Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I found our cats Buddy and Baxter having an afternoon nap together today. Wouldn't it be great to be a cat...just for a day?
Buddy (on the left) was my husband's cat and Baxter was my cat. At first, when we brought the cats (both boys) together, there was definitely some tense moments: growling, arched backs, hair standing straight up, and hissing. But, before too long, they became best buds. The cats have been together for 10 1/2 years and are completely inseparable. They have very different personalities, but always have a soft spot for each other.
*UPDATE* Buddy and Baxter have since moved on to their great home in Heaven, Buddy leaving us in 2013 and Baxter almost exactly a year later. They lived long lives and have been missed, but we hope they are taking naps together and watching over our family.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Taken from the book, Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
Party With A Purpose!
Every week there are 79,623 births, 42,884 weddings, and 5,812,037 birthdays! Whew!
Birthdays are the #1 reason people celebrate!
1. Select a charity, cause or purpose you wish to support.
2. Decide which holiday or occasion for which you would like your friends and family to make a donation instead of giving you a gift.
3. Provide your friends and family with the proper information to make their giving easier - website, phone number, address
4. Make up a reason to party if you don't have one. Simply have guests bring a dish to share and their charitable gift.
Giving is a lot more gratifying than receiving, no matter the occasion. This is a perfect idea for that person who has everything he/she needs. Making a donation to a charity, cause, or organization they care about shows that you care about them as well.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
My daughter Reagan (age 4) and I are sitting in the living room. The windows are open because it is a beautiful day outside. I just finished painting her fingernails and toenails a pretty pink color. All of a sudden she said, "Mom, the birds are singing! Do you hear them?" The birds had been singing quite a chorus outside our window all morning. She sat there and listened to them for a little bit and then said, "What do you think they are singing about?" I said, I think they are singing about being happy that Spring is here. Reagan said, "Yeah, Mom, I think you are right. I would sing about that too!"
Song of Songs 2:12 "The flowers are springing up, and the time of singing birds has come, even the cooing of turtledoves."
Monday, March 16, 2009
Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
Register To Vote
71 Million registered voters didn't vote in the 2004 presidential election.
2. Register in Person at your local DMV, state offices that provide public assistance, official campaign headquarters, armed forces recruitment offices, public libraries, post offices, public high schools and universities.
3. Pay attention to registration deadlines in your state to ensure that you register in time to vote.
4. Make sure your friends, family, co-workers, or fellow students are registered.
5. Get informed on the issues and candidates.
Whether you are voting for your local county supervisor, mayor of your town, school board representative, senator, or President....take the time to learn about the candidates and be a voice. Many men and women have fought for our freedoms and voting is a privilege that too many of us take for granted. At your next opportunity, make your voice heard in your community and vote in your next election.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wild Olive began four years ago with a dream. Literally. It took a while for that dream to grow into reality but, thankfully, God's timing can be trusted completely. God orchestrated the friendship between Colleen, Stefanie and Amie, and soon they recognized that they had not only a shared goal, but a passion: to be God's instrument in sharing His word in a fresh and funky way.
Check them out today!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
For several days, something had been bothering me and I had been putting off discussing it with my husband. Then I was gone for 3 days and the issue kept festering in my mind and affecting my sleep as well as the way I was relating with my husband. So, finally, I decided to bring it up. I wish I had brought it up right away. My husband immediately noticed I was upset and came and sat next to me, listened to me, and heard me out. We discussed it and he appreciated me bringing it up with him. I suddenly felt lighter and finally got a good nights sleep. So, I was reminded I need to say what I feel and speak the truth. It makes things a lot easier from the beginning. If the person you have an issue with really matters, then they won't mind you being honest with them and talking it out.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
In just 33 hours and counting I will be heading north to the Minnesota Home and Garden Show. I am picking up my mom and meeting my aunt (mom's sister) and cousin in Minneapolis for a weekend of flowers, shopping, relaxing, and catching up. No men and no kids allowed! I can't wait to be surrounded with beautiful, sweet smelling flowers, to not have to take anyone potty, to not have to cook a meal for anyone, to not have to do any laundry, to not have to answer "why", and just enjoy a weekend of laughter, grown-up conversation, and LOTS of fun! Thank you to my cousin Melanie for inviting us along for the weekend and to our husbands for giving us the weekend off. I am sure I will have numerous flower photos to share with you next week!