Tuesday, April 29, 2008

When God doesn't make sense...to us...

I am reeling with this question right now. Last night we learned that one of our former youth shot herself in the face with a shotgun. Excuse the graphic nature of my sentence, but God is not making sense to alot of people in that community right now. We are pretty close to the family, their son lived with us for about 6-8weeks. We have been through "it" with this family and now this. I, from the outside looking in, am trying to see the big picture from God, His greater glory, for this tragedy. There are so many unanswered questions that only He has the answer to. I am praying for the family. Their son is bravely serving our country and is stationed in North Carolina trying to get home. I am praying that the ARMY will have compassion on him and let him leave in enough time to make the funeral. I am fully confident that God knows what he's doing....that being said...God isn't making a whole lot of sense to lots of people right now. Pray that God will give Paul and I wisdom in ministering to this family.

Monday, April 21, 2008

You know your kids play too much Halo when...

Yesterday at church the most hilarious thing came from Caleb's mouth! In AWANA's the preschool kids are going through the Bible according to the alphabet...A is for Angel, B is for Babel, C is for Christ...etc...you get the picture...

So yesterday was X. Yep, the lovely letter X. Nothing starts with X, it rarely makes it's own sound, what in the Bible starts with X...that preschoolers can handle. So the book suggests "Crucifixion". Yes, students, Crucifixion does start with "C" not "X". But alas, there is an "X" in the word AND (bonus) a cross can look like an "X". So we began telling the story of Jesus and the crucifixion....

Parallel back story:

In Halo, the XBOX game, when you die or get killed (figuratively of course) you have to wait for your character to respawn. Caleb has just taken up playing this game with Jacob and they have a great time...

Back to the main story:

So my co-teacher and I are telling the story about Jesus dying on the cross and she asks the class, "What happened after Jesus died on the cross?" To which Caleb emphatically replied, without skipping a beat, "He respawned!"

We died laughing. It was so funny! I immediately had to call Paul and tell him. So, you know your kids play to much Halo when they start thinking the Jesus "respawned".

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Bikini and Guitar Hero

A while ago I blogged about my strong fondness for the video game "Guitar Hero". We just had an XBOX not an XBOX 360 so we did not have the game. We just shamelessly borrowed it from time to time from youth so I could play. Paul has been looking into purchasing a 360 but we just couldn't bring ourselves to spend the money on a "game"...until the other day...

Paul was out with the kids on a daddy day and he texted me and asked if he could get a 360. He gave me all the details and Game Stop was running a sale (he knows I can't resist a sale!) so I said sure why not...we have the money...and then I asked..."What do I get?" He texted back that he had bought me something and not to worry.

When we all arrived back home we started to look at what all the daddy day had involved...including the 360. So like a child I ask, "What did you bring me?" He leads me on a scavenger hunt to find my treasure. I follow the clues and I was getting kind of excited because He had gone to all this trouble...my present must be awesome!

I finally arrive at my last clue and there was a small bag...(that usually means the gift is for "him" and not me!) It was a....bikini! What! Now those of you who know me well need to pick yourself up off of the floor at the visual of me in a bikini and finish reading! Seriously...stop laughing...stop...seriously...ok keep going because it is hilarious. I just held up this teeny tiny swimsuit...in my size, mind you...and I died laughing! I could not help myself. To even think of wearing a bikini...it's bringing me to laughing tears as we speak/type. So anyway, I told Paul that I truly appreciated his thought, but this "swimsuit" was not appropriate. He wasn't going to let me wear it in front of anyone...if I even put it on.

So then I went into the living room and there it was...GUITAR HERO! He bought me Guitar Hero...I know what you are thinking, the bikini was a joke and Guitar Hero was my real present...nope. The bikini was real too. I really didn't care though...I now own Guitar Hero. So yes, I have been playing...and having a great time.

Thanks to Paul for making me so happy, and laugh so hard!

So, needless to say, I will be returning

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Lots of Things...and this is funny!

I have so many things that I want to blog about, but alas, D-Now is tomorrow and I am out of time. I will tell all my stories next week. My mom sent this to me though and I thought it was blog worthy...so cut...paste...done. Til next week!

Things I learned living in Texas ~
1. A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.
2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in Texas .
3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in Texas , plus a couple no one's seen before.
4. If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.
5. 'Onced' and 'Twiced' are words.
6. It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy.
7. 'Jaw-P?' means 'Did ya'll go to the bathroom?'
8. People actually grow and eat okra.
9. 'fixinto' is one word.
10. There is no such thing as 'lunch'. There is only dinner and then there is supper.
11. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar.
12. Backwards and forwards means 'I know everything about you.'
13. The word 'jeet' is actually a phrase meaning 'Did you eat?'.
14. You don't have to wear a watch, because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
15. You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH EM.
16. 'No. Jew?' is a common response to the question 'Did you bring any beer?'.
17. You measure distance in minutes.
18. You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
19. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
20. You know what a 'DAWG' is.
21. You carry jumper cables in your car --- for your OWN car.
22. You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Texas Pete, Tabasco and Ketchup.
23. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and motorsports.
24. You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
25. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit 'a bit warm'.
26. You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.
27. Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite past time know as 'goin' Wal-Martin' or 'off to Wally World'.
28. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather.
29. Fried catfish is the other white meat.
30. We don't need no dang driver's ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive, dag-nabbit.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thank you God for Washing Machines

