Tuesday, June 15, 2010
These are our out-going, enthusiastic, center-stage people.
They act on a moments notice. They are witting, charming and spontaneous. They love to talk. They need variety, fun and stimulation. They are natural trouble-shooters and are good at flying by the seat of their pants.
They are great at motivating and inspiring others. They are great net-workers. They usually know a lot of people. They can be very loving and encouraging unless under pressure when they can use their verbal skills to attack. They have a strong desire to be liked and enjoy being the center of attention.
They are personable and are sensitive to the reactions of others, often taking things personally. They usually pay attention to style and trends (many times setting them). They can be the life of a party. They are great at inspiring and motivating others and thrive in an environment where they can have a voice in making major decisions.
These are people that we might refer to as "Rocks of Gibraltar."
They are fair and dependable. They are honest and stable. They are loving and reliable. They live their lives with a great deal of integrity.
They take a larger view of the world and see things from a reference of wholeness and completeness. They pride themselves in being able to see the "big" or "whole" picture. Their word has great value and they do not give it lightly. When they commit, their word is their bond. They are in a constant progression toward wholeness.
They love to categorize and view the world from a systems perspective. They enjoy consistency and like things that have a measure of predictability. They are empathetic but not overly sympathetic. They rebuke with without judgment, counsel with mild but strong hearts. They are temperate, modest and wise.
I love little tests like this. I think it's interesting and we love to discuss the results. If you'd like to take the test, you can find it here. I'd love to know how it turns out if you'd like to share. ~Blessings on your day!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Hugh had his residency graduation Friday night. it was held at The Grand Pavilion at Avalon Inn, which is part of the country club here. I didn't take a camera, so these were taken with Hugh's iphone. There were four graduating out of this group of E.R. residents. The key note speaker was Dr. Anita Steinberg. She spoke on what each of the graduates were going to uniquely bring to their profession. I can't believe residency is actually coming to an end.
Dr. Moosally, the director of the Emergency Medicine residency program recognizing Hugh. I was beaming with pride. Saturday night, Dr. Moosally held a party for all the Emergency Medicine residents and presented the graduates with gifts. We had a wonderful time laughing and talking with friends, and decided to meet up next year for a couples weekend together. Something nice to look forward to.
Thank you to all our family and friends who have prayed us through the last eight years of medical school and residency. It has been an adventure. As much as we've wanted the end to come, we are going to miss it. We have a lot of treasured memories to look back on. We're going to miss all of you that have been a part of this journey. God Bless and we love you!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This week, I would like to feature Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene. This was one of my favorites when I was teaching preschool, because it is a humorous story that can be used in a thematic unit such as Life on the Farm or In the Barnyard, and it can be used in combination with your music time.
In the story each of the animals enjoy adding their unique sound to the other sounds in the barnyard and make music. They love to sing together, but the story takes a humorous twist when the barnyard animals come down with the flu. Suddenly the The animals' sounds go from oinks, quacks, and moos to wheezes, sneezes and a-h-h-choos!
After reading the book together, we had fun playing games together in our circle time such as matching the correct sound with the animal it belongs to. I had pictures on popsicle sticks and they got to jump up with their animal when they had a match. Later in our music time we added instruments and different rhythms for each animal. And we used a song about farm animals to walk slow like a pig, or gallop fast like a horse. There are all kinds of fun things you can do with this book. At home we are just enjoying reading it together.
For more features this week visit our hostess Sarah Denley. ~Blessings on your day!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I found out Sunday night two of them not only found the Lord, but are in seminary and are serving at the church associated with the mission downtown Jackson Mississippi. PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!
Let me give you a little back ground on them. They were husband and wife and both music majors with me in college. Both extraordinarily talented. The wife grew up in the Mormon church, and the husband was a steadfast atheist. Around my senior year he had his wife read a book disproving Joseph Smith's sacred tablets. I have not read the book, but apparently archaeologists have proven the tablets to be nothing more than Egyptian burial tablets. His wife was visibly shaken after reading this book and even called her brother out west who is high up in their church, like a deacon. She asked him if he knew about the book and the scientific findings, and he told her yes. She asked him how then he could continue on there if all they had ever believed in was based on a lie. He said because it works for me. She was crushed, and she left the Mormon church right then and there. Her husband was so pleased with himself it was a little unsettling to me. He always struck me as one who sees faith as weakness, or even a lack of intelligence. I think he felt people used their imaginary god to comfort themselves, or at least that is somewhat how it was expressed to me. He had a disdain for Christ and anything Christian. -And now, well now praise God he's found the Lord and it has turned his whole life around, both of their lives.
