Friday, December 19, 2008
So I think I'll buy a plane ticket to somewhere warm. I only have enough money for a one way ticket, and won't have any money when I get there, or a place to stay or anything like that, but I'll be warm and toasty. And that's really all I want right now.
Anyone wanna come?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We think this video is hilarious. It could be that we're extremely easily entertained, or it could be that Ethan made us watch it 20 times, and after that many times you start to notice funny things. Like Kaitlyn's face when she says, "it's tiny". And Ethan with his snowball. He's about to throw it when Kaitlyn throws her snowball at him. It takes him a couple seconds to realize it, and then he gets distracted from throwing his snowball when he goes to smash the rest of hers. And then I'm counting, so he'll throw his snowball, and it's not until I watched the video a couple times that I realized he wasn't listening to me at all. Not even a little bit. And then Kevin in the background, going on about his "tower up to Heaven". Are you laughing already, just picturing it? No? Well, I guess it is just that we're easily entertained.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
After that we went to eat at Noodles & Company, and it was delicious. We'd never been there before, and it's always fun to try new places. They had chopsticks and chopstick helpers there, which the kids brought home with them, and played with for the rest of the afternoon. How easy it is to entertain them.
Scott helped Troy put the rest of the doors up in the basement while Robin and I visited and the kids ran amuck. It's so nice to have such helpful family members, who are always willing to help.
Then this evening we went to a birthday party for Jessica, our niece, and had some good ice cream cake. Trudy's house is all decked out for Christmas, and it made us realize how scroogey we are, since we never put lights up outside or anything. It looked so pretty, but it wasn't enough to make us want to do all the work on our house. We'll just enjoy the beauty of other people's houses. :)
I also wanted to add that if you haven't checked out the link for Josh Rosenthal that I put in a couple posts down, take a minute to do so. If you go to his myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/joshrosenthal you can hear one of his Christmas songs and it's so, so beautiful. I just love Christmas music that focuses so much on Jesus and why He came.
We were up in the nosebleed section, and although we could see just fine, there was very little legroom. It was a great concert for what we paid, though, so I really can't complain.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Then we had a white elephant gift exchange. I ended up with a . . . um, thing that I don't know how to describe. It has one of those cheeseball cutter things hooked to it, which is nice because I need one. And then it's a wine bottle looking thing that you could hang for decoration.
After that I came home, and when Ethan fell asleep for his nap I layed down to read by the fireplace. I'm always cold, that's why. Then I fell asleep, and I think the phone rang, but I can't be sure. So if you called me, could you please call back again? Unless you're selling something, and if that's the case don't worry about it.
Monday, December 8, 2008
On Sunday Troy's family had a Christmas party, and we had a yummy dinner. And then we got home just in time to see the last 15 minutes of Amazing Race, and I was disappointed it wasn't a two hour finale like it's always been.
Troy called in sick to work today because his back has been hurting, so it was nice to have him around, but it would be nicer if he could be around more and feeling well.
Besides that it seems like there are Christmas parties left and right that we (or I) am supposed to go to, concerts, and all other kinds of fun stuff. I think I'm not doing a good enough job being mean to people so they won't want me around. I am setting a goal to work harder on that--maybe that would make a good New Years resolution.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Here is the dresser that I painted today. It used to be a light brown, but that just didn't go in her room. So we painted it black, and got some new silver knobs. We also bought the pink lamp at Ross, and found an old lampshade that we weren't using. Kaitlyn made the little hanging thing that's in the middle when she was visiting my mom one time. It goes perfect in her room.
I was going to buy Kaitlyn a nightstand, and we went to IKEA to look for one. We couldn't find anything that was just right, so we got this way cute bookcase instead (we'll figure something else out for the nightstand).
And, as a bonus today, I'm linking to a beautiful post that I just read: Finding Christmas. If you get a chance, go read it. It's a good thing to think about at the start of the Christmas season.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Our scripture for the day is:
Isaiah 7:14 (King James Version)
14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
One of my favorite blogs is Holy Experience I just love how she is focused on gratitude. I want to focus more on that. I have so much to be thankful for. Troy does work a lot, but in this time where so many are out of work, what a blessing it is for him to have a steady job. What a blessing it is for us to have a beautiful house, and three children who are healthy and happy.
And I am so thankful for church friends. I go to a small group every Thursday night, and I just love it. It's one of the highlights of my week. They are such wonderful people, and I thank God that I am able to be part of it. There's nothing better than meeting with other believers and talking and praying together.
