This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, April 6, 2007

He Is Risen, Indeed!

Matthew 28

1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 27:32-66

32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

36And sitting down they watched him there;

37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.

57When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

58He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

59And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

60And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

61And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

63Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

64Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

65Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

66So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

King James Version

CWO blog challenge--My Favorite Mom Moment

My favorite mom moment…

CWO is hosting some writing challenges. Challenge #2 actually end before Challenge #1, the last day for posting is tomorrow, April 7. The challege: “Tell us about your favorite "Mom Moment." We're looking for a story that tugs on our heart, perhaps funny or heartwarming--give us your best.” This article is my submission to the blog challenge sponsored by Darlene Schacht, Author of The Mom Complex.

There are days I wonder if I am doing it right…many more days than I often care to admit. As a homeschooling mom I have opted to place the burden of imparting wisdom to my boys on myself first. As a Christian mother I know no other option than that I am responsible for (at least at this age) their relationship with God. It is daily from me that they learn about God. Mine is the first opinion they ask when they have questions about the world around them. I know I have a lifetime to share with them, but one moment can affect a lifetime. And lifetimes are not all the same for everyone. My husband is a wonderful, responsible and believing husband, but in caring for us, sometimes he puts in long hours, so I am the first watch in this house.

Roo, my oldest and more serious first born has always had questions about God. He is nine and a half now. And, in the last few years, more questions about how we know, really know that God is real, have been asked. That even if He is really real, how do we know He cares about us?

We have walked through Scripture, we have memorized verses. This is the child that at five could stand with the pastor in front of church and give a verse for almost every letter of the alphabet. The brain is on full speed. The teaching and preaching and doctrine have been put in…but that brain works so hard and fast some days coming up with questions. He runs on full gear with other things too like computers and LEGOs and other boys stuff and science and how does that work and can I build this and…well maybe you get a glimpse of the picture. But it’s the questions about God that take my breath away, I can tell they cause him to stop and ponder deeply. There has been this sad little look in his eyes and I just want to say—“I will believe enough for both of us, until I can find the right words to make you believe!” But that is not the right answer.

About a month ago, after a long break, we started attending church again. We started attending a church that my husband and I had both grown up in, but neither son had even been exposed to. The boys wanted to go back to church. Roo has hung on every word from Scripture, every note from the sermon, he has listened and I think he is hearing God.

As a family, in addition to celebrating the Resurrection of our Savior, we have celebrated Passover for five years now. Our Passover tells two stories. The first of God’s provision to rescue the Children of Israel from Egypt, of Moses and then ten plagues. We talk of the unblemished lamb, sacrificed and the blood on the doorposts, to keep the Angel of Death from killing the first born. Our second story is of the Perfect Lamb, the Lamb without sin who shared His last Passover with his disciples and washed their feet and prayed for them and gave Himself, sacrificed Himself that we may have salvation.

This year Roo started asking more questions than the normal and usual ones. He started to ask about Jesus/Yeshua who prayed in the garden so fervently that His sweat ran like blood. He asked if it hurt when He was nailed on the cross. He asked, “Why.” And when the answer finally came to, “For everyone, for us, for you.” Roo was very, very quiet. And those very dark eyes were almost as full as mine. For, I think, at that moment it clicked. The Light of the World went on for sure and forever in that little heart.

And that is the moment this momma has lived for .

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Spring Reading Thing--Book Review

The Morland Dynasty
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Prior to Katrina’s Spring Reading Thing over at Callapidder Days I started this series with The Founding and the Dark Rose. I’ve come to the conclusion that I hate finding new authors or new books that start a series. Harry Potter comes to mind…I know I am not the only one who is waiting for Book 7. I hate waiting. That was why I have always been so happy with my Tolkien books and my Herbert/Dune books (until Frank’s son Stephen decided to take his father’s notes and elaborate extremely well on the series—now I am impatiently waiting for his next book—I digress). DCG and I have found it wonderful to stumble on series that have been around for awhile, and after getting totally involved in the first we can go and buy the whole set and read them all in rapid succession.

Well my heart’s desire was answered in the Morland Dynasty. Harrod-Eagles has 29 books written in the series. 29!! I shall have something to look forward too for a while. The series begins with The Founding. in 1434 when Richard, the Duke of York, becomes King Richard III. The tale is of the Morland family whose story begins with the marriage of Eleanor Courteney and Robert Morland and works its way up through history to 1915.