When I got the phone call, I started crying in the car on the way to church, and my children were asking, "Daddy, what's wrong with mama?" He told them she's crying happy tears. I was so amazed, and overjoyed! And so very thankful! Thank you Lord Jesus, thank you.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
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Friday, June 4, 2010
Our new home is going to feel like a vacation. I told Hugh it's perfectly fine with me that we aren't going anywhere this summer, because our new home is exactly where I want to be, hosting family and friends. And I am so excited that some of our friends are going to be coming down for a visit! Our next door neighbors and friends, the Semrau family will be staying a night with us in late July as they pass our way headed down to visit family in Louisiana. And my sweet friend Heidi and her family are going to come down and stay a few days with us in August before school starts. We are going to take them to Graceland and over to Tupelo since Heidi is a huge Elvis fan. This is like an answer to a prayer for me. Datha's children and Heidi's children are Trey and Anna Grace's best friends and play mates! So as we get down there and get settled in, and the children realize we are there to stay and aren't going back to Ohio, our friends will come for a visit. I think it will make their adjustment a little easier. And by that time I will need a friend fix as well. Thank you Lord for small miracles. Well, I'm off to pack and start tagging items for our garage sale. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! ~Blessings!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I'm not good with change and letting go. Even as I put aside our bassinet, double stroller and piles of baby clothes to sell this weekend it makes me sad. I know we don't need them, but I can't help but be sentimental. I look around and all I can think is this is the house we brought our babies home to. This is the room that Trey and Anna Grace have shared together.
Their beds sit opposite one another and my rocking chair is in the middle and sits in front of the window on the back wall. We've used the closet for Anna Grace and the bureau and set of drawers have been for Trey. Through the years the pictures on the walls have changed and the toy box was replaced by a set of selves with buckets for toys. It has seen it's share of play time, reading and rocking. There have been lots of cuddles and prayers and goodnight kisses too. Such sweet memories.
I don't know how we're going to separate Trey and Anna Grace into their own rooms. They love being together. They don't want to go to bed with out each other, and if one sneaks into our room in the middle of the night the other will wake up and come looking for them. It started when I was pregnant with Anna Grace. They had such a special relationship even then. When I would rock Trey at night before bed, you could see Anna Grace move across my stomach and snuggle right up next to him. They are really like twins.
I can't wait to see what new memories they are going to make in our new home. Speaking of our new home I thought I'd share another sneak peak.
This is the celling of Anna Grace's room. The room is already pink, her favorite color, and above she will have a beautiful mural of sky blue with puffy white clouds.
Here is a room we will all be spending time in together, the kitchen. I am in love with this kitchen. It is so open and spacious. I can't wait to add my own personal touch to it. Hugh's favorite part is the large granite island. I love that I can see us here cooking together as a family and enjoying each other's company. I'll share more pictures later. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. ~Blessings!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
This is the children's book I'd like to feature this week. And The Good Brown Earth by Kathy Henderson. It's a beautiful story in which Gram is sharing her love of gardening with Joe. She takes him with her and teaches him about digging time, planting time, weeding time, watering time, and even thinking time, as the seasons change. Joe finds gardening takes a lot of patience, but once harvest time comes the vegetable garden yields all kinds of surprises.
We enjoyed this book, and it's a great find to add to your book basket for the Spring or Summer. We don't have a vegetable garden, but we do enjoy planting flowers. Trey and Anna Grace love to water the flowers every other day and help me fill the bird feeders. This book, I feel, fosters a love for nature and features the treasures handed down from one generation to the next. It's one of my new favorites. I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Thank you Sarah Denley for hosting our weekly children's book feature!