Thursday, June 30, 2005

That's the night that the lights went out in .......Target!

We've had a busy afternoon. I will get to that in a minute. Let's start with my beloved Target.

The kids and I were in Target this evening. There was storm moving in and we needed to hurry. We had our things and the booming thunder started. It was loud. Grace is upset..she hates not being home when there is a storm (don't know why).

We get up to the check-out area, another large boom happens and the lights go out. All of them.
It is now pitch dark in Target. The employees are scrambling to keep people and items safe.
Gracie is now screaming. Storms and the dark? Too much for her tender heart.
And the boys? Oye. You try to wrangle 3 year old twins in a big store, while all of the lights are out. The lights came back on after about 5 minutes -- but it sure seemed longer.
I can say this, I *so* earned my Starbucks on the way out the door.

This afternoon I had a doctor's appt. Without going into long details...I have to have a couple spots removed and checked. One on the bridge of my nose and one on my right thigh. My doctor doesn't seem overly concerned, but wants to be proactive.

As an adult, I am VERY careful with the sun. I wear sunscreen daily. I make sure the kids are protected.
As a child, I burned often - sometimes badly. There just wasn't the same information then as there is now. Add the sun to my already fair, freckled skin and the potential for trouble is there. The doctor wants me to wait until the fall to have the procedure done. Even a tiny bit of sun can make for bad scaring -- so we will wait until September. For now, I am trying to stay calm and pray.

In the meantime -- PLEASE protect yourself (and your children) in the sun. Pretty tanned skin is damaged skin. Better to be light skinned and problem free, yes?

While I was at the doctor's office -- Jeff took the kids to the library. He was finally able to experience the boys in a library. HAHAHA! It's an adventure not to be missed. If it weren't for all of the fines we pay, I imagine they would charge admission for the boys. You think I am kidding?

From there, we went to Panera for dinner. Jeff has school tonight so this is a nice way to have dinner together. I love love love Panera.

The storm is picking back up so I better shut the computer down. Blessings and love to all.

Oh Happy Days...

Today is a special day in our household.

Eleven years ago, we welcomed our sweet Sarah into the world.
She made her mom and dad proud, and Emily a big sister.

Sarah, your contagious smile and sweet spirit touch all of those around you. We love you, sugar.

Hugs and tummy tickles,

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The magic of dryer sheets

How many dryer sheets does it take for one load of laundry?

To get the right answer, you must think like 3 year old twins.
I'll wait while you regress a few years. :: smile ::

The answer, according to Caleb and Jacob is ................75! I know because that is how many I counted while folding the last load of clothing.

Jeff has the softest pair of boxers in the Midwest.

note to myself: thoroughly examine the dryer before putting in the wet clothes

The city loves our family

:: sigh ::
I think we just funded the new library in town.

Library fines. A true monkey on my back.

The main culprit? Some of the videos are 3 day loans. Without fail, I forget about them (thinking they are the normal 21 day loan) and they are late. When these 3 day videos are late, they charge $1 per day. ACK!

No more 3 day loans.

On the bright side, I take comfort in knowing that our family is helping to add books and/or supplies to our wonderful library system.

P.S. Jeff celebrated another birthday on Sunday. He is now on the "other" side of 40.

Friday, June 24, 2005

The great Rev. Billy Graham

Tonight, Rev. Graham is in New York, surrounded by 100,000+ people. You can read about his work on his website, which is full of incredible information BGEA: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The Rev. will preach, support, pray and encourage these people -- just like he has done for years. This man has a precious gift. He knows how to use it. He soars over barriers. He reaches people that would otherwise turn away.

It was reported last week that Rev Graham will most likely not see another crusade after this one. He is 83 years old and his health is failing. His faithful son, Franklin is picking up where his dad leaves off. Praises.

When asked about his health and future, the Rev. said, "I am ready to see my Maker. I have nothing to fear. What a joyous day it will be."
What an awesome attitude. He is filled with grace, understanding and love. I am sure the Lord will meet him with, "Hello my good and faithful son."
We should all hope to hear those words one day.

Over the years, the Rev has asked for hundreds, if not thousands of altar calls. Think of the people he won for Christ! Think of the bells that ring almost constantly when he speaks.
What a party!

I know the good Rev. Graham will never read this humble online journal...but if he could, I would thank him for his work. He has touched my heart, soul and mind. God Bless you Rev. Graham!

“Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” —1 John 3:24

Peace and joy to all.

High Five!

Just a fun little blog entry.

