Friday, September 29, 2006
I'll admit to being a wee bit awestruck by this vision and it set the tone for a good part of my morning that day. I seem to be getting a plethora of advice lately on my faith, both from real people and reading things online and it's not always good. How is it that everybody seems to be knocking so many things lately? Are we not of one faith? The pettiness is just too much sometimes and I was getting way too tense about it all. I have come to the conclusion, through much prayer, that I have given way too much "power" to other people that perhaps I shouldn't. The online people especially as I really don't know anything about them. But even the "real" people that seem bound and determined to change me to their vision of what I should be. I believe now that I will just let them talk, smile sweetly and let my Bible do my teaching. I also have an awesome pastor at church, a knowledgeable Sunday School teacher and a Bible study leader that can help to guide me. The path of my feet seems to be uncluttered again and all is right in my world. :)
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. - Romans 14:13
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Last night at our knitting group we turned in our scarves for the Think Pink Challenge. This scarf is the Single Cable Scarf from the One Skein Book and is made from Blue Sky Alpaca - oh so soft! I'm very pleased with this scarf and will most definitely do it again. I also did a fuzzy, novelty yarn scarf. I think there are about ten scarves from our group and I can't wait to see the picture of all of them together!
And before we met at the coffee shop for knitting and such we first met at a Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. Really good and I'm glad I went with some "pro's" since I'd never had this cuisine before. Quite tasty and I hope we return!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Last night after we ate dinner Keith had homework to do, so I sat in the room with him and finished this card that I had started last Saturday. The technique is Faux Dry Embossing and the leaves are just punched out of the same paper as the background. I'm quite pleased with it, though the scan makes the ribbon appear bumpy and it's not!
I went to the first meeting of my Ladies Bible Study on Monday night and really like it. But when I think of that and our new Sunday School class and the homework for both I start to hyperventilate. I love what we are studying in both these classes, but I just worry about having the time to get it done. Really I think I'm just going to have to learn to say "no" to some things and also eliminate some things from my schedule. I'm starting to get too tired and apparently it shows as friends and workmates have started asking if I feel ok since I look bad. Not really what a girl wants to hear - LOL!
"I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightening. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.' I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since." - Dwight Lyman Moody
Monday, September 18, 2006
All in all we had a very nice weekend. Yesterday was the first time in a very long time that we did absolutely nothing and I have to admit that it was nice! I wasn't feeling great, so we just sort of hung out on the couch watching tv and enjoying the rain together. We did watch the nascar race, which gave me some quality knitting time, and Lynne' brought in the Blue Man Tour dvd for our evening's watching. When Keith switched to the Dallas Cowboy football game was about when I had enough of the couch!
I have been pretty good about doing the exercises on the big blue ball and still enjoying it. Now last night Joe was pretty revved up and thought it grand fun again, so while leaning back on the ball I had a golden retriever holding his tennis ball right in my face! Ah well, it's hard to get on to them when they are being so cute!
Saturday Keith had to work, so all of our best made plans for the weekend changed. This did give me the opportunity to head up to the scrapbook store and see a friend that was in town for the weekend. She moved to Omaha about a year ago, so it was good to see her again. We all had a nice visit and lunch together and it's always fun to catch up. Fun to see pictures of her son's first day of Kindergarten as well. He is just adorable and hard to believe he's getting that old.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19:14
Friday, September 15, 2006
The picture above is the dishcloth I finished during lunch on Wednesday for a basket we put together for the owner of the coffee shop. We were all to do dishcloths of our choice and then also some yarn and needles were donated, all arranged beautifully in a wicker basket. She was pretty surprised and that made it fun!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I clicked on "Getting Started" and learned how I should have aired it up and attached the straps, so hit pause and got everything fixed up. OK, good to go, so now I started the "Warm Ups" on the dvd. Hmmm....I don't see the Happy Fun Ball anywhere on these warm ups, so let's hit fast forward and get to the good stuff. Keith started laughing at about this point and mentioned that surely the man on the video must not know what he was talking about on this warm up stuff. Yep, I agreed. Boring, boring, boring - more fast forward. Wow - the entire warm up portion was sans big blue ball! OK, enough of that, who really needs to warm up anyway?
On to the exercise portion. First screen shows the ball, so I think I'll be ok now. Let me tell you - this is FUN! I'm rolling all over the place, Joe is all excited having a giant ball in the living room and mom down at his level, Keith is laughing....really what could be better? We get to the pose of the "Starfish" where you lay with the ball at the small of your back, hold on the straps with your arms out to the side and your legs out and hold it. Of course, sense of balance isn't one of my strong points, so I started rolling to the side in slow motion, with Joe right there to lick my nose!
