Saturday, April 22, 2006

Random Thoughts

Saija posted a fun meme and gave an open invite tag to anyone who wanted to post it. So, I've got nothing pressing to tell people...why not FIVE RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT ME?

1. I'm a strange duck...never do what others expect...don't fit into the cliche'. For example, I grew up a valley girl. You know, Californian, blonde hair, long nails, and says, "Oh my God!" way too much.

So, you'd expect me to be 'like' a complete flibbertojibbit with nothing in the noggin. Right? Well, I then became an artsy fartsy Art Major at San Jose State University. Now you'd expect me to be completely surreal, hippie, and snapping my fingers kind of person. Right?

But no, then I got married to my high school sweetheart. Now, you expect some serious person who is thinking about making a home and family. Right?

Wrong, then my husband and I joined the Army (well, he re-enlisted). Of course now you expect some butch take y'all down with an M16A1 rifle.

Right? No, I enlisted as a Graphics Documentation Specialist...artist for the Army. Okay, now you are thinking some snobby Graphic Artist who can hold a pencil as a weapon. Right? Naw, I was more of the Private Benjamin NCOIC (Sgt in charge) called me by my first name. So, now you are again thinking of the blonde valley girl turned soldier.

Well, sorta, but then I became a mom. But not the average mama. I got shipped off to Bosnia for a year while Dave played "Mr. Mom." So, are you thinking, callous fighting machine? No, I cried and cried.

Anyway, we later became houseparents. Aha, now you're thinking I'm selfless and patient. WRONG. My patience deteriorated quickly. Spent 4 years on the job.

Then I wrote a fantasy novel. Okay, she is just WEIRD! I'll give you that. But, I will hopefully be a weird published impatient fighting machine artsy-fartsy valley-Mom someday.

2. I love, adore, can't live without...BRUSSEL SPROUTS!

3. I like my feet.

4. I homeschool my kids...and always thought those kind of people were completely strange! Okay, so I'm right.

5. I think that Ho-ho's are the best dessert ever made.

I'd love to see some of you post this too but I won't tag anyone by name. Let me know if you will or have so I can come look ya over!

Monday, April 17, 2006


Okay, normally I do not post these test things. But thanks to Corry I went to this site and the answers were just way too close to the mark. I put in my birthdate and was flabbergasted...then I put in Dave's for was too hilariously close. Evan and Keegan were the same. I don't go for the power symbol, color, or month thing but the descriptions along with the strengths and weaknesses made me hear the Twighlight Zone music. Anyway, thought you might enjoy the link if you feel like having a silly diversion.

Your Birthdate: February 21

You're a restless rebel with an unpredictable nature.
Bright but unbridled, you tend to seek out wild experiences over new ideas.
People are frustrated by your great potential, but you love your unconventional life.
You're a heartbreaker. People get attached to you, and then you're gone.

Your strength: Your thirst for adventure

Your weakness: Not taking time for slow pleasures

Your power color: Hot pink

Your power symbol: Figure eight

Your power month: March

Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday and Easter

Happy Easter everyone!

Since this is the Passion Week, I thought I'd do something different. Most weekdays I post on my shared Bible study blog, Seek and Ye Shall Find. Right now we are going through Hebrews and strange enough, today's post has a lot to do with Good Friday and Easter. You can go see the entire post if you like, but I'm just posting the last half of the post. I pray you all have a great Easter. Hope you are blessed with this part of the study...

Hebrews 9:11-28
The Blood of Christ

Next the author speaks of the blood sacrifices that had to be made under the old covenant: goats, calves, bulls, heifer...all sprinkled on the sinners to make them outwardly clean. His main point comes across when he says in 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God. Jesus has removed sin's defilement from the center of our beings, not just outwardly, but inwardly.

Then the author speaks of a will and inheritance. Like a loved one, Jesus made His last will and testament and named us His beneficiaries. He gave us an eternal inheritance because He died for us.

9:26b But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice. 9:27 And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, 9:28 so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.

Don't you just get goosebumps when you read that last line? His one time sacrifice was enough to bear our sin. We are saved through his blood. AND He is coming again!

