Saturday, May 31, 2008

Size Has Nothing To Do With It

“If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”

~Betty Reese

Lost Keys

I have listened, and I have bought.
Hoping that I do not have any more "lost keys" episodes.

- Heather

Friday, May 30, 2008

Heather's Visual DNA

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Know and Tell Friday: Heather's Answers

Wow! I think that things were a little crazier in Crazyville then normal for both Reese & I to space out about Know and Tell Friday. Thankfully we have a few wonderful people that keep up with it.

Reese came up with some great questions (not too mention difficult! LOL!)

Here are my answers:

1. What achievement are you most proud of? Definitely my family. Truthfully, getting married at 17 isn't the brightest of moves. But, we have done it and it will be 15 years next month. I love my husband dearly and we have literally grown up together.

2. Do you like your spouse’s/significant other’s name? I guess, his name is Dan. It's a strong name, not too exciting.

3. What is the most unique name you’ve ever heard a person have? Journey. It's my new favorite name. When we were going to adopt a little boy, we were going to name him that, because it would have been a long journey to get him. I think it's a very cool name. So cool, that I am considering getting it tattooed on my back, in a different language. Why? Because life is just that, a journey.

4. Which would you rather be: divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? (From Anne of Green Gables!) Divinely beautiful

5. What is it about your wardrobe that is your trademark, uniquely you? I only wear jeans and a T-shirt. My boss told me one day that he didn't care what I wear to work. That was a bad move on his part, it's been jeans ever since.

6. Which is worse: no tv or no music? That is hard. I guess no tv.

7. You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can have with you: 1 friend or family member, 1 item from your kitchen and 1 public figure (politician/actor/author). Who/what would you choose?

Okay, you girls are going to think I am terrible, but I would not want to be stranded on an island with hubby. We would kill each other. Sorry, but that's the truth. I love him, but being alone on a desert island, neither one of us would make it out - LOL!

So, Reese's answer cracked me up. We would do very well together on a desert island. I say Patrick Swayze all the way! LOL! But one of the guys off Lost, or the hottie Wiggle (I'm never going to live that one down!) wouldn't be too bad either.

What about Steve Irwin with Ross the Intern. That would be absolutely hysterical all day every day. Or Bear Grylles, then you might have something to eat, and probably a way off the island.

Check down below for Reese's answers, and Mr. Linky so you can play along too!


Reese's Visual DNA

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Know and Tell Friday

Happy Friday, Crazyville!

Heather and Reese were so excited, mulling over a major change on the horizon for Kicking It In Crazyville that we both spaced the Know and Tell questions on Thursday. We try to have them up by midnight Pacific time. Sorry for the delay, for all you Crazyville residents who live east of Oregon. In a week or two you'll see why we were temporarily giddy and lost sight of our responsibilities!

Without further delay, I give you The Questions:

1. What achievement are you most proud of?

2. Do you like your spouse’s/significant other’s name?

3. What is the most unique name you’ve ever heard a person have?

4. Which would you rather be: divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? (From Anne of Green Gables!)

5. What is it about your wardrobe that is your trademark, uniquely you?

6. Which is worse: no tv or no music?

7. You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can have with you: 1 friend or family member, 1 item from your kitchen and 1 public figure (politician/actor/author). Who/what would you choose?

Reese's Answers:
1. What achievement are you most proud of? It would have to be staying married. I got married at 17, Tim was 19, and the odds of that lasting these days are pretty slim. In fact, we teetered on the edge of divorce for quite awhile, but have recovered our senses and gone on to lead mostly normal lives! I'm proud to still be a Mrs. and love the expressions on people's faces when I tell them I have 4 kids and have been married 15 years next month! Priceless!

2. Do you like your spouse’s/significant other’s name? Yes. It's TIM, which isn't fancy or terribly unique, but it suits him and I wouldn't change it if I could. The only thing I used to hate about his name was that his little nephew used to call him Uncle Timmy. Timmy is fine and dandy for a little kid, but no self-respecting man should agree to be called Timmy.

3. What is the most unique name you’ve ever heard a person have? I know a couple that gave their newborn son the middle name Danger. That takes the cake, in my opinion! He's as cute as can be, and it doesn't fit him very well! Thank God! LOL! My sister is about to have her fourth baby and they all have assorted nature names.

