Tuesday, May 30, 2006
* hair cut off this past weekend for locks of love. very cute. very older-looking. very hard on dad.
* horse camp in 2 weeks. very excited.
*tonsilectomy july 19. very about time.
* summer softball team invite. very pleased with self.
* all-stars (baseball). very busy.
* finishing elem. school next week & trading it in for middle school. mom & dad feeling very not so young anymore.
* invitation to first boy/girl party from random girl we don't know. very NO.
* summer of a youth minister. also very busy. and very fun.
* season finales watched. very bored.
* death of a blog. very unsure what to do with self when sitting at computer.
Monday, May 22, 2006
looks like we'll be adding "tonsilectomy" to the calendar for our already busy summer. A has her 7th bout in 12 months. nice!
and speaking of nice, i have a friend who works for the IMB who is always giving me good books to read. I've been on a leisure-reading fast of sorts (b/c of my commitment to prime time TV), but I decided to give some attention to the book she gave me in n'ville last week. It is "Servant on the Edge of History" by Sam Jones, a missionary in Vietnam during the war. It's so good that I have to read it with highlighter in hand. Here is one such nugget that has been especially meaningful and illuminating to me this week:
"I often find myself veering to the left and the right of a thin, almost indiscernible line that runs between caring and not caring, wanting to help and not being able to help. Somewhere in between these two is a place where the missionary must walk with a measure of balance."
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
and now...well, now in my mind the president and his peeps wear neatly pressed suits at 3 a.m. also, i don't know if i'll feel quite safe on my flight to nashville tomorrow, because who KNOWS what could be going on in the cargo hold. but i AM much tougher nowdays because jack is a heavy influence on my life, so i'm sure i'll be ok. :-)
farewell dear Camdens. here are some things i've learned from you:
*don't be helpful, be harmless.
*people actually LIKE it when you get all up in their business
*swim freely in the fishbowl
Sunday, April 30, 2006
so may is a big month here. it's almost like december, but different. between mother's day, our anniversary (16), weslee's wedding, lots o' graduations, two parent bdays, and my 37th (woohoo!), we have plenty of celebrating to do. this year, i've asked for a 3-in-1 gift that will last. 3 trees for the front yard. they're being delivered and planted this week. it's all very exciting.
heading off to n'ville in a couple o' weeks. get to write 5 sessions on Daniel.
um. have you seen the movie Red Eye? that was scary and i don't really recommend it. going to watch The Greatest Game Ever Played and i think it will be much nicer. you're prolly wondering, how does she have time for movies with all that TV--24, Alias, 7th Heaven, King of Queens, & Amazing Race--they watch? Lemme' tell ya'...it's not easy.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
so none of you have any help for our dc vacation? sigh. good thing for the internet, i suppose.
here's a shocking revelation: i like to mow. i've actually been volunteering to do that job since we last spoke of it. and i'm getting pretty good at it, too--so good that today i mowed with my legs tanning up on the front part thingy as i listened to my favorite tunes on my mp3. i really don't see why people think it's such a chore. it does work up a hefty appetite for red meat, however...
Monday, April 17, 2006
And an equally exciting Wednesday awaits those of us who need Alias closure, as they begin the final "season" in which we all shockingly discover that, in fact, Vaughn is NOT dead. Why, you ask, has this knowledge been made public before the show is even aired? That, my friends, is because no one would tune in to see the show otherwise. It seems that the popularity of the show had more to do with the romance of Sidney and Vaughn than with fantastic and ginormous rolling balls of fire and eastern mysticism. Point: 24.
The ankle is doing ok...it wakes up each day looking normal and then proceeds to swell continuously again until bedtime. This week, I think I'll lay off long walks around the neighborhood and all-day trips to Six Flags.
happy bday tomorrow little bro'
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
anyway, enough rambling. the point? if you've been to the area lately, i'm open to helpful advice on where to stay. so send all wisdom and knowledge related to said vacation my way.
thanks and gig 'em.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Due to my excessive retreating I missed B pitching on Friday night in a very Midland-like dust storm, from what I understand. But he pitched the whole game (it only lasted 3 innings) and he struck out 7. Yay for video! On the same day, C informed me that girls from school were calling the house to talk to B. That's the first time that's happened at our house and I'll be pleased if it's the last for some time to come. Middle school is only 4 short months away~ and no. No, I don't think I am ready for this.
Today I'm hobbling around the house b/c I was trying to act like a teenager last night. Um, playing bball in the driveway with some high schoolers from our small group, I rolled my ankle and sprained it badly. Good thing my job requires me to sit on my posterior all day long.
