Thursday, July 31, 2008
I think I might have done this tag once before a while back, but I'm sure there are enough quirky things about me to do it again :-)
Here are the rules:
Link to the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules.
Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment to let them know that they’ve been tagged.
Here are my six quirky things:
1. The covers/blankets have to be straight on the bed in order for me to sleep. If they are tucked too tight or untucked completely and jumbled up, I simply can't sleep until I remake the bed and they are completely straight and loosely tucked in. And I have to have a flat pillow... preferably my flat pillow which travels with me everywhere.
2. I always buy the same brand of items my Grandma buys. This sometimes leads to problems when Greg goes to the grocery store for me and doesn't buy my Grandma's brand but buys his or his mother's brand :-) (Let's face it... sweet tea just isn't the same without Dixie Crystals sugar.) I'm just kidding, I'm actually grateful he goes to the grocery store for me at all, but I have been known to return mayonnaise for Miracle Whip :-)
3. I obsessively make lists and cross off or highlight items once they are accomplished. I love the crossing off part, and sometimes will add things to my list I have already done but forgot to put on the list just so I can cross it off. I know... it's a sickness and there is a medication for it but I choose not to take it because research shows that people who make list are likely to make a higher income. I read that statement somewhere in college and clung to it to defend my list making sickness. I tried to find the research on Google, but alas it wasn't to be found. I did find this article about lists however that I found very interesting.
4. I love the idea of being organized. I buy organization containers and boxes all the time but never find the time to actually put all of the stuff I want to organize into said containers and boxes. (I love The Container Store and could spend hours and lots of money there). I am a big pack rat and have lots of things to put in the containers and one day I will have it all together!
Just not any day soon I'm sure. And now after reading the article mentioned above, I'll probably have an entire box of old "to do list" that I will now keep as some sort of journal... since I don't have time to write in my journal like I would like to. (And I think keeping a journal is very important... I'm even teaching a workshop on it at Glorietta this fall)
5. I can't leave a line blank. I am a line filler inner. If the preacher or teacher of a Bible study I am taking leaves one of the lines blank, it drive me nuts. Again... a sickness I know.
6. I usually don't read one book at a time, but have several going at the same time. And buying books is also a sickness. There are about 17 boxes of books in the garage I can't part with (again with the pack rat) that one day I will have enough bookshelves to put them all on. I will have a personal library in my future home that I have when I make more income. I know it will happen because it's on the list.
(By the way, I felt a compulsion to do this tag because... you got it, it's a list.)
Now I know some of you don't like making list so I'm not going to tag anyone specific, but if you can't resist a good list, then consider yourself tagged.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?”
God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” he asked.” God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.”
The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love – to create this miracle - for the good of all humanity."
Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!"
God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you.”
God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.”
Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God’s strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.
Needless to say, I was moved to tears. Spencer is my brave little soul.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The program is still trying to find homes to place children in the month of August in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Since I don't live in one of those areas myself and can't offer my home, I can at least blog about it to let others know about this opportunity to either be a host home or to donate.
The Fresh Air fund has several programs. One is where host families open their homes to inner-city children for two weeks or more in the summertime. Each Friendly Town community is supported by an experienced local volunteer.
They also have a Camping program and a Career Awareness Program. The programs have been highly supported by designer Tommy Hilfiger who has donated over $2.8 million dollars.
I don't plan to advertise or promote programs on this site on a regular basis, but thought this one was worth highlighting. If you have questions about the program or would like to get more information, you can contact Sara Wilson, the outreach coordinator.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This is Spencer with Lucia and Jennifer Arnold, the founder of Canine Assistants.
This is me, Spencer, and Lucia with our new friends Jacob, his dog Eve, and his mom Tracy. Jacob has epilepsy too.
This Spencer receiving his doggie diploma.
They didn't play Pomp and Circumstance at the graduation, but I thought it was fitting... so here it is.
Also, when you see the video of the press conference of when Spencer found out about receiving his dog, (I will hopefully post it with the graduation video) you will see Spencer said his dog would be his new best friend forever. So, since Spencer has a new best friend and because I love James Taylor... here is one of my favorites.
Thanks for joining in this week and for all of your encouragement, prayers and comments during the last two weeks. It's been "ruff" ( I couldn't resist :-) ) but I know it will be worth it.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Melissa Mashburn from Mel's World for two very special awards. Mel is a great person that I am getting to know through the blogosphere. If you haven't been to Speaks to my Soul Sunday, you need to visit. You can click over from my sidebar.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have decided to rename the next two weeks our "Dog Days of Summer." Not because of the ancient meaning of the term, but because of a newer connotation...being "dog tired" on hot and humid days. I have to tell you that these last three days of dog camp have me and Spencer "dog tired."