4. Which would you rather be: divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? (From Anne of Green Gables!) Dazzlingly clever. I've always wanted to be uber-smart. I'm just smart enough to realize how smart I'm NOT. Smart people can change the world because brain power doesn't fade with youth as readily as looks do. And being good is mostly a decision.

5. What is it about your wardrobe that is your trademark, uniquely you? I don't know. I guess jeans and t-shirts. When I worked in an office I made a point of always being dressy in a classic way- nothing too faddish. Now I'm a jeans and t-shirt gal, slip-on shoes, and hair often in a ponytail or pigtails. I like neutral colors, and classic lines. I guess my red hair is more my "trademark" now than anything. Here in England no one's known me as anything but a "ginger hair", which I think is pretty cool.

6. Which is worse: no tv or no music? Absolutely, without a doubt: no music. I lived without tv for the better part of 5 years. We just got it again and I can say with heart that it's a waste of time! Yes, I was out of the loop, but now I'm not to sure the loop is worth the time and effort.

Music, on the other hand, is my constant companion. I love classical, Christian rap (Yay TobyMac!), rock, jazz, big band, folk, pop, country... you name it. I can't get into annoying techno (some of it's not annoying) or heavy metal (with apologies to my brother and an ex-boyfriend).

7. You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can have with you: 1 friend or family member, 1 item from your kitchen and 1 public figure (politician/actor/author). Who/what would you choose? Who came up with this ridiculous question?! Oh, that's right, I did! It's easier to ask than to answer, eh?

Well, it would have to be one of these scenarios:

1. Tim, a bottle of wine, and Harry Connick, Jr to sing us endless love songs.

2. Heather, a box of tea glasses, and Keanu Reeves to play waiter and bring us a thousand glasses of coconut milk while we lounged on the beach. (Or should it be Patrick Swayze, God bless him? I'd leave it up to Heather! Then again, if I'm leaving it up to Heather it might well be Jack- Matthew Fox- or Sawyer- Josh Holloway- from Lost. It might even be the Hot Wiggle.)

3. My son Sean, a box of matches and General Patraeus. I feel sure we could get rescued... with the military training of General Patraeus, the determination of my son and a big, big fire.

You're turn! Post your answers, sign Mr Linky and leave a comment! If you don't have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in the comments section of this post!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Thank you so much for your prayers. The Menkes scare is over and we can move on to an exciting pregnancy!

Some Ramblings and a Prayer Request

This week has been C-R-A-Z-Y! Last Wednesday was McKenna's sixth birthday, and then Monday was Amanda's 13th! This poor mama cried the entire day. Poor Amanda, she took it well. Everyone thought I was upset about feeling old. I'm not sure what that's all about, but I certainly wasn't crying about that. I'm not sure where the time went, or how Amanda got to be 13. She's such a great girl. Of course, we have our moments, but overall, I could not ask for a better girl. She's respectful, understanding, compassionate and kind. I am so lucky to be her mom.

Here is another crazy story for you! A few weeks ago we talked to a guy about putting in a new fence, but never gave the go ahead. Dan woke up the other day and said "That's so strange, I had a dream that I ran a few errands and when I got home that fencing guy had ripped out our fence". I took the kids to school, he went to run errands. He called me a few hours later and said "Uh, you remember my dream? They ripped out our fence!". Yep, the guy showed up, assuming we wanted the fence, and took it out. Dan's brother in law, a pastor, had these words of advice "Next time God gives you a dream like that, act on it before your fence gets ripped out" LOL! Everything has worked out and we love our new fence.

And now the prayer request. I have been thinking for about 4 weeks now that I needed to ask for prayer on this. I don't even know where to start. On May 15, 2003, a beautiful baby boy was born into our family. Little James. I have written a little about James here and there. He is my nephew. When James was 3 months old he was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Menkes. We didn't know about this disorder. I had a baby brother who passed away at the age of 5 months. We always thought he had died of other causes. Menkes is so rare, that it was unheard of in 1979. We were told James would not live out the year. He would never walk, never talk, be mentally retarded. The list goes on and on. The doctors were wrong about a lot of things. James never walked, but he talked in his own way. He did live out the year, in fact, he lived to be 19 months. He was a blessing, and continues to be one every day.

