Thursday, November 27, 2008

For He is good

It's Thanksgiving! And you know what that means.... a list!!

I am thankful for:

1) First and foremost, Jesus, for choosing me. I still don't know why.
2) My huge, chaotic, bossy, game-loving, loyal, 5-pizza family
3) More specifically, my parents, who have stayed together for 30+ years and loved us
4) Friends I would take a bullet for
5) That all four of my grandparents are still alive
6) To be able to worship without fear of being arrested or killed
7) My home, with a huge deck, wood floors, and a green bedroom
8) The piano
9) Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farm
10) Libraries
11) All of the Hogue children
12) Flannel sheets
13) Marshmallow + chocolate + graham crackers
14) Clean, easily accessible drinking water
15) Indoor bathrooms with running hot water
16) Grocery stores only 20 minutes away (because we ate 6 dozen eggs in the last five days!)
17) The ability to see the stars last night
18) Handel's Messiah
19) For having absolutely no clue how a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship works

I want to write more, but my computer is needed for a late night movie in the girls room.

14)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Can You make it snappy, God? I'm in a hurry.

It's my own fault. I haven't been chasing after God. I haven't been looking for Him. My time with Him consists of occasionally reading His book, and giving half of my attention to self-oriented prayers. "My eyes are dry. My faith is old. My heart is hard, and my prayers are cold."

And so now.... now when I really need to know what He wants me to do... now, when I need to be curled up in His arms listening fervently to His words.... now is when I feel confused, wet, cold, and all on my own. I wish I could take all of the time I SHOULD have spent with Him in the last few years of my life and make one big smoothie out of it. Chug chug chug. Done. Thanks God. I'm glad You gave me an answer, because I sure as heck had no idea. Thank you for giving me the serenity of Your Will. But that's the problem, isn't it? I want it to be easy and to receive a revelation at the end. So, what if it's not star-studded? What if I have no idea of what I just read? Do I quit? What am I saying? That He isn't worth even a tiny bit of brain struggle?

So.... there can't be one colossal Bible filled smoothie. I've got to start down here, at the bottom, in the dirt. Picking myself up out of the mud is a daily part of the process of Christianity. For "I know how I ought to be. Alive to you and dead to me."

Saturday, November 22, 2008

dreading this

Caleb - "Whose Auburn playing this week?"
Dad - "Nobody."
Caleb - "Why?"
Dad - "They're preparing for the slaughter."

And if one of my Alabama fan friends makes an unnecessary remark, I will hunt you down, burn you at the stake, bury you alive, and keep you on bread and water for three days.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Life Lessons

In the past seven days, I have learned...

1) When eating in the car and you feel something fall from your food, give your clothes a good lookover before going into a store.

2) Don't tell the vet that your dog doesn't bite. It's a dog. All dogs bite. "Uh... it looks like we're gonna have to sedate him."

3) Alisa misses me. She said so.

4) Target has amazing shoes. I just don't wear their sizes.

5) Keep up with the Inbox on the kitchen counter. A credit card bill doesn't come in with Trumpets and Horns. It will just lay there quietly, as the due date looms.

6) If you have anything to do with an ('an' sounds weird) University office, call ahead. Because you will walk a mile, wait forever, and inevidably, not have everything you need.

7)Two and a half? A half, Dad? How does that work?

8)I don't like High School Musical 2. If you are glad of this, don't ask my opinion on number one.

9) I don't dream very much compared to some people.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thanks Logan

The Patience of Ordinary Things- by Pat Schneider


It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,


How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes


Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they're supposed to be.


I've been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes


Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,


And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.


And the lovely repetition of stairs,
And what is more generous than a window?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Someone move this walking carpet...

I stole this from a friend. It's the gold medalist of my YouTube experiences.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dimples and eyebrows

Getting to know the younger two:

Dalton, 12 yoa- I've seen your pictures on facebook
Me - You have facebook?
Dalton - No. But I have gmail. (head jerk) You can look me up sometime.
Me - Yeah, and go to jail.

Shafer, 9 yoa - (on the giant exercise ball, doing a crunch) - Uuuaaaggghhh!
Me - Whoa! Check out those abs!
Shafer - Man, I'll tell you who has great abs... Logan! His are awesome!

Fantastic. The more I get to know this family, the more I love them.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Stupidity

It irritates me to no end when I hear people saying they won't vote. Even my friends. Whether they didn't get registration information out in time, or they don't know where to go, or "it's pointless anyway... we're a red state" or "one little vote staying home doesn't matter" or they think it's silly how I think that one vote can change the world....!!! Augh!! No, one freaking vote won't change the world. But go and find out how many "one-vote" representatives of our country's population stayed home... thinking "One vote won't matter! What the heck is the big deal?" 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1.... eventually makes millions, my friends.

Why do people take this so lightly? We have a chance to decide who our next leader will be, and you're too lazy to go fill out a piece of paper?! It's important! And as Christians, I think we have an even stricter calling. To perform our duty as first and foremost, 1) a child of God, and 2) an American citizen. We should be running these candidates through a much more intense filter than the world does! But we don't! It's ashaming to see your nonchalance in such an important decision regarding the future of our country.

So go ahead, Christians. Sit at home. Don't vote. Everyone else in this country has done such a bang-up job of destroying the morals and values that all those men in the Revolutionary War fought and died for.... you might as well join the cause and not care, either.