Wednesday, April 16, 2014

March Recap

What I did: (Warning -- March is a CRAZY BUSY month around here!)

  • 1st - Went to MainStreet America and toured houses with my honey.  We walked and talked and dreamed...and realized that we want to pursue building our dream house soon.
  • 4th - Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday at the office.  We enjoyed a big lunch of red beans and rice with Haydel's Cream Cheese King Cake for dessert.  YUM!
  • 4th - Also the last night of the Tuesday Night Bible Study with Beth Moore.  Powerful!  Moving! And though I am sad to see it end, I pray that the Lord does an even mightier work through her teaching in the future.  Whatever form and wherever that may be.
  • 6th - Ladies Night Out at Rodeo Houston with Reba 
    The Ladies with our driver, David.
    Jenn, Mary, Annabel, Robin, David, Stacy, Teri and myself.
    Stacy's mom, Nancy, was taking the photo.
  • 8th - Stacy's 50th Birthday Celebration  
    Jim, Robin and I surprised Stacy for her 50th birthday with dinner and an evening out on the town.  Oh the stories that we could tell...but won't.
  • 11th - Girl's Night Out at Rodeo Houston with Jason Aldean.  
    Alison, Stacy, Robin, myself, Kim, Bri and Josh...the lone male to brave a limo full of ladies.
     Meet and Greet, Baby!  
    Me with Jason Aldean!
    He has been one of my favorites for years.
    Love his music.
  • 13th - Wine Garden and Shopping Day at Rodeo Houston.  Great time with dear friends, and, oh we also saw Maroon 5.  I didn't realize how many of their songs I had heard before.  (And I got my boots shined for the first time!  They look better than new!)
    Robin and I at the Rodeo Houston Uncorked Wine Garden before seeing Maroon 5.  We bought some really cute dresses that I am sure you will see before this post is over.
  • 16th - Family Dinner at Alicia's with most of the family because our Number One Son finally came home for a visit!  Yay!  We have missed him.
  • 17th - Saint Patrick's Day at Rodeo Houston with Luke Bryan  
    Stacy, me, Robin and Kelley dropping green chicken feathers all over Houston!
  • 20th - Night Out with My Girls at Rodeo Houston with Blake Shelton (minus Kelli who couldn't go at the last minute).
Meagan, Bri and I waiting for the Rodeo to begin. (And this is one of those really cute dresses I told you about earlier.
Not pictured is Kim, Chelsea and Dina who rounded out our group for the evening.

  • 24th - Table of Grace with dear friends who give some of the greatest advice EVER!
  • 29th - Luncheon at our house with the Ladies of Fellowship at Field Store. We had a great time, even though I was so behind with getting Jim out the door to his turkey hunt that the first arrivals graciously offered to help toss salads and make sandwiches.

What I learned:

  1. Listening to the Holy Spirit's promptings can be scary...and oh so rewarding!
  2. Sometimes your input into a situation can bring about a great collaboration.  So, humbly express your ideas and share past experiences that pertain to the situation.
What I listened to:

  • Still listening to Casting Crowns "Thrive"...but now I'm partial to "This Is Now".  It is the story of Peter through his own comparison of his life before and after the denial.  Oh, how I relate!
  • Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" -- My favorite is 'Play It Again'.
What I read:

  1. "The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath" by Mark Buchanan.  This book was highly recommended at the Women of Faith: Unwrap the Bible Conference I attended in February. And since I had just finished listening to 'Wonderstruck' by Margaret Feinberg where she lit a fire in my heart regarding Sabbath...I figured I had better pick it up.  And, OH MY GOODNESS, did the Lord ever have a holy laugh over me when I picked up the Sunday School book on March 30th to prepare for the next week's lesson on Sabbath!  His timing is impeccable.
  2. Matthew - (most of) John for the Lent Challenge.

I know this is really late, but we are without Internet at home again and work has been so busy that I hadn't taken the time to update on the last few events of March.  I would love to hear what is going on in your life today.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Crazy Weather

I read this in the Farmer's Almanac this morning...and though I don't know how they do it when publishing nearly a year in advance, they have hit the nail on the head yet again.

Rain to Snow, Snow to Rain...
Do Si Do and back again!

Jim and I have been trying to get our garden started for nearly two months.  Each "Best Gardening Day" of the month has brought with it Winter Storm Warnings and talks of a Polar Vortex.  And each Saturday that we had planned to work the ground turned out cold or wet...or both.  

And so, five weeks ago Jim was finally able to catch the ground dry enough to till up the garden spot.  Four weeks ago was the application of natural fertilizer from the pasture.  (Stinky!)  Three weeks ago he barely got the lime on the ground before the rains came.  And last Friday evening he made the rows.  We rushed to Lowe's for tomato plants early Saturday morning...but by the time we made it home with them, the rain was pouring down.

