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Friday, March 28, 2014

Three Things Thursday- 3/27/14

It's time for Three Things Thursday.  Well, actually yesterday was.  Today, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but let's just pretend, shall we?

1)  TJ has started soccer as of this week.  Their first practice was cold and rainy.  Like upper 30s/low 40s and rainy.  With wind.  From 5-6:15, so it was getting colder as the non-existent sun went down.  I felt horrible for the kids and for the coach and assistant coach who all had to be out in the weather, so I felt like it was wrong of me to sit in my nice warm car safely out of the elements while they suffered.  I did make a quick trip across the street to the grocery store to grab some paper towels, but then I went back and stood under my umbrella in the rain and watched those boys drill their hearts out.  Only one other parent was out there with me.  Just call us the crazy ones.

2)  Tomorrow is my birthday.  I'll be 40 something ;-).  It's like 30 something, but no one makes a TV show about it.  I don't mind getting older at all, but if other people's kids could stop growing up, that would be great...I mean, who are these youngsters who were just toddlers and now are getting their driver's licenses, and graduating, and going to prom (not in that order, obviously)?  My own kids are growing up too, but I see them day in and day out, so those changes are more subtle.  Although I am having to start thinking of high school for a second student in the fall.  A local radio station today was discussing what you would say if you could go back in time and give advice to your 20 year old self.  That led to a discussion with my girls about stuff...the stuff you think you need, the stuff you want to have, the stuff you find yourself decades later giving away because it won't fit in a 26 foot U-Haul and you realize you never should have bought it to being with...Hoping to impress upon them that their treasures are in heaven, and everything else is just...stuff, especially in light of my #3.

3)  I'd like to ask you, my bloggy friends, to join me in prayer for my friend Marie's brother.  He's 40, a husband, and a father to 2 young boys...and he was just diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.  It's especially hard for a bazillion reasons...Rob lives half the country away from his sister and his parents.  He doesn't have a great build in support system up there.  Marie and our group of friends, we lost a friend to this same cancer a few years ago.  A friend who left behind a husband and two young children.  So while the doctors are reassuring that there are new treatments everyday, the practical reality of the statistics is not so rosey.  But in the end, Marie, and all of us, knows that God has this.  He is our Healer.  None of this caught Him by surprise, and He knows the end from the beginning and indeed the very number of our days.  No one is snatched away prematurely, and everyone is healed, but some are granted that healing on this side of Heaven, and some not.  So will you join my, my bloggy friends, in praying for Rob and his family?  Pray for his healing, for wisdom, for peace, and most of all, for God's will to be done, and Him to be glorified.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Winter Photo Book

I'd love to send you all a copy of my latest "free" photo book (which we all know is never free), but this will have to be the next best thing...sharing it with you in the cyber realm.
Enjoy :-)

Click here to create your own Shutterfly photo book.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

God's Not Dead Review

Sometimes being me has perks.  Usually, those perks are things like grading Physical Science test problems that involve force, mass, and acceleration problems that send me scrambling for the teacher's guide or figuring out a way to get a door unstuck that has literally been closed a little too emphatically and is now partially on the other side of the door jamb from where it is mean tot be (true story)...

But sometimes...

when God is really feeling sorry for me (just kidding)

sometimes I get to do something really see a movie BEFORE it comes out.

A super cool movie like God's Not Dead.

Yep!  It was all I could do not to be squealing it from the rooftops.  Actually, I have been blabbing on Facebook to anyone who would listen.  But I patiently waited to blog about it until NOW, when you can actually go see the movie yourself.  Cause you NEED to.

It's awesome.


Here's the official blurb about the movie:

How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?

Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.
GOD’S NOT DEAD features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER, HERCULES, ANDROMEDA), Shane Harper (GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2), David A.R. White (BROTHER WHITE, REVELATION ROAD and JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN), and Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.
Here's what OBM has to say:  I want to be clear I got to see this movie for free in the hopes I'd mention it kindly somewhere in the cybersphere.  And I got a fun little goodie bag full of promo stuff like pencils, paper, a bracelet, and a pen to remind me to do just that.  But if you know me at all, you know my positive review can't be bought, and certainly not with a movie ticket or some trinkets (although I love me some trinkets).  I want to say this movie floored me.  Really.  It's well written, the cast is great, and this is no low budget Christian flick.  This is right up there with some of the other Christian biggies (mostly with one word titles if you catch my drift) in its ability to draw you in to the story and never once make you feel like it's "cheesy" or low budget.  It's a great movie for students who will be heading out "into the world" for the first time soon.  This film is a wonderful evangelizing tool as well.  As you watch Josh defend what he believes and why, it easily opens the door for conversation with non-believers.  And while the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty don't have a huge part to play in the film, their presence can also help to draw in non-believers who know them from their television show.  We are all charged to be ready to give a defense for the hope we have within in us (1 Peter 3:15) and with the release of God's Not Dead, we really should all be expecting that unbelievers might come to us with questions-it really is that life-changing a movie.
Still not sure?  Here's a trailer so you can see for yourself.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Three Things Thursday 3/20/14

Somehow I always have 3 things to blog about until I actually sit down to blog.  But it's Thursday, and it looks like I'm not the only one with a little writer's block judging from Heidi's post.  Here's hoping something comes to me as I type...

