Saturday, July 26, 2008
A. Attached or single? Very attached... Patrick is definitely my other half! It's hard to even remember being single!
B. Best friend? Patrick & Mom / Lots of other very special friends!! I was never good with the "best friend" moniker... don't like people feeling left out!
C. Cake or Pie? Chocolate chocolate cake from Costco or Mom's perfect apple pie with the flaky crust and the tart apples.
D. Day of choice? Thursday... my Bible study day, and I know the weekend's right around the corner.
E. Essential items? Bible, lipstick, hair dryer, watch, glasses (if I am not wearing these, be assured I will not know who you are until you're within a 5 foot range.)
F. Favorite color(s)? green & earth tones
G. Gummy bears or worms? I'd rather have Sour Patch Kids, but don't like the way any of them get stuck in my teeth.
H. Hometown? La Canada, CA, where people actually are rocket scientists, but I was on the border of La Crescenta and grew up with friends in that school system. Go CV Falcons!! See big hair senior photo here.
I. Favorite indulgence? Ben & Jerry's Phish Food or Ghirardelli brownies... man, why'd I have to go and bring those up!!
J. January or July? July... I'm usually healthy enough to enjoy it! And I like the 4th!
K. Kids? 2 cute boys
L. Life isn't complete without? Jesus... He makes life worth the living
M. Marriage date? January 8, 1994 (Elvis' B'day... uh huh huh)
N. Number of brothers and sisters? 1 older brother
O. Oranges or apples? Apples-Fuji, Pink Lady, or Gravenstein
P. Phobias? Snakes in the toilet when I am going (I have this one, too, Denise!! So weird!) Also, I'd rather not die by drowning.
Q. Quotes- "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold." S.E. Hinton (I know it's more of a line, but I've always liked it!); "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt; "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." C.S. Lewis
R. Reasons to smile? Today was a warm, sunny day and I got to spend it with my family!
S. Season of choice? I like the transition between summer and fall.
T. Tag 5 people: Anna, Courtney, Nicole, Drea, April
U. Unknown fact about me? I am a nerd, I have a sword hanging in my bedroom, I would like to sing with a jazz band someday, and I've never had alcohol (umm... it smells yucky!). You'll do best not to analyze any of this... I am very complex!
V. Vacation of choice? Hawaii or a summer camp (yes, I'm aware they are opposites!)
W. Worst habit? Procrastinating and not washing my face at night.
X. X-ray or ultrasound? Ultrasound... radiation isn't too appealing to me. I don't even like to x-ray my teeth.
Y. Your favorite food? Shredded chicken tostada, grilled chicken or fish with garlic mashed potatoes, strawberries... not all at the same time! My family said this is not true... they said my favorite food is chocolate! Who me??
Z. Zodiac sign? Scorpio and Year of the Pig. There was a girl in high school who followed me around trying to analyze me and figure out my sign. It was amusing... she never did get it right! I kept telling her that Jesus gives me all the direction I need... I'm still convinced.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
As I nervously peered around the hallway corner, I saw my neighbor looking into my home. I knew what I was in for. I had been warned by other neighbors, especially the one who finally decided to move because of the harrassment she'd endured. Cookies don't work, and neither do smiles or kind words I'd been told.
He told me to open my door. Well, no, I do not make a habit of opening my door up to people who look to be in a fit of rage. No, opening the door was not an option. So we had a short conversation through the window. Apparently, the dog had gotten to the side of the house and was barking at him, and he was infuriated and came to tell us. I apologized and he stormed away.
The situation ended badly, very badly.
When Patrick came home to see me crying and all shaken up, he marched over to my neighbor's house and told him in no uncertain terms that he was never to scare me or the kids again or to trespass on our property. "You've crossed the line, now," he told him. He made it clear that if he did it again, he was starting some trouble. His wife assured Patrick they'd be coming over every time she barked from now on.
Police were called. Result: neither of us can trespass on each other's property.
Now I feel deflated. For almost a year now, we have been trying to "love our neighbor" and resolve this situation. Our past peacemaking attempts have not worked. We have prayed. We have Sophie using a bark collar and bring her in whenever she starts barking. (Poor thing, though, there are at least 3 other dogs in the vicinity that have a similar bark. I think she's the scapegoat or scapedog in this case.) We have talked to 17 different neighbors to make sure she hasn't been bothering them at all.
Last night we prayed. We prayed that these neighbors would not just know about God, but would come to know Jesus himself. We prayed that He would break the chains of anger that hold them in a prison. We prayed that He would break down their tough bully facade and replace it with vulnerability and love. If we can't sew seeds of peace in the physical realm, we'll keep sewing them in a spiritual one. We will continue to try and love them, but sadly, it will have to be from a distance. At least for the time being.
Monday, July 7, 2008
3 Cups fresh Raspberries, Olallieberries, Blackberries, or Blueberries (choose a single berry, or a couple varieties to make a mixed berry cobbler)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Jason's 3rd Birthday!!! Featuring the "Cars" Feasting on Asphalt Cake!!
Josh finished up 2nd Grade!!
Indio: We saw my bro/sis-in-law and had "cousin time" in the desert! 110+ degrees!! Phew!!
Huntington Beach & DT Disney: We "camped" out at my bro-in-law's & goofed around
A Day at Univeral Studios
Home Town L.A. to visit with my high school friend, Nancy, and her newly adopted son!!! Praise God!! What a gift he is!!
Homebuilders: My Bible Study started up after a 2 + month break!! I'm so excited!
Big Sur: Calvary SLO Father/Son Campout for Josh & Dad... hmmm no pics of my honey came back on this one, but he and Josh really were there together!! LOL
Music and Worship Camp:
Phew!! All really fun stuff!! The rest of the summer we'll be keeping it pretty simple in comparison! I think it'll be all about strawberries and watermelon and meandering nature walks with Sophie!! We'll listen for birds and look for bugs and read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!! Come join us if you'd like!!