Monday, April 30, 2007

Touched a Little Bit of Heaven

As I posted Thursday, we had revival/renewal services for several nights this weekend. Still running through my mind and I can't put it into an organized form quite yet. I don't know where to begin...

Random thoughts...

I'm awed and still in tears to see the transforming power of the love of Christ as a young man whose parents have requested prayer for his salvation week after week after week came to Christ this weekend.

I was brought to my hands and knees by the heaviness of God's presence during worship.

I'm finally beginning to grasp what "restoration" really means.

I saw a man struggling with depression and other problems declare the devil can't have him and come back to Christ.

I saw a man "drunk in the Spirit" and it was amazing.

I got a peek at what heaven filled with "forever praise" may be like. Like the song "I Can Only Imagine" from Mercy Me - "I can only imagine when all I will do is forever, forever worship You." We were nearly there each night.

Da Hubby and I felt like we had run a marathon each and every night from sheer mental, spiritual, and physical exhaustion. However, I was prayed over last night and find myself pain-free this morning! Praise God!

I watched my sweet, sweet baby girl dance with the joy of the Lord with the "grown ups" during worship.

I heard several testimonies of incredible odds beaten, miracles granted, lives transformed all due to God's love, mercy, and grace.

We worshipped Friday night with our Spanish-speaking sister church...with their worship Spanish (which no one in my church family knows to my knowledge) and yet felt unified in Christ. It was cool, cool, COOL!

We heard four encouraging, prophetic, instructional, anointed messages from a man of God that takes my breath away. He's on a WHOLE 'nother level of spiritual maturity that I can't even grasp yet.

I had it reinforced that I am valuable, tender, and dear in Christ's eyes and I have a ministry to "birth" in Him, in His time.

I was encouraged to remember to step boldly out for Christ. Sanctify myself - set apart for Him and from the world. Accept no less. Confidence in Him in NOT arrogance, we were told. It is JOYOUS FREEDOM! This helped with the struggle that Debbie and I discussed in the comments of a post I had here.

It was the first time I was "part" of this type of church service and not watching from the sidelines as an observer, critic, or student. The last time this speaker was with us, I was seven months pregnant with Pojke. We had been at this church home for over two years at that point. I still had so many questions, concerns, etc. with my "new" Pentecostal lifestyle *wink* But, my ability to take the leap of faith, jump in, and join my church family in their joy, enthusiasm, and love of the Lord was really culminated in these services.

I now know what being filled with the Holy Spirit *feels* like. While I have not joined my church family in speaking in tongues, there was an amazing moment between me and God Friday night while the evangelist prayed for me. I literally felt like - as I was looking up, God was pouring into me so many new things and I could feel it filling from my toes up to my head.

Finally, last night, the evangelist stopped to talk to me during our after-service fellowship time. He said Da Hubby had told him about my blogging. And, he told me that he felt that it was an anointed thing I was doing and something I needed to continue. So, I guess y'all are stuck with me for a while! *wink*

I have so much else to share about this weekend on top of other things I had in mind to write about. I'm hoping to get it all down before I "lose" it!

Basking in the glory of it all today...PRAISE HIM!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

And, Not To Be Outdone by His Sister...

Can you believe this little warrior is on meds for an ear infection AND in the last 24 hrs got his SEVENTH tooth in under two months ?

Raising Up Christian Bloggers,...I mean, Daughters! *wink*

Does this say it all?! LOL I actually was typing into Blogger at the time!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Finally, Flattery From a Finicky Flicka! *wink*

Flicka woke up with a single eruption of the "pukies" this morning. Momma's detective skills kicked in: thoughts of my own nausea last night so bad I couldn't eat dinner, what did she and I eat yesterday together? Hmmm...the only thing? McDonald's for lunch *ugh* Food poisoning from ANOTHER fast food place *sigh* Another reason to give up fast food! LOL

Anyway, after a half bottle of Gatorade and several Popsicles stayed down, we chalked it up to bad food instead of a virus. She insisted she was s.t.a.r.v.i.n.g as I made a non-bland lunch for Pojke. So, instead I made them both Kraft mac and cheese. As usual, she wanted to help so we went through our routine of pouring noodles and an occasional stir with supervision. But, as I mix the cheese powder, butter, and milk, Flicka can barely contain herself, jumping up and down on her stool. She leans over to me and says....

"I love you, Mommy. You are the best cooker!"

I'll try not to remember that it all came from a box and she's really s.t.a.r.v.i.n.g! LOL

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday Thank Tank

In honor of Peach who is obediently following the Lord's call recently to take a break from blogging...

I don't know where to begin this week. Again, I have no sense of there being a unifying link but here goes:

1. I'm thankful for the small amount of money I've made in the last month of so. I have written 4 posts for Pay Per Post. I was given 50+ videos via Freecycle from a local grandma who grandbabies are all grown. NO WAY we could have kept them all so I Ebay'd about half. I've also Ebay'd a few remaining baby clothes laying around. While it's not much, it's made me feel more like I'm contributing to the household. And, I praise God for the talents and abilities He's given me to do such things.

2. REVIVAL! Wa-hoo! It starts tonight at church and runs through Sunday! We had intercessory prayer last night and it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Expecting A.W.E.S.O.M.E things!

3. Thankful for a decision finally made. Been stewing and stewing and percolating and percolating about trying to create some kind of "official" homeschool-preschool experiment for Flicka for the fall. Been hemming and hawing for weeks. I simply prayed one night for God's will and timing. Within days, I woke up and it was like the decision had been made in my sleep. I woke knowing the where, the how, the when and now have goals in place to begin! Praise Him!

4. Thankful for service plans with Best Buy! My life stops and become unseemingly chaotic without my Palm. And, my third one in 13 months died 2 weeks ago. It was replaced (again) last week. That's about $900 worth of technology that has ultimately cost about $70!

