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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

CC and I are excited about the new year. Every December we have a conversation about what we think the upcoming year will be like for us. We're sometimes right and sometimes wrong, but always surprised by what has happened in the previous year.

These last several months have been nothing like what we expected, or could've dreamed would happen: surgery, fire damage, unexpected family visits, a wedding, etc. What a crazy year we've had! Now that Christmas is over and the decorations have come down, we're looking forward to what this next year holds, and how the Lord will use us in the coming year.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

As we gather with friends and family today, may we remember the Reason we celebrate. Merry Christmas to everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Focus

It's finally feeling like Christmas, although I keep thinking it's farther away than just around the corner! We've been gearing up for the big day, but the service today was a great reminder to continue to focus on the true meaning of this Christmas holiday. How wonderful to know Jesus came-- for me! What a great truth to be thankful for!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hangin' with Jesus and Homer

We have a lot of fun at work. That may seem like an oxymoron to a lot of you out there, but we seriously have a LOT of fun at work! Sometimes even I wonder how all the work gets done since we play so much, but somehow we still manage a productive moment or two in between all the laughter and pranks. What a blessing this time of my life is to me.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Finally!

It's finally feeling like Christmas around here! Yay! Now if only the stress and drama could disappear, life would be just about perfect.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Perfect Day

Today has been the best, most perfect day ever. Thanks, God!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fun!

Wow, so this is what relaxation feels like! I have such a hard time relaxing that I forget what it feels like. Here we have no choice but to enjoy the company and relax! Today's been a day full of fun and new toys-- a wonderful day. Who knew I could relax?! Certainly not me! I'm looking forward to more of it!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Showers of blessing

So much has been going on lately it's been hard to focus on the positive. At the same time (and in a very strange way that makes this difficult to explain unless you get it), all the hard stuff means all I've been able to do to get through it is pray and look for and focus on the blessings God's just throwing at us hand over fist. Some highlights that have helped me lately:

  • So many friends, especially the guys I work with and those in Tapestry (HUGE blessing!)

  • Growth outside my comfort zone (still trying to see this as a blessing, but I know it must be)

  • Our house is still standing

  • My car is paid off (FINALLY!)

  • Visits with family

  • Thanksgiving (need I say more???)

  • Falling leaves/ Autumnal color on the trees (also, finally)

  • Bebo Norman's Christmas CD (Born To Die, especially)

  • I still have my hearing and my sight, despite David Crowder's best to take them both away!

  • 11 years ago today was my first date with my husband- Happy Date Anniversary, CC! I love you!

  • and the list goes on...


Thanks, God!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Stupid fire

Fireplace

When it rains, it pours...

pa-rain.jpg It's raining, it's pouring;
The old man is snoring.
Bumped his head
And he went to bed
And he couldn't get up in the morning.

Rain, rain, go away;
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Well, well, well

Just when you think life is finally settling down and beginning to return to normal, there's a surprise waiting for you just around the corner.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Zzz...

Soooo tired...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

And now, on to other things...

2007 Boo!Last night was a disappointing follow-up to last year's Halloween trick-or-treaters. Last year the kids were cuter, more polite, and there were more of them-- I basically stood at the open door last year with the giant bowl of candy until I ran out.

This year? No standing at the door! No stand-out kids that make you want to keep them; no especially polite ones-- in fact I got several who stood there waiting for more! AND-- no running out of candy! So now we have leftover candy-- not a good thing.

Here's hoping next year will be better. The nice thing is it's now over, and Thanksgiving is literally around the corner! Woohoo!

It's the most wonderful time.... of the yearrrrrrr!!!! (that's me singing, in case you couldn't tell)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Inside my head

Fall Office TreeIf you want to feel safe, where do you go? Who do you seek out? What do you pray?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Velvet Elvis

Velvet ElvisI picked up a new book yesterday on the recommendation of some coworker friends. It's called Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell and I haven't yet been able to put it down! It's more a commentary on the Christian faith than anything, similar to Donald Miller. Quite fascinating to me, and probably you if you wish to check it out...

I leave you with this excerpt to leave you thinking--
In Moses' day, the way you honored and respected whatever gods you followed was by making carvings or sculptures of them and then bowing down to what you had made. These were gods you could get your mind around. Moses is confronting people with an entirely new concept of what the true God is like. He is claiming that no statue or carving could ever capture this God, because this God has no shape or form.

This was a revolutionary idea in the history of religion.

You are a holding a book in your hands. It has shape and volume and weight and all the stuff that makes it a thing.

It has thingness.

This book has edges and boundaries that define it as a finite thing. It is a book and nothing else.

But the writers of the Bible go to great lengths to describe God as a being with no edges or boundaries or limits. God has no thingness because there's no end to God.

Or as the question goes in the book of Job: "Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?"

It makes sense, then, in a strange sort of way, that when Moses asks God for His name, God replies, "I am."

