Monday, September 1, 2014

A Cure For The Crankies...

I'm having a cranky day... My husband made a comment to me that I didn't appreciate... We are out of milk... Sooo no coffee... My house feels cluttered and out of control... And I have been partying it up at late social functions the past two nights.  

So I'm doing what a dear friend told me that she did when she was in a "bad place"...I've made a nest of blankets and I'm curled up with my iPad... I open up my bible app and lo and behold the verse of the day: 

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Then I dig a little deeper... Change up the version: 

Hebrews 12:14The Message (MSG)

14-17 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.
I am grateful that these words didn't come as a sucker punch... That they feel like life... Like God breathing into me and not forsaking me.  
I know that I am loved here in the depths of my cranky... Where nothing can be right... But I am not abandoned here... to rot in my own crappy selfish attitude.
My perspective is very quickly changed when I take my eyes off myself... 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Because This... 12th Edition

My favorite photos and links from the past week...

(In case you are worried... we did get her arm unstuck.. no harm done.)

I know I shared a Sarah Bessey link last week... but I just love her... and this post made me think about the stories that Craig and I tell our kids (and the ones we keep secret). Tell them about the love that doesn't show up in movies or love songs

What did you read that was interesting... or inspiring this week?  Leave me a comment and let me know.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday #17

Adding a bit of Throwback Thursday... That's my sister Julie and I circa June 2000 at Playland in Vancouver.

This week I am ever so thankful for...
  1. Impromptu coffee afternoons at houses with Littlest Petshops. Thanks Krina.
  2. Surprise Facetime with Anita.
  3. Our local Museum... such a fantastic place to spend the morning... 
  4. The Bright Red Book Bus... It's been a great adventure choosing new books this summer. 
  5. I have a menu plan... we will not starve.
  6. Catching a quick nap on the couch.
  7. Visiting my grandma.
  8. Craig going to the library for me... since I had a bit of a toddler tornado in my car who just needed to go home and sleep.
  9. Safeway deli... cheap yummy lunch for me.
  10. Clean water.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Deliciousness of Staying Up Late...

I am not a morning person... My high school sweetheart (aka Craigy my hubby) used to swing by my house in the morning so we could walk to school together... Often he would find me running around the house trying to find... Homework... My clothes (I was in my Jammies)... My brain... And once I was put together enough we would run out of the house.

A few times we got to the end of my street and Craig would say something like "do you know you're running with deodorant in your hand?"  I'm telling ya... Mornings and I are not a productive combination.

That's not to say I haven't tried being a morning person... In fact lately (ok so for like the past week) I've been getting up before my kiddos to do a little workout... You know start my day right.  (Which requires going to bed at a sensible time).

But tonight I am making plans to sleep In tomorrow...  Because there is something delicious about being awake after everyone else.  There is an allure to burning the midnight oil... And knowing that tomorrow I am not on my own... That there will be another set of hands here to play Polly Pockets... Smooth over temper tantrums...another adult brain gets to take over 1/2 the thinking about what's for lunch.

So I will read another chapter... Or 2... Or 5... And maybe make a snack... And relish my chance to stay up late.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
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Monday, August 25, 2014

On Derek

For those of you who have not yet seen Derek... or have no idea what Derek is... It's a genuinely clever show about a brilliantly written character Derek... played and created by Ricky Gervais... be warned however it's not the sort of show for everyone.... there are some crude situations and humor scattered through out... 

I loves Derek though... He's this lovely sweet man who works in an "old folks" home.  He's good and he cares... Ricky Gervais (who is an atheist) even called the character "a bit Christ-like"  siting traits about Derek like "he forgives, he's tolerant, he's kind, brave, stands up for the underdog."

I find it very interesting that this is how a celebrity atheist sees Christ... When we His followers often don't.  Tolerant and stands up for the underdog?  My heart cries YES!  That is Jesus!  That is the guy I want to model my life after... but my head says where is He?  

 People who are the body of Jesus... Where are we?  Stop hiding behind our comfy lives and our excuses and come out and be brave.  

I'm talking to myself here as much as anyone...  I would say that I am quite tolerant...  Until I think back to the last time I got together with my girlfriends... and criticized some stranger's outfit at the grocery store.  As for standing up for the underdog... I'm often too caught up in measuring the risk... and the last time I actually talked to someone sitting on the sidewalk with his hat on the ground... it was so very awkward...I haven't attempted it again since.  

 People who are the body of Jesus... Where are we?  Stop hiding behind our comfy lives and our excuses and come out and be brave.  

An atheist sees who our Jesus is... shouldn't we?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Because This... 11th Edition

My favorite photos and links from the past week...

Last week I wrote about situations in the world making me feel hopeless.  Sarah Bessey addresses this with so much gumption... You are Not Powerless: One Way to be a Beloved Warrior This Week

The series on Highly Sensitive Parents by Megan over at Sorta Crunchy has been super helpful in understanding some of my own parenting issues and some ways to deal with them... 

While I'm not sure if I would chose to read poetry every time I have the urge to mindlessly peruse Facebook... I absolutely agree with the idea of finding a good habit to replace the one you are trying to change... Less internet – but more of what?

Friday, August 22, 2014

2 Ways to Give Through Crafting...

Fall is on it's way... (don't shoot the messenger).  The days are getting shorter... the nights are feeling colder... and you just might be looking for something to do while binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix... If that's the sort of thing you do... ahem.

Here are a couple of organizations I know of that could benefit from your handiwork and multitasking:

Craft Hope:

A few years back now Hudson and I scoured the local fabric store for the perfect pillowcase fabric to make and send a pillowcase to a little boy in Children's Hospital... 
Craft Hope was the driving force behind this campaign... They've organized drives for many different items...from bean bags for Liberian orphans to sock monkeys for children who lost homes to wildfire in Texas. Click on over to their site and see what they are working on now to bring a smile to someone's face.

Knit a Square:

This is what I've been working on while binge watching The Mindy Project listening to educational podcasts... ahem... Crocheting blanket squares for Knit a Square.

I love crocheting blanket squares for Knit a Square...  I choose an easy pattern that my hands can pretty much take over automatically... and spend an evening relaxing and crafting... 

A couple of my friends have been making squares as well so it feels like a bit of a community project.

Every 8x8 square sent is sown into a blanket to keep an AIDS orphan in southern Africa.  It's a pretty amazing gift to be able to create sitting in your living room.

What other organizations do you know of that could benefit from some moms (or dads, or grandmas, or teenage girls) crafting this Autumn?  Leave a link in the comments...