Sunday, December 30, 2012

DPP 30...hello and goodbye

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Enjoyed watching the sun rise into the sky while leaving Florida this morning.  
I am reminded me that in saying hello to one thing, I must also, in turn, say goodbye to another at the same time.  
Thinking of this in terms of places and things, it's so much easier than with people.  I always think and believe that I have pep talked myself into being "ready" to say goodbye.  Practice it; go over how I think it could or should go in my head, and still fall apart in the end.
I am not a fan of goodbyes.  Life happens and people change.  Some things just do not happen the way I think it should some times.  
2 Corinthians 5:17 even speaks of the going and coming of things...
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

2012 has been a year to find peace with and enjoy being free from things that have held me back or tied up my time previously.  A year to freely give over to God treasures in and of my heart that I have held onto so tightly for so long now.  One also to realize just how freely God offers Himself to me, even when I do not deserve His goodness and grace.
I have been challenged tonight by these words in Matthew 10:5-8...
Jesus sent out these 12 after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road leading to other nations, and don’t enter any Samaritan town. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, announce this: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.
I am not always quick to give others the same chance I have been given.  
As God helps me, I pray for 2013 to be different in a way my heart knows even if others do not see it outwardly.  However, if something on the inside changes, it will most likely bubble over to the outside...all to the glory of God!
God is good...no matter what.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

dpp 28...all in a day's work

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Picture = 1000 words

DPP 27...too busy having fun

Late on the posting, but there is a great excuse for it! :)

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

dpp 26: sea level

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Untitled, a photo by JanetRose531 on Flickr.
Notice our elevation...

random thoughts

Looking over posts that remain in draft form, I have had a chance to remember some moments and events that have brought words to mind.  However, for some reason they never came together in a post this year.  A quote, a thought, a verse, a few sentences...just random things floating around in this mind of mine.

1/9...A few days ago, I purchased my ticket to Alaska.  It ceases to amaze me that the excitement is new each and every year.  If there were an "excited-o-meter", it may just read a little higher each year, too. :)  Just typing these words, butterflies flutter.  
There are so many God moments each and every year...before, during, and after...my mission trip to Alaska.  He is why I went the first time.  He is why I go back.
1/16...getting lost...The law was lost in the temple (Josiah's guy found it again).  Jesus was left in the temple during a religious time.  Can I or do I lose sight of God in church?
1/22...it's the small things...1 Kings 19:11-13  The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
2/3...walls...“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.” ~unknown
2/16...“As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart sustaineth him; and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out.”
3/12...“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ~Frederick Buechner
100 sleeps (as we refer to it in our household when counting down the days until a big event) from now, Team Alaska from Northside Baptist will be heading out for the Last Frontier on a mission trip to innercity Anchorage. I will already be in Anchorage awaiting the team's arrival for what I hope to be a life changing trip for those coming and those being ministered to while we are in Anchorage.
I consider myself truly blessed to be able to return for my 5th adventure with GraceWorks.  Even better is having a team come up to join me in the journey!  I am just as excited for them as I am for myself.
God is so good!
3/31...clouds...Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~John Lubbock
When we look up, it widens our horizons. We see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries. No differences of caste or religion or race. ~Julia Gregson
7/7...something's missing...I have written, deleted, and rewritten the first line of this post numerous times now.
Just as with what is on my heart, the words are missing and nothing seems to fit just right.
One little change, one difference can have an affect on the bigger picture.  It's distracting; focusing on the missing piece takes away from the beauty of it all.
Thankfully this week I have been too busy during the day to think about what has changed that much, but there are still moments, as the evening brings a calm, when it hits home.
I miss what's missing.  
The shared memories, the familiar places revisited, the sharing of the day's events...
Keeping them to myself just isn't the same.
8/30...Every morning I wish it were night again, for it is only at night and in the depth of my dreams that I can feel you, and you still belong to me. ~ AAC
9/10...soulmate..."Each of us unveils the best part of one another. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person were safe in our paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction...Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. " Richard Bach
12/16...words come slowly...My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives in Connecticut Friday.  As the first headline crossed in front of me on Friday, tears welled in my eyes and spilled over as the reality of what had happened sank in.  I wanted to hope that they were wrong and that it really wasn't an elementary school...not a kingergarten class...but they were not wrong.
No tragedy has impacted me like this one has.  As Pastor Brian said this morning, I agree, this time is different.  This was personal...even if I know not a single person from Newtown, CT.  
I was saddened and angry by the event that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary.  I was perturbed at those who immediately went into gun control rants.