The prayer request is this. Menkes is an X Chromosome disorder. It is passed from the mother to the son. If you are a carrier of this disease, you have a 50% chance of your son having this disease. There is no cure. My other sister is 11 weeks pregnant, and she too is a carrier of this terrible disease. Her and her husband decided to try and have one child on their own. They understand the risk. Today my sister went and took a special test. Tomorrow we find out what the baby is. If it's a girl, they will quit the test, the baby will not be born with Menkes. If it is a boy, they will let us know and then in 2 weeks we will find out if the baby is healthy or not. It's important to know if the baby has Menkes prior to birth because there are some medications out there that help the quality of life.

Tonight at my bible study we looked a little at this verse. Isaiah 54:10. "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

My prayer is that whatever lies ahead, that His covenant of peace will not be removed from our family, especially my sister.

Thank you for your prayers. As soon as I hear tomorrow what the tests say, I will do an update on the blog.


It's Not About Me

"It is not service that matters, but intense spiritual reality, expecting Jesus Christ at every turn."
"I am not here to realize myself, but to know Jesus"
~Oswald Chambers

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Boys ADORE This video!


Things I Don't Understand

  • The Stock Market
  • Why I think I need another purse
  • Racism
  • The mechanics of a car engine
  • How to keep my houseplants alive
  • Why I repeatedly forget to wear sunscreen and get severe burns
  • Why I need so many tv channels
  • Cheese rolling


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jesus Is Lord!

Two New Zealand pilots who ran out of fuel while in the air began praying that God would help them to land safely. They made it over a ridge and onto a grassy strip, where they landed safely... right next to a 20 foot sign that read "Jesus Is Lord"!

For the full story, click here.

Ian Pulls Another Stunt!

Every night as I put Ian to bed, he begs me, "Mommy! Sleep with me!" I lay down with him, just until I think he's drowsy, then whisper, "'Night-night, Baby. I love you. See you in the morning." He murmurs a good-night and I leave the room. Some nights, though, he isn't ready to simmer down and as I lay there he wiggles, talks, jumps up, etc. On those nights I get up and say, "I'll check on you again later, when you've calmed down." Sometimes he calls me back in and tells me he's ready to be calm; other times it gets quiet in his room and I know he's fallen asleep.

That's what happened last night. There wasn't a sound from his room, and I drifted off to sleep while reading in bed. About three hours after I left his room, he started crying. I immediately got up and went to him.

But when I opened the door, he wasn't there. His bed was empty! He was crying from under his bed! I had to move a stuffed animal to get to him, and I found him curled up on a child's keyboard in need of batteries that was shoved under the bed and forgotten about. I felt guilt mixing with my giggles as I realized that he had crawled under there, waiting for me to come back to check on him, then he fell asleep! Poor kid slept under his bed for three hours!

When I asked him this morning, he remembers hiding under the bed, but not falling asleep there or crying. I'm glad; that leaves me to laugh about last night, while promising myself that I won't wait three hours next time before checking on him!


The Least of These

The Sheep and the Goats
31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

(Matthew 25:31-46)

We don't really like scriptures like this, do we? The ones that lay it out straight, with no debate necessary. As long as there's a way around it, there's hope for those who choose to ignore it. Ah, but not verses like these. It seems that Jesus isn't concerned with the fact that we may live in affluent neighborhoods, or hang only with those who own cars and wear the latest styles. It turns out that even those of us living in Western cultures will face judgment in the end, and the questions will include, "What did you do for the least of these?"

I feel quite sure there are ways to contribute to the lives of the poor, the hungry, the sick and the needy, even for those of us far removed from Third World countries. There are an abundance of ministries, and the least any of us can do is give money. The most we can give may be hours of prayer and fasting and trips to the mission field.

Consider today what you can do for the lost. May I suggest sponsoring a child through The Children's HopeChest, or committing to 5 For 50? These are small sacrifices by Western standards, but can make a huge difference in the life of an orphaned child.

