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Thursday, June 29, 2006
God Speaks...
...to us in so many ways. This week, he is apparently speaking to me through blog posts.

I just found Toni's blog through another today and went back to read her earlier posts. This one brought tears to my eyes. This is what it is supposed to be like; this is what God wants from us, even though it is not easy or comfortable. And, really, what in life that is truly good is? A Broad in Athens: The one

    posted at 4:21 PM

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
A New Day Has Dawned
Still fighting the fatigue and trying to get caught up...but in better spirits today than I have been lately. I have no commitments this evening after work and I am hoping my body will allow me to get some things done before I need to collapse - there is much to be done! I'm holding out hope that it will.

Some happy thoughts for today:

Beginning Friday at 1 PM, I am off until Thursday. We are closed Monday and Tuesday but I asked if I could have off Wednesday as well. Sarah & Joe are hosting their annual 4th of July extravaganza and Kim, Brian & Emma will be visiting from Connecticut, so I want to be able to relax and catch up without feeling like I have to rush home and get to bed to get ready for work the next day. Plus there is much to be done at home and I have at least one home improvement project I WILL get accomplished this weekend (if I can coerce my dad or David into helping!!)

I'm having the ladies over Friday night to work on a project for the youth to take to Workcamp and give to their residents as gifts. We are decorating terra cotta flower pots and giving them a packet of flower seeds. Any ideas for good verses to put on the seed packets?? Last year, our kids felt like they were not supported by the church so this year, we are endeavoring to change that in quite a few ways.

I'm having dinner and seeing the great Tommy Conwell this weekend. I love Tommy! And my dear friend Kris has never seen him, so we are having an outing. Outings are good...especially to The Blue Comet!

I am really excited about Workcamp. It's coming up fast! I've really been struggling with that being my only "vacation" scheduled this summer and feeling like I needed to do something for myself (selfishly) when I read Bev's blog today. Her post not only convicted me but reminded me that a missions trip can be a vacation - a vacation from the norm, a vacation from not focusing on what's important as you should and reevaluating how you spend your time. I am thankful for the opportunity to go on this trip and minister to the people we'll meet...and as always, God brought me that reminder at just the right time.

    posted at 1:54 PM

Monday, June 26, 2006
Tie Dye Extravaganza

This weekend passed by in a haze. Friday was somewhat busy in terms of VBS (which was awesome, by the way - so much fun!) and trying to get laundry done and the house back into some semblance of order after my time away. Saturday there was more of that and running errands in the torrential rain. Then yesterday was the quintessenial way my life is sometimes. My friend Robert came to be our guest speaker since Pastor Glenn is now officially gone and we had planned to go out to lunch afterwards with his family. We ended up with about 30 people - which is fine - except the restaurant we ended up at couldn't accomodate us properly. It was 30 people in several booths, so you had to get up and walk around to talk with anyone. I had scheduled the youth to come over at 2 PM to make tie dye shirts for workcamp (which, as an aside, I had no clue how to do!) but ended up having to move that back until 2:30...but forgot to call one of my kids who was sitting at my house at 2. I felt terrible!

Anyway, the tie dyeing was actually fun. I hope they turn out. They are currently "drying" in my damp & humid basement...we shall see. After that was the race back to church for a prayer, praise & vision night for which I had agreed to coordinate childcare. All that worked out well - many thanks to everyone who helped!

When I got home, I watched part of a movie but then decided to get into bed and work on a new study I am doing, "Small Changes for a Better Life" by Elizabeth George. The title, of course, is intriguing and so far the first chapter has been good. I feel like I need something more structured to get me into the Word these crazy days lately than just my devotional book or online email devotions I get every day. I also bought a commentary this weekend by John MacArthur (at the suggestion of my study - though she suggests a commentary only on Proverbs but I couldn't see spending the money when I could get an entire Bible commentary.) Cindy is apparently planning to offer a study this summer in the evenings and I think I will seriously consider that as well. I have been feeling a hunger for more lately but we haven't had anything available that I could participate in in the evenings so this may be a good option, even if it is only for the summer. I miss doing the Operation Timothy study with Cindy, Kathy & Michelle weekly...maybe I need to find something like that as well. I don't know. I desperately need the accountability of studying with others and I always enjoy the great discussions that come along in the course...studying something on my own just isn't the same.

