"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

Click on pics to see us up close & personal! :)


Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Adventure........(& yes, camp with three kids IS an adventure!)

Hi!

I’m here! I am not here for good, but I thought I’d check in & let everyone know how things are going!

We are having a ball! No one is sick (like last year), & everyone is sleeping through the night.

(I know, I know, my standards for what makes a good time are very low-ha!)

We have done all the things you are supposed to do at camp…..& today I get to tell you all about it!

BUT…..I had all these things I was GOING to share, & they have kind of fallen by the wayside.



Privileged……yes, I am (& the other 250 people here). Just wait til you hear about my week.

2 messages each morning, & one each night.

Messages of encouragement to be more the people God wants us to be.

Anyway, I WAS going to tell you how to camp with kids, but that will have to wait.


The messages have not only been encouraging, they have been convicting.

The speakers have been reminding us that we must be obedient to the Word of God & the Holy Spirit’s prompting in our lives. Especially when it comes to practically loving others. God wants us to love people/relationships more than things, which it is so easy to forget.

These are the verses that the Lord has been laying on my heart:

Titus 2:4&5

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober,
to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good,
obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I don’t know about you, but for me, it is easy to resent my husband & yes, even my children sometimes…..especially in weeks like this, where before children/husband, I could do whatever I wanted, & get in all the fellowship I wanted. Boy, has the Lord stopped me up short!!!

Anyway, I only have a few minutes (blogging on the free wireless that I had to drive to the top of the hill to get-&leave the kids in the capable hands of my hubby), so I wanted to share a few pics from the week, too.
Blogger is acting up.....so check back later!

Hopefully, I can squeeze in one more post before I go home, so check back over the weekend or early next week!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

NOT a "Wordless Wednesday" or a "Thursdays Before the Throne"

Instead, you’re about to be treated to “Guest Blogger,” Ana.

The inheritor of our old camera has become quite the shutterbug!

Here are a few of her shots from the last few days.

“I like having a camera, because I broke my last one.
I’m going to Turkey Hill,
& I’m taking a few pictures of horses.
And Mommy might let me put some on the blog!”
"This picture is really cute!"
"Do you see my treasure map on the side?"
Kids just CRACK ME UP!!!
Laugh

"I love the flower picture!"

"Ruth in the basket with her pretty dress on!"


Do me a favor & leave Ana some comments! She'll love it!!!

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P.S. You will have to try & survive without as many posts for the next two weeks! We are packing up & rolling out of here this afternoon!

Family Road Trip

But check back every so often.

I'll be updating periodically!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Me Time"

I wish I could remember where I found this excellent blog post, but I saved it to my desktop several months ago.....& have debated when to share it with you. Anyway, read it & tell me what you think. (& if anyone reading it can find where it came from-I had no luck Googling it-please leave me a comment & I'll link it the right way!)


It has revolutionized my thinking!

"The Me Time Myth"

Here I stand, shield in hand, ready to defend myself against the many rotten tomatoes I fear will be thrown in answer to this entry. But, I feel as though I must say what I am about to say because of how changing this one paradigm in my life has changed my entire outlook on parenting. Listen carefully, and hold your tomatoes until the end.

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Back in my Oprah watching days, I heard Dr. Phil make a very convincing argument for WHY moms need time away. He said we give and give to the point of empty, so we MUST refuel ourselves, so we can continue to give.

Seems plausible enough, right? Sounds like good common sense, right? So, then WHY when I sought this hollowed ME TIME did I always feel as though I needed more? Sure I felt refreshed...for a bit...only to come crashing back to earth the moment I got home and realized the sink was full of dirty dishes and I would still have to give baths and jammie everyone before the night would be over.

This left me feeling sorry for myself. WHY couldn't I have one night in my life where I wouldn't HAVE to do the same thing I do every night? WHY couldn't I come home to a spotless and trouble-free home where dishes were washed and children were in bed? WHY did I have to go back to being "MOM" ? To punish those who were making my life difficult, I would loudly sling dishes, and be curt and hurried with everyone, until I could get children into bed and run off to my sewing room to hide for the remainder of the night.

Or what about the countless nights I stayed up WAY too late so I could be ALONE, many times hoping my husband would fall asleep so I wouldn't feel guilty for spending time doing my OWN thing? I dreaded going to bed because it meant waking up the next morning to start the whole thing over again.

