Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I had no idea that they had used it.
They were pretty sneaky about it.
They actually put it back in its place
With no trace of any mischief
Some of the pictures were pretty good
But the fact that Benny and Will were collaborating together on something "naughty" is a little unsettling
There is no telling what these two could do if they team up
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
My parents have been called to be Mission Presidents of the Buenos Aires West Mission in Argentina! We are so excited for them. I just don't think it has sunk in yet that they are going to be gone for 3 years. I just have to focus on how blessed the people are in Argentina to have my parents helping to spread the gospel in their country. We love you guys and are so proud of you!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
until yesterday. Her latest request is for me to work out a laundry schedule with her, because apparently the smell of our clean laundry drying in the dryer gives her a headache. She wants to know when she can open her window and not smell our CLEAN laundry. (keep in mind this lady smokes) At this request I let out a deep sigh and just said, " there is no way I can tell you when I am going to be doing laundry. Sometimes we are doing it at 2:00 a.m. if our kids are sick" Her reply was, " I know a normal family only has a little bit of laundry to do and only does it one or two days a week, but you guys are different." I just kind of stared at her with a slight smile on my face. By that, she realized a schedule is not going to happen and went inside.
I have been thinking alot about this situation. My first reaction is that this lady has "issues" and it is perfectly fine to ignore her request. But the more I think about it, the question comes to mind if this is who Jesus was talking about in Matthew 22:39 when he says, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself?" Is it really HER He is talking about? Isn't Jesus talking about the nice widower Ann who lives on our left, who we happily take fresh baked cookies to, and check on when the power goes out. Or Becky and Bill who live on her left, who always take a minute or two to play catch with Benny and Will before speeding off in their red VW bug? Or Robbi and Conrad who live to their left, who I can call any morning and have Hannah catch a ride with them to school. Or even the lesbian couple who live across from us, who work on their front lawn in skin tight, jean cut-off shorts every Saturday. Isn't that who Jesus is talking about. He can't mean our neighbor and her crazy requests. And if He does, what does that mean I should do in this situation?
The conclusion I have come to is this:
I think it would be fine to ignore her request. She is a little bit irrational. But I also think their is a higher road to take, and that would be to treat her as though I do love her, and to consider her needs the same way I would of a family member that I truly do love. And if a family member was sensitive to smell, I would switch to scent free laundry detergent.
What are your thoughts?
Friday, February 15, 2008
Yeah, you read right. I was actually very good this week. honest! I even started exercising, but I am not about to claim that I gained 3 lbs of muscle.
We did go out for sushi last night, so I am hoping that part of this is from the soy sauce??? (you know, too much salt causes water retention....it's possible right?) Well, I am going to claim that as the cause and stay in my delusional world and just work for better results next week.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.....
I love that you have a million pictures of you "dunking" in your high school scrapbook
I love that you like to match me
I love that you do things with me, even if you really don't like it
I love that you can hang out with my brothers
I love that you let me be me
I love that you have the same clothes 10 years later
I love that you knew it was time to shave your head
I love that you love your mom
I love that you are my Valentine
Monday, February 11, 2008
I look at other families at church and all of their kids look so much alike. Each of their babies are like cookie cutters of each other. I keep getting questioned at the grocery store if all of these kids are mine. I am not sure if it is because of the number of kids running around me, or their looks. What do you think??
Saturday, February 9, 2008
It is always fun at first to eat Carls Jr by candle light. (Doesn't Ray look so pious by candlelight?)
Then Ray builds a fire in our wood stove that we always intended on getting rid of. (don't let the flash fool you, it's only the fire giving us light) We all just sat around the fire while Hannah and Ray played songs on the piano. It's amazing to me how convenient and complicated power makes our lives at the same time.
Then we decided it would be fun to all sleep in the same room. After Ray dragged our mattresses and blankets out to the family room, the power came on 5 minutes later.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Yes, that is a goose egg. As in ZERO lbs lost!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Our power has been out today because of the rainstorms here in Cali. I am sure you all have been anxiously waiting to know my results for this week. (I know, I know, I am sure that is not the case, butI have to tell myself that lots of people will be checking the blog on Friday. That is the only way I can stay away from eating ice cream endlessly all day. ) I seem to have hit a steady groove. This week's results are: