Feb 28, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Clara's mom typically writes but late last year Clara (age 10) started writing on her own! In her first letter she said "can you believe it's really me, Clara, writing to you?!" How precious is that?!
Feb 26, 2009
Anyway, check out this video, it's stinkin' hilarious. I wish I had something more insightful to write about. I am sure I could, but I'm not feeling up to it. We are now officially in the Lenten season. I'm not "giving up" anything but I am excited about our 40-Days of Water Challenge!
ERR! YouTube is being a PAIN... I can't embed the video b/c it's not letting me copy the link. Click HERE and it will take you to the site to watch it. Sorry for anyone who has me in their reader and can't access YouTube at work for any reason... It's *totally* worth it to come back and watch this, soooo funny!
(What's not funny is Luka peeing on my bathroom rug and throwing up on the floor... it's like kids...)
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
In November, Abbie set up a Fast and Feast Challenge for Thanksgiving... I didn't fast, but I did pray during my time slot and at random times throughout the day. This idea sparked D and I to try our own challenge... but it didn't exactly go as planned...
So I'm trying yet another challenge. This time, I am going to do better!
Here's the plan... to drink only WATER for 40 Days!
We'll begin on March 1st and continue through April 9th (lenten season). Blood:Water Mission, the organization hosting the challenge, is suggesting that the money participants would have spent on beverages be donated towards their well fund. I think there are a few options here; that is one, another is sending the money to your favorite charity, or simply using this challenge as a time to reflect and remember those less fortunate and to remind ourselves of Him who truly satisfies thirst.
BWM was founded by Jars of Clay, a passionate group of musicians with a heart for Africa! Read more about how BWM was founded here.
Blood:Water Mission has a shop on their site that has some really neat water bottles. I happen to be a fan of Nalgene myself and even contributed my two cents to our company's blog.
Don't forget to check out Blood:Water Mission's blog!
I'm sure I'll post more about this later... lunchtime blogging is just not sufficient enough! :)
Feb 22, 2009
Now if I could only figure out how to make a tote... I printed a really cute pattern last week but it is WAY too advanced for me. Instead, I found a $1 Care Bear tote I bought at Target last year for one of my kids and apparently forgot I had it. If I feel daring I may try to make a pattern from it. I don't think it will be too hard... but I'm not really one for patterns.
I didn't use anything to make the grocery bag thing, but then, it wasn't really hard to figure out so I guess that's not saying anything. I just don't see why I couldn't free hand everything, right? That's the way I learned how to play piano (by ear) and guitar, and saxaphone, so I blame my music background for preventing me from using sewing patterns. That's fair.
I really have nothing too exciting to say so, if you even made it this far I owe you a box of Girl Scout Cookies!
-Wet Ones wet wipes (I have a few types, you can never have enough!)
-Nail file, nail clippers, comb, lotion, chapstick, lipstick, facial moisturizer travel sized
-Japanese rice paper mom brought back from Japan last summer
-Market bag rolled up
-Poop bags (Always a must have!)
-Note pad, pen (Seriously, I only had one pen in there?! I usually have at least 8!)
-Extra dog collar (Left over from trip to the mountains last weekend.)
-Granola bars (Restocked weekly.)
So, what's in YOUR bag?
Feb 20, 2009
An Unfettered Mind
The less you have, the less you have to distract you from God.
To become poor is to know the richness of God.
The danger of building up riches is that an accumulation of wealth
makes it easy to succumb to a self-complacency which makes God superfluous.
Without clinging to anything, we must patiently stand before God with open hands.
Jesus is not asking us to get rid of our possessions; he is asking us to lose our attachment to them.
He knows an unfettered mind is essential to reaching the emptiness where God can meet us.
- Choose fabric for the quilt I'm
makingattempting to make.
- Finish catching up on Bible study.
- Go to the bookstore to buy Riven that my friend Kalaya insists I read.
- Clean the house from the dirtiness I brought back from the mountains.
- Stop by other work to pick out my free, defective item of the month (gear returns).
- Sew something. (Anything.)
- Make homemade bread. (I blame Jess for this...)
- Run. (I don't really want to do this though.)
