Friday, March 28, 2008

What is your Purse-onality?

According to "In Your Purse: Archeology of the American Handbag" by Kelly Styring, the average woman owns 10 purses and the average purse contains 67 items and weighs 3.4 pounds. For more information on this purse research you can visit

Here are four purse analogies.

More Is More Better

This lady is the one who never really got over carrying the diaper bag and still wishes she had something that large. She normally has like a full snack bar and a working pharmacy down in her bag and is prepared for every situation in life.

The upside: Should you ever find yourself in jail, she'll be the only one in your group of friends with a MacGyver 7-in-1 tool to bust you out.

Basic Tiny Toter

This girl can get the whole contents of her day into seven square inches. I don't really understand this woman, but you can bet if she can do this that she's got some control issues.

She probably pays her bills ahead of time and has her sheets tucked in real tight on the corners of her bed.

The upside: Should you ever find yourselves in jail, she'll be the only one with the unlimited AMEX who can bail you out.

Serial Monogamist

She gets one purse and sticks with it for 12 years. She's the kind of person for whom you occasionally have to do what we call "a purse intervention." Now she's also loyal and if she'll stay with this purse for 12 years she'll hang with you.

The upside: Should you ever find yourself in jail, she's the only one in your group of friends who'll be out on the sidewalk holding a candlelight vigil with a sign that says, "My friend is innocent."

Purse Schizophrenic

This woman changes her purses more often than she changes her underwear. Sometimes she doesn't know how she's going to feel after lunch so she'll occasionally carry a purse inside of her purse just in case her mood changes.

The upside: If you find yourself in jail, she's normally the reason why you're there, BUT she's also the one who'll sit right there with you in that jail cell saying, "Isn't that the best fun we ever had honey?"

All that came from comedienne Anita Renfroe. I thought it was so funny. I think I am somewhere between a More is More Better and a Purse Schizophrenic. I think I have a couple of my friends picked out. Carol, I had no idea you had such control issues. If this test was correct I would have labeled you the schizophrenic (wasn't that fun?) So...what kind of purse gal are you?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Something fun....maybe

I recieved this in an email yesterday and rather than email y'all I thought it might be fun to post on our blogs instead. So, if you are game play along and cut and paste the following in your blog (with your own answers of course) and leave a comment so I can go see your list.

1. What is your occupation? Stay at home Mom, Wife, house manager, taxi cab driver, errand girl, laundry mat, grocery shopper, child care provider, teacher, educational researcher, and what ever else the family needs for today.

2. What color are your socks right now? blue slipper sox

3. What are you listening to right now? Peace and quiet, and the computer humming.

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Easter candy last night. Why must every major holiday be linked with bowls of candy?

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes - though it's been a while.

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Although I would love to say red, that is probably too wild for me really, how about blue.

7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Mellissa Edrington

8. How old are you today. 37

9. Favorite drink? Cherry Lime slush from Sonic

10. What is your favorite sport to watch? Anything my kids are playing

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Oh, please...a better question would be 'how many times...a year?'

12. Pets? Not now. Don't get me started.>

13. Favorite food? Mexican

14. Last movie you watched? August Rush.

15. Favorite Day of the year? The first day of Summer

16. What do you do to vent anger? Hmmm...???

17. What was your favorite toy as a child? My red Schwinn banana seat bike

18. What is your favorite season? Summer

19. Hugs or kisses? Both

20. Cherry or Blueberry? Cherry

21. Whatever happened to:

22. When was the last time you cried? When I watched August Rush

23. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes

24. Favorite smells? Something yummy cooking and clean kids fresh from the bath/shower.

25. Who inspires you? Ruth Graham

26. Wondering away from God and following my own way.

27. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheese burgers

28. Favorite car? Suburban

29. Favorite cat breed? not a cat lover in particular, but love cocker spaniels

30. Number of keys on your key ring? 6

31. How many years at your current job? 15

32. Favorite day of the week? Friday

33. How many states have you lived in? 2

34. Do you think you're funny? No

A little funny

This past weekend this conversation was overheard. Evie(6) was trying to prove to her sister Eden(10) how smart she was.

Eden: What does M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I spell?
Evie: It spells Mississippi...(long pause)...or Alabama.

