Saturday, April 26, 2008
This week, I had a Mary Kay party, Karah went to Chuck E Cheese's for girl scouts, had church on Wednesday, and a pack meeting for Vincent on Thursday. Yesterday was pretty uneventful, leading to today. There were so many things available for us to do today, and some we had/have to do. There was an Spring festifal at a local high school from 0900-1530, a unit potluck picnic in the park from 1100-1400, a "Funtastic" (festival?) on base from 1300-1600, Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance from 1830-2030, and Curious George was supposed to have been at the exchange at some point in time today. Needless to say, we didn't go to all of those. We went to our unit potluck picnic, and are now getting ready for the dance. I tried to opt out of it, but Karah really wanted to go and we did already pay. So we'll go and as long as she has fun, I'll be okay (even if we aren't dressed up as nice as I'd like us to be.) Next time!
Well, time for me to get on out of here or else we'll be late. I do have pictures of the past few weeks, but in the process of straightening up the house, I have misplaced the extender for my memory card. Hopefully I can find it before I run out of room! (It is a 1GB card, but I have run out of room before) Toodles for now!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
After shooing the kids inside, I took a can of roach raid (it was either that or flea raid) and got as close as I dared and sprayed really quick. It flew away and didn't show signs of coming back, so I got closer to spray better. Then I took this picture of its wannabe home.
The paper sticking out of the book is a certificate with a coupon on the bottom. It is for a free meal at Golden Corral. I think it's great because Karah just got one last week for being the VIP in her class for the week. Since they're good until the end of the year, we will probably save them for when Brian gets back, since I know he's gonna want to go. :-)
Later that evening we built a model dinosaur. He had come home with the assignment on Monday, but we had been busy all week so we just got started on Thursday (the night before it was due!). His dinosaur was the Hypsilophodon. I had some modeling clay that one of the kids gave me as a stocking stuffer at Christmas, so I let him use it (not like I was using it or anything). The only thing I didn't realize - until after we had created the model - was that is was NON-hardening clay. So even though we used some toothpicks to put part of it together, it never hardened. The neck/head kept falling down. I tried baking it ... that didn't work. So I put it in the freezer for the night. It didn't harden, but the cold kept it from moving.
Here is the video of Vincent giving his report. He did the research at school and they had a desk set up like a reporter's desk. All the kids had a different dinosaur that they did their research & model on. I love the video, but it is kinda hard to hear - he wasn't speaking very loud. Yes, I know, very unusual for him :-)
After all the reports were done, the teacher handed out certificates and dinosaur wall stickers because she was so proud of them and how they did their research.
Vincent with his Research Award certificate.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Letter from God to Women
When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being.
When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.
But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate.
I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity.
From one bone, I fashioned you.
I chose the bone that protects man's life. I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone, I shaped you ...
I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully. Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile.
You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart.
His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life.
The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart.
Support man as the rib cage supports the body.
You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him.
You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.
You are my perfect angel ... You are my beautiful little girl.
You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes ... don't change them. Your lips - how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form. Your hands so gentle to touch. I've carressed your face in your deepest sleep. I've held your heart closet to mine. Of all that lives and breathes, you are most like me.
Adam walked with me in the cool of the day, yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you; my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support.
You are special because you are an extension of me. Man represents my image, woman my emotions. Together, you represent the totality of God.
Here are some pictures (that I have on this computer) of me at various stages in life.
Here is a 4 generation picture of me (in the stroller, in case you couldn't tell!), my mom, Grandma White, and Great-Grandma Skaggs.
A few years down the road. The top picture is my sister and I with my Grandma & Grandpa. The other pics are me :-)
This is me and my friend around April 2002 ... we were waiting for the field op to start.
Here's me, Karah, and Vincent also around April 2002. This was such a fun shoot.
Here is Brian & I on our wedding day - December 18, 2003
And here we are present day - well, "present" being March 24, 2008, with Brian & myself, Karah, Brian Lee, & Vincent.
Brian was able to call me today (my birthday, I should say) - twice as a matter of fact. Once was a little befor 2am and then again at about 10:30am (EST). It definitely made the day go much better. Along with a couple from church that were kind enough to take me out to a birthday lunch at Cracker Barrel. Of course, what fun is it to go to a restaraunt on someone's birthday and not embarrass them? None at all! So I got sung "Happy Birthday" to and had a chocolate cobbler (Oh my goodness! Soooo yummy!). So I did have some birthday cake and ice cream and a good time of fellowship.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Vincent made invisible Watermelon-Kiwi
Karah decided on Lemon-Lime
The rest of the evening is being spent watching a movie (or two) together. While I was checking my email, I got an email from my uncle with a great link in it. The video says a lot to me ... what does it say to you?
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
In the end, that's all we can do ... tell it to Jesus!
I did some searching in the Bible and came across a few verses that touched my heart, and I hope they are a blessing to you as well.
John 14:18 ~ "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."
II Corinthians 1:3-4 ~ "Blessed be God, even the Father of ourLord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."