Doesn't really clear things up, does it?

Moses is looking for a being he can wrap his mind around. Is this the god of water or power or soil or fertility? All the other gods made sense; you could understand them - who they were and what they did and what they stood for. But this God is different. Mysterious. Unfathomable.

"I am."

The name's origins come from the verb to be, so some read it as "I will be who I will be."

Others suggest it should be read like this: "I always have been, I am, and I always will be."

Perhaps this is God's way of saying, "If your goal is to figure me out and totally understand me, it's not going to happen. Even my name is more than you can comprehend."

Later Moses says to God, "Now show me your glory."

Which is our way of saying, "I need more. I need something I can see. Something tangible."

God's response? He tells Moses to go stand on a rock, because He's going to pass by. He explains to Moses that no one can see Him and live, so He'll cover Moses with His hand (God's hand?) as He passes by, and then He says, "I will remove my hand and you will see my back."

The ancient rabbis had all sorts of things to say about this passage, but one of the most fascinating things they picked up on is the part about God's back. They argued that in the original Hebrew language, the word back should be understood as a euphemism for "where I just was."

It is as if God is saying, "The best you're going to do, the most you are capable of, is seeing where I... just... was."

That's the closest you are going to get.

If there is a divine being who made everything, including us, what would our experiences with this being look like? The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up. And if we made him up, then we are in control. And so in passage after passage, we find God reminding people that He is beyond and bigger and more.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Wow!

CCSo I was talking with a friend earlier today about my hubby's blog, and so I went looking at it again (the earlier posts, not the most current entry). I read his testimony, which as his wife, I've read a bazillion times before and been touched by a bazillion times before. However, as always, it's amazing to me how incredible our God is, and how great my CC can be when he needs to write about something he feels led to share. With that, I leave you with his very first blog entry ever...

My Story

My life is marked by bold and audacious statements. So it’s fitting that I should start with this one. “I have undeniable proof that God exists and that He’s still in the business of miracles.” Pretty bold and audacious don’t you think? Well, here’s the proof.

When I was five years old, I was sitting in our basement with my mom and baby brother. There was a tornado warning and where I lived, if a tornado is coming the sky turns green. Let me assure you, the sky was a pale shade of green that day. My older brother and dad were at church and I was worried about them.

In retrospect, I believe that that was the first time I truly contemplated death. Are my dad and brother safe? Are we safe? What if a tornado comes? Those are the questions I remember running through my five year old mind. At that point I just started crying. My mom asked me why I was crying. I responded that I didn’t know.

Are you scared? No. Are you hungry? No. Are you tired? No. Do you want to ask Jesus in your heart? Yes.

Whoa! Where’d that come from? That is what my mom really asked me, completely out of the blue. (Sounds pretty miraculous to me by the way.)

I believe that at that moment, God was calling out to me. I realized that I could die. I wanted to be sure I was going to heaven. More than that, I realized for the first time that I didn’t want to go through life alone. I knew I had done bad things and that I would in the future, but I knew that God loved me and would forgive me. I wanted Him to be with me forever. So on that day the God of the universe stepped into my life and took up residence in my heart. (Again, pretty miraculous.)

Well, for about the next 10 years I grew up. That process included God. I didn’t get into trouble much. I wasn’t a bad kid. God saved me from a lot of hardships and heartaches that result from disobedience and rebellion as a child. However, while God was important, He wasn’t the most important thing. I didn’t really understand what it meant for God to be on the throne of my life.

The summer before my eighth grade year my dad announced to us that we would be moving. I wasn’t too happy about that. I had family and friends that I loved where I was and didn’t want to leave. Of course we moved anyway. A week later, I fell and broke both my arms. Two days after that I started a new school where I knew absolutely no one. As if that wasn’t hard enough, a few months later my grandma died and it hit me pretty hard.

I had no friends. I hated my school, my church, the city I lived in, and pretty much everything about my life. I remember crying myself to sleep at night asking God, “Why? Why? Why?”. My belief and faith in God was not challenged, but my trust was. This is where the next bold and audacious statement comes in. I stated to myself this: “the God and Creator of the universe is not trustworthy.” (Now that’s bold and audacious.)

Well, let’s just say that God decided to show me otherwise. You see, God is the epitome of the bold and audacious so if a statement is to be made, it will be made by Him.

My sophomore year in high school I found out that I had nerve damage to my left eye that caused a little blurry vision for me. Well, that in and of itself isn’t really a big deal. The big deal is what caused that nerve damage. I was diagnosed with a tumor on my pituitary gland. It had been pressing on my optic nerve and causing that damage. The doctors said the tumor was most likely not cancerous, but that it would have to be removed with surgery.

As soon as I received the news I began to be overwhelmed. I believe that at that moment I had a crucial decision to make. I could cling to my doubts about God, or I could hope beyond hope that God really was who He said He is.