5. Life without cable. I would highly recommend it. Things are steamlined. Minds less cluttered. Less time wasted. More getting accomplished. No ongoing background noise. More praise and Christian music on the radio instead. The TV is on less than half the time. It has been a womderful blessing!

Since Peach is on break, perhaps check out Sting My Heart who is "home base" for Thankful Thursdays!

To pass along...

Hat tip to Barbara for posting this...what a cool resource! Overwhelming proof that some groups may have this whole idea of separation of church and state misinterpreted.

Do you know the preamble for YOUR state?

Alabama 1901, Preamble: We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution. . . .

Alaska 1956, Preamble: We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land. . . .

Arizona 1911, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution. . .

Arkansas 1874, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government. . .

California 1879, Preamble: We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. . .

Colorado 1876, Preamble: We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe. . .

Connecticut 1818, Preamble: The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy. . .

Delaware 1897, Preamble: Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences. . .

Florida 1885, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution. . .

Georgia 1777, Preamble: We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution. . .

Hawaii 1959, Preamble: We, the people of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance. . .Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.

Illinois 1870, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble: We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.

Iowa 1857, Preamble: We, the People of the State of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings establish this Constitution. . .

Kansas 1859, Preamble: We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution. . .

Kentucky 1891, Preamble: We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties. . .

Louisiana 1921, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy. . .

Maine 1820, Preamble: We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity:.. And imploring His aid and direction. . .

Maryland 1776, Preamble: We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble: We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe, In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction. . .

Michigan 1908, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution. . .

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings. . .

Mississippi 1890, Preamble: We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Al mighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble: We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, Establish this Constitution. . .

Montana 1889, Preamble: We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution. . .

Nebraska 1875, Preamble: We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, Establish this Constitution. . .

Nevada 1864, Preamble: We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution. . .

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. . .

New Jersey 1844, Preamble: We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble: We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty. . .

New York 1846, Preamble: We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings. . .

North Carolina 1868, Preamble: We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those. . .

North Dakota 1889, Preamble: We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...

Ohio 1852, Preamble: We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common. . .

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble: Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty:..

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences..

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble: We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance. . .

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble: We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing . .

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble: We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889, Preamble: We, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III: That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...

Texas 1845, Preamble: We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God. . .

Utah 1896, Preamble: Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble: Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI: Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble: We the People of the State of Washington , grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872, Preamble: Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God:

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble: We, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility. . .

Wyoming 1890, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties:. establish this Constitution.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SRT #5 - Obsession by J. Kellerman

Am I a glutton for punishment for what? LOL Didn't I just post 15 days ago that I had read a Kellerman book and that I was less than impressed? Well, I'm claiming "library guilt"! I put a hold on it, they told me to come get it, I had it in the house, so I HAD to read it,right?! *wink* It's like the "why climb the mountain? Because it's THERE" argument

Short version - better read than "Gone". Some good twists and turns of plot. Petra Connor, another of Kellerman's characters from another series, appears in this story. Some loose ends here and there. Eventually, Kellerman made the character that initially needed Alex and Milo's help so wimpy and such that you stop rooting for her. And, finally, for once, it's not Alex Delaware caught unawares at the end but someone else. As a side note, we also get to see a bit more into his buddy Milo's life.

Good brain candy. Nothing fancy. I've got one more "the-library-held-it-so-I-have-to-read-it" mystery by Patricia Cornwell and I'm getting back on the "serious" bandwagon! LOL I promise. My brain's starting to turn to mush!

Go over to Katrina's site to see what seriously good-for-them books everyone else is reading!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday *wink*

The other day I hear Pojke's up from his nap, talking in his crib...then I hear Flicka talking softly and Pojke giggling...I go to find out what they're up to and I find her "reading" to him. Made this momma's heart go "awww..." Go here to see other Wordless Wednesdays.

Another chance to help...

...that will cost you nothing. Well, almost nothing. Postage maybe? *wink* Anyway...

Beth at
I Should Be Folding Laundry posted yesterday wants the mommy-blog world to start passing the word about this program.
According to Beth, it's a recycling program that "collects cell phones, they then use the funds from recycled cell phones to purchase calling cards for soldiers serving our country. 'Cell Phones for Soldiers' hopes to turn recycled cell phones into 12 million minutes of pre-paid calling cards in 2007, they need your support to make sure this happens. "
With all the cleaning going on here due to Laura's challenge at I'm An Organizing Junkie, I'm hoping to find some old phones we can send. Do you have any around *your* house?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In Other Words...

"Busyness is not a spiritual gift." - Lisa Harper

Well, it would seem lately that instead of deep, pondering thoughts, I've been having brief bursts of insight that flash and fade! LOL So, to prevent some of the fading, I decided to share this one! I read this quote on Friday and no inspiration struck. But, as I did my reading for my Godly Woman 101 devotions this weekend, something struck me.

I've been reading about Ruth, Esther, Lydia, Deborah, and Mary so far over the last three weeks. As I find what strikes me as a godly woman characteristic, I've been listing them in my right column as a reminder to myself. There are things like brave, faithful, humble, impassioned, loyal, obedient, sacrificial, and vigorous. After reading Lisa Harper's quote again, I noticed something...nowhere in that list does the word "busy" appear.

Yes, a Proverbs 31 woman rises before the sun (v. 15), works with her hands (v. 13), brings food from afar (v. 14). However, as is also mentioned in verses 25, 26, and 30, what is more important is that she is strong, honorable, wise, and (ultimately) fears the Lord. Those other things are nothing if she is not focused on the Lord from the get-go.

Being busy - even in church work - is NOT "enough." A strong, abiding love for Christ is.

