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23 October 2009

"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities."

-William Arthur Ward

20 October 2009


I changed the quotes in the column on the right.  The plan is for these to change much more frequently... The topics will also change....

If you are looking for any in particular.... just let me know!

Not me...


Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

My first attempt:

              I certainly did not spend yesterday in my pajamas hanging out with my mama.  And we certainly did not spend the day watching Hallmark movies as we predicted the endings.  And if we were to spend our day in that manner we certainly would not have eaten breakfast at 11:00am.  Nope.... not us...

          I definitley did not leave a case of diet coke in the trunk lastnight during freezing temperatures.... and if I were to do that I certainly didn't wait until this afternoon to retrieve said boxes.  I definitely did not reheat chili and make grilled cheese sandwiches because I forgot to remove meat from the freezer.  And if that was the case I certainly would not have forgotten to do that same thing for three days in a row.

           Today I did not watch One Life to Live and General Hospital to catch up on the last two weeks I miss.  And if that were actually the case I certainly would not have been sitting there in my flannel pj bottoms and a bright green Limonada t-shirt.

       Now I am certainly NOT going to crawl into bed and sleep with a half ot the bed covered in books, camera, and misc items.... Nope, Not Me!

19 October 2009

Babbling and Nonsense

Have you ever noticed something on yourself in a different way than before?  I know, it sounds ridiculous but today I noticed my feet.  Yes, I have noticed my feet before.  But today as I looked down at my feet I thought "I like my feet.... I have cute feet."  For those who have seen them lately you will contradict me I'm sure.  Sure I need a pedicure and some tender loving care.  In the last month or two or four.... they have been neglected.  Other things in my life have taken priority and I have taken my feet for granted.  Well today I thought about it... really thought about it.  Can you tell I have too much time on my hands?

Here are my observations:
  • My feet are not typical in appearance.
  • My feet would be the correct size for a twelve ten year old.
  • My big toe has calluses from my need to walk barefooted....
    • while we're at it.... so does the ball of my foot, especially just below my little toe.
  • My little toe looks like a little hill, I don't know how to describe it. (But it looks nearly identical to my mom's little toe and my sister's little toe.... I love that!) It has the tiniest little nail on it and has a callus from my inability to find shoes that fit. 
  • On my left foot my toe next to my little toe is longer than the other ones (not including my big toe)
  • I can see and identify the tendons on the top of my foot and enjoy palpating the veins on the top of my foot (I know, I'm a dork).
  • The kicker.... On each of my feet, on the outer part, beside the pinkie toe is a scar.  The scars are from the removal of extra toes.... 
    • I know... you're thinking.... WHAT? 
    • Yup!  I was born with twelve toes (and twelve fingers).  My paternal grandfather was born with the same and since it skips a generation maybe one of my grandchildren will have them.

By now you're wondering why I'm telling you all of this...

It's so easy for us to look at ourselves and find flaws.  I do it everyday.  If only I was about twenty pounds lighter.  I wish my hair was curly.  If only I were taller (then I would appear smaller).  I need a haircut... I look like a wierd boy.

It's easy.  I bet you could name ten things you would like to change about yourself.  Can you name five things you love about yourself?  It wasn't as easy to name the things you love, was it?

I love:
  • My Eyes
    • the color and texture
      • same as my dad and most of my dad's side of the family
  • My Eyelashes
    • long, dark, and go from corner to corner (literally)
  • My Little Toes
    • the same as my mom and sister
  • My Extra Digits (scars)
    • a trait not everyone has...and maybe an odd but fun one I can pass on...
  • My Freckles
    • I wasn't so fond of them when I was younger but now it's not something I would ever change.
I hope one day that I can honestly say that I love everything about myself.  That does NOT mean that it will be perfect!  It just means that I will accept it as a part of me....a gift from my Maker....

16 October 2009

A Few Beach Reflections

I spent the last week and a half at the beach. Topsail Island.... I'm extremely lucky in that some of my extended family own a small house on the sound side of the island, right on the water. It's a great little place full of lots of memories from my childhood.

At this house: I learned how to bait a hook, I learned how to fish and remove the fish I caught from the hook, I learned how to put out the crab trap and kill the crabs we caught. We crammed most of the family in and people were on every bed, couch, and air mattress. The house was full of joking, talking, laughter, the smell of food, the sound of fish frying and crab slurping.... Many games have been played at this house... Scrabble, Uno, Yahtzee.....

There are many fond memories from my childhood there but in recent years this house has become a haven. Somewhere I can run away to to spend time in the Word and the nature the He created. It's a time of reflection...a time to calm the storms... a time to enjoy the simpler things of life... It's a time for laughter, movies, games, and sleep.... It was a retreat after surgeries..... and a place to hide and heal wounds..... And so... this is why I went this trip...

God had other plans.... The spots were running... Mama and I were excited to fish... family came to visit and fish.... and then we had "the incident". Mama fell down the stairs and broke her arm... The rest is history.... and interesting :)

In some ways it's nice to be back... but a part of me still yearns for the quiet, the meditation, the hours on the beach, the solitude, and the reassurance that I will be taken care of... no matter the path.....I love this tree. There are two trees at the back of the house. You can see them through the sliding glass door....the stand on each side of the pier that extends from the back of the house....

Each tree is twisted....and interesting. To me the trees seem to say.... I'm tired... I'm changed... but I'm still here... I'm still standing...

There is no telling how many hurricanes these trees have survived. I know there have been many that pretty much destroyed the house....(just in the part of my lifetime I can remember)....

The trees are a calm reassurance to me.... It's as if they say... "You're tired... You're changed....but you're still here... You're still standing...."

Psalm 94:19