Resurrection Eggs


There are alot of fun things that come with Easter. Easter egg hunts. Sunrise services. Plastic grass. And lots of candy!

One thing that I remember from the growing up years are Resurrection eggs. Do any of you remember those?

Basically it's a carton of plastic eggs, and in each egg is something to do with the story of Jesus's death and resurrection.

I think these are a great tool to keep kids focused on the reason we celebrate Easter in the first place - as the day when our Lord Jesus rose from the dead!

I did a little search and found some instructions on how to make your own Resurrection Eggs. This is from Living On A Dime.



Resurrection Egg Instructions

" 1 dozen plastic Easter eggs

1 egg carton

construction paper

Decorate the top of the carton with construction paper and any other decoration that seems fitting.

Fill each egg with the item listed in parenthesis below, along with a piece of paper containing the listed verse. For example the first egg will have a piece of bread along with verse #1 that you see accompanying the bread below. Be sure to put them in order in the carton so you remember which number is which.

Once you have made the Resurrection Eggs, you can decide the method you want to use to open them. You might open one per day during the twelve days before Easter or if you're having a big family get-together, you may choose to open them then. It is also fun for the kids to do this the day you decorate Easter eggs with them.

(Bread) Matthew 26:26
While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread,
gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples.
"Take and eat it," He said, "This is My body."

(Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15
Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests and asked, "What will you give me if I betray
Jesus to you?" They counted out thirty silver coins and gave
them to him.

(Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17
They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .

(Thorns, like on a rose stem) Matthew 27:29
Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on
His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt
before Him and made fun of Him. "Long live the King, of the
Jews!" they said.

(Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string) Mark 15:15
Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for
them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be
crucified.

(A small cross) John 19: 17-18a
He went out, carrying His cross, and came to "The Place of the
Skull," as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called "Galgotha.") There
they crucified Him.

(Nails) John 20:25b
Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in His
hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His
side, I will not believe."

(Sign saying "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.") Luke 23:38
Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF
THE JEWS.

(Small piece of sponge) Matthew 27:48
One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap
wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make Him drink it.

(Something representing a spear (i.e. a toothpick)) John 19:34
One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus' side, and at
once blood and water poured out.

(Rock) Matthew 27:59-60
Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and
placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug
out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the
entrance to the tomb and went away.

(Empty) Matthew 28:6
He is not here He has risen just as He said.
"



I have an adjustment though - for the "Nails" egg, I kind of like Acts 2:23 better: "This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross." But either one works, really.

I have a lot of happy memories associated with our Resurrection Eggs. Some years we would open one each day, or we'd open them in Sunday school and each kid would get to open an egg, take the little token out, and read the verse that went with it.

My favorite egg was always the last one, because it was empty just like the tomb was empty on Easter morning. Jesus was no longer in the tomb because He had risen from the dead!

I think when I have my own children, Resurrection eggs will definitely be part of our Easer celebration.

Just having plain Easter eggs is fun, but there's really no meaning there. But using Resurrection eggs is a way to incorporate eggs into the real meaning of Easter - it's something fun that still directs the mind to the whole purpose of celebrating Resurrection Day. I like that.


Book Vacation: Check

So my passport finally came! I was so happy, because that finally allowed us to book a vacation.

Let me just say that Priceline has the best everyday prices on vacation packages, flights, or whatever. Derek and I were able to find a pretty good deal on a great vacation.

So without further ado . . . we're going on a Caribbean cruise!

I'm so excited! I've never been on a cruise, and I've never been to the Caribbean. Derek and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and we just loved it, so we were looking at another tropical vacation.

We searched for cruises, and we found a nine-day cruise to the eastern Caribbean for a pretty reasonable price! And the nice part is that it departs not too far from where Derek's brother and sister-in-law live, so we'll be able to spend a couple days with them too.

The cruise will be stopping here (Puerto Rico):



And here (Dominican Republic):



And here (St. Thomas):



Plus a stop at the cruise line's private island in the Caribbean.

I'm so excited! I'm ready to soak up some sun during the second half of May!

So I need travel tips. Have any of you ever been on a cruise? Been to the Caribbean? Live in a Caribbean-like climate?

Anything that I must bring? Any charges or freebies I should be aware of?

I eagerly await any tips you can give me.





Images from Destination360.com.