I was addicted from the onset of The Founding. I am not going to claim these to be the height of literature, but I do find Harrod-Eagles knowledge of history to be admirable, her writing easy and accessible, while still compelling. I might have to admit, these have possibly found their way into my life to fill the void of mostly giving up soaps over 15 years ago, and my lack of television viewing due to my life with my children. I am thinking this must be my version of LOST, 24, Survivor, and whatever dramas I am missing out on. Humor me.

The Dark Rose starts in 1501 with Henry Tidr (Tudor) on the throne. We see the Morland family woven around the events with Nannette and Paul Morland as the main compelling characters. We see all of Henry’s queens, focusing on Anne Boleyn. Mary and Elizabeth and young Edward are beginning their lives and the story ends with Henry’s death.

The third book in the series, The Princeling, is the one I just finished last week. It is 1558, Elizabeth I is now on the throne. The battle between Catholic Rome and Protestantism reigns. Intrigue and deceit, treason and treachery run wild. England fights on all fronts either in actual battle or at the court. Nannette from book two is still alive and while she is the thread that winds her way through much of the story the main characters become a younger Paul and his love Mary Percy and Lettice wed to a wolfish Scottish count, Lord Robert Hamilton.

Harrod-Eagles weaves historical fact and fiction seamlessly and compellingly. There is not a dry page. She makes me want to go back and read more history, after, of course, I have finished the next twenty-six novels in the series. The Oak Apple is the fourth in the series and also on my to read list for The Spring Reading Thing. I am not promising that I won’t stuff in books five and six somewhere between now and the beginning of May. We’ll see how I am doing.

Go check out Callipper Days. Katrina is a warm hostess and check out her Spring Reading Thing. There are sooooooo many signed up. If you can possibly say you have no idea for something to read, this is the place to go. Visit all the other readers and find out what is on their list. My list has grown immensely.

Spring Reading Thing--Book Review

The Illearth War The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever an Epic Fantasy
By Stephen R. Donaldson

The Illearth War is the second in a trilogy of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. I read the first Lord Foul’s Bane a while back and struggled through the first half and flew through the last half. It was a love/hate relationship and I would/will read it again (and probably again).

Thomas Covenant is a modern day leper who in the first story is pulled into “the Land” in a near accident and called to bring a message to those who dwell there about an apocalypse that is threatened. Covenant is the image of a long-gone her, Berek Half-Hand, who had rescued "the Land" before. His white-gold wedding ring he wears, even though divorced is a powerful magic that could save or betray the land. Covenant struggles to maintain his safe practices that he must follow as a leper to keep his body from becoming more ravaged, while struggling with the appearance that while in “the Land” he finds health returning. He questions his sanity and distances himself from the good people who would do him honor and give him friendship.

In the second book we find that four days after Covenant’s return to the “real world” he is pulled back into “the Land” where forty years have passed. Lord Foul marches on Revelstone with intent to waste everything, to kill and destroy the beauty and health that is “the Land” and the fair and honorable people who live there.

Covenant finds that some of his acquaintances remain, although wearied and aged. Some have died. And there are two new people who will affect him dramatically although he tries to remain set apart. The first is the new High Lord, Elena the young (by comparison) leader of the people whose task it is to lead the people against Lord Foul. The second is more surprising, another person from the “real world” who has also been pulled into “the Land.’ A man called Hile Troy, blind from birth. But not just blind, blind beyond blind having no eyes, no hope of sight in the “real world.” But in “the Land” able not only to see, but to see better than, farther than the inhabitants. He becomes their Warmark, their army’s general, with a battle plan to save the people. Troy embraces and loves the land as much as Covenant remains cautious and distant.

I don’t think I am that great in the area of book reviews. I don’t know how to compel someone to desire to read something that has moved me. I can tell you it is a great book. Donaldson is a poet. His language is a loom and his stories are tapestries. His writing forces me to a dictionary. Something that doesn’t happen a lot anymore. I rarely find myself challenged when reading by actual words, perhaps because I don’t read challenging enough books (but I don’t think that is true) but mostly because it seems most authors choose accessible language and that is often a good choice. Donaldson choose beautiful words with texture and palette. Reading his work can be an exercise.

If you are at all a fantasy fan, if you love Tolkien, Herbert, Zimmer-Bradley books, and haven’t read this trilogy, I highly recommend giving these books a try. Be forewarned and prepared that my initial response was not positive. It is a heartbreaking story.

Donaldson's three books in the trilogy The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever were published in 1977 . My husband, my DCG informed me that more has been added to the series. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant were published between 1980 and 1983. The three novels are: 1. The Wounded Land (1980) 2. The One Tree (1982) 3. White Gold Wielder (1983). Another book The Runes of the Earth was published in 2004. And more may be forthcoming.