I found myself continually lamenting the fact that my husband got time off from his job, while lil' ole me never got a break. There started to be a trend in my weekends--one full day of doing whatever I wanted to do no matter what fell apart while I took "time off" led to two full days, which soon led to the weekends creeping into the weekdays.

But, even this was NOT ENOUGH. I became more and more upset by my husband's business lunches and trips--how come I never got to do stuff like that? I was irritated with the children because their antics were cutting into MY time. I was stressed and edgy and desperate for MORE me time. I was escaping to the computer every chance I got, and ignoring my daily duties as a wife and mother. My children would call out for me and I would answer with, "She's not here right now."

Now those of you who *thought* I was the perfect mom can take a moment to pull your horrified jaws off the floor--remember, we dispelled the Perfect Mom myth in my last entry.

If you'll notice, the previous paragraphs are all in PAST tense, albeit not a distant past. But, something did change. I QUIT seeking Me Time.

Here is the reason why:

Me Time is a myth. It is an unattainable, always interruptible, never satisfactional piece of junk psychology. Me Time, by its very name, suggests that who we are during the daily grind is not WHO we truly are. It tells us that we are someone other than "WIFE" or "MOTHER." It begs us to search for fulfillment outside of those titles. It blames precious little ones and God-given spouses for suppressing us. It reduces motherhood to a disease in which the life is slowly being sucked out of us by tiny dirty faces and endless monotonous tasks. It says you can never be refreshed by spending time in the presence of those you care for day in and day out. It points out a perceived "hole" in your world that needs to be filled, a tank that must be fueled up, a monster that will swallow you lest you neglect to feed it precious Me Time.

But, it will never be enough. The more you indulge the thought that you are somehow owed Me Time, the more you will seek after it. The more you seek after it, the more every little opportunity afforded you to "take a break" will seemingly end too quickly. The everyday life of being a mother will become drudgery. You will dread the laundry and dishes to the point of avoiding them at all costs. You will snap at your children any time they try to draw you out of your precious Me Time--whether it be by asking you 900 annoying questions or by loudly fighting with their siblings. You will watch the clock, anxiously awaiting their bed time so you can be alone. You will find that evenings before bed time drag on. Not getting this Me Time will ruin your day. If you do manage some time away, you will despise the re-entry.

Now, I am sure there are some of you reeling, and many of you just itching to start throwing those tomatoes, but give me a moment to offer you an olive branch of sorts...

Lest you think I am the most cruel and heartless woman on earth, and lest you think I have never had a hard day and never been worn to a frazzle, let me say that there are days, weeks, and sometimes months and years in a woman's life that are anything but easy. We are drained and left feeling like we couldn't possibly handle one more thing. Everyone will tell you some time away will do you good, and it could...IF...

IF you spend that time away SEEKING GOD. Anything else you seek to fill that emptiness will fall miserably short.

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.Lamentations 3:21-25

A dear friend summed it up by saying, "Only God can fill what you are aching for."

I stopped seeing my life as a wife and mother as a JOB--something I put aside at the end of the day. I stopped complaining and started living. I am looking for ways to make my daily chores more enjoyable. I am drinking in the beauty of my children, taking the time to search their eyes, hold their hands, and be their mom. I am listening more and speaking less. I am working at catching myself every time I start to feel slighted or neglected or overworked, and turning that desire to run off for a bit of me time to make me feel better into a desire to cheerfully do any task set before me "as unto the Lord." I am beginning to enjoy time spent with my children just being their mom. I am trying to see interruptions as blessings and opportunities to bless others. And when I am feeling drained, I am seeking the Lord.

What I am finding is that I am not clinging so tightly to the snipets of time I am given in which to do something alone because I no longer see those times as the only way to save my sanity. Instead, they are fun little stops along the blessed path I walk called motherhood.

Any time you spend away from your family MUST be spent in the company of those who will encourage you as a mother and wife. You will never gain anything but resentment from the council of those who encourage you to seek self. Learn to enjoy being home with your family. Learn to live sacrificially. Learn contentment in serving others. Learn to be happy being you--right where God placed you."

