Monday, November 23, 2009

"welcome to 2009!!"

That was a text I got from my brother over the weekend.

Apparently, he thinks I'm still in the dinosaur age...because, well...**gasp** I JUST now got a blackberry! I know, I'm soooo behind the times. I just never really found much need for one. Honestly, I probably still don't need one...but MAN ARE THEY SOOOO COOL!! and if this brings me up to date, then HELLO 2009!'
I see now why many call it a crackberry, this thing is crazy addictive.

Sev and I spent the weekend at home. We need to do that from time to time you know...we burn the road up wayyyy more than we should. So this weekend we planned for a relaxing, do nothing but veg out, weekend.
Friday night Sev took me to see New Moon (YES don't roll your eyes, shake your head and say "bless her heart"...I KNOW! okay! I just can't help it!). Also, don't feel sorry for Sev...he won't tell you, but he likes it ;-) How do I know this??
Well, I'll tell you. After the lights had dimmed and the movie began to play...and girls began to scream when Edward made his first appearance (yeah, you can now roll your eyes) of the female actors came on screen and low and behold...a loan male in the audience let out one LOUD cat call. Seriously?? I was embarrassed for the poor soul that was his date...................that is until I realized that soul was ME and that man letting out the cat call (in the middle of the PACKED theatre, crammed to the brim with googly eyed teenyboppers and men half slumped down in their seats) was my husband!!!
If it wasn't a packed house, I would have moved seats.
The movie was just as I suspected (maybe it has to do with the fact that I read the books). I kept a clamped hand on Sev's knee, in case he felt the urge to embarrass me again and I needed to squeeze the life out of him. After the movie we headed home and passed out, like two old people (seriously, when did we get so boring?).

Saturday we slept in and didn't wake up until around 9am! It was GREAT! We worked around the house for a bit and then headed out the door for a Saturday drive (I don't know when that turned into a "fun" thing for us...I guess around the same time going to an 8pm movie and then coming home to sleep started sounding "fun").
We enjoyed a nice lunch and then headed over to Verizon to pick up our new blackberry's (yes, I realize I could just say "phone" but I'm still loving 2009!).
We met my parents at wild wing for dinner.
I don't remember much of the conversation at the dinner table, I had my nose down and eyes glued to the mini blackberry screen. I don't think I looked up until I received a text from my dad that said "come up for air linds!" oops...addictive I tell you!!
Sunday morning was dreary and wet, but we made our way to church and enjoyed fellowship with mom and dad. After church we parted ways and each headed home. I spent the rest of the day in the bed! I hope I'm not coming down with a cold...a scratchy throat and headache kept me snuggled up in bed, for fear that it would turn into something worse.
I feel a bit better today and I'm soooooo excited for a short work week!!!

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving....oh and if you go see New Moon and some man lets out a whistle, pleeasssse feel sorry for his date and DON'T turn her from embarrassment.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dear Gum Thief,

If you had asked, I probably would have shared my gum with you.
Instead, you took it upon yourself to help yourself to 2 pieces of my eclipse gum while it was still on the shelf at walmart.
Me, being the naive (I prefer honest, but you might not know that word) person that I am have never thought to check the packages of gum, for missing pieces, before I purchased them.
Today you have taught me a lesson, from now on I will check the inside of my gum packaging for missing pieces that you may have decided to take.
I hope you step on a wad of chewed gum enjoyed the 16 cent worth of gum that I, unknowingly, purchased for you.
PS. I probably would have returned the package of gum to walmart, just to let them know about your sly tricks, I probably would have...if I had not had two cups of coffee and onions on my sandwich for lunch.

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Here she goes again"

That was the first thing I could picture anyone that reads my blog saying (maybe silently and to yourself...but still thinking it), because I have been talking a lot about Compassion International lately.
Then I remembered that this was my blog and if it really bothers anyone, they don't have to read (I'm saying that nicely...not like some kid on the playground that pitches a fit when the other kids don't want to play with them,lol).
Guys, its crazy, but lately I can't get my heart strings away from thinking about the compassion children and my sponsored girls. I was emailing my best friend yesterday and telling her that I was even dreaming about them. These are kids I've never even met and one...I've never even heard from. However, they are constantly on my mind. I can't get enough information about them, I can't read enough about them, I can't talk enough about them (okay, well maybe you think I can, lol)...but it's something that is on my heart BIG time.
Whats even stranger...I am NOT a "kid" person!! Yet I keep looking at the pictures of the kids in poverty stricken countries and I want to take them all home!!
Something is moving my heart and I have a feeling it stems from the prayers I've been praying, asking God to give me his eyes, so I can really see what he sees, and not be blinded by my own ignorance.
A friend of mine, from back in my college days, posted on her facebook account that she and her husband decided to sponsor a child this week. My heart went straight through the roof. lol. I've. got. "it". bad. I couldn't help but rejoice, another child will have food every day and the best part...hear about Jesus and really get to KNOW him.
So, I realize I've been putting A LOT of links in my posts lately BUT will you please take the time to read this post by Shaun Groves:
He tells about the current situation in El Salvador, remember I was telling you about hurricane Ida in my last post. Well, it did some damage...a lot of damage....and Shaun is currently there (with the other bloggers) and he wrote about what he saw and is seeing. At the end of his post he gives a link where you can go and donate money to go into the disaster relief fund for El Salvador. If you feel moved to help but don't want to commit to actually sponsoring a child, maybe this is a way you can.

