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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Carley: An Update

Carley now has pneumonia and is on a ventilator.

Please keep her in your prayers.

I may be posting more over here since the trip has me pretty busy lately.

Thought for the Day

Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead,
and fought with Ephraim—Judges 12:4

Instead of fighting their enemy, the Hebrews fought each other. Civil war erupted over foolish jealousy, pride, lying and name-calling. Some were ridiculed because they differed in their opinions. Others were envied because of their success.

In the final analysis, over 42,000 died because they pronounced their words differently. The casualties of fighting each other were far greater than the casualties of fighting the real enemy.
The greatest enemy we have is not that which is outside of ourselves, outside our circle of fiends, outside our families, or outside our church. The greatest enemy threat is that which comes from within. Usually it boils down to the pettiest issues. Yes—petty.

Diffuse that hot situation. Employ love, humility, tolerance, and understanding. Remember Christ’s prayers, “That they may be one … that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).

from Serenity for the Soul by Brian Buriff

Sunday, May 28, 2006

It's Friday, But Sunday's Coming

Click here to listen to a classic message by Tony Campolo. It takes about 45 minutes but it is well worth the time. You'll laugh. You might cry (I hope you do), and you will be fed. I heard this many years ago but it was as good when I heard it again tonight as it was back then.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Exposed!

OK, now for a narcissistic moment....

I was cleaning out old drawers today and came upon a bunch of family photos. I have no idea what got into me, but I played around with a slide show of - myself. I know. *yawn*

I showed it to my husband and he said he thought it was very strange and out of character for me to make a slide show of myself. It is. My biggest personal struggle has been self-acceptance - especially in regards to accepting the way I look. I've always hated how I look and went through a life and death battle with anorexia. I had hoped that recovery from the eating disorder would bring about a measure of self-acceptance, but it has not. If anything, since I've gained weight, I hate the way I look even more. So doing this slide show is maybe a test of how much I can accept me? There are not a lot of pictures of me around - I aviod the camera when possible and have been known to destroy ones that I was unable to avoid. These somehow survived. And for whatever reason - narcissism or self-acceptance, or just for no reason at all, here I am...

My Mustang


I loved this car! It killed me to sell it but I needed the money.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Boys of Summer


Aren't they cute!

Let's Help Out

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Grateful

It's been a long, but good day. I managed to get a lot accomplished - something that doesn't always happen. The morning was spent working on Pine Ridge stuff. There are 150 loot bags to fill and pack. I need those out of the way before we have an Open House this weekend. And I also spent time on the phone and in email on a number of things - reserving the moving van that will haul all of our materials and food for the week we are there, talking to the man in charge of the vans at church to work out a potential problem with insurance, emailing a friend who is making hotel arrangements for us, and reworking some of our plans. We had initially planned to take some of the kids to Rapid City to see a movie and have pizza but because we can only take one van, we will not be able to do that. Instead, I've been in contact with the superindendent of the school on the rez and have a list of possible work projects we can do at the school.

Then I went with my husband on hospital visits. One stop was to see Carley. It is too early to tell if the bone marrow transplant is going to work. Her fever is gone but now she has mucositis (ulcers in her mouth and throughout her digestive tract from the chemo). She is on morophine and is in a lot of pain. Keep her in your prayers. If you're ever tempted to feel sorry for yourself, just go to a Children's Hospital and see little kids fighting big battles. It'll fix self-pity in short order.

After that my husband and I had our weekly "date night". We went to a fast food place and then had ice cream and browsed through a book store. It was kind of fun to sneak and watch him in the bookstore when he didn't know I was watching. As I watched him I thought, "yeah, if I were single, I'd be interested in him". After that we saw a movie. Just a silly fun flick (RV) with Robin Williams. Very funny. The movie reminded us of some of our own vacation misadventures so we laughed about those all the way home. Someday I'll have to post about a night we spent in Houston TX.

So tonight I am grateful. Grateful for good health, and even more grateful that my kids are in good health. And grateful that I have the best husband in the world. Now I'm going to go snuggle for a while with the cutest puppy in the world and read some in a book about Bono until I drift off to sleep.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

My Baby Maria

This is a picture of me in Haiti with my baby Maria. And yes, that's razor wire behind me. We stayed at a compound that was surrounded with razor wire and armed guards - not to keep us in, but to keep people out. It can get dangerous when people are desperate. Just think, if you're family were starving to death wouldn't you do anything to save them? I would.

