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Monday, December 31, 2007

Books, Books, Books

I have been reading in every little bit of spare time that I can find lately. I have been avoiding doing any housework or anything else that seems like work....and I have been reading. I have read three books over this break.
This first one A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt. I had read Homecoming and Dicey's Song and it was really good to get to know Jeff who had shown up before. I love in this book how Jeff's dad hangs in there with him and learns to become a better dad in the whole process.

This next book Children of Men by P.D. James was not a peaceful book at all. Kind of Lois Lowry gone awry with a dose of 1984 and A Brave New World thrown in for good measure. This book will frighten you and also make you examine your faith.

The last book that I have read was A Thousand Splendid Suns. I loved The Kite Runner but this book was even better in so many ways. Maybe because it is about women and the other is about two boys....I don't know, just felt more pulled in by it.
What have you been reading lately?

Friday, December 21, 2007

I Just Need Fun and Good Feeling Things Right Now, so....Here It Is

I think that I am going to go to the thrift store with my friends and pick out silly matching outfits and sing a feel-good song and laugh and play the recorder....want to join me?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Speak Over Yourself, Encourage Yourself

I found this video on Larry James' blog from Central Dallas Ministries. I fell in love with this little girl but I mostly hope that her words touch you....listen carefully....this is my Christmas wish to all of you.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Today I had lunch with two friends. I love these two women. They cause me to think and they also make me laugh. We used to meet as a spiritual formation group but we are so busy that it has become too difficult to find a time that we are all consistently available. So, today we had lunch.
Jackie and Joyce were already at the table and had started eating....we were at Subway. I went and ordered my food and then when it came time to pay, I didn't have my debit card with me. I had left it in my sweat jacket from boot camp class the night before. Long story about why it was in my pocket...nothing interesting...just long. So, I had to go to the table where they were sitting and ask if they could bail me out. Jackie said, "I will give you everything I have."
I went and paid and had money leftover and I said,"Everything you have is more than I need."

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Real Christmas Tree

Today we went to cut our Christmas tree at a tree farm near Cottonwood, Texas. We drove and drove and drove and drove and then we were in Cross Plains. We weren't supposed to be in Cross Plains. We were supposed to turn before we got there but we must've missed the turn. We stopped at a convenience store and asked about the tree farm. Someone gave Tim directions...turn left past the school and it's in Cottonwood. We got to Cottonwood and it was so cool....abandoned old buildings that had once been a hub of activity. We stopped and read the historic was settled after the Native Americans were pushed out in the the late 1800s and was peaceful but gun battles were not uncommon. There's an abandoned church that is amazing. It would make a beautiful setting for a wedding....white and worn with decorative trim above the windows which are big and clear, a cool old door, and a steeple. They also have a community center that obviously used to be their school and there's an old bank and post office. We rode through town twice because we were lost. At the other end of town the paved road ends and continues in two directions. There is a sign at this point telling you how far each way everyone's farm or ranch lies. But the sign didn't help us. We drove back into town and Tim stopped a couple in a truck to ask if they knew where the tree farm was. They did and said that they were headed that way also to get a tree. We followed them back to that same fork in the road and we went to the left to The Childress Farm....just past the bag your own pecans farm. We can tell right away that we are in the right place....trees. We drive up but there isn't anyone in sight until an older women driving a fourwheeler pulls up beside us. There was something so appealling about this woman...older, healthy, fit, light in her eyes....she told us to pick any tree that we like and cut it and bring it to the corner to be shaken. We start on our search but the trees are all so very different from any trees that we have ever seen used for Christmas...some of them were even blue...I mean really blue...they were called Arizona cypress. There were Afghan pines and Leyland Cypress. We chose a Leland Cypress. Obviously, it is too tall. I will give you an after picture when it is decorated.
On the farm they had emus. They were such cool animals. Big fat bodies with feathers that drape over their bodies and thick strong legs and tiny heads with inquisitive eyes. I would like to have visited with them longer.
I described the wife to you but her husband seemed like a typical Texas farmer....leathery from the weather, friendly, handy and talkative. They lived in a house that was mostly round on top of a hill. The first floor of the house was completely underground except some
On the way into the farm and out we saw the biggest pig that we have ever seen. Remember the big mean pig from Charlotte's Web...that is what that pig looked....huge, furry and with a furry, curling tail.
What a fun adventure we had today. We were gone for about 4 hours but it was worth it.
Our tree reminded me of one of my favorite Christmas books from when I was little...Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I Did Ask.....Dance with Me

I borrowed this from Candy's blog.....because I love it.
Really, I would prefer if you dance with me...don't put carrots out.