I'm so happy to have wonderful parents and siblings. I got to visit Mindy for a couple of days, and we had so much fun together. I love having a sister who is one of my best friends, and I feel very blessed by it. It's nice that we only live 3 hours apart from each other, instead of the 13 it used to be.
Actually, we're getting carpet in on the 2nd of December, so I think we pretty much are planning to have everything else done by then. I'm so excited. This has been such a huge project, and I really want to be done with it. I think it's looking great, though, so it's been worth the extra time.
We got our bar countertop in today. I think it looks so pretty. Troy was nice enough to repaint the center thing brown for me, since I am wishy washy, and like to change my mind. He's a good husband.
When it's all done, we expect people to come visit us to enjoy our fun basement with us. So keep that in mind! :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here's the obligatory Halloween picture that I haven't gotten around to putting up. These are not all my children. Thank goodness. Not because I don't like them, but because three is plenty. And, as Troy likes to tell me when I bring up adoption, I can't even handle the ones I have. Thank you, Troy. Your confidence is inspiring.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Both hands: 106 WPM
Right Hand: 30 WPM
Left Hand: 26 WPM
I wasn't surprised that I could type a little faster with my right hand than with my left, since when I usually have to type one handed, it's with my right.
How about you? http://www.typingtest.com/
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Our journey together has been truly historic. As the final votes are tabulated and the curtain closes on this election, we must take time to reflect on our successes even as we turn our attention to the task before us.
Our campaign has stirred the sleeping giant by showing millions that freedom, peace, and prosperity are achievable. We know that these things can come about only through sound money, limited government and a respect for the inherent rights of every individual. We have awakened the political class to the popularity and viability of Liberty. And, most of all, we have awoken within ourselves a spirit of freedom and independence that cannot be suppressed by any ruler, army, or philosophy of subservience and fear.
Yet we must not reflect long. We must press our efforts and lay the groundwork for the future of our movement and our country. The 2010 election cycle is just around the corner. We must redouble our efforts to educate our fellow citizens, recruit and support liberty candidates, and marshal our resources for the battle ahead.
Ours is the most solemn charge of all: to defend Liberty in this bleak hour lest the very notion that man might best govern himself be scoured from this land and from the conscience of mankind.
In our campaign for liberty, we’re just getting started. Let the Revolution begin.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Oh well, I feel good about my vote, and I don't have to feel like I voted for the lesser of two evils, either.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Am I really a Christ-follower? Am I doing what He did? Click here to read Matthew 25:31-46 (go ahead, I'll wait). Jesus really says it all in those verses, doesn't he? I want to make sure I'm a sheep, and not a goat!
To dig deeper into this issue, I really encourage you, my blog readers, to pick up Red Letters. This book really set my heart on fire. I have always wanted to help others, from the time I was a young teen and wanted to be a social worker, to my high school years when I sponsored a child. But most of the time, I suffer from apathy. I try not to think about the ridiculous gap between those who have, and those who have not. It's easier that way. But easy is not what God asks of me. He never said, "make sure you relax, and just do what's best for you".
So we come to 5for50. The plan is simple, but it can change lives (yours included). Here's what you do:
1. Give 5 minutes a day to pray for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
2. Give 5 hours a week to fast for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
3. Give 5 dollars a month to the Five for 50 Fund and support worthy causes.
4. Give 5 days a year to travel overseas and help alleviate poverty and suffering.
5. Give 5 people an opportunity to join you on your journey.
All you have to do is start with number 1. That's not hard at all, and once you've got that down, move on. My family and I are already doing number 3. We sponsor a beautiful little girl through World Vision. She lives in an area in Kenya, where HIV/AIDS is prevalent. We have been so blessed to be able to help her, but I know we can do more.
Will you join me with this 5for50? I often wonder why God allows suffering. Why does he let precious, innocent children that He loves be born into lives of hunger, pain, and sadness? I believe it's so that those of us who belong to Him can love. So that we can learn compassion. So that we can be Jesus to them, and they can be Jesus to us. All you have to do is start with 5 minutes of prayer a day. Imagine if it was your child, or someone you love who was orphaned, widowed, or suffering from HIV/AIDS. And then remember Jesus told us to love everyone, and realize it IS someone you love.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
And those same soldiers who, when they come home, are not being given the care and help they need after their service to our country. Did you know that 1/4th of the homeless people in America are veterans? Does anybody care? I care, and it breaks my heart.