No homeschool jokes. ;o)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Thanks to all of your wise word in regards to judging others. This is a great opportunity to turn the tables around and examine my own heart. Especially in the light of the cross and resurection of the Savior. Again, I am so glad that a merciful, righteous and patient God sits as Judge and Savior. Happy Easter!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Judging others.

At what point does seeing sin in someone's life become a sin in my own life by judging them? This has been the question in my mind for the past several days. I've thought and thought and thought some more. Today I asked my hubby what he thought and he asked another question. 'Do you have sadness over that sin that you see or do you wish the person ill over it?' Hmmm.....

I am not sure. The feeling that I am having is not either. It is more of a frustration maybe even anger of someone who claims to be a follower of Christ living so contrary to God's word. Is that judging?

I I not think God is big enough to deal with these situations on His own? Am I worried about God's reputation at stake? Do I not think He will deal with things properly or in a timely manner(this is probably the closest answer to me)? The truth is God is God over all situations and things. He's got it all covered. He is a God of great mercy and grace. That is why He allows what He does. Thank goodness I am not judge and jury...

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Sweetie and I just returned from a fabulous few days at Mt. Ranier. Yes, it looked just like this picture. We enjoyed spending lots of quality time together and celebrating our 16th anniversary. We would have done this last year, but last year was a blur with our trip to China and the year long recovery that it required.

We spent the days reading, watching movies (ones that we picked out, not the kids),enjoying the beautiful scenery, and having conversations that actually had a begining, middle and endding. No interuptions... Wow!

As much fun as we had, it was great to be greeted with lots of hugs and kisses from all 5 kiddos.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A blow to all parents

Last week the California courts ruled that it is illegal to home school your child in their state. This is not just a home school issue. According to Dr. Albert Mohler(President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)'This is a controversy that demands the attention of all parents. After all, if parents have no constitutional right to educate their own children, what other aspects of the parent's choices for their own children lack protection? This question reaches far beyond educational decisions.'

James Dobson addressed this issue on his Friday broadcast. Dr. Dobson felt so strongly about this issue that he changed his regularly scheduled broadcast to address this issue.

This is not only a home school issue. This should be a concern to all parents just as Dr. Mohler stated. If this ruling is upheld, what might come at us later? I urge you to sign the petition with The Home school Legal Defense Assoc. You don't have to join the HSLDA or be a homeschooler, just a concerned citizen who is alarmed with this ruling.

Friday, March 7, 2008

This is a clip from the Oprah show. Randy Pausch gave this lecture at his university in September. He at the time was given 3-6 months to live.

The talk this gentleman gave was very inspiring seeing especially knowing his recent news. What I thought sad about this talk watched by literally millions of people (over 6 million hits on the Internet to date) was that he gives credit to 'karma' and following your dreams to live a successful life. He talks of great principals; people over things, choose not to complain, choose to be happy, etc. all which are great. I think it is sad that for him, he sees the end of this life the end.

Monday, March 3, 2008

verses, books and menus

Two verses this week:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely, immeasurably, and abundantly more than we might ask or think. Eph 3:20

This woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity, which she continually did."
Acts 9:36

I am putting them together because I want to live a life that shows kindness and charity continually in what I do. And God, who is able through His mighty power is at work in me, accomplishing infinitely, immeasurably and abundantly more than I ask or think.

I am going through the book Power of a Positive Mom with several woman from church. What an encouragement it is to talk with other moms that are striving to be all that God wants them to be. We recognize that we don't do it all right all the time, we fall and fail. It was wonderful and incredibly encouraging to me to hear the hearts of the other moms that what we dream most for our children is not a certain career path, but that our children love and serve God. Thanks to you that are such a blessing to me!

Monday: French Toast with fruit
Tuesday: Chicken soup
Wednesday:Dinner at church
Thursday: Grilled Chicken and salad
Friday:Hamburgers and salad
Saturday: Salmon and salad

For more menu ideas check out Laura at the Organizing Junkie

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Ron took the older girls to the Father/Daughter Ball on Friday night. They all had a fabulous time and already are excited for next year. I am so glad they had the opportunity to get dressed up and pretty for this special time with daddy. This pic was taken as they were leaving.