Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The ride from LAX airport to the hotel was one to remember. I'm almost certain that Jason, our shuttle driver, once drove in the Indy 500. He sped between lanes without using a blinker once and somehow managed to stop at the red lights without running into the back of the car in front of us. I told Bethany he drove like a bat out of hell and that's a really nice way to describe it. I guess I could say like a demon was on his heels, but I'm sure you get the picture. I'm just glad it was Sunday night and the traffic was lighter than usual. I'm also grateful I was sitting where I couldn't see the speedometer.
We also rode chartered buses to get to the Los Angeles Convention Center where the exhibits were. It was about 45 minutes from the hotel. One night we went to a party sponsored by said company and our bus driver didn't know how to get us back to the hotel. Although he didn't drive as fast as Jason, he did manage to go down a one way street the wrong way. I guess he doesn't know Los Angeles very well. We dropped some people off at another hotel and after driving around for quite awhile (with him on his cell phone trying to find out where to go) we finally recognized some landmarks and told him where to go. We were all glad to get back to our hotel.
Another highlight of our trip was a meal at the well known Palm restaurant. Of course I had never heard of it, but enjoyed the experience anyway. Their web site has this to say: "In Los Angeles, there is no better place to see and be seen than at The Palm. The Palm in West Hollywood has been a staple with celebrities since it opened it 1975."
There were six of us at our table. Mary and her friend, both of whom Donald works with, Donald and I, and the two ladies who were paying for the meal. They work for a company who sells what Donald's company is looking to buy. I thought of my friend Susan because we had FRESH seafood. I'm quite sure she would have appreciated it much more than I did. I tasted crab, some kind of raw tuna (yuck), pickled ginger that went with something, and some seaweed; I just couldn't bring myself to try an oyster. They just looked too bad~! These were just the appetizers. I didn't get a salad since I had one for lunch. Then they brought a huge plate with lobster and filet mignon. A guy came out and broke our lobster for us (there may be a term for that but since I don't eat lobster I don't know what it is). Later he brought out lemon and squeezed it on our hands and gave us hot towels to clean our hands. That was cool and even though I didn't have lobster or butter on my hands I engaged in the ritual nonetheless. I really enjoyed the steak and the three cheese potatoes au gratin. For dessert we shared a piece of chocolate cake. It was four layers and was at least a fourth of a cake. It was really good, but by that time we were all so full we left most of it. Our waiter offered to box it up so we could take it with us; however we declined and left it sitting. I would have loved to bring it home to the kids, but probably wouldn't have been able to get it through security at the airport.
Once in the cab on the way to our hotel I mentioned I would hate to wash dishes in that place. I mean they use real white tablecloths and napkins, and used dozens of plates, etc. just on our table alone. Donald laughed and said only I would think of that after a rich dining experience.
I'm also glad they were paying, because our bill for the six of us totaled just short of $700. And that is not a misprint. I'm glad for the experience, but to be honest there is nowhere I can think of that I like well enough to pay $100 to eat there.
We walked by the Staples Center on our way into the Los Angeles convention center. Now we're talking~! Even though Los Angeles is one of my least favorite teams it was neat because the basketball players I do like have played there~! It looked just like it does when they show it on TV~! Can you tell I'm from small town USA?
Those are the highlights from our trip. I really enjoyed being able to go, but without question am just as glad to be home. I've already started laundry and now have to check the schoolwork the kids did while I was away. It's good to be home~!
Friday, October 26, 2007
That is so exciting to me. I have been so busy the last few weeks that I have been thinking entirely about myself and my responsibilities and how I can find time to escape to my bedroom to paint. Even when I've been out and about I've been way too self-centered and I'm sure I've missed some "yes" opportunities that God was trying to make me aware of. (Update for Shirley M. who found my blog~! I've finished my bedroom except for painting our closet doors. They have been scrapped, sanded, and primed and are waiting on me to put the nice white paint on them. It probably isn't going to happen until the end of next week though. Then I can tackle my bathroom cabinets~!)
What does the squirrel have to do with this post? Nothing really, but they are very alert and aware as they scurry about their business. I need to be more like that. I tend to be "it's all about me" when I get too much on my mind. My prayer is that God will help me become more aware of Him at work in my life and respond with a resounding, "Yes, Lord~!"
We'll never comprehend all the great things he does; his miracle-surprises can't be counted.
Somehow, though he moves right in front of me, I don't see him; quietly but surely he's active, and I miss it. (The Message)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. (The Message)
Monday, October 22, 2007
Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again." (The Message)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
The painting has begun~! We are off school today due to Columbus Day. God bless Columbus~! I meant to start this weekend, but due to circumstances under my control I didn't. Saturday I moved some things out of the bedroom (we now have to go into the hall to get our underwear) and taped some. I meant to actually start the primer but I had a nasty headache all day and didn't. Then yesterday afternoon I meant to get started, but needed to mop the kitchen floor, do the ironing, cook some meat that had been in the refrigerator thawing, and of course the never ending laundry our family produces. By the time I finished Donald was in the bedroom taking a nap and I didn't want to wake him. So after cooking today's dinner (which was almost consumed last night) I decided I'd take a bath and watch TV. I'm not sure what my family will do tonight for dinner as most of it isn't there anymore. I volunteered to go to the city council meeting with our church's food so I've already told them I'm painting today and will be gone this afternoon so they are on their own.