The Honest Scrap Award

Okay, it's award time! I've been a little pathetic about passing on awards for the past couple months, so I'll be attempting to catch up on giving these out.

Jen at The Life Accounts awarded me the Honest Scrap award! I really enjoy reading The Life Accounts - Jen's posts are interesting and fun, so you should head over there and check it out!



To receive this award I need to say ten interesting things about myself. Boy, that can be hard to do, but I'll try to tell you something that will be interesting.

1. My arms are slightly double-jointed.

2. I was homeschooled from the fourth grade through highschool, and I started college classes at sixteen years old (yay for double credits)!

3. My family owned horses when I was growing up, and one of our favorite things to do as a family was to go on trail rides in the summer.

4. I've never been outside the U.S. and Canada, but that will be changing soon! That's all I'll say for now.

5. My finger and toe joints sometimes just pop out. For no apparent reason. And it really hurts. I wonder if there is a medical term for the frequent dislocation of minor joints.

6. I'm a tiny bit scared of the ocean.

7. My computer has frozen up three times tonight. I'm afraid it's on it's last leg.

8. I have an addiction to lip gloss. I'll have five tubes of gloss going at any one time, so I can use different flavors or colors depending on my mood.

9. I think para-sailing or hang-gliding would be so fun.

10. When I was a teenager I used to hide books that I was reading under a big stuffed lamb on my bed - that way they were out of sight and my room looked tidy, but my books were still easily accessable. I think I need a grown-up version of my lamb.

Okay, so hopefully something in all that was interesting! Does anyone else have as much trouble as I do thinking up interesting things about themselves? I have lots of interesting thoughts about other things, but it's hard to think of interesting things about me!

So I'm going to pass this one on to five people. Here we go.

Bibelot: Life's Little Things - Anne has some great insights, and I love reading her posts!

I Then Shall Live - Amy's blog is a light, cheerful read, and she makes me laugh!

Joshley and the Charles - Ashley is a (somewhat) new blogging friend, and I've really been enjoying her blog!

JB's Affordable Cooking Tips - This blog has some great food ideas and recipes (but beware - it'll make your mouth water).

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made - Jaime says it like it is and speaks her mind (or writes her mind?), and I appreciate that - her blog is a fun read.

And that's it for this one! To recieve the award just post ten interesting things about yourself, and pass it on to as many bloggers as you want!

I have three more awards to dole out, so check back on Fridays or Saturdays for the next few weeks to see more. I'm off to an Easter play at my cousin's church - it should be pretty good! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Baby Fever

I have a confession. Sometimes I get baby fever.

I can just be living my life, minding my own business, and I happen to walk past a mother carrying her newborn, or see a commercial for baby diapers on TV, and POW! I'm hit with it.

I know you other newly married ladies know what I'm talking about. And don't try to tell me you don't, because I won't believe you.

I'm having a nice little bought of baby fever today. Not sure what brought it on, but it's there.

Let's just indulge it for a little while, shall we?




Maternity Clothes: When I'm pregnant I'm going to be a well-dressed pregnant woman. You might see me in some of these:


Duo V-Neck Tunic




Unity World Wear 3/4 Sleeve "Grecian Sublimation"




Duo Pattern Empire Tie Top




Olian Maternity "Alley" Print Dress




Japanese Weekend Maternity Chiffon Tunic



You can just imagine my face where these ladies' heads are, and that'll be me.


Nurseries: I find myself thinking over how I would want the nursery to look. Here are a couple nurseries I've come across that I think are just adorable.


This is an unusual color combination, but I love it! I found this one on Parents.com.




I love Kara's nursery for her new baby boy! Check it out on Kara's Nursery Blog Post.


I had a hard time finding girl's nurseries that I like, because everything is so pink. I love pink for baby girls, but I wanted to find ideas outside of the pink-or-purple-girl-nursery box. Here are a couple pretty ones from HGTV.com:


Pretty Stripes




Gender-Neutral Cottage Style (But I think it looks like a girl's room.)



Once the baby has actually arrived, then the real fun begins!



Diaper Bags: These designer diaper bags are so cute! I usually don't buy designer anything, but I figure if I could choose one thing to indulge in, this would be it. Here are my picks:


Amy Michelle Gladiola Diaper Bag in green.




