Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Everyone has a story.

To finish my Masters of Education at APU I had to do a Capstone Project. It was entitled Music of the Soul and one of the big topics in it was that everyone has a story. That was something I was passionate about. I wanted to talk to people and just hear all about them. I wanted to know where they came from, what their background was, why they were the way they were. I still want to know those things but I feel like I have become completely self absorbed in the last few years. Not so much self absorbed but family and circumstance absorbed. There has been so much going on with us I haven't been the friend that I would like to be. I have not had the time/energy/gall to ask the questions I would like.

Working with college students was a perfect place to be able to ask the questions I wanted and get amazing answers. Who knew that the quiet kid on the 3rd row had been to 13 countries and spoke 3 languages? Or that the boisterous girl in the class had once been terribly shy but got over it through being in drama or marching band.

I want to know your story and if I ask questions that seem odd I hope you will give thoughtful honest answers so I can get to know you and what you are all about.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Katrina

Well, the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm. I am thankful that we will not be getting the brunt of the storm here but know we are in for a fairly sleepless night. We hardly sleep when we have big thunderstorms because we are worried about tornados so tonight I am sure I will be sitting in front of the TV at 1 am when our official tropical storm watch goes into effect seeing if any tornados or big winds are going to hit us.

We have a tree out front that will hopefully survive the storm. My neighbor doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with it but to me it looks like there is a very large crack in it and there is some dry rot at the bottom. I need to peek out the window and see if anyone is parked where the tree can land on their car.

It is such an odd thing to see all of the schools being closed due to a storm. There are snow days here when we get less than an inch and the kids get to stay home but this is even more odd. It makes sense if there are going to be 50MPH gusts of wind but it is still strange. I have to call in the morning and see if my baby's physical therapy is cancelled. Honestly I don't want to drive in the storm. Hopefully we can reschedule.

Please keep the people in New Orleans and the areas that have been hit with the hurricane in your prayers. One article I read said that we could have a refugee camp here in the US of over 1 million people.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Out of the mouths of babes....

So when your 3yr old child is able to remember all the words to a Kelly Clarkson song on the radio and can copy lyrics after hearing them once you have to know that she will repeat things she has heard. There are also moments that the wrong word comes out or she just says something really funny or something really sweet.

A couple of examples:
At at Mexican restaurant: "Mommy, can I have some of that diarrhea?" What? She meant guacamole! Then she says "May I please have some of that gonorrhea?" ummm.....No

We have been watching Lazytown on Noggin. They have a superhero named Sportacis. This morning she comes to me and says "Here mommy you take this ball and we will go save Bean (our cat) and we will be the hero's of Munchkintown"

To her daddy "You play guitar and I will play drums and we will be a band!" That's going to be fun in a few years.

At Raffertys with my mom before going to the airport her first unprompted prayer "Dear Jesus, thank you for this food and please give grandma a safe trip home and Amen"

Those are just a sample of the gems she comes up with. If I can think of more I will post them. :0)

Friday, August 19, 2005

Christians and Alcohol

It is amazing to me the different views in the church on different issues. A neverending one being alcohol. Some churches think alcohol is ok on moderation others think it is of the devil and should never pass ones lips. My church (or I guess my pastor) is of the latter persuasion.

Bobby and I are from CA where it was not unusual to have a social drink on occasion and to go to a friends house where there was beer in the fridge. Here we have friends that drink but would never admit it in front of anyone as our pastor has said from the pulpit that one should never drink.

We were asked to fill out volunteer forms to be able to serve at church. I am glad that they have these as there are background checks so that we don't have child molesters working with the kids. However, there are several items to checks off if you do them or condone them. They are all lumped together: Do you sell or use illegal drugs, do you have extramarital affairs, do you drink or sell alcohol. Bobby in good conscience was able to check no in to of the cases but on the alcohol question wrote in not at church. When I filled it out a couple of years ago I wrote what my view on alcohol was and they keep asking me to work so I guess it is not a problem.

My view is this:
A social drink on occasion is not a problem. Drinking to get drunk is and the person doing this needs help. There are resources available to help uncover what the real issues are and find other ways to deal with them. I do not think women of childbearing years who are doing nothing to prevent pregnancy should be drinking at all. I know some doctors will say a glass of wine on occasion while pregnant is fine but why take that chance. What if your child is the one who gets fetal alcohol syndrome because you couldn't pass up that glass of wine for 9 months?

My view may not be right but that is how I see it and if asked by people at my church or elsewhere that is what I will tell them. What are your views?

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Ministry???

I just got home from the Volunteer Revolution at my church. We were all fed a steak or chicken dinner and pumped up to volunteer for every ministry under the sun. I love my church family and my pastor dearly but I had a hard time with a couple of things that were said tonight.

One point was that we shouldn't get so committed outside the church that we can't serve at the church. I agree that we should in some capacity be helping out or serving at the church. I personally have a playgroup with friends that are not Christians. If I am so overcommitted to everything at church I have no time for them that are the ones that need Christ.

The second point was (this is a slight exaggeration) that you should never get burned out because you know where your source of strength comes from. So you should work in preschool, be a greeter, make phone calls, etc...Along with taking care of your family and keeping a clean house and if you work outside the home keeping that together too.

The third thing that made me sad was out of all the ministries that were available there were maybe 3 that reached out to our community. Everything else was internal. Obviously you need those ministries in a megachurch to make it run but shouldn't their be a bigger focus on those that need Christ and the things we can do to reach them?
I guess this is really just a vent. I love my church but I am not sure I am cut out for the megachurch....

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

5 Reasons I love my husband :0)


There are so many things I love about my husband that I could go on and on all day. I will spare you and give my top five reasons.

5. He is passionate about the things he does. He loves music and has been blessed with amazing talent. He wants people that he works with to be as committed as he is to putting out a great product. When he sets his mind to something he will accomplish it!

4. He is compassionate. There are so many people in the world and he wants to help them. Closer to home are the people in our country that are starving, the kids down the street that can't get new clothes, or the kid locked in the closet while the parents go get drugs. Even closer are the people who have lost children.

3. He is an amazing father! I could not have asked for a better man to raise children with. He loves our babies so much it hurts. He is patient with them, reads to them, takes them to the park, and even let's me sleep in on occasion while he gets them fed and dressed. He is concerned about their spiritual lives and their futures.

2. There is no doubt in my mind that he loves me! He tells me many times a day, he respects me, he is an encourager in all of the crazy things I get into, he wants what is best for us together. He communicates with me. When we argue (yes that does occasionally happen :0) ) he makes an effort to talk to me to figure out what is actually going on.

1. He is a solid Christian man. He loves God and wants to worship Him. He is not afraid to question but knows why he believes what he believes.

Bobby is just amazing! That is all for tonight! :0)