Raise your hand if you loved the weather this weekend. I even mowed the grass for the first time in my life on Sat. when i returned from retreating (b/c now we have a riding mower and it was kinda fun). There's a creek and really neat gazebo in our neighborhood...walked over to it twice on Sunday.
Six Flags on Friday...with Audio Adrenaline and Kutless....if I can walk by then, that is. so i must work now...short week!
Monday, April 03, 2006
A has been working up a new laugh. It saddens me somewhat b/c I found her old laugh quite enjoyable...you know, that big belly-laugh of hers that is so great. Last week, she replaced it with what we like to call "The Wheezer". It's a low, breathy chuckle. Come to think of it, maybe I should work on a new laugh myself. After all, everyone needs a change of pace now and then.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
had our annual ladies' retreat last weekend and fun was had by all. and i had the special treat of spending the weekend with my buddy ALG. i have this weekend at home...err...i mean at the ball fields, and then next weekend i'm retreating again at the Texas Minister's Wives thingy in Granbury. i think i'm going to need a retreat from all these retreats after it's over. :-)
you probably noticed a few posts ago (now that you've had nothing else to read but old posts and the comments they elicited) that my london friends have chosen to boycott the blog due to my careless throwing around of 24 happenings. they wish for me to make public apology and promise to focus blog-topics elsewhere. sadly, they must wait weeks to find out the incredible things that we already know from said program. so here's my apology and promise, not because I think I should and not because I want to, but because i can.
p.s. everyone else - can you believe how that last one ended?
Saturday, March 18, 2006
So GO MANDISA!
Monday, March 13, 2006
hey there claydough. we miss you. don't break anything. call me tomorrow from the lift or something fun like that.
somebody call a doctor, cuz i've got SPRING fever!!!
two ladies' retreats in the next 4 weekends - one for FBC (with my good buddy ALG speaking and rooming with me) and one for minister's wives. yes, i think so too. that IS a lot of retreating. however, i shall force myself to thoroughly enjoy them both :-)
currently writing: unit for all youth on the church from Acts and week of devotions about love. feel free to send all brilliant thoughts my way.
if you had a bunch of free travel vouchers from southwest, where would you go? (you must take your 2 children, ages 7 and 11, in the month of August.)
go ahead and exhale now - I'm done.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Well, that was somewhat horrifying. I even forgot to look for C. Thomas Howell who I saw from the opening credits was on the show last night. Missed him...did anyone else pick him out? Although I did call it from the beginning of last night's show...."it's time for a 'regular' character to die". But my first guess was Curtis until he saved the day and then I saw Edgar lumbering down to the basement...
*who's still rotten in the President's cabinet? the vp or mike novak are my guesses. but you know it has to be someone b/c Lynn was just put at CTU TODAY, and the bad guys already set him up.
* don't you think that a place like CTU would have metal detectors that everyone who entered would have to pass through? that bad guy and his briefcase just strolled right in with simple key-card trickery.
* it was nice to see Kim again, but I fear that her new boyfriend is going to be the "someone must make the ultimate sacrifice" we heard about in the previews.
* I think that a whole lot of problems could be taken care of early if Jack would just teach a class on "Sneaking Up on the Bad Guys" to everyone at CTU
"If you define cowardice as running away at the first sign of danger, screaming and tripping and begging for mercy, then yes, Mr. Brave man, I guess I'm a coward." - JH
editor's note: c just researched the question and discovered that C. Thomas Howell is the guy playing Kim's boyfriend/psychiatrist!!! shocking. he's not nearly as, um...poster-worthy as he was back in the day when he was Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders. Man, we're getting old.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
the david crowder band played at the willowcreek conference. good stuff. but my favorite part of the actual conference itself was listening to greg stier, who is the CEO and founder of dare 2 share ministries. if you ever get the chance to hear him speak, don't miss it. his message was excellent. plus, he made me laugh out loud a lot and like i always say: funny teaches. gordon macdonald was really good, too. he was my other favorite speaker. then i'd have to say that darren whitehead came in a close third out of the 7 speakers i heard. but i'm not sure if what he said was all that great or if it was just engaging because he has that cool australian accent. like listening to crocodile dundee for an hour---who couldn't do that? aside from the conference, we ate chicago pizza pies and hot dogs and walked around the navy pier and the magnificent mile. it was much fun and a coveted rest from routine.