Click over to Christine's Fruit in Season and see what insight others have gained from this quote.

Overheard/Said at the Viking Hus This Morning...

Da Hubby generally gets up a snooze alarm or two after 5am. He goes, makes his coffee, takes a shower, etc. and then usually wakes me up around 6am. That way I can make his lunch, we get a chance to talk for a minute, then I often can get 30-60 minutes of me-time before one of the kids wakes up.

Anyway, he crawls back into bed this morning around 6am and snuggles up behind me. It's obvious he's feeling all mushy this morning. He's quiet for a few moments, lets out a big sigh, and says..."is this what you always wanted? To be the queen of your castle?"

I didn't miss a beat..."yep, I always wanted to be a queen with dish-pan hands!" *wink*

And, he rightly followed up with..."you're gonna blog about this, aren't you?"

LOL Yes, handsome, I am!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Two Months From Today...

...Da Hubby, Flicka, Pojke, and I will be spending most of that weekend at our county's fairgrounds for Relay For Life. We'll be pitching a tent in our family's reserved area for the 24-hour walk-a-thon. Being one of 6 and a cousin to many, it'll be cramped quarters as we remember Da Hubby's Big Brother D.

Da Hubby and I agree that Big Bro D was probably the strongest person we have ever known. As a only child for most of my life (until my half-sisters came along when I was 20), he will be the only big brother I will ever know...and I only knew him for 5 years.

That weekend and the planning for it are all the more poignant in that Da Hubby's uncle and aunt were both diagnosed with lung and colon cancer respectively. Aunt C's is inoperable and, once stabilized from the initial exploratory surgery, she will be heading home without treatment for her remaining time. As for Uncle T, we've have not heard any updates in the last week. But, the fact that Big Bro D died from the same type of cancer has hit the family hard. Uncle T is my MIL's baby brother. And, as always, she is a testament to her faith because I don't know how else she is dealing with this.

As the newest addition (other than all the grandchildren born since I got here) to this large, noisy, loving, sometimes cantankerous family, I often feel like I'm peeking in on their worst fears and most intimate struggles. I'm often self conscious and uncomfortable. I'm the new kid and, without having grown up with siblings, I'm at a loss at what to do, what to say, or where to even begin to understand what they are going through. I also know I've been incredibly blessed by these folks - especially in their gift of Da Hubby to me.

So, in honor of Big Bro D, who with Da Hubby, having never met me before, traveled several hours across the state in a driving rain storm, to help Da Hubby and I move my stuff to our new home...I'm fundraising for Relay For Life. I posted a simlar request a month ago. I've had three responses: Anita, my aunt, and my mom. If you three are reading this, thank you again! So, if you feel you are in a position to or felt led to help, that's great. Click here. But, mostly, I covet your prayers as I try to find a way to do my little part to minister to this family's hurt. Thanks!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

My Newest Favorite Picture

Could I love this little girl any more? LOL

Friday, April 20, 2007

SRT Book #4 - Kingdom Come (Left Behind #13)

I admit it. I started the Left Behind series reluctantly. My girlfriend since childhood recommended the first one several years ago. We come from different faith backgrounds so I hesitated. I struggled through the first half of the first book bored to tears but then something grabbed me. I spent the rest of that summer devouring all the others published up to that point and have waited impatiently for each release since then. So, yes, I'm a Left Behind convert! LOL

Anyway, I noticed while perusing somewhere online in February and saw that #13, Kingdom Come, was being released in March. So, I emailed one of my trusty local library staff and asked (1) IF they were getting it and (2) if so, could I be put on the hold list? They were a little confused. They didn't even realize it was coming out then. But, they would gladly list me as first to get it. So, 2 weeks ago, I got the brand spankin' new copy in my hot little hands! And, I finished it last night since it was due today to some other lucky reader! *wink*

Anyway, still enjoyed it but it wasn't my favorite. Hard to create conflict initially after Jesus' Second Coming when all non-believers are dismissed from the earth! What's there to disagree about? LOL After taking several (and I mean several) chapters to get the reader caught up with all the characters, what Heaven was like for those that had been raptured and martyred, and what everyone's first impressions of Jesus' initial reign of the Millennium, FINALLY a conflict arose which played out quickly to the end. This book technically covers that 1,000 years. However, it is in 3 different settings: immediately after the Second Coming, a hundred years later (the majority of the book), and then finally at the end of the Millennium.

Now, to be honest, I am woefully deficient in my end times knowledge. And, at least for now, I'm having faith that the authors (especially Mr. LaHaye with all his training, knowledge, and study) are following the Scriptures closely. And, I'm obviously aware that this is all a fictional portrayal. That being said...I found this book awakening my awareness of some seriously wishy-washy things in my spirit. LaHaye's depiction of these characters' faith, devotion, and belief in Christ was convicting. And, one thought has been running over and over in my head for several days...

"If I can't defend Him, why would He defend me?"

I claim Him as Lord but do I "put my money where my mouth is"? How does my proverbial rubber hit the road? If for some reason I am NOT raptured, would I be able to repent, get right, and face all that these characters have faced with the faith they've demonstrated? Hmmm...

So, I've found myself more conscious on a daily basis about my faith walk and witnessing. I've never led someone to Christ but what an amazing thing if I could! I find myself becoming defensive when (once again) a friend and fellow believer is told to "ease off" or change something about what she is doing because she is offending a non-believer in our MOMS group. If the group is *really* trying to be inclusive of everyone's beliefs, why do we have to change ours? And, if she (and by association "we") agree to change, are we denying Christ?

"If I can't defend Him, why would He defend me?"

OK, so this isn't much a review...more of a reflection. But, despite some narrative weaknesses, this book made me *really* think. And, I believe that justifies me encouraging others to read it!

