Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What is "tagging" anyway?

I just recently read my daughter's blog and realized she had tagged me. OK. What does that mean? As a little girl on the farm we often played tag around the yard, running wildly from one tree to another trying to avoid the inevitable "touch" which meant we were "it"! Being tagged "it" was then your turn to chase while others ran away. Well, if the blog "tagging" is similar Rebecca has "touched" me and I am it. What does "it" do? I decided to check other "tagged" bloggers and have discovered that when you are "it" you are to list 6 things that people may or may not know about you-so here goes:

1. I am a "sweetoholic". Every meal MUST end with some kind of sweet dessert, even if that means a single carmel or a packaged mint. In a little zipper pocket buried in my purse I carry a stock of little sweets. When I eat at a restaurant I don't have to order a big dessert because I carry my "fix" with me.

2. I love theater!Watching a broadway musical transports me into a land of pleasure.
Not only do I enjoy watching performances but standing up on stage as an actor or director produces its own thrill.

3. I have long and skinny feet, size 11 narrow. If it were possible I'd shave off an inch or two and be able to participate in shoe sales and wear trendy styles. Unfortunately I must deal with this "deformity" and pay big bucks for conservative, basic shoes. Can you guess what I would change on my body if God gave me a choice??

4.I have developed a love/hate relationship with popcorn. Since childhood Sunday nights have been reserved for the "popcorn" supper. Yes! I looked forward to the smell wafting from the kitchen and the taste of warm butter and salt surrounding each crispy kernel. Yummy. Sadly I have had to stop eating this special snack because of my stomach problems. Now I can not stand to be in the same room with a bowl of steaming popcorn. In fact just the other day my husband and I visited a restaurant where the waiter greeted your table with a hot tub of what used to be my favorite snack. All the while he was taking our order I eyed the tub knowing it was a forbidden treat. Just before he left I asked him to remove the popcorn from our table. I just could not deal with the temptation. Age may bring wisdom but it removes certain special delights!

5. I hate loosing at board games. Generally, I am a people-pleaser but when you start rolling the dice I turn into a competitive "monster". I've been known to use such tactics as whining, disrupting, complaining, and pouting. Try as I may I can't seem to keep my emotions at bay. It's better I stick to baking the cookies while others enjoy the game!

6. I love to listen to books on CD while on long road trips. The hours melt away and I am transported into worlds of adventure, romance, and suspense. Hunter tolerates the "gooey" novels but prefers the true life stories. We have been known to miss a few turns and have to backtrack on our journeys. Now, with the large motor home, we must be more watchful as you can't just take a quick u-turn in a 43 foot RV!

If you have been one of my blog readers you know already that I love scripture so I want to share a special one I rediscovered recently.
"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains." Habakkuk 3:17-19
I took the idea behind these verses and applied them to my life.
"Even though my feet are too big and I can't find stylish shoes to wear; even though there is no cure for my chronic stomach ache; even though I haven't seen my grand baby in weeks; even though my family and friends are often not around; even though the RV STILL needs repairs, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength!"

Try using these verses and inserting the current stresses of your life. It's an uplifting exercise.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Seashells by the seashore

Over the week-end Hunter and I went to Gulf Shores, Alabama to visit my sister and her husband, Marlene and Greg, who are spending the coming week there in a condo. We thoroughly enjoyed our time walking along the beautiful white sand beach. Marlene teaches first grade and plans to return to her class with "little treasures". So we helped her pick up these treasures as they washed upon the shore. Shells are always special! We also played some cards and hiked a sandy trail near a fresh water lake. The weather continued to "shine" with cool ocean breezes, full sun, and temps in the 70s.

We won't be as fortunate with the warm weather next week as we are heading north. Wednesday we leave our project in Florida and head to North Carolina where we will drop off the motor home at the dealership for more repairs then drive our Toyota Scion on to Chicago. Our good friend's daughter is having her wedding reception at the Garfield Conservatory on Friday night. From there we will travel to Iowa for hunting season and time to visit with friends and family in the Quad Cities and Minnesota. I will be packing my winter coat and leaving the shorts behind!

We are looking forward to our next MMAP project in Alabama in December.

Monday, October 13, 2008

We've Arrived!

In the center of the Florida "panhandle", nestled among a multitude of towering trees, sits Bethlehem Bible Camp. This is the location of our first MMAP project. Although we are a week late, due to mechanical problems in our motor home, our reception "committee" is warm and welcoming. Already we sense the spirit of God in this place and in the lives of our fellow MMAPers. There are three other couples and a single man working on this project, which currently is remodeling the inside of one of the living quarters on the property.

Each day starts with devotions at 7:30 a.m., 10:00 break, lunch at noon, another afternoon break at 2:30, and quiting time is 4:00 p.m. Hunter joins a group of men ranging in age from 62, (he's the youngest) to 86! One of the couples is close to our age and this is also their first project and they have been full time RVers for one year. I spent an enjoyable half-hour visiting with Chris, the above mentioned wife. We have a lot in common with this couple. I can already see a night or two of cake and cards! Here are a few photos I took this morning. By the way it is a gorgeous 78 degrees with a mild breeze causing light "showers" of fall leaves. Life is good!

welcoming sign

building being remodeled

lots of work to do

coffee break

Here is my haven-a "make shift" internet "hot spot". I can see I will be here everyday. Being outside, enjoying nature while e-mailing, blogging, or just surfing the net is such fun. What can be better than that-right Rebecca(my blogging daughter)??

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Day at the Park

Grandma is photographer as Mommy and Christian enjoy his first time in a park playground.