>Green Baggin’ It

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Being the good mama andwifey I try to be, I make several trips to Publix every week (where shopping is a pleasure). I do this to ensure that my little family has plenty-o-sustenance to nourish their manly, little bodies. Tonight was no exception. After the kiddos went night-night, I went toPublix. When I got back, my Cuban was kind enough to help me bring in the groceries. And then he proceeded to make fun of me AND my new green, recyclablePublix bags (see photo). I cautioned him that if he made fun of my bags that I’d blog about it. Uh-hum. Look, I’m not some crazy tree humper-hugger-granola-no deodorant weirdo. But I do have a heart for God’s Green Earth, and the preservation of it. It devastated me when we lost 2 palm trees in Hurricane Wilma. And when DJ started to axe a tree in our backyard with his sword, we had a serious talk. We need trees. I don’t know all the reasons why, but I know we need ’em. They are a part of God’s creation & surely they were bountiful in God’s perfect Earth called Eden. And, well, that’s really all I need to know to do my best to preserve them. So, here’s to green baggin‘ it and if you want some for yourself, go to www.greenbag.info and get some, & then let my Cuban know you did. : )

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>Decisions for DJ

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For our firstborn, DJ, it was a rough first week of kindergarten.

Raul & I knew we had to take this on, seek God, and do something.
But what????
Our options had equal (+)s and (-)s.
Don’t you hate that?
It’s like, “God, PLEASE, I’ll do anything you want, but PLEASE tip the scale one way or the other!”
But He didn’t, and that’s OK.
By the end of the week, we blindly proceeded with our seemingly sensible decision. But it’s what God did afterwardthat reminded us that He never turns deaf ears or blind eyes to our cries.
In this week of not knowing what to do,
I am so glad that God did know what to do.
Oh, sure, we could ask, “Well then why didn’t He do it?”
He did.
He LET us pray to Him and He let us be heard.
He LET us be the recipients of HIS wisdom THRU others.
He LET us come together as a husband and wife and lean into each other for DJ’s sake.
He LET us make our decision (to put DJ back in K4).
And then He LET us know, (after the fact) that His peace and His contentment are some of His favorite gifts to give when we are blindly faithful.
Next week will be a new week for DJ – he’s going into a new class so he can do better.
It’ll be a new week for me too – I’m going into it with a new outlook on God, I’ll do better too.

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>WORDS! WORDS! WORDS!

>In case you’re still in the dark, I love words! I just can’t get enough of words and the assembling of them. If Raul would let me keep one book in our bathroom, it’d be a dictionary. I subscribe to a word-of-the-day email. I’ve been doing crossword/word- search puzzles since middle school. When I’m waiting around, I love doing the vocab quiz in Reader’s Digest. Its so important to stretch our vocab. Just because we aren’t learning grammar in school anymore doesn’t mean we should stop learning grammar.The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use – but just how many of those words do we know, much less, actually use?

I thought I’d share some of my favorite words & how to use them. 
If you’re feelin’ it, add ’em to your word reservoir and try to use them sometime this week.

  1. JUXTAPOSE- place side by side: “The fauvists juxtaposed strong colors.”
  2. EXPONENTIALLY – in an exponential manner; “inflation is growing exponentially”
  3. QUANDARY – The school was in a quandary over the needful size of a playground.
  4. COPIOUS – She thought about the planets all day and wrote copious notes to them.
  5. QUINTESSENTIAL – Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: “Shakespeare was the quintessential romantic”
  6. COMPELLING – having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: “a man of compelling integrity.”
  7. CAPSULIZE – To capsule: capsulized the news every 30 minutes.

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>iPhone at A9?

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No, this is not a google image. This is the real thing. I was really in the Dallas airport, I really saw an iPod vending machine, and I really took a picture. And yes, I really did check to see if there were any iPhones in there – there weren’t. But is this a trip or what? Vending machines started off with providing us sustenance to keep our bodies functioning. Just insert coins, select A9, get a bag of pretzels and the hunger need is satisfied. So this just begs the question: has iPod become so vital to our existence that it has crossed over from want to need? Is it so pertinent to our daily lives that we need iStuff in accessible machines at daily locations? So we can drop quarters into a big, steel box & select A9, to get our fill? Or maybe…our fix? I’ll let you answer that. Here’s how I can answer it – this vending machine caught my eye, but it didn’t get my money.

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>Retro-Heather

>I’ve kept my little poem-journal since 1986! Though I stopped writing in it years ago, I thought it’d be kind of cool to revisit. In 1995, I wrote this one when I was all screwed up in my life and frustrated with my faith. I was 22 years old. Its totally cheesy, but does remind me of some important matters of the heart.