Five things I love:
1. My husband
2. My 6 sweet babies
3. Jesus
4. flowers
5. books

Five things I really dislike:
1. willful ignorance (this covers so many things)
2. dirty fingernails
3. the lax attitude our society has on pertinent issues
4. folding laundry (and putting it away)
5. people that talk during movies

Five things I did today:
1. showered
2. cleaned kitchen, den and living room
3. took all of the kids to Sam's
4. took kids to Burger King
5. organized my purse/wallet

Five things I still need to do:
1. do laundry (see #4 in dislike list)
2. water flowers/veggies outside
3. plan Jeff's birthday dinner for Sunday
4. finish a scrapbook mini album
5. help Gracie with her reading

Five songs I love:
1. The Rock by Clay Crosse
2. The End of the Beginning by David Phelps
3. The Dance by Garth Brooks
4. Amazing Grace by numerous artists
5. Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Five movies I can watch over and over:
1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
2. Forrest Gump
3. Baby Boom
4. Gone with the Wind
5. Dirty Dancing

Five books I really enjoyed:
1. The Bible
2. Story of Bees
3. 1,000 White Women
4. Poisonwood Bible
5. The Red Tent

Five foods I find yummy:
1. chocolate
2. pizza
3. salads
4. ice cream
5. pasta

Five things I have in my make-up kit right now:
1. Bare Essentials powder base
2. mascara
3. chapstick
4. Neutrogena lipgloss, Chic color
5. sunscreen

Five favorite stores:
1. Target
2. Nordstrom
3. Barnes and Noble
4. Old Navy
5. Ann Taylor Loft

Five things I love about Jeff:
1. work ethic
2. love of God
3. smile
4. tenderness
5. he makes me feel like I'm the most beautiful woman on earth

Five things I would like to accomplish in the next year:
1. exercise daily
2. finish 3 full scrapbooks
3. help our children's program at church double in size
4. travel to a place I have never been
5. get a cute/sassy haircut - something completely different

Five magazines I read each month:
1. Real Simple
2. Martha Stewart Living
3. Cooking Light
4. Scrapbooks, Etc.
5. Country Living

Well, that was fun. I could go on and on but I am out of time. More later.
Have a super weekend.

Smile - it's a new day!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Last day of spring

Tomorrow is the first day of summer. We seemed to have by-passed spring this year. We went from hail/ice/snow right into 80+ degree weather. And let's not forget the humidity.

We sat out on the deck last night while the kids raced around the backyard catching lightning bugs. I tell ya - you haven't laughed until you watched twin 3 year old boys accomplish this task! It would have been a great time for the video camera - but it wasn't charged (as usual).

I realized I never updated the blog in regard to Jeff's vein surgery. It was postponed.
His next appt is the first week in July. He is seeing another specialist. I will let you know the outcome.

I hope my sister doesn't mind me sharing this picture? Their faces aren't I think it will be okay. These are my nephews - big D and little J.
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Is there anything more precious than little feet (and itty bitty tiny feet)? :: sigh ::

I hope all the dad's out there had a wonderful day yesterday?!


Saturday, June 18, 2005

Van follow-up

Do you know how much it costs to replace a battery, altenator and "thingamajig" belt? Oh, throw in an oil change too.

Yeh. I didn't know either.......until yesterday!


Thursday, June 16, 2005

Car problems --- ARGH!

It is bad enough when one car needs service, but both?

:: sigh ::

Jeff's air conditioning went out. When he took it in for service, they found something else wrong. That something else is mighty expensive to fix. We hate spending so much money on a 7 year old car.

Fast forward to this morning. The kids and I are on our way to volleyball camp for Emily. It is 15 miles away, but takes about 30 minutes to get there. You have to go through downtown Fort Wayne, a nice city---but not real easy to maneuver (lots of one way streets, buses, etc.)

Anyway, we were about 5 miles from home when I noticed the battery meter on the dashboard is lower than usual. A couple minutes later...the battery light comes on. Great. Okay.
I continue driving (I didn't have a choice at the time) and within minutes...the meter plunges into the orange area and I lost all dashboard controls (including speedometer).

The kids and I pray for safety and cruise into a gas station, that thankfully has a small service station as well. The mechanic was nice enough to jump the van. We drive less than 2 miles and it happens all over again. I turn around and head home. No way am I going to risk being stranded downtown. On the way, I call Jeff. He heads home.

Honestly, God must have carried us home. I lost all controls again. I got into the driveway and the van just stopped (without my help). Praising God for our safety and convenience.

I call the car dealer (who services the van) and they send a tow truck. Just as they show up, Jeff arrives. Emily jumps in his car and off they go to volleyball camp. Jeff is going to come home at lunch to deal with the van issue. Bless my man.

There is never a good time for car troubles...but now is REALLY not a good time. Sports, parties, shopping, etc. are waiting for me and I can't do a single thing.

I wonder? Do you think God is trying to force me to slow down? It is possible. Very possible.
If I won't listen to His voice on a regular day --- he will put obstacle in our path, to turn us around. He does that a lot. It would be so much nicer if we just obeyed in the very beginning.

