Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am sitting at work today and wanting to post on my two blogs, but I don't know how long my hands will hold out. I am having some arthritis problems in my hands and they are not cooperating with me in the least. I have all these things I want to do, like clean and organize my entire house, but alas, the hands are keeping me from doing them! ;)
Anyway...here are my goals for the year. I try to keep them to five.
2. Start a Bible study with friends
3. Post to my writing blog everyday
4. Organize more of my life
5. Love more
The last one is from a post from earlier this month about being overwhelmed by the holiday season. I have already started thinking of how to show my love in tangible ways to those that I love. I will keep you posted on this. #1 on this list needs to happen everyday, but we will see. I am actually shooting for three times a week. We will see. #2 will actually stretch me a little. I will have to organize this and ask people to participate and take a risk that they will say no. This is so hard for me. #3 will be hard to maintain as well. I get in a mood and want to write, then the next day I don't want to do it. I need to gain more discipline in this area so I will keep working on it. And #4 is just there because it is there every year. Maybe I can actually follow through this year....
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
You want a WHAT??? That wasn't on your original list to SANTA! ARGGHH! AND, Yes, the cookies are store bought. We ran around all day on Christmas Eve, visiting Santa, delivering cookies, and doing last minute shopping. I decided in the line at Target when Emily said, "Mommy, I WANT those green cookies!" Hey, that's not a bad idea, I might get to bed before 2am.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Mom makes springerle cookies. These are German cookies that have anise in them. I am not usually a big black licorice fan, but there is just the right amount in these cookies. The cookies are not easy. The dough takes forever to mix up, and then they have to be pressed with special wooden cookie presses, and then left out over night to dry out. Then you bake them and they puff up. They are so worth it. If I had a press I would make them. They are the best when you are having coffee. LoVe them! Here is a picture
This beauty is hand carved and runs about $45.00 at http://www.cookiemold.com/, just in case you needed a last minute gift mom! This site also has a couple of different recipes for these pillow cookies.
This year my mom-in-law made some of these treats and I have already eaten all of them. I think Chris and the kids got about 1 each. I REALLY love them. They are called haystacks and I decided to make some tonight.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So I told Emily to go and put some clothes on before we started our day of crafts and sewing. Here is what she came out of her room wearing.
Makes me laugh, even though I have this compulsion to make her change, I didn't. Later when we actually leave the house to meet grandma for dinner she WILL be wearing something different. But for now...baby steps!
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
Friday, December 19, 2008
So as I was driving I had Third Day playing very loudly. My friend, Nicole gave me the CD so when I reference the song I will not be able to tell you what the title is. But...there is a song on the CD about how Peter probably felt when he denied knowing Jesus three times. I was very moved by this song. It talks about how Peter can't live with the shame of leaving Jesus alone to die on the cross.
I started thinking about this story. It occurred to me that I have left Jesus alone to die on the cross. Every time I have denied Him I have left Him there alone. And thinking back on my life I have denied Him too many times to count.
Then it occurred to me in the very next thought that maybe that is why the story is included for us to read. If Peter who walked with Jesus, sat next to Jesus, prayed with Jesus, and learned from Jesus could deny Him it is not so surprising that we would also deny Him. I believe Peter really did love Jesus, I mean who couldn't love Him? There really is no guilt or condemnation. This is what means to be free. Even when we deny Him, He takes our shame and lets us know He still loves us, always has and always will.
Thank you, Lord. This is what I needed this week. I was so low and I left you there alone on the cross. Thank you for reminding me how much You love me even in the midst of the messiness of the world.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Last night I spent most of the evening sewing Christmas gifts. I am no where near done, but I have at least started and can start to move forward and get more done tonight, and maybe finish by the end of the weekend.
Well, when I started to pull out the fabric I had on hand and pick out the ones I was going to use, Emily came into my room. She wanted to sew too. She ran and got her wooden sewing machine that my friend Sandy gave her for her second birthday. It comes complete with the little foot thingy, and yes I do sew a lot, but I can't think of what it is called right now. It also had a little wooden box with little wooden spools of thread, so cute, and it is pink. She loves it.
