Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday 1 Tim 6:11

The purpose of Word Filled Wednesday is to share the WORD through a photo and a verse.

This week a close up of one of my favorites - African Daisies, and the verse that was the theme of our Women's Retreat over the weekend.

I Timothy 6:11 But you woman of God flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Yes, I'm aware that the actual verse states "man of God" but when applying it to myself (and a few dozen other women over the weekend) it makes sense to use the word "woman". How does one FLEE from all this? It means you stop dead in your tracks, turn around and go the other way. RUN! Easier said that done, isn't it?

The verses before I Tim. 6:11 are cautioning Timothy about those people who teach false doctrines and are not in sound agreement with the teachings of the Bible. It comes right out and says whoever doesn't believe that the teachings are sound is conceited and understands NOTHING. Wow, that kinda makes me cringe a bit, because it's rather harsh. But it's true. Our God is a LOVING God. He WANTS us to be with Him, and he is cautioning about the truths vs the lies of our society. He doesn't want his children wrapped up in unhealthy controversies and constant friction. HE is the word. His word is absolutely perfect, and there is no flaw or disagreement in it.

We are also cautioned about Money in the preceeding passage, as those who desire money or to climb the "ladder of success" ultimately fall right into Satan's trap of temptation which leads to destruction. Loving money is the root of all kinds of evil and many of us have wandered from our faith in pursuit of selfish gain. I know I've been there before... have you?

God says simply: FLEE FROM IT. Turn around. Do something else -for someone else and we will find the greatest gain.


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Monday, April 27, 2009

What if I don't WANT a title?

This momma isn't feeling so hot. Don't get me wrong, I'm all cried out from the last few weeks and was ready to take on the world after a pretty neat Women's Retreat this past weekend (and yet more tears), but now I'm sick again. What gives?? I wanted to come home and clean house! *snicker* Instead, I just use laughter as the medicine of choice for now. I felt like sharing it with you all so nobody else would worry that I'm off flatlining in the chicken shed unnoticed by my family. (That means I'm sorry I've been so... QUIET! But I'm not dead.)

Today at our house in the space of 5 minutes flat...

Princess D brings me the kids' coupon book and shows me THIS little page:

Coupon Good for:
(Your wish is my command)

To which I say - oh YEAH, I would like that one!
Princess D blankly retorts, "Mom, you get that one every day."

I laugh. She's so obnoxious and quick witted. I sound like a hyena with a smokers cough right now. Not feeling well, and sounding even worse! Which of course makes the laughter escalate several degrees.

So I just get done with my lung-burning hysterics and silence falls over the dining room where the kids are working on various projects.

Out of the blue, my little man, in all his 6 years of wisdom states, while busily coloring a butterfly, "I'm finkin of kissin' a girl." Just like that.

More hysterical laughter. It really sounds like I should go on a nicotine patch.

Then Pirate Boy takes off for the bathroom. Apparently my laughter has made HIM need to wet himself (there's a switch) and it's urgent. The room goes quiet again, and then we hear a big THUNK, WHAM, BANG!!

"Are you ok in there son? Did you fall in?" *more giggles*

Pirate Boy yells back, "NO, I'm FINE! I just tripped over the toilet!"

Oh Lord help me, I'm gonna need an inhaler. It's an emergency.

*cough cough wheeze wheeze laugh sputter choke*

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just another day?

If today is just another day, then why does it feel sooooo difficult? Since January, we lost my Grandpa Charlie, then my Grandma Alice was placed under Hospice care, we all got a nasty stomach virus and then we shared colds, I had an awful case of bronchitis, our time ministering with the worship team came to an abrupt end, my daughter had her 8th surgery on her ear, and she came down with Pneumonia the same week I lost my OTHER Grandma.

*tap tap tap*
God, can you hear me down here? Could you please just lighten my load a bit? I'm not asking for much... maybe something like, no housework for a week or so just so I can catch my breath? I'm ready for a do-over.