Timi and Leslie Patent Ruby Diaper Bag





Baby Clothes: What baby fever post would be complete without covering baby clothes! I think these are cute:

Miniwear Strappy Pink Floral Dress




Koala Kids Ballerina Shoes




Cynthia Rowley Long Sleeve Button Front Shirt




Little Wrangler Jeans (So Cute!)





Koala Kids Leather Mesh Athletic Slipper







Now, wasn't that a little satisfying? Though I probably just made the baby fever worse (and I probably gave it to all of you too).

Then again, maybe now that I've indulged it, it'll go away for a little while. Isn't it "feed a fever, starve a cold"?

Or maybe it's the other way. I don't know, but I did feed the baby fever, just this once, and I'm glad I did it!

Mmm, Hmm. That's right.

Glad.

The End Of The America As We Know It

I'm still sick. Not really sick - I can get out of bed and do things around the house. Just the sort of sick that makes your head start to hurt if you attempt to do anything other than watch TV or read a book for more than fifteen minutes. For that reason I haven't really been in the blogging mode for the last couple days, and I do apologize for slacking.

So they passed the healthcare bill on Sunday. I can't tell you how infuriated I am at that. All the Democrats in Congress just spat in the face of the majority of the American people.

It's just a mess. Goodbye to the formerly best healthcare system in the world.

What gets me most is that they cheated! They just "deemed" it passed by the House, without letting the House of Representatives actually vote on it. Um, that's called unconstitutional and dishonest.

I know there are scores of lawyers ready to file lawsuits against it, and I hope they succeed. But honestly, the only surefire way to get this reversed is to vote the Democrats out in November. Every last one.

Rush Limbaugh said on Monday that there are no moderate democrats. They are all far left - some of them are a little farther left than others, but there isn't one in the middle. I completely agree.

We need to vote them out in November, People! At least then there will be a chance to get this repealed. If we don't get them out, I just don't know what's going to happen.

After I heard that they actually had this passed, I couldn't help but think back to a post I wrote right after Obama was elected president ("The Day After: Remembering My Sojourner's Heart"). I felt like the world was ending then too (for good reason, as I'm reminded of now).

But I had to just remind myself then, as I am now, that this world is not my home. America is the best country in the world to live in, even now, but it's not my Home Country. I'm on my way to someplace better, and even though governments and countries here on earth rise and fall, no one can touch my real Homeland. Sometimes it's the only thing that keeps me sane.

But until Jesus returns to take us Christians Home, I say we fight, fight, fight! We need to do everything we can to get this repealed, and that means voting Republican in November.

Are you with me?


Free? Yes, Please.

Who likes free audiobooks? I do, I do!

I have to commute about forty-five minutes each way to and from work.

People tell me that's alot. It doesn't feel like alot to me, because I grew up about an hour away from everything, so if we had to go to the grocery store, we had to drive an hour to get there.

Then when I went to dental hygiene school I had an hour and a half drive to get there (I'd usually leave two hours early, just in case there was bad traffic). So to drive a mere forty-five minutes to work? Why, that's quite close!

However, listening to only music for forty-five minutes straight can get rather boring after a while.

I can entertain myself with my own thoughts, but only for so long - after a while I run out of things to think about, then I just rehash the same old problems, and that's a great way to get me to start worrying. And I'm attempting to get better at that - I don't think it's honoring to the Lord to worry so much. There will probably be a post to come on that subject.

I can listen to my talk radio (which you all know I'm a fan of), but my favorite talk radio hosts are not on when I'm driving to and from work! I miss Laura Ingraham by an hour in the morning, and Rush Limbaugh by two hours in the afternoon. I even miss Sean Hannity by an hour. And those are my three favorite shows. It just figures my commuting schedule would be such that I'd miss all my favorites, no?

However, I just love my iPod for that very reason - I can listen to my podcasts at any time! And I assure you, I have plenty.

One of my favorite discoveries are free audiobooks. Have any of you heard of Librivox? Basically they're an organization that makes audio recordings of books that are in the public domain and publishes them as podcasts in iTunes.

Voila! Free audiobooks!

They work mostly with volunteers who record chapters of the books, and then those recordings are compiled into the podcasts. I think it would be so fun to volunteer to read a chapter of a book for their recordings. But I don't know if you can choose the book you read, or if you have to just read whatever they give you. Because I wouldn't want to read just anything. If I decide to volunteer I'll let you know.