I title this blog "Thank you God for Washing Machines" because

1. I do NOT care to go back to the days of washing boards, wooden barrels, bar soap, and clothes lines
2. They still haven't invented clothes that wash themselves

so...a little back story...When we moved here (to San Antonio) about a year and a half ago, our washer would occasionally leak water when I would run several loads of wash in a row. (No I don't keep up...so I end up running several..or all...the loads in a row!) ANYWAY...it would leak a little water, nothing to squawk at we would just wipe it up and go on about our business. Then we noticed that the water was leaking more often. We still did nothing about it because we are on a well and don't have a water bill...so who cares about a little water leak. Then it really started to get serious...in the words of the WonderPets, "This...is...serious." The leak was getting worse and worse. I was having to keep 3 towels around the washer just to keep the water from going all over the floor. Then we decided, maybe we should try and get someone to come look at it and see if we can get it fixed.

So began the "Repair Man Saga" I called the first place that had a catchy ad in the phone book, and told them what kind of washer I had...I got all the way to the fact that I had a front loading washer...to which he immediately replied, "I don't work on front loaders, and good luck finding someone who does."

Oh great! So I call 3 more people...same verse, same song...noone will come work on my front loader! I finally get someone who will at least come out to my house. I made an appointment for this morning between 9am and Noon (ugh for the 3 hour wait period) and he shows up at 11:30. Paul was home so he greeted the man at the door. He walks all the way in my house to my laundry took one look at my washer and said, "Oh sorry, I forgot to ask...I don't work on front loaders." ARE YOU SERIOUS? So he gives us his reasons and leaves...I still have noone to fix my leaking washer!

Finally, I get on the web, look up my brand of washer on the web found some repairers who WOULD work on my front loader and they all are from in San Antonio, so I have to pay milage...75 cents a mile! Thank you gas prices! And to boot, all the parts are going to be "very expensive" according to the companies I spoke to...

Meanwhile Paul is searching CraigsList for a set. He finds one, calls the guy and sets up a time to go take a look tonight. To make a long story even longer...He goes out there with a friend and takes a look at a 1 year old washer/dryer set that has only been used about 20 times. He buys and comes home with it! Wait til I tell you how much he paid for it! Wait...wait...wait... He only paid $300! That's right...$300! For a 1 year old washer AND dryer! Praise the Lord! So I go back to where I started from...

Thank you God for Washing Machines!

So I got a new layout...

I got a new layout and I lost all my links. If you read my blog and you have one too, please let me know! Comment me so I can add you to my page...I want my Fellow Bloggers back!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Caleb's Nighttime Antics

So it's 10:32 at night, Paul and I are on our way down the hall to go to bed...previous to this we, and by "we" I mean Paul, put the children to bed. Caleb got up a couple of times for various reasons and was put back to bed. After those couple of times all was quiet down the hall....or so we thought!

We walked down the hall and this is what we found...

This is Caleb's room...mind you it was CLEAN when we put him in bed! He decided to get dressed...for church...which was several hours EARLIER...

We walked a little further down the hall and found.....Caleb in his nighttime "church" outfit...notice the green marker on the forehead...as if that is necessary attire for church! So now I am wondering...where's the green marker? It was not on his forehead when he went to bed, so he must have applied it to himself during his antics.

Don't forget it's 10:30pm!

So I go searching for the green marker and find...

The plunger in the toilet with some "new clothes" tags...I have NO idea what happened here...

Another thing I found was the contents of my purse all over Abby's floor...I'm assuming this is the origin of the green marker...which I still have not located...along with other things, there were several empty gum wrappers, various pieces of torn receipts, etc...

The last thing I found was lotion...in several places...I didn't get a picture of Abby's flip flops...but they were COVERED in my lotion...covered. Just when I thought I had found everything, I found more lotion...on Abby's rocking chair!

We could not help but laugh. We were trying to discipline Caleb, for disobeying, getting out of bed, making a huge mess of clothes in his room, playing in the toilet, emptying mommy's purse, putting mommy's lotion al over Abby's shoes and rocking chair...and we were just laughing through the whole thing. Of course he took that opportunity to be super cute and cock his head to the side and, with a huge smile, say ... I love you, mommy! Oh man...there went all ability to discipline! We cleaned up what we could, trying all the while to not wake the other two up and told Caleb that the next morning he would be cleaning up the rest as part of his punishment. Oh well...what are you going to do? So I decided to snap a few pics and share them with you. Enjoy!