Wednesday, April 23, 2008

the boat saga begins....chapter 1

God spoke, but I think his message was unclear! Here we go on what will be numerous stories I am sure. Kirk found a boat that he loved. It is a '93 and blue. It is in great shape and it was a great price. I was hesitant on an older boat b/c it will break down more. Big Johnson as he likes to be called insisted and justified with it doesn't matter the model, year or else on a boat; they all break down, it is part of owning a boat. I told him to do whatever, it is his deal. (you know it was more words than that!)

So, he got the boat on Tues, we take it out on Friday night. We have 4 kids with us. We tour our lake for the first time and BIG J- decides to open her up (full blast) to see how she does. SHE DIED! We are in the middle of the lake, sunset, winds pick up and down to barely 60'. Big J- as you know him is steaming. I don't have to say "I told you so," b/c his anger is more than enough. (yes, i have learned to filter). Little AJ blurts out - "great now we are going to have to swim." and proceeds to ask if the boat needs more batteries.

I am dying inside - the kids are shivering and we have to get towed back to our trailer! It was an ordeal and the boat has been in the shop since Sat morning. I hope Big J- agrees with his own sermon about boats breaking down. At least we paid for the thing and do not owe on it; so any extra money can go to its tune-ups and break-downs!!!!

Final thought: on Sun on the way home from church we pass a boat on the highway and AJ says- "Daddy, remember our boat? It break down. Where is our boat daddy? why it not at our home?" and the nshe cries over the silly thing. Yes, I could not filter that - I lost it. He simply replied, "thanks for reminding me." and the n smirks at me with the look - "are you happy now?"

however, whenever we get the boat back to running, I will post some pics of this infamous THING! (and to those of you who are observant - I couldn't sleep!)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

6 word memoir

Jennifer Binkley tagged me this past week with a simple blog tag. Following the directions has been complicated enough because I honestly did not understand everything I was supposed to do. I also could not think of anything...Yes, I was speechless!

1. Write your own six word memoir.

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.

4. Tag at least five more blogs with links.

5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play

Trying to come up with a six word memoir was more than complicated. Why 6? Five words was really easy, but this was hard. Plus trying to come up with one that held a lot of meaning was more complicated. So here is what I have:

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much

As I was trying to come up with something, I kept seeing these words that I have posted in my kitchen. Then I ordered this hanging to add to my kitchen that matched. As I was out shopping this weekend, I saw frames, rugs, pictures, all sorts of decor with these words. They must mean something to me. I am all about living life to the fullest. It is such a short life - but live it well to gaurantee a long eternal life. Laugh often - we need humor, fum times, we need to be the giddy little girls sometimes. Have you ever tried to make people laugh? Love much - where would we be without all the loves in our lives? But we must recognize, we would not be here not have that eternal life, without God's Much Love!

So there are my six words to live by! I tag Mel, Kristie, Jenni Hale, Sue and Jill

Monday, April 07, 2008

when GOD speaks; LISTEN!

I have a lot of thoughts, but let me see if I can organize them and get them to where you can understand them.

Kirk, who grew up on lake LBJ has suffered for 10 years without owning a boat. When in Lubbock, he was miserable due to the lack of water. Now that we have been in Waco for starting 3 years where there are lakes everywhere, he definitely wants to get a boat. However, those things tend to cost money. Kirk has always dreamed, wished, desired, wanted - however you want to put it, he wants a boat.

Then God has gradually been talking to Kirk. Just things happening at our church (good, on the move much needed things) and Kirk has had a change of faith and has matured even more than he already was in Christ. But Kirk still wants a boat.

We have been looking on craigslist everywhere for a boat. We decided to put Kirk's inheritance money from his papa, who taught him to ski and fish into a pot for the boat. We also added our income tax return to that pot. We have the money, but it's just finding the right boat. We keep looking. Kirk is also frugal and hates to spend this money on a "luxury" item.

Today it all broke out. Kirk found the boat we have been "dreaming" of, right boat, year, make, size, and dollar amount. But it is in Dallas. We would have to wait until baseball practice is over and miss church to get it. We call the guy back to tell him we are on our way and it had sold (in an hour)! Frustrated that we missed the deal, we headed on to church. We went to eat at Panda Express, and Kirk's fortune cookie read "Don't pass up a good oppurtunity." We laughed hard and for a long time. Kirk is still mad that he did not purchase that boat without even going to look at it. Later on after we had the kids in bed and had spent lots of time transporting things into the attic, we turn our tv on and oddly enough it is on Joel Olsteen (SP?) We watched it for a while b/c I have a student who imitates him. Then he out of nowhere makes this comment: If God gave you a dream, then you have to have enough faith to accomplish that dream. He would not give you a dream if he did not want you to achieve it.

Now, I am not promoting good ol' Joel, but it was just how it all played out. What is God telling us? We don't know, but we are listening a lot more than we were before. I love how God puts messages out there for us to read in other places than the Bible. He talks to us more than we know or realize. We just have to be listening. "When he calls my name, I will hear him. I'll be somewhere, listening for my name."