This morning as I scooted my VERY upset and highly emotional child off to school, still carrying the lingering effects of Pneumonia, I almost really lost my temper. She is afraid of appearing weak in front of everyone else. But little does she know, the path has been prepared for her. The people at school know about what she's going through, they are aware of her need for extra attention over the remaining 2 school days this week and I'm sure they will take good care of her.

Then I realized she's just like me. I am afraid of appearing weak right now too. My emotions are right at the surface, just ready to spill over at any second. It feels like I'm just going through the motions of life, and maybe sometime soon things will get back to normal. But... this IS normal. It is ok to feel deep grief over losing someone that means a lot to you, that you felt close to. I will miss my grandparents terribly - and it's ok to feel that.

God has prepared my path too. He knew what I would be going through right now, and has placed people and events in my path all along to help me grow stronger. We must get THROUGH this time, we can't get around it, or over it, or even avoid it. It's in going through things that we gain strength to get to the next level. It reminds me of the crazy video games that my sons love to play. If you don't complete your mission, then you can't move on to another. The first level trains you, strengthens you, and helps carry you to the next. Hmm, this reminds me of algebra.

After my kids left for school, and the little guy was still sleeping, I realized that I hadn't been alone in over a week. All the thoughts and grief over burying my Grandma on Monday came rushing over me like a huge wave. I was a mess. I was not prepared to literally CARRY her in her plain pine box, along with my 3 strong cousins, my husband and my uncle, to her grave. Those people watching us - what did they think? I bet a couple were wondering if my back hurt. My back hurts like crazy ALL the time, but let me tell ya, I didn't feel one ounce of pain when I helped carry my Grandma's body to her earthly resting place. I felt no pain in my body until after I removed the flower from my lapel to place in the ground with her and I stuck myself with the pin. (I tell ya, I can't even have a funeral without an accident)

Being afraid of what's to come is normal. Digging in the heels, and begging for a pass is typical behavior of someone who is fearful and not trusting that the narrow path will take you where you need to go next. I'm growing in this - and while I'm at it, I'm lacing up my hiking boots and grabbing my walking stick. I'm ready to take on that little path, because God's right there with me.

Coquille River Lighthouse - Bandon, Oregon
-Grandma got to see this every day out her window!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday Psalm 62:5

The purpose of Word Filled Wednesday is to share the WORD through a photo and a verse.
This week is a restful Psalm and a simple pine casket.

My Grandmother lived a long life. During her life she made it pretty clear where her political and religious views were. She had been hurt by Christians in her past - and unfortunately feelings tend to determine how we live out our lives. Her final ceremony on earth was a traditional Jewish burial.

I mourn the loss of my Grandmother. I will miss her calling me Angel, and loving me like I was the only one that mattered in the moment. Mostly I will miss any and all opportunities to continue to share my faith, and what God has done for my family. Only the Lord knew my Grandma's heart - and in that I can find peace.

Friends, it is NEVER too late to accept the gift that God gave us - his gift of eternal life.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

The kids are up - and having pure sugar for breakfast. Boy I hope I don't regret this later, but the reason Halloween is a favorite holiday is only because of the candy. I'm just trying to sway them. *grin* The chocolate crosses were a very cool alternative to the typical chocolate bunny. I would take a picture, but you don't wanna see what's left of them.

I did find some gummy bunny teeth. That was fun. I tried one out yesterday - looked better on me than my usual teeth.

We are heading to services today at our church. We need to be with our church family today, I miss them! Afterwards we are driving to Bandon where we will spend some time with my Dad's family in preparation for the Funeral service for my Grandma on Monday.

It will be an interesting service. The casket is Kosher. There is no hardware anywhere on it, just wood and dowels. She's going to be buried in the front yard of the home that she and her late husband lived in for years. He is already buried there.

I'm running out of time to get myself ready so I'm signing off for now. Hopefully I'll be able to post before I get home Monday night.

