Archive for July, 2008

IKEA on the way home

Fortunately, the driver started feeling tired around Dallas so we slept north of Dallas and jusst HAD to stop at IKEA befoe heading out. Love that place. We did not have room in the Pilot for much so we just bought $10 worth of food and made plans to go back.
Looking for I-35. Kids missing the dog and the guinea pigs!

More vacation thoughts

2seperate round trips on the Bolivar Ferry–which is FREE! Saw dolphins, pelicans, and seagulls and some really big ships.
I actually got in the ocean, swam a little, fought off some deadly attack seaweed, and watch fish jumping out of the water only yards away from me.
I cAn’t believe how many people here are so wholly and completely UNconcerned with body image. I, on the other hand, am certain that everyone is looking at my gynormois thighs with disgust as soon as I take off my coverup! I just need to get over myself and take a lesson from all these confident beach goers.
On that note, we took the kids to The Spot(also known in our family as The Stand) and to Dippin Dots. They enjoyed that.

blogging on the beach via iPhone

Sitting in the back of the Pilot on the beach (yes, you can drive on the beach!) watching the kids play in the ocean and watching the big Birds dive for their lunch. Last night was an adventure. The room we thought we had we didn’t . Too long a story to type on the iPhone. ūüôā but,we did sleep good, in the llap of luxury. Weather is perfect and we found a nice beach. Water iS swarm too!

blogging on the iPhone from the car in Texas

*people in Texas drive MEAN
*I Just read The Shack in one day. (most of that day was in the car driving)
*saw a fatality accident on side of rd. (proof of mean drvrs)
*I love summer and warm weather but I’m not crazy about the beach or the ocean(they are nice to look at)
*my kids however LoVe the ocean and the beach so I will happily endure ūüôā
*typing on an iPhone is not as hard as it might seem…who am I kidding, it took me 1/2 he to type this post!

My Spirit Teacher

The Spirit will guide you into all truth.  John 16:3

As I hold my Bible in my hand, I think that it can’t possibly contain all that God is, has done, or has to say.¬† Granted, I have not read it all (I’m only 5 chapters of John away from completing the New Testament minus Revelation, though!).¬† However, I still can’t fathom that it might contain all that God is…that God has nothing else to say apart from what he’s already said on those pages.

Today I have a new awareness and thankfulness for the Holy Spirit.  He speaks to me, teaches me, leads me to understanding that I could never have apart from Him.

Great Expectations-part 2

Stage 2 of Dickens’ Great Expectations, brings him to London.¬† Getting comfortable with his new way of life, learning how to¬†look like and act like¬†a gentleman.

That’s me, learning how to look like and act like a Christ follower.¬† With the old self still weighing me down at times, I’m trying to shake free of the old ways of thinking.

It’s been almost 9 years–wow, that sounds like a long time–since I learned that someone could have a personal relationship with God.¬†¬† These 9 years have been filled with highs and lows.¬† Really, really highs, and really, really lows.¬† Knowing that Jesus has walked with me every second of those 9 years leaves me in complete awe.¬† Interestingly enough, it seems that after every low, the highs seem higher–you know?

If that’s what it takes to get higher, I think I’ll gladly endure some more low moments!

If Pip, from Great Expectations, can handle visits from his low relations, and his escaped convict benefactor, that surely I can learn to live in the now–in myself today, and not who I was before Christ.

Happy Birthday, Kevin!

Remember I said that my girl loves to make cakes into art?¬† Well, this was Kevin’s cookie cake and it was AWESOME!¬† Crushed up Nilla Wafrs for the sand, blue water icing, pretzel and strawberry top palm trees and the Kelley family made out of clay!

If you notice in the water is a shark fin which was later replaced by a dolphin sticking its head out of the water.¬† It seems that Cameron put herself sitting at the water’s edge and felt uncomfortable with the shark being in the water with her!¬† ūüôā¬† She’s so cute!

