Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Housecleaning Angel - Your house is pretty messy.
Me - I know. (thinking, that's why you're here!)
Housecleaning Angel - No really, you're not a very good cleaner.
Me - (feeling a bit awkward) Yep, you got me there.
Housecleaning Angel - Do ya at least cook for your family?
Me - Oh yes! I love to cook!
Housecleaning Angel - (with a look of relief at her partner) Good. At
least Matt can count on that.
Punk Car Cleaner Kid - Your car was really messy.
Me - I know. (thinking - that's why we're here!)
Punk Car Cleaner Kid - No, really, I found all sorts of junk in there!
Me - Yeah. I have 2 kids.
Punk Car Cleaner Kid - Seriously! There was like wrappers and candy . . .(making shoveling gestures with his hands)
Me - (I can't hold it back any longer) THAT'S. WHY. WE'RE. HERE.
Owner - We usually charge $79, but we really had to spend a lot of extra time . . .
Me - You know what? I log about 30,000 miles a year in that car and have never had it detailed. You don't have to tell me how bad it was. I live there. I will gladly pay the extra charge - no worries.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Well, we started off by setting off the security alarm and leaving the house 20 minutes late. Nothing like being late for the first day of school.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A Mother's Prayer:
Chance and Colton, I'm so proud of you. I hope you have had a fabulous
"I prayed for this child...now I give him to the Lord." 1 Samuel 1:27-28
"Lord, help me to give my children the best - not of things, but of myself, cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine. Teach me to accept them for who they are, not just for what they do; to listen to what they say, if only so they'll listen to me; to encourage their goals, not mine. Let me give them a home where respect and integrity are the cornerstones, and there's enough happiness to raise the roof. May I give them the courage to be true to themselves; the independence to take care of themselves, and the faith to believe in You. May I discipline them without demeaning them, demand good manners without forgetting my own, and let them know they have limitless love no matter what they do. Let me feed them properly, clothe them adequately, and have enough to give them small allowances - not for the work they do, but the pleasure they bring. Let me be moderate in all these things, so that the joy of getting will help them discover the joy of giving. See that their responsibilities are real but not burdensome, that my expectations are high, but not overwhelming, and that my praise is thoughtful and given when it is due. Help me to teach them that excellence is work's real reward. And when it comes - let me revel in each honor, however small, without once pretending that it is mine - my children are glories enough. Above all, let me ground them so well, in Your truth that I can let them go. In Jesus' name, Amen."
first day today. God bless your teachers - they'll need it!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thanks that we got to go shopping for school supplies, and that we have a lot of supplies for school tomorrow.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
"that the religiously motivated translate their concerns to universal, rather than
religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principal that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all."
What principal, accessible to all people is he trying to reach? Where did these principals, this morality, originate? Is it possible that Buddha, Muhammad, God, and a pop-psychology professor somehow magically "inserted" the same moral values in us all? And all we have to do is "tap in", and everyone will be happy? It is in this chapter that the division widened. The common ground seemed hidden, even unsearchable. His quote summed up the chapter - "Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion." Maybe that cements it for the other side as well. My takeaway from this chapter - Ugh.
Chapter 5 - Four Faces of Faith, and the final chapter. It included short faith biographies of George W. Bush, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton to compare with the in-depth chapters on Barack Obama. Made me want to read a whole book on each one. The histories of all of these great leaders (argue if you will, about any or all), is fascinating. Takeaway - Put beside the other three, Barack's faith compares, it contrasts, and it is obvious why he is the choice of many.
This has got to be my longest post ever. I went well beyond Mr. Hyatt's requested 200 words paragraphs ago. If you're still reading, thank you. In short, I recommend this book. To supporters and detractors both - it is important to learn all you can about those who may be called to lead this great nation.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read the book.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
A leader is coming, soon, whom none will question. And the government will be on HIS shoulders. Praise the Lord. No one will question his faith. No one will question his motives. No one will question his politics. They will all be those of his Father. And we will be saved.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Colton - See those seagulls over there, Mommy? The fat one's a girl.
Me - How do you know that?
Colton - Because, girls get fat like that.
Me - All of them?
Colton - Yeah, when they're pregnant!
Me - What do you know about being pregnant?
Colton - Just what Harley told me. That girls get fat when they're pregnant 'cause there's a baby in their tummy.
Little Girl at Swim Lessons (walks up to our table) - Hi Colton!
Colton - Hey. (acting very cool)
Me - Who's that, bud?
Colton - Oh, that's Sally from preschool.
Chance - Is she your girlllllllllfriend??
Colton (not missing a beat) - Chancey, I totally broke up with her before school got out.