Anyway, I'm listening to Anne of Green Gables right now, and it's reminded me just how much I like that book. If you've never read it, you should. It's hilarious; very entertaining.

On my list of audiobooks to listen to are:

Robinson Crusoe
Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Little Women
Anne of Avonlea

And there are so many more! It's just lovely.

I guess I'm just a story/fiction type of person. Non-fiction is great if I'm in a learning mood, and I like listening to my talk radio or sermons on the way to work, but sometimes you just need to unwind with a good story, you know? That's what I think anyway.

So yes, there's a little tip for you fellow bookworms out there! Now you can read when you have time, and listen to audiobooks when you're not able to read! It doesn't get much better than that, does it?


Snapshot

It's 12:30 PM on March 19, 2010.

It's snowing outside today.

Ralphie is lounging under my desk chair, and the other dogs are nowhere to be found. Probably outside.

It's very quite and peaceful, except for the occasional hammering noises coming from the basement, where Derek is working.

I'm wearing a black shirt, a black and gray striped scarf that I got from Wal-mart yesterday (I'm finally participating in the scarf trend), skinny jeans, and no socks.

The living room is quite toasty, because Derek built a fire this morning.

I'm thinking about making cookies. But I probably shouldn't. But it's snowing outside!

I'm also trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Suggestions appreciated.

I just sneezed. I'm afraid I may be getting sick - my temperature was rather high this morning, and I'm afraid I may have a slight fever.

My plans for the afternoon include drinking tea, reading a book, writing letters, and taking a nap.

And I don't mind a bit if none of that gets accomplished.

Another sneeze.

The sound of hammering.

A toasty room.

My warm scarf around my neck.

A cup of tea.

Afternoon naps.

Cookies baking.

Snow falling.


What wonderful inventions.

Thank you Lord, for giving us all the little things that make everyday life so interesting and wonderful.


Oh, The Horror!

Warning: This post should not be viewed by teddy bears or any other stuffed creatures because of the graphic nature of the content.



Morbid, isn't it?

I bought these little stuffed animals for the dogs last Friday. Within two hours the three of them had all the eyes pulled out. The next morning the poor eyeless things also had their little stuffed innards scattered all over the floor.

Within the week they will be completely de-stuffed.

Within another week the stuffing-less legs will be pulled off.

And soon this will be all that's left.



It's like a horror film for stuffed animals. Except it's real.

Cue the creepy Psycho music.

Our Republican Caucus

Last night I attended our precinct's Republican caucus with Derek.

I hope all you American's that are reading this actually vote, because if you don't this post won't mean anything to you. Being able to vote on what direction our country is taking is one of the greatest privileges we have in America, and I've never been able to understand why some Americans don't vote. It's a privilege and, especially for those of us who are Christians, it is also our duty to do our part to keep our country moving in the right direction.

Caucus's (or would that be cauci?) are the real grassroots of politics in America. When you vote you are choosing between different issues or people that are already on the ballot - but the caucus is the beginning of the process of deciding what goes on the ballot.

I don't know nearly as much about the process as I'd like to, but I'm learning.

Last night we voted to choose delegates to attend the county assembly for the Republican party. If you go to the assembly you get to directly vote on which of the local candidates you want to be on the ballot for the Republican party. From there they also vote for delegates to the state assembly, which is the same thing as the county assembly except for the entire state.

Derek and I were both able to be delegates to our county assembly! I'm so excited. During the last election year I was an alternate delegate (meaning I could fill in for a delegate if they didn't make it), but this time I get to be an actual delegate! I'm excited to get to decide which Republicans I want to be in the running for the county positions that are open this year.

If you've never been to a caucus for your political party, I'd encourage you to go the next time they have one - it's a great way to actually get involved in the political process.

It's really unfortunate that so many Americans take these things for granted - very few countries allow their people to be so directly involved in the decisions of the country. Being able to vote, and being able to be involved in the political process at this very beginning level is an honor, and I wish more Americans treated it as such.

So yes, if you've never been, definitely try to attend a caucus for your county in 2012 - it's even more interesting during a presidential election year anyway! Maybe you'll get to be a delegate to the county assembly like we did this year as well (which is even more exciting)!

Spring Part Two. I Think I Understand.


