Friday, May 30, 2008

Onward Christian Soldiers!

Have you ever felt like what you do everyday is not quite as exciting or as wonderful as you family, friends, or even the person you stand next to in line at the store? I have to tell you that I feel that way often, especially right now because I’m living at home bumming off my parents until I get a job.
    At times like these I have to remember that God has a plan for my life. On Sunday, at church, we sang a song, that, at the time made me laugh, because of the discordant clapping that was attempted by several of our church members, but later really had me thinking. Everyday we all encounter obstacles in our lives. It may be a simple thing as not being able to find the car keys when you have a meeting in 10 minutes or you could encounter something much harder like losing your job. Obstacles are a part of life and its how you handle these obstacles that makes you who you are. Many people feel the need to rant and rave or just sit down and do nothing. For me...I choose to trust in God and know that these obstacles are here to make me a stronger person and that God’s plan is so much greater than mine.
    In 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NLT) it says, “ Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.”
    I love the part of this verse where it says, “...do not become tied up...,” I believe that is so true. So often, we lose our purpose because we are worrying too much about what is going on in our life and are not focused on what God wants us to do.
    Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that although life may throw you curve balls and it may be littered with obstacles, God loves us and has enlisted us in his army. So I say...Onward Christian Soldiers.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

camouflage, chipmunks, and cherry limeades!

I may not be the best athlete in the world but I do enjoy working out. It should come as no surprise to anyone that running is not my best sport either. Nevertheless, I attempt it at least three times a week so I that I can have my share of the chocolate wonders that grace the shelves of our kitchen. That being said....as I was going for my two mile run today, I decided that I would wear a camouflage t-shirt with the proud “Texas Aggie” logo adorned across the chest. BAD IDEA!  Despite the fact that it was still daylight outside, I guess I blended in too well with my surroundings. I was almost run over twice by huge redneck truckers lumbering down the road. 

I’m come on...it’s not like I’m a tiny miss who would be virtually unidentifiable running along the road. These people need to watch for camouflaged runners traveling at such a slow pace that a blind person could avoid them. Hmmmph....that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Now, as everyone knows my family has recently moved to Del Rio, TX. You know, the home of......well I can’t think of anything right now except chipmunks. Mainly, because I saw one yesterday when I was headed up to the Wally World to get a 20 lb. bag of ice.  Who would of thought you would see a chipmunk in Del Rio? Not me to say the least. I was pleasantly surprised and it made all the “nothing” I did yesterday seem useful.

Finally, I have come to realize that Sonic has blessed me with many things but mostly it’s the Cherry Limeade that you can get during the Happy Hour that makes me glad that there are two in Del Rio. A thank you goes out to Beau for my Large Happy Hour Cherry Limeade that I was able to drink today (an of course the conversation, as well). It made my day.

Even if you haven’t the privilege of experiencing camouflage, chipmunks, or cherry limeades...just remember, someone has...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

fire ants...and other nefarious insects...

You know, when there is nothing to do in a house that has no television and you have no car because your mom drove it to San Antonio...you come up with interesting things to do that can cause extreme pain and sometimes big time humiliation...So, here’s how the story goes...

I’m home alone in Del Rio, mostly because I have no car and all my friends either live far away or actually work for a living (I’m working on that, by the way). I have nothing to do because there is no television and I’ve read all the books I own like fifty times apiece. So, I decided that it would be fun to go outside and trim the hedges at our new house. How hard can it be? I’m mean come on...you use these little hedge clippers and lop off the parts that look crappy. Piece of cake...unless you wear flip flops and step in a fire ant pile. Then the task becomes slightly harder.

So I’m trimming along and doing quite well, when I feel the first sting of fire ant. I go ballistic (as ballistic as someone like me goes!) I absolutely hate anything that has to do with tiny, crawly, creatures. But going ballistic isn’t the most embarrassing part. No, that would be the mail man whose delivering the mail while I’m hopping and yelling all over the front yard. Yikes! What a mess! Needless to say, I decided that I would finish the pruning (what a lovely word) later and with tennis shoes on. I quietly returned to the house and left the fire ants for some other sucker.

Sooooo.......

The moral of this story is that if you are the type of person who hates (and I mean really loathes...) bugs, then you need to leave the yard work to someone more qualified and stay in the house. Even if you have nothing to do and your so bored that you wander aimlessly around the house. It’s better than fire ants and other nefarious insects..

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Fantastic Summer

I want to have a fantastic summer! We are moving to Del Rio, TX in about two weeks and then summer will begin. My mom still has about a week and a half left of school and then she’ll be out and the moving trucks will come. Lots of people ask me why I’m moving to Del Rio with my folks...which is a good question. Here’s the answer: It will be a great way to save some money and also I love my family. I’m only twenty-three years old and have the rest of my life in front of me. I’m not really in a hurry to do anything. Anyway, this week is important because Julie and I working hard to finish all her school work so that she can be free for the summer. We only have one more history project to do and then we’ll be finished! Yea! She’s actually working much harder than me because I spent some time setting up this website. Oh well! Well, I guess that’s it for today!

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