The main reason for me buying this is for posture and tightening up my belly. I figure I'll sit on it while watching tv in the evenings. But now that I've discovered how much fun this thing is to roll around on, I am so there! :)
Saturday, September 09, 2006
1. Do not sneeze while riding lest your bobble headed helmet head knock into his!
2. Have faith in the abilities of the driver. Squeezing his mid-section with your fingernails will not make him stop any faster.
3. Learn the universal "hello" hand signal amongst motorcycle riders. It's ok to let loose of the death grip on your driver's mid-section in order to be friendly.
4. Wearing sandals while on a motorcycle is not only foolish, it lets your toes get very, very hot next to the engine.
5. Don't even try to keep your hair looking good under the helmet while riding. As soon as you get to your destination and remove the helmet the only thing anybody will see is sweaty helmet hair.
6. Scrunched up next to the driver with a death grip on his mid-section is not a good look for most overweight women. The handsome male driver in the hotrod next to you is not smiling at you for any reason other than you look funny.
7. Do not carry your cell phone in your pocket set on vibrate. Answering a phone while plummeting down the road at high rates of speed is not wise. Besides, how in the world would a person put it next to their ear with a helmet on?
I'm sure there's more, but that's all I've got off the top of my head tonight. ;)
When we got back our first thought was to watch a movie on pay per view, but with one click of the remote we were reminded that there is a Nascar race tonight, so that's the winner (if you look closely you'll see the race on tv behind Joe). I'm off to get my knitting and watch a race with my beloved now. :)
The start of this wonderful day was early yesterday morning. I've been wrestling with some things in my life and as I started my prayers before my Bible time I just put it on the table for God, since I was unsure if the way I was handling it was right or not. Now, while I know that prayers are answered, I also know that sometimes we have to look to see those answers and that sometimes the answers are not necessarily what we want. But yesterday as I read through my daily reading I was led to a verse that was so exactly what I needed to hear that it brought me to tears - literally. It was such a humbling experience to me and was at the forefront of my thoughts during the entire day.
After work a friend picked me up to attend a crop and I told her about this and we had such a great conversation about it. I am so blessed with the friends I have and to be able to share things like this is so awesome. I know that I'm not conveying my thoughts adequately here, but it really was great! :)
We headed out to a fundraiser crop hosted by Turtle Girl Designs and of course had a wonderful time full of friends, laughter and even some tears. These two gals are truly God-given friends and the more I'm around them and see what they are doing the more I am just blown away by their drive, their talent and their love.
And of course after being up very late I am never able to get right to sleep - too wound up I guess! This week has been a little difficult for me healthwise and I've been very run down. I'm hoping it's just "one of those things" and not a step towards another flare. But luckily today I have no plans at all and just plan to rest. Thank you Jesus for sleep!
Friday, September 08, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
On Sunday afternoon we all piled into the truck and went to a nearby beach to take the dogs swimming. The guys sat on chairs on the beach, but Loni and I headed into the water with both dogs. Poor Joe - Xena still was after him! He did figure out though that when the water was deep enough she had to put all her efforts into staying afloat, so he just turned his head and started walking out to the center of the lake! When he was deep enough that she didn't follow him he was perfectly happy. :)
Monday morning dawned cool and rainy, which we haven't seen in the longest time. Too bad it had to happen during a day off! So instead of playing in the lake we just stayed inside the cabin and got some of the games down. My favorite game of all time is Trouble - the Pop-o-matic game from my youth - and it was too much fun. Of course, it did help that I won, but then who's counting???
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
After breakfast we met up with some more friends at a yarn shop in Dallas. From there we went to the Art District and visited another yarn shop that was tres cool. This one, The Shabby Sheep, is now my second favorite shop in the DFW area. The owner is super nice, she has great taste in yarns and there is a shop puppy!
The photo is Blue Sky Cotton and the beginnings of the Single Cable Scarf in the One Skein book. I'm knitting it for the Think Pink Challenge and we're mailing ours on 9/13, so I have a little bit of a time crunch, but I think I can get it done in time!
Pictured is a card I made - stamps by The Angel Company.
Friday, September 01, 2006
After we cleaned up the kitchen from dinner we ran up to Starbucks. Lynne's friends are all starting to hang out there and she's not a big coffee drinker, so I told her I'd help her find something she likes. Right now I'm lovin' the mocha frappucino's, so I ordered a venti and she tasted mine. BINGO - she was hooked! We split this one and now she knows what to order in the future.
After we got home Cristina picked me up and we went up to the hospital to visit Dawn. She looked so much better today - Praise the Lord! Such a helpless feeling to see a friend laying in a hospital bed. Luckily she is getting out today and starting physical therapy, so we expect her to be dancing around with us again soon.
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. - 1 Chronicles 16:11