I stopped being a Christian
I gave it up for two days
I became a compromise
Things didn’t go my way.


I stopped being a Christian
I thought my prayers weren’t heard
Isn’t anybody out there?
Isn’t anyone concerned?

I stopped being a Christian
Although nothing wasn’t bad
My nothing didn’t get better
Now nothing was all I had.

I stopped being a Christian
But He spoke up and said
You don’t stop when you’re with me,

if you get up, I’ll take you ahead.

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>www.mynakedpastor.com AND Bill Murray

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Sometimes our life IS Groundhog’s Day – the exact same minute-by-minute insanity, day in- day out. I have to accept this, I have to deal with it. Wake up, turn the alarm off, get out of bed, start the day. At least I am able to start each day – there are many who aren’t even that fortunate.

I don’t need to look at my day as A DAY. I need to see it as steps WITHIN my day.
Step one: wake up. Yes! Did it! Victory!
Step two: quiet time. Yes! Did it! Another victory!
Step three: got DJ to 1st day of kindergarten. Yes! Did it! And yet another victory!
And on it goes.
An entire day is too much to sum up as worthy or wasted.
But steps we take within each day
provides more reason(s) to be glad.
Thanks, Bill Murray! Your movies are hilarious and helpful.

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>Floridians in Texas

>My naked pastor and my naked pastor’s wife are with me in Texas 
(ok, kidding, I’m with them and yes, I’m the 3rd wheel).
We are Floridians in Texas cause my naked pastor is teaching at Fellowship Church(& leaving his church in good hands with our non-naked pastors.)
On my VIP-LeadHer list, Troy & Steph have held the 4th spot for a long time (following God, My Cuban, my P.’s)
But while drinking good coffee, I had some good convo w/ them & learned some good things:

  • Talk to strangers: a waiter aspiring to be a dee-jay ; a hotel guest on the elevator. For two reasons: a stranger is still a neighbor; we could also be helping an angel.
  • Be me. Don’t be gray, don’t be black-n-white, don’t be a prism of many colors, as much as I just gotta be moi.
  • When its my darkest hour; lean into others. Oh sure, it’s a risk, but it’s the BETTER of two risks (if the other risk is to walk through my darkest hour with no one.)
Have a great day, my blogger-friends. I’m so grateful you stopped by here today. Will you please pray for a few things? Our hurting Lima, Peru, the hurricane heading toward Texas, and the miners who are missing and the lives who were lost searching for them.

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>Job

>Lately, I’m hanging out with Job. This morning’s passage really jumped off the page and slapped me on the face. So I thought I’d share, and I cap’ed the words that slapped…
“Yet if you DEVOTE your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 
if you put away the sin that is in your hand 
and allow NO evil to dwell in your tent, 
THEN you will LIFT UP your face WITHOUT shame; 
and you WILL stand firm and WITHOUT fear…
You WILL BE secure, because there IS hope; 
and you WILL look about you and take your REST in SAFETY. 
You will lie down, with NO ONE to make you afraid, 
and many will court your FAVOR.”
Job 11:13-16, 18-19, NIV

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>Post 2 – My Life in 1985

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I received my first journal in 1984 as a Christmas present from my grandma. Thought I’d share a couple entries from it…

April 16, 1985
Today was my 1st day of cheerleading [practice]. I was superb. I did everything perfect and the teachers were amazed. I have a cheer that I hope is okay well I’ll find out!
April 22, 1985
I didn’t make cheerleading. It makes me mad because the reason I didn’t make it was because I missed to much school. The stupid judges didn’t say anything about not being in school, its not my fault. I’m not trying out again, I’ll probably get the stupid same excuse. Its going to be hard to go to school tomorrow. But I can do it. I feel sordove [sort of] depressed I guess. I’m going right up to Mrs. Ware the head judge and I’m going to ask her why I didn’t make it.


Man, as I reread this, I can tell my personality hasn’t changed much, eh?
(Mom, Dad, Sue, are you cracking up at the tone and verbage of little Heather?)
Its intriguing…I see pride issues in the 4/16/85 entry, anger issues in the 4/22/85 entry,
and the continual struggle of both 22 years later.
What a discovery this is, to see that I haven’t changed much;
what a reminder this is, to know that all I need is God to start trying.

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>Post 1 – earthquake

>Right now, our FRC campus in Lima, Peru is our urgent prayer request. 
Could you please pause right here, right now, and pray for the devastation and the victims in Lima? And for our FRC leadership there? 
———————prayer pause———————-, amen. 
Thank you. 
“Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

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