Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sometimes the Answer is "No"

Today I went to the dentist for a crown.

I did not have the greatest experience last time I had a crown because they were unable to completely deaden my palette. I could feel just about everything. The final solution was a shot in the roof of my mouth. The dentist at the time said, "This is going to hurt." And it did. I decided at that moment, I should get to throw out a few choice explicatives just because.

So, when I went into the dentist several weeks ago and was informed I was going to have to have another crown, I tried not to panic. I basically didn't think about it until the dentist office gave me a reminder call yesterday. Then, I panicked.

First was an email to my BSers. Then I just prayed like crazy for 12 hours with a nightmare thrown in for good measure while I was sleeping. (The nightmare, for the record, included my dentist's office leaving me in the chair for over eight hours waiting on my Novocaine shot while they watched Spongebob Squarepants. Who can resist a yellow fellow who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Right?)

While I was in the chair two shots down, I tweeted for more prayer. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, let me be spared the shot in the roof of my mouth. Because the two previous shots? Once again, not working. Boo and Hiss.

I threw my iPod in, put on a little John Mayer, and begged. "Please God, let this stuff kick in!"

And you know what? It didn't. The answer was no. Cue cussing like a sailor and crying like a little girl because I was not happy. And cry I did. God bless the dentist; he looked at the assistant and asked me if I wanted some nitrous oxide. I just told him I would do whatever would help this situation. His response, "It's still gonna hurt, but you won't care quite as much." Well, ok then.

So, yeah, the shot still came. It still hurt. But sometimes life just hurts. Sometimes you have to go through pain (a shot in this case) to be healthier (a new tooth that doesn't hurt when I eat.)

But most importantly, God is still here. He still loves me. And He gave some wonderful inventor the idea for nitrous oxide.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas: Thoughts from an 8 Year Old

One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting to play Santa. I really don't spoil my kids with toys and goodies all year long so when their birthdays and Christmas come around, I like to just have fun with it. Right now I am waiting on the girls to fall asleep so Santa can get busy, and frankly, go to bed herself. What? You didn't know Santa was a chick?

Anyway, in spite of my love of all things Christmas and getting to buy the girls things they've wanted all year, I am ready for Reia to figure things out. It's getting hard for me to reconcile the fantasy of Santa with the reality of Jesus. She turned eight today and I know she's heard kids talk. I keep waiting for her to ask some good questions that will lead to her knowing the truth. (No, I cannot bring myself to just tell her. So, don't ask.)

Tonight, we were sitting on the couch watching Elf, which is my favorite Christmas movie by the way. She looks at me and asks, "If Santa goes all over the world, how is it that some kids don't get presents?"

I was very excited! Except that Reese was sitting next to me. Since she just turned five, I'm not quite ready for her to know the truth yet. So, I told Reia, "If you really think about it, I bet you can figure it out. Here in a little while when we are alone, we can talk about it."

"Ok." She responds and I can tell her wheels are turning. I am so happy! Yay! She's gonna see it, and although I will be a little sad, it's probably time.

After a few seconds she looks at me and says, very matter of factly, "I know. They're all on the naughty list." And turns back to the tv to finish watching Elf.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Even if you are on the naughty list.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mini-Me at Metro

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God never ceases to amaze me; especially in regard to my children. Reia is so often so much like me that I forget God has given her some of Terry's traits. He is athletic, fearless, limber and outgoing. I am not. Since Reia is studious and an introvert, it never occurred to me that she could also be limber and have some athletic abilities. And she does. (She is super limber in case you can't tell.)

Tonight at parents' night I got to snap pictures and take video of all that Reia has learned in the past five months. I often watch through the windows anyway, and she is just stunning to me. I shouldn't be shocked at how well she seems to be doing, but I am anyway.

I'm learning so much by being her mother. I hope I never put her in a box based on my assumptions of what she is capable of. I hope she continues to grow and mature into a beautiful young lady. I hope she knows how immensely proud of her I am. She continues to blow me away by just being the precious little girl God has created her to be.

Reia, darling, you are a Rock Star!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mini-T at Metro Gymnastics

Last night was parent night at Metro Gymnastics. Reese took the first 10 minutes of class to bawl profusely and try and play her momma. This child is no wall flower and I know it. Of course, every other momma there looked at me like I was Cruella DeVille because I refused to pick my hysterical child up and console her. This picture was taken five minutes after her episode ended. Yeah. She looks tortured and grief stricken doesn't she?