I also want to share two quotes from two of the bloggers recent posts:
The first one from Shaun Groves, he is telling the story about when he first became a sponsor and he says "It’s the story of one American who was rescued from his poverty by a little girl in El Salvador and given a purpose."
That is exactly how I feel, I feel a way...I've been rescued from poverty. I may have everything I need and more...but because of everything that I have, I sometimes find that I forget that all I need is God.
The second one is along the same lines, its from Kelly Stamps "Their smiles were so huge. It just shows me that material things mean nothing. Our joy can only come from God. And I have found that the poorest people of El Salvador are SO close to God - probably because He is ALL they have."
Just think about that.

I was going to apologize for going on and on and on about this...but I can't. I won't stop talking about this until God takes it off of my heart and says "Well done, good and faithful servant".

Monday, November 09, 2009

Everything I know about El Salvador...

does not add up to much, that's for sure.
However, I'm slowly learning about the country and soaking in all of the information that I come across. It is where my sponsored child, Iliana, is from. I hope that it is a place I will get to visit one day.
Yesterday, 3 women from the "blogging world" left out on a trip to El Salvador with Compassion. Their mission, to blog about it. This is great news for me! I'll get to learn even more. I wanted to share the link, in case anyone that reads my blog, would like to follow along with the bloggers on their trip. I'm sure it will be very interesting. I'm excited for them to start posting! The link:
I know/pray that it will be life changing for them.
Before they left on Sunday, a hurricane ripped through El Salvador, killing 91 people. As of right now, those that sponsor children in El Salvador do not know what this means for our children. I would like to ask that you keep them in your prayers.

I thought it would be neat to just share a few facts about Iliana and the community she lives in:
* Average monthly family income is $91.
* The warmest month is actually March.
* The typical family home has dirt floors and tin/iron roofs.
* The main religion is Roman Catholic.
* The literacy rate is only 77% for females (compared to 99% for females here in the US).

Okay, that's it for now! Just thought I would share a bit of information about one of my sponsored children. I'm trying not to load my blog down with crazy thoughts, feelings, and posts about Compassion and my sponsored children, even though they are on my heart a LOT :)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Happy Late Halloween about four days. Sorry about that!

I kept putting off my halloween post, for good reason! I did not want to post without pictures.

Alas. No pictures. Forgive me.

We spent Friday night out on a "date". Basically, we grabbed pizza and rented a movie. We also made a quick stop at Walmart, where we picked up halloween candy. I wanted, so badly, to buy a wig and fake eye lashes. I refrained from it. We had no halloween party plans, no reason to play dress I put the lashes back and decided I would stay a brunette for the evening. Saturday morning we woke up and went for a ride in Enoree. We met Jonathan there and spent a few hours dodging trees and mud holes, it had rained the entire week before, so the trails were muddy and slick!

Sev and I came home and cleaned out the garage! I know, it doesn't sound exciting, but it was exciting for me. I. love. organization! Have I said that before?? I've got a mild case of self diagnosed OCD, ha. We found spots for all of our riding gear. Most of the gear is now hanging from nails, on the walls of the garage. I labeled all of my rubbermaid boxes and I made room to add more if need be (I'm always organizing and finding things to put in a rubbermaid box!). Sev started complaining of a toothache around the time it was getting dark. I finished the last bit of operation garage organization solo. As I was walking inside, it started...trick or treating! From that moment on, the door bell kept ringing and Sev got in a bit of exercising. If you count getting up-sitting down-getting up-sitting down and getting up from the couch, exercise. He was sooooo cute with the kiddos. He would comment on all of the costumes (I have to admit, I hope parents didn't think he was a freak when he told the little girls in "princess" costumes that they were "just precious"! haha) He would squat down, you know-to get on their level, when little kiddos walked up. It never failed, no matter what gender the kid under the costume was, he would say "Hey there buddy!". I'm just glad he refrained from patting them on the head. He also waved at every parent after he handed their kid candy. lol. I thought he was sweet, I hope parents didn't think he was a nut! I guess I'll know if we don't get trick-or-treaters next year ;-) I did take a picture or two of Sev at the door, I'll try and share those later.
Okay-here is the sad part...we actually ran out of candy!! and here is the funny/embarrassing part...I had candy left over from past holidays over the past couple of years. I KNOW!! sooooo, Sev wasn't ready to stop passing out candy, so into the back of our pantry I go. I pulled out two giant bags of candy (past holiday candy) and gave them to Sev. He proceeds to pull out all of the candy canes, valentine suckers, and Easter peeps (I said I KNOW!) and dumps the rest into his bucket. However, while he's deciding what candy is suitable (as if ANY past holiday candy is REALLY suitable) he holds up a cough drop "Hey, babe!...can I give out Halls cough drops??"...**sigh**.
Yeah. We probably won't get trick-or-treaters next year.

Well, that was our 2009 Halloween weekend!
I hope that you all had a Happy Halloween and didn't find any Halls cough drops in your halloween candy(unless, of course, you have a cough...and then it might come in handy! but still, that's just weird) ;-)