Month: March 2016

Scandal of Grace!

Today is Easter Sunday!  Today I will worship my God and Savior Jesus Christ for the ultimate sacrifice HE gave for me!  Today I will stand in awe of my God who loves me!  Today I will stop and think about my sins that are forgiven because God sent His Only Son to die a tortured death on the cross, so that I may live eternally with Him!  Today I will sing praises to Him because only God is to be worshipped! Today I will rejoice because HE IS ALIVE!

 

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We shall now use handkerchiefs…because Kleenex are dangerous and banned from this Kingdom!

Once upon a time, there was a small boy around the age of 4, who stuck a piece of Kleenex up his nose.  This boy’s parents were unaware of his plight, until a few days later when they began to sniff an unusual and rather unpleasant odor.  His mom and dad could not figure out where this smell was coming from and the young boy was unable to tell them exactly what had happened.  (Or maybe he was just too smart to share that Kleenex was stuck up his nose.)  The days continued on, and the unpleasant odor became, shall we say…unbearable!  The boy’s parents and his teachers had no idea what was going on, so the mom decided she should call the doctor.  However, before the doctor could be called, the family stopped to enjoy some amazing BBQ for dinner.  While at the table eating, the young boy sneezed a very loud and hearty sneeze.  (Yes, here it comes, so stop reading if you have a weak stomach.)  Upon sneezing, something landed on the table!  It was a WAD of Kleenex!!!!!!  The boys parents gagged and cheered and cheered and gagged, for the unpleasant odor was gone and was to return no more…

Until many years later, when the young boy used Kleenex to help rid his nose of the incessant dripping from seasonal allergies.  He decided that rolling up Kleenex and stuffing it in his nose would stop the dripping and the constant need to wipe his nose.  This worked well, until a piece of Kleenex broke off.  It was at this point that the young lad had a decision to make…come tell his mom (who has been known to freak out in situations such as this) or try to remove the Kleenex himself.  He decided upon the latter, and the Kleenex became lodged in his upper nostril.  It was at this point, that his mom heard him blowing his nose repeatedly.  She “gently and kindly” asked what was wrong.  The young boy stated that he had Kleenex stuck up his nose, to which is mother replied, “You do not!  You would never do that again!”  And so, the days went on…until the boy continued to blow his nose repeatedly each day…AND…the unusual and rather unpleasant odor came back to visit.  It was upon her first notice of the odor that the mom IMMEDIATELY took the young boy to see the village doctor.   (otherwise known as Dr. Berger at Urgent Care)  The doctor entered the room and began trying all that he knew; syringe, long tweezers, long tubes connected to syringes, and even asked the boy’s mom to hold his other nostril while blowing as hard as she could into his mouth with the hope that the object would fly out.  (I do not make this stuff up, people!)  To the doctor’s dismay, nothing worked.  The young boy and his parents would need to now go to the village ENT!  (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist)  Two days went by, in which the young boy’s discomfort became great.  The family traveled down the mountain to the village of Oceanside, where the ENT castle was.  (Okay, the doctor’s office is LITERALLY the “castle on the hill.”)  The beautiful and enchanted Dr. Lu, ENT, entered the room, took out her magical wand (long, long, suction tube and tweezers) and gently and gracefully pulled the BIGGEST WAD of KLEENEX from the boy’s nose!!!!!!!  He could instantly breathe better, felt better, and promised to NEVER EVER stick Kleenex up his nose again!!!!!  There was then a royal decree shared throughout the land:

EUGENE

 

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What’s Happening, Where Have I Been, and What Am I Loving?

Life is crazy!  It can be crazy good or crazy bad, but let’s face it, it’s crazy!

Right now, we are nearing the opening date for Grace’s musical theater production and that definitely adds some craziness.  It’s definitely good, fun crazy though.  Last week, we drove up and down the mountain 5 of the 7 days.  That makes for some tired people.  I try to remember how thankful we are that we have an awesome school, awesome church, and have made friends and community down the mountain.  (It’s hard not to want to be a “mountain hermit” after weeks like that though!)