Have a Very Blessed Easter Celebration!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr Nice Guy

38 Years ago today my husband made his grand entrance into the world. According to his family he was a very easy going baby, and a really good kid growing up. He worked hard on the family farm, got excellent grades and was a great football player. He was also a really good friend to others and only once got caught wearing a tutu in pictures. It wasn't until he married me that his faults began to show through. Ha! Just kiddin! His "faults" as we all know, are actually those good things about him that attracted me to him in the first place.

~He isn't ignoring me, he just likes to think about what he says before he blurts out the wrong thing.
~His work isn't more important than his family, he just really takes pride in a job well done, and likes to know that other people can trust him. If others can't trust him, then he would have a hard time providing for our family.
~He really isn't addicted to playing games on the computer, he is just addicted to being home with his family instead of being out with the guys.
~And one more thing... he really isn't sleeping, he's just resting his eyes while he listens to me talk. *grin*

Ok, maybe that last one was a stretch.


I love you sweetheart. I wish this weekend could have been a little different for us, but I am glad our family is together and that we don't have anything else we have to do but be there for each other.

Thanks for being there with me and for holding my Grandma's hand as she was dying. I know I said I didn't expect you to go with me, but I am not sure how I would have held up if you hadn't constantly been at my side. I also know she knew you were there. She loved you OH SO much, and I am really glad you got to know her.
Now - I'm gonna go make some CAKE!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Grandma M

Yes, it's 4 a.m. in the morning. No, I don't usually get up and blog at this hour.

Earlier this evening (last night?) my Mom let me know that my Grandma Madeline had gone into the hospital. Apparently she was found in her room unresponsive. My Dad left to be by his Mother's side. She lives a couple hours away, but as he neared her town, she was being transported the opposite direction towards Eugene. So Dad turned around and headed back the direction he had come - and then on to the hospital. I didn't find out until later that the ambulance delivered her to a helicopter and she took a quick flight instead. Poor Dad had a lot of driving to do.

My Mom called again awhile ago to say that things were not looking good at all. Grandma's potassium levels are sky high, it appears there is some sort of septic infection? I'm not getting all this straight so I'll stop now. Short version is that she may not make it through the night. Just before I was ready to go I awoke Mr Nice Guy and told him I was going. I asked if he wanted to go with me and he did not even hesitate. Bless his heart he rolled right out of bed. This is THE busiest of busy weeks at work for him, and he already came home early yesterday to console me for an unrelated meltdown. *sigh* I am waiting for him - and then we will leave.

I will update via Twitter... you can see it over in my sidebar. This reminds me all too much of about 3 months back when I lost my Grandpa in the same hospital. My tummy is upset. I could use some prayers - but most importantly pray for my parents please? My Dad is watching his Momma fail, and my Mom has been spending quiet time lately with her own Mother who was placed under Hospice care this past month.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday Isaiah 45:8

The purpose of Word Filled Wednesday is to share the WORD through a photo and a verse.
This week - my tulips in the rain - totally righteous!

Isaiah 45:8 You heavens above, rain down righteousness. Let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide. Let salvation spring up. Let righteousness grow with it; I, the Lord, have created it.

And, God has created YOU! Do not hold anything back...

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Favorite Things Winner!

Mrs. B - today is your lucky day!

All ya'll, head on over to Chez' Bichet and give Mrs B some love - she won a collection of my Favorite Things! It was all random - it totally had nothing to do with the fact that she thinks I rock, I promise. Congrats, and Mrs B, if'n you'll send me your info I will get it sent out tomorrow. Along with all the other giveaways that I promised to send today. But I did not. I have no excuse, but the sun is shining and I have a rooster who is gravely ill. (Will that work?)

And now... on to our regularly scheduled programming :-) Thanks to everyone who participated. I am TOTALLY going to do another Avon giveaway one of these days - that was way too much fun.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Favorite Things Giveaway

I told everyone at the beginning of this bloggy Blogoversary week that I was also celebrating my 2nd year as an Avon Rep! Today I'm including a selection of my very favorite things that I LOVE to use from Avon!