Chance - Mommy, why are adults always on diets?
Me - Well, a lot of folks have eaten more bad foods than they should have, and probably weigh more than they want to weigh and be healthy.
Chance - But they keep going on them, and they don't work.
Me - Tell me about it!
Chance - I think they need a Dave Ramsey for dieters.
~Side note - Dave Ramsey is a financial counselor that we subject Chance and Colton to on the radio periodically. He has truly turned our financial lives around, and is household name around our place. At one point, Chance said he didn't want our town to get a Target (knowing how much I love Target), cause we'd have to listen to that Dave guy even more!!
Watching the Olympics
Colton - Mommy, is that girl from America?
Me - Yeah.
Colton - Good, 'cause America Rocks.
Me-Chance, do you want to go with your dad & Colt to ride the combine?
Chance - Do I have to?
Me - No, but you are invited.
Chance - Mom, I'm not really a "farming kind of kid". I'd rather stay home.
As we watch the USA Medley Relay team fight for Michael Phelp's 8th Gold
Matt - Swim! Swim faster! Go! Swim! SWIM! SWIMMMMMM!
Colton - Daddy, you know they can't hear you,right?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
2. Number of desserts. 18
3. Number of batches of Mississippi Sin Dip. 1
4. Number of pounds of hamburger cooked. 12
5. Total number of attendees (hosts included). 30
6. Number of times the 1000 yard gong was hit in the shootin' expedition. 2
7. Number of RV's in the yard (hosts included). 4
8. Number of limbs that fell this year (sizable, anyway). 0
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wow. It's been a sorrowful day around this little bloggy community of ours. At the same time, it's been a day to look back and rejoice at the ways God places people in your life, and the many blessings each one brings.
Cynthia Milligan was that kind of blessing.
I remember very little of Cynthia from the first time I met her at a DJ Scrap Retreat. I would walk by her table every once in awhile, and she was always immersed in one movie or another with her headphones on. And my thought was always "How can she scrapbook like that? Doesn't she want to visit?" Then, she won the Most Pages contest, and I did not question her approach again. I'm pretty sure she got the most pages done at every retreat I have attended with her since. She was a scrappin' machine.
Thankfully, though, as we got to know her better, the headphones came off more and more, and we got to know Cynthia more and more. What an incredible lady. She talked lovingly of her family and children, and had great stories to tell of their activities and vacations. And, although she came out of her shell a lot, she still resisted complete surrender into Darla & my crazy antics. She usually would just laugh, shake her head, and say "I can't believe you two." It was so great to have her at our table at the last retreat. The picture at the beginning is one that Darla took at that retreat, and is my favorite by far of Cynthia. That ready smile is what I remember most about her - well, that and the washer and dryer, but we won't bring my covetousness into this post :)
It was even greater to get to know Cynthia through her blog. Between scrap retreats and card classes, I'd still know what was going on in their lives, how I could be praying for their family, and what new attraction was being added to the "funnest kid house in the world." I always loved that Cynthia was determined to have the kind of house the kids wanted to bring their friends to. That time spent at home, versus a friend's house, will now be some of the most cherished memories of her children.
- You have my unwavering admiration for your compassion, your courage to adopt, your mothering, and your determination to scrapbook your family's legacy.
- You have my undying jealousy for your double washer and dryer, your movie theater snack bar, and your ability to beat me at the Most Pages contest every time.
- You have my unceasing prayers for peace and strength for your family.
- You have my unending thanks for the blessings you brought to us all.
- You will be missed.
Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us. Your scrapbooks, your cards, and your blog. You were a true blessing and a friend.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
- Access to helicopters at the airport
- Get to wear the cool headsets
- And tighten the seat belts to minuscule proportions
- And try real hard not to touch any buttons while sitting in the pilot's seat
- But probably touch a couple anyway
- Look this good . . .
Life-decisions made after our "tour".
- Chance will go to Big Bend, because you can play baseball and learn to fly.
- He will fly helicopters like this.
- Colton will go to Big Bend.
- Solely for the purpose of learning to fly something bigger than what his brother just said. And faster. Of course.
What an adventure. Thanks, Mike!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
1 head of each: red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce
1 8oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 8oz. pkg. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 8oz. pkg. Craisins
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 recipe Craisins Salad dressing (see below)
Break red and green leaf lettuce into pieces. Shred iceberg lettuce. Toss together with other ingredients just before serving. Pass dressing with salad. Makes approx. 12 servings.
Craisins Salad Dressing:
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1/2 onion, chopped (if you've been here awhile, you know this is optional)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. mustard
1 cup salad oil
In blender, mix all ingredients except oil. Add oil and blend again. YUM!