Great, huh? I would also add, that this has revolutionized my thinking about serving my hubby, too. But, I STILL struggle. Pray for me.....& if you would like, leave me a comment & I'll pray for you, too in this area of servanthood, being a mommy & a wife.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Scenic Saturday......

"Come on, ease on down,
ease on down the road
Come on, ease on down,
ease on down the road
Don't you carry nothing
That might be a load
Come on, ease on down,
ease on down,
down the road."

On Saturday….I caught a bug.

I catch it every summer…

I call it my “Must head West” bug!
(best satiated by a camping trip….
but, alas, this weekend, it was not to be.)
Camp Fire
The days are long & hot…..

The coolness of the mountains begin to call.

I know this will be waiting for me,
less than an hour’s drive away:
Yes, that was how we spent our afternoon on Saturday.
(We LOVE visitors, too!)

“America the Beautiful”
O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

O beautiful, for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!

O beautiful, for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!

O beautiful, for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!

Refrain:

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
from sea to shining sea!

written by Katherine Lee Bates,
during a trip to Colorado Springs

Friday, July 18, 2008

Power Play?

So…..a few weeks ago, on my way home from Kansas…..
I saw something that made me a bit sad.

Sad….& impressed & humbled.

Now, you all may be thinking I’m a bit crazy when I tell you what made feel that way.

Mile after mile……of this:
Sad……because I love western Kansas

There. I said it.

You have full permission to let me know how crazy you think I am!
But, there is just something about that open space-
makes me feel like NOTHING can fence me in…..
& I was just a bit sad to see it “damaged.”

Impressed…..because people created & built those MONSTROUS things!

Finally, I was humbled.
Humbled because God gave mankind the knowledge to know HOW to build such incredible things! Why would He do something like that?

(I was guessing each one was at least 100 ft tall,

but I was kind of far away….& flying down the road at 75 MPH!)

What do you think of wind power?

(&, what do you think of my confession? Hee!! Hee!!!)

OK….& just a few pics taken on my NEW camera!




Ana's newest passtime.

Finally!
A picture where she's smiling AND looking at the camera.
Wonders never cease!
I know he looks so forlorn in this picture,
but he really was clapping & laughing at the girls-
until I grabbed the camera!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursdays Before the Throne

Psalm 104:5-7 & 9

5 You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
7 At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.

9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.
Rainbow 2
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This was so encouraging to me this morning.

If we think of floods as a picture of trials……

I suddenly saw that God,
who knows the end from the beginning & is above time & space…..
knows EXACTLY how far to let trials continue.
Just long enough to train us, & not overwhelm us.

This morning, I saw (for example) that from the beginning of time,
He knew all the trials He would allow in my life,
& He knew HOW LONG HE WOULD ALLOW THEM TO GO ON!!!

Do you get it?
He KNEW the exact MOMENT our trials of waiting would end.

He knew from the before time began, that on April 5th, 2001,
the trial of labor would end,
& I would hold the child I birthed in my arms for the first time.

He knew I would bring home my NEW baby girl January 9, 2007.

& He knew we would get the phone call telling us to get ready to go get our son,
on January 17, 2008.

Wow! The trials of waiting……..have a boundary, an end-that HE ordains.

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From the hymn: “Have Faith in God”

Darkest night will always come before the dawning,
Silver linings shine on God’s side of the cloud:
All your journey He has promised to be with you,
Naught has come to you but what His love allowed…

Refrain:
Have faith in God,… The sun will shine
Tho’ dark the cloud,… may be today…
His heart hath planned… your path and mine:…
Have faith in God,… Have faith alway…
Flowers

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I Just Don't Wanna!!!!

Post, that is!

You see, I worked on a project today……& I need opinions.

But, I’m not sure I want them, know what I mean?

Ever feel that way???

The dining room curtains that came with the house:
(please ignore how terrible I look. uggg
I was going to post one of my better half standing in front of this window-
& he looked just as bad-but I decided to be nice!).
I have NEVER liked them (the curtains, that is-wink!).

I visit this blog upon occasion, & her window “mistreatments” (as she calls them),
were the inspiration for this quick & easy re-do.
What do you think?

Hitting "Publish Post"……



Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Monster Off Her Back......(& A Ruthie update)


OK……FINALLY!!!!

We have conquered the monster!