So I've been trying to determine if there is anything good to say about Spring. I started my musings yesterday with the post "Spring. Bleh." I feel like it must be a little ungrateful to despise one season so much when the Lord made each season for our enjoyment, so I'm determined to find a good thought in my head about Spring.

I guess it's kind of fun, because it's a time for things to be born. I have a friend who ranches, and the baby lambs are absolutely adorable. So I guess that's one thing.

I suppose Spring is a time of rebirth. Seeds that have been lying dormant since they fell off of dying plants last Autumn are starting to crack open and send out little shoots (even though here we don't actually see those shoots until May or June).

Birds are flying in again after being gone for so long. We did see a bluebird the other day. That was pretty exciting.

The most significant positive that I would give Spring is that it's the time that we celebrate the Resurrection of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus.

I wonder what it's like during the Spring in Israel. What is it like in the country where it all happened at this time of year?

I know the Lord purposefully planned to be crucified and resurrected during Passover, because He is our perfect Passover Lamb. He is the final sacrifice to cover our sins, for those of us that believe in Him. Since He did sacrifice His life for us, so that our sins would be paid for once and for all and it would never be necessary to sacrifice another lamb, it would seem appropriate for Him to give Himself to atone for our sins during Passover.

But I wonder - I think the Lord must have purposefully planned Passover to occur during the Spring. And if He purposefully planned Passover to occur during the Spring, He purposefully planned for His death and resurrection and to occur during the Spring.

I wonder - do you think He chose Spring because it is a time of rebirth?

But then He created Spring too. He created the whole idea of rebirth.

Maybe He created Spring to be the time when He would rise from the dead.

Maybe He decided that the seasons would happen the way they do - with things dying in the winter and being reborn in the spring - to be a reflection of His death and resurrection.

Even though Spring starts as such an ugly season, it ends with glorious new life. Just as the ugliness and seemingly hopeless situation of His death ended in the glorious event of His Resurrection from the dead.

Maybe I don't mind Spring quite as much as I thought I did. Because the Lord obviously chose this time of year for His supreme act of mercy and grace to save us to take place, so there must be something special about it.

The Lord created everything in this world for His Glory. Absolutely everything. And I think He must be happy when we look a little deeper at everything in His creation, even when certain things may seem ugly or unnecessary at first, to find His glory in the things He has made.

Because His glory and eternal attributes can be seen in all the things that are made. Even in the ugliness and subsequent beauty (yes, I suppose I admit it - there is beauty) of Spring.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

Romans 1:20



"The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."

Matthew 28:5-6A



Finally Enjoying Spring, The Season Of Our Lord's Resurrection,

Spring Part One. Bleh.

Note: This is a two-part post, so if you are a first time visitor, I'm not usually so pessimistic, and you have to read tomorrow's post to really see where this is going. Thank you.

I have a confession to make. I don't like Spring too much.

I can hear the gasps of astonishment right now. So many people get so excited about the prospect of Spring.

New grass.

Chirping birds.

Flowers.

Maybe I'd be excited too if Spring was actually pretty here. But it's not. I think it's the ugliest season.

In Summer you have green everywhere you look. You have hot dogs, baseball games, barbecues, warm summer nights, fresh scents on the air after the rain. It's a lovely time of year.

In Autumn you have the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. You have that wonderful crisp smell in the air. You have hay being cut, deer being hunted, and football games being played. Pumpkins, squash, cookies, muffins. Cold enough to feel cozy when you're inside, warm enough to enjoy yourself outside. Definitely my favorite season.

Though Winter can sometimes be ugly, much of the season is just gorgeous. White just covering the landscape. Snow-covered mountains in the distance. Being able to see your breath. Sledding, ice skating, skiing, and other winter sports. Getting ready for Christmas and everything that comes with it. It's a season that really warms your heart, even while your toes are freezing off.

But there's just not much to say about Spring. The snow starts melting, and where I live it just takes forever for any green to appear. The air is too cold to wear any summer clothes, but too warm to wear the sweaters that were appropriate a short time before.

And there is mud. Lots and lots of mud. It squishes beneath your shoes, and it's almost impossible to wear heels. The dogs get all muddy whenever you let them outside, which means you have to give them a bath at least once a day to prevent your carpet from becoming stained.

Everything is just brown and ugly. By the time there is anything good to say it's more like Summer than Spring.