got my first crown today...the tooth kind, that is---a result of 3 cracks in a molar. as i blog, the whole left side of my face is numb, including my left nostril. and might i add, this is a very unique and interesting sensation. i just tried to smile at myself in the mirror and it looked like this :-/
and I'll leave you with this JH deep thought, in honor of Chicago: If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
A is Little Bo Peep tonight in her school program. That should be entertaining. She was pretty worked up about it last night...couldn't go to sleep. Do you remember when life was that simple? That'd be nice if I just had to dress up like Peep on Saturday and deliver two lines instead of lead 3 hours worth of conferences. Not that I'm complaining (yes, I am); it's just that 3 hours is a very long time for a person who is not all that wordy. Succint, concise - these are words that describe me (except of course when it comes to my blog where I often find the need to key my every thought and then follow them up with explanations of those thoughts. maybe that's what I should do; I could pretend that the audience is my monitor and I'm simply blogging all my thoughts about teaching for transformation and facilitating meaningful discussion. yeah). therefore, I find it difficult to get excited about 55 minutes times 3. Besides that, most people tune out after 22.5 minutes anyway, wondering what's for lunch and if Midlothian has anything good because we've come all this way.
You might be wondering why I'm boring you with such frivolity. It's because I am currently a prisoner in my own house. There's a painter who has been here all day caulking and painting, caulking and painting, caulking and painting. Our cabinets will most likely need to be replaced, but this is a last-ditch effort to fix the problem before going to such an extreme measure on a brand-new home. Anyway, I'm not a daytime tv watcher, and i must stay here. So looks like you get a meaningless blog out of the deal.
I know you were disappointed that the last entry didn't have a deep thought, so here ya' go:
Probably the saddest thing you'll ever see is a mosquito sucking on a mummy. Give it up, little guy. - JH
Sunday, February 19, 2006
they didn't show the older brother's room, but he had a flight simulator in there.
some notable quotes from the fam as we watched it together:
c on kdw and lack of airtime: "Maybe next time he should donate some bone marrow beforehand."
a on the bubble room: "NO FAIR!"
b on plans for the future: "When I grow up I'm going to build a shack and get some animals in there to get my allergies really bad. Then maybe I can get a house like that."
i'm so proud!!! it's all about giving and love, isn't it?
Just keepin' it real.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
clay is sitting next to me and he smells just like a big jar of peanut butter. some snacks just stay with you for awhile. nice.
kdw is 'bout to be world famous. everybody tivo this sunday's extreme makeover: home edition at 7. either that or go to his house for the big party and watch it there. he sent me an invitation and i'm sure he meant that you're all invited, too. btw, he's the brains behind the front of the house. and i saw pics and it do look good.
If you ever teach a yodeling class, probably the hardest thing is to keep the students from just trying to yodel right off. You see, we build to that. - JH
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Happy Valentine's Day everybody. This is from A to me. No, we don't expect her to win the spelling bee, but don't you think she has great potential as a writer? And on a scale of preciousness, I'm thinking that card is pretty much at the top.
- buttaful me
Love can sweep you off your feet and carry you along in a way you've never known before. But the ride always ends, and you end up feeling lonely and bitter. Wait. It's not love I'm describing. I'm thinking of a monorail. --Jack Handey
Monday, February 13, 2006
"If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because, man, they're gone."
Thursday, February 09, 2006
For your entertainment - Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey: Probably to a shark, about the funniest thing there is is a wounded seal, trying to swim to shore, because WHERE DOES HE THINK HE'S GOING?!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I must admit, this week's 24 was somewhat disappointing. One of the things that has endeared me to the show is the intensity and frequent surprise. But this week...at least 3 things that were all too familiar: the deaths of the two people - one who had vital info. and one who you just wanted to see in a jail cell for a minute. You know, like all those times Sydney and Jack had conversations with Arvin Sloane through the bars on Alias? Then there was the introduction of some weird little sub-plot that seems entirely pointless--Lynn's strung-out sister having him mugged in the parking lot. Reminded me of the schizophrenic daughter from last season whose demise did not come soon enough for me. But I'm a true fan and a writer myself, so I'll give them the benefit of doubt and anticipate a super show next week.
This coming Monday night Brandon is in the county spelling bee. Go Brandon! Here's hoping the spelling bee gives us some bloggable material...