So this morning I began~! Well actually I'm taking a break/breakfast/blog time out. I've already managed to cut my finger and produce a blood blister trying to use a screwdriver to get my mini-blind down. I am NOT good at all with any type of man-tool. The kids are sleeping in due to no school and I just didn't want to wake the boys to take down a mini-blind. Come on now, how simple can that be? I probably put the thing up.
Wouldn't it be nice to hire a crew to come in and paint it for me (see picture above)? Actually Jeffrey has said he will help me paint today; maybe I can recruit Ben also. Daniel has to work so he's out of the picture and Hannah wasn't feeling well last night. Too many people in one room with the bed still in there isn't going to work too well anyway.
Well my sausage/biscuit is long gone so I guess I better get re-started. My blood sugar dropped and my legs got weak (or maybe it's just my muscles resisting the many trips up and down my step stool). Anyway it seemed a legitimate excuse to stop for a few minutes and proclaim the good news............I HAVE STARTED PAINTING MY BEDROOM~!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Pastor Paul has mentioned passion quite a few times lately. I know I am a very passionate person, especially about some things. Miriam Webster's On-line Dictionary defines passion as (and these are only a few of the definitions):
Friday, October 5, 2007
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul
I am, O Lord, filled with your love
"The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I'm still around, just been fighting off cold/allergy/asthma stuff. It seems maybe I'm getting a bit wiser than I used to be. I used to never slow down or stop until I had to. Now I've found if I will slow down and rest, sometimes my body can fight this stuff off. I didn't even go to church last night. Now I don't believe I have to go; I want to be there. There's a huge difference.
Vicki helped me choose the colors for our bedroom and bathroom. I am going to paint one wall a dark brown and the others a lighter brown. I will have to use a primer over the dark blue I have now to cover it with the brown. I even love the names of the colors. The dark brown is called "Artist Brown" and the lighter one is called "Drawbridge." They should go nicely with the colors I already have. The dark red in my kitchen/dining room is "Chianti" and the other browns I've used are "Kauai Jungle" and "Devonshire." The dark blue in my bedroom now is "Nobilityblue."
I still love the color; it's just that I've had it for over 5 years (maybe even longer; this congestion makes it hard to think straight). Besides it won't go with my new comforter set which is altogether lovely.
I am going to take the wallpaper off the walls in the dressing area of our bathroom and paint it a dark brown and then paint our bathroom the lighter brown. This will mean I will have to refinish the cabinets in there as well. After doing the kitchen summer before last I know I can do this. Hopefully it'll be a breeze since the area is so much smaller and less work. I hope. If I get really blessed I'll have enough stuff left over from the kitchen to do this job also.
Then I plan on replacing the shower curtain. Rebekah and Bethany will probably faint dead away if they read this. I have had the one I have up for 20 years. I love it and just haven't found another one I like better. Maybe it will even go with the new paint job and I can keep it a while longer. I am one to try and get my money's worth.
That brings another thing to mind. The blouse I have on now I recycled from Bethany years ago. I hate shopping for myself and am oh so happy when someone gives me something that fits and I like. I keep saying I'm going to let this particular blouse go, but I can't seem to actually place it in the give away bag after I do laundry. It always goes into my ironing basket and back into my closet after it's ironed. I'm pretty certain we got our money's worth out of it. Maybe I'll set some kind of new record for the person keeping a blouse the longest and actually wearing it regularly.
I can just hear the kids exclaiming about why in the world I would even tell someone this~! I guess because I don't have anything blog worthy and feel the need to run my mouth. I lead a fairly quiet life as you can tell. Definitely a very blessed life~!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
How great is our God, sing with me
Age to age He stands
The Godhead Three in One
How great is our God, sing with me
Name above all names
How great is our God, sing with me
Monday, October 1, 2007
I'm still reading "Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado. I like the book, it's just with school and responsibilities I don't have much time to read. When I do have a few minutes to relax I usually turn on the TV to some old reruns or watch NYPD Blue that I've recorded. I really like that show; I think I've mentioned that before~!
Max is talking about David and his relationship with God. Now Saul was wanting to take his life so he definitely had reason to have something on his mind. He messed up at times; that's what I like about the Bible. God tells us about their failures as well as their successes. I know me, and if God only told me about their victories I would get discouraged very quickly. David was called a man after God's own heart, yet he blew it many times.
There is a chapter entitled "Dry Seasons." He makes a comment, "Make God your refuge.....Let Him encircle you.......Let him be the ceiling that breaks the sunshine, the walls that stop the wind, the foundation on which you stand." In another chapter he says this, "Christ lived the life we could not live and took the punishment we could not take to offer the hope we cannot resist."
How many times do I resist because I'm more concerned about what I want than want He wants for me. Just this weekend I had a serious battle of my will versus what I knew He wanted me to do. Now all along, I knew I was going to do what I should, but I sure resisted and struggled with a bad attitude for a while. After I obeyed I realized it really wasn't that big of a deal; I had just made it one in my mind. Our giants can even be our own attitude. Facing them can bring victory in our lives.
Matthew 11:28 (The Message)
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest."
I'm tired of religion, I just want Him.