“If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”~Betty Reese
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
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?
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
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
- The Stock Market
- Why I think I need another purse
- 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
For the full story, click here.
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 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."
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.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
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!!!)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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?
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.
- 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.
Your turn! Can't wait to read your answers!
(For Denise and Jodi... sorry, I forgot to use Mr Linky! Here he is.)
"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."
- 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.
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-
I'm sure that Nancy over at Chocolate Ink is thrilled tonight, he's from her home town!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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
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!)