Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Did everyone get their hat?

I'm throwing a pity party and you're invited! Today seems like it was Monday and nobody told me.

Chris noticed two really big water stains on our ceiling and went upstairs to find that our hot water heater is leaking... a lot. Note to builders, the attic is not a great place to put a hot water heater. Lilly is over tired and has been a total drama queen tonight so it's an early bedtime for her tonight. I sat down in my recliner only to find that it is now broken. An issue with the phone company from a year ago that was supposedly resolved after I complained to several government agencies is resurfacing. Let's see what else I can complain about, right?!

Well, boo I say! Trials come at us in life and it is then that we find out who we really are. I was reading from my C.S. Lewis book, Mere Christianity, today and stumbled upon a great truth. Or not so great truth depending on how you look at it. "We begin to notice, besides our particular sinful acts, our sinfulness; begin to be alarmed not only about what we do, but about what we are. This may sound rather difficult, so I will try to make it clear from my own case. When I come to my evening prayers and try to reckon up the sins of the day, nine times out of ten the most obvious one is  some sin against charity; I have sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed.  And the excuse  that immediately springs to my mind is that the provocation was so sudden and unexpected: I was caught off my guard, I had not time to collect myself.  Now that may be an extenuating circumstance as regards those particular  acts: they would obviously be worse if they had been deliberate and premeditated.  On the other hand, surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly.  But the suddenness does not create the rats:  it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man:  it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.  The rats are  always there  in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light.”

So how will I respond to this? Admittedly, a bit pessimistic. I start to wonder what else will go wrong? But I will choose not to lash out in anger. I know there are "rats in the cellar" so to speak. So my goal is to not let my current woes become an excuse for treating people poorly. Because, in all honesty, that is one of my faults. I can be quick to temper sometimes, just ask my husband :( My prayer tonight is that I will not let the rats out to play. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Judging by my blog, it looks like I fell off the face of the Earth! But not really. Last week we had an awesome vacation in Florida, got to see some friends and spend lots of time with my favorite brother :) Just a quick update because I feel like I'm neglecting poor MRM. I'm heading to a friends house to chill in the pool, because, dang it's hot up in here! I'll write a more detailed post soon, but the cool water is calling my name, can you hear it? Because I sure do... melissa... Melissa... MELISSA!!! See it's getting louder so gotta go for now! Hope you're all having a GREAT summer!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I'd like to thank all the little people...

So the lovely Magdalene at I'm Not Skinny, So What? hooked me up with some awards, big thanks to her!!! I needed something to kill time on while I wait for the laundry to buzz :D
Look at my shiny trophies!

Here goes... 21 things about myself

1. First and foremost, I am a Christ follower.
2. I have the best husband ever. No really, you make think your husband is, but it's okay to be wrong sometimes, hehe
3. My daughter is like a mini me, in looks, personality and her dry sense of humor. I love her!
4. I love playing with makeup, and have lately been getting really into Indie companies like  
Shiro and Riche, and I'm expecting my first shipment from Madd Style Cosmetix  and Moi Minerals very soon :)
5. I am terrified of clowns. No one should smile like that all the time...
6. My favorite color is purple, in any incarnation. Deep, pale, pinky or blueish, I love them all!
7. I lost my mom almost seven years ago, and some days it feels like it was just yesterday.
8. I love my brother and sister in law and can't wait to see them when I go on vacay :)
9. I really don't like cleaning, but am learning to fill the role of a stay at home mom.
10. I play World of Warcraft, probably more than I should. It has caused me to lose more than a few hours of sleep because I stay up too late *yawn*
11. I get to babysit one of the most adorable one year olds ever, Reagan. I love her like she was my own. Now that it's summer, I get to watch her big brother too, they are so cute together.
12. My favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 1:18 "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God"
13. I have a new found freedom in Christ and am free of task based relationships.
14. I drive a toaster. Well at least that's what I call it, it's really a Scion xB.
15. I'm a little worried about going on vacation and coming home to a dead garden. We have tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, green beans and tons of herbs :/
16. The font keeps changing as I type this and it's getting on my nerves, grrr.
17. I love me some coupons. Grocery shopping will never be the same again!
18. I have three tattoos and can't wait to get more.
Right inner wrist
Between shoulder blades
Right hip

19. I could eat Mexican food every day. No joke, I'm always up for some burritos :)
20. There are a lot of home improvements I would like to make, starting with painting the rest of my living room and redoing the guest bath.
21. I actually like doing these types of things and now the laundry has buzzed  

Now on to tagging...
The rules...
1. Thank the person who gave you the award(s) and link back to them on your blog.
2. Tell everyone 7 things about yourself (per award).
3. Tag more bloggers for the award(s).
4. Contact these bloggers to let them know they've been tagged.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Camp success

Just a quick update in case you were wondering. Lilly had a great time at camp. She got to bunk with several of her friends and had great cabin moms. She called us twice before bed and it was great to hear her sweet little voice. She came home having memorized all 27 books of the New Testament (although Philemon trips her up, but with a name like that it's to be expected!) and several new verses. Hiding God's Word in our heart is the ultimate tool in fighting off the arrows of the evil one. I am so proud of her and the young lady she is becoming.

Oh yeah, and tomorrow we are going to a local club/ bar where there will be a mechanical bull! Can you believe it?! Apparently there's a rodeo in town (hello rednecks) and the cowboys are going there afterwards. I'm hoping my BFF Debbie will kick some bootie in the bull riding contest! I however, will not be participating as I value my back and that would be sure to jack it right up : / Ah well, I can still be a cheerleader. Rah rah ree, kick 'em in the knee!!