“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Be Still and Know...

Why do I need to be still?

As I was listening to a set of motivational audio cds in the car today, I was hit with the fact that -- to become more like someone... ideally, it would be best to spend time with them. I mean, if you had the chance to meet Martha Stewart and ask her questions versus trying to be like Martha just hanging out at your house alone and fiddling around with a craft or recipe... Which would you choose? You would choose to meet Martha. Or if you wanted to be a really incredible golfer like Tiger Woods, would you choose to go to the golf course alone and try to be like Tiger OR would you choose to actually meet Tiger Woods and receive instruction?

Well, it hit me. I want to be like Jesus. So, should I just go out and try to be like Jesus? Maybe serve in a ministry or two? OR... should I spend time with Him? Getting to know Him? Asking Him questions? Receiving instruction from Him?

Well, sometimes, I get it backwards. I think, well, Jesus wants me to be serving Him all the time. Really? Or does He want me to know Him well enough... that when people look at me they see Him?

"Be Still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10 NIV

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Let's Get Inspirational!

I stopped by The Cottage Nest today (after checking Bloglines and seeing there was a new post on her blog!). Jen said that she was participating in her first ever swap. She called it "A Happy Miscellany Craft Swap" at the Domestic Bliss blog. So, I decided to take a look...

Well, I'm jazzed to say that I'm going to participate, too... How about you? You have to sign-up by Friday, October 26th. It's things like this that keep life interesting... creative... inspirational! Basically, you fill a box with the fun things listed with about a $10 total value. I'm thinking have I got fun stuff to swap!

Saturday, I went with a friend to Roses Glassworks and look what I created! It is a "fused glass" plate. It's hard to take a photo that really shows off the beauty of this creation, so you'll just have to come over for a cup of tea and have a glimpse.


I was talking with a fellow blogger about checking each of my favorite places to visit (blogs) to see if there was a new post. She told me about Bloglines. I guess there are other ways to track blogs, but this I found to be convenient. (For example, Xanga has the capability right on the blogs, but blogger doesn't.) Now, I just go to one page and it tells me who (from my "favorite places to visit") has been creating posts lately. Pretty cool, huh?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The real truth behind why I had to throw out a perfectly good cup of coffee...

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Last Wednesday was a strange day for me.

I ended up dropping my cell phone in my coffee.

Yes, you read that right.

Not only did the cell phone not work, but I had to throw out the coffee. Who really knows where that cell phone had been?

Okay, so I like my coffee in a coffee mug. I just carry it out to the car (half full...or half empty...well, I'm trying to be optimistic here) and it doesn't fit in the drink holder (you know the handle gets in the way) so ... anyway ... I'm pulling out of the garage, putting down the garage door, looking for anyone in the cul-de-sac, turning off the radio, so that I can call Anthony who is on travel on the way to drop Christopher off at school.

Then I realize that I'm just not capable of doing all of this at once, so I throw the phone into my lap and PLOP! right into the coffee.

Go Ahead. LOL!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Confessions of a Marathon Enthusiast's Wife

Still Smiling after 26.2 Miles

Anthony completed his 5th marathon on Sunday, October 7th... well, if you add in the Ultra (50 Miler) from last year that would make 6!

So, what do I do while he's running 26.2 miles?
  • Find place to park
  • Say quick hello at start
  • Try to find friend who is walking marathon
  • Missing seeing Anthony at the 1.5 mile mark
  • Run to car
  • Decide to duck into marathoners to cross street... gee, that felt good!
  • Drive close to mile markers 7 and 11
  • Try to figure out where to park
  • See Anthony at mile 7 and mile 11
  • Run back to car
  • Can't find car
  • Ask around -- no one is from around here
  • Think... if I could only look at my map
  • Realize that the map is in car
  • Go into coffee shop to get help
  • Start to cry
  • Someone thinks nursery is "over there" can he give me a lift? No, thanks...
  • Walk "over there" to find car
  • Keep crying as I'm driving to 20 Mile marker
  • Park
  • Pay attention to where I have parked this time
  • Arrive 20 Mile Marker
  • Fiddle with camera which persists flashing
  • Meet up with Anthony at 20 mile
  • Give encouragement without revealing I've been crying
  • Back to car to head to finish line
  • Yeah! I found the car this time!
  • Try to find a place to park near finish line
  • Park
  • Pay attention to where I have parked
  • Run to finish line
  • Try to cross path of runners
  • Get in trouble with marathon volunteers
  • Make it to finish line
  • See Anthony cross finish line for first time ever at a marathon
  • Cross back over path of runners
  • Without being noticed by aforementioned marathon volunteers
  • Hang around for about 30 minutes in waiting area
  • Pick up freebies (dishwashing liquid?)
  • Munch on free sandwich wraps
  • Cell phone rings
  • Meet up with Anthony
  • Walk to car... slowly
  • Yeah! I found the car, again!
  • Drive home
  • Crash on couch
  • Drive to Red Robin to pick up a burger for marathon finisher
  • Park
  • Pay attention to where I have parked...
Well, there are no medals for a Marathon Enthusiast's Wife.
What would I do with a medal anyway?
Knit it a cozy?

Congratulations, honey!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Go Ahead
Start Counting
Your Blessings

1. Early Girl 2. Roma 3. Brandywine 4. Willamette...

Well, ladybug can start counting her blessings! She won the first ever freebie giveaway at The Leaking Window. Congratulations! I'd mail the prize to you, but it would be quicker to just hand it over on Sunday...

Last week, during my grief class, the teacher handed out tally sheets for counting our blessings. We were to write down five things for the next seven days without any repeats. Five things a day that were pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy...

I'll share some things that I listed that I'm grateful for...

  • God's Love
  • Anthony
  • Christopher
  • Uniball Impact Retractable Bold Gel Pens (in black)
  • Lemon Dasani Water
  • Unexpected Sunshine (in Portland!)
  • Scented Candles
  • Soft Yarn
  • Velcro
  • Friends
  • Peanut Butter
  • The Color Pink
  • Blogging
  • Coffee
  • Inn at Perry Cabin
  • BibleGateway.com
  • My Garden
She said if we did this for the next 21 days we would change our lives. Okay, I'm game. Are you?

So, tell me... what are you thankful for?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

My New Friend, Vera

It has been two weeks since my last post. I almost feel like I have forgotten how to blog. Hopefully, it will be like riding a bike...

I recently purchased a Vera Bradley bag. I had no idea that they were so light and durable. I have been lugging around leather for so long...sometimes I can barely even tell I'm wearing a bag. (It is funny...I had just read about how the weight of our handbag should be less than 10 pounds! in Real Simple Magazine.)

Well, last week while browsing my local Hallmark store (you know Cindy's, the one by QFC), I happened upon their final day of 75% off their Vera Bradley clearance. I saw this "Cards and Cuties Black/Espresso" (pictured above in front of my new purse)... and I thought what a great idea for a little giveaway.

So, to thank you kind friends (and family!) who visit my blog or even if this is your first visit ever, I'd like to offer this little giveaway. Please leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, October 10th. I'll have Christopher pick a name at random and announce the "winner" the next day.

Thanks for all of your encouraging comments and e-mails. They are much appreciated! Anthony has said my primary love language is "words of affirmation." (hee, hee!)