Sunday, February 23, 2020

Jack Rabbit

Do you remember when TV stations would go off the air at the end of the day? At a certain time each night the show would end and something like this would appear:

This is what we had in San Diego, I don't know if it was the same across the country. And when this showed up I knew it was past my bed time!

I thought about this the other day because our email isn't working. I thought about making the title of this post "Technical Difficulties" and that made me think of when you'd see that screen on TV and that made me think of the Sign Off screen... Chuck and I call that a 'Jack Rabbit', when your mind jumps from one thought to another to another. ๐Ÿ˜Š 

So anyway, our email isn't working. So I'm not getting a lot of your posts that way and I'm not able to respond to your comments on my posts and I can't upload photos from my phone... we've been trying to figure out the problem but it's been quite a few days now and I think we're gonna have to call the tech and have them talk us through it.

We're in the process of planning a trip to Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We've never been to those states before so we're looking at all the different things to do there. In Nashville there's a restaurant called Woolworth on 5th, it's in an old Woolworth store that was in the news during the civil rights movement. Plus, I worked at a Woolworth store in San Diego for 5 years right after high school so I'm really excited to see this one! We're going to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, we're going to drive over the Selma Bridge... I can't wait!

Have you ever been those states? 
Do you have any suggestions for things we should see or do?  

Monday, February 17, 2020

Getting Skinny In The Neighborhood

Chuck and I went out to the movies for Valentines Day and we saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Have you seen it? It wasn't at all what I expected! I knew it was about a reporter doing a story on Mr. Rogers but it was more about the reporter and how Mr. Rogers influences him. It was really good! The way the audience responded to different scenes in movie added to the experience. It was like we were right there in the room with Mr. Rogers and Lloyd. It really was amazing! If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend it. I came out of the theater wanting to be a better person.

Chuck continues to blow my mind with his determination to lose weight. Each day it seems he eats less and less because he gets full so quickly. The change is so dramatic! 

This was at his peak weight in 2001

Over the years he's lost so much on his own - this was in 2017

 He made the decision in July of last year to have weight loss surgery and just since then he's lost 80 pounds!

February 2020

Chuck always has Mondays off but I had today off too. We picked up our mattress and cleaned under the bed; I did laundry; and then we sat on the couch and watched some epic movies! I'd been wanting to see Good Morning Vietnam lately so we watched that, plus there was a Star Wars marathon so we watched a couple of those. It was good to just sit back and get lost in them.

So what did you do today? Did you have to work or did you have President's Day off?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Drawing Close

Our church is having a week of prayer and fasting so I will be off social media for a few days. 

Be back soon...

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Renewed Excitement!

I went to a Disability Ministry Conference today and I was 
reignited for my Sunday school class and this vital ministry God has called me to.

One thing that was brought up a few times is how you need to get the pastoral staff on board with your vision. It's one thing for them to tell you disability ministry is a great thing and you should run with it. It's completely different when they get behind the call, supporting it from the pulpit, getting to know those in the congregation who have special needs.

"If the pastors don't have the vision, the ministry will die."

So I'm going to begin again, praying that our pastors catch the Lord's vision for disability ministry at our church. None of our pastors or board members have children or close family members who have disabilities. I believe with my all heart that they care about those with special needs, but they're afraid. They don't know how to interact with them. I truly believe they just don't understand.

And deep in my heart I feel called to educate them.

I came away from the conference with renewed confidence that the pastors will embrace people with special needs and they will one day become active members of our church. Leading and serving in the body of Christ. I'm excited for this again!

Do you have a family member with special needs? 
Are they accepted at church or at school?  

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

"My Man"

There have been more developments at work and unfortunately it looks like there will be a legal battle. Well, not really a 'battle', we have everything documented, there are numerous witnesses to the behavior... But I guess it's not quite over yet.

I came into work on Monday to find these on my desk:

A co-worker bought them for me after the stressful week I had last week. I love the colors and they smell so good! I am blessed to work in such a great place!


Whenever Beth talks about Nick, she refers to him as "My Man."

"Beth I think you just got a text."
"Yeah, it's my man."

"Beth why are you getting 2 drinks?"
"One is for my man." 

So when she saw this card at the store, she just had to get it!

They went to the movies on Saturday and saw Spies in Disguise. She really liked it. Then they went out to eat with his parents. One of their favorite places is La Hacienda and Beth always brings home leftovers. This time was no different! After they brought her home she told us that she gave Nick the card and the chocolates when they were in the car.  

"He loved them." ๐Ÿ’•

 Do you have special plans for Valentines Day?