Monday, August 27, 2007
"self, if this is such common knowledge, then why don't police know and penetrate our area more and why isn't the crime rate higher?"
So I answered myself with
"self this must be just bored kids throwing each others shoes up in the air for fun."
I am afraid I will never know for sure, but it will always be one of those things that I wonder about...who does it,
why do they do it,
how many times did it take them to land them on the line,
and who in my neighborhood is shoe-less tonight?
Sorry for the shaky picture, I took them while Kev was driving.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
With Great Love Sweet Laura.
Fumbling with her keys,
Blond hair falling in her squinting eyes,
And unaware of the stranger coming up behind her.
She heard a deep voice say "let me help you."
Flustered and a bit startled
She turned to see a kind, dapper, and slightly wrinkled face.
He opened the door
Helped her with her groceries.
And he walked away.
Glimmering, long, lost chivalry.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I attribute about 60% of my apathy towards work to this very fact...I have been wishing that I was at a different stage of life. I think that the other 40% is just general, "I love the summer" blues
Yesterday at church, we were singing a song with the words"do what You will" and "I'm ready now." I found myself praying that I was ready for God to do what he wanted with my life and with these motherly desires I have been having. I felt like I was having a conversation with God about my children that I don't have yet and I really feel like I heard Him say so clearly that He has already given me children and I wasn't acting very ready for them. I have been elected to a very high calling- teaching. God has placed me in this great role and I have been resisting it b/c my heart's desire is somewhere else. Shouldn't my desire be His will though???? I'm hearing what you're saying God...it couldn't be any clearer. The point that He wanted me to get was so vividly painted . God has given me many children, a little less then 200 actually. Until He graces us with little faces that match our own, my students are here for me to nurture, to lead, and to teach. Engaging in anymore complaining about having to get up early to serve them, or having pity parties because my belly is not growing with new life would be disobedient to my Lord and unfair to them...my children. While I would be over joyed to learn that motherhood had at last found it's way to me I will do my best to be ever so grateful for this station of life.
Classes begin on Wednesday morning.
I'm ready now.
Song Lyrics- not my writing
Come like You promised You would
I want to surrender for good
I know that I need You and I don’t
want to keep living life alone
So take this heart and make it new
Make it true make it like You
Take my hands I lift them high
They’re Yours not mine to do
Do what You will
Do what You will
Do what You will
I feel like a blind man in Your sight
I know that I’m wicked in Your eyes
So wash me and make me shine like Your
Son, I want to tell everyone that You’re the only one
I’m ready now, I’m ready now
I’m ready now, do what You will
I’m ready now
I’m ready now
I’m ready now
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Eyes filled with tears,
20 minutes late,
Dissapointed in my bad attitude,
What else was I going to do...so I thanked God that I had made it safely, I thanked God that I no one really noticed, I thanked God that I had job to go to, and I thanked God that he loved me despite my ugliness..
Allison Kate White
Monday, August 13, 2007
A color so beautiful it could only come from heaven, blessing us for a few moments until the sun tucks beneath the earth and sleeps for the night.
It's a color that makes me think of Country Time Lemonade, of sitting lazily on my mother's porch after dinner, of my nieces stealing a few more minutes of play before bath and bed come calling, of watching Gus run freely at the park, of enjoying life for it simple sweetness that summer makes me appreciate...It's slower, it's warmer, and for me it's gone, till the next teaching year is done.
So I'll be off to bed early and up before dawn for the next 9 months and I will be longing for those nights when I can enjoy God's painting of the all things around me golden.
Good night sweet summer.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Sorry for being so melodramatic I really had quite a lovely day...The kindest regards to all of you who called or wrote to wish me well!
My birthday really started last weekend when Mr Jones took me to see Colbie Caillat. Then on Friday night he presented me with a story book about Gus and took me on a birthday date to Blue Water Bistro. On my actual birthday, the Gillian's came over for breakfast. We had scrambled eggs with onions and baby portabella mushrooms, chicken breakfast sausage, Health Nut toast, cinnamon roll coffee, and turkey bacon. Everything was de-li-cious....except for the turkey bacon, which should not be allowed to be called bacon. It was kind of like rubber that had been painted to look like bacon..but the taste gave it away, b/c it had nothing close to the glorious flavor that is bacon.