The monster of fear!
Scared 2
The fear of blood & pain……

No Pain No Gain
& yes, the fear of speed.
Runner

Do you wonder what I’m talking about?

(Well, even if you don’t….you’re still reading this….
so you MUST be a tiny bit interested, right? wink)
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Well....here you go!
Yep….we now have an official BIKE RIDER!!!

I remember hour after hour riding the circle of my cul-d-sac as a kid….no matter the weather.

What fun it is, to see her out in ours…..circling round & round & round again!

(Almost a commentary on the “circles of life," huh?)



video


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Now, Ruthie…..

She still isn’t putting any weight on her foot.

Masterfully, though, she hobbles around on one foot & the heel of her injured foot.

But, her NEW preferred method of moving around is a weird sort of hopping on both knees. (actually, she REALLY wants me to carry her everywhere, but alas…that is not to be-with an almost one year old in the house!) I wanted to bet a better video than this, but you’ll get the idea! Super cute, but…..oh, do I feel sorry for her!


I know her eyes are closed,
but it's the only non-moving pic I could get!
She is ON THE GO, in spite of her injury!

video
Please keep praying for her!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pobrecita!!! (poor little girl!!)

The story of her injury is in my previous post!!!


She's so funny! She wanted me to take a pic of her feet!
Crossed them like the princess she is,
& smiled like anything when I showed her the pic!

One Thing About Life Is.......

Posting plans sometimes change to PSA’s (Public Service Announcements)

I had several topics I was batting around for the day,
but I ended up having to share this with you.

OK.....so I took my kids to the park today. Pleasant 75 degrees outside in the shade. Probably 80 in the sun. I let Ruthie go barefoot.....cause I just like to let them do that. As she made her way to the playground with her older & responsible cousins/Ana, I thought I had nothing to worry about. The playground was completely visible, & close by.

The SHRIEKING from the playground soon proved me wrong!

This is what I discovered the problem to be:

Mega blisters on Ruthie's feet.

The soft stuff at the bottom of the slide burned her feet!!!!!

PSA: Have kids wear shoes on the playground....
as we discovered-there CAN be HOT SPOTS!!!

PS: To top it off, Ana cut her foot at the park as well.
PSS…..off to the Dr. in a few minutes.

Tune in later to hear what they told us to do!
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The Dr. said the burn didn’t look too bad (but it is 2nd degree), & sent us home with a bandaged & medicated foot, (& best of all, more cream to put on the burn so we didn’t have to pay for a prescription!!!!)

The instructions are to keep her off of it for a few days until it starts to heal….shouldn’t be too much of a problem-she cries every time it touches the ground!!!!

Pray it heals quick-she is pretty sad about not being able to MOVE!!!
(& I’m not sure how my back will do carrying two babies around all the time! Ha! Ha!!!)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

This Was SO Encouraging to Me This Morning!!!!

But, also made me weepy with joy/sorrow.

No doubt, you will remember when I asked you to pray for the Steven Curtis Chapman family.

Well, I read this on the Sonlight (homeschooling) Forums I frequent. The lady had gone to his second concert after the tragedy that killed their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This was last night.

“His two sons tour with him. Caleb plays electric guitar and looks just like SCC! Will Franklin plays drums and is amazing on those! This was just SCC's 2nd concert back on tour since Maria's death May 21. He tried so very hard to hold it together. He said he didn't know back in May if he would ever feel like doing a concert again, but then God spoke to him and said that if for the past 20+ years, all the songs he has written and sung are true, then he has to get back out there and share the hope of eternal life in Christ with the people. He also shared that he now sees why God gave him some of the songs from the past as they are so relevant now.

When SCC sang Cinderella, the crowd all opened their cell phones and held them up. It nearly broke him down seeing all the beauty of a crowd full of light. After he finished, he said 'That's not fair, folks'. We all gave our pockets full of change as we walked in and that raised $2,000 for Shaohannah's Hope, his adoption fund. This man has such a heart for God! Even through all the turmoil and tragedy of the past 2 months, he still is out there proclaiming the word of God as truth and knows someday that he WILL be there in heaven to dance with Maria again.


We had 3rd row seats and were directly in front of SCC and Caleb. The way this man shares his testimony makes you feel like you're just sitting across the dining room table from him. He is SO down to earth and real. He doesn't put on some big show---he's just him.


