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Friday, March 23, 2007

Camping

Well, here I go off to the glorious land of East Texas - with a car full of elementary school kids. Humph! Oh well, I may be insane, but I find such weekends exhilarating and peaceful in their own unique way. I will be with my boss and with my daughter and a handful of other children who attend our church. I hope that they take away from the experience as much as I always seem to.

Keep us in your prayers!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Celebrities


It is amazing sometimes how quickly the time flies. Between children activities and preaching, the end of the week flew by last week. I had what I have to describe as the most interesting experience of my internship at the church on Wednesday.


We have a clothes closet at the church that receives referrals from a parent organization. A lady came in and one of the volunteers walked her to the close closet. About 30 minutes later, I was touring a fellow seminary student on our clothes closet and talked to the volunteers. Turns out that the lady friend who I saw was not a female. She was a he! (No, the picture of Dirk does not apply to this part of my post - see further down) But, the ladies in the clothes closet were astounded because he asked for women's clothes too. He told one of them that he was a drag queen and porn star from Hollywood and needed outfits for work.


Oh my! This is a new one for me. I can just see the byline now - "Wardrobe provided by Presbyterian Church" AHHHH! A true debate on providing for those in need. Where do we draw the line? for me, I think that while I am uncomfortable with a drag queen as a profession, I wouldn't have been nearly as troubled by that without the added 'porn star' as a self-descriptor. however, it was somewhat entertaining to see my and the elder lady volunteers reactions to serving this person in the church.


My other celebrity for the week was much less controversial. I was fortunate enough to get box tickets to the Mav's game versus the Celtcis. What an awesome game! Go Mavs!! On the way into the game, Lance Armstrong held the door for me. Okay - I am pretty stupid and didn't recognize him - probably to his relief. However, he was very polite, and his kids are ultra cute!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dreary Morning


I drove to work this morning dragging myself through the fog. There is something about a foggy day that makes me want to stay in bed. And now, I am writing this instead of a sermon. Hmmm!


I love Spring and would much rather be out planting than in here on the computer. Thus lots of the 'shoulda's (shoulda worked on my sermon earlier, shoulda written that review, shoulda washed the kids' clothes, shoulda...) just don't seem to happen if they can be put off at all!


It seems that all of my spare time is spent with carpool - soccer, t-ball, ballet, swimming. Yikes! We're at that point were the seasons are overlapping, one wrapping up and another just beginning. I fear things are about to take off - life is a roller coaster. You just think you have control when you top the next hill. Hold on, here we GOOOOOO!

Monday, March 12, 2007

First Timer

Posting to a blog for the first time - hmm. I am joining the masses.

Today is my first day back at work from a skiing vacation in New Mexico. The vacation was wonderful. The mountains always remind me of the glory of God's creation. Each day is unpredicatable in the weather and elements that one will encounter. The creatures come out on their schedules regardless of what people want. We wait hoping to see, but nature evades our plans. The bobcat couple that ran across the backyard hunting in tandem was an awesome experience for the kids.

My mom had the question - if they caught something while you were watching, would you keep looking? My answer was an immediate and emphatic - NO! My husband said 'maybe'. My mother surprisingly said she would watch - it would be part of nature. I told her not to let the kids see.

I would want to protect my children from seeing such carnage, yet should I? This is part of life, and humans are animals too. God knows back in the office, I see the parallels to the wildness of the mountain creatures. The beauty is here too, but it must be looked for more diligently. The hunt is easier to see~ with survival of the fittest being the rule unfortunately.

I still think seeing the blood and gore unnecessary to young kids' understandings. As a mom, I will shield them from the world releasing bits and pieces slowly to create independence. I know that I a bit strict and restrictive, but I think that society today has too many open outlets for overwhelming our little ones well beyond a bloody hunt. I'll keep working for that balance in their lives and mine - when to protect and when to open ourselves up. In many ways blogging is opening myself up~ be gentle wild ones!