A Little Bit of Me

In January of 2009 I answered a “question” on Facebook (you know, one of those “all about me” questionnaires)….

Anyway, here are my answers from 2009–25 Random Things about Me

1. I’m not sure I am interesting enough to write 25 random thoughts, but here it goes….1st one: I’m not good at thinking about these things.

2. I love Starbucks frappucino’s but I hate coffee!

3. I have a BS in Education from Baylor but I don’t ever want to teach in a classroom.

4. I have a Master of Arts degree from Logsdon Seminary; Paul and I both graduated together in December of 2008.

5. In the last 3 1/2 years I have lived in 2 different apartments, 3 different houses, and 1 duplex!

6. I hate packing to move!

7. In the summer of 2002 I was a missionary for 12 weeks in Harlingen, TX. It was the hardest and most rewarding summer of my life. And I met one of my best friends, Kara, during that summer.

8. My husband and I
Met: Aug. 18th
Started dating: Sept. 5th
Got engaged: Nov. 24th
Married: May 13th
Have been married: almost 3 years

9. I cannot wear watches: I have a chemical imbalance in my blood that makes watches stop working when they are on my wrist.

10. I was a “band nerd” (as Paul calls me) all through junior high and high school. I played clarinet in junior high and percussion in high school.

11. I love to sing praise and worship songs, especially with the radio and when Paul plays his guitar.

12. I love to read Christian Fiction books, but can’t read for very long without falling asleep.

13. I used to be able to read in the car and on the plane, but now I can’t; it gives me a major headache and makes me nausea.

14. My sister, Marcy, is my hero.

15. I have four nephews and one niece: Alika, Kainoa, Kainani, Drake, and Grady.

16. I like reality T.V. Not all the shows, but a few of them. My favorites are: Survivor, Big Brother, and The Bachelor. I don’t like: The Biggest Loser. I refuse to watch it.

17. Paul and I probably will not have our own children. We want to adopt older children.

18. I want to be a stay at home mom.

19. I like to cross-stitch.

20. If I could travel anywhere, I think I would go to Australia.

21. I have certain shows on T.V. that I have to watch every week: Law and Order SVU, Without a Trace, whichever reality show is on, right now it is The Bachelor, and LOST

22. MOST EXCITING OF THEM ALL: I am moving to Lacon, Illinois!!

23. Illinois does not have Hastings or HEB’s! But, they do have a Kohl’s about 30 minutes away from where we are going to live!

24. Paul and I will be working at Great Oaks Christian Camp in Lacon, Illinois, about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Chicago.

25. Will I ever learn how to live in negative degree weather?!!

Most of them aren’t THAT interesting (or different), except, of course, the part about “being married” for almost 3 years–we’re now going on SEVEN years….

And, of course, we aren’t moving to Lacon, Illinois…..and, yes, I got used to cold weather and loved it!

So, I thought I would do it again, but this time only do “10 Little Bits of Me” because I’m not sure I can think of an additional “25 random things about me”

1.) I do not like putting my hand down into a large bag (think family size) of chips/crackers/pretzels. So,when the chips/crackers/pretzels get low, I’ll cut off the top part of the bag, so my hand doesn’t have to go all the way down in the bag (and then I just use a “chip clip” to close the back. And, before you ask, little bags (think lunch size) of chips/crackers/pretzels are fine.

2.) I have to be wrapped in a blanket when I’m laying on the couch, no matter the season. Even in summer, I am still wrapped in a blanket, while playing on the computer or watching TV.

3.) I like the sheet/comforter on the bed to be tucked RIGHT UNDER my chin when I sleep in a bed. I sometimes even wrap the covers all the way around my head and just leave a little “hole” to breath through. My sister, Marcy, likes the sheet/comforter down near her chest/arm, so it drives me crazy to share a bed with her!

4.) Paul and I have lived back in Texas now for almost 14 months. In the last 14 months we have NEVER turned our heat on in the apartment….and we have NEVER put a blanket on the bed–we only use a sheet and the comforter.