Great Expectations-part 1

I love to read.¬† Currently, I am finishing up Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for the 2nd time.¬† I have a feeling that I only¬†understand about 80-85% of the book and Dickens’ humor (maybe more on this 2nd time around), but I like it nonetheless.¬†

The book is divided into the 3 stages of Pip’s expectations.¬† I can really relate to these stages in my walk with Christ.¬† In the 1st stage, Pip is a poor orphan with a dismal life and a pretty bleak future.¬† He accepted his life, was something close to appreciative for his sister bringing him up “by hand”, and prepared to be apprenticed to Joe the blacksmith, his sister’s husband.¬† But his heart’s desire was to be a gentleman…to have expectations–to be something more.

This reminds me of my life before I understood that I could have a close, intimate relationship with Jesus.¬† I accepted the¬†hand that was dealt to me.¬† It certainly wasn’t¬†marked by tragedy or extreme hardship¬†(as compared with the general population).¬† I had a husband, home, 2 great kids, a mom, a dad, my health–a lot more than Pip had.¬† But, there was the nagging feeling that there should be more…a feeling of expectation.¬† Something was missing.

When Pip found out that a secret benefactor was to provide him with the necessary fortune and upbringing to make himself a gentleman, he was both happy with anticipation, but nervous to leave behind what he knew.

When I realized what my missing something was…Jesus…I was both filled with anticipation and hope for my future with Him, but also a little nervous at leaving the old self behind.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Especially the part of myself that I knew to be either all in or all out.¬†¬† I knew myself to¬†dive into something that caught my interest, then watch as my interest waned as the subject “grew old”.¬†¬† I then needed the next something to¬†catch my eye, grab my attention, keep me busy.¬† I was worried that this Jesus thing would be the same way–that I would lose interest eventually and move¬†on to something else.

What I learned is that Jesus was different,  because my interest in Him was reciprocated.   In fact, He was more consistently interested in me, than I could even comprehend.  I learn to pray Psalm 116:

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (emphasis mine)

That’s why I continue to Love the Lord.¬† He’s different than any other wordly fancy—He loves me back!¬† Praise HIM!

Our new fountain

Wow, me and Kevin have always liked the trickle, trickle sound of water.¬† (Fountains and ¬†waterfalls, not leaky faucet trickles.)¬†¬† Now, we have one in our very own backyard!¬† Well, technically it’s not a fountain or a waterfall, it’s the return on our new pool–but, it sounds just like one!¬† My mom bought a blow-up pool for her yard, only to find out her yard was much too sloped, so she gave it to us to put up in our yard.¬†¬†¬†It’s not exactly level in our yard either, hence the reason for the fountain sound (the side of the pool with the pump return is not underwater so it squirts out skyward).¬†¬†¬†

Last night, the kids were goofing around in the pool and Cory leaned on the “low side”, water pushed the edge down, and came rushing out.¬† Cory grabbed it and pulled it back up, but not before Cameron got swept out of the pool and onto the ground!¬†¬†¬† That gave us a good laugh!

So, now we have to add more water to the pool so that we can run the pump fountain again.¬† Ah, summer…

The joys of homeownership

Ah, the American Dream.¬†¬† Owning your own home.¬† Am I the only one who thinks this isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?¬†¬† Maybe it depends on your house.¬†¬†

A couple of hours of HGTV and I start resenting my own house.¬†¬† “If only…” “the floors were different”, “the appliances were newer”, “the roof didn’t leak”, it didn’t have termites”, “the walls were painted”, blah, blah, blah…

Ok, done complaining.   Get to work.

So, now that the termites are eradicated,¬†the stump in the front yard is coming out.¬† Yeah!¬† Next, the sprinkler system needs repair and then I’m off to start on the bedroom.¬†¬† Now there’s a project that’s near and dear to my heart.¬†¬† Remember, I have my chair in there now, and the new bedding we got (thanks, Mom!) doesn’t exactly match, but the chair stays.¬† Color on the walls, and the recessed ceiling, new ceiling fan, some decoration on the walls, maybe some curtains…it’s going to be beautiful!¬† and relaxing!¬† and peaceful!¬†¬† Wouldn’t this make a great anniversary present to each other??¬† Oh, yeah.