Maybe the reason I dislike it is because where I live things just tend to go from Winter to Summer, with nothing but a muddy mess in between. It snows, it melts, there's mud, it snows again. And we go through this cycle until about the middle of May.

Exhibit A - This picture was taken last year at "Springtime".



We don't really have "Spring" here. Not like most people think of Spring. It's only "Spring" in the sense that little shoots of grass start popping up here and there, but that's not too exciting when they get covered by snow a week later.

Some people get the Winter blues. I get the Springtime blues.

Maybe you all can help me change my outlook. I'm just having a hard time figuring out what I like about Spring.



This post to be continued tomorrow . . .




Wiping mud off my shoes,





Check back tomorrow for my conclusion to the Springtime issue!

Taxes, Blondies, and Blogger Awards

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the encouragement this week! It's just been a weird week, and it continued into yesterday through a date night with Derek that just went to shambles. But what can you do? We'll probably try for another date this weekend and see if we can actually make it through successfully.

Hopefully today will be better, but my hopes aren't too high. We are going to our accountant and giving them our taxes today. Oh joy. Of course if we find out we'll get a tax return (which we usually do), then it will be a good time. Tax appointments can be fun if you get money.

I also need to rush home and make some blonde brownies or something scrumptious afterward, because Derek and I have been going to a Newly Married Sunday school class in town lately, and one of the couples just moved to our area. Which is unusual, because we live in a little rural town - what are the odds?

So I'm snagging the opportunity to make a friend. When you live out in the boonies like we do (okay, not quite the boonies, but you know what I mean), the chances are greatly diminished that there will be any good friend material within thirty miles. So I'm making some blondies as a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" gift, and hoping I'll have some one close by to have lunch with every now and then.

Sorry for all the unstructured posts this week. Next week I actually only work two days (Yay for getting a break!), so I should be back to my normal blogging self.

And I've gotten several blog awards this year which I just haven't posted yet (I know I'm so behind on stuff), so I'll be doling out awards for the next couple weeks too! So keep reading, and if you haven't made yourself known as a reader (ie, commented), now would be the perfect time to do so. And I won't even hold it against you that I had to coax it out of you.

Oh my, I'm silly. You know I'm just teasing! But I really won't hold it against you, and I do love to hear from new readers. So comment away!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Mish-Mashy


Today is one of those days when I don't really know what to write about. It's been a rough week so far, and I've still got half of it to go.

Quincy ran away this morning. I had to go trotting down the driveway in the snow to try to find her. Thankfully she didn't go far, and there was this big black dog roaming the neighborhood, so I think it scared her into running back home. She came inside and Harvey and Ralphie have been licking all the snow and ice off of her back and face for the last five minutes. It's pretty cute, actually.

I haven't had any time to read blogs for almost a week, and I'm feeling terrible about it. I'm going bowling with my grandma and sister again today, so I probably won't have that much time today either. It's just a weird week. So if I haven't commented on your blog for a while, I'm working on it!

Derek and I bought Danny Gokey's new CD. He was on American Idol last week, and he was one of our favorites last year, so we were excited to see him perform. Then he started into the song, and I looked at Derek and said "Is that country? It sounds like country." And what do you know, it was! We were pretty excited, because he was our favorite contestant last year, and now he's making our favorite genre of music.

The CD is quite good - I like almost all the songs. We were a little unsure at first, because he doesn't have the typical country voice, but the songs sound country, and he makes it work. Kind of like the guy in Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban make it work, even though they don't really have "country" voices either. There are several songs that we can picture hearing on country radio, and hopefully we will soon!

Anyway, this was a very mish-mashy, random post, but I'm having a very mish-mashy, random week, so this is as good as it gets for now.





P.S. The picture fits with my mish-mashy, random theme, just in case you were wondering.

American Pickers


Alot of Sunday afternoons we spend at my parent's house, since we usually end up going to church up near there. We do a variety of things - sometimes we watch a movie together, sometimes we play games, and we usually have good things to eat.

It's mainly just a time to relax after a church and a busy week. Nice lazy Sunday afternoons - it doesn't get much better than that really, does it?

Anyway, today I spent most of the afternoon on the couch with my dad, glued to the TV. Which is a little more unusual, just because alot of Sundays I spend more time just visiting with my mom and sisters.