God bless you.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Maria Chapman Memorial Service Story

For the touching story, click here.

Please continue to keep this family in your prayers.

(Note: I usually choose not to show "related videos" at the end of the video, because some of them can be morally reprehensible. For some reason YouTube isn't allowing me to do that this time. If you choose to follow a link to another video, do so with extreme caution!!!)

Heather's Wordless Weekend (with a few words)

I am a green thumb wanna be! I finally planted some plants in my much loved 1/2 barrel. I hope in the next few weeks they grow big, bloom and are gorgeous!

Here's Mark & McKenna enjoying our wonderful weather.

Have a great Memorial Weekend!


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Know and Tell Friday

It's Friday, and you know what that means! Time to get to know each other better!

You might want to make sure you're fully awake when you answer this week's questions. I say this from experience. Heather, living in Oregon and the Pacific time zone, was dozing in her chair as she began this post late Thursday night. Reese, in England and in the Western European time zone, was bleary-eyed with sleep when she finished it several minutes later on Friday morning.

I meant to mention this last week, but for those of you that do not have a blog but would still like to participate, please do so in our comments section.

Here are this week's questions:

1. What one item in the kitchen best describes you and your personality?
2. What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever attended?
3. If Jesus was standing in front of you, in the flesh, what one question would you ask him?
4. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
5. If you had $5 million to spend in 5 days, but couldn't spend any of it on yourself or your family, what would you do with it?
6. What is your favorite kind of ice cream?
7. Do you hit snooze when the alarm goes off, or do you get up right away?

Heather’s Answers:

1. What one item in the kitchen best describes you and your personality? Man..this is hard! I have to think on it, but will figure something out.

2. What's your favorite concert you've ever attended? I have been to several Michael W. Smith concerts and they are awesome!

3. If Jesus was standing in front of you, in the flesh, what one question would you ask him? That is hard. I think selfishly, I have a lot of “why” questions.

4. What super-power would you most like to have, and why? Is mind reading a super power? I would love to read other people’s minds. Then I would know what my husband and children are thinking all the time

5. If you had $5 million to spend in 5 days but couldn’t spend any of it on yourself or your family, what would you do with it? That’s easy. With half of the money, I would build orphanages and give it to families wanting to adopt but didn’t have the money. I would put the other half into Menkes research.

6. What is your favorite kind of ice cream? This answer is two-fold. I’m not an ice cream eater, but my favorite all time ice cream is rocky road, with real marshmallows (not marshmallow cream). The second part of my answer is I love gelato. That may be more of an emotional thing, but I had it outside the Pantheon in Rome, and it was absolutely amazing! I had peach, and I can’t wait to have it again.

7. Do you hit the snooze when the alarm goes off, or do you get up right away? I am most definitely a snooze hitter. I hit it every five minutes for ½ an hour before finally climbing out of bed.

Reese's Answers:

1. What one item in the kitchen best describes you and your personality? The electric mixer. At times I prefer to stand apart, quietly in the corner, unnoticed. At other times, I long to be the center of attention, doing my thing with ease. Sometimes, I get ahead of myself, out of my league, out of control, and make a mess of things.

2. What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever attended? None in particular come to mind. I loved Jesus Northwest as a teenager; it had many great concerts. I attended a Third Day concert once in Portland that was great. The best is yet to come though: some day I'll see Harry Connick, Jr in concert!

3. If Jesus was standing in front of you, in the flesh, what one question would you ask him? What motivated him to create the world and people. Zach asked me that a few days ago and I came up short. I always tell him that God created people to know Him and to help others to know Him. But when he asked the question "Why did God make the world?" I didn't have an answer? Just for fun?

4. What super-power would you most like to have, and why? It depends on the moment. When I'm in one room and the kids are acting up in another (or when I'm driving), I'd sure like to be like ElastiGirl. Then I could solve the problem without leaving my seat. On the other hand, invisibility, like ElastiGirl's daughter Violet had, would be cool too. Not sure what I'd do with that one... Probably ride the school bus with the kids so I can see what's actually going on there! (There's some discrepancy between my kids' stories.)

