Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Inspiration

Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.

St. Patrick

Saturday, March 13, 2010


(Placing left hand on Bible and raising my right hand.)  I hereby solemnly swear to never, ever, ever put wallpaper or border up in another room in my house, as long as I shall live, so help me God.

Now that my dad is out of the hospital and on the mend (Thank you, Lord!:-)), I have spent the last couple of days stripping the border in my son's room that has been up since he was three years old.  He's now 13.  I thought it was high time to change his room.  And since we have been up to our eyeballs in home improvements for the last few weeks, I thought now is the time to do it.  Of course I did not know that we would have a family health crisis among other things.  But by the grace of God, we have made it through.  But the one thing that is challenging my faith is stripping this border in my son's room.  Oy!

I stripped the wallpaper in my half bath and that was a piece of cake compare to this bleeping border.  This border is coming off in coin size pieces.  I have sore neck and shoulder muscles and patience that has grown very thin.  But I'm halfway done and have about another four hours to go until I'm finished.
Then I will be ready for a week at a swanky spa.  But since that will not happen, I guess that BioFreeze and ibuprofen will have to do.

So those of you thinking about wallpapering your rooms in your house, all I can say is "Good Luck!".  In the meantime, I'm looking up the name of a good massage therapist.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Inspiration

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, 
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58:8

Friday, March 5, 2010

Get Inspired

I was going to wait to post this on my "Sunday Inspiration" post.  But I just couldn't wait.  This is a message that I wanted to get out in the blogosphere as soon as I could.

Last night my family and I had the honor of seeing this awesome gentleman here:

His name is Nick Vujicic and he is an awesome person with an awesome, positive message.

Nick was born with no limbs and he gives a powerful message of how God has moved in his life.  He talks about how he came about from asking himself "Why me?" and being angry at God, to his epiphany in asking himself, "Why not?".  He talks about how God's grace has been so prevalent in his life and how God's grace moves in ours, even when we think that He is not listening or does not care.  He does care and He Loves Us!

We laughed, we cried, we sang and I just cannot say enough good things about this amazing gentleman.

If you would like more information about him, you may look here.

If he is in your area, clear your calendar and go see him.  You will definitely be inspired.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Furbaby

This is my furbaby.  He is a German Shorthair Pointer and also happens to be my very first dog.  He is the smartest and most loving dog in the universe.  (Okay, maybe I'm being partial.  But I can't help it.)

He came to us three years ago and he was the cutest puppy I ever laid eyes on.  I knew he was the one for me the minute our eyes met.  Then when I picked him up and stroked his soft fur and floppy ears, I was a goner.

As with most dogs, he likes to.......

Chew on sticks. (No matter how small.)

Keep guard over the squirrels in our backyard.

And of course, take naps.

We love our furbaby with all our hearts and I only wish that everyone could have a furbaby just like ours.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

52 Things We Love About Our Town, State and Country


In our neck of the woods, to have a naturally sloping hill in our backyard to ride a sled down after a new blanket of snow has fallen would be a luxury.  Instead we have a man-made hill in our municipal park that we call the "Snow Hill".

On any cold, wintery day (especially a snow day) you will find a gaggle of grown-ups and adults with their sleds and snow boards in tow.  After huffing and puffing hiking up the hill you scan the landscape and see your neighborhood off in the distance and feel the cold wind blowing in your face.  You then check out the hill and see the steepest part to slide down and make sure all's clear.  You get your sled situated just so and get seated, take a deep breath, and take off!  Screeeeeeeam!  (That would be me.)  You may hit a bump and be catapulted off your sled and go rolling down the hill in the opposite direction of the sled.  Or, if you are lucky, you win the bet on going the farthest once you get to the bottom.  Then you repeat at least a dozen more times or so.

By this time, you are an icicle and are in dire need of thawing out.  Home we go and after taking off several layers of coats, scarves, mittens and boots, out comes the hot chocolate or hot tea.

This is something that we look forward to every year in the wintertime.  If you have a snow hill nearby and a sled, I suggest giving it a try.

Here are pics of our last jaunt to the snow hill a couple of weeks ago.