Tuesday, March 30, 2010

my boys




oh boy do I love these boys

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's true...I can *kinda* cook...

So a friend of mine asked me to join in on a blog as a contributor. I love a good blog so of course I said yes :) Now this particular blog is about cooking...not exactly my forte...but I am learning so I figured it would be a great place to see other folks recipes and cooking experiences and my tiny little contributions might make others who are like me feel a little better about themselves.

So here's a link and every so often I will update you over here when I post over there. Of course you can always follow the blog and see what all the other lovely cooks are doing too. My post tonight was all about asparagus. Yup. Aren't you just dying to know what I learned about asparagus?! well hurry on over and read already! (and leave a comment or two so I know you stopped by k?!)

The blog is called Dishcraft and I am sure you will enjoy it!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What do you think about?

Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.
-William James





Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.
-Philippians 4:8 (New International Version)

Friday, March 26, 2010

I have a few more states to visit!


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listening

The desire to be quieter and listen more and to push back the "white noise" is strong. I desire to hear God speak in my life...and it is my experience that God doesn't yell...he whispers.

Today he whispered to me. And I was listening. I doubted at first that it was really Him...but decided I'd rather look foolish than ignore a whisper from God.

So I picked up my phone, I changed my plans and within an hour knew that God had directed my path for a very specific reason. An impromptu visit to a friend i hadn't talked to since before christmas, a few moments to catch up and share what we were doing "these days"...and then the phone rings. My friend doubles over and begins to cry...she can barely breathe and hands me the phone. A dear elderly friend of hers has passed. I talk with the people on the other side of the phone while my friend cries and tries to regain her composure. Such deep sadness and what a loss. I knew I was there for a reason. As our babies played on the floor and we talked, prayed and tried to make sense of this loss, I knew I was there for a reason. No one should be alone when they find out something like that. And for some reason God chose me to be by her side.

I am so glad I did not ignore the whisper...and that I had turned down the white noise so I could hear...

God is good.
I don't ever forget but sometimes I don't remember.
Today was a great reminder.

If you think of it would you please keep my friend in your prayers?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

oh that smile




oh that smile.
it just gets me.
does it get you too?
(I already know the answer)

White Noise

I have never successfully slept a night with out white noise. It blocks out sounds that keep me awake, it creates an atmosphere of peace and the constant hum of white noise lulls me to dream land. White noise is a wonderful thing for sleeping.

The problem is when white noise enters in during times I need to be awake. Like the white noise created on an airplane ride or when you turn on a bathroom fan. I have fallen asleep instantly on an airplane because of it...and I have had a very hard time getting my motor running in the morning because the fan was calling me back to sleep...my body is just conditioned to associate the white noise with resting.

There is a reason I turn it off in the morning and turn it on right before i go to sleep. If white noise continued beyond when it was intended I would be a very sleepy person.

Time for a metaphor. Can you handle it?

I have been thinking lately about what things in my life create "white noise" and if I am using them at the correct times. The answer for me is media. Media is my white noise. Time spent on the computer, time with the tv on, music in the background of every thing I do so I am not "alone" in silence. The problem is that I think I have been using the white noise too much...and it is effecting my ability to be alert. It is lulling me to "sleep" so to speak. "white noise" in an of itself is great. Media is great. I just need to be better at using it at the correct times.

So I am going to try a few new things. Be more deliberate about when I allow the "white noise" to play. And turning it off when I need to be more alert. In a lot of ways I have already been doing that to a degree. Now I plan to be a little more deliberate. Nothing wrong with having a plan :)

What is your white noise? is it also media? how about sports? or books? or your phone?
Just a little something I have been thinking about the last few days...

Friday, March 19, 2010

you snooze you lose




Once upon a time I woke up every single day to the harsh beeping of an alarm clock...I would strategically place it across the room so I would "have" to get up. Honestly...I do not remember hitting the snooze button at least the first 2x every morning before consciousness arrived...and even after somewhat conscious I would hit it another 2 or 3 times....the feeling of crawling back into bed after traveling across the room to stop the annoying sound was such a wonderful feeling.

Oh to have a snooze button again.

Now I have a new alarm clock. His name is Judah Byrd Lockhart. He does NOT have a snooze button. And sometimes he goes off in the middle of the night. Sometimes he goes off a couple times in the middle of the night. And guaranteed my little alarm goes off at 8:00am (thank God for daylight savings...it used to be 7:00am). I guess in a way I do have a bit of a snooze button with him in the morning...I bring him into bed and nurse him and while he nurses I catch a last couple minutes of shut eye. That is until he sticks his fingers up my nose or tries to pull my lips off...

My old alarm clock wasn't nearly as cute as this one. Nor was it as effective. And it was way more annoying.

I like my new little alarm....even if he doesn't have a snooze button :)

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