I chose to trust God.

I told God that this was too much for me to bear alone and that I needed Him. (Kinda reminiscent of a prayer I prayed as a five year old, huh?) I told Him that I had to take all of my worries and lay them at His feet. The moment I did that, God’s peace entered my heart. And trust me, it’s as good as they say it is.

You see as I went through several months of MRI’s, surgery, needles, hospital stays, and radiation treatments I experienced peace. I have never in my life been more peaceful and content. When you fully trust God with your life even the hardest of times are filled with joy and contentment.

Three miraculous healings occurred during this time. Not only did my eyesight in the damaged eye improve, but the radiation treatments actually shrunk what remained of my tumor after surgery - both of which the doctors said were impossible. Most importantly, my trust in God was healed. I started to understand what it meant to place God higher than anything else and began to see my need for God to be in control of my life. I made yet another bold and audacious statement: “In the midst of utter chaos, fear, doubt, pain, and grief, God can give you a peace and let you be joyful, and content.”

My life really started to blossom. I had friends, I loved my youth group at church, school was great. Most importantly I was growing in my relationship with God. I was learning what it meant to walk with God. What it meant to seek God in earnest.

I was also learning academically. I was learning that I was talented with computers. I was learning that I could make a lot of money at that. I was learning that surely God gave me those talents so that I could live financially secure and not have to worry about money. Basically I was learning to make another one of those bold and audacious statements: “I know what God gifted me at, why He gifted me at it, what He wants me to do with it, where He wants me to do it, and there is no chance that He wants me to do anything else. It all makes sense to me.”

A couple years ago when I was sharing this most marvelous statement with someone at a college retreat, little did I know that half an hour later God would replace that statement with one of His own. When a lady got up to talk, little did she know that God would use her to speak directly to the depths of my soul. The statement that struck deep was this: “What would the disciples have missed if they would have stayed with their nets?” (Ok, I know it’s a question, but it’s rhetorical so it’s close enough to a statement.)

You see the disciples were great at what they did. They were great fishermen, or tax collectors, or doctors, etc. . Not only did God gift them at it, but they excelled at it. In the end, God had some things COMPLETELY different in store for those 12 men, things that weren’t necessarily what God had gifted them at.

I realized that in my own life, just because God has gifted me at something, doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the end of the story. I do believe that God has gifted us for reasons and that He wants us to use those gifts. I’m not saying that we should ignore our giftings. I’m saying that we should be open to whatever God has for us. That may mean that we have to leave our nets behind. We may have to leave what we’re comfortable with. We may have to do things we never thought we would be able to do. The point is that we have to go where God leads.

For me this statement has changed the way I live my life. I really started to question what I was doing and most importantly why. I took some time to see if I was where God really wanted me to be. I feel that I was doing what he wanted, but my whole attitude and motives have changed.

In response to God’s challenge, I took a bold step and spent a summer in the country of Bosnia. That required putting down my nets and following God elsewhere. It was an amazing summer. I fell in love with missions and that part of the world. I don’t know if God is calling me there, but I do know that I am open and willing to go if He chooses to. I would not have been 4 years ago. (That is a miracle.)

One final miracle. When I began to become aware of the other sex, I looked at myself and all I saw was someone who wasn’t good looking, who wasn’t funny enough, who wasn’t really desirable. I always wondered if I’d find someone for me.

However, when I was a senior in high school I went out on a date with the prettiest girl I had ever known. She was kind, gentle, sweet, and beautiful. I couldn’t believe that someone like that would have the slightest interest in dating someone like me. I thought that she must be crazy. Little did I know that she would be the person I will spend the rest of my life with. Miracles happen.

I’ll end with the statement I began with: “I have undeniable proof that God exists and that He’s still in the business of miracles.” You see the proof is me. The miracle is my life. When the world and even Christians say that God doesn’t really do miracles anymore, we forget to look around us. We don’t see all the miracles sitting next to us in church, at home, and anywhere else there are those who’s lives have been radically, no MIRACULOUSLY, changed by God.

Often times we need look no further than the reflection in the mirror…

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Aiding and Abetting

Mr. PeacockI'm up to no good, and having so much fun! I think these crazy guys are too much of an influence on me!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Magneto strikes again!

My poor husband has had such trouble lately. Last week's car accident was just beginning to wane in his memory, and today he gets bumped by the guy behind him in the drive-thru line-- not once, but twice! Nothing happened, other than the guy yelling 'Sorry!' out his car window, but how nuts that it would happen twice. Poor car magnet! The hilarious part of the story is hearing CC call to the guy to 'quit it!' after he got bumped the second time! Heehee!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rest, Recovery, Recooperation

Today was a day of rest. It was such a wonderful day off, just enjoying the day. A little more rest this week and I think I'll be back to my normal self!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pondering

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ~Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

My all-time favorite part of the Bible is Philippians 4:4-9. I can still remember the first time I read these verses, what a revelation it was to me to discover how applicable this truth was to my daily life. Each and every time I've read this passage since, I have always received something unique to my current situation at the time.