Head over to Katrina's to see what others are reading and what they have to say about it!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thursday Thank Tank

Inspired by Peach...

Hmmm...there doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to my list today other than being thankful that God is ALWAYS in control.

1. I spent 6 years working at the University of Michigan either as a 911 operator, public safety officer, as well as a part-time security monitor. I'm especially thankful today that I am no longer involved in campus security. After this week at Virginia Tech, I can't imagine what is going on at UM this week and/or going through the minds of those I know that still work there. I saw many things working there including suicide attempts and those that were completed. But, nothing that reaches the level of what happened at VT. My prayer is that those I know at UM will be safe because it could have just as likely been them.

2. I am thankful for my bloggy circle of women. I was thinking this morning how many of you have made my faith stronger and my housekeeping, parenting, and marriage relationship better by sharing what you've been through, what you've tried, and what worked for you.

3. I'm thankful for people like BooMama and for outpourings like the one for Heather this week. It builds my faith as well as my confidence that there ARE people out there willing to go the extra mile for someone by organizing or donating to a thing like that. It makes me more courageous to go out and find people who could benefit from something I have.

4. I'm thankful for the wonderful hospital we have 5 blocks away. Da Hubby's uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer the same week his wife, Da Hubby's aunt, was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had surgery yesterday - the cancer had spread to several other areas. Our little regional hospital is full of some of the best physicians in this area. I lay my concerns and prayers in God's hands but am thankful also for those doctors' hands, training and experience as well.

5. Da Hubby - can't imagine going a day without him. Especially with all these folks around us with health challenges lately. My mortality as well as his has weighed heavily on my mind this week. God gave him to me and will take him when it's time but I'm beginning to treasure each moment more each day that I have with him.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Another Blog 4 Heather

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It was last January (I believe) when BooMama organized a "love-fest" for Kelli who was/is facing kidney failure. Now, Heather, who has blogged so eloquently of God's grace and provision in the health struggles with her daughter Emma Grace, is now facing a trip to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion for what appears to be an inoperable brain tumor. So, BooMama organized again and is putting on another "love-fest" - this one for Heather. You can donate as little as $1 and/or leave a comment on Heather's blog that you'll be praying for her.

Wordless Wednesday - My Boys

WFMW: Ebay misspelling tool

With the amount of clothes Flicka and Pojke have needed and grown out of in the last 3 years, Ebay has often become this momma's best friend! And, with the exception of a very few pieces, my entire maternity wardrobe has come from Ebay...twice! LOL

However, because of typos or misspellings, you may miss a great deal! Thus,
this page comes in REALLY handy. Particularly if that misspelling keeps anyone else from bidding! You'd be the only one and have NO competition!

For example, as I type this there is a
Coach bag listed at a $2.99 opening bid. But, because the seller misspelled "messenger", how many other people would find it in a standard Ebay search?

Ebay deals at an even greater savings? Works for me!

Shannon's site today for more WFMW ideas!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Geocaching Part Two

We took the kids after dinner! LOL We told them it was like a treasure hunt! *wink*

We had one
geocache and one letterbox to find. And, they happened to be in the same township park near our home that includes a beach on Lake Michigan. Each was in a different dune so LOTS of sandy delays explorations. And, Da Hubby carried Pojke the whole time - my hero! Flicka kept asking where the "X" was and where was our map?? LOL Here we are with the first "treasure" in the geocache:

And, the second was a simple letterbox. Unfortunately, Flicka got so caught up in the adventure that she forgot to "take care of business" and had an accident so Momma climbed the last dune alone for the "treasure"'s at the bottom of that tree! *sigh*

So much fun! And, the kids were SO in need of a bath when we got home! One of the joys of living in this area...sand, sand, sand! I think it will definitely be something we'll do again!

Godly Woman 101: Days 11-14

Continuing my reading on godly women. These are my "accountability notes". I'm finishing Esther. These are chapters 7-10.

Esther 7

Xerxes and Haman are dining at Esther’s second banquet. The king asks a third time what is it she wants…”up to half the kingdom and it will be granted.” She asks for her life and the lives of her people.

She asks kindly, with grace, with bravery, with sincerity, humbly, in honor and deference of Xerxes’ power but also with the favor of God.

“If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet.” Wow!

The king demands to know who is responsible and Esther names Haman (charge 1). In a twist of events, the king leaves in a rage. As Haman falls at Esther’s feet to beg for his life (he‘s at the feet of a Jew when he couldn’t get a Jew [Mordecai] to bow to him), he falls on her couch where she was reclining, the king re-enters as it appears Haman is assaulting Esther (charge 2). Then, a eunuch then speaks up and says that there are gallows that Haman constructed for Mordecai (charge 3 – attempt to kill the king’s benefactor).

Haman is hung on those gallows.

Esther 8

The same day, Xerxes gave Esther Haman’s estate. Mordacai is reinstated and appointed in charge of that estate. They are restored but the royal edict calling for the killing of all Jews is irrevocable. She pleads, she weeps. “If it pleases the king.” “If he regards me with favor.” “If he thinks it is the right thing to do.” “If he is pleased with me.” So, in response to her pleading, Xerxes commands another edict be sent out that in effect counters the original – the only way to stop Haman’s original plan. This decrees marks the first Purim.

Again, she is kind, polite, obedient, deferent yet brave.

Esther 9

When faced with conflicting edicts, everyone goes by what came most recently. The Jews rise up all over Xerxes kingdom and battle their enemies fearlessly…and win. Despite being given permission to do so, the Jews take no plunder…as that’s how Saul lost his kingship. When the king reports to Esther what the Jews have done, he asks if there is anything else. She asks that Haman’s sons, who were killed in the battle, be hung up as an example. Not sure what godly woman characteristic THAT would be! LOL

First Purim celebrated at Mordecai’s and Esther’s instruction.

