Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving!

Here is a long list of things of things that I am thankful for today, some of which I have mentioned here before.

My unborn nieces or nephews (or one of each) and all the fun that I am going to have with them one day!

My great brothers and sisters and all the fun that I have with them everyday!

My grandparents!

A warm house.

The fact that we don't have any snow yet here in Wisconsin! (even though some is expected for tonight)

Being able to walk, talk, hear and see.

My computer, even though it is a piece of junk most of the time. :)

DSL!! (Never going back to the dial up or limited bandwidth days!)

My dog, though he is often overlooked and taken for granted, I do love him.

Blogs, of all shapes and sizes. :)

My recently discovered favorite TV show, 7th Heaven.

All of the Christmas gifts that I have been able to buy for my family so far, and those that I am going to buy yet soon.

Wii, Facebook, Farmville.

Jesus, who is always with me no matter where I go!

There is more, but this is enough, what are you thankful for?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Taking Care of Widows and Orphans

Continuing on with my Facebook quote posts started here:

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

This is James 1:27. The "religion" that this talks about, that is the only "religion" that I ever want to have. To care for widows and orphans, that is what God wants from us, that is what religion is all about to God. Isn't that amazing? Not a big list of dos and don'ts like the Pharisees and Sadducees were trying to make, but religion is about love.

Drama, Drama, Drama

So, here's another Facebook quote post, if you want to read more, they started here:

"That's too much drama for me mama..."

From the song Drama Queen by Family Force Five.

I'm not a big fan of drama - and there has been enough drama in this family to last a lifetime, but I really dislike drama queens. You know, the people who make a big deal out of a little things that go wrong (or right.) I know, I'm trying not to judge, but some people just get to you, you know - like, have they never had anything worse happen in their life than a chipped nail?

Today I am thankful that I can see and hear - those are my two favorite "senses". :)

No Religion, "Only" Faith

So, continuing on with my Facebook quotes posts that started here:

"The world does not need any more religion!
It needs Jesus Christ.
Religion is people's attempt to do God's work in their own strength.
Jesus wants us to live and walk in God's strength."

From Brother Yun's book Living Water

I am a strong believer in no religion! Religion to me is a list of (man-made) rules that you have to follow - and I am not a man-made rule follower. Sure, I would say that I am a Christian, but I am more likely to say that I am a Jesus follower, or that I have a relationship rather than a religion. We don't need to follow certain (man-made) rules, we only need to be saved - and being saved is going to make us want to follow God-made instructions on how to live life. We cannot save ourselves, but God can save us. We don't need religion, we need faith and a relationship.

Today I am thankful to have gotten to spend the day with a very special little two year old boy, my cousin's son. We have been watching him for a few hours this afternoon and it's been great. :)


Burning Out Bright

So, I've been at a loss as to what to write about lately, but I got some inspiration today when I was looking at my favorite quotes on my Facebook profile. I'm going to write a post related to each of my favorite quotes and have them ready to post on here whenever I don't know what to write.

"If we've only got one try
If we've only got one life
If time was never on our side
Before I die I want to burn out bright"

That quote is from the song "Burn Out Bright" by Switchfoot.

We do only have one life (besides Heaven, you know), what we are living through here and now is our only try at life here on earth. And this life (this one life) could end at any moment, are you, am I, going to burn out bright? Or will you die quietly and unrecognized by the world. Will the world notice when you die? Will you be missed?

Something that I am thankful for today, is the chance to go to a great (well, hopefully great, anyway) concert this weekend with most of my brothers and sisters and my BIL.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thankful for Grandparents ...

Despite losing one of my Grandpas ten years ago this summer, I realize that I should be filled with thankfulness to have three grandparents still living today - despite the fact that two of them are in their eighties and two of them have also had some major health problems in the past year. My grandparents are great people, and I am blessed to live within a half hour of all three of them - though I still don't see them as often as I should.

I'm not a good-two-shoes person, in fact I am about the opposite, but it's funny, the only people who I really feel the need to please, the only people who I really care about how they see me, the people who I respect the most in this life, are my grandparents. (That was a really long, and grammatically incorrect sentence.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dreams and Something I am Thankful For...

