28 December 2006

a christmas meme? whatever that is...

okay so someone sent me this in a 'tag' which i am still confused about...and i am kinda tardy...but it isn't new year's yet so i figure i still have time! so here it gos....
the Christmas meme:
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Chai please as egg nog is gross and I am allergic to chocolate
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? Santa wraps…but Santa still comes…so life is good!
3. Colored Light on Tree/House or White? white on tree…don’t care on the house
4. Do you hang mistletoe? no reason to
5. When do you put your decorations up? haven’t put them up the last few years…for various reasons
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? prime rib with Yorkshire pudding…. if not with my family then sweet potatoes
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? my green push peddle frog car that I got when I was 5. I grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming- so I spent the first 3 months of ownership driving it in my basement- but man was it awesome. I think I even ate Christmas dinner sitting in that thing- would have slept in it had they let me.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? truth about Santa? you mean that he is a really busy man on Christmas eve and so we have to leave cookies and lactose free milk out for him? yep got that memo!
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yep- Jammies! and they always match my siblings
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? with special-ness of course….how else?
11. Snow. Love it or dread it? hate it----well kind of…just cause it caused me not to get to see the fam this year…stupid closure or DIA for 3 days! GRRR
12. Can you ice skate? heck no
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? see #7
14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas to you? Celebrating the birth of our Savior…spending time with family and friends….blessing people for no reason with out getting caught
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Snickerdoodles
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? tomato rice soup and cheese rolls on Christmas eve before going to Christmas eve service…or our 8 hour hearts or Mexican-train playing on Christmas day as a family
17. What tops your tree? a star
18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Giving.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? umm if I can only pick one- O Holy Night
20. Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum? Yummy- but only in SMALL amounts!

26 December 2006

please pray....

today i recieved one of those phone calls that you never want to get. my dear friend Bud (pictured here with his grandson j.p. in august) found out on december 21st that he had a brain tumor- he had surgery today- it went well- but the news is not so great- it is cancer and it is gonna be tough- i don't have all the details yet- but that is of little importance anyway- i just wanted to ask you all to pray: pray for his recovery from surgery, for wisdom of his doctors from this point forward on which direction to go, for his wife Cozy, daughters Brandy and Toni (their husbands Pete and Travis) and for grandson J.P. (he is too little to understand what is going on-just that gpa-bud is not up playing) ... the road ahead will be a long and tough one...but with prayer it will be one that will be more managable....
thank you.....
for His renown alone!

22 December 2006

somethings just don't go as you plan....

so some of yall dream of a white christmas? well maybe you dreamed too much! so much so that it snowed and snowed and snowed in colorado and wyoming to the point that denver international airport was closed for 2.5 days.... so what some of you say...so what means that some 5600 people were stranded at DIA.... so what means that flights all across the US were all messed up... and so what means that for the first time in 33 years i will not be spending christmas with my family....it is crazy. ya know it would be a tad different if it were my choice. it would be a tad different if say i were on a mission trip serving others doing something of meaning- but nope it is just that i can't get to them....well i could--- you see southwest could get me rescheduled onto a flight on the 28th that would get me to denver on the 28th at 7pm which would get me to my parents at 9pm that night and my sister and dad have to leave for denver on the 30th as they have to be at dia on the 31st at 430am for a 615am flight...so you see...in reality...it really isn't worth the flight to see them for a day... grr all that white christmas....infact as i am typing this right now....on the radio that song is playing- i have never ever wanted to throw a radio across a room until now....... but no i shall resist...
so what shall i do?
i am back in midland... i am blessed...i do admit that - am not like so many people who don't have people to spend the holidays with- i have amazing friends who are more like family then many people who have family they wish they didn't have. so i am in midland with my second family- my God family- as we use to call ourselves when i lived here- I will make the best of it...and maybe this is what God wanted for me--- maybe there is something that is spose to happen- maybe there is a blessing here that I don't know- but there is a sadness too of not being with my dad right now that is tough as well... so for all of you that are with your famlies...enjoy it... love them and love them well... don't fight over the stupid stuff and love even the yucky hand made shirt that don't fit...because there are many people who can't be with family- our men and women who are fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others.... people who have no family left- or whos family don't want them or don't understand or claim them... their are people who are not free to celebrate this wonderful day of the birth of our Saviour we get to celerate... wherever you are... whoever you are with- REJOICE and GIVE THANKS...

okay... with that... i am off to find my happy place...
be blessed and bless someone for no reason but to bless!

join me in a journey in africa and PRAY!

my friends vernon, amber and titus burger are in sudan, africa where they will be in ministry until january 13. they have an amazing ministry in sudan to orphans and widows and those living in the villages and even out in the bush. they are joined this season by a small team as well. you can read about their amazing journey and hear about more specific ways to pray by visiting their blog at www.sudanskids.blogspot.com please join me and others in praying for them and with them for the orphans and widows in sudan and for the many people they will meet during their journey in sudan this season. their ministry is a unique and amazing ministry- and they are truly anointed and blessed to be apart of this ministry. won't you join me and others in praying for them? check out their journey...join their journey- PRAY!
as always be blessed to bless
and enjoy the journey in africa