Thursday, November 20, 2008

Couldn't Resist - the List

Have done this on other sites, but thought it would be fun to do here. Thanks, Missy.

First name?

Were you named after anyone?
No, but the spelling was so I would be different - of course, I've seen it all over the place now.

Do you wish on stars?

When did you last cry?
Writing my blog when I was telling about saying good-bye to the last American Eagle flight - November 1. (although I do get teary-eyed when reading some of my friends' blogs)

Do you like your handwriting ?

What is your favorite lunch meat?
Salami, Pastrami

What is your favorite time: day or night?

What is your favorite movie of all time?
Real Genius (I'm lame)

If you were another person would you be friends with you?

Do you have a journal?
Is this a journal? Not like I used to.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Would you bungee jump?
I keep saying I would do it ONCE if someone paid for me (the older I get the more chicken I'm getting, though)

What is your favorite cereal?
Coco Puffs (does it mean I'm "cuckoo")

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

Do you think that you are strong?
I think so

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Shoe Size?
7 1/2 or 8, depending on style

Red or Pink?

What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
My laziness...that's probably why I have so many aches and pains

Who do you miss most?
My parents who both died many years ago. My girls who moved away.

What color pants and shoes are you wearing?
Black sweats, barefoot

Last thing you ate?
Beefy macaroni (my own style), green beans and watermelon

What are you listening to right now?

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Midnight Blue

Favorite Smells?
Bar-b-q anything

Last person you talked to on the phone?
Someone who called the church - don't remember who it was

The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?

Favorite Drink?
Mountain Dew, Margarita (though I don't have that very often)

Favorite Sport?
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!!! (Guess my team)

Hair Color?
Blackish with gray highlights - a little snow on the roof

Eye Color?

Do you wear contacts?

Favorite Food?
Steak, potatoes, spaghetti

Scary Movies Or Happy Endings?
Happy endings

Most Recent movie you watched?
Dark Knight

Favorite Day Of The Year?

Summer or winter?

Hugs or Kisses?

Favorite Dessert?
Chocolate Cream Pie, Chocolate Mousse

What book are you reading?
My Stroke of Luck - Kirk Douglas

What's On Your Mouse Pad?
No mouse pad - Logitech ergonomic ball mouse

What Did You Watch Last night on TV?
Murder, She Wrote

Favorite Sounds?
Ocean, breeze through trees, frying bacon

Rolling Stones or Beatles?

Where is the furthest place you've been from home?

Day of Choice

Cake or Pie
Pie...or Cake...or Pie...or Cake - Depends on what kind

Monday, November 17, 2008

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase.
To added affliction He addeth His mercy;
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done.
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources.
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit;
His grace has no measure;
His pow'r has no boundary known unto man.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!
Public Domain

This is an old story, but one where the Lord continued to show His love, mercy and faithfulness. When my husband had his platelette disorder (ITP - Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura), God have me a peace because of a couple of verses a friend shared with me (after I called him around midnight).

"I lie down and sleep; I wake because the LORD sustains me.
I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, O LORD, make me
dwell in safety." Psalm 3:5, 4:8

For at least four years we dealt with this problem and we experienced more strength each time, knowing He was in control and that He would take care of us no matter what happened. The last resort was to have his spleen removed and for 16 years it never occurred again. Last year it came back, but even the doctors don't know why...thus "idiopathic" - no known cause.

I can't say it gets easier as we go through trials - but I think we trust God more and more and have more peace as things come along because of His faithfulness in the past. Like in the sermon yesterday, God doesn't want to harm us...He wants to grow us. He loves us and we are worth His Son. And Jesus loved us so much that He came willingly for us - for ME. Praise His Name!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LAX, There He Goes

Well, I was going to write this when I said good-bye to Dan, but it was 3:00 a.m. and I really wasn't feeling like I could get it done before falling asleep at the keyboard. He couldn't sleep very well and kept getting up to get other things done, eat, take a shower, etc. So, I couldn't sleep either. But after he left, I finally got some sleep.

Anyway, today he went for his first day at work at LAX. Only one order to get his work badge, he had to go the office - which took Veteran's Day off!!! He didn't know this and they never said anything. He told them he would be here on Tuesday. So, he was discouraged right off the bat. And then he had applied for a different job down there and was waiting to have an interview. Well, he thinks he might have had that interview, in a way. Oh, well. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day. It looks like, for the moment, he will work his same days (W-St), but work the swing shift, something like 3:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Yuk! That may change (I sure hope so).

I want to go back to Saturday, November 1 - we went to the San Luis Obispo Airport to watch American Eagle Flight 3005, N323AE, fly out for the last time. There were a lot of employees there waiting for it to take off. The Spirit was rented out so they could party afterwards while they were still here in SLO. It was interesting to see these people and know that in the next week or so, some will head to other places, some will stay here and take the layoff, Dan and 8 others are heading to LAX (some are moving there, some will commute), and others are training for other things. There are even a couple of people who just said it's too much to try to do something else, so they just retired. So the pictures are of the entrance to the SLO Airport, the last ground crew, flight crew and passengers on the last flight, a cannon salute by our local fire department, us saying bye to the plane and each other, and a "thanks for the memories" cake. Twenty-two years of memories for Dan.

To tell you the truth, I'm feeling a little depressed, but that'll go away. If I think too much about it, it can get me down. So, I will keep God in my sight - "Glance at my circumstances and Gaze on Jesus" - and keep plugging away till we are shown clearly our next step...our next adventure. Thankfully, this is only temporary.

He has all things in His hands
It is not for me to understand
I would have it no other way
But to trust in Him and obey.

Where we will go I do not know
But "time will tell" as the saying goes
I will carry on and seek His face
Until He shows us our new place.
Robbin Mote (11/11/08)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Call to Prayer

We are told to pray for our leaders and that is what I promise to do. I am thankful that God is in control and that I have the privilege to pray for our new president.

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles. I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing."

1 Timothy 2:1-8