Esther 10

These closing three verses describe the heights of power Mordecai reached. I suppose it could be construed that the success and honor is partially attributed to the actions of Esther. It is because of her that Mordecai is promoted up. But, it is also partially because of Mordecai that Esther is where she is. Hmmm…

Saturday, April 14, 2007

We Did It!

What a blast we had last night! Thank you Shalee for your wonderful idea.

We went geocaching! So, we dropped the kids off at Da In-laws at 6pm. Did a quick dinner at QDoba's, then had to run home for a missing memory card which was not in the camera, then to Walgreen's for batteries for a GPS, and then (more than hour after we dropped off the kids) we were off! *wink* (Can ya' tell both of us have ADD? LOL)

So, here we are kid-less at Walgreen's:

With 2 GPS's, how could we get lost? LOL

We found the park. We've lived in this area for YEARS and never knew this park was here! LOL

According to the directions and hints, we walked about 1/4 mile back and went off on a small side trail. Looking for a tree with a root ball in the path. The cache box is supposed to be 3 steps off the path near that fallen tree. Do you see it in the next picture?

Success! And, yes, in case you are wondering, we hung the digital camera from a tree branch to get our picture! LOL

We found one more after this just a mile or so away in a different park but it was too dark by then to get very good pictures. And, we're completely addicted! We woke up today wanting to take the kids to another one about 5 miles from here but other plans (and cooler heads and cooler weather) prevailed. *wink* We'll definitely be doing this again!

Quote of the night from Da Hubby..."so THIS is what geeks do on a date!" LOL

Friday, April 13, 2007

Wish Us Luck!

Thanks to Shalee's call-to-arms for a wifely-driven, Sadie-Hawkins-style date night this weekend, Da Hubby and I have "reserved" Da In-laws for babysitting duty this evening! LOL Will we be dining out somewhere swanky? Nope. Will we be gazing at each other over dessert? Negative. Will we be cuddled up at home kid-free on the couch watching a movie and eating take-out? I wish! *wink* sweetie dreamboat and I will be geocaching and letterboxing! LOL

Now before you mentally cover your eyes and think that those things are not appropriate for a family-friendly, Christian blog, keep in mind this involves a GPS, pen, paper, a stamp, ink pad, and a compass! LOL I've got 5 letterboxing and 3 geocaches to try - all within 10 miles of our house. We've agreed to a "quicky" dinner of something fast-food-like and we're off! Shalee's asking that pics be taken so we'll try to have some to post for tomorrow. How lost can we get with two GPS's between us? *wink*

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Godly Woman 101: Days 8 - 10

Continuing my reading on godly women. These are my "accountability notes". I'm in Esther. This is chapters 4 -6.

Esther 4
Lots of fasting going on! LOL Nice comparison to all the feasting the king and those close to him are doing.

This chapter explains Mordecai's reaction to the king's edict to destroy all the Jews, how Esther finds out about it (via Mordecai as opposed to the king himself), and Esther's plan.

Mordecai instructs Esther to go to the king but to go unrequested means she'll be put to death unless immediately pardoned by the king. They begin a fast and, at the end of it, she'll go to the king even if it means her death.

Again, she is obedient. And, she is faithful in that she prays and fasts prior to acting out Mordecai's plan.

Esther 5
Esther is seen waiting to speak with the king and he asks her in. When he asks what she wants, she delays and asks him and Haman to come eat a banquet she prepared. My notes say one could only speculate as to why she does this. She makes the king ask three times what she wants...Hmmmm, what godly woman attribute is displayed her? Waiting on God's timing?

This chapter also contains another example of Haman's behaviour. He passes Mordecai at the Kings' Gate and when Mordecai doesn't rise up as he passed, Haman is enraged. Then, Haman's wife and family tell him to build gallows and request Mordecai be hung in the morning.

Esther 6
This chapter is the literary center of the book. And, my notes point out that just when things don't seem to be able to get worse, several seemingly trivial things coincide to bring God's providence to pass...the king can't sleep, he asks to read the chronicles of history, he reads of Mordecai's uncovering of an assassination plot, wants to reward him, Haman just happens to be making a ton of noise building the gallows, so the king asks him to go honor Mordecai in the way Haman thought the king should honor him instead! Mordecai goes home in grief, is telling his family all that had transpired, and the king's men come to get him to take him to Esther's second banquet.

Thursday Thank Tank

Inspired by Peach...

Having one of those cranky, why-me, tired-of-trying type of days. It's been difficult to maintain a proper attitude - much less one of gratitude. I'm trying to keep my promise to myself to not let financial struggles steal away my confidence and joy in Christ and in the comings and goings of my average day. But, as I've been told many times, being grateful must be a very conscious thing ESPECIALLY on days like these.

I feel like I have to keep remembering the most basic things:

I'm thankful for my health. Yea, the aches, pains, and slower healing are beginning as I see 40 on the horizon. The weather is wreaking havoc with my allergies and with my joints. I'm overweight and feeling the effects but you know what? I have NOTHING to complain about when compared to Heather and Kelly. Or, even Peach who is struggling with pain on a regular basis. How dare I complain?

We're still dealing with financial struggles. And, more are on the horizon. As a result, we've even talked of selling our home of 2 years. But, you know what? At least I have a home! And, I have enough money to have gone grocery shopping today. And, we were unexpectedly rewarded for calling the gas and electric company last night. We're on budget plans with both and have noticed lately a hefty surplus with both (thanks to the warmer than usual winter) - somewhere in the neighborhood of $700 combined. And, May is the month our accounts will be reviewed, our budget amounts adjusted, and our accounts "zeroed out" so we will be soon receiving those checks in the mail. Praise God!

My babies...oh, my babies! They are healthy, happy, warm, and fed. Need I say more?

