Monday, November 06, 2006

Five Things

Five Things

It is Monday morning and I am feeling hopeful about the week. Nothing has gone wrong with school yet, and I am still optimistic.

I am borrowing these questions from a friend. This is how I am feeling today:

If I had five minutes to myself today, I'd:

1. Stroll downtown Wylie by myself, just to browse.
2. Sit in my pink chair and read something hilarious from an 'only a mom would understand' kind of book.
3. Have a spot of tea and relax. (maybe in my pink chair)
4. Surf the web

5. Count my blessings and then thank God for them.

If I were to spend $5 today, I'd:

1. Have tea in a quaint little cafe with a friend. Just tea and conversation, nothing fancy.

2. Buy something for my kids to let them know how much I love them. (Of course, it wouldn't be much for only $5.)

3. Run my car through the car wash.

4. Buy a spicy California sushi roll from Albertsons

5. I probably wouldn't spend it at all. I would stash it in my wallet until I could add to it and get something I've been waiting for.

Five Items I'd love to get rid of:

1. About 10 pounds. I'm with you Staci.
2. Our antiquated family stereo system that we bought second-hand that has always had an annoying high-pitched background squeal whether something is playing or not. (Said squeal has gotten progressively worse through the years.) Because we use it daily, it would have to be immediately replaced which is why it is still part of our family.
3. Sometimes I would love to get rid of this computer. Although it does connect me with the outside world and my friends from all over the world, many times it separates me from the people right here in my own house.

4. Some of the clutter that has accumulated around our house.

5. Negative words around our house.

Five Items I wouldn't part with:

1. My Holy Ghost. It is the only thing that keeps me on track.
2. My family
3. Our family pictures
4. My rice cooker (I use it constantly)
5. My sewing machine.

Five Words or Phrases I'd love to hear:

1. "Thanks mom for teaching me. I love you for it."
2. "Honey, I've arranged a babysitter, let's have lunch at Tokyo One"
3. "You're the best thing that ever happened to me."

4. "Thank you for all you do."

5. "I love you."

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Yard Sale

This weekend we are gearing up for one of those chores of life that I dread. This is our YARD SALE weekend, and for the past week and a half we have been digging, sorting, cleaning, purging, and now pricing things in our life that are really unnecessary and/or redundant.

It has been an adventure to say the least. Just last night I ran across some old (ah hem, 15 year old) college notes. It was a certain walk down memory lane. Craig has been right there helping to: "move this box over there--no, let's put it over there." "You know that box you brought in last night, well, um, it needs to go back out." I thank God for my patient husband.

I must say, as painful as it is to part with comfortable things that never get used, it is an incredibly freeing experience. When we finished with Bethani's room, I just wanted to hang out in there. Everything was so fresh and clean and pure.

It kind of makes me wonder what it would be like to purge my room. And then there is my heart...

What would happen if I were to dig, sort, purge and clean my heart? What if I got rid of all the things I have been hanging on to that I should have gotten rid of a long time ago. My flesh wants to hang on to them, just because they have been there for so long. They are comfortable things. But I don't need them. In fact, they are taking up valuable space that could be used for something better. Much better. I find myself (oh this is hard to admit) wanting things for myself (would that be called selfish?) instead of 'preferring my brother.' If I could just get rid of some pride, how effective would I be in helping other people? If I were to think in terms of 'othering' would I find relationships that I otherwise would have missed? What am I doing with my time? Is it really profitable or could I get rid of some of my "unnecessary and/or redundant activities in order to create more free space everyday just for Him.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Oh how I want God to just "hang out" in my "room" because He feels comfortable there.

I've got to say that I will be so happy when Sunday comes and all of this work will be behind me. I know that when it is all said and done, I will look back and be so glad I made the effort. After that? Then I will have room for new things. Shopping anyone?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

25 Random Things About Me

25 Random Things About Me

  1. I was born in Belleville, IL in 1969.
  2. I am a health nut.
  3. Exercise is NOT my strong point.
  4. I am the mother of three, wife of one.
  5. I am not a good cook.
  6. I vacuum my house almost every day.
  7. I am too strict with my kids.
  8. I don’t eat cake, but I wish I did. (Refer to #2)
  9. My favorite restaurant is any Chinese buffet, and I always overeat.
  10. I don’t like animals.
  11. My husband is a hunk.
  12. I’m picky.
  13. My favorite book of the Bible is Philippians.
  14. I have been a homeschool mom for 9 years.
  15. I drive the speed limit. (most of the time)
  16. My favorite color is white.
  17. I have one brother, no sisters.
  18. I am too bossy.
  19. I have a mashed overripe banana in plain yogurt almost every morning for breakfast.
  20. I am too selfish.
  21. Sometimes I am carnal.
  22. I am very cold natured
  23. I enjoy long, scalding hot baths in the winter. (Refer to #22)
  24. I am not very creative, but I copy other people well.
  25. I have been a child of God for 25 years.