My kitchen table is now covered in tomatoes plants and various pepper plants because last night was too cold to leave them outside.  I'm thinking at this rate, we may get the plants in the ground just before the tomatoes turn pink.  LOL!

Crazy weather!  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

February Recap

What I did:

  • 1st -Meagan's surprise 30th birthday party with the family
    Derrick got her pretty good!
  • 2nd - Super Bowl Party at the Lozano's new Man Cave
  • 8th - Maddux's 5th birthday party  
Pappaw and I got a big thumbs up for the Lego Movie video game gift!

  • 14th - Valentine's Dinner with My Hero 
    My gorgeous roses...and delicious Dove chocolates!
    My treat to him was a dinner out...but only ten minutes from home.
    He LOVED it!
  • 15th-18th  Grandma's Gone Wild: Texas Edition 
    Stacy, 'Guillermo', Robin and I at Becker Farms Vineyard
    We had a great time on the wine tasting tour!
  • 21st & 22nd  Women of Faith: Unwrap the Bible -- Ladies Retreat with the church (Didn't take a single picture...but it was great.  Beth Moore, Lisa Harper, Priscilla Shirer, Shelia Walsh, & Christine Caine all in less than twenty-four hours = mind blowing experience with the Lord.)
  • 24th - Table of Grace: Dinner at Zoe's Kitchen
What I Learned:
  1. A self-cleaning oven REALLY DOES self clean!!!  Thank you, honey, for the wonderful Christmas gift.  I like it even better now!
  2. Sometimes, when one wants to go by the prime planting dates on the Farmer's Almanac, one totally misses out on cold weather planting.  There was a winter weather warning in effect on each and every one of them!
  3. I like semi-sweet red wines even more than the sweet whites.  Who would have thunk it?
  4. And the ports!  Oh, the ports!
  5. Sometimes you just need to have dinner with your girlfriends and wait for mundane topics like bill paying to CHANGE YOUR LIFE!  Thanks, Leesa, for sharing something that is second nature for you but set me free!
  6. To copy photos to a new folder: right click on photo, press copy then right click in the folder you want to copy in and press paste.  I know that sounds simple but I had to have Cristina come in and show me how because I have a newer version of windows than I am used to.
What I Listened To:
  • "A Death In Vienna" (Gabriel Allon Series #4) by Daniel Silva (Audiobook) -- When a bomb explodes in Vienna at the office of Wartime Claims and Inquiries, Gabriel finds himself to face to face with a figure that seems a bit too familiar.  Secrets are exposed that date back to the death march from the Nazi prison camps...and the pieces of the puzzle fall into place as Gabriel figures out where he has seen that face before.  This one was not my favorite in the series...but it is still worth the time.
  • "Prince of Fire" (Gabriel Allon Series #5) by Daniel Silva (Audiobook)  A bomb blast at the Israeli embassy in Rome leads to an encrypted file that identifies the famed art restorer Mario Delvecchio to be none other than sometime spy, Gabriel Allon. And the game is on...but exactly who is being hunted?  A wonderfully written story based upon a photo from the 70's of a young boy sitting on the lap of Yasser Arafat after the funeral of the boy's father. This story had great character development and had you sympathetic towards both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict...where terror is an everyday occurrence.  This may very well be my second favorite Gabriel Allon book in the series after "The English Girl".
  • Casting Crowns "Thrive" -- The whole album is good.  But the song that is speaking to my heart these days is "All You've Ever Wanted".  With a line like "I was chasing healing when I'd been made well; I was fighting battles when You conquered hell; Living free but from a prison cell: Lord I lay it down today" in the year of Wholehearted living...well, what more can I say?  I'm still listening to it!
What I Read:
  1. I finished "An Unexpected Guest: A Novel" by Anne Korkeakivi.  From the book jacket: Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again. I couldn't quite connect with Clare.  She did things that just did not make sense to me...like hiding her son from her husband when the son ran away from his boarding school.  The story takes place in a twenty-four hour period and she is super busy with all the plans for a dinner that may mean a ambassadorship for her husband.  Clare seems to think she is 'helping' by not addressing the problems, but as the day goes on things just get more and more complicated.  Still, I enjoyed the book in spurts and starts, so I'm glad I read it.  It is just that Clare mystifies me.
  2. "Chasing God" by Angie Smith --This book!  Oh my goodness, this book!  You have probably read stuff like it before.  But the way she communicates her journey from 'chasing God' to 'following Him' was as if we were sitting across the table from one another over coffee or lunch.  This book spoke volumes into my quest for wholeheartedness in 2014.  I will be reading it a little slower next time...probably with pen in hand.  But this first time through, I just needed to hear more and more of it while affirming a hearty 'amen' in my soul.  (And just in case you haven't yet seen the theme in my life these days...this is the book form of the song I mentioned above.)