You have now read my mind.  :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

dpp 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Merry Christmas!

The boys woke up around 6 and the Christmas morning activity began a few minutes later.  It is such fun to watch them enjoy the moments of discovering what is under the festive paper and bows!  Here they are about to open their stocking stuffers after the under the tree presents were already opened, hence the hats. 
Well, I had an epic camera failure this morning...all the photos I took with my camera were not there when I downloaded them to my laptop.  Apparently we had a memory card issue.  Thankfully, I had also taken a few with my phone.  I am also thankful it was captured on our video camera.  But, there is still a little disappointment and lack of trust in my camera now...hopefully, it was an isolated case. 
Everyone is enjoying their presents now and breakfast is being cooked up.  It has been a great beginning to our Christmas Day!

Monday, December 24, 2012

DPP 24: Christmas Eve!

Unwrapping a present from Grandma and Grandpa Roth...

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A trampoline!
Bring on the bouncing...better brace myself for what may follow... :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

DPP 23: night watchmen

Presents were dropped off today for our extended family Christmas tomorrow.  Boys have taken on the responsibility of guarding the presents through the night hours.  It's not in the picture, but Tim even has his policeman's hat beside him.  Love these boys!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

DPP 21: Winter

It's the first day of winter, but the only snowflakes found here are of the crafted variety...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

DPP 20: fire season

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It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...so we are enjoying the first fire of the season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DPP 19: good while it lasted

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good while it lasted, a photo by JanetRose531 on Flickr.
Any guesses as to what is missing from this scene?
There should be an amazing shot of the Eiffel Tower displayed on the background of my laptop. There should be icons and shortcuts that surround that photo.
Sad to say that the laptop is a goner. No longer is the sound of quiet beeps and whirs heard when the power button pressed.
One day I will remove the shell of a once well used computer from my teacher's desk...but until then, I am thankful for my Dell laptop that was a present last Christmas because this one lasted an entire year longer than the computer dude thought it would.
Goodbye, HP...it was a good 6 years!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

dpp 18...under the mistletoe

Live mistletoe, in fact, growing in one of our trees.

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I'm going to miss this next Christmas.  Hopefully we will find some mistletoe at our new property, too!

Monday, December 17, 2012

DPP 17: HaPpY BiRtHdAy!

Tim's 9th Birthday Breakfast...

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He has been a joy all 9 years!  Love my Baby...and am so proud of the little man he's growing into these days.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

DPP 16: In the Moment

My boys are held a little closer and tighter...finding joy in each moment!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

DPP 15: eternity

P1160478“For God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s One and Only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”    John 3:16-21

dpp 14: gift

This is what came in the prettiest bag at our SS class Christmas party...

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As for the rest of the evening's activities and gifts, we are all under a "what happens at the party, stays at the party" agreement.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DPP 13: Pinterest project

For our church dinner last evening I made Rice Krispies treats ornaments.  I saw how cute they were on Pinterest and just wanted to make the ordinary a little less ordinary and a lot more Christmas-y.

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Fortunately, we had a few leftover, so I snapped a photo of them for today's entry.
Now, for some reason, they look cuter in the photo than in person.
I made smaller ornaments than the Pinterest post, getting 23-24 ornaments from the normal Rice Krispies Treats recipe.  Since mine were smaller I chose to use miniature marshmallows as the ornament hanger thingamajig.  I also used green and red (red bulb is not visible in this shot) food coloring in the marshmallow goo before adding the crispy rice cereal.
They weren't hard to make, but very time consuming.  And, I did not like how firm the treats were in the end.  Too hard for my liking...I like gooey, stretchy treats.  By my third batch, the ones without food coloring, I had a better end result.  I do not think the food coloring had anything to do with the firmness, but maybe all the manhandling that it takes to form the round balls does.  I took the last batch off the heat earlier than the first two batches, too, but they ended up being the hardest to form into balls because they weren't staying together very well.  I was hoping no one got the idea to start throwing them at each other...the green ornaments are pretty solid and would leave a mark.
I am not sorry I tried this project, but I highly doubt I will ever do it again for the masses.  Maybe the magic is in making only six large ornaments.   For me, the magic is in the original gooey, marshmallowy, easy to bite into, square treats.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DPP 12: pecans

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The "free" pecans are costing me a lot of time...I might have them all shelled out by next November when the next crop is ready.  {smile}

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

dpp 11...santa bunny

The boys did not want to take down their Easter bunnies in the classroom, so we dressed them up for Christmas.