Anyway, she ran and got her sewing machine and set it up on the bed by my sewing table. She picked out some fabric that she liked and sat with me in the kitchen while I cut out what I needed. While she sat there she cut out her fabric as well. She and I chatted and had a very nice evening together.
This morning she came into my room and climbed in bed with me and said, "Mommy, let's stay home and sew today." My heart just melted. That's what it is all about my friends.
So can you guess what we are doing tonight?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I moved into that state of being so overwhelmed that I don't want to do ANYTHING. This attitude is not helping me get anything accomplished except sitting in front of the TV watching Tom and Jerry wanting to drink the whole bottle of wine my dear friend Cher just brought over.
Now that I have vented I am going to try and push through this and get one thing accomplished tonight. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Since I can't seem to find some words I took some pictures of my African violets. These are kind of a family legacy. My mom raised them when I was little, and her mom raised them. I love them and have managed to keep one alive and healthy, with my mom's constant supervision. Whenever I have a question she is always there to help me keep them healthy. Love you mom!
Monday, December 15, 2008
This weekend Chris let me have some time to myself to get a few things accomplished. It was so helpful and I am so thanful, but I really only got my house in some kind of managed chaos. I did decide that only a few decorations were going up this year, my way of keeping it simple.
Last night in the midst of posting to my other blog, doing the laundry, and baking cookies I really starting thinking about this madness that is known as the holiday season. Why do we wait to do nice things for people in December? Why is it that we try to cram a year's worth of how we feel about someone into a month?
Now, don't get me wrong, I do understand the meaning of Christmas. It is the celebration of our Lord's birth. I also understand why we give gifts this time of year, Jesus got gifts. But, couldn't we remember His birth everyday? Could we not give little gifts to the ones we love all the time? Maybe then I wouldn't feel so overwhelmed at this time of the year. Maybe if I made more of an effort all year I wouldn't feel like I had to make it up to everyone in December.
Okay, so here is my New Year's goal (I don't make resolutions :) I am going to try to really love the people that I love. I am not sure what that looks like, but I don't think I have been doing a very good job lately.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Look at our beautiful gingerbread chalet. Mom, take a picture and let's go for a walk now!
Thirty minutes and a dog later...
Friday, December 12, 2008
Anyhoo, I started a blog specifically for my writing. There will probably not be any pictures there, but I do plan to write installments for short stories, devotionals, and other various writings. If you are interested check it out. Feel free to comment on the writing. I am using this to hold me accountable and get me writing on a regular basis again. But, please remember that I am a writer and that makes me a bit sensitive. If it is craptacular, please find a nice way to say it, but please say it. I need feedback.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Yesterday in Dallas it was 68 degrees when I dropped the kids off at school around 8:00am. By lunch time when I went out it had dropped to about 48 degrees. Then by the time I went to play bunco at 7:30 it was snowing. OKAY...if that isn't crazy I don't know what is.
Crazy or not, it was really nice to see the roof tops dusted with snow this morning, but more than likely by tonight it will be 70 degrees again. Welcome to Texas. If you don't like the weather wait about ten minutes and it will probably change.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tonight with our LifeGroup we talked about forgiveness a lot. One of the questions in our study had to do with forgiveness and it got us into a really heated debate. I immediately thought of this interaction with Emily. This reminded me of how the Father must feel when we ask for forgiveness. He freely gives it whenever we ask we only have to apologize. It is such a sweet and loving moment when we give ourselves over to Him and ask forgiveness. Will we do it again? Probably, but we know what we have done is wrong and we are trying to get better, right?
As an aside...THANKS Tracy! I really needed that today! :)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I realized last night that is really the chaos of the whole thing that I hate. Why do I feel I have to control EVERYTHING????? Why can't I just relax and enjoy the whole thing? This is a big problem of mine. Oh well...here are some pictures from the night and a little video if I can figure out how to get it to upload.