For the past month or two though, verse 5 in particular has stuck in my mind. For years I've struggled with the whole concept of being gentle. Anyone who knows me can tell you I can be loud, not very tactful (more often than not), and the list goes on in that gentleness has never been the first word (or any word) I would ever use to describe myself. I've never been one of those demure girly-girls that are so put together it makes you wonder if they ever disobeyed. I was always the girl outside climbing the trees and jumping in the puddles, and running faster than the boys to beat them in the games we played. Gentleness, in case you haven't guessed it yet, was not me.

I've also been wondering lately why this verse says the Lord is 'near' and not 'here.' There's a worship song that does this exact same thing, and I've always sung it wrong on purpose, because in my mind, I'd rather God be here than nearby (and to me, He is-- here that is, not just nearby).

I say all this because I haven't got it all figured out yet, but I'd love your input. What do you think this verse is all about? CC wonders if maybe it says the Lord is near because it is referring to the Second Coming. I say it's plausible, but I'm not totally convinced. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dental woes, continued

I woke up this morning with all mouth pain concentrated on one tooth. Not a good sign. I woke CC up this morning with the happy news that I thought we might face a root canal today. Boy, did we ever!

Poor Dr. David couldn't even touch the horrid tooth it was in so much misery. He declared to one and all that an emergency root canal must be performed STAT! Well, after two unsuccessful numbings he brought out the big gun, and boy do I mean the big gun! It had a separate scary name and everything! Sadly, it still didn't do such a hot job of numbing, but at least we all made it through to the other side alive.

I am happy to report that though I'm still pretty miserable (and numb everywhere but in that one tooth), I seem to be doing much better than I was this morning! Yay! Thanks again to Dr. David for saving the day!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

My current #2 go-to guy

So as of today, my second favorite guy currently is my dentist, Dr. David! He's so great. He's the coolest dentist ever, sees you right away when you're having an issue, solves your problem right away, gives you painkillers until the problem is solved, and makes you happy.

And some of you ladies will also appreciate the fact that he looks exactly like Tim McGraw (to the point that it's hard not to say Dr. Tim!). Never fear though guys, CC says his wife Dr. Susan, the other dentist there, looks like Ashley Judd. She's amazing as well, though somehow I have always seen Dr. David and CC has always seen Dr. Susan. Hmm.

Anyway, they're awesome! Their staff is great too. They all know me by name, and are super sweet people. So today, I thank the good Lord for sending me Dr. David and his awesome team. Woohoo! (And that's not the painkillers talking either...)

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Perfect Day

Today has been an absolutely wonderful day.

A fun day playing catch-up with Fall:
*Shopping for pumpkins and other Fall veggies at the Farmers' Market
*Buying Fall clothes (in a smaller size no less!)
*Yummy salad for lunch
*Planning a fun lunch date with Mere for next week
*A fun date night with CC tonight
*Decorating the house for Fall
*Shopping for flowers
*Checking the mail and finding money in there

Who could ask for anything more?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The dance continues...

So Fall and I have been playing a little dance lately, where Fall teases me with a few falling leaves, and a couple days' worth of cooler temperatures. It's still too warm to pull out my scarf and my new sweater, sadly; but I look at both each day just waiting for the first chance. Today I am wearing three-quarter length sleeves! What a rebel against Summer I am!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Home

He's home! He's home! My hot and handsome hubby is finally home! For the first time since we've been married (over five years), we were apart for three days (two nights) while Hubby went on a business trip. It was a really great trip for him and we're glad he did it, but boy was it difficult! The timing was a little lousy, but overall... well, it's over isn't it? Yay!

Now we get to just enjoy being together again this weekend. Fun and Fall are just around the corner...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Doing well

A big "Thank You!" to all our friends and family who have been so interested and supportive and helpful over the last week. Your continued prayers are appreciated; but just so you know, overall I'm doing very well! Yay for God!

Also, a big happy birthday to Joshua and Timothy!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Gearing up and getting ready

Mexican Chicken SoupWell, it's getting closer and things, I feel, are finally coming together. Errands are being run, to-dos are getting crossed off the list, and the house is getting cleaned up. I think I may actually be ready in time.

The offers of help have been overwhelming (in a good way) and I just wanted to say thank-you to everyone who has shown their love and support of CC and me lately. We greatly appreciate you all. (We're looking forward to all the soup! Haha!)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Places to go, people to see, music to hear

As Fall approaches and my excitement rises, we have been getting crazy busy! I thought we were busy before, but now the calendar is going electronic because it's so much to handle! Wild! The to-do list is growing rapidly, but it's all good stuff, so that's great to realize.

