Saturday, October 24, 2009

Evangelize


If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay, and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for. 
~ Charles Spurgeon

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Zippy's Zip is Back ~ With Her Fancy New Accessories


So Zippy has been to the doctor.  He fixed and bandaged her up really nice ~ very stylishly too [might I add].  And since I had a request to see Zippy in her current bandaged state ~


And she has her old *zip* back ~ as you can see ~ a little cast with puppy paws on it is not keeping her down!  Sandy seems to enjoy the friend to play with.  Especially since Zippy knows that her friend could swallow her in one gulp.

Oh, and take note of the new jewelry Zippy is sporting this lovely evening.  Sydney just insisted she get her a necklace that showed she was a girl dog.  Both girls wanted ME to buy her clothes ~ I had to draw the line somewhere!  I told them if they thought she needed a t-shirt that said "gold digger" they would have to spend their own money!  Funny how Zippy, immediately, didn't *need* that shirt :o)  Besides neither one of them knew what the shirt meant ~ they were just intrigued with all the diamond studs about the shirt.


And even better yet ~ all those nasty little bugs that came in with Zippy?  They're gone too!  Praise God!  Now all she needs is a bath (in a mighty BIG way).  But can't do that for another week or so ~ and yes, as a matter of fact I AM counting the days!

Well, enough about Zippy ~ I'm sure you'll read more about her in time to come, but for now I must head off to bed.  Honey and I are planning to play a new game tonight and I have to go join him.  So for now I bid you all ado.

Peace and Blessings to all of you friends!

Monday, October 12, 2009

An Update of Zippy the Dog


Just wanted to stop in and give you all a short update on the little dog ~ so affectionately called Zippy around here these days...



Zippy is spending the night at the vet's office.  She has a very minor fracture of the tibia and will only need to have the leg splinted for a few weeks.  And the best part - it is only going to cost sixty dollars for everything (rather than $360) ~ Praise God!  What an answer to prayer this vet is!

Honey took her to the big city to see the doctor while the girls and I were at the co-op today.   He said Zippy was a nervous wreck ~~~ like she'd never been in a car before or around such noise; shaking and shivering right out of her skin, those big 'ol ears flat back on her head.

The girls are quite anxious for the pick up tomorrow afternoon (AFTER school ~ bribery is effective [and needed] in some cases).
More to do tonight ~ be blessed and always, ALWAYS be thankful [even for the little things]!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Zippy without the Zip


I've written, in short, of a stray puppy that comes to visit us quite often.  Our family has become rather fond of her, to say the least.  We have affectionately named her "Zippy" because she is all the time zipping to and fro, here and there.  She comes to visit regularly, plays with Sandy, makes Sydney's day, annoys Gabby (the cat), and then leaves ~ goes home.


As it turns out Zippy doesn't really have a "home".  She has an owner, but sleeps and eats wherever she can find the means ~ we always assumed she just came by because she was the neighborhood hospitality counsel.  However, recently Zippy has lost her zip.  Unfortunately, she was hit by a car just yesterday ~ her rear leg is broken and her owner has chosen to take no responsibility for her care.



We had no idea what to do.  Who else did that leave?  Well...



Zippy (and her fleas) are currently residing in our spare room, upon a bed of old pillows and all sorts of doll and barbie accessories ~ to make her as comfortable as she can be, considering the circumstances, of course.

After speaking with several veterinarians in the area ~ finding out how much it would cost to get Zippy fixed, we thought we would be taking her to the pound, to be put to sleep.  But God is good!  In the girls' prayers Zippy has remained ~ asking for a way that we could "get her fixed".

Via some fancy web-surfing last night, we found a wonderful organization that takes care of these types of situations.  People who can't afford to get their pets fixed, people who find strays that are hurt, and so forth...

Needless to say ~

Zippy has an appointment Monday morning to get her leg fixed.  And that makes for two very happy little girls (and their mommy and daddy too).
From this point on ~ Zippy will be the newest edition to our family.

PS ~ oddly enough, the girls have been [secretly] asking God for another dog in their prayers, while Honey has been praying for the growth/expansion of our family... he says this is not quite what he had in mind!  I think we need to make sure to be more specific in our prayers from now on :o)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Good Reflection


22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  James 1:22-24



Ali caught this reflection the other day while they were out exploring.  Such an interest in photography and a good eye for composition.  With her permission, I thought I would share it.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Transforming Quote



Religion today is not transforming people; rather it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society; it is descending to society's own level, and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smilingly accepting its surrender.


--A. W. Tozer

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

T'was a Wasp


Once again - out on the trampoline!  They told me they were going to have a marathon day of it - on the trampoline until Dad got home.  And of course I don't mind since we haven't started school yet.  In this picture they're watching the wasp that joined them.  They were spraying down the trampoline, and each other (ahem.and everything else within fifty feet) and Mr. Wasp wanted something to drink.  They decided to take a break to make sure they didn't upset the tender balance :o)



And right now - they're outside, on the trampoline, together, having a "sister picnic".
I'm so glad they are as close as they are!

