Sunday, March 28, 2010

A year? really?!?

Happy Birthday Bub! I cant believe a year has gone by since I first saw your sweet face!
You had me "Oh so totally wrapped" in a moment
You have become the center of our world
And I cant wait to see how you continually grow into a man, after God's heart,
Using all of your sences to explore, learn, taste and see all that is in this great world God has around you!

Of course I was excited when you found your thumb- for I was also a thumbsucker, and the bond between us grew. . . =)
May you grow in wisdom,
in stature,
and in favor with God,
and men.
Happy Birthday Bubbi!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A beautiful spring day!

This picture alone captures "spring"

The waiting,
the hope,
and the anticipation...

the rest are just pictures i had fun taking...

Can you see me in his eye?

I have always wanted to take pictures in a graveyard, but after seeing this tomb, I am not sure. . .

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Trail of Crumbs

As I sit and look at the blank screen- soon to be filled with words,
I try to formulate which direction this post will go in. It can be daunting task,
that of starting to write-
for once posted the public eye has been given a glance of my soul.
What does it matter?
Every person is entitled to their own opinion and thought, I am simply exposing mine. . .
I often wonder what it would be like to move as fast as my train of thought.
I may think about one particular subject for a while,
but what ends up happening the majority of time is a bunny-trail.
A subject hopping ride that would leave one dizzy if you were to try to stay with it!
(I get dizzy myself sometimes thinking of how I am thinking. . . boy that sounds
like fun doesnt it?)
I want to share a smaller bunny trail, that will hopefully either be an amusing read, or make you think! =)
As I swept the floors at work the other day, I got the picture of leaving a trail in my mind. I dont know if it was just the amount of fries and nuggets that lay tucked under the booths, or the mud prints from a worker who'd stopped in for a bite, but everywhere I looked there was a trail of some kind.
(this is where the bunny trail started, so hang on tight!)
My thought shifted to my youngest sister, Bean, who is completely in love with animals! When she was younger, she would put all her animals end to end and make a "parade" through our entire downstairs. . . it was still a trail that had been left in her wake, ending somewhere with her clutching her 'favorites'. . .
As I continued to sweep, I thought again of food trails-
(seeing it you cant help but to think about it!)
I thought of a child trying to sneak a cookie, trying to hide away to enjoy it, but leaving a wake of crumbs to give away any hiding place. The trail always leads to something. . .
Hansel and Gretel - (terrible story, btw) has the main theme of leaving a trail to get back to their father. As they went out, they left a trail so they could find their way back, but what if we left a trail for other to find and follow?
Can you feel the climax rising?
As Christians, we are to partake of the blood and body of Christ. What if we were not so neat when we ate? We would have crumbs evident on our clothes that would fall off as we walked. Now depending on how messy you were would be something else entirely which I wont go into now. . . =) If we left a trail of our "messy eating" it would lead back to Christ.
Now I am not saying to go to an Italian restaurant and order pasta with red sauce, and then proceed to consume without usage of fork, knife or spoon. I am saying that when we have been exposed to Christ, when we have had a date with Him, when He has revealed something to us, when we have made it through a storm, why not share about it?
So the next time you dine with Christ, dont be afarid to leave a little on your face. . .

Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Wisdom of the Ents

So- I am going to show a little of my "geeky" side. =)

When Lord of the Rings first came out, I was quite obsessed! I read the books,

I had the soundtracks,

posters (and even action figures)

but I would not be ok with just having the standard cut dvds. . .

Oh no, I had to have "The Extended Edition"

Though it took a dent in my bank account, lots of people have thanked me for the purchase and enjoyed the extra hours and scenes with me!

One of them being a few scenes with Treebeard! (Of all the mythical creatures, the Ents are some of my favorites!)

There is one part where Merry (a hobbit) is trying hard to get the Ents to go to war. Being 'as old as the trees' (pun intended) Treebeard is flowing with wisdom beyond the years of the hobbits. So in Merry's attempts to get him to hurry He is met with, "Do not be hasty!"

During the Entmoot, it takes them all day to say "Good Morning" for Old Entish is described this way-it is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time saying anything in it- because we do not say anything in it unless it is worth taking a long time to say- and to listen to."-Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have seen these movies a million +1 times, and yet for whatever reason this past time- this line was like a slap in the face.

Now before you start thinking that I have gone and learned Old Entish, let me assure you, that is not the case! =)

Reading in my Bible the other day I got a revelation, the Ents mentality of speaking is very much an example portrayed- even if the motive is different. Let me show you. . . .

"Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore, let your words be few." Ecclesiastes 5:2

Just as ents dont want to say anything unless it is important and worth saying, we need to be the same!