Thursday, October 30, 2008

Life is a great big canvas. Ahhhh......

Don't you like my profound title? I guess there is always so much going on that who knows what to start off with.

After I posted that last blog I saw more of Arrested Development. Um....then I tried to get back on and delete the last blog, but the page wouldn't open. I know it is hilarious in a crazy way, but when they started showing a christian family I got really nervous. I hate to see how the world sees Christians. The family was of course really judgemental, but then very neurotic at the same time. I am just about done with that show. Sorry if any of you took my blog to heart and checked the show out. Don't get me wrong...there were some very funny moments. I just got a bitter taste from the total cluelessness of the writers/producers. What makes me even sadder is that I guess that is the church that the world really does see.

I guess it just made me want to be more real. To live out my faith in a way that brings glory to my Father in heaven. I want to show others grace the way I need God's grace myself and I want to live in His spirit so much that I show others that with God all things are possible.

I have been listening to Focus on the Family a lot lately. This is my morning drive listening. There is a big meeting for prayer and fasting this Sat. in California. I almost can't believe where this country is going. I so many times feel helpless, but these people are crying out to God to do something. So much to pray about and so much to be thankful for.

Matthew's birthday is next Wed. He will be 17! Unbelievable. He wants a really nice guitar and I am excited to get it for him. He has really gotten into playing the guitar and has gotten really good. He plays for worship with his youth group. I just have to order it tomorrow.

Last weekend we sang in Neil and Elizabeth's wedding. Mom kept the kids and Matt and I drove to Atlanta. It was great. We got to see my two brothers, my sister-in-law and my niece that I haven't seen since her high school graduation almost 4 years ago.

Anyway....I am going to have to post more often so I won't write a book each time. Hope you have a happy Friday. Friday, glorious Friday.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I love this artist

OK....update on family happiness.....things went well tonight. Yea!

I am about to hit the sack. Matt was invited to jam with some other musicians tonight. I am glad he got to do that. He is such a good player (I am a little prejudiced, but I think many would agree...) and loves to play.

While I was waiting to go to bed I was checking out a few blogs which led me to this......
A friend of ours (actually the one who invited him over) told us we needed to watch this show. We watched it a few times. It is one of those that is horrible, but it makes you feel really good about your own life. Even the boringness (is that a word?) of it. The stability of it.....

Here is a picture that one of my favorite artists did of the show. Wow. Click on the picture to go to the artist's etsy shop.

I have been on fall break for these past two days. Today we did have staff development, but no students. Starting the week on Wednesdays is so strange. Weird with it already being hump day. Good, though.

I am singing with my principal Friday at the high school beauty pageant. There you go. Should be fun. Claire's birthday is coming up. She is getting so old. She and I had a good night tonight. It was hard for her to be unhappy when she heard that some people helped out with her fundraiser and made it possible for her to go on the limo ride/ pizza party in a few weeks.

Fundraisers drive us crazy, but we had guilt because we never participate in them to help the school. So....... we let Claire go up and down the street with her friend selling goodies. She does have to share the prizes with her brothers, though, because we didn't do their fundraiser this year. I wish we had thought about it a little more because their school needed the money more. Ooops. We'll have to work on that one.

Well, take care and have a wonderful rest of the week.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Did I say that we have a family circus?

Wow, having 4 kids is never boring. We are in the midst of teenage years and two guys who are pretty calm (for now) and then a 7 year old girl who is going on 40. I am getting used to just expecting anything. I think God wants me to totally depend on Him and to not have any pride.

All the ideas I had when I was young about what my family would be like have kind of gone out the window. It is so like that movie Parenthood. I laughed when the nutty grandma talked about the "roller coaster", but now I am totally there. It makes you a little numb. I have to keep going back to my corner to get strength from God and for Him to say "OK, go in for another round. You can do it."

My daughter and I don't always understand each other. I feel like I have to surf her emotions and pray that I land safely on land. I just need to say one thing.....Mom, I am sorry for all the grief I gave you growing up. I love being with my daughter. She is one of my greatest joys on this Earth. The same goes for my other kids. The middle guys are patient most of the time while we deal with the oldest and youngest. Just a minute ago I watched some of Pirates of the Caribbean with Benjamin and Jacob (like I had promised I would). Well, this caused a slight melt-down from the other side of the house. You would think that one would want to be wanted so much and feel "popular". I just want peace and happiness. I am going to chalk it up to her being really tired. That's it.

Now it is bed-time and time to get rested up for round two tomorrow. Kidding. What would I do without them? I am so grateful they are in my life.

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