Sibling relationship - that is something that I've never had and wish I could have!  I didn't have a sister and my brothers are SO much older than I.  Still - I remember longing for that close friendship; of sisters.

Thank you Lord for a close family ~ now!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Life as ~ In the Dust



She thought this was such a neat thing.  And I thought quietly, to myself, how expansive is our God that Life can thrive among the poorest of conditions.

Reminding me of the verse:

Psalm 7: 5Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.


Warmest wishes and prayers for you to have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

First Impressions


Mr. Turtle (found walking down the middle of the highway)


 Sandy (found somewhere in Texas, sometime in 2001)


Sandy's nose meets Mr. Turtles jaws (insert yipe here).



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keeping the Home

"...But it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done there, and till it is well done she has no right to go outside to take up other duties. She is to be a “worker at home.” She must look upon her home as the one spot on earth for which she alone is responsible, and which she must cultivate well for God if she never does anything outside. For her the Father’s business is not attending Dorcas societies, and missionary meetings, and mother’s meetings, and temperance conventions, or even teaching a Sunday school class, until she has made her own home all that her wisest thought and best skill can make it. There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’ work outside have neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither eye nor heart for the work of live close about their own feet. The result has been that while they were doing angelic work in the lanes and streets, the angels were mourning over their neglected duties within the hallowed walls of their own homes. While they were winning a place in the hearts of the poor or the sick or the orphan, they were losing their rightful place in the hearts of their own household. Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure there...."               Homemaking, J.R. Miller

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Snippets From Syd; Eggnog


I don't have a whole lot of time ~ duty calls, but I wanted to stop in and share an 'ism that our youngest had just the other day. 


We were all in the van on the way to church.  Sydney wanted to read a little from the bible out loud and of course that is welcomed [at any time].  So she was reading in Genesis about the land of Nod.  However, she had a slightly different rendition of it:


15 But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Eggnog.


Eggnog?  What?


Well, the whole thing did happen around Christmas after all - and what better to have at that time of the year, but eggnog!  I'm so thankful for the gifts [like this one] I'm given each day.  I'll, someday, look back and cherish all of these little blurbs.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Independence


Wow!  The fourth of July has come and gone.  Without hesitation.
It has been some time since I've been here to write a post; nearly a month.  We are, in fact, moved in the new place and slowly, but surely, making it a home.  We've had a garage sale (another to come this weekend) to get rid of a few things that we didn't feel we wanted to haul around any longer and found a few new [to us] things (on the curb, at garage sales, from thrift stores) to use. 
The girls adore the new space they have to stretch out and have done A LOT of it!  Sydney still has quite a fondness of playing "kitty", where she pretends to be a wild cat running through the African Savana - at full speed ~ while Ali, being a little over fourteen now, enjoys getting away from Sydney while she is pretending to be that kitty :o)
The girls are still sharing a room as we still have plans to bring another child [or two] in our home.  There is still a list of things to do in order for that to happen, but haven't yet gotten to it.  To tell the truth, the excitement of having more children in our home has escaped me, just recently, as our two are finally getting to the stage of being successfully independent.  I love being able to go on dates and spend time with my Daniel; laugh, joke, play, just be friends.  I am so blessed to be married to my best friend.  And I look forward to the days ahead that we'll have together.
We celebrated Daddy's Day; no huge to-do because Daniel's birthday comes just shortly afterwards.  We chose to save all the big stuff for his birthday and that we did!  He woke up July 2nd and went to work for another record-breaking day in the heat.  He's told me throughout the past couple of weeks that the temperature at his desk ~ midday has been about 104.  The girls and I thought it would be a good thing to get him out of there for his birthday and take him somewhere he would LOVE - an amusement/water park.  My husband loves thrill and swimming, so for his birthday I bought another annual pass to Sea World.  He's mentioned how much fun we had - in a reminiscent tone so I thought it would be a good birthday gift.
I contacted his boss and arranged a day off for him, with a specific way to get him out of there.  Another of the supervisors, personally, escorted him off the property, which totally took him by surprise.  On our end, the girls and I schemed for days to make it seem 'real' and get him to the places we needed him to be for our plans to succeed.  In any case - I called Daniel right after his morning meetings (when he was suppose to be sent home) and he told me he was on his way home.  At that point, I informed him that I had found a free leather couch, on craigslist, in San Antonio, near Sea World and the girls and I were on our way out the door to go get it, but we would wait for him.  I had the cooler packed, swimsuits ready, and the seats pulled from the middle of the van to be convincing.  The girls and I revisited the plan to make sure everyone knew their part.  It worked - Daniel was soon home and in the van with us to go "pick-up a sofa".  I had directions written down to the place we were headed, which were really just an alternative route to Sea World.  When we were close - I pretended to have written the wrong address down.  Very upset with myself, I asked him what we should do at that point.  The girls chimed in asking to stop and find out how much passes were to Sea World this year.  We parked and readied ourselves to go check prices - as usual Ali requested to stay in the van and read (this was planned).  Once Daniel, Sydney, and I were out of sight, Ali turned off the van, grabbed the backpack, and followed behind.
Once we reached the gate all three of us had to use the restrooms which, conveniently, allowed Ali to catch-up with us :o)  We'd bought Daniel a talking card (which goes against every fiber of my being) that shouted "SURPRISE" and had his pass taped to the inside of the card.
I've left out many details, but to make a long story short(er) - he was extremely surprised.  Daniel is difficult to surprise and he had NO idea about this.  We had such a good time, first at the water park, as well as the amusement park - the latter half of the day.  And Sydney rode her [first ever] roller coaster; The Great White.
Our fourth of July was a good day as well.  We've just had a wonderful extended weekend!  As the grand finale of our fireworks display was bursting in air - it gave Truth through the night that I was Free - Independent.
And I pondered for a bit on my Freedom.  My Freedom to be the person whom I choose to be; the person He purposed me to be.  I'm not the same person I once was.  By His grace I am different - better.  I have an independence that I didn't, previously, know.  I have a security that I didn't carry with me years back.  I have a confidence in what I have in the future.
He has been so gracious to provide me with the right person at the right time to minister to me.  He has been so good to provide me with a comforter; the Holy Spirit to direct me through circumstances and trials - leading me in the way He would have me to go. 
I'm so grateful to have a Savior that provides so much love.  The numerous times I've disappointed Him and he extends mercy, undeserving.  I cannot imagine life with Him.  Knowing Him has changed me; changed my life.  And I live my life now, for Him.  I have a new set of expectations to live up to.  I have found a new beginning in Him.
I live my life, these days - walking with Him, talking with Him, communing with Him; basking in His Holy Presence.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bountiful Blessings