I worked on art stuff in the afternoon and I got a lot done...which is always good. Then in the evening we went to the Bidwell's house, who planned a lovely birthday party for me. The theme was colors, so everything looked cheery. We had scrummy salads and Laura made a cake. Not just any cake though, my mother's famous Devil's food with cream cheese frosting...all dieting was canceled for birthday festivities! My dearest and closest Florida friends gifted me with beautiful presents and sweet Ben Dattilo made me a Happy Birthday sign complete with his 2 year old signature...perfect. However, the party didn't end with presents and cake, we all hopped in the pool and played 3 rigorous games of water volley ball...two of which I spent treading water in the deep end. At the end of the evening we engaged in a round of rodeo ball with a 48in beach ball... fun at it's bestl!
Sorry to disappoint, but we forgot to take the camera, however we managed to snap a couple pics with Kev's phone...
Watch out thirty...here I come!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
And here it is now, DIY complete...except that now I think that we need a darker floor. Wood flooring is what I am hoping for, not now, but when money allows! Wahoo!
I love the color of the cabinets, it is exactly what I wanted. I like the green walls also, it reminds me of celery and I like celery, especially with cream cheese and paprika which is very much the color palette of our DIYed kitchen...Spectacular
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I was listening to my favorite radio program this morning and the topic was "did your sibling get something that you did not," or some version of that. Not to complain, but if I could have been blessed with just some of the genes that the lovely Amy White, my sister, has I would be, well if nothing less I would be a bit more organized.
This week she is teaching an adult class for vbs at my parent's church. I was reminded of her ability to amaze after she just briefly described the class to me. She calls it "The ABC's of Simple Hospitality." With out going on and on I want to share just a bit of her knowledge! I tried to edit it down, but it was chock-a-block full of hospitable information! Read enjoy!
…Opening Your Heart and Your Home…
prepared by Amy White
The ABC’s of Simple Hospitality
A. Defining “Hospitality”(This is the dictionary def. We will define it more in terms of what this means for me as a believer in Jesus Christ.)
1.) hospitable treatment, reception, disposition
2.) given to generous and cordial reception of guests
3.) offering a pleasant or sustaining environment
B. Defining “Entertaining”
1.) comes from the old idea of hospitality
2.) used in place of hospitality today
3.) alludes to the idea of putting on a show—something extravagant
- This leads to…
- house is too small
- house is not nice enough
- can’t cook very good
- don’t have the $ = cost too much
II. What God’s Word Says About Hospitality
A. It is Practiced(Proverbs 31 Woman: A picture of her over a lifetime. She provides food for her family & maidens. She opens her arms to the poor (NIV) and stretches out her hands to the needy (NASV).)
1.) Romans 12:13—“…Practice hospitality.”
2.) It is not a gift given only to some. It is for all of us to put into practice.
3.) People cannot master something until they have spent time practicing.
B. It is Evident(Rom. 16:23…Paul writes of a fellow brother from the Corinthian church named Gaius. Described as one whose hospitality Paul and the whole church here enjoy. Men and women both are called to hospitality.)
2.) This is a life-long process…not just for a certain season of life.
3.) Others will recognize this in you—not by what you say, but by what you do.
C. It is done with a Right Attitude(Luke 10:38-42…story of Mary and Martha… Martha allowed herself to get distracted by all around her that needed to be done. This led to her being “worried and upset”, and in all of this she forgot the most important thing, her guest—which happened to be Jesus.)
1.) I Peter 4:9—“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
2.) Offering hospitality should be an outward extension of inward motivation
3.) What is motivating you to reach-out to others?
The ABC’s of Simple Hospitality
Remember Martha…What is your mindset? What or Who are you focusing on?
You will be blessed when you choose to minister to others…when you serve…when you give
Who can you connect with?
Hospitality is a relational thing.
