Sunday, April 29, 2007

light bulb

And now it's time for another episode of:

Good Idea: Driving to Burlington to see your old work friends.

I got to see Kate and Andrew's beautiful new home, Kelli's lovely bridesmaid dress for her cousin's wedding, and Heather, who is visiting from California. They also cooked an awesome supper and I got to see Andrew's big TV. I think I may have gotten some drool on it...

Bad Idea: Watching "Children of Men."

Quite possibly the most terrible, depressing movie I have ever seen in my whole life. No wonder the suicide drugs were so popular in the movie. Heck - 45 minutes into it I wanted one.

Good Idea: Getting the girls together.

I took it for granted when we all lived within 30 minutes of each other. Now it involves a plane ticket from Hawaii, a 4.5 hour drive, and me not crapping out on driving to Raleigh. And Ella's big enough to be really fun!

Bad Idea: Bringing up my house.

Nothing got done this past week. When I say we'll be in it by Christmas 2008, I'm not being sarcastic. I really believe it's going to take that long.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

free shipping

Oozey misses her uncle John. She packed herself in a box the other night so we could mail her to Ft. Knox. She wants to be his tank mascot, since she's already perfectly camouflaged. I keep telling her that he'll be home to visit in a few weeks...but she just can't wait to see him. She says it's lonely having to nap by herself in the middle of the day.

Silly kitty...


Monday, April 23, 2007

been there, Dunn that...

This was my view as I lay in the hammock by the lake. I can't wait until we can put Hannah's freebie hammock on the screened porch at the new house. I never knew there was somewhere worth visiting in Dunn (or as I like to call it, the armpit of Harnett County...). We had a fun, mostly relaxing weekend at the ladies' retreat. Miss Jenny tied superheroes into a lesson on spiritual gifts. I think she's just awesome! I suckered Hannah into playing Jenga with me, and we all got reminded why we never play Sorry. I was also relieved to make it home with all of my valuables...if you know what I mean. I think my favorite moment was getting Taco Bell on the way home. There are times in life that you just need a crunchwrap, a soft taco, and a gallon or so of Pepsi. I DID finish my quilt square for Katie when I got home. It was so good to sleep in my own bed last night. And to not have to share a bathroom. And I missed Oozey. At least, I missed her until I walked in the door and caught a whiff of the litter box...

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Friday, April 20, 2007

wind down

It's Friday! I have never been so glad to see a week end! It hasn't been bad or anything, just LONG. I need some down time. We're headed to Dunn for a retreat this weekend. The best thing about going will be coming back - because when I get back, the siding on my house will be finished (well...everything except the trim on the porch, and that can't be done until they build the pillars). It's looking so good! I stopped by this morning and had to force myself to go on to work. I just wanted to stand in my yard like a dork and creep the guys out while they were working. Perhaps I'll finish early today and can have a few minutes to stand in the yard before we leave this afternoon. It's amazing how wandering around a half-built house can calm you down when everything's crazy. It just kinda gets things back into perspective.

Wait - I have to pack when I get home. Maybe I won't have time to go over there after all...


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

nothing new

OK OK - I know it's time for a new post. I just don't have anything really interesting to post about. I could tell you about how I put in Rachael's contacts on accident...but everyone already heard that story. Nothing interesting happened at the reenactment in Morganton, except that I had to sleep with Hannah and made it through the night without touching her. I could tell you that I should have my lesson done for group tonight, but I left my book at Rachael's house and didn't realize it until this morning. I thought I'd just misplaced it. Hmmm. I'm a mess. If we could just get the stupid house finished, I might be able to focus on something...


Friday, April 13, 2007


Welcome home Lt. Caleb! Jamie sent this sweet picture and I just had to cry a minute. Praise God for keeping you safe! Can't wait to see you both next week...


Thursday, April 12, 2007


I thought everyone would like to see what a construction project on schedule looks like. Behold the horse barn. John already has stalls picked out for Scout and Aari.

Nothing else interesting to's just Thursday again.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Anyone else a little stiff and creaky this morning? I suppose it's worth it to have nice new church carpet that everyone isn't allergic to...

On a completely unrelated note, I never knew this game existed until I Google-imaged "chair stack." I may have to see if I can find it somewhere...or maybe we can just go play it with real chairs in Rachael's barn...


Thursday, April 05, 2007

the Blood

With Easter approaching, I've been thinking a lot about Jesus' shed blood. I don't think often enough how I was guilty. Condemned. Dead.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love, intervened. He provided a perfect sacrifice, His Son, who willingly offered His perfect blood to cleanse our sin, defeated death, and allowed us to be reconciled to God.

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.
Oh, Precious is that flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin stains are lost in its life giving flow.
There’s wonderful power in the blood.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

What a Savior, indeed!


Monday, April 02, 2007

I have never...

What a great weekend at Ocean Isle! We arrived around 7:30 Friday night, then headed to the grocery store to pick up some breakfast food for Saturday. We HAD to stop in at the Wings (or was it a Waves...or an Eagles??) and since it was really cold and all we'd brought were t-shirts, Hannah and I got some dirt cheap, half price, semi-matching sweatshirts (hers has a shark on it). Semi-matching sweatshirts officially makes us BFFs. We stayed up entirely too late Friday night playing slumber party games, one of which involved cramming gum into our mouths. I never want to see another piece of Super Bubble as long as I live. I only had it in my mouth a few minutes, but I woke up Saturday morning with a migraine and the worst nausea (and I wasn't the only one...). I stayed sick all weekend. We even had to pull in at the Piggly Wiggly for crackers, ginger ale, and the biggest bottle of Pepto-Bismol I could find (you know I'm sick when I'll willingly drink that stuff). I also question the brain power of 5 girls that would knowingly put that much weight on the tummy of a person who may or may not throw up at any moment...

All in all, it was a great weekend. I just wish there wasn't a mountain of laundry waiting for me at home.

And to whom it may concern: I want my Mr. Wuf back.