Yay Me!

I can only pop in for a second but I simply have to share what wonderful advancements I’ve made into my To Do List!!

1. I just finished my taxes!!! They are filed and I am proud to say that, even though we are self-employed ministers, we broke even. Praise Jesus who is head of all rulers, principalities, and governmental agencies!

2. I’ve finished the itinerary/info packs for our women’s retreat next weekend.

3. My living room is vacuumed.

4. I was SHOWERED AND DRESSED AND MAKEUP’d by 10:00 a.m.

5. Even though I went running this morning!

6. During the walking part of my running, me and Jesus had some prep time for the study sessions for the aforementioned retreat.

7. Did I mention I had a shower before lunch?

And now all that’s left is to….

1. Wash ball uniforms.
2. And lots more clothes.
3. Load my brand new dishwasher that, praise the LORD, actually washes dishes!
(I may have to post separately on that…I’m in dishwashing heaven if there is such a thing..)
4. Write and write and write some more…Gave myself an April 1 mini deadline on the next book chapter.
5. Study and study some more to prepare for our women’s retreat..Oh how I can not wait!
6. Go to 4 ballgames tonight!

I’ll check back in soon! Oh, and by the way, the chatroom is a hoot….Stop by! (Because don’t we all need one more reason to spend more time on the computer??)

Insane ByLaws and A Few More of My Favorite Things

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have responded to the latest Married to the Ministry Survey. I am learning so much from your comments. I think I was most stunned by the Preacher Wife requirements actually being included in the church by-laws. Are you kiddin’ me, Cindy? That may have been enough to break the whole being silent in church rule cause I’d be staging me a protest over that one.

Oh, I kid.


I’ll be responding more fully in the next day or so but honestly, it’s Friday night and my brain is tired. That may have something to do with the fact I had to go to WalMart today. I don’t know if it’s my age creeping in on me but I can scarce make it through that place any more without breathing into a brown paper bag, whether there be square dancing competitions going on or not.

I was completely annoyed today because there were three , count them THREE, things that are my favorite things which WalMart appears to not be stocking any longer. Don’t you just hate that? It never fails as soon as I find some little thing I really like that it is discontinued. Really, people. I don’t ask for much in life so is it so bad to be disappointed when my great yogurt or cleaning supply suddenly goes MIA?

Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s my list of sadness:

1. Honey Maid Grahams 100 Calorie Packs

I absolutely love these and I can’t find them anywhere. I can’t figure out why they are the only variety to go missing since they are the healthiest choice carb/fat/sugar wise in the entire product line. Even Amazon says they are out of stock. Hopefully I can find them in the second-hand market at Big Lots so I can restock my Suburban. A girl’s got to have comfort food in the ‘Burb at all times.

2. Mr. Clean Magic Sponge Mop Head Replacement

Now someone please tell me why a store would sell a mop and within 3 months cease to sell the replacement heads? Actually, they aren’t selling the mop either. These things are AWESOME and the only thing that will really clean our laminate flooring in the bathroom. I’ll have to go back to the olden day method of getting on my hands and knees with the original Magic Sponge to scrub the floors. I can’t even tell you how much I am looking forward to that.

3. Great Value Vanilla Low Fat/Light Yogurt

So you know I’m in the First Place group at church. One of the requirements is to have 2 servings of milk daily and considering I can’t stand it, that’s a bit of a problem for me. However, if you eat a yogurt that is less than 100 calories and sugar free, it counts as a milk instead of a carb. I have become obsessed with eating vanilla yogurt with thawed frozen strawberries mixed in. Well, guess who decided they weren’t going to stock vanilla yogurt anymore? In Great Value or Weight Watcher brand? I mean really, at this point should I take all this as a sign the Lord has removed his favor? I may be tempted to believe this if it weren’t for my number four.

4. Bama Salsa

Girls, I’m telling you there is no better store bought salsa to be had than the Collegiate brand. My WalMart was out of it for several weeks and I literally became despondent. However, in what could be no less than a work of the Holy Spirit on my behalf it showed up on the shelves again today. That almost made up for numbers 1-3.

I said almost.

So what about you girls? Do you have any favorite stuff that you can no longer find in your neck of the woods? Did you find a replacement or have you continued to long for that which you can not have?

(And for the record, I don’t think that’s sinnin’ one little bit.)

Have a great weekend!

It’s looking like we’ll be staging our own Exodus…

I can not even begin to tell you how completely thrilled I am over the registration for our church’s womens’ retreat this year. 48 women have decided they are ready to Get Over It!

Did I mention there were 48 of us? As in almost half of 100. In Roman there are L. In Greek there are. Oh yes, girls. I am internationally happy about the 50. Considering this is roughly half of our town’s population, I imagine the grocery store and four-way stop will be significantly quieter once the last husband’s wallet has been plundered and we head on our way.

Obviously I can’t wait for the time together in God’s Word. There is nothing more powerful than a group of women who set apart a weekend to meet with the highly exalted Living One. My prayer is that we will look into the mirror of scripture and not walk away still looking a wreck. Oh yes, we have some primping to do, spiritually and physically speaking.

That primping will not be hard to accomplish as we break open this while we relax here. And eat here. And shop here. And take a break here before we return here.

I am positively giddy about this whole trip and just had to go ahead and release some of my squeals before my head popped off.

In other news, I have to share with you that I told my friend Brooke via text this morning that I dreamed about my dog Daisy last night. In this dream, there was a lion in my yard and Daisy and the lion were fighting over a piece of steak. I kept yelling to her, “Daisy, it’s a LION honey! You can’t win. Let him have it! But she kept fighting and fighting until eventually the lion killed her.

Depressing, huh?

Now I’ll really freak you out.

Tonight I told the kids to go feed the dog and one of the boys who shall remain nameless asked, “Did you buy her more food yet?” To which I replied, loudly and with concern, “NO one told me she was out of food?!”

“Oh, ummm, we thought we told you.”

Well they didn’t and after further investigation, I discovered the dog has not eaten in 2 1/2 days. 2 1/2 whole stinkin’ days!! We jumped in the car to run to the store and buy some food. I’m ashamed to say I blew it with the kids by yelling about giving the dog away for the trip there and back. (And any comments about our pet neglect are not welcome here. It was an honest mistake, thankyouverymuch.) With all that said, there were three repentant boys in the backyard tonight petting the hound out of the hound dog. I think she’s hoping they starve her more often for all the attention she got in return.

But, back to my dream. Do y’all think it was prophetic? Do you think God was trying to tell me Daisy was hungry enough to fight a steak from a lion and I just wasn’t listening? (I’m kiddin’ y’all. I’ve a ways to go before I dye my hair purple and buy myself a golden throne.) But seriously, that’s freaky isn’t it?

And considering how my dreams are increasingly getting weirder, I can’t decide if I need to sleep less or more.

Tonight I vote for more.


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