But today my dad turned on the History Channel and a show called "American Pickers" was on the History Channel. Have any of you seen that show? We were fascinated.

My dad and I are kindred spirits in that we both get pretty interested in Discovery Channel or History Channel shows - and this show was like a perfect mixture of the two channels. Basically it's these two men who travel around the country and look for antiques. They buy them at good prices and resell them to "clients" who I'm sure include rich people who will pay outrageous prices for old stuff, because they sure sell some of those things for crazy prices.

Those of you who have ever driven through a rural residential area will, I'm sure, be able to testify about those people who are just junk collectors. You can tell just by looking at their yard. You drive past and they have all kinds of old cars, tires, furniture, and just all kinds of stuff just sitting on their property.

I always used to look at those yards and get slightly disgusted, wondering why they can't just get rid of all that stuff. One or two days and you could have it all hauled off to the junkyard. But that's just the point - they don't want to get rid of it. They get attached to all that stuff and just won't throw it away.

And those are the kinds of places that these "pickers" on the show find all kinds of antique stuff to sell. You'd be surprised at some of the things they find in those places, and how much they sell them for!

My dad and I had a great time watching the show yesterday, and it's totally putting me in the mood to go to the antique mall and see what's there. The only problem is that those men on the show knew what they were looking at - they knew their stuff. They knew how much they could sell something for, and they had to differentiate between junk that could possibly be valuable or just plain junk. If you don't know what you're looking at when it comes to old stuff, you could end up paying way too much for something that isn't even worth anything.

Maybe I need to read up on antiques (particularly teacups and books) before I go back to the mall so that I don't get taken buying something worthless. But then, I would mostly be looking for teacups I thought were pretty or old-looking books that I wouldn't mind reading, because I like to decorate with that stuff. So I guess it wouldn't matter too much if it was worthless as long as I liked it, no?

I guess I'm just like those "clients" that I criticized earlier, just buying old stuff to decorate with. Except I'm not rich; I would only buy a bargain, so maybe I'm not like that after all! That makes me feel better.



For A Laugh

I was cleaning the house the other day and realized we were out of all-purpose cleaner.

We keep a grocery list going on the refrigerator so I can make sure I get everything when I make a grocery trip. I walked over to the fridge to put 409 on the list, and this is what I saw:



See that last item before 409? Courtesy of my hubby. He makes me laugh!

It Can Happen

You know when you are just browsing in a store and you find a really cute dress? Then you look at the tag and realize that it's been marked down to $8?

Then one of the workers asks you if you're finding everything alright, and you ask her if the dress is really $8. And she tells you that it should be, and if it's not they'll give it to you for eight anyway?

Then you go to the register and the girl rings up your purchases - and she looks at the computer screen and back at you a couple times. Then she tells you that it says $8, but it's ringing up as $22.50, and do you still want it?

Then you tell them that they told you they'd give it to you for $8, and the cashier turns to her manager and asks for a price change?

Then you get the dress for $8?

You know, when that happens?

I love it when that happens.





Better Than Rubies

I'm doing this Bible study with my mom and sisters. We're going through a Proverbs study book, and it's really good so far. It's reminded me of the importance of wisdom and discernment.

When I was younger one of the qualities that I really desired for myself was wisdom. To be a wise woman was one of my goals in life. Wisdom is one of those virtues that helps you with every other virtue, and if you have wisdom difficult situations won't be so difficult. Difficult situations may not even arise in the first place, because if you show wisdom in different situations it's a good way to avoid complications.

Wisdom makes all the difference in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. When to share a concern and when to overlook an offense. What to say and what not to say. With wisdom life and godliness is just easier.

It's emphasized throughout Scripture that wisdom is better than any material possession. When God gave Solomon an opportunity to ask for anything he wanted, Solomon chose wisdom over riches or power or long life, and it pleased God (1 Kings 3:5-14).

Would I have chosen wisdom over anything else I could ask for? On some days I just don't know - but I would hope so. The amazing thing is that when Solomon asked for wisdom over riches or honor, God gave him what he asked for; but He also gave him what he didn't ask for (1 Kings 3:13). The Lord blessed Solomon for seeking wisdom; and I think He will bless any of His children who sincerely desire to please Him through wise actions and words.

Somehow I've lost that desire for wisdom in recent years. I think it's just because things have gotten so crazy and busy for the last, oh, three years, and somehow I just forgot about the importance of seeking wisdom.

