Wednesday, April 30, 2008

May Day

I hesitated,...then decided after reading the Laudry Pile today....that May Day is worth blogging twice in one day for! :)

Only because if I wait until tomorrow, it will look like I forgot...which, for once, I didn't!!

I somehow managed to stumble across this blog... and thought I'd share her craftiness with you all. There is a fantastic download there for you to print off your own and copy.... it's so easy and adorable.

We aren't putting real flowers in them. We are filling the cones with yummies and goodies young children in the neighborhood will love.

Oh... and how do I get this done in the midst of my crazy week? Aunt Shanda...and Gramma of course. After school Em's been going over there to, as my dad would say "git er done!".

If you're new to May Day, you should definately try it. I spent a bunch of my childhood in the Bay Area in California and we didn't do this stuff. It wasn't until I had kids that my MIL introduced me to it.

Fill your cups with candy and popcorn and fun little goodies... drop it off at the friends and neighbors house....ring the doorbell... and run like the dickens. Our rule is that if you catch someone dropping off a May basket, you have to try to catch them and kiss them. We don't usually practice this on unsuspecting neighbor kids...mostly just my nephews who are always afraid of kisses.

stuff

I have so many things on my mind this week. It's one of those weeks that you can just "feel" the anticipation of things going on. Lots of things really.

1. Our church is hosting our first ever Women's Conference. Now, mind you... we've organized "going" to these things...and last year we had about 40 women go away to a hotel and did a little thing. But, this year.... we have 70 women - which for some churches is nothing - and others is huge. We've been blessed with a fantastic senior Pastor's wife who has a vision for this thing. I have been incredibly blessed to work with her. no joke. she's incredible. I was really overwhelmed yesterday with the different things that we were doing and I am involved in...the late night practices and meetings... and then when I saw the drama that we were doing on Friday night, it blessed me so much... then, this morning, I got the final service orders...and I began to feel the anticipation of what God would say through our speaker, our dramas, our worship, or workshops.... and I started to really pray that He would minister to the broken-hearted, free the ones who are captive to sin, loose the chains that bind the women who are hurting...and encourage the ones who are growing in life and love.

2. Our basement is still a disaster area. We had a little flood in there a couple of weeks ago and it's still too traumatic to talk about. But, of all weeks, the carpet is in this week...and we have to move things around in there to get the carpet laid by tomorrow afternoon. I was really tempted to push it back to next week...but I know that it won't be any easier to get it done next week.

3. My second oldest daughter leaves in little over a week to go on a missions trip to Cuba. My heart has been heavy for her as I pray for her and ask God to protect and provide and supply all that she needs to minister there. They are delivering much needed medical supplies to that area. She's been so busy lately that I know it's going to be difficult for her to pull things together to be ready to go at the last minute. I want to be there to see her off. But, responsibilities, finances... life... prevents me from being able to do that.

4. My oldest daughter is singing this weekend at a concert of praise they call "anthem". I want to go so bad. I would love to be able to join her in 90 minutes of singing and worshipping. But, prior commitments, responsibilities, life just happens.

5. My sister is going through a really tough time right now. She and her husband are separated and there are just a lot of things in her life that I can see culminating right now. Things that have been muddling her life for a long time. Things that really ... only the God of the Universe can take from her. A lot of my prayer time this week has been for her... that God would wrap her up in his arms and gently whisper to her... "I love you Tammy. You are worthy of my love. Nothing you ever do or say or think or believe will change my love for you. You are beautiful. Believe it. Believe me. Don't cry. I'm not surprised by this situation. Give it to me. Follow me. Let me show you my love. Let me love you. Let go."

6. My mom is retired. Today is her first day of retirement. She is anxious about the future, about finances, about boredom. She is concerned about life. I want to go visit her and take her shopping and bake and plant flowers and do all the things she loves to do. But, she lives a few thousand miles away and well...time, commitments, responsibilities, finances, you know the drill... prevent me from doing what my heart is screaming to do.

7. My brother-in-law is struggling with his health. He is a precious man - he will be 44 on the 16th of May. He has Downs Syndrome. And the last few months have been especially hard on him.... he has a lot of problems with his esophagus and developed pneumonia this spring. He already stuggles with swallowing and eating and has lost a lot of weight. We are working with my in-laws to try to help them with his eating and diet...and he is so stubborn! I want him to get better and be able to enjoy his life! I want life to slow down so that we can spend time with him... enjoying him... doing the things he loves to do.

I could take this and add all the other things on my mind.... other family members, friends, loved ones... struggles, fears, excitements... because it really doesn't end there. I have so many people I want to spend time with, get to know, enjoy, celebrate. Life is just too short!

But, God is Good.

Cast all your worries and cares to God...for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I can't believe it

She read my mind.

I was prepared this morning to write an entire blog entry on the fact that my friend, VALERIE, never - ever - ever - ever - comments on my blog. I know she reads it religiously.

And never comments.

