Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Well... back to nesting and waiting! Would you please keep our family in your prayers as we are hopefully expecting?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I was watching a morning show and got some super simple, but very helpful tips I thought I'd pass along...
Some disappearing tricks...
- Tip #1: What do you do if you washed and/or dried a crayon in your laundry?? Just wash the clothes again along with regular detergent and a cup of vinegar! The crayon should come right out!
- Tip #2: What do you do if you get a pen mark or smudge on your clothes?? Use some ordinary rubbing alcohol, a sponge and a bit of "elbow grease" and simply rub it out!
- Tip #3: What do you do with annoying white deoderant marks on you dark dress or blouse? Take a pair of panty hose and rub them against the white marks and they lift right off!
If I hadn't seen these done with my own eyes, I wouldn't believe it! So simple, yet so effective!!
I also love "Bar Keeper's Friend" for getting stains out of my sink. And last time I bought gloves, they were out the medium latex kind I usually buy, so I tried some non-latex white gloves. They are lasting so much longer!!
What's your favorite, simple tip in the land of domesticity?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Find 7 red things in your home and post photos.
I found 8.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
One was a man I met a couple years ago in the choir I sing with. He was full of life and I loved laughing at his jokes and watching him sing duets with his beautiful wife. A few months ago, doctors discovered a cancerous tumor at the base of his brain. Despite numerous treatments, it became clear, about a month ago, that the cancer would take his life. By January 12, Thomas had breathed his last breath.
I was inspired at the way he faced death with such courage. He used so many opportunities during his last months to share the love of Jesus with others. In late November, I watched in awe as he vigorously walked around our neighborhoods. He never gave up.
Another man was in Haiti that day. I met him years ago, my freshman year in college. He was a dedicated follower of Jesus, even back then. My roommate that year had the biggest crush on him... and I didn't blame her. He is a man of great character.
Today, Dan works for Compassion International, and he was in Haiti doing some filming for a recent documentary project. In the midst of the earthquake, he was trapped within the confines of an elevator shaft. He spent 55 hours beneath the rubble of a collapsed hotel, and then was rescued and given a second chance at life here on earth.
I don't know why God allows some to have a second chance and sweeps others into His presence. I do know He is good and that His purposes will be known in both of these men's lives. But what encourages me today, is that I want to live my life in the way that these two men have. When my day comes... whether I have a warning or not, I want to be caught loving my Savior and living my life for Him. Thank you Thomas and Dan for what you have taught me on this January day.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We started it out by dropping off the kids and then picking up some In N' Out at 10:30 in the morning. Nothing like hamburgers with grilled onions for breakfast!!
Then we checked into our hotel, a beautiful old Victorian Inn, and then headed over to the Orpheum Theater for a matinee...
It was so much fun! I've been wanting to see it for months and we were able to score some 9th row center orchestra seats! Perfect!! I looooove musicals... always have, always will! Favorite songs were Defying Gravity and For Good, and I definitely related to the green side.
At about 5, we made our way back to the inn, and then we walked down to the Regency Ballroom! We met our friends Deb and Christian and stood in line for Switchfoot!! Switchfoot happens to be Deb and my favorite band of all time. We were jazzed!
Jon and the band were amazing! They played through the new Hello, Hurricane album, and then played some oldies like Dare You to Move, Oh! Gravity, and Only Hope. We sat in the "old people" balcony and rocked out. Yes, I do rock out. Even though the people behind us wanted us to sit down. Tell me, were we rude for standing? I haven't been to a concert in a while, and I need to know rock ettiquette.
And then we slept in.... all the way until 7:40am. Why oh why are we programmed????!!! We had a great breakfast and talk by the fire with Deb and Christian, and then did some sight-seeing.
Patrick had this hash with carnitas and poached eggs.
I had the best Chinese chicken salad I have ever eaten. It was 11 levels of deliciousness.
Then I had a yummy chocolate cupcake.
Patrick had some espresso with his yummy tiramisu (I know it was yummy, cause I accidently ate some.) Patrick is pretty yummy, too! Wow, he is still a devastatingly handsome man after 20 years of knowing him.