The Illearth War was on my reading list for Katrina’s Spring Reading Thing. Go visit her blog, Callapidder Days to grow your list of must reads!!

Wordless Wednesday

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Photos courtesy of my sister.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Because There Just Weren't Enough Books on My List

Book update

What I didn’t put on the list and some new ideas.

I should know better. I really should. I am a reading addict. And I am also a book addict. You do know there is a difference—you can be one and not the other or you can be both.

Reading addicts consume books at an alarming rate, paying little attentions to things like laundry, deadlines and family. People whose need to read equals their need to breathe—those are reading addicts.

Some, it is said, can read a book once and be done with it. They often prefer to check out books from the library and then when they are done, return it without a backward glance. I don't know how they do that.

Book addicts love the smell of books. Old books, new ones, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Half Priced Book Store, junky old shops, Costco and Sam’s, it does not matter. And book addicts like to surround themselves with books. Books are part of the d├ęcor, they are old friends, they are the grown-up version of a wubbie. Some book addicts aren’t really readers. They just have a weird affinity for books, perhaps thinking surrounding themselves with knowledge they will gain some, by say, osmosis or something. But most book addicts are also reading addicts. Research has proven it. (Whose research??? Ummmm…okay well MY OPINION.)

I, as I said, am both. And Katrina’s Spring Reading Thing in no way, shape or form helped me to fight my addiction. I am telling you Katrina…you just fueled the fire. And for that I am ever so grateful.

I should have kept my list short. But nooooooooooo. I made a pretty hefty list, I thought. And then I went visiting and found all these wonderful! Awesome! Amazing! other books other readers have on their lists. Waaaaaaaaaah. There is NOT enough time. Is there a job where I can get paid to read? Wait, but I don’t have enough time to do the OTHER things I like. I was up until 2:30 reading last night. And what about blogging. That takes time. And bloggy visiting. I should quit visiting everyone to peek at their list. But they have such great lists. And such great blogs.

And then there was the fact that once I hit Submit/Publish on my post I thought of ten or forty or so other books I still have on my list in a folder. What to do???

Some books and authors that didn’t make my blog list, but have been on my list forever include:

Last of the Mohicans
Les Miserables
Moby Dick
Re-reads of Rosamunde Pilcher’s many beloved stories
And Ladies of the Club… by Helen Hooven Santemeyer
My psychologist/professor friend’s text that I am halfway through.
Phillipa Gregory—I read the Queen’s Fool and was hooked.
HG Wells
CS Lewis
AW Tozer
GK Chesterton

Books I have snitched from others’ lists include:

The Worn Out Woman
Stone Angel –Laurence
Hold on to Your Kids—Neufeld and Mate
Woe is I--Patricia O’Conner
Having a Mary Spirit—Joanna Weaver
The Tears of the Giraffe—Alexander McCall Smith
A Passion for Books

To name only a few.

I am not officially adding any of these, but if I can squeeze them in without compromising, say feeding the children, I am going to.

If your reading list is not long enough go visit Katrina over at Callapidder Days she has a Spring Reading Thing going on. Lots of readers joining. And even if you don’t want more on your reading list, go visit Katrina anyway. She’s beyond nice and her blog is very enjoyable.

Menu Plan Monday

This will be a week without yeast or leaven if at all possible.

Monday Seder –
Marinated Lamb
Matzo ball soup
Hard boiled eggs
Prepared horseradish
Wine for the adults
Grape juice for the children

Tuesday--grilled chicken, salad, mixed veg
Wednesday--soups and salad
Thursday--Hamburger steaks w/mozzarella cheese and mushrooms (no bun) rice and green beans
Friday—whatever beef is on sale at the store, roasted w/baked potatoes and mixed veg

Passover falls this week. We will have our Seder this evening. Traditional Jewish holidays begin at sundown the night before and go to sundown the following evening. While we are not Jewish, we do observe many of the Feasts listed in the Old Testament because we have found them to be blessings and enlightening.

Also, this is Holy Week and there will be a lot of comings and going and festivities to remind us of the beauty of this time.

Passover for us will include all of the above. I marinate the lamb in balsamic vinegar and seasonings (Lowry’s and Tone’s Canadian Steak Seasoning with GARLIC, and then MORE GARLIC). I need to be honest here and tell you one of my recipe secrets—my matzo ball soup is from a mix. It is good and with all that goes on it is a wonderfully easy thing. Haroset is a mixture of apples and nuts. I’ve come to make mine with chunky applesauce, finely chopped nuts, raisins and grape juice. For more Passover ideas may I recommend A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays and the accompanying website. A blessing and wealth of information.

