Saturday, March 31, 2012
My Friday was pretty awesome because of FAMILY.
I had planned to run a couple of errands and spend time with my GRANDMA. I took her to KFC and then we shopped at Ross. (Weird dejavu moment: While in KFC in west OKC, a construction worker looking guy came in wearing one of our church VBS t-shirts. I don't think he went to our church, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it was a green one that said "Jesus" on it from like 10 years ago! I remember taking a picture of my 3 kiddos all together in that green t-shirt.) We had a sweet visit! The weather was beautiful and she loved getting out of the nursing home.
My husband had gone down south to golf with his brother so he wouldn't be back home until 10 p.m. or so...I was kind of bummed with a boring Friday night ahead of me! I even made a lame facebook post about it, looking for something to do!
About 3 p.m. my DAUGHTER called from Arkansas and said she was thinking about coming home for the weekend. She needed help with some hand-made shower invitations. I knew she wouldn't get home until late but it was a nice surprise! Then guess what?! My college SON came in to check his camera equipment and ended up eating dinner with me. So sweet. Finally, my MOTHER called. We had been playing phone tag for a day or so, and she had just returned from a vacation to Georgia. So we got all caught up. By that time it was nearly 8:30 p.m. and my daughter would be home any minute!
What I thought was going to be a lonely Friday night really ended up special. I spent the whole day with different FAMILY members in different ways.
It's WHAT MATTERS MOST.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Helping kids with homework has never really been at the top of my list of ways to spend my time, but more and more, it's precious. And I almost always learn something myself. Something about my child or maybe just some random fact I hadn't heard before. My son was needing some help in English with analyzing a paper. He let his teacher choose one for him, and he ended up with "Washington's First Inaugural Address."
Piece of cake? Well, let me assure you it was NOT. George Washington spoke a different language than we do! Check it out:
Huh? This assignment is going to require a little more effort than he thought! It was a very eloquent address filled with what I would call "flowery Olde English" language.
But what I LOVED about it was that George Washington mentioned God several times in his address to the nation. He used beautiful language in describing God. He refers to him in these ways:
Almighty Being who rules over the Universe
smiles of Heaven
Parent of the Human Race
If I were to write an address to anyone, how would I describe God? What does He mean to me personally? Just something to think about today...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
A mother can hope.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Can you see the bats? Trust me, they were there. Very cool in the middle of the city! I was pretty excited since most sources said they'd be back in April.
Can you find Mama Owl in this one? Click on it and find her! The volunteer at the Wildflower Center pointed her out to us and said she nested there last year too.
My hubby in the cave at Enchanted Rock - we did venture down but only about 10 feet - pretty damp and dark even with a flashlight! Thanks to whoever drug some twisty branches down there and almost gave me a heart attack, thinking they were snakes!
Th-th-that's all folks! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
they say "Austin's weird." I think it's pretty COOL. Cool weird.
We did try to do something educational...
We did drive by this...the tallest state capitol in the U.S.!
Believe it or not, it was my first trip to Austin. I accompanied my husband on a business trip and enjoyed the little getaway! I guess I will join in and say, "Keep Austin Weird!"
Sunday, March 18, 2012
It was a pretty good Saturday overall in my books - helping hubby tile the shower, visiting and holding THIS precious 5 day old baby girl, dinner with the boys, and some games.
Happy Spring Break to all of you! Hoping you enjoy some quality time with those you love!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Three sweet boys spent the week with us! They were from Houston and spent their entire Spring Break here in OKC doing inner city work. They also got to enjoy some of the sights around here like Pop's, Bricktown, a Thunder game, Quail Springs Mall,and the OKC Zoo. They worked hard and played hard - and had some late night devotionals! So thankful for youth ministers who plan special works like this.
I'll sign off with a sweet poem the boys left me this morning. So thoughtful!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Today I ask you to take a moment and pray for a family that's been on my heart and prayer list for several years. They just said goodbye to their sweet daughter Rebecca, 20 years old. She fought cancer, Ewing's sarcoma, for 3 years. During this battle she finished high school and started college. When she wasn't in the hospital, I saw her assisting in Bible classes and serving with the high school girls at women's events. Seriously, she would be helping in Bible class the day after she got home from a hospital stay! She was a fighter in the truest sense of the word.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
II Cor. 5:7,8
Sunday, March 11, 2012
to Rick Steves! So what if we had to turn our necks 180 degrees!
Friday, March 9, 2012
My group study of Judges this week took me off on a tangent. About TOWERS. I became interested in them after thinking about the role they played in the story and thinking about towers we have today that have fallen, or leaning. Even today there is a new tower being built that will change the skyline of our capitol city.
We were studying evil king Abimelech. The son of Gideon (good guy) and a Canaanite woman (bad guys), he murdered 70 of his brothers to rule over Shechem. He did rule for 3 years but he was repaid for his evil deeds. God stirred up animosity between him and his people. He ended up battling his own people and they ran to the TOWER of Shechem for safety. Unfortunately Abimelech and his followers cut branches and made a bonfire out of the tower. 1000 people died as the tower burned! Their "safe haven" became a DEATH TRAP. Kinda reminds me of the "Towering Inferno," the first disaster movie I ever saw as a child. Scared me and fascinated me at the same time.
Where is your safe haven, your TOWER? Is it in manmade things? I love these scriptures that tell us where our safe haven should be:
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
For you have been my refuge
A strong tower against my foe. Psalm 61:3
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
My daughter is on Spring Break this week! She is exploring Portland with several other students. Here's what they've done so far:
I think I have actually seen this place on the Food Network. Their specialty is the Maple Longjohn donut topped with bacon! YUM
I think I taught her pretty well - top priority on vacations is eating the local fare! LOL
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Because no one else is as proud as I am of this young man!
(Except maybe all those girls who tweeted they want him to father their child - SCARY)
He's my STAR!
Enjoying the moments.
Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD,offspring a reward from him.