Saturday, January 10, 2009

One Giant Snowball of Thoughts in My Brain- Everything Rolled Into One!

Happy Saturday! I can't decide what to write about, so I'll just write a little about everything. Try not to get too excited...it's Random Time!

1. Joey's birthday was a success! Despite his lack of enthusiasm for his birthday beforehand, he had a really good day once he figured out that it was a day where he got to pick the activities HE wanted to do and he got things like brownies and a balloon and a even a couple presents. 3 year olds are easy. We played the "Guess Who" game that he got from Aunt Deena and had fun with glue sticks and construction paper. We all watched Peter Pan and he loved that. (I forgot how fun that movie is!) He still claims he's two and tells me "wanna be your wittow(little) boy" every day, but I can understand that. It's hard to grow up sometimes!

2. I visited the Prayer Service for the Wabash Valley International House of Prayer last night at the encouragement of our pastor. The venue is kind of interesting, as it is a prayer chapel in a very old and historic church in Terre Haute, but it has been eclectically decorated with a big modern mural of Jesus on one wall. I dug the old with the new thing. I'm glad Marvin and Sally have come to our neck of the woods to start this ministry. The whole thing gave me a lot of stuff to think about...I think I have a lot to learn about prayer. And the worship was very authentic, not really a style I had ever seen before, but something that was easy to jump into and sing along. I'll probably talk more about this later. Marvin's supposed to speak at our church tonight...

3. Speaking of church, I think we're going to have a media fast for the next week. What's a media fast, you ask? Well...I'm still learning and we'll probably learn more tonight at church...but I think we're all going to stay away from secular media for a week...TV, videos, radio, internet...no hard a fast rules or anything. Many people from church work with computers for a living, so you can't really go all hermit or anything. Just a way to spend more time with God and family for a week and look for some guidance for the year. Sounds good to me! Even though I wouldn't consider my blog or others I read "secular media" really, I think I am going to stay away from blogging for the most part since I DO tend to spend quite a bit of time on it.... I might drop in on the SCL Crazy Love conversation if I actually GET the book before Wednesday (procrastinator!) and check my email to make sure there's nothing I need to add to the stuff I pray for. So all that to say- don't worry about me, because I know you would if I suddenly just didn't respond to anything for a week. I'll be back! And our church is not a cult! (Sorry, inside joke.)

4. I went to the BMV this morning and renewed my license. It came to my attention that my license had expired in August and I didn't even realize it. Oops. I believe I made fun of Frank for this very same thing before, so it was time to eat a big plate of crow. Yummers. Then I put off going for awhile because I am NOT dragging three kids in there on a week day...that's a catastrophe of such epic proportions I can't even go there in my mind. But today was THE day. I prepared myself with a book, some chocolate, and everything else I could think of that they might want or need to prove that I was road worthy. I was pleasantly surprised to find no lines and I walked right up to the counter. We've moved since my last license was issued, so I had to prove my legal address. I had a recent bill to do this, but alas, it only had my husband's name on it and not my own. So I had to come back home and find something with MY name on it. Sigh. It's never that easy. I went back to a short wait, had to do the eye test again, and the lady asked me some lovely questions involving my current weight vs. the weight listed on my license. Then it was picture time. I always forget about the stupid picture. I took the worst picture ever. Even worse than the one when I was pregnant. The lady (approximately 118 years old) made me take off my glasses for the picture...that along with having no make-up on, my hair back, and a gray t-shirt on resulted in a picture that makes me look like a slightly hostile 12 year old elfin boy. Maybe I can get Frank to scan it and I'll post it sometime...good times.

5. This is getting long, so I'd better wrap up, but Baby Jay has been teething and sickly, so pray for him and pray for our patience because it's hard to explain to a 5 month old that his universe has not fallen apart and will get better soon.

9 comments:

Amy said...

Aw, we'll miss you, Beth! I'm not so sure a media fast is a bad idea. If I could figure out a way to do it responsibly, that would be one thing, but I seem to waste far too much time on the stuff. I hope it goes well for you. You can share your enlightened thoughts with us next week.
Were you allowed to show your teeth when you smiled for your picture? I've heard that in Indiana, you have to smile with your mouth closed since it can show your features better or something.

Helen said...

God bless you, Beth. We will miss you. One of the nice things about fasts is that when we discover that we can't do this one thing absolutely perfectly, we appreciate the perfection of Christ's sacrifice all the more. (Ooops. I hope that didn't sound discouraging. I was trying to say don't sweat checking your email.)

katdish said...

Does it have to be NEXT WEEK? Okay, kidding (sort of). I got Crazy Love from Jeff (okay, that doesn't sound right, but you know what I mean), and every so often you're supposed to stop and go to the website and look at a video. So if you get the book, you're going to have to get on your computer. And then it will like that book "If you give a mouse a cookie..." (If you've never read that book, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about -- but don't worry, I'm used to that.)

We'll miss you! (and check your email at least! Who knows?)

Mare said...

"picture that makes me look like a slightly hostile 12 year old elfin boy."

hahhaa. oh, I LOVE having those pictures taken. Mine have been just as bad.

Props to you for the media fast. Pray it goes well but we will miss you!

Annie K said...

Darn it Beth...we miss you... ;(

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

I really like the idea of a media fast. I just saw a bit about a church that kicks off their month long media fast by smashing a big pile of TVs with sledge hammers in their church parking lot.

Helen said...

I miss you, Beth. I know you won't be reading this yet, but, well, when you do, you will know that I miss you.
Oh, and between you, and an SCL post this week, I realize that I need to do a media fast myself. I have been enjoying the internet, and putting it before God and others lately.
I have decided not computers at all on Sunday or Wednesday unless my donkey falls into a well. You know what I mean. Okay, maybe you don't.
When it is a particularly blizzardy day, mom makes me go check the computer to make sure all students and teachers in the family get to stay home. Then she calls them and tells them they have the day off. Sometimes they already knew and where still in bed. That's always fun! (See, she makes Bob wake me at like, five, to check, so her waking them up is my sweet revenge. If they know, they should just call her ahead of time and save us all the bother already!) Anyway, my self imposed fast can't really trump the Honor thy father and thy mother clause, er , I mean commandment, in the Bible. So that is kinda what I mean by donkey falling in a well. I'm talking about momma.....wait, that's not what I mean at all. Oh, I think I better just stop now and take this to my own blog.
MIss you!

katdish said...

Okay, I'm feeling the conviction as well and I can totally relate with Helen (except maybe the whole "donkey in the well" scenario - my mind's kinda slow today). Jon's Harley Davidson post really kicked me in the teeth. I need to abstain from the blogosphere a bit myself. Sundays and Wednesdays work for me if that's what Helen's gonna do. If anyone else plans to participate in this, how does Wednesday and Sunday work for y'all? (Cuz I would really hate to miss anything! - which is probably the best statement I could give as to why I need to do this!)

P. S. - I miss Beth! Waaaaa!

Beth said...

I'm back!! And it will probably take a couple days just to READ everything I missed. But I think the whole Wednesdays and Sundays off is a good idea. Okay, off to catch up. I'm sure I'll do a whole post about going media free soon....