Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas conversation with my sister...

Kathy - "Do you want me to make some coffee?"

Me - "Uh, have you met me?!" (said sarcastically)

Kathy - "I don't know. Which personality am I talking to?"

Ahhh, the joys of family!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas so far....

The day before Christmas eve:
Jamison gets a fever of 103.7. Tests negative for strep and flu. The doctor says,"Rub him down with a cool cloth to keep the fever down. Use water not alcohol. Jamison says, "I don't drink alcohol!".
His fever broke shortly after.

Christmas eve -
The dog ran away for 3 hours! We ate lunch an hour late because we were looking for him. He came home on his own.

Christmas day..... Hopefully no drama! Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Prayer

I received this in an e-mail today. I know I needed to read it so I've decided to re-post.

Heavenly Father
, Help us remember that the jerk who
cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine
hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the
laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who
can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old
college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams
with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging
for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a
slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares .
Help us to remember that the old couple walking
annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are
savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back
last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together .
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the
gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that
love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are
close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to
forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Book Review: Primal

Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the Great Commandment. Seems simple enough. So why have we made it so complicated?

In Primal, Mark Batterson takes us on a journey exploring each of these elements. He takes us back to the place where we first met God. The time when the things that break our hearts are the things that break the heart of God. It's time for the church to go back to the place where our faith was simple, and where our love for God and people burned passionately within us.

As with his previous books, I found myself reading a chapter then meditating and processing the truths found within. My heart was stirred. My passion for God and the things that He's passionate about reignited.

Primal means "of first importance." I think the New Year is about getting back to important things.
I want to invite you to be part of the primal movement. Would you consider making Primal the first book you read in 2010? You can get your copy here.

Christmas Card Etiquette 101!

Every year I send LOTS of Christmas cards. There are a couple of reasons for that:

1) Several years ago I went to church with a family that home schooled their 7 children. They used the Christmas cards people sent them and prayed for the people who sent them. I'm all about getting as much prayer as possible so I started sending them a card every year!

A couple of years later I realized that I was having to delete people off my list because of divorce, suicide, death...It made me sad and I was burdened. So, I started printing an extra copy of my list and praying for everyone who I sent cards to. (P.S. I wrote a blog on my myspace page explaining what I was doing. I told anyone that wanted to added to my list to send me their address. The invitation is now open to you dear readers).

2) I LOVE getting hand written letters in the mail! Letter writing is a lost art in this e-mail/social networking age. Just last month I received a handwritten letter from my pastor. It was really special to me that he took the time. I need to write more often.

3) The more cards I send the more I get. Christmas cards bring me joy...usually.

Today, I received one that did NOT bring joy! Thus, the title and purpose of this little post!

Every year I send a card to the lady that lived next door to me growing up. When I was young I spent a lot of days sitting on her porch, playing with her grandson, and learning (sort of) how to crochet. The older I got the more I really didn't want to go visit. She would always make negative comments about my weight ad generally annoying, nosy comments about my life.
Despite all that I always send her a Christmas card. A few years ago she moved to Florida to live in an assisted living home and be near her son. I got her new address and continue to send her cards. Just so she knows I'm thinking of her (and because I'm really that awesome...LOL). ANYWAY, I mailed her a week ago. I wrote a short paragraph wishing her a Merry Christmas ad letting her know I was thinking of her. I send about 100 cards now so I don't write long narratives. Today, I got a card from her. Inside was a post it note that read..."Why didn't you tell me what's going on in your life. Are there no prospects for you to get married anytime soon".
SERIOUSLY???!!! No Merry Christmas. Thanks for the card. Thinking of you. Still meddling and criticizing my life! GRRRRRRRRR!

I'm thinking she might be off the list next year! I have a year to pray about it (and for her).