I don't think I realized how much work it would be to learn how to live with a service dog. Work that I know will be absolutely worth it, but hard work none the less. It's not like having a pet. It's more like adding another child to your family.Today was the last day we will drive back and forth from the camp. Starting tomorrow morning, we will be there non stop with the dog 24/7 until July 25 when we graduate. Then she will come home with us.
Today we took two quizzes on the information we have learned so far and worked on commands. The dogs already know approximately 90 commands. Now, Spencer and I have to learn the commands and how to get the dog to obey us. She has to learn our voices and intonations.
Spencer did a great job today. He and Lucia are already bonding. This morning when camp started, she sort of got anxious in her kennel when we came in. Greg was with Spencer and she (Lucia) had not met Greg before. The director wanted to see why she was so anxious and let her out of the kennel to see what she would do. When released, she came straight to Spencer (out of a room of about 35 people) and acted as though she wanted to protect him from Greg. Until we let her know that Greg was a person who was "OK" to be with Spencer, she wanted to protect him. Spencer is "her person" and no one else's. It was pretty amazing to watch.
We rotate between lectures and practice sessions with the dogs. Starting tomorrow we will begin "field trips" where we take the dogs to places like Wal-Mart, the movies and restaurants. It ought to be fun, but a little stressful until we get used to it.
I appreciate all the prayers and encouragement that many of you have sent through emails and comments. It means a lot to us and we still need them, so keep em coming. I will post a few more pictures through out the week, but I probably won't have much time to post until TSMS this Saturday.
Hope you are all having a blessed week.
Have you ever been misunderstood? Your intentions misjudged? Your actions or words misread? It’s not a good feeling. Often, we become hurt and defensive. We begin to question and doubt ourselves. It can lead to conflict without and within.
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Today we attended out first day of dog camp! It was amazing. These dogs are so beautiful and smart. It's a little overwhelming to stand in the room and witness all of the help and hope they will give to their recipients. We met some pretty incredible people today too.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It's a great movie. It provided many opportunities to talk with the kids about giving to others and the fact that not everyone is blessed with material possessions or even food to eat. It also provided an opportunity to talk about a piece of American History... the Depression. I highly recommend seeing it. It's rated G. We all need to support G movies so there will be more of them offered. I'm not Ebert and Roeper but I give it 5 stars.
By the way, here is what Ebert and Roeper did have to say about the movie. They say "see it" too.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I'm finally home for a few short days before heading off to dog camp next week. Spencer is so excited to finally be getting his new best friend. I am excited too, especially because our seizure activity seems to be extremely high right now. I'm not sure what's going on but we've had more seizures in the past month than in the previous 6 months combined. We had to call EMS for a status seizure yesterday for the third time in three weeks. It was his fourth seizure just this week. It's very discouraging. But I know even in the midst of it... God is still in control.
I was very depressed yesterday after Spencer's seizure. I was driving home, feeling down when this song came on the radio. Instantly my spirit was lifted. The words and the beat totally got me excited about how good God is... all the time. Even when the things going on in my life are getting me down.
I especially like the part when Kirk Franklin talks... "You can't take my joy devil!" and "No weapon formed against me shall prosper...I'm more than a conqueror." Made me feel like having some church! I was having a Holy Ghost party right by myself in my car driving down the road. I know people in the cars next to me thought I was crazy.
Kirk says "It gets me high, up to the sky" and like Beth Moore says "Ain't no high like the Most High!" It was great. By the time the song was over, I wasn't focused on feeling sorry for myself or Spencer. I was focused on "the goodness and fullness of God." This is a song that really made my soul sing this week.
Can't wait to hear about your songs! BTW... GP are you with me?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Well, I know its been several days since I've posted but in my defense, I have been out of town with limited computer access. I've missed reading everyone's blogs this week.
We all had a great time. Here are some of the highlights of our trip!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thanks. Sorry for the inconvenience. I'm obviously having computer issues this weekend.
Thanks for being patient.
So glad you were patient and joined in this week. I have been having difficulty connecting to the internet this weekend, so I apologize for TSMS going up late.
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday and are continuing your celebrations through the weekend. We have so much to be thankful for, especially that we live in a country where we are free to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.