Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Divide each section in half length-wise. Then with the smaller section pull off about 1/3 and pull it out until it looks like a long fluff. Roll in a semi tight ball. Fluff the remaining 2/3rds and wrap around the small ball. It will look like a large cotton ball. Do this 30 or 40 times in order to make a 8 foot garland, spaced 2.5 inches apart.
Here's a shot of the smaller ball, pulled apart 2/3rds section and a finished ball, just in case I have you totally confused....really, it's not rocket science, just time consuming.
With an embroidery needle, thread the balls with crochet thread and viola!
Hang on your tree.....
Make a wreath or a banner....the world is your oyster!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I had visions of a 3 layer cake....1st layer of baby blocks, 2nd a pink layer cake and then some cutesie little booties.
Layer it all together, hold on your lap for an hour while traveling in a snowstorm....pray you don't end up with a frosting rainbow smeared all over your wool peacoat!
She spoke to us about being the light in the darkness. We are called to be in the world, just not of it....boldly proclaiming hope, not trapped in our holy huddles scared by the big bad devil. It was really inspiring. It was like watering a seed deep in my heart...this dream that we have for Las Cruces and its people. I'm not sure what all this entails, but I'm praying and trying to process it all. There will be further posts on this for sure!
Friday, December 3, 2010
But one thing I didn't gain was pounds!!! Even with my trusty Aunt Flow visiting And Thanksgiving, I still managed to loose 4 lbs :)
Thank you Jesus that I've been able to finally get back on track since we got back from NM!!!!!!
On another completely random note, lots going on this weekend involving lots and lots of randomness!
-lots and lots of Fun!
Got your curiosity up?
See y'all Sunday-ish!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
So here's my question---What are some acts of kindness that you do to share the joy of Christmas?
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I don't know if it's the typtophan or complete exhaustion from everything else, but this lady cracks me up!
This week I walked over 12 miles! (well, until yesterday....when a blister the size of my pinky toe ripped open and now I can't stand to even think about walking!!!!! UGH! I know I'll be better by Monday..Satan, you can't bring me down!)
Have a great weekend! Enjoy your internet magic...hahaha (or should it be hohoho?!?)
***No, I am not at Target...nor will I be there anytime soon this weekend....but, I am not above giving a list to my crazy, wake up at 3, black friday shopping mother!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This morning, I found something even better---sweatin to the Spirit! Halfway through my 40 min on the treadmill, when I'm sweating, hurting...wanting to just give up and slow the speed down...something happened....a switch flipped. Like usual, I had music going, but usually we can't get the local Christian station in our bedroom so I've been rocking out to the "classic" rock station. This morning it seemed like at that 15 min mark every song just hit me! There I was crying, singing, sweating....clearing all the junk that I've been holding onto for the last few weeks...really, I'm sure that I looked like more of a freak than Mr. Crazy Hair Short Shorts on those Oldies tapes! (thank God that Jim had taken the boys with on an errand)
One of the songs that got the ball rolling was Casting Crowns' I Will Praise You In This Storm....
I was sure by now, God, you would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day, but once again..I say Amen..and it's still raining. As the thunder rolls, I barely hear you whisper through the rain "I am with you". And as your mercy falls, I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away.......I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
I remember meditating a lot on that Psalm while watching the sun rise over these beautiful mountains....My help comes from you Lord....no matter what...
I'll put the rest of the songs on my playlist. Maybe someone else will be comforted by the reminder that gratitude and praise is the best medicine for a hurting heart!
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I feel like I have so much to say, but no words to say it....my breath has been stolen...my heart is a pile of goo, ripped out and stomped....
Yet, through it all...no matter what...
God Is In Control.
He is still the same, yesterday, tomorrow and today...He is good even when I'm not really feeling like that.
Jim got word last week that he is a semi finalist for the fire postition. As in the pageant world, unless a finalist cannot fulfill his firemanly duties or if they decide to add more cadets, we're done. I just don't even know what to say. We put all of our hope and trust into God's leading and once again, here we sit. Other opportunities have presented themselves..and God still has given us such a heart for Las Cruces...We Will get there...just probably not as we had expected.
I'm disappointed, crushed, defeated.
But, I am not this devistated person. I am still a daughter of the King, loved beyond measure even in my pain.
God still blesses us, stretches us, teaches us to trust in His Soveriegnty.
I've been struggling with how to write this post.
Am I hurting? Yes.
Will I heal? Without a doubt.
This weekend we were blessed to hear a message from Bishop Mpemba...a pastor from Africa that we are affilliated with. It was life breath, straight to our souls.
God does not give you a dream that He cannot fulfill.
It might not look like how we think it should, but even right now...at this very moment, God is working this for our good.
Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts through this all....we are completely blessed to have such amazing friends!
Bwana Asifiwe! (Praise the Lord!)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Jim left this morning for Las Cruces. He has an interview tomorrow....nervous? Yes. Trusting in God to do great things? Yes!
