Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Look at this!

TomorrowSep. 29
Mostly Sunny
Hi: 62° Lo: 39°
Day: Sun and a few passing clouds. Turning cooler. High 62F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Night: Generally fair. Low 39F. Possible frost. Winds light and variable.

I haven't planted the bulbs yet!!!
I love this time of the year, but yo - momma nature - slow down!
I would like to enjoy the fall season.

Friday, September 23, 2005

New Orleans

Once again, New Orleans is being flooded. Thanks to Hurricane Rita and already damaged levees, the city is being traumatized. Fortunately, human lives are out of harms way this time.

Is it time to say, "Thanks for the memories, New Orleans." and *not* rebuild?
Regardless of what they do, the area will be below sea level. There is no way to protect and/or hoist that much land out of the water.
It is just so sad. I know the answers are not easy to find.

The Texas Gulf Coast is in for a major test. Will that 15 foot, cement wall around Galveston protect and serve? What a horrid way to find out, huh?

Lord, have mercy on our land.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

So, tell me...

Is it wrong to make chocolate chip cookie dough just so I can freeze it, and eat it later?

Negative replies need not register.


Monday, September 19, 2005

Birthday in the house!

It is sweet Gracie's 7th birthday today!! We are having a cupcake party at ballet this morning with all of her classmates. This evening, we will have a quiet family celebration.

Our baby girl is 7. Wow.

Love you, Princess!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Take a trip with God

Today we talked about our journey with God.

What you will need for the adventure:

1. Hiking boots -- This is too remind you of the walk YOU must do. God is a partner in this journey. He will carry you when necessary, but prefers for you to do your part on the hike.

2. A Field Guide -- The Bible is a the perfect field guide for life. Don't just shove it in your backpack and hope for guidance Open the book, study and learn.

3. A change of clothes -- Sometimes on this journey, God shows us ways in which we need to change ourselves. Always be open to a new "wardrobe" with God.

4. Party food -- Always remember that there is joy in the Lord. There is ample time for s'mores along the trail.

In other news, Emily's volleyball invitational was a big hit yesterday. There were 8 teams playing. Em's team made it to the final two slots. This was the championship game. They fought hard and played as a team, but in the end, they lost by 2 points. The girls were sad but bounced back over ice cream. They learned a lot in the process and had fun. They have a regular game (at home) next week -- playing the team that beat them in the champ game.

Sarah's gymnastics invitational was fun! It was a big turn-out. There were 5 gyms represented and I don't know how many girls. Lots.
Sarah placed first in vault and floor for her age group. She placed second on beam for her age group. Her group did not perform on the bars.
Aside from the above wins, she placed second in overall performance for her age group. What a great accomplishment for her first meet. She was smiling ear to ear up there on the platform! Her next meet is October 8, up in Auburn.
Her great grandma will be here from Hawaii for that -- which makes all of us happy.

Love to all.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Brief update

This morning, while preparing for church...Sarah came into my room. She said, "Mom. I need to talk to you about something." I sit down. She goes on to tell me, "I love ballet. I love gymnastics. I am busy with both - along with my studies. I've been thinking that maybe I shouldn't do Nutcracker this year. It might be too much for me right now."
She looked so relieved when she was done. She must have been rehearsing this little talk for hours! I gave her a hug and said, "Honey. If you feel that way - then I agree, don't do Nutcracker. The choice is completely yours." She was quiet for a few minutes and said, "I think I am going to concentrate on gymnastics right now and not worry about Nutcracker rehearsals and shows. Okay?"
I am so proud of Sarah. She made a very mature decision for herself today. She recognized her limits.

So-- Paige tried out for Nutcracker today. Sarah joined the rest of the group and daddy at the church picnic. They had loads of fun. They joined 15 other families in an Amazing Race game. It was complete with challenges, obstacles and yucky food (baby food in a jar). Their team came in 3rd!! YAY.