I was recently introduced to a new artist on iTunes, if anyone is interested. His name is David Wilcox and he's incredible. My iPod has been stuck on repeating his music for the last few weeks! I'm not a stalker yet, but I think people are beginning to wonder... (Just kidding!) I highly recommend you check him out. I like his songs because they're just about life, not the wild and crazy stuff that's out there now that has no resemblance to my life. I think that's pretty cool. Anyway, if you check him out, let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I'm listening

Lately everywhere I go, accidents surround me or the people I know. Usually when it gets to the level it is, I begin wondering what God's trying to teach me. There's typically a lesson in there for me somewhere, if I can only be smart enough to catch what He's saying.

I mentioned this to my Husband last night, as we passed yet another wrecked car. His response? "I don't think He's trying to teach me anything more than that I need to be thankful for His protection of me." I think I'm glad my husband is the leader of this home and not me.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Happy birthday to me!

Party BalloonsHaving a good day today, thanks to family and friends! Thanks to everybody, especially Jan, who took me out during the day while CC was at work!

(I love you, CC! Thank you for making my birthday extra-special this year!)

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Contentedness

IrisIt's been a while since I've had an update (not too much to speak of, lately), but good and happy things have been going on:

  • Early mornings before work spent with CC

  • Lemonade

  • Depending on the Lord more to see me through my weaknesses

  • Time spent with friends

  • Compliments for having lost weight

  • Conversations with family

  • So much laughter

  • Plans for the Fall, my absolute favorite time of the year

  • Fun days spent at the lakes

  • Awesome times of worship

  • And so much more!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Grocery Game

Well we've been playing the game now for three weeks, mostly stocking up on HBA products, slowly learning the rules. Suffice it to say that after another shopping trip of stocking up, Husband's quote sums it up best: "We may never eat beef again, but we'll have plenty of cereal to eat, be able to brush our teeth until we die, and smell good, dang it!"

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Running to catch up with myself

The Bean's QuiltLife has been crazy busy lately, and although I feel like I've been saying that a lot recently; I was really beginning to think things were slowing down. Boy, was I wrong!

This is a fun bit of the craziness that's been going on since last week-- our friends had their baby (so cute and beautiful!)! The photo here is the quilt I made for her. Thankfully I finished and was able to give it to her parents just in time for her to be born! Whew!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Well I listen well at least!

I must be getting a life... I went and accidentally made plans for three different things on Thursday night. What to do?!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Time flies (and then gets weird)

I know I've mentioned before how it seems like everyone I know is pregnant. Well now all those people are beginning to have their babies. What's odd to me is several of these people are friends from middle school or high school, a few from college. It's very strange to think of these 'kids' I've known forever getting all responsible for someone else's life. I can only imagine how much more odd things will get as these babies grow and our hair all starts going gray or going altogether.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lunch ponderings

I don't know why there's this obsession with my lunch habits, but I wish someone would explain it to me.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Life is beautiful

Giraffe FriendsIt's been a wonderful week! CC and I have had some great times together this week, even as we've jumped back into work. Some of the highlights include:

  • an ice cream date after a great dinner at the deli

  • good talks with CC

  • a good workout of which I'm still sore

  • a busy workweek that's made me feel appreciated and needed

  • great worship time with God

  • seeing how the Lord provides and answers prayer

  • laughter (lots of it)

  • fabulous friends

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Finally!

For those of you interested in my other blog site, Manna; I have finally updated it with a new entry! Yay! You can see the latest entry here.

I'm also excited because I get to go back to work on Tuesday! Yippee! I know I seem odd to well, probably everyone for other reasons; but I probably seem especially weird because I'm so excited to get back to work. That's because I so love my job! I am always gone for what feels like such a long time, that I can't wait to get back! So yay! It's gonna be a great week, I think...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Well-wishes

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes for a great anniversary.

We've not only had a great anniversary this year, but a fantastic vacation. Hubby said the other day that he's more than ready to return to work next week, which always tells me if a vacation has been sucessful or not (if Husband is relaxed enough to jump back into work). I declare this one an unequivocable success! Yay!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Yippee!

Excitement doesn't even begin to cover the overwhelming happy emotions I'm feeling right now. Good news always makes me giddy; but after such a long time of hard work, prayer, and such obedience and faithfulness, it's thrilling to see God's hand at work. Not just His hand at work, since it's been there all along throughout this process; but to see the end result is especially exciting for me. I can't wait!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Increments of five

Five years is a long time, but not as long as you might think. It feels like a long time ago, because I'm not the same person I was five years ago.

For the few who may not know, five years ago last week, I graduated college. Five years ago this week, I got married. It seems like a lifetime ago. CC and I have been together in some form or fashion, for over ten years. We've essentially grown up together, and grown together during that time.