And then there is Cindy. I know you are out there Cindy Lou hoo!! You never comment either. ever.

And of course, Theresa. You guys just sit in the background lurking around here all the time and never participate in the commenting.

You are trying to fool me and hide from me and make me think you don't know about my sewer problems and my filthy house and all the things that happen in our world.

Enough is enough. Now is the time. Val, you did it!! I know your comment says "anonymous" but I know who you are... Now, Cindy, Shawn, Theresa, Bill, Nate, and who else is out there? Who are the ones I am unaware of? Come on out... come on ... you can do it. Raise your hand and say hello!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

40 days to 40

For the past 6 months, I've been reminding everyone near and dear to me that I will - ahem! - be forty this year. I even sent out Outlook Calendar appts. which marked the big 40 days to 40... and today....the countdown begins. For quite a while, I've been trying to decide what I want to do for my birthday... an 80's party perhaps? A motorcycle ride across the state with my homies?

I'm feeling pretty young today... so apparently it hasn't set in yet. I am sure that in 40 more days, I will be walking with a cane and have purple hair. By the time birthday actually gets here, I will probably be too old to celebrate and I will have to just take a nap.

So, hang on for the next 40 days - I'm hoping my 30's will go out with some good times.

In other news...
Tomorrow is Administrative Prof. Day and guess what? I have two jobs in which I am considered an "Admin" person. I work at the church as a "Project Specialist" ... which is a pretty fancy name. But, the job fits my personality. I don't have to be tied into doing the same thing over and over and over... I do different little projects all the time. So... they are taking us Admin type people out to lunch.

My other job is with my husband and dad-in-law. I work for their business doing books the other 2 days a week when I'm not at the church. So... I reminded them that tomorrow was admin prof day and we'll see if they do anything nice at all. Sweetheart, if you're reading my blog today... I could use breakfast in bed, an extra hour of sleep, and Dairy Queen. Since lunch is already handled. ;)

In the last news... disaster struck at our home this past weekend. We had a lot of rain and some septic problems. I'm still too traumatized to talk about it. But, my husband and daughter took most of the trauma. The worst of it is over... now we just have to pay for it.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Quick! Call an Ambulance!

I went on a bike ride with my 9 year old yesterday.

Okay... I will wait a minute while you gain your composure. You don't have to be so loud about it.

I had been promising her that we would go on a bike ride together for a few days. Why didn't I promise her a trip to Starbucks for a nice hot latte?

So, we ditched a few responsibilities and went on a bike ride. But, I didn't have a bike. So, I was going to walk. She said I could borrow Abbie's bike. Except Abbie has the bike seat from the land down under - you know what I mean. And my rear was not meant to sit on that tiny thing. But, I rode it anyway.

After we crossed the street, we started heading down the road and it was pretty nice for a couple minutes. Luckily, my dad lives 2 blocks away, so we had to stop there to say hi and to tell him that we are on a bike ride.

Then, we headed back on our bike ride. We left my dad's and there is a slight hill. Emily got tired just-in-the-nick-of-time so I had to walk with her. had to. It was for her protection.

My brother lives a block or two from my dad, so we decided to stop there and get air in the tires. You know, it is really dangerous to be out and about on a bike with less than 50 psi of air in those tires! I didn't want either of us to get injured. My brother needed a break and a quick chat anyway, so we were doing him a favor.

We left there and decided to ride our bikes to the school. And what luck. The school is one block from my brother's house. So, we rode to the school and sat in the butterfly garden where we ate our snack. We were exhausted! All that work, we needed that snack to get our energy back up.

We left the school and we headed home. It had been about 35 minutes already and it was time to go home! So, we went around the block and down another block... but we had to stop to walk our bikes across the main street again. You know... dangerous with all those cars. I had to tie my shoe. Then, we rode down a big hill.

After the big hill, we had a bit of a climb again, and Emily got tired again. So, I walked with her. Then, we got back on our bikes and rode all the way home. Except for the one little hill we walked up.

Next time - I will promise a movie or a trip to the mall - or a Dairy Queen cone.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesdays - the girls trip


I am flip flops




You Are Flip Flops



You are laid back and very friendly.

Cheery and sunny in disposition, you usually have something to smile about.



Style is important to you, as long as you can stay casual.

It takes a lot to get you to dress up!



You are a loyal and true person, though you can be a bit of a flake.

You tend to "play hooky" and blow off responsibilities a lot more than most people.



You should live: By the beach



You should work: At a casual up and coming company

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

life

I'm back.
I had a fabulous weekend.
I want to show you pictures.
But, I can't. Because I can't find the cord thingy that hooks up to my old school digital camera to download the pics onto the computer.
So, you lose today with no pictures.

Seriously though... I haven't been to ALL of the women's conferences in the world. But, this one... was the best one I have ever been to. Really. I wish you all could have come. It would have been so fun for you too.