We will know if Paige made the show on October 7. In a lot of ways, I think this is really good for Paige. Far too often, unintentionally, Paige and Sarah get lumped together for everything. I can see why it happens...they share the same interests and are the same size. A lot of folks think they are twins. Still --- this experience may be good for Paige? She can branch out a bit and find some independence.

Let us not forget what day it is-- September 11. May we never forget!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Guess what?

I saw a red leaf on the ground today! Know what that means? Fall is upon us. YAY. It is my favorite time of the year. To kick off the season, we spent a couple hours at the Grabill Country Fair this evening. Such a nice, small community - mostly the Amish.

I spent most of the afternoon at the gym with Sarah. They had a special class today, in preparation for the big meet next weekend. They are looking good out there!

Tomorrow, after church, it is time for Nutcracker auditions. Hard to believe a year has passed, huh? Paige and Sarah are excited to try out again, though the thought of spending 3 hours in a room, with 100's of other girls isn't all that fun sounding. It's going to be a long day, for sure!

Em's volleyball team played their 6th game on Friday night. It was an away game -- out in Columbia City (great little town about 30 minutes from here.) They pulled off another win.
They are undefeated to date! Next Saturday, there is another Invitational. This one is much closer to home, thankfully. She has to be there by 8:30 am and won't be done until 4:30.

On that same day, on the complete opposite side of town...Sarah has her competition. She has to be there at 5 PM. The first girl will start the meet at 6:45. We won't be out of there until 10 or so. Talk about a LONG day. I'm tired just thinking about it!

We had strep throat run through the house. First time, ever. Not fun. Jeff is now battling one hack of sinus/upper resp. infection. Poor guy. Join me in praying over his health, please.

I want to send out prayers to Barclay Allen, Louis Galbreath and all the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Barclay is our Pastor's son. He is a young married man with 3 small children. They attend our church. Last week, quite unexpectedly, 2 brain tumors were discovered. One has been removed, but the other is too deep in the brain to least right now.
Louis Galbreath is my sister's father in law. In a strange venue of events, he too has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He also has some heart issues. My prayer for them is that of complete healing -- surrounded in peace. For the victims in the Gulf Coast, my prayers are simple. Find comfort.

Hugs to all.

P.S. I have been keeping this online journal for over a year now. Wow.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Be a blessing

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Mother Teresa

Friday, September 02, 2005

Stop the blame game

I am watching the news right now. The pictures are heartbreaking. The stories put me in tears. I wish I were closer...I would give a physical hand.
Since that isn't possible - I give prayers, blood and money. Please do the same?

I know it is human nature to want answers. When something goes wrong, we want to know the hows and whys. We like having something to blame. Odd human instincts I suppose.

Now is not the time to play "coulda woulda shoulda." That won't feed and comfort people.
For the life of me, I can't figure out how President Bush is being blamed for this tragedy, but he is. Don't believe me? Check articles and other web blogs. There is much hatred spewing from other fingertips. Of course, there are people that would hate the President regardless of what he did. He could get rid of taxes, bring gas down to $1.00 a gallon and forgo his salary, and some folks would still find reason to waggle their finger at him. My suggestion? Use that finger to call Red Cross. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Look. Our nation has just undergone the largest natural disaster in our history. Think on that for a bit. Not only did Hurricane Katrina wipe out much of the Gulf Coast, but New Orleans suffered two traumas, broken levees with major flooding. Bad things happen. Playing the blame game won't fix the hurt right now.

I am just tired of everything these days being about politics or racial issues. Our nation is never going to mend if we don't learn to drop the silly games. Right now there are no Republicans, Democrats, blacks or whites. There are human beings. We are all God's children. We need to love and help one another.

Hug your spouse, babies, friends and family. They are what matters.
And, if you can spare a few dollars...please call the Red Cross or Salvation Army.
No amount is too small. That $5 could feed a family tonight.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. For those familiar with Pastor Rick Warren's work...he should have an article available on his website very shortly. You can access it at