Jesus said, "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40, NIV). This has been heavy on my heart lately, and I've wondered what I've been doing for the "least of these". What have I done when I've passed a homeless person on the street? What have I been doing for anybody?
If someone were to ask me if I'm pro-life, I would answer yes, right away. But am I? Have I been showing that I care for the lives of everyone, and not just the unborn? And in lieu of the upcoming Presidential election, as I look at the candidates, I must look at which of them are truly pro-life. Which of them really cares about the lives of all people? All of the people--not just Americans, unborn babies, the rich, the hard workers. Wouldn't it be awesome if, instead of negative campaign ads, traveling all over the place to give speeches, etc., a candidate made a small website that had this simple message:
"Instead of pouring millions of dollars into a campaign that will only be a benefit to myself, I am using all of my campaign money to help out AIDS afflicted Africa (or insert other charitable act here). That's the kind of person I am, and that's the kind of President I would be."
I would vote for that candidate in a heartbeat. And even with a small website, you can bet they'd still get the word out. Don't you think that would make the news? Wouldn't that definitely be in the spotlight? Are we wanting a President who is hungry for power, or one who is caring and compassionate, even to a fault?
The election is right on top of us. Is the candidate you plan to vote for pro-life at all levels? I don't know if any of the choices are, but we as American citizens need to make our voices heard that we care about the sanctity of life, not just of the unborn, but every single life.
Jesus didn't minister to the upper class, those who were hard workers, or those who helped themselves. He ministered to the sick, the poor, the needy, the sinners.
But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Matthew 9:12-13, NASB)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This is the second book I've read by Laura Jensen Walker, and I've loved both. I think I'll be reading everything I can find by this author.
So this is another book I can cross off my Fall Into Reading list. I need to get reading faster if I'm going to finish the list, though.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I don't know how many theaters it's playing in anymore, but if you get a chance, please go see it. We need to support these kind of movies so that more will be made! If you are sick of the junk that is constantly in theaters, support something that's good and meaningful. Let the theaters in Utah (and wherever else you live) know that this is the kind of movie people want to see.
Utah didn't even have this movie in their theaters at all the first week of it's release. It wasn't until it did so well in other places that they got it here. Were they right in not putting it in the theaters here right away? When we went to see it, there were maybe 10 people tops in the theater. So once again, if you can, go see it, and tell your friends!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I don't want to vote for the lesser of two evils, because then I'm still voting for evil. So many people are unhappy with the way the system is currently run, but very few people are willing to do anything about it. Most people count a third party vote as a throwaway vote, and just go with one of the two main candidates because they think that's the only kind of vote that makes a difference. But what if everyone who was sick of the system voted third party?
Two thousand years ago, a Roman senator suggested that all slaves wear white armbands to better identify them.
"No," said a wiser senator, "If they see how many of them there are, they may revolt."
Our country is not doing well right now. That much is obvious. I think Obama is right in that we do need change. But he's wrong about him being the one to bring change about. Watch Ron Paul's message to Obama.
How about these kinds of changes:
"The United States is properly a free and sovereign republic which should strive to live in peace with all nations, without interfering in their internal affairs, and without permitting their interference in ours. If I were President, I would begin the process of safely extracting our troops from Iraq. In the first place, our troops are no longer fighting a war, they are an occupation force, which occupies a sovereign country. And this is being done without a Declaration of War. The Iraqi people resent our occupation as much as we would resent another nation stronger than ours invading and occupying America." (Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party)
"We want the power to determine our destiny. We want an electoral system that allows true representation and that ensures that all votes are counted. We want an economic system that provides opportunity, security, and dignity for all. We want an end to all spying on U.S. citizens. We want respect for human rights as the bedrock consideration in all the political deliberations of this country.
We believe that we will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny. We believe that free and fair elections are not possible in the current climate in which electronic voting machines, special interest money, corporate control of the two-party system predominate." (Green Party Draft Manifesto)
"Parents have a duty to raise and educate their children, but without choice for alternatives to government schooling, the ability of parents to fulfill that role is severely limited. Education involves not just practical learning, but the transmission of moral values, making it even more important to return authority to parents for deciding their children’s schooling without interference from government." (Bob Barr, Libertarian Candidate)
To keep this post from getting too long (I know I always lose interest when blog posts get too long), I'm going to leave you with links to a couple of youtube videos that you might find interesting:
Adam Kokesh breaks it down (yes, the music is a bit annoying)
Ron Paul smear campaign (this makes me angry--and yes, I know that Ron Paul was not a third party candidate, but he is a Libertarian (as am I)).