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Monday, December 10, 2012

DPP 10...raindrops

In a drought, a rainy day is very welcome.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

dpp 9: lights


Our Christmas Tree...in bokeh prettiness.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

dpp 8...bff

My bff knows me and my love of all things family, Christmas, and penguins.  Her gift last Christmas combined them all...♥!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

DPP 7: windows

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Untitled, a photo by JanetRose531 on Flickr.
The windows are going in! So exciting!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DPP 6...busy day

We had a busy day with school, science project, piano practice, and our business Christmas party.  I snapped this photo of the boys after we arrived home tonight.  Their eyes look so sleepy...mine do, too, but you just can't see them.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DPP 5: cookies

Packaged up some of the cookies I have been baking the past two days...so yummy!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DPP 4: mirror image?

Maybe a fun house mirror image.  I like the concept of the photo, though.  We'll have to try it using a glass ornament one day.  It was fun and we had a lot of laughs as we saw the results.
Memory made.
Mission accomplished.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

DPP 3: football

It was a great afternoon for a little backyard football!  Love these boys!

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

DPP 2: star

The boys have been wanting a tree for their room for a couple of years now.  They found one that they liked last month, but decided they would wait to buy it until December.  I surprised them and purchased their tree for them over the weekend.  They had fun setting it up this today after church.  I walked in and found the tree complete with a "star" on top.
Loved Tim's creative thinking and Alex's cooperative spirit to agree to his brother's choice of tree toppers.
The other two Angry Birds friends that Tim has are also on the tree as "ornaments".  So cute!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Photo Project 2012


Blue sky, sunshine, and 70+ degrees...a great first day of December!

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a silent night

I have been going through my "drafts" posts tonight and have found this gem written on December 22, 2009...

"I need a silent night, a holy night, to hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise. I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here, to end this crazy day with a silent night." from "A Silent Night" by Amy Grant

December 21st, 2009...when the "shortest" day of the year became the longest.

Scott had his heart surgery yesterday. We were at the hospital at 5:30 for pre-op...thinking surgery would start around 6:30 or 7:00 am. And, possibly it would have had there not been an emergency around 4 am which not only took the operating room, but also Dr. Chen, Scott's surgeon. Poor Scott, who hadn't eaten since before midnight, finally went back for pre-op a little after 12 noon and surgery started after 2pm. His surgery ended around 11:30 pm. It became rather comical during each update call during surgery when I would ask for an approximation of how much longer the answer was always 2-3 more hours.

During our first half of waiting together, Pastor Brian was there with us, keeping us company. I was able to take a short nap on Scott's shoulder while they chatted. Very nice for me, being the morning person that I am and all. Ha! We saw alot of people come in for surgery with their family and friends...and I saw them all go, as well, throughout the day. I had a nice lunch in the cafeteria after Scott went back to pre-op and Pastor Brian left. My father-in-law, Doug, came after lunch. I was able to take a nap while Doug walked Eric, Scott's brother, who came for a brief visit, out to his car.

Sitting can wear a person out like nothing else. Strange phenomenon if you ask me, but so true. My whole body hurt by the end of the night...and I took walks throughout the day, too. Craziness. Also, crazy was the fact that in spite of the instruction given verbally about 6 am by the person in charge (official title unknown) to set phones to vibrate, there were ringers going off all day long. Funny thing...I began to recognize the ringers to the owners.

Between the phones and the beepers the family members held, it's surprising that I could get in as much sleep as I did. I do remember jumping a couple of times, only to realize it was another phone or beeper going off near me. I can sleep pretty much anywhere, though, when I've been up since 4:30.

We moved upstairs to the ICU waiting room a bit before 11 pm. Scott was rolled past us headed for his room around 11:30. So happy to finally see an end to our day and we could all rest. Scott was kept asleep by medication all night and they would wake him up at 5:30 am, but I knew that so when I went in to see him I knew what to expect, which was nice. The OR nurse kept us informed all day pretty much every two hours just like she said she would. That was very reassuring. Didn't stay long...didn't need to really. He was fine and being well taken care of.