I am thinking about Haiti because tonight at church the group that will be going there this July had a benefit concert and took up money to purchase beans and rice to deliever to the people in Haiti.

I wish I could go. I really do. But it's just not possible. I don't have the $1200 it takes to go and I have no way to get it. And I would have to take the entire month of July off of work and I think my boss might have something to say about that. As it is, everything I've got is going toward our Pine Ridge trip. That really is my first love and my responsibility. But I sure would love to go to back to Haiti.

Maria would be about 4 years old by now. She was a wee one when I last saw her as you can see from the pic. The first time I saw her I had wandered into "Heavens Waiting Room", a part of the mission that is for children who are dying. We were always encouraged to go in, get a child, and walk around with them, play with them, and love on them all we wanted. I wasn't sure I was prepared to see a room full of dying children, but I gathered all the courage I could and went in.

I found Maria in a crib with no diaper and covered in oozing sores. In spite of that, I thought she was beautiful and picked her up and asked if I could take her out with me for a while. I later discovered, to my relief, that Maria was not sick or dying. She only had a bad case of scabies. Her mother worked in Heaven's Waiting Room and had brought her to the mission with her that day.

The next day I was working outside when I looked up and saw Maria's mother coming my way carrying Maria. She spoke only two word of English, "you mamma", as she placed Maria in my arms and walked away. A Haitian man who was with us told me that she was asking me to be her baby's mother - to take her home with me to America where her child would have a chance. This young mother obviously loved her child very much. Being a mother myself, I can't begin to imagine what anguish she must have gone through to come to the decison to offer me her baby. It was one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever experienced.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Dump it All in One Post

I've been short on time lately and there have been some responses that I've not gotten around to responding to as well as some changes to my blog that I've not updated readers on.

So, since I don't have a lot of time, I think I'll just put it all in one post.

Work
Work is wild. The new client is still in the house. Not good. We've all been trying to put some pressure on our company to get her out, but she is still here. Who knows when she'll leave. They told us 6 more days. Right. She was supposed to be gone 2 weeks ago. Last night she got a bit upset on me. Long story, but the only way I could diffuse the situation was to promise her I would come in early tonight if her and the second shift staff had problems. For some reason, she likes me. I guess I should be glad of that, but for some reason, I'm not. It means I may have to be around her more than I care to. It's not that I don't' like her, I do, but I don't trust her. I don't feel safe at all with her in the house and have threatened to quit if they don't remove her. I am really angry with my company too - for many reasons.

Life
As I mentioned, my life has been a bit crazy lately. I've been working on the Pine Ridge trip. This is the fun part - where I get to start shopping and packing and the trip starts to come together in a more tangible way. It's a lot of work but it's fun too. Just pretty time-consuming. This coming week I will also be busy. My in-laws are coming for a visit next weekend. This is the cool part - my father-in-law is being inducted into a local Hall of Fame. Back in 1957 he coached basketball for a tiny little school in Ohio. They amazed everyone and went to state and I (think) won! Just the fact that such a small school could make it to state is a big deal though, and after 50 years, he is finally being honored for this achievement. I'll be having an Open House next Sat. to celebrate the occasion.

Mission Trips
I posted below about how I'd love to go on one of the Overland Missions' Trips. I would. It's not really about me analyzing my motives. I learned a long time ago that if I waited until I had pure motives I would never do anything. I don't even think it's possible for anyone to have pure motives about much of anything, and I think that's OK. My issue is that the overriding attraction for me is one that reeks of self-indulgence. And sine self-indulgence is my big gripe with the church in general, then I just couldn't be part of it. I don't' know if that makes sense, but it does to me. In the end, I have to answer to God and I couldn't do it with a clear conscience at this point. Maybe that will change. Or maybe I'll just go and be self-indulgent. Is is God telling me to go? I doubt it. Maybe He is and I'll certainly keep my mind open to it, but I know that there are a lot of things that I have a desire to do and I'm pretty sure it's not God telling me to do it. :)

Another thing too is that I am already spread pretty thin in the missions arena. If I could go on another trip each year, I would probably go to Haiti. I've been there and have some connections there and a group from my church goes there every year. Whoever was talking about sacrifice - you're really preaching to the choir there. :) With the mission team that I coordinate, I always tell them that I expect some sacrifice on their part. And I tell them I won't ask of them anything that I do not do. It would be less than humble of me to share what I've sacrificed, but know that I have indeed done so and continue to do so.