This week, we have not had to go down the mountain much, AND we had family come and visit!  So much fun to see my aunt, uncle and cousins and get to spend some time with them.  We went to the Safari Park on Tuesday, and the weather was amazing!  Carol, the safari guide for our tram ride, has worked for the park 33 years.  She was saying how awesome the weather was on that particular day.  She said that it is usually around 100+ degrees.  I’ve been there when I felt like it was that hot, and it’s not nearly so much fun.  My favorite part of the safari park is how close you can get to the animals, and that they are in more natural habitats.  We had fun!

Life will get crazy (good) again next week, so here’s hoping I actually sit down and write a bit during the craziness!

Things I’m loving this week:

  1.  Fixer Upper! – Oh, have I mentioned that I love that show before?  Ha!  I’m a ridiculous lover of all things Chip and Joanna Gaines create!
  2. The weather!!!! – It’s been PERFECT these last few days!  These are the days that I think I will never move away from SoCal.
  3. Camp – Outdoor Ed. has picked back up, and prep for all summer camps is ramping up too.  You can kind of feel the excitement building, and I love that.  May every camper who enters our gates, come to experience Christ in a way they never have before.
  4. Advocare Spark – Let me preface by saying, “I do not sell this product, I just LOVE it.”  Spark is an energy/vitamin drink that has become my best friend!  When we have crazy weeks, I am so glad that I have Spark to help me get my energy to some level at which I can function.  My favorite flavor is Watermelon, but I like fruit punch a lot too!
  5. Velcro rollers for my hair – as I near the big – 4- 0…my hair is losing it’s life.  I’m beginning to see more and more gray and can we say crazy hair days?!  Some days I have volume, but most I have limp hair.  My velcro rollers are becoming my best friends.  (In fact, I have them in my hair right now as I type!  My kids love it!)

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Our Amazing Grace

Today is this sweet girl’s 13th birthday!

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Cliche though it may be…WHERE DOES TIME GO?  I honestly feel like we were rushing to the hospital yesterday!  Grace is turning into such a fun, kind, Jesus-loving young lady and I am so blessed to be able to watch her grow.

Here are a few things that I love about her:

  1.  Her laugh is infectious!  When this girl laughs, she lights up a room!
  2. She loves to serve others, and her favorite place to serve is at camp.
  3. She has found a love for horses.  This is our girl that does not love other animals, but she does love horses.
  4. She loves to cook and help in the kitchen.
  5. She loves Jesus and loves being a part of church.
  6. She loves to dance!
  7. She loves to sing!
  8. She is a true and loyal friend, to the end!
  9. She loves being herself, and has never worried about what others think.
  10. She loves to read and have quiet times to herself.
  11. This girl is FUNNY!  She has a great sense of humor and surprises me with her wit daily.
  12. She watches American Idol with me, and we usually make the same comments.
  13. She is the best daughter a mom could ask for!

Happy birthday to our Amazing Grace!

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Dr. Seuss

Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!  Go have some Green Eggs and Ham!

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Teenagers and 40 year olds

This is a year of major birthday milestones around our house.  We will soon have two 40 year olds and one teenager under the same roof!  I told Grace that I think I am struggling more with her turning 13, than with me turning 40.  Does anyone else have this issue when their children get older?  I am a hopeless romantic, and I love to remenisce of all of the wonderful memories we had when our children were small.  Oh how sweet their little faces and voices were when they would say silly things and we as parents would  run and grab the video camera to capture every moment.  (Yes, this was before we were recording everything on our phones.)  I think back to those early trips to the store when they were so cute that people would stop and say nice things like, “what a cute baby” or “she’s so sweet.”

Fast forward 13 years, and I am taking video of us laying upside down with faces on our chins as we laugh hysterically!  We are dancing in the car as we sing loudly to whatever song is on the radio!  No one is stopping me in the store to tell me how cute my little girl is, but I still stop and stare at her and think how very blessed I am to be her mom.  It’s the same, but it’s VERY different.  My sister-in-law has always been great at telling me that I would love every stage with my kids, and she was right!  Every stage is pretty awesome, and I look forward to this next stage with our little teenager…I just hope that my 40 year old hormones stay in check so that she enjoys this stage with me as well!  Haha!

On a completely different note, did anyone see this post from @jenhatmaker yesterday?  I could not stop laughing!  (Oh, and FYI…she’s 40!)

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