Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Then a lesson in manners took place as we all participated in a game of Sorry!
We learned how to politely win...and lose! Then the life lesson about how it can all change in an instant took place.
What an evening of fun! We are surely blessed. "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127:4-5
Thursday, February 21, 2008
(1) Link to the person that tagged you.
(2) Post the rules on your blog.
(3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
(4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (I tag Lisa, Amy #2, Beth, Kerri, & Brian.)
(5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Last year God told me in order to focus on the heart, I had to shut my mouth. The discipline that I began cultivating intentionally was solitude. The act of intentional silence. A quiet life.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This is where I found it when I went to thaw the chicken...
I found the lost remote control (which Palmer calls "daddy's") when I was seasoning and marinating said chicken.
The culprit...who do you think?
What does this tell you about our life?
I think several things...ummmm first thing is many things are "lost". Nothing is in its place for long. Secondly, this should explain why I haven't posted so frequently as of late. Thirdly, every room looks like this not just the kitchen. And, I am NOT crazy...yet.
almer is the most active two-year-old ever. He stands in the refrigerator, climbs on the bar, empties drawers and disrobes on a regular basis. If I turn my head, he finds a mess or creates one!
We have had an epidemic around here lately.
We're losing things.
Big things, little things, all sorts of things. They're just...lost. We saw them in their proper place yesterday but when we went to use them today, they just weren't there. Gone.
Andrew's Aggie ring, my zebra shoes, a silver earring and Julia's tank top.
These are things that have a special place. They've gone missing in action. Why?
One prankster...several hints.
When a family this large, filled with this many little people is governed by two adults that are trying to do lots of things, some very important, too quickly, with the help of a scavenger and six other small helping hands, and with too little sleep, things get "lost".
Literally, Lost was lost.
Now, Lost is found.
Thankfully, things get found.
We are still searching for the ring...
We're afraid it may have been "accidentally" thrown in the trash...
Aren't our lives like this?
We were once so very lost. We didn't even know we were lost...until we went looking for that thing we thought we needed and it wasn't there. Then we found what, or rather Who, it was we really needed.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19:10
We have things in our lives that are broken, lost, set aside. Things we are not even missing at the moment. Just as Jesus came to seek, find and save, I will keep seeking, finding and letting Jesus save all that's lost around here! There are such good lessons in the day to day!
I know there are other things around here that are lost, things we are not looking for, things Palmer has plundered and set aside. When Julia was two, she put everything in her purse. When Hunter was two, he began putting everything in his pockets. Alyssa puts it all in her dresser drawer. We have yet to discover Palmer's secret hiding place, that treasure trove of hidden goodies we are learning to survive without...
It's not the kitchen. I found two pairs of my shoes in different grocery bags in different rooms of the house. Palmer brought one bag to me when I was throwing out the trash and I almost dumped it in the trash can. Thankfully I looked inside the bag first. I really like my shoes!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Vice Chairman of the Board at Keller Williams International.
Keeper of the warm Keller Williams family.
Icon of the famous Keller Williams culture.
Founder of the nonprofit Keller Williams organization, KW Cares.
Mo is a truly inspiring person. She is a person of strength, faith and character.
Mo loves Jesus and has answered the remarkable calling on her life with a resounding, "Yes." She knows who she is, what she believes and where she walks. She quotes Scripture in every speech she gives.
She sets the tone for Keller Williams agents and demands that they be the best. She is known as the "Velvet Hammer" because she can be so tough and so gentle at the same time.
She uses her gifts on a daily basis to make life better for others.
It is because of this culture that I love this company so much.
We worked for other real estate companies before Keller Williams came to the Brazos Valley. We even had our own company and it was doing pretty good.
Keller Williams came and presented some lucrative opportunities that could possibly propel us a little faster toward our goals. They have great education. They have profit sharing, which can become our retirement. They have culture.
When he got ready to go to KW. I was fine with it. I supported him. Afterall, it was ultimately his decision, his career.
I hadn't been that involved in his career before but knew I would have to step up and help him if this move would ever work. I didn't really "get" the real estate industry or "get into it." I had always said that I would go back to teaching if something ever happened to him. I just didn't understand the business but I would do whatever he asked me to do this time.
I was even excited. I knew that KW was a company built on Christian principles, founded, owned and run by Christians. Each video I had seen shows people who are successful, happy, able to spend more time with their family and, most importantly, love the Lord and talk about it.
I knew people in the company. Their reputations preceed them.
I wasn't really skeptical. I believed all the great things I heard. I was committed to the company, to the decision. I knew what had to be done. Afterall, I've helped Andrew make moves before.
This move was very similar to others. There were sacrifices. It would be worth it...hopefully.
Then we went to Launch, a KW training. During the culture session, I saw people just like us who, in emergency situations had received aid from KW Cares. People just like us who were part of a family that came along beside those who needed help in rough times.
Because of the famous Keller Williams culture real estate has become our family's future and not just my husband's career.
For all these reasons and more I love Keller Williams and I love Mo.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
The landing was a little bumpy. We circled the airport awhile waiting to land.
I lost it, my breakfast bagel and Starbuck's light mocha frap. Gone. Instantly. Inside a little blue sick sack.
My worst traveling fear was realized today. I threw up on the airplane. Everybody heard, turned around and had pity while they silently said a prayer thanking God it wasn't them.
On the bright side...
I was sitting beside Andrew, who lovingly held my hair back, gave me paper towels and told me to fasten the sack as soon as I could remove my head.
The stewardess was right there with ice water and Kleenex.
I actually felt better afterwards.
And, lastly, I DIDN'T MISS!
Thank God for the those little blue bags.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
If I can actually do this, I can quit feeling guilty that I cannot physically cut, paste, print, glue, decorate with stickers, every picture I take. Really, I can't. I'd like to but I can't.
I was just going to try to print my blog out for the last year and put it in a three-ring binder. I printed about four months and ran out of ink!
Then a friend discovered this... http://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook
Has anybody actually tried this? This could be my answer to scrapbooking...at least for the last year.
Click http://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook here to read about how to make a blog book. Is that a blook? or a scrapblook?
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Julia loves Hannah Montana. Julia's second grade class even has a theme song and it's sung by none other than Hannah Montana. It's The Best of Both Worlds. They sing it because being bilingual is the best of both worlds!
Alyssa (and Hunter and Palmer) love Hannah Montana and introducing her to their friends!
A great time was had by all. Alyssa loved dancing to The Best of Both Worlds, riding in the limo with her friends and when the Jonas brothers threw a drumstick into the crowd and it almost hit her in the head (3D remember?). All Julia could talk about were the snacks, food and movie previews...go figure...Even Hunter is still loud-singing all the songs. I think Julia had a fun time just getting all dressed up and acting like she owned the movie theatre. She thinks she's a teeager, I think. She was born that way! I still have the whole soundtrack playing on automatic repeat inside my head. Like I said, there's nothing secret about who Miley Cyrus really is...