Anyway, I digress. I was exhausted when I woke up today - to more rain - and ended up getting a late start. I slipped in the shower and very nearly killed myself - which, let me tell you, is NOT the way I want to go! Then I got halfway to work and realized that I forgot my sweater...which led me to realize that, MORE IMPORTANTLY, I forgot my laptop, which I cannot work without, and which was under the sweater so I wouldn't forget it. So I had to go all the way back home.

Eegads. I really do need a vacation.

    posted at 3:16 PM

Friday, June 23, 2006
Friday Feast

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you like your job?

I'd have to give it a 5. I enjoy the field I am in and think it's important work. But it doesn't give me the joy I get from the things I do OUTSIDE of work....


When was the last time you think you were lied to?

I'm not really good at knowing when people lie to me unless it is blatant. Probably yesterday at some point.


Share some lyrics from own of your favorite songs.

Here I Am by Mercy Me. I love the chorus - taken from the book of Isaiah (6:9).

On the other side of the world
She stands on the ocean shore
Gazing at the heavens
She wonders, is there something more
Never been told the name of Jesus
She turns and walks away
What a shame [oh yeahh]

Just across the street in your hometown
Leaving from his nine-to-five
Gazing down the road
He wonders, is this all there is to life
Never been told the name of Jesus
He continues on his way
What a shame [oh yeahh]

Whom shall I send?
Who will go for me?
To the ends of the earth
Who will rise up for their King
Here am I, send me
Here am I, send me

Whether foreign land or neighbors
Everyone's the same
Searching for the answers
That lie within your name
I wanna proclaim the love of Jesus
In all I do and say, Unashamed

Whom shall I send?
Who will go for me?
To the ends of the earth
Who will rise up for their King
Here am I, send me
Here am I, send me

How beautiful are feet of those who bring good news
Proclaiming peace and your salvation

Whom shall I send
Who will go for me
To the ends of the earth
Who will rise up for their King
Here am I, send me
Here am I, send me
Here am I, send me

Main Course

What do you do/take when you are in pain?

I've got a variety of tactics to combat physical pain...ibuprofen, Thermacare heat wraps, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, etc.


Fill in the blanks: My __________ is very __________.

My house is very messy. I had originally written, "My sweet Norman is very loving and happy I am home." But the internet ate my post and now I am redoing it all...and looking around at the laundry & luggage & MESS. Oh my.

    posted at 10:12 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2006
Home at last! I can't begin to tell you how glad I am to be home. It was a long week and I am completely exhausted. The furry ones were glad to see me, which was nice, and I was able to go over to the VBS tonight and see what a great job David and some of our lovely and talented youth were doing. I am so proud of them. I am also so upset to have not been able to be a part of this all week long. Tomorrow I have a role in the finale, but it just isn't the same when you missed most of it.

It always amazes me just how much I enjoy working with the kids. It's so easy to slip into that persona of "Miss Trish" and just have fun. I helped out with the preschool class this evening and it truly was the highlight of an otherwise somewhat unthrilling week.

Although, on the bright side, I did have dinner out two nights this week with coworkers and that was nice. I hope that friendliness continues when we get back to the office next week. It would really be great to have some friends there! (Although no one will ever replace my peeps from NCCN! Love you guys!)

    posted at 10:32 PM

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
First, let me report that today I walked 9232 steps during my 12 1/2 hour day.  I know I walked more than that yesterday.  Anyway, I just googled it and learned that 2000 average steps equals one mile.  So I walked over 4 miles today.  Not bad for a gal who never does any exercise.  By the time we are finished, maybe I will be on the road to better shape...?
I am feeling very blue tonight.  It just feels like nothing is working out for me lately - the teaching thing first and now the househunt.  I had gotten some quotes from an online lendor service that led me to believe I could actually afford a house.  I've been looking and found the development in which I want to live based on everything I've seen.  In the meantime, my realtor put me in touch with a local lendor who has given me very different numbers...and basically has put buying anything of any value (to me, this is in terms of a good location and good condition so I won't have any work to do immediately upon moving in) completely out of my reach.
I am just feeling very discouraged in many areas of my life right now.  I know it doesn't help that I am terribly exhausted - that is never a good contributing factor for me and usually just ends with me in tears.  I just want things to be different... and I don't understand why they are not.  It goes back to the scripture I quoted here when I told you all that the teaching thing was not going to be a possiblity for me..."hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life".  My heart is sick right now...I know that God laughs at our plans and his plans & thoughts are not our own.  His timing isn't either.  And maybe he has something great in store.  But I'm feeling a little lost and alone out here at the moment when I keep finding my dreams unable to be fulfilled.  : (