1)  I was a sorority girl.  I know, that probably surprises some of y'all.  I'm a Pi Phi, and thanks to the wonders of Facebook, I'm able to keep in touch with my sisters in a way I never was very good at when I first graduated and we all went our separate ways.  It turns out several of us have children on the Autism Spectrum, and one of my sisters wrote a great FB post this past week for Autism Awareness that helped to reunite several of us on some common ground beyond what we shared in college.  Here is one of my pictures from the sorority composite for your entertainment ;-).

2) We're in a rental house here in NC, but we decided to go ahead and start a garden.  A small one.  My friend has turned me on to Back to Eden Gardening, and I'm super excited to give it a full go, but for now I'll settle for using the basic idea but doing it in raised beds and containers that are portable and/or temporary.  We did buy a peach tree to grow in a container for now, and 4 blueberry plants to try to keep alive in containers for the short term too.  I figure it's Biblical...God brings the rain to the person who actually prepares the fields, right?  On that note, if you could join us in praying that our FL house would sell, that would be awesome!

3)  I've been getting out and about with my camera a little more.  It's therapeutic.  Of course, then I have to come home and deal with all the pictures I shoot...and I have to face the reality that my eyes are getting bad and about half of what looks like it's in focus looking through the view finder and even as a 4x6 on my screen is SOOOO not in focus when I make it bigger than that.  Sigh...time for some new glasses or contacts.  Here are a couple that passes inspection.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Things Thursday 3/13/14

It's Thursday (at least for 35 more minutes), and I'm squeaking in under the wire with this one.  I know these are supposed to be three things about me, but since we are new to NC, and since none of our friends or family have had the chance to come visit yet, I thought I'd show you three parks we like to visit instead.


This one, which I'll call BP, has a lake with a trail around it, as well as a playground, sport fields, paved walking trails with fitness stops like the monkey bars above, and a huge open field that's great for kite flying...oh, and they also have sailing once it gets warmer.


This one, which is a state park and is HUGE.  We've visited it probably twice a month since we've been here.  And yes, that's Sari standing on ice in the one picture above.


And this one...I don't even know the real name for this park, not that I'd put it on my blog even if I did.  But it's very close to us, and has a playground area as well as these cool "rocks" for climbing.  They also have sand volleyball courts and a soccer field and basketball court...and a walking trail.  In fact, our whole town has a connected series of walking trails that are all paved.  They are wide enough to ride bikes or scooters, and connect park to park, which is great.  We LOVE being able to get out and about more here, even though we miss the theme parks terribly.  

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy 9th Birthday Sari!

Okay, so I'll be honest here and say I'm writing this after her birthday and dating it to post back on the day of birthday...which is a little Dr. Who, Time Lord-ish, but there you have it.

definitely completes our family.  She is a nurturer.  She loves younger kids-especially babies.  She really can't get enough of them.

 She is a great help in the kitchen and cleaning around the house.  She's a daddy's girl through and through.  Sari loves to do my hair and nails and especially to give me glitter tattoos.  She's straddling the gap between childhood and beginning to grow up :-(.

Academically, she's my Ferdinand-preferring to smell the flowers in the field over actually getting school work done, but she is making slow progress.  And while she can make us all crazy, she also gets along amazingly well one on one with her siblings and has a special relationship with each one.

Happy Birthday Sari- We Love You!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Three Things Thursday 3/6/14

It's time for Three Things Thursday, the one day you know there will be new content on my blog these days, LOL.

This week brings you 3 totally random things for no particular reasons:

1)  My husband was just unpacking a box full of music CDs and one of them that he came across was The Rock and the Rabbi, which he promptly put in.  I love The Rock and the Rabbi.
I get no benefits for this mention.  I have no ulterior motives.  It's just an amazing, unique retelling of the story of Peter and Jesus.  We were privileged to see it (twice) and its sequel in Orlando, and I'd see it again.  You can buy the sound track on Amazon now, so apparently their popularity has caught on.  Anyway, it was great to listen to it again.

2)  I don't like veggies.  Really.  I know, I know, I should like veggies, but really, I don't.  And I really don't like avocado because to me it tastes very green.  But tonight I made some rockin guacamole.  Really, really good.  Like I would eat it good.  Well, I would eat everything but the except for the chunks of tomato in it, but I digress.

3)  Lastly, I'm stinky at self promotion.  Really not good at it.  I never have been, and I probably never will be.  It's why "networking" in my working life was always so uncomfortable.  But since it was actually published today, I figured it would be wise of me to mention my March article on Home and School Mosaics.  You can read The Promises of Spring and other great articles by clicking the link.

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