5. If you had $5 million to spend in 5 days, but couldn't spend any of it on yourself or your family, what would you do with it? I'd donate 1 million to Right To Life, 1 million to the Children's Hopechest, 1 million to relief for Burma, 1 million to Chinese earthquake survivors, half-a-million to my church, and the last half-million to ministries in my hometown.

6. What is your favorite kind of ice cream? (I need a list for this one!)
  • I had the most amazing ice cream ever last weekend: candied ginger and chocolate! SO good! I could eat it every day.
  • I also loved Haagen Dazs Mayan Chocolate, which is cinnamon and chocolate. I plan to make that in my ice cream maker this summer.
  • Green tea ice cream is interesting, as was the rose ice cream I had at a Lebanese restaurant once.
  • Heather recommended Cold Stone Creamery in Portland, so when I was there last year I had birthday cake ice cream which was divine!
  • My favorite less-exotic ice cream is Phish Food.
7. Do you hit snooze when the alarm goes off, or do you get up right away? I'm a snooze-hitter, but I only hit it once or twice on most days. Then I drift into a deep sleep until a kid wakes me up.

Your turn! Can't wait to read your answers!

(For Denise and Jodi... sorry, I forgot to use Mr Linky! Here he is.)

Please Pray For The Chapmans

Please pray for the family of Steven Curtis Chapman. His daughter Maria was killed in a tragic accident yesterday. For the story click here.

"Father, there's nothing I can say or do to relieve this family of their pain. But you can be with them. May they feel your presence in the midst of their suffering. Please minister to the teenage son, take away the guilt he may feel. Be in their home right now. I ask that your grace cover them and your compassion surround them. In Jesus' name, Amen."

It's Not About Me

If you're a Christian and you are reading this, may I make a suggestion?
  • Find It's Not About Me by Max Lucado ASAP.
  • Before you crack it open, pray that God would speak directly to your heart as you read.
  • Read the book prayerfully.
  • Re-read as necessary.
  • Pass it on to other Christians.
Have you ever wondered why so many Christian's lives are as empty as those of the lost? It's because our priorities are wrong. Like the world, we live for ourselves. We're like the tour guide who stands in front of the priceless painting, as if we were the center attraction. As if we are the center of our own little universe. Our successes fan our egos, our suffering reduces us to depression, our lives are so complicated from all the activities and plans to fulfill our dreams and make our lives meaningful.

But it's not about me. It's about Christ.

All my life should be like the moon reflecting the sun; I should reflect the SON. When I line everything else up behind that one and only priority, it all falls into place. My talents are meant to point a lost world to Jesus. The short time my children are in my care is for me to point them to Christ and to equip them to show others to Him. My home is to be a place of peace and love, not only to nurture my family but also to invite others to so I can direct them to Jesus. My job, my marriage, my relationships... all these are opportunities for Christ to perfect his image in me.

I want to be a Christian- a follower of Christ- who lives like he did. He radiated love, compassion and mercy to all around him and offered grace. He didn't waste time promoting himself, only his father's agenda. Countless people have been martyred to point other's to the Truth; what am I doing with my life? What am I going to do to make it count in the kingdom? Because this- ALL OF THIS- isn't about me.

All for His glory-


It's Over

Occasionally throughout the last few months I have taken over the blog and put my two cents out there about American Idol. I had high hopes for this years AI and for the first few weeks watched faithfully. I tapered off for awhile because I was bored but started watching again toward the end of the season.

Over the years of AI, I have been a die hard fan. I've voted for Taylor Hicks, Chris Daughtry, Blake Lewis and Bob Bice to name a few. I was so excited last week to learn that the Davids were going head to head. I love David Cook, a true rocker. I'm not really into the other David. Don't get me wrong, he's amazing, I'm just not into power ballads.

Going into the finals tonight, I truly thought that David A would win. The reason - I don't believe a true rocker has ever made it this far. They seem to loose out to the girls or the ballad singers. I am thrilled tonight that David Cook won!

I'm sure that Nancy over at Chocolate Ink is thrilled tonight, he's from her home town!


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another Day, Another Ramble

Some days I wake up and find that three posts have already lodged themselves in my brain and are banging around in there, anxious to get typed out. Other days, it's nearing bedtime and I'm still trying to think of something interesting to say.