Love my monkey child. Figuring her out little by little, day after day.
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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Deeper Still OKC: Thoughts and Take Away

I had the amazing opportunity to spend the weekend at the Deeper Still event being held in OKC. Several of my Bible study girls had been planning on going for a while, and when offered a ticket, I jumped at the chance. First and foremost, because it meant time with my the women who have helped me grow so much over the past year; secondly, because it meant connecting with a friend I had once traveled to Savannah with to eat at Paula Deen's Lady and Sons. We haven't seen each other in 3 1/2 years! I also was getting to connect with several friends I have "met" via the twitter. And lastly, but by no means least, because I was beside myself at the chance to see Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer speak and give us a glimpse into their knowledge of the Word of God. I planned to be a very happy sponge for two days. And I was not disappointed on any front.

My BSers: We weren't all able to be there, but Cindy, Christi, Dusty, Amy, Deleise, Mandy (honorary BSer for the evening) and I made the long 20 min drive to downtown. And even though we left three hours before the event, we still ended up eating dinner at the Cox concessions stands. One word: rip-off. Is that really two words? Or does the hyphen still make it one? Anyway, I was thankful that Cindy had plenty of cash, other wise I would have been hungry and tired instead of just tired when the evening was over.

They are just a fun group to hang out with. We challenge and encourage each other even in a setting like Deeper Still. Christi asked me such a good question on Saturday: "Robin, what are you passionate about?" I've never been asked and never really thought about it. Even though I gave her an answer, I have a feeling I will be reflecting on that question and talking to God about it quite a bit over the next months.

And, thanks to Amy and a discussion about one of her tweets, I've decided to ask God to interrupt my day. You just never know what he is going to show you.

The Brownie Song: Do you know that Girl Scout song that goes something like "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other Gold."? That was what it was like when I got to see my friend Sophie (after way too long) and meet several new friends (Pam Case and Paige Greene) I had been twitter friends with for a while. We were all able to go out to dinner Saturday night and talk in sound bites longer than 140 characters. I wish we had had more time, but I will take what I can get and know I walked away a little richer for time spent with genuine women who genuinely love God!

The Speakers: Kay, Beth and Priscilla are some of the most amazing women of God I've had the privilege to hear. I am calling them by first name out of sheer laziness, not because I'm on a first name basis or anything. =) For this I thought I just give you what was the most important take away I got from each of their teachings.

Kay: When Jesus is in the garden with his disciples He asks them to "watch and pray". (Ok, she mostly spoke on the ENTIRE book of Hebrews, but this was the thing that really got me thinking. I realized that we all have issues or stumbling blocks. Things that maybe we continually struggle with. And we need to WATCH and PRAY. Don't let your guard down. It's not like most of our struggles just sneak up on us. We know what they are. But I get lazy or think "I" have it licked. So I stop watching for it and praying about it. That's when I lose.

Priscilla: I've never heard her speak, but let me tell you, this woman can communicate her message. Loud and clear. My take away from her was simple: God can. More than I can imagine or dream up. It's His choice as to whether or not He will. But make no mistake about it. He. Can. I've decided I love this so much I'm just gonna ask and then some. Since He can, who am I to even think that He won't? I'm trashing the box I have around God starting now.

Beth: I've heard Beth speak several time before this. I just love her. As I watched her talk to us, she continually got on her knees. I determined this woman spends more time on her knees than her feet. We should all be so faithful. Her talk was on spiritual discernment. I took notes and all, but really she helped me put a finger on something (or really someone) I've had a gut check on for a while. I may have just let it go, but now I feel as though I have a plan. Hopefully, God will use me to help this person.

It was a great weekend. If you have the opportunity to see these women together or even individually, I highly recommend it. Thanks to the hard work of everyone who put Deeper Still together!

**On a lighter note, I hope Paige notices I finally started spelling her name right. =)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Annabelle's Galleria

Recently I found several great little shopping spots about a half mile from my house. The first one (and the topic of this blog post) is Annabelle's Galleria. The minute I walked in I was smitten. Lots of super cute home decor, jewelry, jeans, t-shirts, baubles and trinkets.

After talking to the owner, I found out that she normally sets up shop at Affair of the Heart, but opted to give the shop a try until December. Personally, I would love to see her stay, so please go a do a little Christmas shopping or just buy something fun for your self. I doubt you will be disappointed!
This is the table of goodies that are $10 or less. Yes, I bought several things. For a friend. She hasn't gotten them yet, so I can't share. =)

Need any teacher gifts or cute serving pieces for the holidays? She's got 'em.

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(Her store is in the strip center next to the Super Wal-mart at Danforth and Santa Fe.)