Sunday, November 30, 2008

Closing Out the Month of November

I loved doing the Thanksgiving Challenge...
so now I thought I'd post the month for posterity!

Nov. 30 A super full day with friends and family and praises of Jesus' birth
Nov. 29 A husband who pursues "oneness" with me
Nov. 28 Montana de Oro... enough said!! :)
Nov. 27 Family and friends and the Lord of the Harvest
Nov. 26 My awesome chiropractor... oh, what a little crack will do! :)
Nov. 25 Cold, refreshing rain and warm fuzzy blankies
Nov. 24 Seeing Josh play Squanto in his class play
Nov. 23 Getting to know new friends over lasagna dinner
Nov. 22 A clean home and clean cars
Nov. 21 My brain still having the ability to memorize and retain 14 pieces of music at once.
La la la
Nov. 20 A new adventure on to the horizon ;)
Nov. 19 The gas station attendant who washed my windshield and gave me a white rose... so sweet.
Nov. 18 Inspiration from my friend, Maureen
Nov. 17 Making new friends and keeping the old
Nov. 16 Birthday Blessings...
Nov. 15 A dinner date with my honey!
Nov. 14 Some beach weather in November!! :P
Nov.13 Gas is at $2.55 a gallon. Wohoo!
Nov. 12 Choir practice tonight... singing praises to God, united with His body in beautiful harmony!!
Nov. 11 The special time I got to spend with Josh on our little date
Nov. 10 My brother-in-law, Alvin! Happy B'day, Bro!
Nov. 9 A new niece named Avalon Jane :)
Nov. 8 My husband, who agreed to take motorcycle safety class!
Nov. 7 The little elf who helped me clean the shower with Simple Green this morning!
Nov. 6 A little 3 year old who cuddles with me every morning after he wakes up
Nov. 5 Resting in the knowledge that God is in control
Nov. 4 Abundant life
Nov. 3 A family who loves me when I'm unlovable
Nov. 2 The crisp Fall air
Nov. 1 My savior, Jesus

Thursday, November 27, 2008

So Thankful for Him...


The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love;
There is no shadow in Your presence.
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne,
Before the Holy One of heaven.

It's only by Your blood,
And it's only through Your mercy.

Lord, I come.
I bring an offering of worship to my King.
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing.
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You're due.
Oh Lord, I bring an offering to You.

Oh Lord, I bring an offering to You.

by Paul Baloche

Happy Thanksgiving, All!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Harvest Mix

The kids and I planned and bought some ingredients for a...
Thanksgiving Harvest Mix

I got the idea here
And then tweaked it a bit
Here are the ingredients for our mix:

Bugles: A cornucopia of blessings and
a thankful heart for all of God's abundant blessings

Candy Corn: The sacrifice of the Pilgrims first winter.
Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Craisins: Representing nuts and berries
the Pilgrims gathered in the new land.

Pumpkin Seeds: Promise of a future harvest,
one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.

Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer,
a freedom sought by those who founded our country.

Chocolate Chips: Sweet times spent with family and friends.

(Based on a recipe by Cynthia Townley Ewer)

We are planning to take our Harvest mix on a fun little nature hike over the holidays.

Hopefully it will be a good opportunity to cultivate attitudes of gratitude.

Friday, November 21, 2008

37... the new 29!!

I turned 37 on Sunday. Here I am at 36 on Birthday Eve.

(Patrick liked this photo... that's why I'm posting it. It was really hard not to smile.)

Patrick took me to dinner and to see Guys and Dolls. It was performed by a local theater troupe and they did quite a good job. Especially the actress who played Adelaide!! I love musicals... I am very grateful to have a husband that will take me to see them every so often. :)

It was a great. And since we hadn't managed to get out on a one on one date since sometime last spring, it was fun to make it a big one.

(Don't we look like we're in a Hobbit house or something?? Like we're so much bigger than the door?? Forced perspective I guess... I'm only 5'5". And look at his bare feet... I think he would like to be a Hobbit, cause he hates shoes. )

I've typically had a difficult time on my birthday, because of... well, you can read it here.

This year went better... I prayed for my brother and his family every time I felt a wave of sadness hit. It was good to have purpose in my struggle and to feel as though God is redeeming the day for His glory.

Thanks to everyone who has prayed... your prayers are the most valuable gift I could ever imagine!!

Well, I'm off to work on "My Heart for the Unborn" again... I think I've got one more chapter in this head of mine.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Beauty and the Beast

The Patrick + Linda = Panda Forever
Teenage romance as told by PZ

Have you read any of "Beauty and the Beast?" Patrick has been chronicling our courtship story as of late. We met at 17 and 18 (he's older, by the way), 19 years ago this month.... woah!!! So it is teenage romance at its silliest. I think they are hilarious, but maybe that's because I was there.

On a drive to Malibu, my college pastor said something like, "I never used to get you two and now I do. Patrick thinks he's the funniest guy on earth, and you are his biggest fan!!"

"That's pretty much it!" I giggled.

I was uncontrollably laughing at the time 'cause Patrick (who went by Pat at the time... ) had made some crack involving the phrase "cornbread head." He knows how to tickle my funny bone, and after reading these accounts, he's still got it.

So, hope you enjoy! :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hometown Harvest Parade

Every Fall,
there's a festive little Harvest Parade
in my town.

I saw a darling donkey... or was a mule?

Melodious marching bands...

A lovely lass in a red wagon...

Hilarious hardware hoofers...

A daring derby driver...

A fantastic fire truck...

Wait a minute...

Let's zoom in closer!!
I thought this one looked familiar!!

It's my handsome son looking so dapper
in his Cub Scout uniform!!

I could hardly stand how cute he looked in his first parade!!

I had to bite down on the knuckle of my forefinger...

just so I wouldn't shout out something completely embarrassing, something like...

"There's my lil' muffin...
you look so cute
I could just eat you right up!!"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Clothed by the King

A couple of Saturdays ago, I took the boys to the library and was pleasantly surprised to find a book sale in full swing. While I was considering a few titles, Miss Marion the Librarian announced that whatever would fit into a paper grocery bag could be taken home for only $2. Oh, now you are speaking my language, Miss Marion. So I loaded my bag up with a stack of biographies and a Grisham for Patrick.

Currently, I'm immersed in the life story of Naomi Judd. Her mother, Polly, had a love of language and words, inspiring her daughter to have an adept grasp of the English language. When the kids heard a word on the radio they were unfamiliar with, she would have them write it on an index card. They had to know how to spell the word, give its definition, and use it correctly in a sentence by the next evening's dinner. A phrase she would often repeat to Naomi was...

"Words are the clothes our thoughts wear, and I know you love to be well dressed!"

For the past few days, I've been dwelling on the spiritual implications of this little saying. Words are such powerful things, aren't they? Sometimes it's hard to even determine whether our thoughts are dressed with words or if the words in our society have dressed our thoughts. What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Paul encourages us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience... forgiveness... and to put on love, which binds us together (Colossians 3). I think it's the chicken and the egg at the same time. These kinds of well dressed words spring forth from thoughts that are taken captive and made obedient to Christ and at the same time, words that we choose to clothe ourselves with.

I don't think I'll ever slip into a $200 pair of jeans or own a cashmere sweater, but everyday I have the opportunity to clothe myself in the beautiful clothes of the King.
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