Thursday, August 23, 2007

What the heck???

It got up into the 90's today. I simply do not do 90's well. It's in the mid-80's now, which is a little better, but seriously, I hate being hot. It's supposed to be in the 90's again for the next two days, and even though I'm in the long stretch of work, I'm glad so I'll be in a/c during the prime heat. Jason was talking about moving to TX for a job and I just looked at him like he's crazy! I just don't see how I could ever survive in TX. Of course, if we lived there, we would have central air, and that might not be too bad...

I don't have anything of importance to talk about. I got a call today from Faith's teacher and we'll be meeting with her next Tuesday. I can't believe she starts Kindergarten next Wednesday! It's hard to imagine that my little girl is going to school. Wow. Only one left at home and then they'll all be in school. It just feels so strange having kids that are old enough to be going to school. Of course, next year, I'll have my first middle schooler! Heaven help us!

Okay, enough rambling. My brain is too fried to say anything interesting. Be blessed!

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Blog

I just started a new blog this morning for my crafts. I don't have any pics posted yet, but hope to get some taken and posted tomorrow or Wednesday.

It was a severely rainy afternoon today. Lots of little floods all over the place. I was terrified I wouldn't get home from work. Between the flooding and the fact that my van has some kind of leak in the hood that means that if water gets on the engine, it won't start, I was afraid I was going to be stuck a mile from my house for a few extra hours. Fortunately, the van stayed on and the water wasn't high enough to flood the road before I got through, so I made it home with the family.

Yesterday was a fun day. We went up to Morgantown to church bright and early, then spent the afternoon doing school shopping. Went to Target, the Shoe Dept., Barnes & Noble (where we bought Messy Spirituality, Blue Like Jazz & Searching for God Knows What) & WalMart. We ate lunch at Cici's Pizza and overall, it was just a nice family day. Even though shopping with 6 people can be a little loud and rambunctious (especially when there are who knows how many college students also shopping for last minute things needed for the first day of school up at WVU today!), it was still a good time. The kids weren't just obnoxious or anything, so woohoo.

Now I'm going to go watch a rerun of Heroes and gear up for the season premier in a few short weeks!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Day Off

I have absolutely no voice. I've been getting a cold for the past 2 days, and woke up this morning after 10 hours yesterday on the phone non-stop, and I'm completely voiceless. Okay, maybe not completely voiceless, but pretty close. Just a gravelly, growly thing that would be horrible to try to make anyone understand. Honestly, I feel better today than I felt yesterday (slept pretty well last night), but there's no way I could talk to customers today. I'm going to make up the time later this week (probably on Tuesday night), but today, I'm just going to kick it with my family and rest my voice.

In totally other news, can I just say that MySpace is quite entertaining. I mean, I know it's total garbage and what have you, but I honestly have been able to find some old friends who I haven't talked to in years. It's been pretty neat getting in touch with people from high school and seeing what they've been up to in the past 15 years. There's a lot of garbage (!!!) on it, but once you sift through that, it can actually be a fairly interesting place to look around. Also, if you interested in music, there are a lot of really good indie bands out there waiting to be discovered. Again, it takes a lot of digging to get to the ones who are good as opposed to the folks who are, well, less good, but I've definitely stumbled across some really great finds simply by surfing around.

I wish I had something profound to write about this morning, but honestly, there's not much going on right now. School starts in a week, so this week will be primarily getting everything set for that. Gotta' get all of the school supplies bought and packed, clothes picked out for the first day, schedules set up for after school structure, food purchased for the picky eater who won't eat a school lunch, etc. It feels like a lot, but honestly, we should be able to get it all done in one trip to :::shudder::: WalMart (or Target, because I'd rather drive to Mo-town and shop there than the WalMat here in town!!!).

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

When will I learn?

Seriously, I must just be a glutton for punishment. I mean, being a glutton for ice cream is one thing, but this whole punishment thing sucks big time.