May you remember Christ's sacrifice this Good Friday and rejoice in his salvation as we celebrate this passionate weekend. He has risen! Happy Easter...we'll post again on Monday. God Bless!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Tornado Watch, Pooh Bear, Baseball, and a Fat Rodent

If you saw my Bible Study Blog, you'd know that yesterday we were under a tornado watch. I think it lasted from 10:oo PM to 5:00 AM. If you are like I used to be you probably do not know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that the conditions are ripe for a tornado to form and you need to prepare for the out! A tornado warning means that you best be in a safe place like a basement with no windows or a bathtub with a mattress over you because one is formed and headed your way. Consider yourself warned.

Well, last night I unplugged everything (even the phone lines and cable to the computer) but the refridgerator and the microwave (since I cannot get to the stupid plug) stayed in their sockets. This is because the lightning storms around here can strike your house and fry anything in an outlet. Since we have a BRAND NEW HIGH SPEED COMPUTER WITH CABLE!!!! I didn't want to chance it. Oh, did you hear? I got a BRAND NEW HIGH SPEED COMPUTER WITH CABLE!!!!

Well, since I am typing this, you probably can see that we survived the storm...didn't even get the promised golf-ball sized hail let alone a tornado. We had about 15 mins of downpour and a lot of wind but that's it. I tell you, my boys were praying down a storm! We sure felt his angels around us last night. We slept in the basement living room last night. The boys asked if they could do it again tonight but I said no...I know, Mean ol' Mommy! I took a picture...don't have a digital so you'll have to wait for Wal-Mart to develop them after we finish the roll. Heh. That reminds me of the time I was out in a storm taking pictures...but that will have to be a different post. Yes, my mind is rambling. What is next on my title's list?

Pooh Bear!

Yea. Okay, so we have kids and our bathroom has been decorated with Pooh Bear stuff for the last 4 or 5 years. We used to have a Pooh Bear shower curtain but it ripped a while back and since the rest of the decor has the Pooh gang playing with ducks, we had a duck shower curtain. Well, that ripped now...and worst of all, the bathroom we now have has a flower border with a black background.

So, we set out to find a Pooh border, Pooh drape, Pooh shower curtain, Pooh trash can (that broke when moving in), and a Pooh soap holder (it broke too...while inside the Pooh trash can that Dave dropped). Did you know that NO ONE has Pooh bathroom stuff anymore???? We checked everywhere! For TWO WEEKS!!!

Finally I went back to Wal-Mart for upteenth time in one week (vainly seeking the Pooh) and I looked UP. Huh. On the very top shelf where no-one can reach, I saw a hint of baby blue on a trash can. We used a curtain rod to manuever it down...and it was POOH BEAR! Not the ducky one but one with butterflies. I can handle that. Behind the can was...dun dun duuuun...a soap dish and a lotion dispensor!!! NO WAY!!! Alas, no shower curtain, border, or drapes but we were half way there!

Now, just this week we went to Rose's (it is a discount store here in the South) and we passed by the towels...A SHOWER CURTAIN!!! was Pooh Bear... with the butterflies (I'm doing a little jig here...the Mimi happy dance!) We bought TWO (only $5 each!)

Later we were in Lowe's (the hardware and garden store) and passed the wallpaper section and just for kicks I looked...they have the border to order. (Maybe drapes too???) Can't afford it at the moment (we spent all our money on this BRAND NEW HIGH SPEED COMPUTER WITH CABLE!!!! ) But at least we know where it is!


It is now baseball and T-ball season for the boys and I feel like a taxi. I tell ya! Twice a week for both boys (sometimes three for Keegan) two hours each practice! I can't decide if I like it better when they both have practice on the same day (which are at different times in different areas) or on different days (making me drive every day to the field.) Oh well, at least they are out there having fun, getting exercise, meeting kids, and getting dirty. :)

Fat Rodent...

Lastly, this is how I've been feeling lately...guess I'm glad it is Spring and I can start walking outside and gardening...get some exercise so I will stop looking like this:


Saturday, April 01, 2006

Quick Update

Hey all! We are FINALLY moved in and the other place is clean...just handed over the keys! Horrah! So, I'll be visiting everyone very soon. So sorry it has been so long. Migraines are all gone, PRAISE GOD! I do have a slight lung thing...probably from all the cleaning: dust, mold, and chemicals. But, I should be feeling just dandy soon.

The family will restart the Bible Study on Hebrews come Monday. Thanks to Bonnie Calhoun, we have had some great studies that I need to catch up on but many have been reading and commenting on it, so I know they were awesome.

Okay, I'll talk more about the house and all later. Hope all of you have had a great month in March.

Here is a funny April Fool's Day site you can go to if you can watch video!