Yes. I get it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Good morning!

Em is at volleyball today through Friday. They meet from 8-3 each day. It is run through Fellowship of Christian Athletes, (<<-- click to read more) an amazing program. When I dropped her off today, there were a few hundred kids signed up. They have clinics for volleyball, tennis, soccer, tennis and I think, football.

Em would normally be swimming each morning, but she really wanted to do this camp. Most of the girls on her volleyball team are there. She will pick swim back up next week.

Family news:
Congrats to my sister and her family! A healthy baby boy joined their home on Monday, 6/13. I love being an Auntie.
I only wish I were closer to my nieces and nephews.

Prayers and well wishes are going out to Jeff's dad. He underwent surgery on Monday to fight prostate cancer.

Prayers and well wishes for Jeff's mom. She had surgery last Friday. She is recovering well at home.

I am in the process of re-vamping the children's program for Midweek services. The other program was not a good fit for the kids. We are going to focus on character training...studying Noah for the first six weeks. Noah is a wonderful example of bravery, obedience, persistence and patience. With the help of a friend, we are going to build the ark to scale. What an experience this will be! We start the foundation tonight.

The momma robin I spoke of earlier watched her 3 babies fly the coop today. It was so cool to watch the process. The girls drew many pictures for their nature journals.
They learned a lot over the past several weeks...more than any textbook could teach.

I had better scoot. Love and blessings to you and yours.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Five benefits of a church family

A short outline of a recent sermon at church.

1. Church helps me to center my life around God. (WORSHIP)

2. Church helps me connect with other believers. (FELLOWSHIP)

3. Church helps me cultivate spiritual maturity. (DISCIPLESHIP)

4. Church helps me invest significantly in others (MINISTRY)

5. Church helps me communicate God's love. (MISSION)

And, a very poignant phrase that hit me between the eyes....
We are fickle, God is faithful.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Over protecting planes ---- under protecting borders

You know, things are not right when Grandma can't take knitting needles on an airplane, but a Canadian crazed man can get into the US with blood all over him, carrying swords and chainsaws. Incidentally, the crazed man was later captured. Seems he killed someone in Canada. Why in the world was he not stopped at the border? The man had blood all over him! He had weapons! Craziness.

Did you know that approx. 800,000 illegal persons cross US borders each year? Most are simply trying to make a better life for themselves. I am compassionate to those needs.
However, there are proper channels that must be taken if you come to our country.
Of those 800,000 people ---- 10% are not Canadians or Mexicans. Who are they? Are they kind to US thinking? Do they want to bring harm? Hard to say. We can't find them......

I don't have answers to this problem, but I do have a lot of questions. In the meantime, I suggest everyone write their state leaders, as well as President Bush.
Ignoring this problem will not make it go away. I am tired of politicians worrying about their votes instead of protecting their country.

Monday, June 06, 2005

So, I have a confession....

Wanna hear it?

I have no desire to see the new Star Wars movie. In fact, I've never seen the other Star Wars movies! Are you shocked?
For that matter, I've never seen the Lord of the Rings movies either.

Whew. I feel so much better. ::: smile ::::

And no, you don't have to email me and set me on the right path. I won't listen.
I will put my fingers in my ears and say, "lalalalalalala -- I can't hear you."

Maturity at it's finest!


Thursday, June 02, 2005

You know -- it is okay for Christians to be fun!

This is just a general observation. One made after many years in the church.

I am seeing a weird trend lately - both in "real" life and on the Internet.
Stern, always firm, don't joke around, take life seriously Christians.

What is that all about?
It isn't just differing personalities, it seems to be a transformation of sorts. Like, they think it is necessary or something?

I know a few people in my social circle like this. They are amazing women with so much to offer. They love the Lord with all their heart, take care of their families, help in the community, have hobbies, etc.
Yet -- when it comes to be silly, childlike or just plain funny -- they get serious.

In my opinion -- Christians should be the most joyful people on earth. We have so much to be thankful for. We should be partying in the streets and embracing spontaneity.

That doesn't mean you should act irresponsibly or hurtful -- but your salvation will not be snatched from your hands for laughing, dancing, being silly, enjoying quiet time with your husband (yes, that's right -- I am referring to intimacy! Gasp!)

I say, "Be a contagious Christian." Make people say, "Hey. I want some of what she has."
So, sisters in Christ. Lighten up. Enjoy life.

Take a lesson from children...get messy, make noise, jump for joy and love Him with a pure heart. Our time here on this earth is short. Make the most of it. I mean, I think God has proven Himself to be a funny guy. Look at some of the creations in the world? Platypus, anteaters, toddlers, get the picture? :: smirk :::