After Passover we continue to observe the Feast of Unleaven Bread and we have seven more days with matzah and no leaven—leaven being a symbol for sin in our lives. No bread, no traditional cake, pancakes…sigh. But it is a lesson and a chance to be creative. Actually I think it is a healthy thing too. But sadly I often choose the easy way instead of the healthy one. Something I need to work on.

Wednesday’s soups will probably include potato cheese soup—I’ve been craving it, veggie soup for Roo and something for Boo. Boo’s most happy with a can of Campbell’s but I am trying to expand his repertoire.

Hamburgers stuffed with mushrooms and mozzarella and grilled will be wonderful some of the family like gravy and others don’t.
For some really wonderful menu ideas go visit Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Her Menu Plan Monday is a lot of fun.

Praying that everyone has a beautiful week and that you are blessed beyond measure.

In Him,

Sunday, April 1, 2007

100 Things About Me

(And you didn’t even have to ask)

In a blogging tradition, for my 100th post, 100 things about me. Not all of them are weird, although some might be. Too much of me is just too much. So I am just apologizing in advance and suggesting that you move on to the next blog, quickly...

100 Things = 99 Too Many

1. I love the LORD.
2. I am married to the man I should be married to—he is my DarlingCaveGeek. "DCG."
3. I have the children that are perfect for me, my Roo and my Boo.
4. For the longest time I didn’t think I wanted children.
5. I changed my mind after I turned thirty.
6. DCG and I cannot fathom what life would be like without our sons.
7. When I had Boo I was considered “of advanced maternal age.”
8. That makes me really old now.
9. We are relaxed and eclectic homeschoolers.
10. I am considering becoming more structured for the next few months.
11. I know I learn as much as the boys do because we homeschool.
12. I have several pairs of ballet shoes in my purse.
13. None are mine.
14. Me dancing would be scary to contemplate.
15. I don’t have daughters. So they belong to...
16. My sister and I used to be mistaken as twins sometimes. (We never saw the twin thing—sisters, yes, twins???)
17. When someone would realize we were not twins the question, “Which one is older?” came up on occasion. Since I am four and a half years older I always enjoyed that.
18. Sadly that hasn’t happened for at least seven years.
19. We still are pretty good at knowing what is on the other person’s mind.
20. Although now she is now an official geek and calls my DCG and they “geek-speak” at each other until I put my fingers in my ears and sing “Lalalalala I can’t hear you!!!”
21. I love her children and they like to visit their old auntie. I think it is really their cousins they come for.
22. I have this IRL group of five friends that range in age from 50 to 26. We became friends because of horses.
23. We have been friends for over fifteen years.
24. Of the group, I am the only one to have biological children. Two of the group have stepchildren who don’t live with them.
25. We don’t all have horses anymore. Only two show together anymore.
26. I got my first horse when I was 30. I had to sell him when I was 38.
27. I don’t like swimming or boating.
28. I fell backwards overboard a pontoon once.
29. My DCG jumped in to save me.
30. We used to live on a lake.
31. We have moved 13 times in less than 15 years.
32. I hate moving.
33. But I want to move out of this duplex and into a house.
34. Then I want to live there for a loooooooong time.
35. I think reading is a wonderful thing.
36. I like to sleep.
37. I will read until I am ready to fall asleep.
38. I don’t have one favorite food.
39. I don’t have one favorite song.
40. I don’t have one favorite movie.
41. The fact I don’t have lots of “favorites” bother my sons.
42. I have many favorites, but not just one of many items—I don’t like to discriminate.
43. My favorite store is Hobby Lobby. I have a favorite store!
44. Fall is still my favorite season. See I have a favorite season!
45. I used to like winter—but I have aged to the point of needing summer.
46. I would have a hard time choosing between a zoo and an art museum.
47. My husband refuses to share a coffee pot with me. He says my flavored coffee contaminates his pure and precious coffee flavored coffee.
48. The day would start easier if coffee could be administered with and IV.
49. My coffee could be described as “Cowboy Coffee.” It can float a horseshoe.
50. There are no such things as too much coffee and too much chocolate.
51. Coffee at chocolate go well together.
52. I blog most often with a cat on my lap.
53. I have had my cats longer than I have had my husband.
54. My dog is a traitor. She was supposed to be mine. My birthday present. My DCG did NOT want her. DID NOT. Now…who’s her favorite person? Whose doggy is she?…Yup, she is my DCG’s dog.
55. And she smirks about it.
56.I wish I had space for a garden.
57. I can crochet, but not knit.
58. I make cards.
59. I cross-stitch.
60. I start too many things.
61. I don’t finish enough things.
62. I collect collections.
63. I collect hobbies.
64. I am a ballet fan. I could sit in a theatre and watch for hours. I enjoy watching rehearsals and classes too.
65. Classical music is necessary for my peace of mind—but I used to be a fan of punk.
66. I still listen to and enjoy a broad range of music.
67. I check out too many books from the library at a time.
68. DCG has threatened to put a cot for me in the library.
69. I have been to one professional baseball game. I have been to one professional football game.
70. When I was five I was on Romper Room.
71. Candles and incense may not be necessities—but they are close.
72. My Crayola Crayons are arranged by color. I have a friend who is a psychologist. She says this is diagnosable. This is such an important thing about me it is mentioned more than once in my blog. Coloring is good therapy.
73. Perfume is cheaper than therapy.
74. Rubber stamps, paper and ink are cheaper than therapy.
75. Blogging is cheaper than therapy.
76. Reading is cheaper than therapy.
77. Since I worry so much about the cost of therapy, should I consider therapy?
78. My decorating style is “Early American Hand-me-Down” meets “Garage Sale Eclectic Functional.”
79. I am a night-owl by nature.
80. I have the makings of a hermit.
81. Often I use the B’guess and B’golly approach to life
82. If that doesn’t work I apply the “seat of the pants method.”
83. If that doesn’t work I try duct tape and baling wire.
84. If that doesn’t work—slap some tar on it.
85. I used to read the yellow pages and Roo did that for a while.
86. I love the rain
87. Thunderstorms are good sleeping weather.
88. Thunderstorms are not to be confused with SEVERE Storms.
89. Almost nine years ago I was in a house when a tornado threw a tree through the back door.
90. I like table cloths and cloth napkins.
91. I like savory food for breakfast—like Chinese or Italian or Mexican.
92. I like breakfast food for supper.
93. I avoid conflict if at all possible. There are people in my life who would tell you otherwise.
94. Maybe I avoid conflict with people who I don’t know well. Because I get very passionate about some things. And then I just sound stupid.
95. I really am incredibly shy.
96. But because I joke a lot and am sarcastic I don’t appear to be to most people. Because if I wasn’t someone might figure out I am shy.
97. I have a large dislike and distrust of "religion."
98. I have a Messianic mind, and Eastern Orthodox heart, a hidden Pentecostal streak, and a Catholic personality.
99. But I love the LORD. And praise that HE gets to make the decisions and I don’t.
100. I learn every day how much more I have left to learn.