He did mention that he would appreciate continued prayers for his family, especially Mary Beth as she still has so much pain and loss as Maria's mother. Her shared this right before he sang 'I Will Be Here'. What a tear jerker! After he left stage, he walked over to one of the men who stood in the wings and just hugged him and broke down crying. Although he did tear up a few times as he shared about Maria and their family's struggle, he held it together and proclaimed it was all because of God's strength alone that he was able to be here last night. If you EVER get the chance....go see SCC. It is one concert you will never regret or forget! Just amazing!!!”

Please commit with me to continue praying for this family.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Swimming.......Lessons & Thoughts!

I am so thankful for swimming lessons!
I am also SUPER thankful for the progress Ana has made this last time around!

Makes me much more confident that she is safe if she happens to fall into deep water.....
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Some of the kids in these pics are my nephews......
but if the child is submerged & unrecognisable, it's ANA!!!
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She just finished two weeks of classes & can do most strokes front & back,
&-big safety help-tread water for 10 seconds or so!!!!
(I am trying all these slide shows to save space on my Blogger/Picasa web album-
which has already used 25% of it's free space!! YIKES!!!)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thursdays Before the Throne (OK.....& a few fun pics, too!)

In shady, green pastures,
so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and Satan oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.


Refrain:
Some through the waters,
some through the flood,
Some through the fire,
but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow,
but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

While reading the words to this hymn…..
the sound of Grandpa’s voice singing it is forever etched in my mind.
What a privilege to have such a heritage!
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The look on Ana's face is priceless, wouldn't you agree?
We ate lunch outside today, after the girls swam for an hour or so.
As they kept warm on the concrete together,
Ana said something that warmed my heart.

“Mom, I’m so glad I have a brother & a sister now.
I was always SO bored playing by myself in the pool!”

Yeah….right…..

Ana is never bored when she’s alone,
cause she talks to herself! (Ha!! Ha!!!)

But,…..she WAS having a ball with her brother & sister today……
& I can’t tell you the number of times she told me BEFORE Ruthie came home,
that she wanted a sister to play with all the time!
Desire fulfilled!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Oh, Say Can You See?.........

By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes & bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,’
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there!

Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave….
O’er the land of the free,
And the home of the brave?


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You know……for some reason, this Fourth of July meant more to me than any other one I have celebrated.

& I think I know why.

We have worked REALLY hard to bring 2 children home, make them ours, & make them UNITED STATES citizens.

(last year, over the 4th, we camped at Yellowstone, so we didn’t really celebrate)

But, having been in a foreign country now 4 times, for a total of a month & a half….

we have seen how privileged we are to be United States citizens.

~When we visited the US Embassy, & were seen the day we show up
(unlike many of the Guatemalans who stand in line day
after day to deal with US government officials -
let alone getting anything done from THEIR government).

~We have fairly safe streets to drive on, & people generally follow the rules of the road here (I said “generally” HA!!)

~We are treated with respect at foreign airports, especially when flashing a US passport.

~We are much richer, even as middle-class citizens.

~We live safer lives in the US. Gangs, crime & disease…..running rampant in Guatemala.

~Healthcare here (while it has it’s problems) is much more universal……& available.

~We have a much cleaner environment. Air, water, & food-three things I can think of.

Anyway…….I’m sure there are more privileges that being an American provides.


Can you add to my list?

(& to think that our children, by God’s incredible grace-are growing up here, instead of there! Oh, how privileged we feel to be a part of THIS miracle!)

Please pray for this country so close to our hearts.



“And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.
And I’ll gladly stand up
Next to you & defend Her still today.
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land!
GOD BLESS THE USA!!!”

& finally, in closing…..thanks you to all of you who serve/
have served in the military of this great nation.
We are proud of you & are so thankful to you!

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We spent the day at a living history farm, Rock Ledge Ranch,
with my sister, her hubby & boys.
The slide show:



Monday, July 7, 2008

I Must Send You To Our Friend's Blog This Morning.....


Warning......tears of joy will overflow! Bring your kleenex!!!!

It is a short read......but well worth every moment you spend there!

Just go read it, people.....(please..... HappyYou'll be glad you did!)











Friday, July 4, 2008

Favorite Foto Friday

Ana & her friend Layla.