Anonymous Responses
I've made a change to this blog (not my others). Anonymous responses are no longer allowed. I apologize for the inconvenience and know that some will simply not respond because of this. My decision has nothing to do with any responses here. In fact, it has nothing to do with anything that has happened in the blogsphere. It has everything to do with a situation in "real life". It's simply a change to help me feel a little safer here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Call Me Crazy, But

I may be nuts but I would love to do this....



I don't know if I'll ever get to. For one thing, money would be an issue, and secondly and more importantly, I'm not sure my motive is right. I would want to do it just because I want to do it. Sure the chance to reach out to other people on the other side of the world is very attractive to me, but I'd have to wonder if the adventure of it is not just as big of a attraction for me. That's an issue I would have to settle in my mind before I could consider it.

Anyway, check out their web site at Overland Missions.

Pray for Carley

I've mentioned Carley here before. She is 6 years-old and is fighthing Leukemia. Today she is undergoing a bone marrow transplant. If you are reading here, please send up a prayer for her and her family.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Widow's Mite??

I was working on a project yesterday and came across this. It always humbles me to see real sacrificial giving. I know there are people who would find fault with spending the money to fly them here, but those folks miss the point of giving. Check out the whole story when you have time.

BATON ROUGE – Decked out in their finest geometric print robes and elaborate headgear, five chiefs of small villages in the African nation of Cameroon presented to the Senate on Wednesday a hurricane recovery contribution from their villagers.

Sen. Don Hines, D-Bunkie, accepted the $868 donated by 3,000 villagers who live in a land where the average salary is 45 cents a day. Donations ranged from two cents to $5 and a 9-year-old boy donated 25 cents he was saving for school supplies.


You can read the entire article here.


*Edit*
Here is the project I was working on. I was a bit reluctant to upload it or post it because some of the pictures are not mine.

And The Name Is ....


We took a vote to decide on a class name last Sunday and decided on - The Micah 6:8 Group. Thanks to all of you who offered suggestions - I inclueded them in the "hat" and as you can see, some of them made the cut. I picked the verse because it is what I would like to see our class embrace as a goal, but the rest of the name was up to the folks who showed up last Sunday.


Cody did this design which we may use for t-shirts since some of the folks who come wanted t-shirts.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Wow, It's Weird to Look Back

A friend from another online forum sent this to me via email. I had posted it almost 3 years ago when I was working at a Christian book store.

Date: Saturday, 10 May 2003, at 10:00 p.m.

Driving through a crackling thunder storm on the way to our staff meeting at6:30 this morning, I was feeling sorry for myself. I've been feeling prettydiscouraged and haven't been sleeping well and I resented having to go inearly for a meaningless staff meeting where I would hear information thatwould be completely useless 2 weeks from now when everything will change.

As the meeting began, an interesting thing happened ... God moved into ourstaff meeting and turned the agenda upside down. My boss confessed to notbeing the spiritual leader of the store that he should be. Yes, we're abusiness, but we're also a ministry and he feels a responsiblity to thestaff much like a pastor feels toward his congregation. He confessed that he had let his relationship with God slip ... that he had failed God and us.

Another coworker and his girfriend had a baby 2 weeks ago. Earlier this weekthey discovered the baby had some major health complications. He and his girlfriend lost their first baby 2 years ago and were terrified of losing this one too but they are beginning to see how God worked through the prayers of people who cared about them. Some of the staff had a problem with him serving on staff because of the obvious sin in his life. Now we see that becuase he was loved and accepted in spite of that, he and his girlfriend are beginning to move closer to Jesus. Amazing what grace will do.

We worshiped, singing praise songs and praying together.And I cried. The whole 2 hours. I think everyone cried, but Ididn't/couldn't stop. I've been so discouraged this week with everying seeming like an uphill battle. I know that God did not move the way He did this morning JUST for me ... a lot of us needed what happened this morning... but I believe that He did do it for me too. And that blew me away.

I hate to cry - especially at work, and even more so when I have to work another 8 hours afterward with all my makeup completely destroyed. But itwas good for me to cry ... to be vulnerable ... even at work ... and to go through the rest of the day not caring that I looked like something the cat dragged in.

I am grateful toinght that God can find a way to reveal his care for us inthe most unexpected ways - even at a staff meeting at work - a place I usually associate with stress. Things have not changed. The same old battles await. Even my feelings havenot changed a great deal ... but I am a bit more assured of God's presence and of His love.

