Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day and a Bunch of Other Stuff

Since my last post we've had all kinds of boring excitement around here. Terry, the girls and I went to Dallas a couple of weekends ago so that T could speak at a conference. He stayed at the hotel and we stayed with a friend and her kids. It was a total whirlwind that included a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese for one of Mini-Me's dear friends, the drowning of my digital camera in The Sweet Diva's famous sweet tea, and ended with me coming down with a bug the night before we left. (Again, TLo, so sorry!) All in all it was a blast even if the trip made me realize how much I miss Dallas and my friends.

But, home again, home again jiggity jig; home again, home again to buy a fat pig. (Isn't that how the nursery rhyme goes?) When we arrived back in Edmond, gas was anywhere from $3.29-$3.35 a gallon. I, for once, didn't completely freak out. I've been really praying about letting this go to God--that and half a bazillion other things that affect my life and I have no control over--and it seems to be working. Not only that, but gas has now gone back down to a reasonable $3.09. =)

The house now has actual walls that have been taped and bedded. I got a new camera on Saturday so be expecting lots of pictures soon. And, I only have three days of school left before I start my glorious summer. (A post on my summer plans will follow next week, because I know you are all just DYING to know.)

Speaking of summer plans, T has posted his Summer of George agenda which will, of course, affect me greatly. But I'm ready for it. As a matter of fact, I've picked my running up again too, and plan on being very fit just about the time for jeans and sweaters rolls around.

Two last things: I hate potty training with such a passion that I may let Mini-T wear pull-ups until she is in high school, and Mini-me vacuumed the whole apartment today. By herself. Because she wanted to. I want to buy her a car.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

House Update


Well, the house is bricked! We are now waiting on the insulation to be blown in and drywall to go up. Slowly, but surely we're getting there. I will say this may be the last time we build; the wait isn't so much fun anymore. I'm ready to be moved in.









This is the view from our bedroom window. Terry went in a couple of weekends ago and cleared out a bunch of the underbrush; I am so thankful for that. Can't wait to wake up to this every single day.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Does This Go On Everywhere?

I read this article. You should too. And please, tell me that this isn't happening everywhere.

National Gas Out Day

The thing I probably complain most about is the increasing price of gas. Mostly because I think it's totally unjustified. I was listening to a commentary on why more people aren't upset over the price clearing at least $3.00 in some places and up to $3.99 in others. They said the reason is because more people put their gas on credit cards and therefore don't feel the pinch as much.

Well, all I can say is "OUCH!" We don't put everything on credit cards. Actually we put hardly anything on credit, so all this money has to come from somewhere. And since I don't get a raise every time the price of gas goes up, it has to come from another part of my budget.

So, even if the high prices don't really bother or affect you that much, will you please participate in National Gas Out Day on May 15th for those of us it does. I don't think it will do much, but I'm willing to try.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Gideon

Last night our pastor was speaking on fear and using the story of Gideon to illustrate his points. He was in the part of the story when God tells Gideon the 32,000 men that had volunteered to fight the Midianites that numbered well over 100,000 was "too many". So, through several processes God weeded the men down to only 300. It seemed a very backwards way to accomplish the goal of crushing 100,000 of your enemy. Craig's point was this, sometimes God asks you to go backward in order to go forward.

Since the moment we knew God was calling us to a ministry at Lifechurch, I kind of felt as though we were going backward. I have struggled with the fact that we chose for me to go back to work to help us out financially instead of sucking it up and doing whatever we had to do for me to stay home. There were so many aspects of that decision that I often forget about; I feel like I just sold out. But God has revealed to me while staying home, I had become complacent. It wasn't that I didn't think I needed God, but I was sure acting like it. He kicked me out of that rut in a mighty way with me at work. All I could do was pray. There was nothing I was in control of anymore.

I felt like we were going backward by having to make new friends when I already have 4 that I have become so close to. I was totally content. I was more than covered with friendships. So covered that I never really reached out to anyone else. Now, I have begun to forge several new friendships and have one person in mind that I would like to mentor me. I've never had that before.

I am going forward even though it feels a bit backward, and I like it! As I stated before the growth has been painful, but necessary and quite frankly this is just the tip of the iceberg and it's already pretty great. Now, I've just got to let Him sink the old ship completely. (Don't you just love a good analogy? And yes, I teach English, but not the creative writing stuff. So don't ever expect too much witty and well written commentary here. Ok, well written in the grammar and mechanics way yes, but great expository, no. Heavens, now I'm rambling which doesn't help.)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Mother's Day Giveaway and HTML

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Well, I would first of all like to say, I DID IT! I actually managed to get this sweet button in my sidebar via HTML. It is a spring day miracle. I promise, only guidance through the Holy Spirit has enabled me to accomplish such a feat.

Secondly, 5 Minutes for Mom has a wonderful Mother's Day Contest going on. And, since I am a mom (confirmed by the fact I have a 2 yr old who just walked in yielding a brown Sharpie and has already adorned herself with said brown for accessorizing purposes I assume), I plan on entering!!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

1744

I usually delete the contents of my spam folder every few days or so. But I decided last month to wait 30 days and see exactly how much spam I receive. 1744 spam related emails. That's ridiculous. I am even more happy now to have a special folder for it all. Can you imagine all of that coming to your in box?