Looking back, it's good to say we're not the same people we were five years ago, or even ten years ago. The Lord is continually growing us into His image, which is ultimately what I hope to be- a reflection of Him. I hope to be able to say the same again in five more years-- that I'm closer to being who He desires me to be.

Happy anniversary, CC!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

We're home... already!

Okay, so while our vacation is still happening, our plans have changed due to us getting sick, which apparently is our tradition when it's our anniversary. (This began when we got married and were sick for our honeymoon. Five years later, it's happening again.)

We're still going to have lots of fun this week though! We'll make it to church tomorrow after all (hopefully, if we're feeling up to it), and we have lots of things around town we're hoping to do this week. Let the fun (and feeling better) begin!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Vacation!

We are officially on vacation today, and our first leg is off to a great start!

Monday, May 14, 2007

How old do I look, exactly?

So at the mall tonight we were making small talk with a salesman, and he asked how my Mothers' Day went. I said okay, and he asked why it was just okay. Realizing his mistake, I kindly informed him that I'm not a mother, so the holiday didn't really affect me. We then entered this time where every long awkward moment came together to create the 'mother' of all long awkward moments before he slipped away in shame, knowing he wasn't making a sale today.

Now, I realize that like everyone else, I am aging and growing up. However, lately I've had the above situation happen to me, it seems, almost everywhere I go. The above situation wouldn't have been a big deal except that I was with Husband and Jennifer (two very cute, young, 20-something adults who do not at all look like older parents). No children were anywhere in sight of this salesman; yet he immediately targeted me as the mom of the group, when in fact I'm younger than both of the people I was with!

I'm beginning to get a complex because this is happening to me so much. How old do I look, exactly, that this keeps occurring?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

On to bigger and better things!

Well the weekend at least ended very well, and this week promises to be very exciting! Next week is vacation, and I for one can't wait!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Visiting Funkytown

Lately I've been in a weird mood, especially after last night. It's hard to get out of; but I've been praying my way through it, and reading the Bible for guidance and inspiration. It's always amazed me how God can meet me in whatever place I'm in.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Bake me a cake as fast as you can!

cupcake.jpgWell, Husband's birthday has come and gone now. It was fantastic and seemed to be one of the best yet (at least lately, anyway). I was able to surprise him many times over; and even though he did correctly guess one of his presents, he didn't say it out loud, so it kept the surprise magic alive for me (I was happy about that!).

Better yet, for his birthday I got a present-- my first official Barefoot Contessa cookbook! Yes I know, it's weird for me to get a present, but we were in a celebratory mood, and her cookbook was right there (across town, where we drove to buy it, but still...).

Many of the recipes I make are Ina Garten's (She's fabulous and everyone should love and adore her!), including this cupcake. I'm super stoked to be going through her cookbook now and there's already tons I want to get crackin' on. Keep an eye out for updates to the Manna site! (I know I keep saying this, but I really do mean it!)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Surprise surprise!

I have never been able to keep a surprise until it's time for Hubby to know. He always guesses what it is first. Either he knows me super well, I'm a horrible liar, or c) both a and b. (Even a stranger could guess it's c.)

Well, with his birthday right around the corner, I have several surprises up my sleeve. He got the first one last night and promises me he hadn't figured it out first. Then he tried to guess the others, and he thinks he's guessed one of them. I'm not saying either way, but I think I might actually have a chance to get over at least one surprise on him this year! Here's hoping anyway! :-D

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Best Weekend

Hubby and I just had the best weekend! Some highlights include:

  • Christy and Dr. Neil MacNeill

  • Yellow tulips like the ones from our wedding day

  • New restaurants to try

  • Shopping for new clothes and other fun things

  • Our romantic moonlight stroll around the mall at 10:00pm

  • Solving problems during the church services yesterday

  • Finally getting the laundry completely done

  • Fried zucchini!

  • Planning his birthday extravaganza

Friday, April 13, 2007

Confusion and frustration

jenga.jpgSo today's the big day, except the whole thing has turned into this giant fiasco. It's ridiculous really, how a problem-solving solution can become this complicated, confusing, frustrating, and stressful situation that drives everyone crazy. I think we're halfway there, which is a good thing. God is still in control.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Procedure Schmocedure

black-bear-crying.jpgNow that the big allergy season for mold is over, my horrible cough has all but dropped off the face of the Earth. The on-going problem now is my larynx is swollen (long story). I went in for a follow-up this afternoon, only to find I'm being referred back to the same awful doctor for another endoscopy.

I'm trying to get a different doctor, and there is a consult first before the procedure, but how frustrating! I'm still trying to forget the first time, and now to have to go through it again; well this must be a test of my faith. We'll just have to see what happens, I think. At least this time Hubby will be able to take me (no offense to Toby).

In other news, the Good Friday service was rockin' AWESOME and the Easter service was great as well! The guys as always did a terrific job, and it was fun to help get things ready last week in preparation for it all.