Da Hubby...can't even explain it to him, to you, or even to myself - what I would do without him? My world absolutely, utterly, willingly, lovingly revolves around him.

My own and my my in-laws. Despite struggles and misunderstandings on both sides, I have some of the best family anywhere!

And, ultimately, my Lord and my salvation. Without them, what's the point?

Not exactly the post I wanted to write but apparently the one I *needed* to write.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

WFMW: DIY Window Clings

As a crafty-goddess-wannabe, I love finding things that are homemade, quick, and make me look brilliant and talented! LOL And, this is one of them! The original plan was to have an activity to do with Flicka but she's a little too young yet but I'm having a blast with it in the meantime! *wink*

Klutz line of toys, games, and activities is one I stumbled onto after I was given one as a gift when I was younger. I started getting a catalog and found this Window Art book.

The book includes instructions and pages of ideas for you to outline in a black puff-style paint on an included piece of plastic. Then, you fill in the "gaps" with the colored paints...think stained glass. It takes only a few minutes to do, some time to dry and then you have a cute window cling for any room in your home!

I've given them as gifts and have several around our house. And, I haven't run out of paint yet or needed the refills. Works for me!

For more Works For Me ideas, jump over to Shannon's page today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

SRT: Book #3 - Gone

This is another book for my Spring Reading Thing which is being hosted by Katrina. And, like with my #2 book, this book was not on my original list. LOL I wanted to read "Obsession" - another book by Jonathan Kellerman, but this one came in at the library first! *wink*

Kellerman has been one of my "summer brain candy" authors for several years. My step-dad (a masters candidate in psych) got me SO hooked on Kellerman's character, child psychologist, Alex Delaware. So, it is ALL his fault that I've read all twenty (yea, two-zero) of the Delaware stories.

Unfortunately, I found myself bored with this one. Same ol', same ol'. Delaware's independently wealthy, aw shucks attitude. His commitment issues. The back and forth between his old and recently ex- girlfriends. The long friendship with Milo Sturgis, hard-nosed but gay L.A. homicide detective, who gets him all caught up in trouble regularly. The "surprise" attack that always seems to befall Alex in the last 2-3 chpaters and Milo comes riding to the rescue. And,the crimes they investigate just keep getting creepier and creepier. *sigh*

So, if you follow this series, it's an OK read. If you are new to Kellerman or this series, maybe try an ealier one. You'll probably enjoy it more. I guess I've just become too much of a mom with too little time too spend on a book that just doesn't fit what I'm interested in anymore. LOL

A small (but welcomed) milestone for Flicka! LOL

This morning...the first overnight diaper...and no middle-of-the-night accidents! WA-HOO! I don't know who is more excited - me or her! LOL But, as a gymnastics coach told me once - Get it once, fine. Get it twice, coincidence. Get it a third time - you got it nailed! So, we'll see...*wink*

In Other Words

“Ancient Words, ever true
Changing me, changing you
We have come with open hearts
O let the ancient words impart”

Joy in the Morning is sponsoring this week’s In Other Words. Go there to see others' interpretation of this quote.)

What’s more important than the Scripture? Not much! LOL But, it is significantly less effective if we skip that important part in the third line…an open heart! So, I went searching the Word for an open heart and found Lydia in Acts 16.

14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard [us.] She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged [us,] saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." So she persuaded us.

I’ve been focusing on some of the godly women of the Bible and their attributes in my daily reading. So, when I sought out some more info on Lydia, I found an online article from In Touch Ministries. Lydia was Europe’s first Christian convert! She was a “worshipper of God” (v14) but God opened her heart and when she heard Paul and Silas testify that Jesus was the Messiah, she was immediately baptized along with all of her household.

Lydia likely was a Gentile widow or an unmarried woman who was a Jewish convert. She is considered to have been a wealthy businesswoman. And, it also attributes several godly women characteristics to her: (this is a direct quote but with my emphases)

Vigor: Lydia had no sooner accepted Christ as her Savior than she invited His emissaries into her home. "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord," Lydia told Paul, "come into my house and stay" (v. 15). The New American Standard Version states that Lydia "prevailed upon" Paul’s party to stay. This wasn’t a whimsical offer. This was the impassioned plea of a woman athirst for God. Instantly, the Lord used her to house His most important minister of the early church, which penetrated Europe more extensively because of her generosity.

Sacrifice. Lydia’s business possibly suffered somewhat because of her conversion. Consider that much of the dye business was fueled either by those purchasing purple garments for royalty or by those seeking ornate dress for the images of their pagan gods. Dressing a human king is nothing more than secular trade, but, as a Christian, Lydia may have refused to sell wares to the worshippers of false gods.

"Her customers of the purple cloth or dye would probably have scoffed at the gospel of Christ, but Lydia did not wait to see," Deen writes. "She put Christ first, and business afterward."

If ever her business suffered, her mentor taught her to count it as but rubbish so that she may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)

Commitment. Europe’s first church likely met within the walls of Lydia’s spacious abode. She not only availed her home but likely also her vast resources to help spread the Gospel of Christ. And, most notably, she cast aside concerns of her reputation in the business community and housed prisoners—Paul and company—after they had been released from Philippi’s jail. (v. 40)

Vigorous. Impassioned. Thirsty for God. Generous. Sacrificial. Putting Christ first. A spirit of hospitality. A spirit of giving. Committed. Lived for God instead of living for her reputation.

All these things resulted from one open heart. She was simply receptive to Paul’s testimony. Do we receive with an open heart the meaning and understanding from our time in the Word? Oh, that we could do it as well as Lydia and produce so much fruit that glorifies God!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Godly Woman: Days 3 - 7

OK, I got a little behind blogging about this...LOL. I'll blame it on Easter preparations! *wink* So let's see...