5.) I have a small large obsession with Sonic. Not that a Diet Dr. Pepper from Sonic tastes any different than any other one, I just LOVE Sonic. I also have a very large obsession with Fiber One Oats and Chocolate granola bars. I LOVE them!!

6.) I have worn glasses since I was 12. I love them, and I don’t think I will ever wear contacts….never tried them, but don’t plan to. I think I look funny without glasses….

7.) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE kids, but I also want people to understand (and be satisfied with) the fact that Paul and I may never have children. However the Lord chooses to bless us is fine. With or without children.

8.) I am horrible at putting clothes away. I don’t mind doing laundry, I don’t mind folding the clothes, but getting them from the laundry basket to the drawers is tough stuff for me….sometimes I will leave them in there until the next time the basket is needed–usually at least a week or more.

9.) If I could, I would wear a t-shirt, running shoes, and tennis shoes everyday of the week, along with my hair twisted up in a clip….that is my “go-to” outfit….

10.) I am content with the fact that I know nothing about make-up or hair. I am perfectly fine with having one piece of each make-up item (one thing of eyeshadow, one thing of blush, one thing of mascara, one tube of lipstick) and usually my hair is pulled back in a ponytail or a clip–my “look” looks the same way everyday, and I’m OK with that.

Oh, I just thought of 3 more…..(see I am more interesting than I thought I was) 😉

11.) I NEVER watch the news on television or read the news on the internet, unless it’s on the Yahoo home page. If it’s that important for me to know, someone is bound to tell me about it sooner or later. I just really don’t like reading about politics, which is what most of the news is about lately…..

12.) My least favorite chore is sweeping/mopping. Our entire apartment is concrete, so the floors get dirty very easily and need constant “swiffering”

13.) Paul and I are SO BLESSED to have a car that seats 7 people. I cannot tell you how many times in the last 6 months (since we got our “new to us” car) we have carried around 5-6 other people in our car. Our old car only held 5. I never knew an extra seat (3rd row) in the back would be so wonderful! I love it!!

That’s all I can think about right now–

Just some fun “little bit of me” facts! 🙂

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You’ve Got a Good One, Ma’am….

There’s a little bit of a back story to the comment, “You’ve Got a Good One, Ma’am.”

On the Thursday of Spring Break, Paul and I took Walker to lunch at Whataburger. Now it’s not rare at all for Walker to be with us when we go out to eat. He usually goes out to eat with us every Sunday, as well as random other days if he’s not in school. He is our “son” (as many people refer to him as such)….Here’s a picture of the “father/son” duo–

Walker and Paul

Walker and Paul

So, while at Whataburger, I saw an older man outside trying to PUSH his car into a parking spot, like it had died and he was trying to get it out of the way. I pointed it out to Paul, and immediately Paul said, “Walker, let’s go!” He and Walker ran outside and helped the man push his car out of the way and into a parking spot.

Not thinking anymore of that day, I went to work at the Food Pantry this past Friday. About an hour into working this older gentleman came up to me, tapped me on the shoulder and said, “You have a nice husband and kid, ma’am.” (Well, clearly I thought he was mistaken because I don’t have a kid). I told him, “Uumm….I don’t have any children.”

And here’s the rest of the conversation:

Man: “Yes, you do. You’ve got a good one.
Me: “UUUmmm…..OK.” (still very confused)
Man: “They’re the ones that helped me at McDonald’s last week.” (We were actually at Whataburger, but now I was starting to remember)….
Me: “Oh, yes, I remember. But, that’s not my son. He’s just a friend. My husband and I just took him out to lunch that day.”
Man: “Well, your husband and your son (clearly he didn’t hear me earlier–and I didn’t really feel the need to correct him) were the only ones that came to help. Everyone was driving by, but nobody helped me.”
Me: “Well, you’re certainly welcome. That’s just who my husband is. He sees a need, and if he’s able, he helps. That’s just who is.”
Man: “Well, it makes me think that there are still good people in this world, and you’ve got a good one, ma’am.”
Me: “Yes, I do, sir, yes, I do.”