Four days to go...

Friday, April 06, 2007

7 days to go

peace.jpgWe're counting down to the big day-- T minus 7 days to go! We're kind of on hold as far as our decisions go until we find out exactly what we're working with. We're super excited and can't wait! We're trying hard not to really think about it until next Friday, and just pray for wisdom in the meantime.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Why I don't want a dog

Max died yesterday. Max is one of my aunt's dogs, and she's really bummed. I'm bummed for her and because every time one of her animals dies, I think about when Miss Fred died.

Miss Fred (yes she had a boy's name) was my all-time favorite dog ever. She was the best; because she was smart and obedient, but would only ask for love and attention when she knew she didn't have you share you with the other pets. (See the smartness?) She had a beautiful black coat and big brown expressive eyes that seemed to always ask how you were doing.

There is another dog I know with a similar beautiful black coat and brown expressive eyes. Sometimes I have to look twice just to see... but then of course I remember, there's no other dog like Fred.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Decisions, decisions

Now that we have choices, we have decisions to make. It's tough trying to listen and be wise sometimes. The right answer is not always the easiest answer; nor is the right answer always the answer you want it to be.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

A girl (not) named Sue

Disclaimer: If your name is Sue, this is not personal. This viewpoint only pertains to me. If you share it, I feel your pain. If you disagree with me, then feel free to comment with your side.

My entire life, I have hated the name 'Sue.' I can't explain why I have such deep disdain for this name, to the point I literally cringe when I hear it, but I do. Also my entire life, people (who clearly don't realize or don't know me well) have tried to shorten my name to this one. While I love nicknames and don't mind a shorter version of my name, 'Sue' is not the one I go for.

Lately, I've been called this awful name a lot more frequently than normal, which is frustrating to me. The problem now is that my aunt! called me 'Sue' twice this weekend! My own aunt who knows better! Clearly her brain cells are rotting away and those are the first to go. I called her on it both times (since she is smart and knows better), but I'm getting very concerned for her well-being. ;-)

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Game

Yesterday I had to play a game that I frankly stink at. I rarely play this game, and when I do, I don't know the rules because they always change. It can be frustrating, unless you have someone on your team who knows the rules. Fortunately yesterday I did, so it wasn't so bad and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the rules to win the game.

We were trying to find the cheapest airline tickets possible, on a certain airline with only one layover at certain times of the day. It was getting pretty ridiculous because I realized that depending on which flight you selected, the return flight options would change, so you might lose the option you'd already decided you wanted. Very confusing. I had to get help from someone who knew the rules of the game, and then it got fun.

We ended up winning, by getting what we wanted in the end; and since the price that originally went up at the end, dropped back down after we bought the tickets, it was even better!

Let's just say that I hope I remember the rules when we buy our tickets for our visit to see Mom and Dad later this year!

The Game

Yesterday I had to play a game that I frankly stink at. I rarely play this game, and when I do, I don't know the rules because they always change. It can be frustrating, unless you have someone on your team who knows the rules. Fortunately yesterday I did, so it wasn't so bad and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the rules to win the game.

We were trying to find the cheapest airline tickets possible, on a certain airline with only one layover at certain times of the day. It was getting pretty ridiculous because I realized that depending on which flight you selected, the return flight options would change, so you might lose the option you'd already decided you wanted. Very confusing. I had to get help from someone who knew the rules of the game, and then it got fun. We ended up winning, by getting what we wanted in the end; and since the price that originally went up at the end, dropped back down after we bought the tickets, it was even better!

Let's just say that I hope I remember the rules when we buy our tickets for our visit to see Mom and Dad later this year!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The itch

I think it's hard to call yourself a writer if you haven't written anything worth its salt in a couple years. I've had the itch for a while now to get writing again, but I seem to only get these great ideas after I've gone to bed. By the time I wake up the next morning, I can't remember any of my ideas! I guess I'll have to pull a Seinfeld and keep a pad of paper and a pen by the bed...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Over

Evening of the ArtsWell, the Evening of the Arts is over. It was so great! If you missed it, you missed out. I feel like any event we put effort into, because we're doing it for the Lord, is done with excellence, and each event seems to be even more excellent than the last. The event this past weekend was so incredible people are already asking when the next one will be. I want to know if we can recover from this one first!

This was the first event I helped with beyond how I normally help in my day to day job. I love my job, but this seemed so much more fulfilling: to actually, physically help this event come together was pretty cool. We were all exhausted by the end of the night (or morning?), but it was so worth it!


I can't wait to be at work tomorrow just to go over it with the guys, who always do such an amazing job, but went above and beyond this time, just like always. This time I just got to see it firsthand.