Day Three: Ruth 3
Was a little lost about the whole "spread the corner of your garment over me..."

And, I was a little clueless about the whole history of marrying again within the same family if something should happen to your spouse but I think I grasped that Boaz would try to find her someone to marry and, if he can't, he'll marry her. He's trying to keep Naomi's land within the family.

I liked the empty-to-full metaphor thing going on. Naomi was utterly empty and is slowing being restored.

Day Four: Ruth 4
Little mention of Ruth other than her being taken as a bride to Boaz. Mostly the legal stuff of hashing out their kinsman-redeemer roles. The fact that the first kinsman-redeemer declined the offer of Naomi's land via Ruth and that Boaz stepped up makes me think that the Scripture is reinforcing how Ruth's and Boaz's selfless act are being rewarded. And, finally, Naomi's re-filling was complete.

Day Five: Esther 1
I've been told Esther can be seen a Christ-like figure in terms of being willing to die for her people and is an advocate on their behalf. So, how appropriate that the book of Esther records the annual festival of Purim, the yearly reminder of God's faithfulness to His people!

This first chapter set the scene, described the characters and explains how a queen is NOT to act in the form of Vashti. Xerxes, with Vashti's deposal, also confirms the Biblical principle that "every man should be ruler over his own household" (v22) while I'm not sure if throwing out the queen, soliciting all over the kingdom for virgins, and picking a new queen would be the way *I* would advocate dealing with it! LOL

Day Six: Esther 2
Esther is introduced. According to v15, Esther is Mordecai's great-niece. She had no parents (no explanation I could find) but apparently was an obedient young woman since it mentioned more than once how she obeyed Mordecai by not revealing her ancestry.

I'm not sure that being made queen immediately meant she was made a wife and lost her virginity. Not sure which, if any, of Esther's virtues are being exemplified through her preparation and eventual selection by Zerxes.

But, her virtue of loyalty seems to Xerxes as the assassination plot is revealed by Mordecai and reported to the king. Esther gave Mordecai credit. No self-seeking, self-aggrandizing behavior there.

Day Seven: Esther 3
Four years pass. Haman introduced. He is immediately a foil character to Mordecai. Mordecai uncovered a plot and goes unrewarded but Haman appears to be promoted without reason.

I found it interesting that my notes state that it wasn't because of the second commandment that Mordecai refused to bow to Haman (that's what I originally thought) but simply because of the outstanding and long-running problems between the Jews and the Amalekites. But, Mordecai's refusal started the wheels turning on Haman's plan to have all the Jews killed.

Esther's attributes not mentioned here yet. This is the setting up of the narrative of events that will lead to her eventual intervention.

SRT: Book #2 - When You Rise Up

As part of Katrina's Spring Reading Thing, I committed to read four books. This was not one of them, however. LOL (I mentioned in my first SRT post that I reserve the right to change my list at will! *wink*) But, since Kari so graciously gave it to me on loan from her online Lending Library a while ago, I felt that I needed to get it done.

But, where to begin? LOL Kari was right that this book,
When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr., was different than any other book I'd read on homeschooling. We are currently in the process of deciding whether to begin this process with Flicka in 2 short years. This book leaves no equivocation. There's no missing how the author feels: "...because there can't be a rational, coherent argument against homeschooling." And, again when he says "...the most grievous error we can make is to send them off to school where Jesus is not plainly, fully, and publicly honored. In that great name may we all hasten the day when no parent at the same time claims to serve the King and yet allows his child to be trained by those who will not name that King."

This book brought out a real love/hate reaction in me that will be difficult to explain. He gave a clear (although repetitive) explanation of how Deuteronomy 6 calls parents to raise up their child in the fear and admonition of the Lord and how he feels that means it is a mandate from God that all parents (since believers are equipped for every good work and what could be more "good"than caring and teaching the babies God gave ya') are to homeschool. He asks the question - which is more important? Godly kids or smart kids? My question: why can't I have both?

He gave a solid explanation of the difference between "state schools", "school at home", and true homeschooling. His argument is if you are just doing a state school curriculum and running around taking your kids to all the state-school-activities-geared-now-for-homeschoolers then you are not really homeschooling - you are doing school-at-home.

He argues that a true homeschool following Deuteronomy 6 should have a curriculum that singularly begins and ends with the Bible and what he calls "The Three G's": Who is God? What has God done? What does God require?

Now, he also mentions that his children (all 6 of them, including one who is special needs) are learning Latin, philosophy, and many things considered a "classical" education. But, he also discusses with his children (in hopefully an age-appropriate way) that it is very possible that a time may come very shortly that they could be martyred for their faith.

What unsettled me the most was his discussion about different curriculum for boys and girls. Now, being a state certified teacher, I have seen much of the recent research about gender differences in learning, single sex classroom pros and cons, etc. And, I am all for God's plan of submission to Him, my husband, and child-to-parents. But, I have some concern with Sproul's plan to withhold parts of the curriculum from his daughters because their role "in the war" is to keep the home fires safe, peaceful, and burning.

"We raise our daughter to be warriors for the kingdom by raising them to be keepers at home...I'm not suggesting that the goal is to have ignorant daughters. I am, however, arguing that we are to train them to be keepers at homes...(in the family) we have one general, one king, and that is the husband. But our daughters are a part of that work, with the central focus on keeping the (home). They should be taught how to be careful stewards of God's provisions in their homes. To bring it down to earth a bit more, they need to learn how to bake bread. They need to know how to sew dresses..."

Now, my pre-saved single working woman attitude was absolutely screaming at this point. But, I'm trying to balance it from a Biblical viewpoint as well. Then, I thought I got to choose to stay home so why shouldn't Flicka? Can one be in Biblical submission and still be learned and working out of the home? Can a young girl be taught Biblical womanhood and its virtues of modesty, a quiet spirit, etc. and still daily be "in the world"? Perhaps you can see my dilemma. LOL

Anyway, the best thing I took away from this book was a chapter of absolutely excellent responses to those who are questioning our interest in homeschooling Flicka and Pojke.

