Wednesday, January 26, 2011

project: brown curtains

A little before & after fun. We replaced the original curtains in our master bedroom with brown Ikea curtains (hemmed by yours truly & my mother) + curtain clips from Joann's.

And the AFTER. (With a new bedspread from Urban Outfitters...marked down from $130 - $40!)

Friday, January 21, 2011

dreams & cold hands

I have an overactive brain . . . a crazy imagination and the annoying ability to be thinking of about 50 things at once. (This is not unique to me; I know a lot of women "struggle" with this.) The other day, my brain-craziness continued into my dreams & the next morning . . .

On Wednesday, my fellow deskmate (well, we each have our own desks, back-to-back) gave me 2 no-bake cookies at the end of the day. I love no-bake cookies. I ate one and saved the other to eat on Thursday . . . left it on my desk underneath my phone shelf. On Wednesday night, I dreamed that someone else was using my desk at work and we had an argument about who was going to eat my cookie. She insisted that because she was using my desk, she got to eat it. (Which is hilarious in and of itself because no one has ever "borrowed" my desk since I’ve been working here.) When I came in to work in the morning, I was literally surprised to see the cookie still there . . . I thought for sure she had eaten it. (Whoever she is....the dream memory isn’t that clear……this cookie must have been really important to me.) I laughed at myself, and then happily ate that cookie with my coffee.

In other work news, my right hand has been cold lately, while my left hand is warm. And this drives me absolutely nuts. I think it might be because I constantly use my right hand, maneuvering the mouse. But wouldn't that make it warmer? Ugh.

I think this post proves that I need cookie paranoia counseling and right hand warmers. Thanks for reading my little confession/rant.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

project: green pics

We needed some color in the entryway. Back in the summer I found 4 identical frames at Goodwill & snatched them up (it's great when you can find multiples of the same thing at a thrift store). They had a light, beachy, driftwood kind of look, which I thought would go well with our home decor. However, I later realized that 2 of the frames had blemishes that didn't come off with a good cleaning or light sanding. So, I stained those 2 frames (the same color as the Remember letters) and then gave all 4 frames a clear coat (so they shine a bit).

Next I had to clean the disgustingly dirty glass panes. I was watching TV while cleaning (probably Gilmore Girls) and ended up breaking one of them with my elbow (I was sure getting into this cleaning thing) and cut my thumb pretty badly (it bled for a long time). Back to Goodwill to find another piece of glass from a $1 frame. I printed 4 pictures from my time in Australia & New Zealand, all with a slight green theme (which is why I call them my "green pictures"...every project has to have a name).

And ta-da! - color for the entryway! I kind of like the "no matte" look. I wanted the pictures to take center stage. (Sorry for the bad lighting . . . there is definitely a lack of natural light in the foyer.)

PS: Hello readers? Are there any out there? :) I l-o-v-e getting comments (whether it's thoughts, disagreements, or a reflection on what I wrote)...and check for them multiple times a day. Would love to hear from you! (And I'll promise to share the commenting love at your site. :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Yes to the weekend!

The weekend was successful in three respects:

1. I spring cleaned the house on Saturday for 9.5 hours. I know it isn't spring yet but it's been about 6 months since it had a deep cleaning and it was about time. I cranked Pandora and got to work. This deep cleaning included organizing 5 closets, wiping down every inch of 3 bathrooms, dusting & de-cobwebbing & vacuuming, washing sheets & towels & shower curtains, mopping, wiping down the entire kitchen including fridge & oven & cabinet fronts and redecorating the mantels & shelves from Christmas. The dog was officially tired of following me around by the end of the day.

2. Finally finished seasons 1-5 of Gilmore Girls. I've been working on this for 6 months, ever since my surgery . . . an episode here, two episodes there, usually whenever Bryce was working. And then I discovered that there are 2 more seasons to go! I think I'm going to take a break for awhile, though, and actually do something productive in the evenings for a change.

3. Impact last night was amazing. Love the girls from my CRU small group - Marianna, Becca, Grace, Kristin, Brittany, Carly, Taylor & Allie - who were so brave to share "if you really knew me." Thanks for opening up, ladies. It was challenging and encouraging to me and I look forward to getting to know all of you better. And getting to know Jesus better with you!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nehemiah Deluge

Love my little nephew. Such a blessing to our family.

I also love his dear sister who lives entirely too far away from me but I forgive her because our friendship certainly isn't suffering, plus I know she's exactly where God wants her to be.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beautiful Wantedness

2 Samuel 4
(Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)

When I was only 3, I told my Sunday School teacher about Mephibosheth. Buried in a parenthetical phrase in the Old Testament is a brief mention of Jonathan's son, dropped by his nurse and crippled in both feet. And then five chapters (and many years) later, in the midst of David's military victories and successful exploits, we read a simple story of grace & hope.

A crippled man.
Invited to the king's table.
And served there for the rest of his life.

2 Samuel 9
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” v. 1

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied.
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” v. 6-8

And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet. v. 13

Hauntingly beautiful story.
So many wonderful parallels.
Jesus the King and me with a crippled soul.
Grace extended without regard to merit or condition.
Adopted by the King.
Invited to always eat at His table.

Another parallel: human adoption.
Welcoming a broken child into a safe home.
Broken physically, broken past, broken emotionally.
Showing kindness and restoring hope.
Mirroring our own adoption as God's sons & daughters.

Grace & hope received.
And then gladly given.
Beautiful wantedness.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Look Back

A look back at the past few weeks:

* But first, I forgot how much I like Skittles. I just might eat this entire bag before lunch time.

* The Christmas season was crazy. (And I consider the Christmas season from Thanksgiving to New Years, by the way.) So many parties and gatherings with family and friends. I enjoyed decorating our home and tracking down gifts for everyone on our list (tried to reign myself in and not go overboard, like I tend to do). This year was much less stressful than last year - thanks to massive amounts of lists & planning on my part, encouragement & understanding from Bryce, and more conscious effort to focus on Jesus.

* Highlights from the past month off the top of my head: hosting my father-in-law's birthday lunch at the Parsonage, my first Christmas Eve service at Eagle Church, playing "Glory is Here" by Gungor on the grand piano for the service, exchanging gifts & family time with the immediate Langebartels family, seeing Bryce get excited when he opened his cajon drum, and probably the most amazing of all: the entire Eberly family (+ Bryce & Nehemiah) being all together again for the first time in 1.5 years.

* Big change at the Parsonage: we adopted a dog the weekend before Christmas. Parson is his name and he's a boxer/pit bull mix. He's all puppy still, only 7 months old. Happened fast but so far we're enjoying the new addition.

* Bryce and I both got sick in Fort Wayne on the last day of our New Years weekend visit (and the last day of Jessica & Nehemiah's visit). Big bummer. Such an anticlimactic way to enter the new year. Only one plus out of the whole situation: we got to lay in bed together all day and watch football. That never happens.

* I was so blessed to be able to spend time with my sister's son, Nehemiah. Such a precious little boy. Since I saw him back in May, he's now walking and pointing to everything and saying "What's that?" A little tiny thing. Loved reading books to him and kissing his chubby cheeks. Pictures will be coming soon!

* I think I have a sugar headache and that bag of Skittles is only halfway gone. I need some hot tea.