Friday, August 28, 2009

A Story of Redemption

I've been reading a true story this week.

A tale of unfaithfuless...

And the destruction that came to a marriage.

But also a tale of forgiveness

And restoration

And new life.

It's the story of a woman named

Sarah Markley

I highly recommend reading it and seeing how God uses it in your life.

My reaction surprised me.

Usually I am deeply touched hearing testimonies of redemption that God has wrought.

I easily celebrate and give God glory.

But as I read, I discovered a wall around my heart I didn't know I had erected.

And I don't want it to be there.

I don't want to be hard and unfeeling.

I don't want to protect myself in return for losing passion and sensitivity.

I want to live.

I want to be vulnerable.

I want to build relationships even if it means potentially getting hurt.

So I'm tearing down the wall.

Brick by brick.

It's scary.

But I think it's worth it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Heritage, Part 1

Jason and I were chatting on the couch a few days ago. He stopped for a moment, looking up at me with his velvety brown eyes, and unabashedly told me,

"You are growing a beard, Mommy."

How rude! But much to my chagrin, he was spot on.

Pluck and tweeze as I may, on a tri-weekly basis, I just can't seem to keep my facial hair under control.

You see, my grandfather on my father's side was a full blooded Frenchman. This makes me at least a quarter French by my estimation. This legacy explains my olive complexion and the abundance, and sometimes overabundance of dark hair.

I wonder if it also has something to do with my love for numerous French things.

Impressionist paintings like Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte captivate me.

Les Miserables is one of the most extraordinary stories of redemption ever written... and probably my favorite musical of all time.

Beauty and the Beast... hmmm, see here!

Croissants, baguettes, and French toast! Forget about it!

Strangely enough, even my favorite actress spoke French and wore clothes designed by a Frenchman.

It has to be more than coincidental.

I can't help but ponder my heritage.

To be continued...

Monday, August 3, 2009

How can you not like it??

I love Trader Joe's!

Are you smiling yet?

You aren't? Then watch the video, silly!!!

I'll wait!

It made me want to go shopping...

which is amazing cause I've been down with a virus all week.

Now I'm longing for a Turkey Basil Sandwich on Foccacia, the Greek Salad, and some of the yummy Pink fizzy Lemonade.

What are your top 3 Trader Joe's items?
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