Monday, February 25, 2008

Prayer Card

My wonderful friend with endless talent, Darby, designed this prayer card. You can get one Sunday @ church. Just stop by our missions table in the concourse :0)

We leave for our next trip April 12, 2008. As you can see on the ticker @ the top of my blog, That is a little more than a month & a half. Time goes by so very quickly. Please pray for our team, and those we will share Jesus with.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I've Been Tagged for the First Time :0)

My new friend Andie tagged me. I have never been tagged before, but I'll do my best to play along. I hope those that I tagged will play along, too. :0)

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Kentucky Fried Chicken (1st job :0)
2. Part Sorter @ Nissan (I actually worked for a sub-contractor-not Nissan)
3. Telephone Sales Rep. @ Ingram Book
3. Nurse

Four movies I could watch over and over:
1. Dirty Dancing
2. Goonies
3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
4. Pretty Woman

Four places I have lived:
1. Warwick, RI
2. West Warwick, RI
3. Murfreesboro, TN
4. Smyrna, TN

Four shows that I watch:
1. Biggest Loser
2. Deal or No Deal
3. ER
4. CSI

Four places I have been:
1. Maine
2. Canada
3. Mexico
4. California

Four people who email me regularly:
1. Darby K.
2. Jamie B.
3. Kristi B.
4. Agnes R.

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Anything Mexican :0)
2. Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies
3. Peanut Butter & Fluff sandwich
4. Anything with Caramel in it :0)

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Taking a nap
2. On a date w/my husband
3. Shopping
4. Somewhere warm

Four things I'm looking forward to in the next 12 months:
1. Weekend Camping Trips
2. Mexico Missions Trip
3. Summer
4. Working on being debt free

Four Goals for the New Year:
1. Read the Bible every day
2. Be debt free (except our house)
3. Not yell @ my kids so much
4. Take a vacation-other than camping :0)

Four gifts I got for Christmas:
1. Purse
2. Camera
3. Book about Mexico
4. Picture frame w/pics of me & my friends

Four places I want to visit:
1. Any warm beach
2. Vera Cruz, Mexico
3. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
4. Alaska

Four things I wish I could be better at:
1. Reading my Bible every day
2. Parenting
3. Managing money
4. Communicating with my sisters

Four Things You Don't Know About Me:
1. I was born in Rhode Island
2. I think my feet are really ugly
3. I'm always cold
4. I don't like to shave

Four Things I Can Cook Without a Recipe:
1. Mexican Spaghetti
2. Meatloaf
3. Ham/Corn Chowder
4. Chicken Pot Pie

Four Musicians/Groups I Really Like:
1. Tina Hutchinson
2. Casting Crowns
3. Rascal Flatts
4. Kenny Chesney

The FOUR people I tag are:
1. Lisa S.
2. Jeanne S.
3. Tiffany V.
4. Gwen O.

Monday, February 18, 2008


I spent the weekend as the nurse for the highschool retreat. I was a little nervous, when I agreed to go. 1st of all "Collision" the word in itself means somebody might get hurt, and my only other camp experience was quite exhausting. Two years ago I went to camp Whatever. There were close to 300 hundred kids, and one me--for a week. This short weekend trip was very uneventful, as far as nursing goes. Only needed a couple of bandaids, and some tylenol--not for me, for the students :0).

It was a really great time of worship. It's really cool to see highschoolers that are not afraid to give God all that he wants from them. The "theme" was Everything Matters. What a simple statement, that means SO much. The speaker (Phillip) did an excellent job of making the point--Everything Matters. He is a pastor in Knoxville. He has 3 ½ year old triplet boys, and his wife is due in May(w/a girl)- WOW. He had many funny stories, and even though he was recovering from the flu--did a wonderful job getting God's point across. I don't think they could have picked a better person to speak to this group of students. Pray for the fire God ignited this weekend to continue to burn strong.

Next time you see David McCaman, our highschool pastor, tell him you heard that he is doing a great job.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sacred Gathering

Last night, I completed a 2.5 day fast. It was part of the Sacred Gathering @ church. God never ceases to amaze me. Four years ago, I participated in the Sacred Gathering, also @ church. I fasted then, too. That is when I first felt God calling me into medical missions. Since then I have been on 4 medical/dental mission trips to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. God has been so good to me through each of the experiences.

When the speaker asked us last night to share what God had been telling us over this last 3 days, I spoke w/Chris Hollomon. I talked w/him about how it felt so easy to share Jesus w/perfect strangers thousands of miles away. In another country, but that when it came to sharing my heart right here--that a lot of times is a whole different story.

All to often I don't give God all the credit, and glory he deserves. Because Ultimately, ALL of the credit & glory belongs to Him. I don't understand why I have not been as comfortable sharing w/friends, and family as I am strangers? Fear of rejection? Fear they'll ask questions I won't know answers to? Fear that I'll share & they just won't care to hear the truth?

My prayer is that God will erase all of those trivial fears--trivial to God, not me. My prayer is that God will restore broken relationships, and allow me to speak his truth clearly. Please pray with me in this.

Monday, February 11, 2008

John 3:16

Our church is doing a 6 week bible study. It was put together by Max Lucado. There are many small groups to choose from. I will be hosting a group on Thursdays, that will begin February 21st. We will meet at the church (in the area near the coffee bar) between 9 & 9:30am. The DVD portion will begin at 9:30, and we plan to be done by 11:00am. If you know anyone that might be interested in this time, let them know. We have around 10 women right now, and have plenty of room for more.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Painting, Tile, & Shingles-- Oh MY :0)

Ever have 50 projects going at one time? We are in the middle of many here.

A few weeks back we had a dishwasher leak, which ruined our laminant floor. We replaced the dishwasher, and found out our floor had been discontinued. We decided to just wait & tile the kitchen later. I put a throw rug over the ugly spot. Not really all that big of a deal.

A week later, our roof leaked, and ruined another spot on the other side of the room. UGH! This time I called the insurance co. Turns out we have at some point had hail damage on our 4 year old roof. They are replaceing the roof & floor :0)

I'm not sure when the roofers will be here, after the storms last night they may be really busy.

We started on the floor yesterday. Well my best friend Darby's husband started on the floor yesterday. There is a stove in the play room & a refrigerator in the living room :0)

Last week I had started pulling 14 year old wall paper off our master bath, so I've been slacking on that since we are now doing the kitchen. (did I mention I also work night shift? :0) We have all the wallpaper off, I've painted the trim, and now I just need to prime & paint the walls.

Anyway my goal for tonight is to paint the trim in the kitchen--so I don't have to worry about getting paint on my new tile. Then, tomorrow I will prime the bathroom walls, so hopefully I can paint them Friday. Maybe by the end of next week my house won't look like the crazy mess it does right now.

I am not complaining--I'm excited about the new looks. I also am thankful to have a house to do projects to. I think about all the people last night that have a lot more repairs to do than I. I was at work last night, and it got a little hairy. I worked at MTMC, and when the tornado siren went off at the college--it sent chills through me. I called Tim, and woke him up at 2:00am to tell him to check on the Smyrna weather & get downstairs--he was thrilled to hear my sweet voice @ 2am ;) Thankfully it turned out to just be heavy wind, and rain in our area.

Don't forget to pray for the people whos lives are upside down right now.

Off to paint :0)