Please remember my coworker (the one with hte sick baby) after the staff meeting he went home to discover that his basement had flooded ruining allof his guitars except the one he brought to the staff meeting. (he is a muscian).

Friday, May 12, 2006

Walk On

I'm having a difficult week. A friend sent this to me today. Thank you!

And if your glass heart should crack
And for a second you turn back
Oh no, be strong
Oh, oh Walk on, walk on

What you got, they can't steal it
No, they can't even feel it
Walk on, walk on
Leave it behind
You got to leave it behind

All that you fashion
All that you make
All that you build
All that you break
All that you measure
All that you feel
All this you can leave behind

All that you reason, (it's only time) (Love is a feeling on my mind)
All that you sense
All that you scheme
All you dress-up
All that you've seen
All you create
All that you wreck
All that you hate

Stay safe tonight

This Will Make You Laugh

The "Friday Video" post on Barbara's blog will take about 5 minutes of your time but it is only a waste of time if you consider laughing a waste of time. Check it out! I know I feel better now. :)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

"Happy"

It's very good to see Keith Richards leaving the hospital. Hopefully he has many more good years ahead.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Help!!

What is a good name for an adult Sunday School class?

Most of you know that I teach a class at my church (hate calling it Sunday School). We are trying to come up with a new name and I am entertaining all suggestions. Help me brainstorm.

Here is a description of our class:

Ages: Youngest 18 years old, Oldest 50 something (all ages welcome)
We use voluntary discussion to apply biblical principals to our daily lives. We often use clips of movies, music, news/current events and sometimes jump into discussions of various books. We have a brand new blog where we will be posting about our class here.

Any suggestions for a name would be GREAT!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Just a Couple of Things That Baffle Me

Blogging. That's right, I do it, but I really don't "get it". I started my first blog to get information out to our team and our church family about our mission trips. At some point I decided to do a personal blog - this one. When I began it, I did it just for me, not thinking that anyone else would be intereted in spending their time reading about me and my life and what random thoughts are traveling through my head at the moment. To my sheer amazement, people do read here. Not a lot of people, but way more than I ever thought would. One rather controversial post seems to have attracted the most attention in my church family and I discovered just how many people DO read here. Not sure that's a good thing, but what is, is.

YouTube. Since we finally got out of the dark ages and got broadband, I've discovered videos. Before they were just too much of a pain to try to watch because of the slow dial-up connection. Then I discovered that I could post my own slide shows that I made by uploading them to YouTube. I never for one moment thought that other people would watch them. I made them to put on the Pine Ridge blog and later the Romania blog so that folks from church who were interested could see what we do. Again, to my sheer amazement, a lot of folks on YouTube (I have no idea who) seem to be watching my ameturish videos. Stranger still, the WORST video is the one that has been watched the most. ?????

So, the only conclusion I can come up with is, the internet is a strange world and you just can never tell what people will watch/read and what they will not.

SO, if you happen to be interested .... here are my YouTube videos.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Prayer Requests

I have several things going on, and if anyone is so inclined, I would appreciate your prayers.

~ Pray for my safety. I have a new client who is violent. Nothing new there. I've worked with violent clients before but this one scares me. She has a history of attacking staff, sometimes with knives. It's one thing to get beat up but another to get stabbed.

~ Pray for my dad. He has whopping cough. Amazing how those old diseases are coming back. He is also still recovering from prostate cancer. He does feel well though. Just tired of being stuck in the house.

~ Pray for a friends of mine who is having a radical treatment for depression. She will have surgery next Wed. to put a device in her chest (like a pacemaker) with wires that go to her brain. The device will shock her brian every 5 seconds. She has tried everything else, including shock treatment for her depression and nothing has helped. Please pray that she will find relief with this.

~ Pray for Carlie. I've posted about her before. She is 6 years-old and batteling Leukemia. She has her bone marrow transplant soon and is now on the strongerst chemo she can be on.

Thanks.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Something To Check Out

I came across this today and thought it was worth repeating here. I especially like the quote below. I have also included the video he mentions. Please check out the entire article at his blog.