I've been known to skip around the internet looking for nifty tidbits to pass on; I'd let you know my usual cyber route but then you'd have no need to come back to Crazyville. Today I only came across a few items of interest, and they weren't brilliant: the lost parrot who told the vet his address, the bull that ran through the back door of a German family's home and reeked havoc before running out the front door. Odd, maybe, but nothing to write home about.

So, I thought I'd ramble about absolutely nothing for a bit.

I'm all into Zip It purses at the moment. My daughter came home from school, all excited about this odd purse, so I bought her a smallish sized one and one she uses as a school book bag. (eBay is my favorite place to find them.) Then, I grabbed hers one day as I was heading out the door to the park... and didn't give it back until my own came in the mail last night.

Cute, eh?! It unzips into a long zipper. I'm thinking it's the perfect purse to travel with, as I always struggle to keep my purse flat enough in my suitcase until I get to my destination and take it out again. Unfortunately, it doesn't double as a bra.

I recently finished The Last Chinese Chef and was pleasantly surprised by the read. I learned more about gourmet Chinese cuisine than I had ever known before, and the story line was interesting. The picture on the front cover is what initially caught my attention at the library; sometimes the cover art isn't much of an indication of the substance inside (I think I just rewrote a famous saying), so I'm happy to report that it was a good book.

One thing I took away from the book is how eating in China is always done in a group, in a communal way and that both casual and formal relationships are forged and solidified with the tradition of eating together. I felt challenged to recommit to family dining, especially weekend breakfasts- which our family finds immense pleasure in. So, off I went to find a griddle to replace the one I left in Germany. I found an Emerilware Cast Iron Double Griddle and love it! I made a big weekend breakfast for the first time last Saturday since moving to England. Here is the aftermath of that project:

We were all full and happy, enjoying each other's company. We even left the tablecloth on and used the nice British placemats (which are just like seriously oversized coasters with cork on the underside). On Sunday, I flipped the griddle over to the grill side and grilled up delectable pork chops for lunch. Another satisfying family meal.

I've enjoyed listening to Ravi Zacharias' messages today on my iPod from Focus on the Family. They were entitled Why We Must Remember Parts 1, 2, 3 from April 29, 30 & May 1st. You can hear them by going to Focus on the Family, clicking on Broadcasts and browsing through the recent broadcasts. Mr. Zacharias is an inspiration every time I hear him; he is being used by God all over the world. I highly encourage you to seek out these podcasts and take a listen.

I leave you with this last thing, a verse Mr. Zacharias referenced in his message. It is Jesus speaking in John 19:14b:

"Because I live, you also will live."
That is a scripture I will be praying for several individuals in my life who need to see the life of Christ manifest in their situations. God said it. I believe it.

Bless you! Cheers.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Valuable Pause

After my extremely short visit (barely more than a handshake and a greeting) with the Pain Management Specialist yesterday, Tim and I took advantage of a few hours by ourselves. We stopped by a French cafe in the town we were in and had dinner together. Alone. It was a cherished pause from everyday life.

I'm grateful for some time away, even if the cause was a (literal) pain-in-the-neck!

The only issue I had with the whole experience was one of the words painted on the mirror behind Tim. Can you see the problem? It drove me nuts the whole time I was there. (Anyone coming to suspect I've watched a bit too much Monk?)

And in case anyone's forgotten what a Big Day the 24th is, here's a reminder:

See you all there?! (What do you think it would take to get Heather to eat a snail? LOL!)


Monday, May 19, 2008


Yesterday my daughter, McKenna, had a dance recital. Her very first one. She was amazing! To celebrate how well she did, we took her out for Dairy Queen. McKenna will be six on Wednesday and is learning to read and wanting to spell everything. She will randomly scream a word and then attempt to spell it, or when you are in the store she asks what every word is. Truthfully, it can drive me crazy, but I know she's just learning and we all try to help her out.
We were coming home from Dairy Queen when she yells, "I can spell church". I tell her that's a very big word and to give it a try. She spells B-U-T-T.

I bet you can't tell her brother was in the back seat coaching her! LOL! What is it with boys and the word butt?