Archives for February 2007

Blah Blah Blah – some total random-ness

So I was sick again yesterday… this time, I am pretty sure it was pregnancy sickness. But oh, how it is beats me down!

Everything triggers my gag reflex! brushing my teeth, fixing lunch (yesterday’s lunch resulted in me actually having a follow-through on the gag… if you catch my drift; sorry, don’t want to get too icky graphic…)

This morning I went to Sears with the gift cards I won from Design Mom. Two words: HUGE SALES!!! I love Land’s End, which they now own, but additionally, they carry a Liz Claiborne label. And I got me some super cute tops for $3.99!! I know, I am pregnant and will have limited wear from them this year. But I WON’T (Lord willing) be pregnant next year.

Despite the quilting aversion that resulted after my second pregnancy, I started a new quilt the other day. Hopefully, I will not end up once again associating quilting with being sick. The colors are bright shades of green, pink, red and orange and I’m using a modified rail-fence pattern.

I am now trying to locate a darning foot for my sewing machine so that I can quilt it in a free-motion style. My machine is a Kenmore and when I was at Sears I was hoping to purchase one. However, they only had their presser feet in sets. So instead of just purchasing a darning foot, I would have had to purchase 3 others that I already have.

Aren’t you thrilled to know all of this!? The random-ness of my brain never ceases to amaze me… Stop back by tomorrow when I talk about the dust bunny family in my kitchen.

Don’t mind your manners

When it comes to children, I am very particular about manners.

I insist that they call all adults Miss or Mr. I want to KNOW that my children pass out plenty of “please-s” and “thank-yous” and “yes,ma’ams/sirs” etc. That when they leave, people whisper amongst themselves about those well-mannered Karla-and-Sean’s-children.

Not because I want any glory or such. I just want my children to be respectful, polite, courteous and thoughtful; four things that are, unfortunately, SERIOUSLY lacking in a majority of children in our society.

Living in the South, I should have known that one day, I would be on the receiving end of such respect. I just wasn’t prepared for that day and what a hoot it would be…

As you may know, I wait tables a few days a week. We’ve recently hired several 18 year old boys. They are polite. They are conscientious. It’s been a refreshing change from those they replaced.

For weeks, we have worked together without incident.

But recently, things took a change.

Somehow, something in a conversation led them to ask how old I was (maybe the 4th child I am expecting). When I told them, their jaws all HIT THE FLOOR — oh, how I relished that response! It will be forever ingrained in my mind. They were flabbergasted! No way! Ages like 25 and 26 were flying out of their mouths.

It was Heaven!

However, now, being the polite, Southern boys that they are, they no longer call me “Karla” but “Miss Karla”.

Maybe manners are over-rated…

Direct Link

I received a comment that the video below was not directing to the right place…

If you had/have trouble with it please click this direct link instead: That’s My King

But by all means: go see it!!

That’s My King! Do you know Him?

I just had to post this video set to the audio of an awesome sermon by the late Rev. SM Lockridge. Just TRY to keep from clapping!!!

(Character Lesson 3 is below)

Character: Week 3 – Vision

Okay – so I am changing the way I am doing this study, for 2 reasons…

1) typing the study out probably violates some law and could get me in trouble, that I don’t mean to get into.
2) even if it were okay to do, I’m typing out the lessons and no one is responding. So, my time will be better spent typing the scripture the lesson is based on and then actually writing my thoughts on the topic.

Lesson 3 is based on Matthew 19:16-30

In this lesson, the author describes vision as the following: “First, vision is the God-given ability to see possible solutions to the everyday problems of life. Second, vision is the ability to see beneath the surface of people’s lives. And third, vision is the ability to catch a glimpse of what God wants to do through your life if your dedicate yourself to Him.”

Vision is something I have struggled with. I’ve always struggled with “Is this God speaking to me? or is it my flesh?” I don’t feel that I have a good sense of the difference when faced with a tight spot. Trust me, I can spot it a mile away when it is something obvious. But place that fine line in there and I can analyze it and rationalize it both ways and still not come to a conclusion. It ends up being a leap of faith.

I don’t always see solutions. I’m not a problem solver. I tend to get lazy and give up; throw up the white flag.

I suppose the only vision I do feel that I have is the ability to see below the surface of people’s lives. I can sense when someone is just offering a pat answer or trying to put on a brave face. What I do need to improve on is following through with those feelings. Reaching out to that person. Even as an adult I tend to fall back upon that awkwardness I had as a teenager – “what if I look stupid?” “What if I don’t know what to say?”…

I am reading Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore. In its own way it is addressing this topic of vision. To see the grime we have surrounded ourselves with. To stop spinning our wheels in the mud and muck and reach out to God for His hand to pull us out of the tough spots. We might have been pushed in the pit, slipped in the pit or jumped in, but we can redecorate it and stay comfortable there and think that it is the only place for us to reside.

But God doesn’t want it that way. He wants to pull us out of it. And He gives us a vision for getting out and what lies beyond… if we just ask.

My prayer after this lesson is that God will infuse me with vision. I pray that I can see beyond the tip of my nose and glimpse the solutions that God has for me.