I'm sure we won't know anything right away, but I'll update you as soon as we know something.
He goes in at 9 am their time, 10 for us northerners ;) Prayers would be So Appreciated!
Thank You All :) :) :)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This past week has been Amazing!
Jim's friends were wonderful and I know that we will have "family" down here too! (how crazy to stay in a house for a week with people I've never met before!!! But, Guy and Mel are wonderful, generous hosts and I love them dearly!)
(us at white sands national monument)
So...Jim had his huge physical test this morning....one that we were seriously worried about....the pneumonia incident really sucked his strength....would he even be able to pass this super hard course?!?....did we waste all of this time and energy coming down here just to be disappointed?!?...now what? This morning we spent the entire time in prayer, Jim got an awesome word during his Bible Study and I kept getting led back to David and Goliath...the Lord was with us and we were going to be ok!
His interview will be in a couple of weeks :)
All right, well, we're off! Nothing like a 24 hr. drive to bring you back down to the normal world! (and I still have so much more to tell you!)
Thanks again my lovelies for praying! God is so Good!
our first night in town, Guy and Mel took us to this little burger joint called Guacamole's. If you're in the area, you have to stop!!! It's got it all: beer, great burgers, fresh potato chips and dining al fresca
we sat next to the fire place, which I'm sure comes in handy with these cool desert nights....but it was beautiful the night we were there! (aren't the little pineapple table numbers awesome?!?)
saturday morning, Jim had his big written test so Guy and Mel took me to the local farmer/artist market downtown.
I really need to grab some of these cute hanging peppers before we leave!
this couple was so cute....I could have sat and watched them all day long!
every week, this gentleman draws a different picture on the square....he does amazing work!
of course there were plenty of veggies (but we know what they look like!)
oh, the artists though! so cool, so diverse!
this man makes light shades out of tin cans! if you get a chance, check him out at Cantastiks!
the new mexico soaps were pretty cool---lots of neat shapes and scents---and they were friends of Guy and Mel and were super nice!
another street musician.
art is everywhere in the city....
this will be the new home to the market....I love how the metal rebar and studs will rust and change as time goes by...very NM!
these people are cementing the square with colored cement...the skill and patience involved is mind blowing....all this for something people will walk on!
so, are you bored with our trip yet? I have so much more to show you....it's amazing how much variety surrounds this town...we've only been down here a week and yet I feel like I have begun to tell you anything!
Oh....and Jim passed his first test...hence us staying down here for the week....the next one is today at 10:30 (11:30 our time)...prayers appreciated!
Friday, October 22, 2010
deserts-these hills cracked me up, they look like Huge excavation piles, but in the middle of no where
we took a short cut down rt. 54, turning off the main highway at Tucumcari--that "rock hill" was ginormous!!!
rt. 54 is LONG...and barren...and no cell phone reception....but really pretty cool...
lots of ghost towns...
and wind turbines on hills...
a couple super small towns....
lots of pecan groves...
and of course, sand!
Jim called his friend, Guy when we hit Alamagordo to get directions into town.....
and before we knew it, Las Cruces....which we all know is Spanish for The Cruces ;)
...old snl skit...Chris Farley as a weather man...anybody?!?....
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
full of emotions, a total roller coaster of excitement, anticipation, nerves...fear...
we left last thursday at the crack of dawn...actually earlier than dawn, but ya know
here we are...2 crazy kids heading out on a journey into the unknown!
ironically last sunday was our 12th wedding anniversary (it's been 12 years since we took the plunge into the unknown, fitting that this would be a trip filled with possible new beginnings!)
Jim had worked the day before, so I took the first shift driving. I made it to just past springfield, mo. we ate some lunch at a rest stop and headed on.
no pics of the first day:
1) because I was busy driving (and singing to the satalite radio's hits of the 90's).
2) Jim took over for the last mile of mo, and just past ok city.
3)OK really isn't all that interesting (especially at night!)--you know that saying a chicken in every pot...well there's a cow in every field...so if steers for miles and miles excites you this is your place!
the next morning, again way too early, I noticed these strange soy bean fields that looked like they had frost on some of their leaves. I asked Jim about this, but I was lucky to have gotten him awake enough to get out of the bed and into the car...so he was no help!
once the sun rose more, I was surprised to see the "bean plants" were really cotton! in all of my sheltered-ness, I have never seen a cotton field before---here's my version at 85 mph (lovin the speed limits in ok and tx!)
near amarillo, we saw the worlds largest cross. there's also a restaurant that advertises a free 72 oz steak...could you imagine?!? I don't even buy pot roasts that big!!!
finally after putting some serious miles on the rental car we saw this:
(again, going around 85 as we blew into the state...not to bad considering it was with a cruddy camera phone!)
so far, its been a good trip, a strange trip, and a love of this area keeps growing and growing!