The "room God walks through" on streets is decidedly on earth; not heaven. There ARE no streets in heaven...there is ONE street; that's precisely the point (I know you were taught in well-meaning Sunday School classes about "streets of gold," but a quick Bible check will correct us). It's Kingdom come on earth (partly and propleptically)as it is (perfectly) in heaven; but the streets are in Dublin; Ethiopia; New Orleans, and most recently Africa (watch this and weep!)
So in a delightful irony, a song that many believers intuitively knew was about the Kingdom of heaven invading earth, has been critcized by conservatives for lacking its previous "spiritual context" in its current tour version. Why? Because the opening prayer is about Africa; not a biblical Psalm as usual. Give me a break, please. What does the Kingdom have to do with Africa?! What does a question like that have to do with Christianity!

(Emphaisis mine)


Lessons Learned on the Playground

Not sure why I titled the post that way except that it has something to do with the fact that I spent years (literally) in recovery learning about control and surrender and such, but have only begun to apply those lessons as I've gone out and tried to live them out in real life. Somethings you learn in the kindergarden classroom but real change doesn't happen until you're on the playground where you have to live out the principals learned in the classroom.

OK, enough of trying to be wise.

If you want to know how I spent my day yesterday, click here. I spent it trying to revamp our mission trip to the reservation. We've spent most of the past year planning the next trip which will happen in July only to have those plans turned upside down. That's really just par for the course. It happens. And it will happen again. Probably a few more times. Last year we heard "change of plans" more times in a day than I can remember. One time even found the missionary there running out of his trailer with his pants only half way up as he was trying to catch us before we left. (The cement guy had just called to say he was on his way THEN rather than later as we had "planned".)

After talking to the missionary out there Tuesday evening, I discovered that things have to be changed. That in turn, will make the cost of our trip go higher than anticipated. That's a problem that I spent yesterday trying to figure out how to deal with. I finally thought I had it figured out and thought, "God is laughing at me right now becuase I think I have it figured out".

I've come to really enjoy those moments when God pulls the rug out from under us and reminds us of Who is in charge. Those are often the best moments because they are pure God. None of us can see it coming. None of us can get our sticky fingers on it and mess it up. It's just God, pure and simple.

This is my third year leading a mission trip to the reservation and I'm here to tell you that I have not always appreciated God interrupting things. That first year I felt a HUGE responsiblity for the team, the trip, just about everything. And that responsibility felt awfully heavy at times. I'm really not into controlling people but when you feel the weight of responsibility, then you do feel better if you have a sense of control and it would just stress me out to the inth degree to have something like this develop.

But over the past couple of years I have relaxed. A lot. I have a bit more practice at living out what I have known for a long time. Now I love it when God interupts because I just know something really good is about to happen. It doesn't stress me, it excites me. Oh, of course it does take a bit more of my time to refigure things, but that's OK.

Now, I knew all the principals the first year. People would feel the need to tell me "It will all work out", and "God is in control". The thing was, I already knew that. But knowing a thing and living it out are often two very different things. And sometimes the only way to live it out is to go out there and get bumped around on the playground.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

By Request - the rest of the story

It was SOOOO hard to think of the first 50 things and I had decided not to do the whole 100, but, strangely, I have had a number of requests to finish the list. If it were me, I wouldn't waste my time reading this, but here it is ....

51. I am a fan of the Rolling Stones.

52. Keith Richards is my favorite Stone

53. Johnny Depp is my favorite actor.

54. I admire Rich Mullins not only for his music but for the way he lived out his faith.

55. When asked who I would most like to meet, I can say that I've already met him. It was amazing to meet Peter Dugulescu back in 1993. If you've not heard of him, see his story here. It's the only time I've ever been "star struck" and the only person I've asked for an autograph.

56. I am a complete coffee freak. I drink coffee all day long.

57. I was horrified last year to discover that I need bifocals. I refused to wear them so I have contacts and reading glasses - which I also rarely wear. That may explain some typos.

58. I waste way too much time online.

59. My favorite version of the Bible is The Message.

60. Wow, I can't believe I found 10 more things to say.

61. Contrary to popular belief I do not wear a cowboy hat on mission trips to look cool. When I am on a mission trip there is nothing about me that looks remotely cool. I wear it so that I don't have to fuss with my unruly, frizzy, hard-to-manage hair.

62. Many people think that I collect angels. I don't. But now actually I do because people think I do so they give me angels all the time. I'm fine with that. I have nothing against angels. Some people have been so kind (and perhaps delusional) to say that I am an angel.