    posted at 11:10 PM

Monday, June 19, 2006
Pure Energy?
Seriously? Pure exhaustion. I am running on empty. Every part of my body is aching.

This week is my company's annual meeting. The sheer size of this thing is like nothing I have ever worked on before and the immensity (is that a word?) of the meeting area is quite astounding. I feel like I have been back and forth across it 87 times today alone. We are actually using pedometers to track how many steps a day we're doing. I just got mine but based on everyone else, it's got to be at least 10,000 - 12,000.

It doesn't help that I am wildly out of shape. This is a lot of physical activity for extended periods of time for one who does exceptionally little physical activity...any time.

I have a funny story to tell but it will have to wait until I have a bit more time.


    posted at 7:19 PM

Friday, June 16, 2006
Friday Feast
What is a word that you use that would not be considered common?

I actually use a lot of words that are uncommon…it’s part of my charm : )

Willy nilly
Indeed (somewhat common but not as commonly used as I use it)

What theme of calendar do you have on your wall this year?

On the wall at home it is animal friends and at work it is the seasons

Name 3 people you speak with by telephone a regular basis.

Kym (though not lately for some reason)
I’m really more of an email girl…

Main Course
If you could buy a new outfit for someone you know - who would it be and what would you purchase for them?

I would probably buy something for my mom. She doesn’t really like to shop and doesn’t really buy too much in terms of clothing for herself.

What is the last beverage you drank?

Seagram’s ginger ale…

    posted at 10:26 AM

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

I’m feeling reflective today. I’m not sure why…maybe it is the loss of Jacob this week combined with all the other stressors I have been dealing with. I was going to simply post another Thursday Thirteen but couldn’t come up with anything even vaguely entertaining and the Frost poem above kept coming into my head.

The year I was in sixth grade, The Outsiders came out in the movies and the book by SE Hinton was THE book. All of my friends were obsessed with it. We all read it and cried our eyes out. I know for me, I felt a deep connection with the characters in the book – I could completely understand them. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend you do. On the surface, it is about conflict between the haves and the have nots. But really it’s about relationships and about the hard realities we face in life. In the angst and the drama, the main character, Ponyboy, shares the poem with his friend Johnny and they talk about how nothing gold can stay, life is always changing and things can’t stay the same, even when we want them to desperately. In a particularly poignant scene not long after, Johnny says to Ponyboy, “Stay gold”.

Today, this keeps coming in to my mind. I used to be able to recite this poem from memory and probably still could today. I remember my friends and I signing notes to each other, “Stay gold”. If there is any memorabilia in my mom’s house from that year, I’m certain I’ll find it written somewhere.

Back then, I think we truly thought we could “stay gold”. That things would stay as they were, we would always be friends, and life would be as it was then forever. But Frost was right. People pass away, friends move on, children get sick, jobs change...life changes.

And nothing gold can stay.

    posted at 2:06 PM

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Take Me Back Tuesday
I am exhausted, I am stressed, I am sad. I really don't know what to post or where to begin, so I am going to take the easy way out and do a meme. I found this one at www.musicalmemoirs.blogdrive.com.

Musical Firsts (How many can you remember)

First CD/Album Purchased: I think it was a 45 of "Beth" by KISS

First Concert: Def Leppard (I was 12; Stacy Queen's dad took us at the Fairgrounds)

First Over 21 Show: Age of Exposure at the Ambler Cabaret

First Musical Obsession: Very first was Shawn Cassidy. Somewhere in the mix was a long obsession with Prince...

