Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's been a while

I don't know what's happened around here and why I haven't posted in a week, no wait I do...FOOTBALL! Colin is now playing football for a local league and oh boy is it a time intensive sport! Practice is 3 days a week plus a game on Saturday. So his time has to be very well managed. You know I have always dreaded him playing football because being the accident prone child that he is I figured it wouldn't be long before he'd get hurt again. Well obviously he could get hurt falling up or down the stairs right here in our home so that getting hurt business is really out of my control (he is always in God's hands, not mine!). But I can't tell you how fun it is to watch him practice out there. Yesterday for the first time they actually got to tackle each other and throw the ball and get in each others face! They're so cute, little mini men. So despite the tight new schedule I'm actually enjoying this, probably as much as Colin is! I will try and get a good picture to post here.

In the mean time, pray for safety, pray for my sanity and pray for fun!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Art & the Master

I've learned a new form of art. Actually I've never really done much of any art before so it's very new to me. I'm starting to learn how to paint, impressionism for now. I started with that because it seems very easy on the eyes, a soft look I guess. Plus it seemed to me to be an easy form of art to learn. Ha! Not exactly! Well to start you still have to put down the back ground which includes drawing on a blank canvas or what artists call "blocking in". So I did that then I started with the background (using real paints), adding in all of the light values,etc. The thing I've been working on lately is the mailboxes, you see, my painting has about 10 mailboxes in it. They are all very colorful and bright and just interesting to look at. I thought it would be cool to paint but it has also been very detailed. I get frustrated at times but after a little bit of adjusting the color, adding and taking away I end up with something that actually looks like a mailbox! I just wanted to write about this in my blog because painting reminds me so much of spending time with God. I sit down to paint and next thing I know it's time to go home and I feel good, like I learned something new, it added to my life and I am at peace. Same as with God, I sit down next to the Master, read His Word and next thing I know it's time to do life. It's very peaceful, soothing and I forget about all of the stresses of the world. Some people get a massage to forget about their worries, some people get a manicure or pedicure to forget about their worries and some people even hit the gym to forget about their worries but me, well I've found that sitting with Jesus is the best thing I could ever do to forget about my worries and what comes in close to second place? Painting. Every time I mix a color I think about God and how He must have enjoyed coming up with colors for the trees and the flowers and even mankind. Life is good. Try painting some day, you never know you just might like it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nasty Pig

No I'm not blasting a person here. I'm talking about pork, what they call the other white meat. Yeah right, fat chance (no pun intended...seriously). My lovely other half and I went to Dickies the other day to enjoy some Sunday afternoon BBQ. Something most all people do in the south. Well I made a mistake, a REALLY BIG mistake. I ordered pork, pulled pork is what they call it. It looked more like grissely, fatty, chopped up blob of yuck is what it looked like. Why I chose to actually EAT it I'll never know. There's a verse in the Bible that says something like if you want to indulge in sin God won't stop you, he'll just say go right on ahead because we do have a free will. Sorry I don't know the exact reference but hopefully some of you know what I'm referring to, and if you do know the verse please share. Anyway so I went ahead and ate the junk, not sure why...oh wait I alrady said that. No I know why, it's because I'm selfish, and foolish and I ignored every warning God was giving me at the moment to not eat that. The dialog in my head went something like this, "but it tastes so good because it's pork afterall" and the voice said, "well but you will get sick" and I said, "no I won't because it will be fine" and the voice said, "but it clearly says in the Bible to stay away from unclean foods and pork is considered an unclean food" and I said, "well we're really not under the law anymore now are we?" And I chose the pork, and that is about how it went. I'll fast forward to the bottom line, if in doubt DON'T EAT IT; if it's pork, seriously don't eat it, and number one; if the Holy Spirit is trying to warn you of something, please listen, He does have your best interest in mind for you. Jumping back to what really happened afterwards? I was sick, very sick for about 12 hours and I knew it was the pork. I had a headache that is pretty close to the migraines I get once a month, no fun. And there is plenty of evidence to find on the internet about the correlation of eating pork and really bad headaches. So there, that's my lovely entry for the week. If you like pork and can eat it with no problems then my hat is off to you. But seriously, I'm gonna try and stick to that still small voice in my head and what the Bible says about what to stay away from. I've finally learned my lesson...and the hard way at that.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Key West Laughter

Well, God must have a sense of humor because there was an evening that Kayla and I were laughing so hard we cried! Thanks everyone for your prayers because it really was a good time, except for a small moment of panic for me it all went very well. But Kayla and I had time to just hang out and be girls. It all started with trying to get a picture of us together and she said something that got me to thinking. I've always been very self conscious of pictures of myself so I squint. Because one time a few years ago there was a picture of me and my eyes seemed to have been popping out of my head. So since then I've made an effort to squint so that never happens again. (lol!) But it has always bothered Brian and then Kayla mentioned it that night. So we started to take pictures and try as I might I could not NOT squint! At one time I thought she was simply taking my picture and come to realize she had video taped me for a good 3 to five minutes trying not to squint. So of course while we laughed and laughed watching that and cried even more. It really was a good time had by us both. And where were the boys? Well they had gone down to Duval street so we could have some good ol' bonding time. So my thoughts are now that God really has a very good sense of humor and He knows that laughter is the best medicine! Here's some pictures for your enjoyment too...