Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Okay thanks to Rebecca Barnes and her cool Roots and Reflections blog. She tagged me so I'm tagging others!

The Rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.

3. Tag 7 (okay I only did 3) random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

#1 I rate public bathrooms based on cleanliness, smell, overall appearance, amenities, and comfy-ness. Overall Waffle Houses and gas stations (who have bathrooms that aren't in the convenience mart area) rate the lowest while the Ritz Carlton and Carrabbas rate the highest.

#2 I HATE surprises but I NEVER want to know my Christmas presents until I open them. Otherwise it ruins Christmas.

#3 I was formerly not a dog person and now have a big slobbery black lab that I officially love.

#4 I'm growing my hair out for locks of love.

#5 I often rearrange my furniture in a desire to have a new look with out having to buy new stuff.

#6 I am both cheap and extravagant.

#7 I'm a knowledge junkie but every time I think I know a lot I realize just how naive I am.



Feel free to play along in any way you wish!

Until Everyone Hears,

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vision Devotional

A friend of mine sent this today and I thought I'd share:

vision devotional

Complete the Work

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Tell Archippus: 'See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.'" (Col 4:17).

Have you ever driven by a construction project that was half finished but was now abandoned? It is a lasting testimony of something that had a vision, often with significant money invested, but something happened that killed the project.

Why do projects fail to be completed? There could be a number of reasons. There could have been a failure to raise adequate funds to complete it. There could have been a fall-out among management. The project could have been simply ill-conceived.

Good planning is key to estimating what it will take to complete a project. "Then the LORD replied: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time ?'" ( Hab 2:2-3).

We must conceive the project and clearly write out the vision with detailed specifications that identify what will be needed to complete it. Entrepreneurs have a tendency to conceive projects without estimating the financial and manpower requirements to complete the projects. Many a project has died because of this trait in entrepreneurs.

Great entrepreneurs understand their need to have detail-people around them that can take their ideas and put the details around them. These are wise entrepreneurs who have learned to complement their weakness with those who can help them achieve their vision.

Do you have a vision for a work God has called you to do? Identify what will be needed to achieve success.

Until Everyone Hears,

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Monday, November 24, 2008

The Thanksgiving Curse

being thankful during hard times

Thankfulness during hard seasons:

Our family apparently has a Thanksgiving curse upon us. I have no idea when it really started or who wished it upon us but we definitely have one. The problem isn't that our Thanksgivings are so horribly bad, but that one of us (or a few of us) always get seriously ill during the holiday. Not gravely ill. And more than sick. But ill enough to require either a trip to the hospital or many doctors visits or even once the use of an airline "baggie".

Well this year has been no exception. The curse struck early in our house this year. I guess I'm thankful that it didn't hit while we were on the road but I am a bit peeved that it canceled our trip altogether. This year the victim was my husband - who NEVER gets sick but has been hit twice by the curse. One year it was due to a certain cousins clams casino. This year he got the Canadian crud (we're calling it this as he just returned from Canada). It was bad enough for him to cancel our trip and go to the doctor three times!

I have been hit twice by the curse as well. I am the famous one to use the "baggie" and last year I had a horrible cold/sinus infection along with morning sickness. Never a good combo. The worst part of that was we weren't telling people I was expecting yet so I just seemed like a hormonal weenie.

So even though I'm spared the car ride to NY, I will miss seeing everyone and the cool side trips we had planned along the way. Instead I'm grateful for having family here that I can celebrate with and that I didn't get the curse yet (knock on wood).

So I guess its true, God can turn any curse into a blessing if he wants to. He's even spared my husband's life. Not from the crud (which is painful but not fatal) but from me as he's been home for one full week "working" and I haven't killed him yet!

Until Everyone Hears,

Monday, November 17, 2008

Planning a Trip

We're planning for a trip to New York. We leave on Friday and are driving with the 3 kids. Our planned stops are Raleigh, Washington DC, Phili/New Jersey, and finally Latham, NY. Driving may seem like a headache but is actually the lesser of two evils this time of year. For one thing it will save us around $1000 and we get the benefit of seeing some cool things along the way. I'll keep you posted of the fun times we have.

Until Everyone Hears,

Friday, November 14, 2008

Geekin Out!

I've just spent the past two hours totally geeking out. I'm trying to link my twitter, picasa, facebook, blog, and youtube accounts so there's one stop shopping for all my media communication desires.

It was easier said than done. Or wait maybe it wasn't. It totally sounds like I'm speaking another language. And in a sense I am.

I started this social electronic networking journey as a means of evangelism. Of course now I realize that the evangelism has come to me. I now see the good news about the many ways to communicate with people. That's what Jesus was all about right? Communicating a message in ways that everyone will understand. But he also spoke in parables in order to make things fun.

This is what I'm trying to get out of Al Gore's information super highway. Communicating who I am but also finding out who others are. It doesn't bring me closer to God or get other people into heaven, but it does bring me closer to other people.

So even though sending you a God Rocks! piece of flair probably won't convert you, it does brighten your day or make you laugh. And it's a small step toward something bigger.

Until Everyone Hears,

Friday, November 7, 2008

Election Results

As I watched the election returns on Tuesday, I thought I'd be upset or anxious. Very few of my candidates made it (of course I did vote for one libertarian). And the ones that did make it I wasn't all that fired up about to begin with. But instead of feeling distraught, I felt so happy and proud. I was excited to see our constitutional system at work. I was pleased that people everywhere were voting and were attentive to the results. People were celebrating!

How I wish there were more things like this to celebrate. It seems that just days after the election the newness has worn off and the sky is falling once again - or at least the economy. People seem to focus on the doom and gloom. But the sun still came up this morning and will still come up tomorrow so instead of the negativity lets remember what we have to celebrate. I've made a list of my gratitude. Maybe you should think of yours. It will certainly make you smile!

My family
Our new baby
Freedom to vote
Fall colors
Cool weather
The gift of laughter
My needs being met
The people I've met through Lighthouse
Being able to start a new church
My health
My parents are still here
John's parents are still here
The wisdom God has given me
our new dog
watching my children play
hearing them laugh
catching up with old friends on facebook
my small group and their cool questions
all the books I have to read
and on and on and on....

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