Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fortune Cookie

This was my fortune cookie today...

" The Axe soon forgets, but the Tree always remembers"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I feel like I have tested a personal theory of mine. Three years ago I went to a dentist close to my house who informed me that I had (6) cavities. Really just (3) but they were all located between teeth so they count them twice.

I had him put a filling in one and then never went back for the other two. Here I am three years later.

Last night the filling fell out of the tooth he "fixed", the other ones have never bothered me and I feel have not gotten any worse.

So I ask myself...was it worth putting a bigger hole in my tooth to fix a seemingly small hole?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Wedding of the Season

I was reminded this week of something our pastor in San Diego once said in a marriage class he taught. "Go to as many weddings as you possibly can and while sitting there, remember and reflect on why you married the person next to you".

After attending the first of many weddings for us this year, I am remembering the man I married, and he is the same man, but even better today.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just like the picture

Don't you just love the satisfaction of creating or experiencing something that is just like the picture? Whether it be a physical picture or a mental image, there is some kind of accomplishment and normalcy with the replication.

On a physical level I had personal satisfaction last night after making one of my favorite recipes. I looked down at the simmering pot of Chipotle cheese soup and realized it looked exactly like the image in the recipe book. That must mean success to some degree!

I remember this time last year getting ready for my birthday cruise. I had an expectation of what I would experience based on the pictures I had seen of the boat, the water, the beach, the islands. Anything different than those images would have probably resulted in disappointment.

In my life, I have mental images to coincide with my expectations and goals. A series of graphics strung together that result in my life's journey. But what happens if one of the images is suddenly removed or distorted? What happens if the job image doesn't look just like I see it in my mind's eye? What if someone in my family gets sick or even dies?

What I had foreseen for 2010 is not what 2010 is shaping up to be. It does feel like a loss or a failure. But what if I approach it as a child? What if i cling to Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Our Father has a plan, a picture in His mind. 2010 is exactly what He thought it would be.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Around the Bend

In our Sunday School we have an older, married, more experienced couple come and share their testimony with our class once a month. I always look forward to hear what God has done in other people's lives, how they have overcome those things that just life and time seem to throw at us. I never leave without something to think about.

As many of you know, we are both still looking for full time work and have just been doing side jobs to get by. The last 6 months have been tough and lean. Last week Emmanuel pointed out that we are accumulating great stories for when we are the older, wiser, more experienced couple.

Puts the hard times into perspective. So catch up with us in a few years and we should have a plethora to share. But I am hoping not too many!