Tuesday, November 24, 2009

He's Coming Home!!!

My sweet husband is on a plane home right now and I can't tell you how happy I am. He's been gone for 3 1/2 months and I miss him terribly.

While he's been gone I've...

bought a new house
celebrate my oldest daughters 20th birthday
made stir fried chicken with vegetables approxiately 28 times
traveled to Tennessee, once by air and once by car
had lunch with an old school mate
learned to back up a Uhaul
only had to visit a mechanic once
traveled to Seattle
ate at Cracker Barrel about 5 times
witnessed the death of a cute mouse on my patio
thought I was losing my mind about a half of dozen times
Met some of the most gracious people known know to mankind
got two pedicures

And after knowing him 28 years and being married to him 24.... I would do it all again!

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Take No Glory

After attending an amazing Gospel of Asia Conference, I had the privilege of meeting a Christian band from Santa Ana, California. Their name is Take No Glory and I can't tell you what a privilege it was to meet these special individuals. I was simply blessed beyond words.

Their recent album talks about human trafficking which states the 27 million people are enslaved today, 80% are women and 50% are children. Every minute two children are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Check out their website and download for free some amazing songs!! www.takenoglory.com

To God be the Glory,
Java Girl

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ain't She Sweet

My Daughter #1 has been the biggest admirer of Doris Day. We've watched every movie and television show that she ever made!!!

And yesterday she sent my sweet girl this wonderful autographed photo and I'm telling you right now, I've never seen my girl so happy in all my life!!!

In case you can't read it, it says, "For you Jaclyn with lots of love from me, Biggest and Lovey (the dogs). Can't forget Purry your sweet cat. Give him a big hug from all of us. Doris Day

PS- Do hope and pray that you are feeling better.

And this absolutely couldn't have come on a better day, because... after writing yesterdays blog, a friend of Daughter #1 stood her up for dinner!!!

I just love it when people come through, when they really don't have too!
Java Girl

PS- Closing on the house today. Lord help me!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Art of Conversation

It's really hit me lately that our communication skills are dwindling as our age turns more and more to technology...

We've all heard it said, but lately I'm really noticing how the younger generations are losing their humor, sense of communication and overall social interaction skills. This is one example..... yesterday at Jiffy Lube while I was waiting to get my oil changed, I sat at a picnic table to wait for my car. The woman across the table, never looked at me while she texted and then began to read from her electronic book. I felt the need to engage and have light conversation, but there was none to be had.

Then after the church service on Sunday (I love my church, have I told you that!) we had five other churches visiting and we served them soup and dessert. Now I sat down at a table by myself and six woman from age 70+ started to slowing fill the table. I was amazed at the artfulness of their conversation and when they left the table to get a drink or dessert, they excused themselves and then returned to again engage in conversation.

What happen to the Good Ol Days when people came first and time was not on the agenda. I remember as a girl that my family put a huge emphasis on being with others and making it a great event. Now days it's not uncommon to invite guests to my house and have them cancel at the last minute and me stuck with 8 pounds of chicken parmesan.

I've also noticed with myself that technology is an excuse to be selfish when bored or uncomfortable in a situation. I read an article the other day about this techie generation not having developed facial expressions, because of time spent with technology. I sure hope that doesn't happen.

So today, right now, I challenge you to engage with someone today. Let them know they're important and especially remember to listen and learn. And if it's possible, I'd try to meet up with them in person to make the time even more special!

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Losing My Mind!

We've been in the process of buying a house in Tennessee. It's our dream home and we've never been more excited. It's also a forever home so that our family will be able to make roots and not have to up root in a couple years, which we're use to doing in the military. This is the place that we feel God has showed us He wants us. Isn't it beautiful.....

In addition to the wonderful paragraph above describing how we feel about this home and area we call heaven on earth..... I'm almost losing my sanity, because this has simply been the most difficult buying process we've ever been through. Period. Exclamation Point. Amen.

I've been found....

Wandering through the house laughing hilariously

Letting phones ring endlessly while I try to gather my thoughts

Constantly talking to myself and answering my own questions (while walking in circles)

Jumping into my car without my cell phone, just simply to have peace

Constantly trying to collect all data and remember what I did one week ago

Dealing with people not doing what they said they would do, then having to double check

Occasionally getting to talk to my husband who is away, only to bombard him and wonder if he'll ever return home after listening to my ranting

So you see.... this is my problem. I may have to seek professional help after all is said and done. But for right now this is my life.

As my sister always says when she was having a problem... "Calgone, take me away" (an 80's commercial for bath salts) and that's exactly what I'm feeling today!

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl