Sunday, October 31, 2010

The never ending squirrel saga

Tonight after a full day of Halloween activities I was attacked in my own home by HAMMY!  Yes, you read that right, 3 days after we thought the thing was gone it was still in my house!  I was putting up a bag when it tried to attack me.  It didn't break any skin, probably because it was so dehydrated.  I SCREAMED (again) and grabbed the kids and ran out of the house.  I was on the phone with my mom and I think she thought we had an intruder because I was screaming and crying.  So then my daughter was screaming and crying.  My son was laughing.  I told her to send my dad over NOW!  My husband puts on a football helmet, grabs a tennis racket, and a broom and goes to find it.  It was still in the same place.  He and dad got it in a bucket and took it outside.  These are officially my least favorite animal that God created.  I mean really.  They are just rats that live in trees.  The sad thing is that we brought my parents' springer spaniel over to sniff around to see if he could find it the other day.  Useless dog.  My dad wants to know when I'll stop calling my 75 year old father to help with these things.  Um, when he is dead.

I have nothing 'spiritual' to add to this.  The end.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Do not grow weary

Well, I did it!  I ran my first 5K in 13 years.  Back in 1997 I ran one when I lived in Memphis.  I don't remember my time, but my goal for that was to run the whole way.  I had trained some, but not consistently.  This time, I had trained.  I could have used about another 4 weeks but I ran out of time.  My longest run before the race was 2 1/2 miles with an 11:30 minute mile pace.  My goal this time was to beat my age in time (36 1/2).  At one point I thought I might puke.  I thought, there is no way I will beat my age.  I did!  I don't have my official time but I think I came in around 34 minutes!  I got to tell you though, I deserve NO praise for this one.  I had such a great cheering squad.  You can see them below:

The handsome guy is my husband and he has his arm around my gorgeous friend 'T'.  I'm in the black jacket and the young girl is my friend T's daughter, 'S'.  S was my inspiration for starting this whole race.  She started running this summer with her mom.  Neither T or S were runners.  Not even close.  They weren't even walkers!  ;)  My husband has been running for 2 years and I kept thinking that all the people in my life were going to be runners but me!  So I started.  Slowly.  Very slowly.  At first I felt like I was going to have to walk the whole race.  And these races aren't cheap.  I wanted it to count.

That's actually become a motto of mine.  I want my life to count!  I want to be like Isaiah 40:31:
"but those who hope in the LORD 
will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; 
they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint."

At mile 2 1/2 I was feeling pretty faint and definitely weary.  I remember praying, "God if I get through this, it's all because of you."  I just didn't have it in me.  At all!  Oh, how that's true about so many things.  We try to do something all on our own.  If we would just realize early on, at the starting line, that our God is there to help us, and even carry us, then the race would be so much easier!  Run on my friends!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

There's a Snake in my Boot!

If you've seen the "Toy Story" movies, then you are most likely familiar with the phrase "There's a snake in my boot."  We have the little Woody toy where you pull the string and he says about 5 different things, this being one of them.  That phrase has been in my head this entire day because of what I ended up posting on facebook:
"There's a squirrel in my kitchen!"  Yes, seriously.  There was a squirrel in my kitchen this morning!

When I posted it, I didn't think people would take me seriously.  But they did!  People offered traps, pellet guns, a house to stay at, and other amusing wildlife stories.  Now, I am not an especially 'prissy girl'.  I've been known to get under a car and try to figure out what that noise is.  I've hung half way out a window while painting it.  I'll take a plunger to a majorly stopped up toilet in a heartbeat.  But this morning, as I ran down the stairs in my robe to put my daughter's leotard in the dryer, I became a prissy and sissy little girl.  I rounded the corner in the kitchen to get to the laundry room and right in the middle of my kitchen floor is this squirrel.  I screamed.  No I didn't scream, I SCREAMED.  Turned around and ran back up the stairs.  The squirrel's reaction was just as bad.  You know the squirrel Hammy from the movie "Over the Hedge"?  There is a reason that they created him so crazy.  My kitchen squirrel was JUST like that.  He was flying all over the place.  So what does any self-respecting stay at home mom do?  Call her daddy!  Of course, he took a good 10 minutes to come over.  Then we couldn't find the little bugger.

While I waited for my dad to go get his two have-a-heart traps, I was doing the laundry.  Very gingerly, in case Hammy decided to make an appearance.  As I open up the dryer a brown shoe falls out.  A toddler's brown shoe looks a lot like a squirrel.  Yep, I screamed.  So dad comes over to set the traps.  As we are walking back out, he says, "There it is!"  Yep, I SCREAMED again!  Of course, dad was just giving me a hard time.  I wanted to hit him!  I think my heart really skipped a beat or three.  The best part was hearing how hard my dad laughed at me being scarred.  I've never heard him laugh that hard!

You know, this hasn't been the best day.  It really hasn't been the worst either.  I do know it's the day the Lord has made and I'm going to rejoice.  Or at least have a good laugh.  Oh, and by the way.  I still think the squirrel is in the house.  I'll keep you updated!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Vomit Comet

Did my title catch your attention?  I'll try not to be too graphic.  If you are a mom, then this will not phase you.  If you are a dad, this will not phase you.  If you are not a parent, you may want to read with caution.  I have trained my son well.  If he wakes up in the middle of the night, he knows to go to his dad's side of the bed.  Lest you think poorly of me, my daughter comes to my side of the bed.  Sometimes I hear my son come in, but most of the time I don't.  EXCEPT when you here these words "I've got diarrhea!"  Straight up out of the bed I hop and usher him to his bathroom.  It's there that I realize, he had vomited, not had diarrhea.   What a relief right?  (If you aren't a parent, then you are thinking, 'how is that a relief?')  That day had been my son's 7th birthday party.  I think he had a little too much chocolate and excitement.  When you have kids, you just have to deal with the bodily fluids.  It's a fact.  How you deal, is another story.

In Beth Moore's "Daniel" bible study she says she would wake her girls up in the morning by saying "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!"  Now, I'm not a morning person, so I don't see myself doing that.  But what I DID find myself doing while I was starting at "The Vomit Comet" was singing.  I started singing, "This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.  I will rejoice, I will rejoice, and be glad in it, and be glad in it!"  My husband is laughing at me and I start smiling.  I mean really.  It is kind of funny that this party that my son planned for a year ended with a 3am linen change and shower.  As I'm remaking his bed I start praying, "Thank you that my son has a second set of clean sheets, thank you that he has a bed to sleep in, thank you that he woke us up!"  By this point, I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm joyful!

Praise God that I did this one right (I do so many wrong).  Is there a situation that you can praise Him for bringing into your life right now?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Don't be scared

Six weeks ago, God decided to get rid of every excuse I had to NOT do a Beth Moore Bible study.  I had no choice.  Several friends signed me up before I could have time to say no.  I'm glad they did.  Although it wasn't easy to start because I had to watch the first video (to catch up) by myself.  I sat before my computer thinking of 12 reasons why I could not do the study.  I wasn't smart enough to do it.  I wasn't going to have the time.  I mean, Beth gives you HOMEWORK!  I haven't done homework in 14 years.  The house wasn't quiet enough.  The house was too quiet.  I was scared.  I mean you HEAR about Beth Moore Bible studies.  You hear how great they are.  How meaningful they can be.  You hear about how much time they take.  But I was scared.  I know that fear came from the enemy himself.  Satan wants to come and steal ANYTHING joyous from us.  He doesn't want us to know the truth.  I had to pray a lot that first video to get through it.  It wasn't hard.  I just had Satan on my shoulder whispering that I couldn't do it.  I did get through it.  At the other side of the first week, I remember thinking that Satan really did lie.  It wasn't an easy study but it wasn't that hard.  I got through the first week.  Now I'm in week 6 of 'Daniel'.  It is changing my life!

Now, do you let excuses keep you from what God can do in your life if you just do it?  Well, no excuses, there is a free, yes I said FREE, Beth Moore simulcast download on "Jeremiah: Eat, Pray, Love". http://www.lproof.org/store/eat-pray-love.asp
I'm not sure how long it will be up there as a free download, so go get it!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It is finished...

I think I know how Michael Angelo felt when he finished the Sistine Chapel.  I have FINISHED the 15 windows!  Oh my word!  I can't believe I just got to type that.  It seemed at the beginning of the project that we would NEVER finish!  (I'll stop using exclamation points now, but just know that I am screaming happy inside.)  We did stumble onto one really rotten window.  We thought it would have to be replaced at the lovely cost of $2,000 (it's a fancy type window).  We found someone to fix it instead, so technically I only painted 14 windows.  It took us almost 2 months to do.  Of course, we could only work on the weekends because we needed the kiddos to be busy.  We saved (not counting the cost of a new window) about $800.  I did not factor in Saturday and Sunday night meals eaten out because we were too tired to cook and clean up.  I figured that counted as family time together since the children were ignored.  

I learned a lot through the process.  I'm a pretty handy person and can fix a lot of things.  In almost every project, I learn something new.  It's how I really started with all of this home fix-it stuff.  In my first condo I tried to fix the bathroom faucet.  I ended up breaking it.  Then I got to learn how to install a brand new bathroom faucet.  So, what was a yucky situation, became the start of a home repair adventure.  

The best thing I learned is that large tasks that seem overwhelming truly can be conquered when broken down into smaller ones.  I could have NEVER gotten all 15 windows done in one weekend.  Or one week for that matter.  I learned that painting two windows in a weekend was very doable.  It didn't take our entire weekend.  It did take effort and planning.  And good weather.  Some things were in our control.  Other things were not.  We just had to keep plugging along at it.  Run if you will.  Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) says, "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

That's what we had to do to finish this.  It's what we have to do with anything in life.  Marital problems?  Run and do not grow weary.  Discipline issues with your kids?  Run and do not grow weary.  The Lord will renew your strength.  Illness?  Pray, seek care, and run.  Financial issues?  Do not grow weary.  Do not be faint.

Of course, all of this is hard.  Sometimes VERY hard.  But I know that when you take everything to God, ask for his help (even in painting windows) he will take us up on his wings and let us soar like an eagle.  

God bless each of you and have a WONDERFUL week!