They did so many incredible things. I took my daughter Abbie, and sis in law, Shanda. (age 15 & 16). They had a fabulous time. I think that their fun time had something to do with the free stuff they gave away at this conference. Lots of free stuff. Note to self: give away free stuff. People like it.

I came home with the following items:
- a magnet
- a sticker that says "you are beautiful"
- a canvas bag
- a sample of starbucks coffee beans
- a fabulous awesome lipgloss
- a flower bulb
- a vitamin water
- 3 full size bags of starbucks coffee beans
- not 1 - not 2 - but 3 - yes 3! new starbucks coffee cups
- a sucker - which I ate already so technically I didn't come home with it.
- a worship cd
- a devotional cd

The worship was fabulous... we had this girl - she was great.
We also had the worship team with this leader. They were fabulous.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

10 Random things for Wednesday

1 - the number of days I have until I leave to go to a women's conference with the girls!

2 - the number of weeks I have had my cold... and the number of other people's children I had at my house last night (it was fun!)... and the number of tax returns I completed in one hour last night (my girls ... 1040ez is pretty slick when you're that young)

3 - the number of meals I have actually cooked at my house this week... and the number of days I will be gone to the aforementioned retreat.... and the number of days I have had to work this week.

4 - the number of times my husband's cell phone rang (and was answered) during our lunch "date" this afternoon.

5 - the number of minutes I have to finish typing this.

6 - the number of ibuprofen I have taken today to rid myself of a vicious headache (it worked!) ..and the number of days I have to get my house whipped into shape for a bridal shower there. yikes! you KNOW that's a task that isn't done yet as stated in my previous posts.

7 - the number of days in this week - okay so... I can't think of anything else for 7

8 - the number of weeks until the week of my 40th birthday. Can you BELIEVE THAT? I am so old!

9 - the number of days until my brother in law Shelly gets to spend the weekend with us. He just got out of the hospital and we're looking forward to a fun weekend with him.

10 - the number of sugar packets my husband consumed at lunch today. I prove it with this picture from his camera phone. count them. he was buzzing all afternoon.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

not yet

I've been working hard all day to post some pictures to prove to you that I CAN solve my dirty house problems. I just don't have it done yet. Reread the post from yesterday and get a good laugh....

Saturday, April 05, 2008

HELP WANTED:

I told my husband this morning that I need to hire a full time maid. Either that or I need a bull whip for my family. Here's why.

Warning: The pictures you are about to see are explicit and filthy in nature. Downright ew.
The Kitchen: Yes, that is a sock you see on the TABLE in photo #2 - the good news is that it is clean.











The Dining Room Table:








The family room windows. What you see here are blankets all hung up. This picture doesn't do it justice. But, there are about 8 of them because the kids wanted to watch a movie during the day... a couple of weeks ago.

A random sock. I think there are about 7 of these laying in various places around here.

A pencil and paper in the bathroom downstairs. Because you never know when you might need to write notes in there?


Living Room:









Spare Bedroom: Nobody actually inhabits this space in my house. Hence, the word "Spare". However, someone has been inflitrating the spare camp slowly...

Laundry/Mud Room: (Could this be my maid?)








I wish I could say this was a few isolated rooms. It's not. It includes every.single.room. in my house. There are things laying around all over the place. Tennis rackets in the middle of the hallway. Paper pieces all over the place. Popcorn on the stairs. and this photo below shows boxes of things one of the kids boxed up because they have to go through it. It got in the way in her bedroom, so she carried it out to the family room. what the???



Yes, we have clothing in places it should be. Here you see jeans and dirty clothes in the toy room. Now, who was stripping in there? and why???


The grandaddy of all messes:


You know, ... little can be said here. THIS is the culprit who has been moving into the spare bedroom. Probably because there is nowhere else to make a mess in her room.

And the grossest of all gross. The fish tank. Oh no... don't worry. there is no fish in there. The fish died. months. ago.



But, I am standing my ground. I will NOT! clean this up if it is years that it stays there. It is the principal of the thing here ladies. I will not do it.


Okay... so, really, this blog today should encourage you. You just can't beat it can you?









Thursday, April 03, 2008

This one's for Momzie

Momzie has requested that I post something on my blog. I am a slacker. And here's why: I have a boring life people! I go to work, go to church, go home, eat, sleep, and lately, cough.


Nothing exciting about that. Occasionally, I will get an inspired message from God worth sharing, or have a witty thought that I attempt to wow you all with. But, mostly, I'm boring.





Last Sunday, I went to church, and the entire time I listened to the message, I wanted to fall asleep. Now, hang on. I didn't mean it like you think. The message was actually quite funny. We had these guys show up... kind of.





So, anyway... I was tired. I was so sleepy. I just wanted to sleep. So, after church, I went home and slept. Took a nice long nap. Then, when I got up, after having a coughing fit. I decided I needed to take some more medicine. When I went to get the stuff I had taken earlier that morning, I realized.... it was nite time that I had taken. No wonder I was so tired!

See... like I said. Boring as all get out. Maybe I'll have some inspiration in the next couple of days.