He feels "the number one objection to homeschooling is the one that is never spoken out loud. I believe the reason people begin rejecting homeschool is that they are convinced it is too big a responsibility." He then speaks about the whole "you're not qualified to teach" argument.

He then discusses the "efficiency" argument - isn't it more efficient to teach all same-age kids the same way in the same classroom? He also spends a few paragraphs on the "it's too expensive" argument as well.

He then spends several pages on the "it's the well-being of the child" argument. "I can't teach (pick your subject) and in today's fast-paced economy everybody needs to know (that subject)." He also rails against parents who pick state schools because of their athletic opportunities or extracurricular activities. "If I homeschool, my baby will never get to work on the yearbook, go to prom, be the homecoming queen, etc." Then, "one of the most compelling arguments I've ever heard FOR homeschooling is the one given against it: 'my child will rebel if I homeschool him'." And, the classic objection: the socialization question.

Finally, he discusses the objection that often comes from within the church -that our children are to be light and salt so send them out to state schools. Sproul says (basically) if you are so concerned about reaching the lost, then send your child into a crack house or a brothel. Those people are just as lost. And, at least "those people don't have the authority to make our children sit and listen to their worldview being taught seven hours a day."

This book brought up A LOT of conversation between Da Hubby and I. We've also discussed it with another couple we go to church with. We are slowly digesting it, figuring out what it meant to us and our decision. But, if you are considering homeschooling as well, I'd say read this, let it shake you up and challenge you so you know *exactly* why you will be homeschooling!

Friday, April 6, 2007

On the Road Again (Soon)

We're leaving in two hours to see my family so my blogging plans today have changed...particularly since we haven't even started packing, Da Hubby and I haven't had showers, and the kids are running around in PJ's still! *wink* So, this is to say...I'll provide an IOU for the post I was planning and several days of Godly Woman 101! LOL And, since I somehow managed 8 posts in the last two days...I left ya' plenty to catch on! LOL

Have an amazing, blessed Easter/Resurrection Sunday!

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Bloggers' Choice Awards

OK, I promise...I'm not on some posting binge. LOL Just because I’ve posted like 4 entries a day yesterday and today…I’m just catching up…really!

But, I was just surfing through the opportunities at PayPerPost and saw that they are starting a Blogger's Choice Awards. Wanting all those blogs that I frequent to be properly recognized (especially if it entails getting more traffic for believers' sites), I scanned the categories.

Many of them didn’t appeal to me. I guess I’m na├»ve but “Hottest Mommy Blogger” and “Most Obnoxious Blogger” aren’t something that I’m actually looking to nominate someone for! LOL

However, there are other categories like Best Religion Blog, Best Parenting Blog, and Best Humor Blog, which would definitely be more like the categories I’m interested in.

So, I signed up for an account and promptly nominated Everyday Mommy for best design (she’s done design for a living don’t ya’ know!), Confessions of a Pioneer Woman for best photography (have you SEEN what the woman can do with a camera, Photoshop, and her hugely cute family?), and Blogging Basics 101 (Chili’s and Shannon’s venture into explaining all this bloggy-mess to us beginners) for best blog about blogging.

So, if this is something that is up your alley, head over to these web awards. Vote for my nominees or create some of your own!

Thursday Thank Tank

Inspired by Peach...

On this Thursday before Easter/Resurrection Sunday...

1. The wonders of modern medicine. After nearly 6 years without my Adderall for my ADD as I "grew", had, and nursed Flicka and Pojke, I've spent the last 23 days getting more done than I had in the previous six years! *wink* Not really but unless you depend on a medication like this to feel like you are functioning, it's hard to understand the feeling of *finally* finishing a thought, being more patient, being less distracted, finishing something (anything!) you've started, not having to leave large gatherings because the noise was too overwhleming (try having un-medicated ADD and go to a Pentecostal church every Sunday! LOL), etc.

2. A broadcast TV antenna. LOL This may seem weird until I tell you that Da Hubby and I decided last Sunday to turn off our cable. We went from having 65 channels to 10 - 1 CBS, 2 ABC, 2 NBC, 2 PBS, WGN, a FOX and the CW. (Thank goodness we live between two big cities or we'd lose those three duplicates! LOL) The previous owners ofthis house already had a large tower next to it which, after a small $20 part from Lowe's, works prefectly. I don't miss it much (except for an occasional Food Network or Discovery Channel craving) and the kids haven't noticed it at all. Bless God. Now was the time. We felt directed to get this out of our home for our benefit as well as the kids.

3. Praise and Worship music (again). Lately, it is still the quickest slap-in-the-face-and-FOCUS way to get me to remember God's greatness, His glory, and His Son. This one from Mercy Me had me balling over the breakfast dishes this morning:

I'm finding myself at a loss for words.
And the funny thing is - it's ok.
The last thing I need is to be heard
but to hear what you would say.

Word of God speak
would you pour down like rain
washing my eyes to see
your majesty
To be still and know
that you're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
in your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of you
beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with you
and in quiet hear your voice

I'm finding myself at a loss for words and the funny thing is it's ok

4. The chance to see my family this weekend. Plan A was a 5 hour round trip travel time to eat dinner with my mom and step-dad Saturday. Several plans later? We're leaving around 1pm tomorrow, will be making dinner for my dad and step-mom, staying at their house, making breakfast for them, then going to my mom and step-dad's for dinner. The Vikings should be so spoiled in that 36 hours, it'll take a week to "un-do"! LOL

5. And, finally, ultimately, obviously, the resurrection...without it, what's the point? *wink*