Rains have been sweeping through our neck of the country, which allow the, otherwise suppressed, wild flowers to break through the stiff ground. 


Sydney has been taking full advantage in gathering as many as time [and distance] will allow.  These are among the many that have sat (and are currently sitting) on the middle of our family table.  She so loves to bless me with these.  I just use whatever I have on hand to keep them.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ali's 14th Birthday Kayaking Trip


A few years ago Daniel and I made the decision to stop buying the girls birthday gifts.  Enough barbie dolls, stuffed animals, and clothes they would [most likely] never get around to wearing because they already had so many.  They still receive "gifts" from the grandparents and extended family so we thought it would be great to start giving them experiences on their birthdays.  This year Ali chose to go kayaking for her 14th birthday.



We had a choice in which of the scourges we wanted to take.  There was a two mile, five mile, and a seven mile.  Of course we chose to try the longest, figuring if we reached any of the other points and were too tired or having difficulty we could pull out of the river and call for a ride.  In any case - we rented one tandem (two man) kayak and borrowed the other two solos (one man) from the pastor at church.  The operation we rented the tandem from took their boat along with Daniel and Ali to our starting point while Sydney and I picked-up the other two and headed to meet them.  Getting into these boats was a pretty precarious situation - luckily Daniel had been kayaking at the coast prior, so he [kind-of] knew what he was doing  

 Once in the boat all was well, but getting there was a bit rough. 






Of course Sydney thought wearing a life jacket was the best part of the entire adventure. 



And she did great for being only seven!  Once Ali got the hang of it she did an awesome job too!
As if it wasn't humbling enough making our way, for the first time, on uncharted waters...no, a local news station showed up, interviewed Daniel, and shot a quick video for posterity's sake!  Only one problem, Daniel goofed up and announced ON PUBLIC TELEVISION that it was Ali's 13th birthday... We all know what it's like to be a teenager and be introduced ONE YEAR YOUNGER (urgh ) Of course, life as she knew it seemed to come to a cruel, bitter ending.  Not only was it just announced that she was turning 13, but then she thought the news team was taping at the same time she did the straddle splits getting into the boat, almost falling into the water.  Her "cool-ness" flashed before her face like a bolt of lightening.  But as it turned out [and she was quite relieved] they didn't show that portion.
We did, in fact, make it the entire seven miles and it definitely had its turbulence (quite literally).  Since we have been in a drought in the area - the river's levels are down.  There was one point we had to weave in, out, and about several fallen trees and one in particular the bottoms of the boats drug on so Daniel had to climb out of his kayak, stand on one of the fallen trees, and push each of us over the tree.  That was fun! 


There was another time we entered into some "rapids" while Sydney was in the solo kayak and it turned her around to the point she went through the shoot backwards.  It shook her up a bit, but after it was all over she began laughing and asking if she could do it again.  Kids.
I would have liked to have gotten more pictures, but the camera was ruined.  We put it in a ziplock bag and somehow moisture leaked in.  

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Big Sister Enjoys Taking Pictures


The camera cards had quite a few pictures on them so I figured it was time to download some.  I found many I had no idea about - appears big sister had a good time taking pictures of little sister.  Great shots.

Just hanging around:




Ride 'em cowgirl:




Sweet shot:




The over-see(er):


A star is born: 






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