Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I do the Doz

Usually, if I participate in the Random Dozen, I try to get it up EARLY.  That didn't happen this week.  Lidna over at 2nd Cup's meme is up and ready to linky.

1.What is your favorite Mexican dish?

Chile rellenos. Green chile chicken enchiladas. Or Christmas (red + green chile) or….hey, I live in NM…I can’t choose.

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?

Right away, usually.

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?

An antique store? Mor?

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?

Yes…worked in the cafeteria and got free lunch. Pizza Fridays….mmmmmmmmm

5. Is religion a crutch?

Organized religion can be. I have a relationship with God. It’s not a crutch. It is my entire life and reason for being.  I think that organized religion can become a rote practice in which one doesn't have to think, but they just kind of put themselves on autopilot and go through the motions.  The rituals can be comforting because they are familiar, but they don't make any impact on anyone.  Changed lives change lives.

6. In your region, what is the "big" (most popular in the community or state) high school sport?

Football & basketball…but soccer is catching up.

7. Do you consider yourself rich?

I am richly blessed. Monetarily, it’s pretty much subjective. If you have access to $20 in cash you are wealthier than something like 80% of the world’s population. If you are asking about other riches, I am rich beyond measure.

8. Which of these would you have the best chance for success in administering:


B) Heimlich Maneuver

C) Changing a flat tire

CPR. They just simplified it. Do it to the beat of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees and you’re good.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:

A) Salsa

B) Hip Hop

C) Waltz

D) Swing

Waltz…someday I will dance at my children’s weddings and I don’t want to totally embarrass them.

10. What's the worst news you've ever delivered to someone?

I had to tell some of the kids in my youth group that their aunt had died from an overdose. While they were at my oldest son’s graduation party. Tragic. And once I had to tell close friends that they had been betrayed publicly.

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.

The calories in a Frontier cinnamon roll are conversely effected by the amount of caffeine consumed and the laughter of the people with whom you consume said roll and caffeine.

12. New variation on an old question: If there's a song in your head that just won't get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?

This is so embarrassing. “California girls, we’re unforgettable; Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top. Sun kissed skin so hot we’ll melt your popsicle oh-oh-oh-oh-oh”

Now that I've totally humiliated myself, post your own and link up.

Monday, August 16, 2010

All the news that fits...

This is a sad post.

My heart is heavy.

I just read about two toddlers whose bodies were recovered from their mother’s car that was submerged in a river.   Poor babies….they never had a chance. The circumstances surrounding the deaths are suspicious. Although the article meagerly attempts to be unbiased, it’s obvious that the mom has been all but convicted, at least in the reporter’s mind.

At the end of the article, we are reminded of Susan Smith, who in 1994 was convicted in the deaths of her own two children in a similarly chilling incident, also in South Carolina.

I’m not saying that in this latest incident the mother is guilty of anything. But I’m so sad.

We live in the information age. Horrid and sickening news is pounded at us until we risk becoming calloused. I can’t help but wonder…IF this mom did this intentionally, would she have thought up that little idea all by herself, or did she glean the idea from the Nancy Grace-est type reporting that sensationalizes this kind of thing? You can be sure that we’ll hear about it for weeks to come on Ms. Grace’s show. It is a show…I can’t bring myself to call it a newscast.

And yet. Today in the United States 4,000 or so innocent babies were killed. They were ripped from what should be the safest place on earth and torn limb from limb by surgical abortion. Did that make front page headlines? Will we hear about this? Or have people become immune to hearing about it?

(to read more about Christ-centered Pro-Life, visit Bryan Kemper’s blog )

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's Ba-a-ck!

Lidna over at 2nd Cup ( )has come off of hiatus for the Random Dozen, a fun meme where you answer 12 seemingly random questions.  Join in, won't you?  - Sorry, unable to add links in the text, so they are in parenthesis....
1. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

At my nieces wedding watching my extended family attempt to dance. We gots us some MOVES!

2. If you found $10 today, what would you do with it?

Spend it on school fees at registration this week, probably.  Or a new bridge for my new electric violin...

3. Do you volunteer anywhere?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…..(I work at a church and have four kids…what do you think?)