First Musical Crush: Shawn Cassidy

First Musical/Musical Movie: The first musical movie I saw was Mary Poppins when I was 5 (at the drive in)

First Stereo: Don't think it even had a brand name

First Portable Device/Player: Cassette deck of some kind

First Musical Format Owned (i.e. LP, Cassette, 8 Track, CD) LP (45)

First 45/CD Single Purchased: Again, I think it was "Beth" by KISS but am not sure...

Tagging anyone interested in doing this one!

    posted at 11:04 PM

Monday, June 12, 2006
Heavy Heart
You may remember me mentioning Amazing Jacob, a little boy with cancer whom I list in my links. Jacob became an angel last night and is now finally healed and in the arms of our Father in heaven.

My heart breaks for his family. I have constantly been astounded by their faith and their full reliance on God throughout this - even though I too believe that God can do all things. I know that I and so many others around the world prayed in earnest for Jacob to be healed here on earth, knowing that it was God's will - not ours - that would be the final say. As recently as Saturday, during a pray vigil time that was set for Jacob, I was praying for his healing on earth but also acknowledging God's will in the situation - even if it would not be what we would want.

I know that God hears all of our prayers. It saddens me and breaks my heart that Jacob has left this world but I know that many people's faith was strengthen through him and that some people came to faith through this amazing family. God's timing is not our timing and his ways are not our ways. We may not understand it now but there is a reason for everything - even this.

Please pray for the Duckworth family - for Heather, Donnie, Devin, Brandon & Kyle, as well as their friends and extended family during this time.

    posted at 1:30 PM

Friday, June 09, 2006
Friday Feast
Another cool meme, found at www.fridayfeast.blogspot.com
About how much money did you spend on gas this week?
I don't have the receipt but I think it was about $34.  I was so pleased to have made it through the entire work week on one tank of gas!  However, I need to get it on the way home...if I want to make it home!  On a gasoline related note, I have never run out of gas.  I'm not sure how I manage this, as I cut it very close often...and I've probably just jinxed myself!!

What is your favortite brand of toilet paper?
Quilted Northern, the double roll. 

When was the last time you discovered something that you thought was pure genius?
I find things all the time that I think are pure genius, especially posts by other bloggers.  In terms of products, the last pure genius items were Cat Attract cat litter and the Litter Locker.  Definitely keeps it smelling clean in your house...even with three furry pals.

Main Course
What is the least amount of sleep you can get by on per night?
I've functioned on four but I would say that five is really my limit.  I've been aiming for 8 - 9 lately however. 

June is a popular month for weddings. Do you know anyone who is getting married this month?
Not this year...but Mike & Lisa and Michelle & David are celebrating their anniversaries this month.  : )

    posted at 4:33 PM

Thursday Thirteen

I noticed many bloggers blogging (and drummers drumming and dancers dancing…) yesterday but dear Blogger was being persnickety and wouldn’t allow me the opportunity to post.  So, allow me to pretend it is still Thursday and post:


13 Things I Like About Me


I have to say that I just recently went through this horribly painful exercise recently with my friend Kym’s sister Jenn in the dark spiral aftermath of  The Date.  She had some very insightful comments about my list and what I focused on and what I didn’t.  Let’s see what y’all think.


  1. My hands.  I have long fingers & nice nails.  I also like that they can type fast! 
  2. My love of animals.  Can’t go wrong with a furry friend.  They love you unconditionally! 
  3. My love of kids.  I’ve said it many times before in this ole blog, but working with the kids & youth at my church is one of the biggest blessings in my life.  I can be having the worst day and they show up and refocus me.
  4. I know a lot of songs/bands and can recite random lyrics.
  5. I’m easily pleased by random songs.  A song on the radio can change my whole mood in a minute.
  6. I love to learn.  I like taking classes and learning new things.  I just started my online course on pastoring children and so far, it is great!  I’m really excited about it and the books we’ll be studying.
  7. My eyes.  They are kind of a neat color.
  8. My height.  I used to hate it, when I was young and all the boys were short, but now I think of it as a more positive attribute!
  9. This is an odd one – but I like that I came to faith later in my life.  I think I’ve learned a great deal and have really seen the change in my life take place.  Sometimes I wish I had known back in the day what I know now, but then I guess I wouldn’t be who I am.
  10. In my head, I still think I am in my 20s.  I don’t know how to explain this one clearly but I think you in your mid-thirties and above know what I mean.
  11. I’ve become more willing to try things I haven’t tried before in the past few years.  This DOES NOT include camping, however.  Power saws, yes;  camping, no.
  12. I’m not a picky eater.  I know many…and I’m glad I am not one!  I’ll try anything once, just to see if I like it.
  13. I got brave enough to stick my finger in my eye so I could get contacts.  Ha!  I always hated my glasses.