That's shameful isn't it? How can one forget to pursue something that's so important - something that has been so important in the past? I don't know, but through this Bible study with my mom (who is a very wise woman) I've remembered that long forgotten desire of my heart: to grow to be a wiser woman.

Anyway, Proverbs says that those who seek wisdom diligently will find it (Proverbs 8:17). What a wonderful promise.

I think think the Bible study we're doing on Proverbs, reading Proverbs daily, and praying for wisdom are a good start, so that's what I plan to do.

You'll probably be reading alot of posts inspired by Proverbs in the near future!


A Twittering Imposter! ( I Sincerely Apologize . . .)

Oh my goodness, Guys, I was just updating some of my sidebar items and noticed that my Twitter feed was full of different items - and it never is.

Then I read some of the Twitter updates and realized that I had not posted those! There was alot of cussing and stuff - and you guys know that I wouldn't cuss, right?

I was wondering if someone had hacked into my Twitter account or something, but then I clicked on the link and figured out what happened.

Well, I changed my Twitter username a few months ago. It used to be something different, but then I changed it to CallieNicole7 for the sake of unity between my Blogger username and Twitter username.

I noticed that my Twitter updates never seemed to appear on the sidebar, but I just thought it was because I tweet rather infrequently.

Well, I discovered it was because I never changed my Twitter username for the little sidebar gadget. And someone just recently picked up my old username.

Someone who uses foul language.

Someone who is in no way connected with me or the blog!

So if any of you have noticed inappropriate Twitter updates in my sidebar, I sincerely apologize, and it wasn't me! I hope I didn't lose any of my subscribers over this, but I wanted to set the record straight.

Serves me right for not being more on top of the housekeeping aspects of my blog. I've learned my lesson.

It's fixed now, in case you were wondering.


Truly Delightful Snacks


Have you ever had those little Quaker rice snacks? They're called Quakes?

I love those. They're like little mini rice cakes with flavor.

Well, if you like those, wait until you have Quaker Quakes True Delight rice snacks.

Oh my goodness. They are delicious. They're just like the regular Quakes, except they're in these gourmet flavors.

I just tried the Blackberry Pomegranate and Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, and I think I'm going to have to buy the Vanilla Creme Brulee one next.

The best thing is they're pretty healthy. Much healthier than chips. They're baked instead of fried, and they have about half the calories of chips.

They're just wonderful all the way around. Quakes have always been one of my favorites, and now the True Delights just may have moved to my number one favorite.

I promise I wasn't paid to write a review of them, guys - I just really like them!

Any other scrumptious snacks you can recommend?

Finishing the Basement

Drumroll, please . . .

Derek and I are finishing our basement this Spring!

Our house is a raised ranch, and it has an unfinished basement. When we bought it the basement had a rough-in for a bathroom, so basically we have to put up the wall, sheet rock and paint the walls, pick out all the stuff for the bathroom and get that put together, and put carpet in.

It'll be really nice when we're done, because it'll add a laundry room, a coat closet, a family room, a master bathroom, and two other rooms down there that we'll use for bedrooms! They aren't officially bedrooms because they won't have closets, but still. It'll double our square footage and put alot of equity into the house, so we're pretty excited.

Derek is doing alot of the work himself (I'm so glad that I have a husband who can do that stuff), and my dad works in the construction business, so he's helping us alot too. We're going to pay my dad for his help, but even so, we're saving alot on the labor by doing it this way, so it'll be great!

I introduce to you the first of my "Renovation Diaries". Basically my own little version of a home improvement show - only I'm not really giving out tons of tips, just showing you the progress of our own renovation story.

I can assure you that at some future point you'll see me freaking out about what tile to pick for the bathroom, because I'm already freaking out about it - and I'll try to extend these Diaries through the decorating process, which is where my expertise will come in (the construction part of it is Derek's job, then I get the "making it livable" part).

I hope you enjoy my antics in these videos! Not the greatest quality, and definitely not professional, but I know you'll still be my friends anyway! In my defense for this first video, I really couldn't tel how dark it was down there through my camera, and I filmed at night because that was the only time I could do it - so, yeah. That's my excuse. Without further ado:

Renovation Diaries 1 - 2/28/2010 from Callie on Vimeo.




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