And, he walked off…..

I was humbled at that moment….humbled and blessed because yes, I do have a “good one”–I am married to Paul, who has such a servant’s heart.

The same day I was at the Food Pantry our friend, Gene, shared something with the volunteers (as we were preparing to work). He said there is a difference between those who are hard workers and those who have servant hearts.

There’s nothing wrong with being a hard worker, but usually hard workers work….just to work. They really don’t think much about who they are working for or the people they are effecting along the way.

Those with servant hearts not only work hard but they understand who they are working for and the impact they make in people’s lives along the way.

This really struck me, and I’ve been thinking about it since Friday. I really want to have a servant’s heart…..In all honesty, I think I usually do, but I will confess that some days sin and my selfish desires come out to play and I forget about others and only focus on myself. I’m not perfect (I know, I know….it’s hard to believe)! 😉

So, if you desire to have a servant’s heart, what does that look like? What does it mean?

To have a servant’s heart I think you have to be:

  • HUMBLE–

To be humble (according to my good friend, Webster) means to NOT be proud, ranking low in hierarchy

Humility is when you’re so focused on serving other people that you don’t even think about yourself. 1 Peter 5:5b states, “And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

  • COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING:

Sympathy is when you say, ‘I’m sorry you are hurt.”
Empathy is when you say, ‘I hurt with you.”
But compassion is when you say ‘I’ll do anything I can to stop your hurt.”

I want to be PASSIONATE about helping people not just sympathize with their need.

(I think this is what I struggle with the most. I want to be “helpful” but I also want to be “comfortable.”)

And, I’m afraid, in all honesty, that you can’t be both. In order to be helpful and display compassion–and MEANT IT–you have to get out of your comfort zone and seek sometimes the unpleasant, the unwanted, the unspeakable, the undelightful, and even the unthinkable. Is there something that needs to be done that no one else is willing to do because it’s uncomfortable? Maybe that’s what YOU need to be doing….

In Matthew, chapter 9, the Bible says that Jesus was filled with compassion. Matthew 9:1-2, “Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage,son; your sins are forgiven.” In Matthew 9:22, Matthew says, “But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well.”

  • OBEDIENT

A servant obeys God, not out of convenience but conviction. Many believers want to serve the Lord if it’s convenient, but a real servant will serve the Lord from conviction. “The one thing required of a servant is that he be faithful to his master.” 1 Corinthians 4:2

  • SELFLESS

A servant will put others before himself. In order to put others before yourself, you must relinquish the right to be first. (Which is SO HARD sometimes)…..There’s an acronym that was/is taught to young children that is:

J-Jesus
O-Others
Y-You

In other words, you have to put Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.

The apostle Paul clearly depicts Jesus as being selfless in Philippians 2:3,4. He says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others….”

  • ENCOURAGING

A true servant will build up those around him. A true servant makes those around him better people because of his words, actions and reactions. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, again, the apostle, Paul, tells us, as believers, to “encourage and help each other, just as you are already doing.”

As Christians, in our journey to mature spirituality and learning and growing as believers, we must not forget what it means to be a servant. And a servant was certainly the one quality that Jesus possessed throughout His entire ministry. Jesus even said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) The apostle Paul added to this focus when he wrote, “Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but the interests of others as well” (Phil. 1:4). But then pointing to the Savior as our great example, he quickly added, “You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had.” Paul then followed this exhortation with a strong reminder of the humiliation of Christ (Phil. 2:6-7) “Though he was God,he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being”

There is no question that, if we as Christians are going to grow and mature into Christ-like character, we must experience progress in giving of ourselves in ministry to and for others.

A little bit of everything/A bunch of nothing….

Well, I feel like not much has gone on over the past couple of weeks. Nothing that’s really “blog worthy” in my opinion…..but, I guess it’s worth documenting, nonetheless, so it can be printed later in my blog book.