4. What is your favorite summertime veggie or fruit, and how do you eat it?

Strawberries. No, raspberries. No, wait..blueberries…OK…BERRIES! Yes! In a boat, with a goat, in a house, with a mouse, here there, everywhere…well, you get the idea.

5. Is your social sphere (circle of friends) small, medium or large?

Close circle is smallish...probably four REALLY close friends. Extended “family” is large…  (I work at a church and have four kids..what do you think?)

6. When was the last time you attended a family or school reunion? How did that go?

See # 1..said niece’s wedding was pretty much a family reunion of sorts. It was awe.some.

7. When you're feeling blue, what is the best way someone can cheer you up?

Send me a text, drop me an email or leave me a note telling me they are praying for me and love me!

8. Have you taken a vacation this summer?

See # 1 and #6 (it was multi-purpose)

9. What is the most unnecessary item you carry with you all the time?

A mirror in my purse. Second only to the hairbrush in there…seldom used away from home.

10. What is the best summer flick you have seen so far?

Totally embarrassing…the only movie I’ve seen in the theater since…February? is Shrek III…or IV…not sure where they are. I watched The Book of Eli from Netflix…it was quite good. And I’m currently watching the Starz series Pillars of the Earth, also on Netflix. As it’s one of my favorite novels, and they are treating it well, I’m really enjoying that, too.

11. Describe a perfect summer day.

Coffee on the porch with Ted watching the sun come up…a little Facebook, a little breakfast, a little workout…a lot of hanging out…a little nap and a lazy float down the river in an inner tube before a thunderstorm…

12. Please a share a favorite photo from the summer so far!
Way too many favorites to choose just one....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


August of 2010 is a mere four days old, and it's already been a doozy.

There's been heartbreak surrounding me.  Mine and the hearts of those I love.  I prayed for ruin.  I prayed for God to ruin me.  To ruin them.  Control freak that I am, I didn't want it to happen this way.  Ruin.  Already, through it all, I am seeing growth and strength.  New shoots of hope.  I choose to believe in You, God.  I believe that You have me (and them) in the palm of Your hand.  I believe that we need our brokenness and that You will see us through and heal us.  I believe that You will turn ashes into beauty. Help my unbelief.  If grace is an ocean, we are all sinking, like the song says.  And like Dory says, just keep swimming.

Monday evening, (note here:  day 2) I got a text that the restaurant next door to our church was on fire.  Hopped in the biggerredtruck and there I found (and I promise I am NOT exaggerating here--not that I'm prone to that or anything) 9..yes NINE fire/emergency vehicles, including 2 ladder trucks on OUR roof with firefighters carrying axes around up there.  Scary stuff.  After waiting around for at least an hour and a half, they allowed us to go inside to check for damage.  It was hazy/smoky inside and we had a little bit of water that had seeped under the walls, but everything seemed okay for the most part.  Then, when I went to the hallway by the back door I heard horrible hissing and smelled a LOT of gas.  The firefighters that were with us had little air quality meters with them that started going crazy and they asked us to exit the building.  Now.  We did.  Apparently, they tried to shut off the gas at the meter in back, and in the process broke the valve off.  No, the fire department is NOT run by BP.  Firefighters stayed overnight to make sure everything was ok, and by the next morning our power was restored.  So, for the last two days, I've been there moving stuff into or out of the closet.  And assembling new shelves.  A true exercise in patience.  Not too much damage for us.  But some ruin.  And the restaurant will have to be closed for at least a month.  The family that owns it is in tatters.  They are devastated.  Newly immigrated to this country, they were attempting to live out the American dream.  They were already struggling mightily.  More heartbreak.  More ruin.

Do you remember when Extreme Home Makeover first started?  They used the bones of the existing houses and just remodeled.  They quickly realized that they got better results when they tore down and completely rebuilt.  It might be dramatic, but the finished work can take your breath away.  You can build on top of a ruin.  Turn ashes into beauty. It's not always necessary to tear it all down.  Sometimes just minor changes are needed.  But not here.  Not in my heart.  I prayed for ruin.  Walls needed to come down.  And when it's all over, on the other side, I'll be standing.  Tall. New. Again.