Get the whole family involved… cleaning/setting the table/ picking out toys for younger children/ serving/ opening the door-greeter
Let things flow from the meal to the conversation
Getting to know your guests and their interests. Share what God is doing. Keep your conversation pleasing to the Lord and unoffensive (Phil. 4:8)
G—Give your best
Even when on a budget…even when keeping it simple…still give your best.
Make people feel at home.
“Some folks make you feel at home, and others make you wish you were.”
There has to be an invitation…How many times do we say “We’ve got to get together”? Get it on the calendar.
Our example of loving others…extending friendship… ministering to others…not self
K—Keep it simple
Especially when in practice mode… What is your simple? What do you do best? Some it’s gourmet all the way…Some it’s Stouffer’s lasagna.. both are great, just remember what attitude you do it with
Be looking for opportunities to minister…newly married couples, new parents, someone from S.S., small group, Bible Study, those going through hard time
2—To those younger than you both spiritually & physically…Let them into your kitchen and home
“Not putting on a show”
It’s about the relationship with the other person.
P—Pray & Practice
Bring it to the Lord for…
Blessing for you, your guest, event
Opportunity to encourage
Q—Quitting isn’t an option
Don’t get discouraged and distracted…You can do this!
If you are relaxed, your guests will be too.
Hospitality and the heart of serving go together. Reflects to others not to you.
It will take time…preparing your home…preparing food…the actual get-together…but it is a sacrifice, and when done with the right attitude, you will be blessed
U—Utilize what you have
You don’t have to “tablescape”… There are fun times for that, but for simply offering hospitality focus on the people, not the coordinating colors of your food, flowers, wall colors, tablewear, your outfit!
Your guests…value the time they’ve set aside to visit w/ you…value what they have to say…put away distractions
From the first knock until the door closes as they leave have a welcoming spirit.
Set expectations early on…with a right attitude and motivation
Y—You and Your Family
Begins w/ you and your family first…Practice w/ them first…Do they see hospitality in you—daily, weekly, or only when guests come?
Means: the quality of enhancing enjoyment. You be the zest…don’t allow the “stuff” to be the zest
Do Not…(This part cracks me, Carly, right up b/c it is exactly what I do)
1.) Apologize for your house
2.) Apologize for what you don’t have
3.) Expect an invitation in return
4.) Forget your motivation…your ministryShe also gave me recipes...after I try them all, I will take pictures and post them so you can see how the delicious and simple they are!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
He was not sure about the beach or the sea.
He was sure that he like sea weed
(we were sure that he did not after we saw what happened to him later! It was almost embarrassing!)
he was sure that he did not like the pool, he panicked, but he did float!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
All in all it was a really fun night, but it made me wonder are the words Goo Goo from the Goo Goo Dolls hyphenated!
Friday, August 3, 2007
May God's grace be bestowed on you, may you always have a twinkle in your eye, and may you never loose you infectious and illuminating spirit!
With great love!
Two night ago I was working at my dining room table, my puppy was to my right and I could feel Trouble's tail flicking around my feet. I was content with this scenario, but after a few minutes I realized that Trouble had started to bat at something near my toes. I tried to ignore this until he was literally trying to dig under my shoe! I glanced down and thought that one of my black hair ties and fallen to the floor presenting itself as the ideal toy for our cat. Upon looking more carefully I found that a tiny snake had wondered into our midst.
You can imagine my surprise when I let it soak in that there was a snake crawling around my feet and the entire time I thought that it was Trouble's tail.
Luckily, I live with the closest thing to a super hero as you possibly can and Kevin the Brave swooped in with courage and bravery and trapped the fearsome beast in a plastic container and took him to the office????? The office... is where they stayed for quite a while, in fact they were in there so long I forgot the reptile was still in the house!!!! Kev spent at least 20min. researching what kind of snake had come to visit. He determined it was an eastern ring neck and that they do not get any bigger that 8-10 inches long, so our tiny visitor was full grown!
I fondly call him Romulus the Ringneck (this is not him, it's a picture from the internet but you get the idea!!)