Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hats off to Granny and Her 99 Years of Living!

Birthdays are a big deal at any age. But when you turn 97, 98, or 99, it certainly warrants an enormous celebration. Having done a pioneer party and an American Idol party, we were looking for another idea that fit our loving, hilarious, sweet, silly, Granny. One thing she is famous for, (besides her quilts!) is taking pictures with hats and other things (even a lampshade) on her head. I will post those pictures sometime. (Mom, can you email them to me?) So we decided that everyone would wear a hat in honor of Granny and that we did. Granny laughed it up, even if at 99, she is just now starting to feel her age. She hasn't been at her best lately and her comment... "I guess I am just getting old." Too funny. Prayers for granny and praises for a lovely 99th birthday.

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School

We are now the proud parents of one 7th a third grader and a first grader.

Heavens to Besty... this is freaking me out!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fun in the Mud

Call me crazy.

I signed the kids up for the mud run on probably the hottest day of the year. It was brutal out there, I tell ya, brutal. It was over 100 and there's no telling what the heat index was. I know this: it was HOT SNOT.

And dirty. Scratch that. Filthy.
but we were with friends....and family....and worked hard...and well, the kids had a blast.
How often can you just get as yucky dirty as possible and your parents don't yell at you?Look at Ana in the middle; proof that kids can get just as dirty or clean as they set their minds to! That was a great accomplishment Ana :)
at the end, the firefighters hosed them clean and as Nana (who came out and watched the action) said, "Every time you get a chance to do something fun in life, you should take it!"

Friday, August 20, 2010

Luke's First Work of Non-Fikshun

He titled it "Non Fikshun"

Wosubus a tim (once upon a time), ther wus a dog namd wilsin.

he was my dog. he cud cum hir win you sed "Wilsin cum her boy!"

But won tim I was riding my scootr, I rod rit bi him and he ran rit in frut of me.

I hit him, but he srvivd. he rin rit undr the car. he sat down but he was ok.

True Story!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The River's Deep, The River's Wide

The River's Waters are ALIVE so sink or swim.... I'm Diving IN!
Just a few pics from our semi-annual trip south to Hunt, Texas and the Guadalupe River.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Why Tom is One of the Best Things That Ever Happened to Me

I have been reading through some of my old diaries and journals lately. I kept a pretty accurate record of my life for at least ten of my formative years. Peeking back into those curly cursived pages, I realized something: I haven't really changed that much.

My emotions threatened to drown me then; there is always some kind of flood stage in my life now. Warning: Rising Water. It's not something I can or ever could control. My mom always told me I was making a mountain out of a molehill. And I'm sure I was. But that didn't change the physical pain that came with the cascade of feelings. Believe me, if I could change it I would. It's UNPLEASANT.

In one of my journals, I copied down this quote by Cynthia Swindoll: "Depression... black as a thousand midnights in a cypress swamp. Lonliness that is indescribable. Confusion regarding God. Frustration with life and circumstances. The feeling that you have been abandoned, that you are worthless. Unlovable. The pain is excruciating."

Does this sound Ultra-dramatic? Yep? Hurtful to everyone who loves me? I'm sorry. But those are the things that the devil regularly plants in my mind. And it is a bloody war to fight them off.

Does this weakness make me less of a Christian, feeble as a woman, and miniscule as a mother? In the end, I don't believe so. It gives me a chance to live out "In my weakness, HE is strong." It gives me an element of life that God definitely wanted me to experience.

I think of David, a man after God's own heart, who cried out in desperation while seeking God. His emotioned rocked his world. Thank God I didn't marry a David.

I married a Tom who is about as cool as a fresh drink beachside in Costa Rica. He doesn't get me. Thank God. There are honestly times he has no idea what I'm talking about. But he loves me. And he is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Because of him, I've had 14 1/2 years of emotional stability.

I thought it was just that I had matured. Grown out of my feelings. But ever so often (see here and here) when they come roaring back, I realize that those monsters are still there, held at bay by God of course, and a marriage to a man who is strong and loyal and at times braindead. haha. Just the polar opposite of me. Which is just what I need.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Faith Thoughts Found

Looking back through one of the many, old, spiral notebooks I poured my thoughts into from 6th grade through college, I found a page with these sayings. Some of them have stuck by my side through the years. I put those in bold. The rest are no less meaningful. They still gave me some straight talk that I really needed to hear. I hope you enjoy them.

Faith is remembering I am God's priceless treasure when i feel utterly worthless.

When I try I fail, when I trust I succeed.

Never put a ? where God puts a .

Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to.

Seek God's face, not His hands.

Nothing is or can be accidental with God.

God's answers are wiser than our prayers.

You are either leaving your mark on the world, or it is leaving it's mark on you.

Stay humble or stumble.

Our lives are never more secure than when they are abandoned to God.

Can you take it? Hammering hardens steel, but crumbles putty.

Don't plan then pray; pray then plan.

There are times when God asks nothing of His children but silence, patience and tears.

Peace of mind depends on strength of mind.

Some people talk more about their problems than praying for them.

It may be difficult to wait on the Lord, but it's worse to wish you had.

Dissappointments are all HIS appointments, so put HIM between you and your circumstances.

One of the devil's temptations is to occupy the mind with the past and future so as to neglect eh present.

No one is so empty as when he is filled with thoughts of himslef.

We die by living to ourselves. We live by dying to ourselves.

Nothing shows more accurately what we are than the way we meet trials and difficulties.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Uh-Oh Hawk

You've heard of a mowhawk.

You've heard of a faux hawk.

but have you ever heard of an uh-oh hawk?

That is when mommy asks daddy to run baby boy by and get a quick haircut today please.

When mommy sees baby boy....

UH OH!!!!!