Natty had his first taste of "Frijoles Negros de Guatemala"
(Guatemalan Black Beans) last night.
I'd say they were sucsessful, wouldn't you?
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OK....so the theme over at Kiss the Frog 4 Me was a bit harder for me to do today.
We just don't have many dancing pics-aside from our ballerina!
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Happy 4th of July, everyone!!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thursdays Before the Throne: Serving

The Servant King Click here to play
By Graham Kendrick © 1983 Kingsway's Thankyou Music.
From heaven You came, helpless babe,
Entered our world, Your glory veiled;
Not to be served but to serve,
And give Your life that we might live.

There in the garden of tears,
My heavy load He chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
'Yet not My will But Yours,' He said.

Come see His hands And His feet,
The scars that speak of sacrifice;
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered.

So let us learn How to serve,
And in our lives Enthrone Him;
Each other's needs to prefer,
For it is Christ We're serving.

Refrain:
This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow Him,
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"How Clean is Your......."

AIR?!?!?

SO…..are you ready for another story?
(Ok, & some thoughts…..you know me! Wink!)

A few days ago, I made the mistake of opening my home to a door to door sales person. (mistake, I say, because I find it so hard to say “Just say ‘no.’ ”)

She came to my porch on one of the hottest afternoons we have had last week,
& I felt sorry for her out there in the heat.

She asked me how I felt about “indoor air pollution.”

Honestly, I haven’t ever even thought about it,
except in the winter when the house is all germy & closed up.

But…..as already mentioned, we keep things open in the summer around here.

(now that I think about it, wild animals [wink]
inside the house might be considered “indoor pollution.” Haa!)

But, I digress.

The woman at my door told me if we would agree to a presentation, we would be entered into a drawing for $500 of free groceries.

Hey, in today’s economy, “free” anything helps, right????

Somewhat reluctantly, I signed up for this presentation.

Last night, she arrived on our doorstep,
(a half hour late-she couldn’t find our house.Rolling Eyes ) presentation in tow.

Come to find out, she sells a whole house air purifier/vacuum combo.

Course, it took three hours for her to present it all to us
(she started at 8:30 pm), & finally told us the cost at the very end.

$2,500!!!!Eyes Poppin

(which really wasn’t too much of a shock-we have sat through this type of thing before)

On top of all this, she tried to insult the vacuum we DO have
(which we also spent a bunch of money on). GRRR.

To be fair, hers really did do a better job cleaning,
but you have to wonder what is “sales gimmick”
& what is actually proven to function better,
since there was no “Consumer Report” review of it.
(Especially for the air purifier part).

We told them “no,” (of course-like we could afford it right now even if we did want it!), & she then tried all the guilt tactics on us-“Don’t you want clean air for your precious children?” and on & on…..BIG eye roll here! (especially since it is now 11pm at night & I just want to go to bed!!!!!)

I told her that it may not be the best choice in her eyes,
but our priorities are different right now.

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But, just as my head hit the pillow, I thought of what I should have said to her.
(why does that always happen after they walk away?!?!?)

“You know, IF we had $2,500 to spend on your “system,” I can think of a lot of things we should spend it on before that. Having been in a 3rd world country, we have seen the things that really matter. Ridding our house of every microbial contaminant isn’t that important, in the grand scheme of things. IF we had that kind of money, we should send it to our missionary friends, or our lawyer in Guatemala-who has a program for young, single moms, or any other HOST of needy causes in the country of our childrens’ birth. Or for that matter, any country in the world……the people are needy. Needy for food, clean water & medicine….&, most importantly, Jesus. We just can’t spend our money like this, when we are healthy, clean & well-fed.”

(Now, I could understand it if we had health issues that required a more sterile environment.)

Anyway……I guess it just seemed selfish.
At least for us, we decided if would be.
I don’t know…..what do you guys think?

(Oh……& by the way, we DID win a $300 gas card.
So, I got paid $300, & learned a lesson in selfishness.
All in a day’s work, I guess….)

The girls cleaned our fans for us the last few days......
I guess so we can bring more "outdoor pollution" in!!!
Good night, all!
(Dave & I are going on a date tonight-our first since before we picked up Natty.
My sister who moved here is watching the kids tonight, & Friday afternoon,
I'll watch hers so she & her hubby can go out!)
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