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
on church yesterday- did i mention we were packed? and that's even before the big Midlothian Mirror spread hits every home later this week
on the Seahawks using "the 12th man" - why didn't we take care of the rights on that long ago?
on writing - down to the final 3 sessions on the ANSE (assignment that never seems to end)
on January - is it just me, or has this been the longest month in history? When was Christmas, 6 months ago?
on ladies' Bible study - starts tomorrow night. Ephesians. writing it myself this time. we'll see how that goes.
on Brandon getting knocked hard to the floor in a basketball game - ever heard the phrase, "playing mad"? well, he does it quite well. got up and played like a lad possessed.
on Abby and citizenship - landed her first "citizen of the 6 weeks" honor. a proud moment for a girl whose social goals match her academic ones.
on me wasting time this morning - that was fun.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
i told clay that this has been without a doubt our busiest season of marriage to date. and kinda weird, too, because our busy-ness is mostly independent of each other. yet, at the same time, so very similar---does that make sense? But now he's mostly moved in and has facilitated the coming-together of one very cool youth room. And as for me, I have come to the final four sessions of the Big One, that is, the assignment that has seemed to have no end. It's true--I just might break out into song.... :-0
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
If you spent some time praying for me today, thanks. I'm quite certain that God multiplied my time. As many of you know, I've been somewhat stressed here in the home stretch of my adult-curriculum assignment. I have to say that I really do love the study it requires--kinda like what i imagine seminary to be. But with all the stuff I've agreed to write in the last 6 months, I should probably have changed the blog to "because i can't". That's the glaring truth that I've taken from it all....not that i ever really thought it was me doing it before, it's just that now I've learned the lesson up close and personal.
Is it just me or do they play that Sawyer Brown song every time YOU get in the car to go somewhere, too? no offense to any of you who are excited about its excessive airtime.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I don't know all the details, yet, but my little bro is the project manager (i think that's the right title) for a house that Royce Builders was chosen to build in Houston for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show is going to be aired sometime in mid-February. They just announced it to the people they're building it for this morning. So now I'm probably just going to be known as "Kendall's sister" since I'm pretty sure this is way more famous than anything I've ever done before. But at least I can say, "oh yeah, that guy...he used to comment on my blog..."
I'll keep you up-to-date because it's SO EXCITING and my brother's going to be on tv and everything, unless they cut him out and act like Ty Pennington is more important or something. See what I mean? We don't even know if Ty P. HAS a sister, much less what her name is. Anyway, way to go KDW--i always knew you were destined for greatness!
EDIT: ok, so now i have the skinny, the down-low, the nizzle on the hizzle bizzle. KDW is one of 8 guys that Royce Bldrs. put on the project. it normally takes 90+ days to build a house; they're doing it in 4.5 (between tomorrow when they tear down the existing home and Tuesday). He's on it 24/7 until it's finished. Here's the website in case you're interested: http://www.extremeroycebuilders.com/
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
But bigger than all of that is the wonder of getting to watch her become and the overwhelming knowledge that He's even more involved in that than I am. When i think about it that way, 7 is pretty exciting. In fact, i've already thanked Him for 7 today - and if you have any love at all for AEH, how 'bout you do that, too?
Sunday, January 08, 2006
I wish that I was computer savvy enough to put a little countdown thingy on here in honor of the season premier of 24. That's right...one week til the 4-hour premiere next Sunday and Monday nights. It's all very exciting.
P.S. Went and saw a Sneak Preview (my first sneak preview EVER) of Glory Road last night with L&SA. Much fun and GREAT flick. And I even got teary a couple of times...(which also happened last week while watching Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) --don't know what's happening to me in my mid-thirties. Anyway, you should definitely go see it.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
If you see my little girl wearing this shirt, do her a favor and pretend that you think it's the greatest thing ever. You see, she got a little t-shirt maker thingy for Christmas from my crafty sister-in-law. A, of course, loves it and couldn't wait to create her own t-shirt. The only problem is that it required my help, and instruction #1 said, "Use steady hands." This is impossible for me, the one who has a tremor which sometimes causes cashiers to wonder what drugs I'm on as they try to place change in my shaky hand. So it's understandable that it took an hour and a half to finish this beautiful shirt with wavy letters. Come to think of it, maybe I should have intentionally made the letters wavy; that way, you'd be none the wiser. But too late. It's done and so I'm just saying the crooked letters and little holes give it character. And this is what A said to me after I exclaimed, "AAARRRGGHHH!" for about the tenth time: "It looks great, mom. You are doing your best and not everyone can do it the same as others. I think it's beautiful because you made it." And now we know her spiritual gift~encouragement. She wants to wear it tomorrow. I love that girl.