I love dreams, if you haven't noticed. :) I like daydreaming and I like sleepdreaming. But I was wondering, does God still speak to people through dreams?

I've been reading (in the Bible) in the book of Daniel and this morning I read how Daniel interpreted the kings dream for him, and I was wondering, since God used dreams to get messages across back then is that still a way that He would get messages across to us even now? What do you think?

Well, Thanksgiving is coming up and I am noticing everyone telling about things that they are thankful for (on their blogs, on Facebook, etc) and I thought maybe each time that I post until Thanksgiving I will share with you something that I am thankful for.

Today I am so thankful for my family. My amazing brothers and sisters, who really are some of the very greatest people on this earth. My nice sister-in-law and brother-in-law. And for my two teeny tiny nieces or nephews (or one of each.) What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Life's Never Simple...

... And I am finally learning that. You see, when the average friend or distant relative is expecting you hear about it, and then you hear from them again when the little perfect baby is born and you get a picture of this complication free child. But when people who you love and who you are close to are expecting, you live through all of their trials and their ups and downs right along with them. The trials are what I've been getting an up close view of recently, starting with my oldest sister about 3 weeks ago.

My sister (who is expecting her first) and her husband both got coughs and then fevers, and we were all thinking that it was the dreaded H1N1. My sister's fever got pretty high, and so the doctor recommended some medicine for her, and sent in her blood work to test for H1N1, two days later the doctor told my sister that she shouldn't be taking the medicine after all, and my sister's tests ended up coming back negative. Now I am hearing lots of people say that pregnant women should not take the medicine that my sister took (she ended up only taking two doses.) Anyway, all worked out for her (as far as we know), she got better (except for a bit of a lingering cough) and had an ultrasound today which revealed a healthy moving baby. :)

A week and a half ago my sister-in-law (who is also expecting her first and who had trouble conceiving) started "spotting" and that worried her and my brother, and the doctors a bit, too. The doctors told my sister-in-law that there was a one in three chances that this was a sign up a coming miscarriage. They got an ultrasound and the baby appeared healthy, and the doctor now says there is a one in fifteen chance of miscarriage for them (I don't know medical things, so I don't really know how they would think this.) And now today I found out that my sister-in-law has a fever!

Also, today, I found out that my cousin (who is one of the closest of my cousins) who is expecting her second had an ultrasound today that revealed a problem with something related to the umbilical cord that could end up causing some kind of birth defect.

I am so thankful that I can trust God with all of these babies, and yet I worry, what if God decides that it is time for one of these little ones to go home before we even get the chance to meet them? God does that sometimes, I know (I lost a little brother or sister to miscarriage.) I know that I shouldn't worry, but I am a natural worrier. So, would you please pray for these precious babies for me? Thanks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Letting go...

I am naturally a very unforgiving person. I may appear angry and selfish to people who don't know me very well, or maybe kind of sad. I may even seem a little bitter. But these are not ways I want to be seen, because I know someone who possesses all of these traits and I don't want to "grow up" to be her.

I met someone this past summer, who is a friend of my cousin, this woman is my "hero". I've seen this woman twice, for a hour or two each time, and she just seemed very happy and kind. I'm quiet (and maybe some would call me shy), but I felt pretty much comfortable and natural around this woman - even so much so that I got to play a little bit with her one year old son. This woman, both times when I saw her, was very pregnant with her second child and she also had that one year old son that I mentioned, both times that I saw her she was alone with her children without her husband, yet she was happy and in control of things. I want to be like her.

I look at myself and I look at someone like the first person who I mentioned who, for awhile, I felt like I was turning into, and I want to change. I look at myself and then I look at the second person that I mentioned and who I would like to be more like, and I want to change.

I want to change, and maybe now that I have posted this, I will feel like I am being held accountable. Thank you. :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Yay!

I am so excited! I got to see a new picture (ultrasound) of the younger of my niece or nephews today and he/she is growing so fast! I could actually (kind of) tell from the picture that it was a baby! Yay! Haha. :) Tomorrow my older sister is getting her ultrasound, and since her baby is two weeks ahead of this one I am expecting a really great picture! New life is so exciting!

So, what exciting things have been going on in your life today?