    posted at 4:09 PM

Wednesday, June 07, 2006
What Would You Like to Know Wednesday
Ok, faithful readers and lurkers alike, here's your chance.  Ask me anything you'd like to know about me & mine (but please keep it clean!)  I'll answer any burning questions in a post soon.
In the meantime, I've stolen some new meme's from tan-&-relaxed-just back from a cruise-Cheryl over at Reality Check to get you thinking:
Five Item Meme

Five Items in My Fridge:
1. 1% milk that probably should be thrown out
2. Dream dinners chicken mirabella
3. About 14 salad dressings
4. Bottled water
5. Parmesan cheese

Five Items in My Closet:
1. Sheets
2. Shoes
3. Clothes
4. Laundry basket
5. Photos in boxes

Five Items in My Car:
1. CDs
2. The Club
3. Scissors
4. Napkins
5. Antibacterial hand lotion

Five Items in My Purse:
1. Cell phone
2. Wallet
3. Notebook
4. Coupons
5. Receipts



Ten Favorites:
Season: Fall
Color: Red
Time: Bedtime
Food: Any type of potato product - baked, fried, chip'd
Drink: Water or decaf ice tea
Ice Cream: Turkey Hill mint choco chip
Place: Maine
Sport: Nascar (yes, it's true!)
Actor: John Cusack
Actress: Goldie Hawn and Meg Ryan (tie!)

Nine Currents
Feeling: Sore
Drink: Snapple lemon ice team
Time: 12:51 pm
Show on TV: none
Mobile Used: Cingular
Windows open: No
Clothes: Jeans, black tshirt, black sandals
Thought: My neck hurts

Eight Firsts
Nickname: "Trish the Dish", first used in the late 80s and more recently by my pal Tomas;  often shortened to "Dish"
Kiss: Duane something when I was 11
Crush: Kenny Hartman in kindergarten
Best Friend: Jessica
Vehicle I owned: 70-something Dodge omni
Job: Making cotton candy at Dorney Park
Date: To see Top Gun with Jason Millington.  I know other people where there - maybe Kristen & Mike and Augie?
Pet: Buffy the killer poodle, later replaced by Prince

Seven Lasts
Drink: Water
Kiss: from my aunt
Meal: Pizza Hut personal pan supreme pizza & breadsticks
Web Site Visited: www.cherylricci.blogspot.com
Movie Watched: It's scary -- I can't even remember the last movie I watched
Phone Call: My mom
TV Watched: Today Show

Six Have You Evers
Broken the Law: Yes
Been Drunk: Yes
Kissed Someone You Didn't Know: Yes
Been in the Middle of/Close to Gunfire: No but I have been stopped at a light when a police officer was chasing a suspect down the street with his gun drawn
Skinny Dipped: No
Broken Someone's Heart: I think so

Five Things:
You Hear Right Now: keyboard keys tapping, people talking, the A/C
On Your Bed: Sheets, bedspread, pillows, usually three cats
Things You Ate Today: Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, pizza hut, Snickers bar.  Yikes - should I admit all that?
Things You Do When Bored: Watch TV, eat, read, call up friends, blog, surf web
Things You Do For Comfort: Call my mom, call Michelle or Kym or Nan

Four Places You Have Been Today:
My house
My office
My car
Pizza hut

Three Things on Your Desk Right Now:
Thank you note
Piles of work
A cow wearing a floral dress & straw hat

Two Choices:
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Spring or summer: Summer

