Sunday, November 28, 2004

Thansgiving

My good friend from college Rebecca's husband Russ posted a Thanksgiving list at their blog and invited others to comment their lists also. Here's what I posted over there:

Thanks for the opportunity to post a thanksgiving list here...all too often I overlook the blessings that I have and focus on what I don't have, rather than what I do have to be thankful for. Here's a quick list (in no particular order):
~a fantastic, loving, wonderfully supportive family

~a soon to be brother-in-law that fits like he was always a part of the family
~a great job that is stable and lets me learn and grow
~more than sufficient paycheck to allow me to help others and still live an above average lifestyle
~a church family that loves me and supports me
~great friends that love me and support me, while still pushing me to be the best that I can be and challenging me in my walk with Christ
~good health for me and my family
~grace -- which I am desperately in need of each and every day

I can say with absolute certainty that I take for granted the blessings that I have and do not take the time to thank God for what I have. Hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and that you took time to state your thankfulness.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

A friend

I had a chance to reconnect with a friend tonight -- it had been 18 months since we spent any time together -- how is that possible?! -- and a chance encounter at the local Super Target brought our worlds back together again.

There is no reason for the fact that we haven't seen each other in all these months -- just a lack of attention and getting wrapped up in the busyness of work and life. I didn't realize how much I had missed this friendship until we spent the evening talking, laughing and catching up with each other. So Josh, if you are reading this, I promise not to let 18 months pass again!

I guess there is a lesson here for both earthly, physical relationships and my relationship with God. Neither will prosper and flourish without constant work and consistent attention.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Christmas....

I know, I know -- I will got tons of grief from the folks that believe that Christmas shouldn't begin before Thanksgiving is over. I, too, believe that - well, mostly. What I believe is that you should take time with family and be thankful for all the blessings that God has showered upon you and yours during the Thanksgiving season (well, really all year long).

In my love for Christmas, I do a whole lot of stuff for the holiday and I LOVE IT!! BUT, sometimes it requires getting a little ahead and doing something of which I typically wouldn't even dream.....decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Yes, you read it here....the goal for my day today, November 20 is to decorate my humble little apartment for Christmas. And now, at 1:30 pm, I have decorated my new skinny tree with a few favorite ornaments and opened almost every box of decorations that I have. So now my apartment looks like a Christmas store in disarray. Never fear, I will get it all up and pretty before I head home for quality time of Thanksgiving with my family.

Now why, you ask, am I breaking my own rule? Well, it is like I said, I do love this season so much and create so much chaos and craziness for myself that there just isn't enough time after Thanksgiving to get it all done! The one big factor that is driving this is my annual Christmas party/open house. Basically, I cook a bunch of fun, fextive holiday party food and invite all my friends to come hang out. Lots of fun, yummy once a year foods, and great fellowship with friends who talk about it all year long....but it does translate into some work for me. Believe it, though, if I didn't love it, I wouldn't do it!

Hope that you are enjoying this week of Thanksgiving and anticipating the reason we celebrate Christmas - the birth of our Savior.

Monday, November 15, 2004

High School Football

I wasn't the biggest fan in high school. Probably because, in the early 90s, Abilene High football stunk. I mean they were really, really bad. I'm not sure they ever won a game in my four years there ... well, at least not many.

But now, Abilene High is a football powerhouse! They won district this year with a 10-0 record! This past Saturday, I went to the bi-district game vs. North Crowley. Although it was a chilly (~50 degree) and rainy day, we sat at Birdville Stadium and watched our Eagles pound the Panthers .... final score 45-21 (it was 45-0 at halftime!).

Who knows what the Regional game vs. El Paso Montwood will look like this weekend, but if we prevail, we'll probably be up against Southlake Carroll (#1 team in the nation!) for Quarterfinals.....yikes! Go Eagles!!!

Sunday, November 07, 2004

The weekend - part 2

Well, now I'm staring down at the last few waning hours of my weekend....it has been relatively uneventful, which is nice.

Did venture out to Wal-Mart this afternoon .... yuck. In college, I used to love to go to Wal-Mart. I could wander around for hours finding things I didn't really need but somehow convinced myself to want. Now, Wal-Mart just really isn't convenient for me, plus it is just always so dang crowded. But, I can say the trip was successful - found the Starlight mints I needed to make Peppermint Bark to sell at the Holiday Shoppe of the NFNL Home Tour (see yesterday's post for an explanation of that) - still hunting a good deal on 2 pounds of white chocolate. Found a new purse for significantly less that if I had found it pretty much anywhere else that I shop in Dallas. So, the trip was a success!

Now, I'm home to savor my last hours before the week begins in full force. Probably going to make those cards that I mentioned yesterday - just didn't quite get around to doing them. Probably going to veg in front of a movie for a little while...then that's it for my Sunday.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

The weekend!

I am so glad that the weekend is finally here.....

I worked a little late last night (~6:00, which actually is late for me, especially on a Friday!) then went by my new friend Jan's house to get some info from her. We are members of a board for a non-profit called New Friends New Life -- it is a ministry that was formed out of my church a few years ago to aid women who want to leave sexually oriented businesses and turn their lives around. It is a great ministry and very rewarding to work with as you can actually see results in the life of real people.

Our big fundraiser each year is a Home Tour that is held the first Sunday of December. We have three homes in a pretty swanky part of town that we sell tickets for people to tour. At one of the homes, we host a Holiday Shoppe with great little gifts and wonderful Incredible Edibles available for purchase. Anyway, Jan is the Home Tour chair this year and she is super organized and has everything running so very smoothly. But, I am helping her keep track of money stuff since that is one of my gifts and not one of hers! (Shameless plug and plea for money - even if you don't live in the Dallas area, but are interested in supporting this organization, tickets are only $15 and I'd be happy to sell you one!)

So, then I came home to chill out on a Friday night -- watched a little TV then off to bed. I just love Saturday mornings where I can sleep in! So far today, I've done some cleaning, some laundry, some organizing. Now I'm off to make a couple of cards (birthday for my sister and a wedding card for my friend Erin).

Happy Saturday to all!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Cool weather....

It felt so great today....cool (maybe mid 50s), rainish....I might just say that this is about my favorite weather. This morning, waking up snuggled under my comforter while my nose was cold in the chill of my room.....I love it!!! Somehow it was just wrong to wear sleeveless and flip flops in late October!!