If you got through that, you should get an award, but sadly I have none to give. Looking forward to the next 100 posts. I promise when I hit 200 I will not post 200 more things about me. Promise.

Grains of Gratitude

As I sit looking out at the window I cannot help but to continue to be grateful for the spring weather. We’ve had plenty of rain intermingled with sunshine, the trees are in full flower which is always exciting for me. I feel like a child when I see the blooms and smell the spring smell. Even though I am at least a month, and more like six weeks from planting any flowers outside, I just have this desire to go browse greenhouses. I could literally do that all day.

Spring, in my opinion, is God speaking to our hearts of His love and sacrifice of His precious Son. This is what happens after winter’s death. This is Passover and Holy Week. I am grateful for this time to redirect my thoughts to our Savior. I am grateful for His Word and His Creation which I cannot ignore.

A little less thoughtful perhaps, and a little more selfish, I have been grateful for a little extra time this week. We have two weeks off from basketball and just a few extra hours can help get some loose threads at least under control if not caught up. I will be grateful for the start of the next session, but for right now, I needed the time.

I am grateful for a chance for a pleasant visit with a friend last week. Usually when we get together it is in a group and there is little chance for personal conversation. My friend cooked me a wonderfully interesting meal and we sat and talked for a few hours. Very refreshing.

Lastly I am grateful that my sister’s visit to the ER this week was not a heart attack. I was worried when I received a call that my father had taken her to the ER. After what seemed like forever, but in truth, was just a few hours, we were told that she has some arrhythmia going, her medications have been changed, but there was no heart attack. I am so proud of my sister, she is a single mom who works one full-time (overnight) and one part-time job, she goes to school and still homeschools her children. My parents are part of their daily lives and help, but my sister is one of the most determined people I know. She has lost four if not five sizes in the past year and is eating healthy. She is doing so many things right for her health—it was frustrating to think that she would be facing something like a heart attack. When I grow up, I want to be like her. (You need to know I am the older sister.)

God is good and we all have so much to be grateful for. Grains of Gratitude was started by Christine at Brady’s Bunch. It has been a joy to start the week with an “attitude of gratitude.”

What are you grateful for?