago my daughters were asleep in bed, Aaron was working on something or watching TV, and I took the deepest most wonderful nap. I was also 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I awoke needing to use the bathroom, imagine that. I rolled off the sofa and stood up, and said, "Uh oh!". The time had come.

Long story short: the next day, at around dinner time, via c-section, my son was born, all 10.3 pounds of him. He has been a joy ever since.

Eleven reasons why we love our eleven year old:
1. He is a beautiful blend of Aaron and I. He is not just a carbon copy of one of us. It's great, He is all Aaron's and he is all mine as well.
2. He has a full vocabulary.
3. He enjoys trying ethnic, or interesting foods.
4. He craves learning new things.
5. He is compassionate, empathetic, and truly cares for his friends and family, and people of the world.
6. His creativity is endless, and he has new stories to tell all the time.
7. He is musically gifted, he can find a harmony and stay on it.
8. He enjoys laughter.
9. He loves to read.
10. He is a quick and witty thinker.
11. He loves God. And this is the most wonderful thing of all.

Raising a child (or 3) is certainly a journey. You not only discover who they are, but who you are. This boy has changed my life. As I watch him turn into a young man, and eventually (sigh) a grown man I marvel at what God has gifted him with, and wait with great anticipation of what's next in his journey. As the marks on the wall grow higher and higher I wonder about what fabulous future he has, all the possibilities. We will work hard to help keep him on track, close to God, but ultimately it is his choice. I know he will do great and amazing things if he sticks with God's plan.