One Place You Want to Visit:

    posted at 1:05 PM

Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Truthful Tuesday
This is a hard one!  Without any specific questions to answer, I'm kind of at a loss. 
I think I am genuinely a fairly truthful person, except in cases where someone's feelings might get hurt...and even then, I'll often tell the truth...but try to put it in a nice way.  (Disclaimer:  I said I TRY but that doesn't mean I always succeed!  And I 'fess up to sometimes not even trying as hard as I should.)  I recently saw a sign at a church that said something to the effect of, "Before you shoot an arrow of truth, be sure to coat it with honey."  That really stuck with me.  A lot of people seem to get away with being mean under the guise of "telling the truth in love" - but it's the "in love" part they seem to miss.  I'm not by any means saying you should not correct or redirect or even sometime rebuke another person who is doing the wrong thing or straying from the right path;  what I am saying is that there are two ways of doing so and I think it's best to lean towards telling the truth in love instead of shooting an arrow at someone.  There is a big difference between telling someone they are screwing up and need to shape up and expressing concern for what is going on and offering your support and love in their efforts to get things straightened out.  Sometimes people can't see the forest through the trees, so to speak, and need someone to come along side them and point out what is really going on.  And that's where the truth in love can play a really big role - and make a difference in people's lives.  We need to come along side those we love and lend them a hand, direction, whatever they need.
{Climbing down off soapbox}
Hmmm.  This really wasn't where I planned to go with this "Truthful Tuesday" thing...but I'm sure there is a reason for it...

    posted at 11:07 AM

Monday, June 05, 2006
Monday Madness Meme
Courtesy of Monday Madness at http://mmadness.blogspot.com/
Name 5 Things that:

1. Make you smile: Norman, babies (Joshua, Audrey & Abigail are high on the list at the moment!), ice cream, Gerbera daisies, my little garden

2. You can see on your desk right now: Van Gogh pencil cup, Mary Engelbreit calendar, hand santizer, picture of Nan & Brian with a note that says, "Happy day, Aunt Trish!!", postcard of John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler from Jessica

3. Kept you busy this weekend: scrapbooking, shopping, teaching, Kendra & Kristin's baptism, migraine headache

4. You'll be doing this coming week: finishing up the scrapbook for The One Who is Leaving, preparing for VBS, working, meeting, doing wash

5. You've said to make someone else smile: "You rock!", "I love you", "Because you're my pal!", "I miss you", "Let's go get ice cream"

    posted at 1:04 PM

Sunday, June 04, 2006
Day of Rest
I had big plans for today.

To do nothing.

And in a way, I suppose I succeeded, but not as I had hoped.

After yesterday's whirlwind, I decided that no matter how long the to do list was (and it just seems to keep growing!), I was going to come home from church and relax. If I felt like doing anything around the house, it would be because I chose to, not because I felt like I had to.

Today was our first Sunday doing full-service children's ministry. We've been working up to this for years and decided it was finally time to leap. Basically, when the kids arrive with their parents, they now can come into Adventure Theater where we have games & crafts set up and music playing. We have a somewhat unstructured time together, hanging out, and then break into our groups for a connection question before worship time. Before, we would have the kids stay with the parents until after adult worship time was over and then come in and worship. Needless to say, they weren't digging it. Plus, there wasn't anything for them to do except run amok through the church before service started...and run amok is exactly what many of them did.

So, we put out the crafts and activities, turned on the music and waited for the kids to arrive. We didn't have as many as we had hoped in the beginning but we did have a good time. And I got to actually spend time talking with the kids instead of being so focused on teaching them...and that was really nice. I think it is going to make a huge difference in our lives - ours and the kids - and in our church.

But toward the end, I started to get a terrible headache. This has been happening for some time on Sunday mornings. I actually had one week where I had to sit down afterwards and Kym & Kim were bringing me water & taking care of me because I felt so sick and totally wiped out by a headache like this. I went to the dr and he felt it was low blood sugar, caused by my breakfast of Starbucks. So I cut out my weekly Starbucks treat : ( . This morning, knowing I had a full morning, I actually ate some cereal - which is unusual for me. But again, the same deal. I chalked it up again to blood sugar and ran through a drive thru on the way to a baptism of two of my youths but still felt increasingly crummy. I convinced myself it was allergies and tried to lie down and rest but it turned into a full blown migraine. Joy!! So my day of rest was indeed one of rest - but not a comfortable, relaxing rest as I had hoped.