Last week was Spring Break here in Giddings. It doesn’t really mean much for Paul and me, but we did get to hang out with some of the kids over Spring Break (so that was nice).

I am the VBS Director for Vacation Bible School this year at church…..shoot me now!! 🙂 (It’s constantly on my mind, and I think I’ll go crazy before June 17th gets here)….

Anyway, over Spring Break I worked on some decorations (and recruited some of the youth–and Paul–to help me)!

Paul and Walker working on tracing the Admissions signs

Paul and Walker working on tracing the Admissions signs

some of the girls coloring for me

some of the girls coloring for me

Melissa tracing the roller coaster for me! That was a BIG job!!

Melissa tracing the roller coaster for me! That was a BIG job!!

It was definitely a big help to have other people with me….it also make the time go by faster when you can talk and visit while you work!

This week we have gone to 4 baseball games–2 “machine pitch” games for 6/7 year old boys and 7/8 year old girls, 1 T-ball game, and then I went to a H.S. baseball game, and Paul went to a Little League game for 9/10 year old boys! So, we are “baseball-ed” out for the week!

This is a T-ball game on Tuesday night

This is a T-ball game on Tuesday night

This is Hanna batting during her "machine pitch" game

This is Hanna batting during her “machine pitch” game

This is Tyler, batting, during the JV baseball game at school

This is Tyler, batting, during the JV baseball game at school

T-ball is BY FAR the funniest to watch–it’s my favorite!! They are hilarious…..they don’t know where to run, they don’t know where to stand, they run around like a swarm of bees when the ball is hit into the field, all trying to get the ball at once!! It’s so FUN!! 🙂

Not much else is going on…..I haven’t subbed much (since March 2nd) but I’m hoping they’ll call soon!!!

Here are random things that have been running through my head lately. I so wish I could write a blog post about them, but so far, nothing has made its way from a “jumbled mess” in my head to actual “sense” on the page–so, until it does, I can’t blog.

  • If you, as a parent, don’t make church a priority, your children are quickly going to learn that church is not important.
  • It’s not THAT big of a deal if something is changed (from the way that it has ALWAYS been done). The message is still the same…the delivery just might be different.
  • Gossip in the church is probably TEN TIMES worse than gossip in the “real world”–it’s very disheartening but true….
  • Sometimes I wish, honestly, that I could just “go” to church–to sit back, relax, not have responsibilities, just to “be” in the presence–but, alas, it doesn’t happen here!!

That’s all I got–

 

 

Be Kind-Disciple Now 2013

364 days. That’s how long we have before the next Disciple Now….unless, of course, as Paul so lovingly reminded me, we do it earlier next year. Otherwise, 364 days to prepare for Disciple Now 2014.

We just finished Disciple Now 2013: Be Kind.

The theme of the weekend was all about being kind, not letting anything unwholesome come out of our mouths, and serving others.

(Encouraging others is NOT optional)!! 🙂

So, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking…we had a lot of fun!

Worship

Worship

Dana and me

Dana and me

Madison

Madison

Madison and Dana

Madison and Dana

Melissa and Lillie

Melissa and Lillie

Walker and Paul

Walker and Paul

Jack's hiding place for Sardines

Jack’s hiding place for Sardines

Dana

Dana

Lillie

Lillie

Madison in her quiet time

Madison in her quiet time

Adara in her quiet time

Adara in her quiet time

Melissa reading her quiet time

Melissa reading her quiet time

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Dana

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Lillie doing her quiet time

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Dana playing “Gorilla, Man, Gun”

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Adara

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Small group time

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Madison during small group time

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Walker being “crafty”

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Walker, Paul, and Seth playing games

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Paul, Jack, and Jared playing games

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Melissa, Dana, and Madison as “the dragon”

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working together in a team-building exercise

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playing Spoons

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me! we were playing a game and I was basically hanging on to Melissa b/c I was on one foot, trying to balance!

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our group on Saturday night

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can’t have a photo session without a “silly picture”

Paul and I are very blessed and had a great time hanging out with the kids all weekend! 🙂