I'm including:

Ideal Shade Smooth Mineral Foundation (Lt. Beige or Soft Ivory)

All Over Kabuki Face Brush

Glimmersticks Retractable Eyeliner (grey, blue, green, black or brown)

Uplifting Mascara in black

Ultra Color Rich lipstick in Chic Pink

Moisture Effective Makeup Remover

And of course the makeup bag.

I GUARANTEE that I will be sending along extra goodies and samples. I can't help myself. I'm a giver!
Speaking of extra goodies... EVERYONE that is visiting this blog post gets the link to my Avon Webpage! And just for you, I've set it up so you get 20% off EVERYTHING and also FREE SHIPPING! Effective immediately (but not forever). I love ya, you know it.

I promised that one of my followers would get something too... helped me by selecting the winner of this Sparkling Three Piece Floral Gift Set (earrings, bracelet and necklace). Congratulations to A8vjs5EhqtefpvyVywg8.T2uoID4Y7S (also known as Dana at From Chaos to Grace!) She just showed up on my list a couple days back, now that is GOOD timing! Please kindly email me your information and I'll send it out to ya!



One entry per comment - up to three. You can say whatever is on your mind, as long as it's not more than three times. Seriously. Have fun with THAT! If someone mentions that you sent them here, you get TWO more entries. Crazy isn't it?

Small print: I will be out of town tonight and tomorrow - not ignoring emails, but completely away from technology. We're helping with a work day out at our Church camp tomorrow!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Musical WINNER!

We have a winner! Our Random number generator chose Mimi from He & Me + 3 to be the recipient of 15 bucks worth of music from iTunes!

Mimi is ALSO having her blogoversary this week (our blogs are only days apart, aww, how cute!) so head on over to congratulate her and enter HER giveaway too!

Matter of fact, our other recent winner Beth E is having a giveaway today too. It's her 100th post. Whew, can you feel the love?

Come back soon - I'll be posting my last giveaway this week shortly, and letting you know the random follower that got chosen for my mystery prize.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Musical Giveaway

We're celebrating a Blogoversary week here!

Today we're playing lots of music. My Word Filled Wednesday post today was ALL about music, and I think I'd like to share some music with YOU.

Here ya go!

It's a $15.00 iTunes Gift Card!

To be entered in this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me what you would do with this gift card if you won it. Me? I'd probably give it to one of my daughters who has an iPod, or I'd just use it to download music to my computer. I often listen with headphones, or I'd burn a CD of worship music to clean house by :)

To earn a second entry, post the button below onto your blog or sidebar. If you have already done that, you automatically get one!

Don't forget my hint from Monday for tomorrow's giveaway.

Random drawing ends at 9 a.m. tomorrow (again, that's NOON on the East Coast).

Here's a better size for your sidebar, if you'd rather not do a blog post!

Good Luck, and thanks for playing along!

A Peachy WINNER!

Our first blogoversary winner was drawn from a hat super technologically advanced method. Ok, so my children supervised while I used Boring, I know, but it works.

Winning number was TWO -Congratulations to Beth E from Outnumbered, Three-to-One !

Go ahead and pop on over to her blog right now - she's one of my favorite reads, but she's awfully sick and could use a cheering up. I sure hope the Peach goodies help.

Beth, send me an email with your info, and I'll be sending out your items soon!

Word Filled Wednesday Psalm 57:7

The purpose of Word Filled Wednesday is the share the WORD through a photo and a verse. Today is all about music!

Psalm 57:7 My heart is steadfast, oh God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.

Keeping a steadfast heart isn't something that comes naturally. It's more like something I'm determined to do.
Other words for steadfast:
  • adamant
  • ardent
  • constant
  • dependable
  • enduring
  • faithful
  • firm
  • fixed
  • inflexible
  • intent
  • loyal
  • relentless

My heart is FAITHFUL

My heart is LOYAL

My heart is RELENTLESS, oh God - and because of this how could I NOT sing and make music??

[Photo is the new guitar I got my husband for his birthday (coming up) - the better to make more music with!]

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