63. I do not like cake.

64. I do like pie.

65. I love cookies.

66. I like the new Coke Blak (it has coffee in it so of course I like it)

67. There usually has to be something for me to "connect" to in music before I will really like it.

68. Sometimes that thing I connect to is just a sense of fun - as in most of the Stones music.

69. I am particularly drawn to the music of Rich Mullins and U2 because a lot of their songs express the cry of my heart. They also sound great.

70. Number 69 is not a repeat of #54, but an explanation of it.

71. I still do not know how to use MySpace. I'm such a nerd.

72. One of my greatest gifts/strengths/whatever you want to call it is that I care deeply about people who have been marginalized and who are outcasts. I feel most alive when I am serving them and think I would die spiritually and emotionally if I did not.

73. The curse that comes with that gift is that I often become very frustrated when other people do not care about those people.

74. I also get frustrated with myself for getting frustrated with other people.

75. The older I get the less I care what people think about me.

76. I still care way too much what other people think of me.

77. I have difficulty singing "God Bless America". I think God should have mercy on America.

78. I am terrible at writing letters. I'm actually terrible with writing anything that requires a pen or pencil and paper.

79. I hate my hair.

80. I also hate what gravity is doing to my body.

81. Revisiting #53 - contrary to popular belief, the thing that attracted me to Johnny Depp was NOT his looks, but his talent. I knew for years that he was good looking and didn't give a rip about it. But when I saw him act for the first time I was blown away. I had no idea he was that good.

82. That said, he is good looking.

83. The worst thing I have ever worn in public was when we got our new puppy last January. I would take her out in the middle of the night or early morning to do her "business" wearing my favorite winter-time around the house get up - blue and back plaid flannel pants, a long-sleeved white t-shirt, and a red and green plaid robe. Going out in the snow I added my husband's green rubber knee-high boots.

84. I love bacon.

85. I have green eyes.

86. My natural hair color is very dark brown.

87. My natural hair color is becoming very grey so I color it because I feel too young to be grey.

88. I really like the girl my son is dating.

89. I believe that assets can easily become liabilities.

90. I do not have a favorite food, but if I did, pizza would be one of the contenders.

91. I do not hold grudges very well, even when I really want to.

92. I need to lose 30 pounds.

93. My favorite time of the year is Fall.

94. I think vacuum cleaners are very poorly designed.

95. In spite of being married for almost 23 years I still ask my husband every day if he likes me.

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*note* I cannot think of another thing to say so the last 5 things on this list are for you to fill in. Leave them in the comments section. :)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Don't

I won't go into all the details but I'm struggling lately. In my passion for missions/outreach/the poor/etc., I can get a really bad attitude toward the Church and become very cynical. It's perhaps my biggest fault. At times I don't like who I am becoming at all.

The other day I bought a U2 DVD and was excited to open it. There was a little booklet inside and I began thumbing through it expecting to find all sorts of goodies - you know, all the good info that you can often find in those inserts. But that was not to be found in this music DVD. There were several pages with one word per page. Together they read:

Don't

become

a monster

in order

to defeat a monster.



Good advice. And very timely.

Bits and Pieces of my Week

Just a few bits and pieces to share about things that have caught my interest in some way...

Taser has a new collar. She has grown so fast that she has gone through 2 others and is now on her third and final collar. Since it's the one that will be her adult collar and will (hopefully) last for the rest of her life, I got her a black leather Harley Davidson with spikes. :)

My dad is sick. He is being tested for Whooping Cough and is sure he has it since he was exposed and now has all of the classic symptoms. He is also coughing up blood so we're hoping it hasn't gone into pneumonia. On a lighter note - his doctor sent him to Children's Hospital to get the test so we've had fun teasing him about that.

Things at work went much smoother Saturday night. 22 going on 16 year-old rock chick was well behaved and gave me lots of hugs. I got the feeling I was being brown nosed, but that's OK once in a while.

Keith Richards has apparently fallen out of a tree. While I love Keith Richards, hope he is OK, and will mourn hard when he passes, I find this quite funny. What in the world was he doing in a tree??? I shouldn't ask. There are so many stories surrounding that guy - just add one more.

My son created a "MySpace" for me. I have no idea what to do with it or how to use it but it's there. I cant' read a thing on it becuase he put a wild background on it. And I have no friends. It's very sad and pitifull really. I suppose I should be glad my son thinks I cool enough to have a MySpace. Now if I were just cool enough to know how to use it....and if I were cool enough to have friends that would be good too.