Still believing that God would have us at ToL, we went to talk to the pastors again last night. Nope. Definitely not to be. We were told point blank that we were not welcome to be a part of the music ministry there again. Despite the fact that we were told when we left that we were missed, despite the fact that the music minsiter himself has asked us to join him -- nope.

Rejection sucks so freaking hard. I hate it.

OTOH, it certainly keeps there from being any ambiguity about ever going back. I've felt a pull in so many directions for such a long time that it's kind of weird to sit here tonight and know that door has been closed. And this time, I don't feel that horrible tearing between two places. I honestly don't know where we'll land (where we have been going still just doesn't feel like a fit, despite being a good, biblical church), but it's good to know that this is truly behind us. Not just because of hurt feelings or whatever, but because the option has simply been removed.

Anyway, I know I've been moaning about this for seven months or so, but I think this will be the last post about this (I hope so, anyway). I trust that God will show us where He would have us, and that we're in a place now emotionally where we might be able to hear Him more clearly now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Cicadas in our yard

It's August, and despite the fact that this isn't a cicada year, there are always a few little stragglers each summer. I remember as a kid going to my grandparents' house (we didn't have any old trees, and their house had tons) and wearing old cicada shells. I always thought they were a great combination of creepy and cool.

The same goes for my kids (especially Deborah). And today we had the good forture of actually catching a cicada moulting. Honestly, I don't know if I've ever seen that before, even when we were in the midst of a 17-year cicada infestation. I remember driving from WV to Cincinnati, OH (we had just moved here the previous summer, so Deborah was probably 1 year old). My car was absolutely covered in those dead buggers when I got there. But even when they were all over the place, I don't remember seeing any actually coming out of their shells. So I found this to be pretty interesting.

Anyway, we grabbed a few pics of the one that was moulting, one that was already mature, and a shell on Deborah's shirt. I wish the pics had come out better, but c'est la vie. Enjoy!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Harry Potter

I'm just starting to re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows now that I've finished a couple of other books that were half finished before this one came out (Lisey's Story by Stephen King & Daniel isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach).

Personally, I enjoyed Deathly Hallows on the first read and am looking forward to spending a little more time on it now instead of simply racing to get to the end to see what happens! But I did want to share some of my thoughts about it here. For anyone who hasn't read it and intends to, I'm going to be sharing some spoilers in this, so feel free to ignore this!

I know that there are Christians, including some friends of mine who I respect, who have a difficult time with the witch and wizarding that's done in Harry Potter. I recognize that the Scripture does have some strong indictments against witchcraft and that we should guard our hearts and those of our children against anything that would draw them away from light into dark. I certainly do not want to discount the concerns of those who are wary of the Harry Potter series.

That said, I still believe there is much more good than evil that can be learned from Harry Potter. One of the single most impressive things for me in the books was the love people had for their family. Those who are good and who are evil all seem to understand that family is important and something to be protected. The only character who seems to eschew his family is Lord Voldemort, to the point that he denies his family name and in the end, that is used as a tool to show how weak he is when Harry calls him by his real name, showing that he is unafraid. From the Weasleys to the Malfoys, we see people making sacrifices for those in their family -- even placing themselves in harm's way. I find that absolutely admirable and love that Rowling had such high esteem for family.

Additionally, I know that some are upset by the casual use of magic in the books. However, I personally found that in many situations where magic could be helpful, the heroes fair much better simply by using their minds and their natural abilities rather than magic. Ron doesn't succeed at Quidditch due to magical ability -- it's simply his own abilities and belief in himself that allow him to do well. Hermione is good at magical spells, but what allows her to succeed at that is that she applies her mind to learning and knows what to use at what time. Harry has natural talent coming out of his ears, but what ultimately allows him to defeat the enemy is courage and love, something that is completely outside of the magical realm.

I don't know if I'd go so far as to call these Christian-esque books, but I do believe that there are far more positive themes in this series than negative ones. I think parents should read them with their kids and ask questions and guide the discussion into areas where faith can grow, but I think the traits of love, self-sacrifice, courage, friendship, humor and family are ones that have universal appeal and this is why I believe J.K. Rowling has written a series that is going to endure the test of time.
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