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
My friend David Aldridge has always been there. We met when we took our instructor course together several years ago. We've worked together planning events, support groups, and all things in between. His wife worked for my stepdad years ago and they were just great people. David was HIV+. He also had cancer. I talked to him before I left for the mountains and I knew he was sick. I knew his brain tumor was back and I knew he was struggling.
I said a prayer for him, and for his wife. But I knew he would bounce back. He always does. He'd been battling HIV and cancer for years. He was a fighter. When he was sick, I worried, but I didn't panic because he always got better. He always did.
The tumor caused seizures and convulsions so he was medically induced into a coma. Last night, his soul went to Heaven. David was the happiest, most upbeat person you could meet. He was real. He was my go-to person when I needed help with someone who was newly infected. He was my go-to person when I needed a boost in my work. More importantly, he was loved by everyone who knew him and he will be missed more than he could ever know.
Today, I am sad that I have lost a friend, but I am comforted in knowing that he is with the Lord and in a place with no pain or struggle. Please pray for David's family.
Feb 15, 2009
The Blue Ridge Parkway is gorgeous, most especially during the spring and summer when the flora is in bloom, but I love it in the winter months because you can really see how its beauty gives it its name.
We drove out to Graveyard Fields (sounds creepy, I know... a fire burned the area years ago and the trees looked like grave markers so that's how it got its name) earlier today and hiked several miles. It was a perfect day to be outside. I think the high was 50 but with the wind it was more like 45 or a little below that. Above is D at the upper falls. We finally made our way there after a few horse trail side hikes.
We were done with the trail and thought we were also done with inclines... then we remembered the stairs we had to climb to get to the car. Ugh. We were tired. My legs burned from having to carry little Miss Sunshine over some of the rocks. There weren't enough spaces for her feet without a slick surface. Why don't dog booties come with vibram soles?!
Back on the road to the cabin, we decided to stop at an overlook to take a picture of Looking Glass Rock. This would have been a great hike but not something for our little trailblazer. I think it would have been way too difficult for her if not just down right impossible. The trail is pretty rough from what I understand, but the view is worth it. I actually liked looking at the rock from the parkway myself... but then, I'm pretty easy to please.
Feb 14, 2009
Since it rained this morning we're saving our longer day hike for tomorrow. We spent today at a few shops around town. We drove out to some outdoor shops then hit up some dog stores for Nola. She ended up with a few treats that are impossible to find back home, and a few that are find-able at home but are more than twice the price. Needless to say, we stocked up. But I blame D for that since he started the trend with antlers (plural).
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Feb 13, 2009
We found a great trail off the Parkway, the weather has been perfect!!! It was a little warm on the way up the trail but by the time we came back we were glad we'd brought our heavier jackets.
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 8, 2009
Anyway, I came across Joy's blog via another blog (adoption of course :)) and saw a really cute bag she made. It was adorable so I emailed to ask her about making one for me (my sewing skills are soooo not quite there!). I got it last week and LOVE it (thanks Joy!)! I can't wait to start using it! I can't decide if I will use it for my knitting or as my "car" bag for travel trips. I suppose I could use it for either and all but then I couldn't justify another at some point. See how I roll? ;)
Here's my cute tote:
And here's my cute pup after our tiring day playing outside in the beautiful weather:
(By the way, you can't smell her but she smells divine! She's just had a bath and is obviously ready for bed!)
Oh! I almost forgot! Ethiopia! Later this month I will be matched with a child from Ethiopia through Hope Chest. Tom Davis, who wrote Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds, has just returned from Ethiopia with information about children from a couple of orphanages. These children are not eligible for adoption and thus will always live in a home. I'll post more later. I'm not sure how much information I will be able to share but I will post when I learn more. It's very exciting!
On another note while I'm thinking about it -- Irene left for Rwanda yesterday. She's going to be getting in touch with Sister Pat and I'll know more about what transpired with the medical situation. I'm waiting to hear from Dr. Gleason to see if Hope Aid can be of any help too. Not too much of an update but hopefully we'll know more soon. I imagine Irene will email me when she's spoken to Sister. They'll be in Rwanda for a month so it could be a few weeks before I find out what's going on.
I'm looking forward to a warm week with temps in the 60s! Can't wait!