We were given tickets to the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas by some dear friends from church. (Thank you, Eric and Megan!) Since Father’s Day was nearing, we thought it would be a good idea to take my dad and mom. You see, Dad is an artist. He has drawn and painted all his life. He is now a writer and editor, but art is in his blood. So last Friday we met for lunch and toured the museum.
I was blown away by the quality and variety of the art there. There were works dating back to the 1100’s. There were pieces from all over the world. There were works done in paint, ink, pencil, mixed media, oil, and even markers. It was fascinating to see the various mediums and the creative way in which they were used.
There was an exhibit by an artist that honored women who had served and made a difference during World War II and the Holocaust. I learned about so many brave women who stepped up, risked their lives, and changed history by their efforts. Just incredible.
I think my favorite part was all the statutes. There was such a variety of materials used to create them: bronze, wood, steel, plaster, and even drill bits! Such beauty. Such creativity.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I think Dad did too!
What is the most fun thing you have done with or for your Dad for Father’s Day?
Saying it out loud makes me feel so old, but then, I am over half of a century old! Thirty-two years ago today I walked down the aisle of a church in South Houston, Texas to marry the love of my life. It was the best decision I have ever made.
I moved to Houston right after I graduated high school to attend a small Bible college affiliated with my husband’s church. I was 17 years old. Two weeks after I moved, I turned 18 and he gave me a dozen roses…and that was it. We were pretty much inseparable after that. The next birthday he proposed and we were married four months later. I was 19, he was 20.
It has been a beautiful life. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been a blessed one. You see, I married a man who love God even more than me. So much so that he emulates his Savior each and every day. He may get angry, but he doesn’t show it. He loves sacrificially and I am as spoiled as they come. Sure, he is not perfect, but he is perfect for me. He is truly a gift from God and I am so incredibly thankful for him.
I love being his.
I love you, John!
Don’t judge me, but I jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon. I did it to spend time with my daughter and walk, but alas…I have been a little obsessed with it. I have found that the new is starting to wear off, so that’s good, but really….what a cool concept. I’ve walked more – even in the heat – and I have talked to people I don’t know, which is really hard for me. I love that it helps me connect to the world around me and make connections I never would have before. It will be interesting to see what other games pop up like this one.
Compel Training (Writing)
So it’s been a long time but I have had the urge to pick up my pen and write. Not another novel, but I am feeling the call to write devotionals or articles on spirituality and the Christian walk. And it’s not even to get published. I want to offer something to the ladies at my church in some form or another. I’m not sure what I will do or how I will do it, but it is something that has been impressed on my heart for some reason and I need to make sure I follow through. (That is why I am stating it here so as to be accountable.) So I signed up for Compel Training through Proverbs 31 ministries. It is training for writers, especially non-fictions, and I am excited about all that I am learning.
|Sumo Nation Rentals|
I know what you are thinking….WHAT????? No, I am not sitting around watching Sumo wrestling. I just received 2 sumo wrestling suits…you know, the kind that blows up and you put it on and wrestle with someone? I’m sooooo excited! I rented them for 2 of my boys’ birthdays and we are going to have fun tomorrow night wrestling away. **Please note that these boys are 30 and 26. (Just wait for the pictures to come!)
I love pedicures. LOVE them. Almost as much as I love getting my hair cut, which is saying a lot. The thing is, I have been obsessing over getting a pedicure and I can’t go get one! In order to do the Compel Training for Writers, I had to give up something, and that was pedicures. Can I just say that when you see me next, do not look down at my feet? I do NOT do good pedicures. Just saying.
Ice Cream Shakes
I am obsessed with Sonic’s Peanut Butter Oreo shakes. It must be because I’m stressed at work and have been super busy every night with stuff, because all I want is one of those shakes. No, I don’t go get one every night, but I sure do want one. They are so creamy and yummy…sigh. Delicious. The best part are the huge chunks of Oreos are the bottom that you have to eat with a spoon. All-around-goodness, I tell you.
So that are the things on my mind this week. How about you? What are you obsessing over this week?
This has been my last week of vacation before I have to go back to work this coming Monday and boy, I’ve really tried to relax, have fun, and rest. So here are my obsessions this week.
Crash Team Racing!
So when the kids were younger, I got into playing their PS game, Crash Team Racing…a Crash Bandicoot game. I got pretty good and found that I am competitive and a bit of a mean player (i.e. I love laying little obstacles and bombs to slow my competitors down.) Well, I have access to the game now and have been obsessed with getting my skills back. Is it weird for a middle age woman to play video games by herself? I don’t know, but I am having fun.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
I’ve wanted to see the Bush Library for a long time now and it is one of the few things I really wanted to do on my vacation. My husband took the day of Tuesday and off we went. It was truly an impressive display of the Presidency and was good to be reminded that each President really does want to make a different for good in this country.