And a couple quotes that I hope you'll think about:
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -- John Quincy Adams
" . . . whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." Declaration of Independence
So again, am I throwing my vote away? I think not. I'm making the only vote I can make with good conscience. Imagine how different things would be if the rest of the country did the same.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
It's a fairly short book, so even if you don't like to read, pick it up and read it. I would even suggest this book for those who aren't Christian. So, that pretty much covers everyone. People who like to read and those who don't. Christians and those who aren't. Read this book!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Obviously I hate how it looks, but I could re-do it a hundred times, and still feel the same. So we're just going to stick with this first take. My face could not look any stupider here in this opening picture, so please click play as fast as you can. Thank you.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
So here's my list of books I'd like to read this Fall:
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
- The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
- Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
- Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going by Joyce Meyer
- Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado
- Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Chancey & McDonald
- Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore
- Red Letters by Tom Davis
- Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker
- The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
- This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
- Dragonfire by Donita K. Paul
- Dragonlight by Donita K. Paul
- Daughter of Prophecy by Miles Owens
- Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser
- Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead
- Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
- The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann
- Ryann Watters and the King's Sword by Eric Reinhold
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What a beautiful place! I can feel the wind blowing through my hair as I bike past all these lovely trees. I think I started off in Yorktown, VA or something like that. I'm definitely having fun with it!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Which of these things can make you go crazy? Pick one.
- Not having even 30 seconds of time to yourself in a day.
- Having to hold someone on your lap while you go to the bathroom.
- Having someone cry in your ear constantly because they don't feel good.
- Getting a migraine from the crying.
- Having your husband not get home from work until 11 or so every night.
- All of the above.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here's my little weight tracker ticker thingy:
Friday, September 12, 2008
And this is what we heard:
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I said yes to being the MOPPETS leader for the MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) group I'm in. The job is basically being in charge of the whole children's program. I've had to decide which kids go in which classrooms, and come up with curriculum. It doesn't sound like much, but after the first day of MOPS I just wanted to hide in a corner somewhere and maybe cry a little bit. It was crazy!
I'm babysitting a cute little boy named Lincoln for three weeks. It's only my second day, but he it hasn't been difficult at all. He's a good kid, and he sleeps a lot. Sleeping a lot is always good. I like to sleep a lot. It's something we have in common, so we get along pretty well.
I'm also watching Allston (my nephew) for Geoff and Felicia for a few afternoons and nights while they do their booth at the fair. Allston and I also have something in common. He gets overwhelmed when there's lots of kids around. I really do too.
Last Sunday at church the music during worship was awesome. I got a little choked up, even. We sang "Surrender", and during one part of the song, you could hear the junior high kids (who come in the service just for the worship portion) really singing out. I just thought it was great that they were so into it. At the end of the service we sang "God of this City", which I really love. Some of the words are great:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
My favorite parts of the trip were:
- Sitting around the campfire.
- Crying until we laughed. (Mindy's version of laughing till we cried)
- Jason's willingness to sacrifice himself so that I could get in the raft. "Tell Dallas I love her . . ." Ha ha ha!
- Brandon's amazing unplanned backflip from the raft into the water.
- Getting to talk with Dad on the drive home about his favorite childhood memories.
And now for some pictures:
We had a little birthday party for Ethan, since it was his birthday. And since I am always planning ahead, we had gourmet ding dongs and cupcakes.
Here's the happy birthday boy.
Adam serenaded us around the campfire with his guitar. Kevin is sitting on Shannon's lap (you can't see her here, obviously), who we met for the first time. She was very nice, and we were glad she was able to come so we could get to know her. Brandon also played his guitar for a little bit, but I didn't get a picture of that.
Ethan loved playing with the door of Mindy and Brandon's camper. I think that may have been his favorite part of the experience. Although he did like the raft, too.
I didn't get very many pictures, because Jason had his camera, and I figured I could be lazy and just get pictures from him. So if he sends me some really good pictures, I'll post more. Even though I'm sure he'll post some, and most of the people who read my blog read his, too.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
If you're thinking, what can I get Brenda for a Christmas present? Or just, I don't know, a November 13th present, or whenever you felt like giving it to me (and when it's actually on sale, of course), that would be fine too.
*Editing to add: It's not winter, you fool! Look at the t-shirts and shorts and the lack of snow! They're going to cart me away to a place for the mentally ill soon. Help me!