Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just had to share this hilarious story I read on the GirlTalk blog the other day:
One year at Thanksgiving, my mom went to my sister's house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, my mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister that she needed something from the store. When my sister left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, and re-stuffed the turkey. She then placed the bird(s) back in the oven. When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird. With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, "Patricia, you've cooked a pregnant bird!" At the realization of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry. It took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Confession.

I am a hypocrite. In order to appear disturbed by the ever-increasing commercialization of Christmas, I outwardly complain to others about the premature appearance of Christmas decorations and holiday music in stores. But what do I have playing in my car or at my home....Christmas music!!!

It always begins subtly for me around the end of October. I usually break out the Indelible Grace Christmas album first, which is just folksy enough that you could actually listen to it in July and not seem totally crazy. The same is true for Andrew Peterson's Christmas epic, Behold the Lamb of God. But then the unexpected happened right after Halloween. I was picking up a few things at the neighborhood Wal-mart Market and found myself secretly cheered, even invigorated, by the Christmas music they had blaring. (And I do mean blaring. You were going to listen to Ave Maria whether you liked it or not. It was almost as bad as walking past Abercrombie & Fitch in the mall, minus the stench of too much cologne.)
That set the stage for the day I had to make some cookies. It had finally turned cold in Louisville, and the setting was just right for breaking out the ultimate Christmas album. I normally save this album to accompany the ultimate Christmas activity (decorating the tree), but something happened to me that day, and I found myself baking cookies and listening to John Denver and the Muppets serenade me with childhood memories. Ever since then, I haven't looked back. It's been all Christmas, all the time when it comes to musical selections. Burl Ives and the Vince Guaraldi Trio on Sunday morning, Steven Curtis Chapman in the car, Julie Andrews and Harry Belefonte this morning as I write this blog. And don't even get me started on the glory of Pandora's Christmas options. All the holiday music you love without the fear of hearing Paul McCartney's "A Wonderful Christmas Time" even once!

So there you have it. My Christmas confession.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tagged.

I've been tagged by my friend Cari.

Ten years ago I…
1. was a senior in high school (and nervously awaiting my acceptance/rejection letter from Davidson College).
2. wanted to be an ER physician when I "grew up."
3. was irritated that my class rank took a slight hit because I took a non-honors psychology class instead of taking study hall.
4. drove a 1987 Buick LeSabre.
5. listened to Caedmon's Call, Abba, the Cranberries, and the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. (My taste in music hasn't changed much, I guess.)

5 Things on Today’s “To-Do” List
1. Figure out whether Kroger or Wal-mart sells my favorite cleaning product and go buy it.
2. Make caramel dip for a meeting at our house tonight.
3. Give Katie a bath.
4. Schedule tutoring appointments for my husband.
5. Purchase tickets for the Andrew Peterson concert in Nashville!!!!!

5 Snacks I Enjoy
1. Puppy chow / Trash
2. Popcorn (slightly burned)
3. Trail mix (a recent favorite)
4. Raspberry yogurt
5. Peanut Butter & Apples

5 Things I Would Do if I Were a Millionaire
1. Buy all the books I've been wanting for a while as well as an Ipod and a bunch of music.
2. Help the Sims with their support raising.
3. Help the Cuthbertsons pay for their adoption.
4. Give a lot of money to Lottie Moon and A Woman's Choice Resource Center and bunch of other good organizations.
5. Put money in savings, especially for kids' college.

5 Places I Have Lived
1. Richmond, VA
2. Myrtle Beach, SC
3. Davidson, NC
4. Beijing, China
5. Louisville, KY

5 Jobs That I Have Had
1. Lifeguard
2. Research assistant at a missions agency
3. English teacher
4. Secretary at Southern
5. Mommy!

Now I'm tagging Laura Cuthbertson, Meredith Sims, and Cara Arnold.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Regret

I didn't want to write a post about the election. Especially after reading this post. But as I have observed my own response to the election results and grappled with my thoughts and feelings this morning, I felt like blogging might be an appropriate outlet.

I feel a tremendous amount of regret and sadness this morning. Not because I thought that John McCain was so great and would've been a stellar president. No, I am just so sad at the prospect that many more unborn babies will be killed because of the extreme views of Barack Obama. I feel a burden of regret that I did not do more to make my opinions known before the election and try to persuade many of my friends to consider the weightiness of his view on life.

A quick survey of some of my dearest friends' Facebook profiles showed me that many of them strongly supported Barack Obama. I myself was drawn to many things about him. Part of me is happy this morning to see that our country has finally elected an African-American president. I would've loved to vote for him for this reason alone--that I think it is good for our country to have a non-white president. However, I am a single issue voter. To many that may seem naive and irresponsible. But in my simple conscience any person who does not consider the lives of unborn children worthy of protection is disqualified from leadership. It's a similar standard some voters might have held to in the 19th century and mid-20th century. I could not have voited for a candidate who believed that people with dark skin are an inferior race and therefore worthy of being enslaved or oppressed.

Another thing that troubles me about the election results is the overwhelming number of people who cited 'the economy' as the primary deciding factor in their vote. To me this indicates an extreme selfishness and greed that has infected our country. Shouldn't we vote according to ethical principles or moral convictions? Or do we simply vote for the candidate who will leave the most cash in our pockets? This manner of voting is a perfect example of 1 Timothy 6:10 at work, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." (And please quote this verse correctly...it does NOT say that "money is the root of all evil.")

So, there it is. My post-election post. I am ashamed at not having spoken up sooner.

A wise friend told her young boys yesterday, "No president is completely good or completely bad. Even if the candidate we didn't vote for wins, God will use him for some good to our country." Even now I rejoice in what Obama's election says about racism in our country. It IS a symbol of progress in that sense. I pray that his administration will also be marked by progress in extending human rights to ALL humans--even those who are so vulnerable that they depend on their mothers for life.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Her first photo shoot

Realizing that ultrasound photos are notoriously unintelligible to anyone but the parents and trained medical personnel, I still couldn't help but post these photos of our girl!

Face shot: her head is on the right looking straight out with her right arm bent upwards, hand against her head like she's posing for the shot.
Leg shot: head again on the right, you can see her leg fully extended out in front of her. It doesn't come across quite as clearly in the scanned version, but in the actual photo I think her leg looks just like Katie's!
Side shot: Her torso is on the bottom of the picture, you can see her rib cage and the dark black spot is her stomach (I think). Her head is to the right with her hand touching her forehead.

Monday, November 3, 2008

And we're having a.....

GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ultrasound pics to come, but until then rejoice with us in what the ultrasound tech described as an incredibly healthy, "perfect" baby girl!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 08

The Cowgirl Who Didn't Want Her Picture Taken


The Scarecrow, Lion, and Toto were there too!

Other sweet friends:


And last but not least.....Can you guess who they are???



Yes, yes, they did dress up as....
the Mohlers!