I just can't figure it out. I understand the low blood sugar theory and all that. Maybe I just waited too long to get something to eat when it came on? I don't know but I can't keep ending up like this every Sunday. I end up in bed most Sunday afternoons...which in theory should be a good thing. But I'd rather be watching a movie or reading a book or watching the race.

I think my diet needs a massive overhaul. I was doing well with smaller meals and such during the week and felt a lot better but the weekends I fall back into my patterns of no breakfast, quick lunch and dinner...nothing really in between because I am constantly running. Any suggestions?

    posted at 9:48 PM

Saturday, June 03, 2006
Scrappin' Saturday
I couldn't find anything witty to post about that began with "F" yesterday. (I kept coming up with "frantic", "frenetic", and "frenzied"...which would have been accurate but hard to put down in words). So today we have Scrappin' Saturday. I spent several hours last night working on the scrapbook for The One Who is Leaving. I'm almost finished. I want to write something nice on the last page and I have to do a personal page from me as well but that shouldn't be a big deal. I'm pretty pleased with it and hope that everyone remembers to bring me their pages tomorrow. I really don't want to have to scramble next Sunday to put it together before the picnic.

ANYWAY, today was also a big scrapbooking day. My aunt is up from Florida and had asked if I could help her with a Red Hat scrapbook. I said sure and she & my mom came up. Neither of them scrapbook but after an hour or so they were cropping and putting on embellishments and having themselves a good old time. I've never done a whole scrapbook in a day - until today! She still has some things to add and needs to journal in about what everything is but for the most part, it's together. Whoo! And we also had lunch out and went shopping. What a day! I'm pooped. But now I have to prepare the Adventure Theater lesson for tomorrow and make dinner. After that, though, it's all about lying on the couch watching tv. Ah, how I dream of not having anything to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    posted at 7:16 PM

Thursday, June 01, 2006
Thankful Thursday
Since I've been busy and the creative juices are definitely not flowing (posting my to do list??? - please!) I'm going to try lifting some ideas from other renowned blogophiles. And today, I take "Thankful Thursday" from Nic.

1. My youth...no, I don't mean my age...I mean my youth in my youth group. We had a really awesome night last night and I was reminded, as I often am, of why God has me working with them. My heart was overflowing last night when I left and I was just singing my praise to God for him putting me where I am and allowing me the blessing of working with these young people! I love you guys!

2. My health. I am struggling this week with fatigue again and am about to cut my head off so my allergy symptoms will abate, but overall, my health has been much better that last few weeks. I'm thankful that I do have good days and sometimes even good weeks like right now.

3. That I am seriously able to consider buying a house. I really feel like it will be a stretch - a big one - and things may be so tight they squeak for a while. But I feel like the time is right and I need to invest in something. And investing in a home, ultimately will be investing in myself and my financial health. I am going to look at two condos tonight. I just looked at them online and am very interested in one. I keep saying this is going to be a long, drawn out process but it may not be if I find the right place. I am just not willing to compromise.

4. Ramona, Nellie & Norm. Some people might think it is silly to put them on this list but they are my furry children and I love them so dearly. I've had some trouble sleeping this week and each night, they all climb in with me and snuggle in until I am able to fall back asleep.

5. That my aunt Delores is visiting from Florida and wants to spend the day with me & my mom on Saturday. I've always struggled with feeling somewhat extended family-less because we never really did things together since I was a small child. With the loss of my grammy and then my uncle last year, I feel like there has been a strengthening on my mom's side of the family - more effort being made to keep in touch and be in one another's lives and that makes me so very happy.

6. For all the men & women serving our country. We may not always agree with the President or whathaveyou, but these folks choose to risk their lives each day so that we can be free! How amazing is that? Sometimes it leaves me completely awestruck to think of it. Please keep Ron Dangler in your prayers, too, the friend I met at Tom & Keri's at Christmas, who has been serving in Iraq. I think he's due home this month sometime. Please just pray for his continued safety and that of his friends & unit.
I'm sure I've got a lot more to be thankful for but I'll save some for next week's edition!

    posted at 12:32 PM