The Secret Life of Pets
One of the things I love to do on vacation is see a movie! This vacation I chose The Secret Life of Pets because there has been such turmoil and darkness in the past couple of weeks and I just wanted to laugh. And laugh I did. Such a cute movie with a silly story line. Meet Buddy…my favorite. 🙂
This week I am reading The Gifting by Katie Ganshert. It is a YA book and is a page turner! The good thing is, it is free on Kindle! Here is the back cover copy:
In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. After her complete freakout at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.
Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something–that he might somehow be responsible.
But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?
Well, I have been neglectful in this 100 degree heat and haven’t watered my potted plants every day. So now I am trying to nurse a few crispy plants back to health. Wish my luck…I’m gonna need it!
This week has been fun. A mixture of art, service, nature, and discovery. Here’s my obsessions for the week…
My husband came in one afternoon saying there was a hawk on he property just behind our house. I grabbed my camera with the zoom lens and proceeded to snap pictures of a large hawk eating a bird. Ahem….it was rather gross and I am not sharing the gross pictures here! But my goodness, the hawk was pretty with it’s winds spread wide,and once he got scared when a branch caught on it’s foot and he scrambled to get loose. (I got a great shot of that!)
I love journaling in my Bible and am including some that I haven’t posted on social media. I love how meditating on the verse while journaling makes the word come alive for me.
Our church takes part in a ministry called Family Promise. It’s a ministry that help homeless families with children get back on their feet. Each church involved provides supper and a place for the family to sleep for a week at a time. Trundle beds are provided, as well as the bedding for them. During the day the families go to a Day Center where a social worker works with them to find jobs and permanent housing. The success rate is really high and most families graduate from the program in a couple of months. Because I work, I don’t provide meals, but my husband I and take a turn as an overnight host. We arrive at the church around 7 pm and sleep on trundle beds and make sure the families are up early to go to the day center around 6 am. It’s easy and it’s fun to get to know the sweet families in the program. Here’s a picture of the stained glass at the front of the sanctuary at the Oak Haven Methodist Church where we stayed this week. Beautiful, isn’t it?
I’m reading 5 Habits of a Woman who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz. I tend to quit everything I put my hand to, so I thought this book would be good for me. And it is. The author has taken the life of Ruth and shows her habits of pushing through to completion. It’s been so interesting and I will share more about what I am learning at a later time.
On my summer vacation, I am trying to make sure I take time to do nothing. So my daughter and I have been watching a new series on Netfix called The Shannara Chronicles. It’s a futuristic show that looks medievalish. Elves, gnomes, trolls….it’s pretty good!
So this week my obsessions have been all over the place. Here’s this week’s top 5 fun things:
Can I just say “woah”? Photoshop is such a great program and yet is ever-so-frustrating at times. I’ve been mucking around in it with some photographs I took and then trying to use some of my lettering to overlay the pictures. Here’s a couple of things I did.
Okay, so at first this game was totally fun, but then it turned into a bit of a crazy obsession. Basically,
it is a free game app where you are a baby snake that grows by eating dots. If another snake runs into you, they die and you can eat their “remains” and grow even bigger. So it was a lot of fun until my teeth became sore because I was grinding my teeth in tension over not running into snakes. Also, when I closed my eyes at night all I saw were snakes. Yeah…it became unhealthy for me and so I deleted the game. I felt like a cannibal after awhile, eating all my fellow snakes. Ugh…
The book Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus was inspiring. Seriously, it is one of those books
that makes you want to chunk what you know and step out and run in freedom…and risk. From the back cover:
Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to live your life completely unleashed?
Jesus never made a pristine call to a proper or safe religion. Jesus beckons His followers to a path that is far from the easy road. It is a path fulled with adventure, uncertainty, and unlimited possibilities – the only path that can fulfill the deepest longings and desires of your heart.
This is the barbarian way: to give your heart to the only One who can make you fully alive. To love Him with simplicity and intensity. To unleash the untamed faith within. To be consumed by the presence of a passionate and compassionate God. To go where He sends you, no matter the cost.
My, that makes me want more from my faith. I get so complacent, wanting a smooth path, yet it is too safe for the journey of faith. I want more!
DayQuil and Nyquil
Yes, I have been battling a cold. It could be allergies, but I feel so crummy I am calling it a plain ol’ cold. I have found that these 2 medicines are my friend.
30 Days of Bible Lettering
Instagram is full of great challenges and I am going to participate in #30daysofbiblelettering which starts July 1. All you do is to write out the scripture for the day and tag your posts with the hashtag #30daysofbiblelettering. Just another way of staying in the Word and practicing lettering at the same time.
Have a great weekend!