God is so great, isn't He? We had so many people come out and experience how the Lord loves creativity and expression and the arts, and has given those gifts to us. How boring life would be without these things...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Rigoletto

I love my Netflix! I searched for a movie I haven't seen in almost 15 years, and didn't think I'd found the right version until it came to my house yesterday, and we started to watch it. It was so awesome I could hardly sit still!

Rigoletto is an old opera and the story is probably what the story of Beauty & the Beast is based on (they're very similar). The version of Rigoletto I like is made by this Christian company that likes to make clean, wholesome movies for kids and families to watch together (The version I like is a musical and not an opera.). Everybody should see this movie. It's great!

Monday, March 19, 2007

My Photographer Husband

Well, it finally feels like home. We've been here ten months and finally today hung some pictures on the walls. Why'd it take so long you ask? Because we have been given a deadline.

Our church is having an Evening of the Arts to showcase the talent God has given to our church community (dance, music, songwriting, poetry, photography, etc.).

My husband has been invited to show several pieces at this upcoming event, so we've been busy for the past couple weeks getting them ready. The first three (the main three) are ready to go as of now, and we have several more to work on throughout this week. We're really excited about this event, and Hubby showing his work, because we think it's really cool (and I think he's amazing!)!

I'm extra excited because all the work we're showing for the event is being framed to go on our walls in our house, so now it feels like a home because there are pictures on our walls! Yay!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Weirdness

There's been a lot of weirdness going around lately...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Only me

After four calls over the course of three weeks, I finally heard back today about the results of my allergy test. I am apparently extremely allergic to two different types of molds and cockroaches. Yes, cockroaches. I will find out more after my appointment Thursday morning, but in the meantime I've got a can of Raid in my back pocket, just in case.

(And for the record, my house is clean and roach-free!)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Focusing on the positive


  • Good test results

  • God's words to me via my husband

  • Love and peace

  • Great photography

  • Lemons

  • Laughter (the migraine-inducing kind)

  • A great boss

  • A clean house

  • Family and friends

  • Hobbies

  • An empty laundry basket

  • A weekday off together with my husband

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Jonah 4

"But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, 'O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.'But the LORD replied, 'Have you any right to be angry?'

Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, 'It would be better for me to die than to live.'

But God said to Jonah, 'Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?'
'I do,' he said. 'I am angry enough to die.'

But the LORD said, 'You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?'"

(NIV)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Things I don't like...


  • Being called Sue.

  • Having my personal space invaded.

  • When people judge me based on my looks or weight.

  • Insensitivity and rudeness.

  • When people assume they know me because we met when I was six.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

A great reminder

What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.

Revelation 3:7b-8

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

In honor of my valentine...

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Monday, February 12, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A plan and a promise

Life in general is going pretty well for us lately, so I guess the devil's gotta figure out some measly way to get at us. he's been doing a pretty good job at wearing me down, but I figure a sick/ mental health/ quiet day at home resting will hopefully do the trick. That, and even more prayer.

I keep being reminded that God's got a plan for me and He's in control of it, so that's nice and very comforting. Don't forget that goes for you too. :-)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The joke's on you!

Last night as I was checking all the blogs I read, I commented (yet again) to Husband that he needed to update his blog. He seems to update quarterly, or if he's running a series of entries, monthly. He doesn't update often because he likes to only write when he's really struck by something, but lately we've had these really great conversations, so I know he's got a lot to say.

Well, his response to me was "Have you updated your blog lately?" I was shocked! I always thought that though I don't necessarily update daily, I updated pretty regularly. You'll have to let me know what you think. Do I update enough? Do you want more? Do you want less?

As to the matter of Husband's answer, here you go Honey! An update just for you! (LOL :-))

Saturday, January 13, 2007

S+C=BFF!

Hubby & meRemember in middle school and all the little girls would write all over their notebooks? They would write current crushes, their best friends' names, other friends or teachers they liked, and on and on. Well, if this were middle school all over again, my crush and my best friend's name would be one and the same.

When people ask me about it in conversation, many don't understand how you can be married to your best friend, but, lately especially, it's been even more evident that I am. We have so much in common: likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, methods to doing things. But not even all that- I genuinely like this man I'm married to. Yes, I love him too, but above and beyond all that; he's a really great and special guy, and I like him, which means I like spending time with him and being around him.

Now that is a good place to be in a marriage.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Shaping up

Well, so far 2007 has been full of germs and sickness, for us and everyone we know. It stinks to start the year that way, because it's not usually a good indication of how the rest of the year will go (or at least I'm hoping that). Fortunately, the worst day of the year is now over, and we can move on, hopefully without having to use the sick days we're given. Let's see what happens in the days ahead.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dreams

DragonflyLately I keep dreaming about the same thing over and over again. Hubby thinks it's nothing and not a big deal; just me dreaming about something that's been on my conscious mind anyway. Seems to me though that if I keep dwelling on it, consciously or not, it must be pretty important, right?