Thursday, March 29, 2007

Testimony Tuesday

I just got this tip from Tina:

Tim Challies ("The World's Most Famous Christian Blogger" as dubbed by the men at Pyromaniacs) has sent out a challenge for all bloggers to post their testimonies on Tuesday, April 3rd. What fun for us all to get to know one another on an even more personal basis by sharing how we came to embrace Christ! You can send an email to Tim and he will include you in a list. He also encouraged those of you who visit blogs, but don't have your own, to include your testimony in the comments section of one or any of the blogs you enjoy.

I know that I will be participating, what about you?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Waiting . . .

While I am still waiting for a chance to download the pictures from Dan's party, I decided to give you a fun link I found. Apparently YouTube gave out it's first awards and this video won for "Most Original." Take a minute to watch and you will see why!

***Disclaimer*** I do not know what the song they are singing is about. I was not listening because I unashamedly got caught up in the spectacle of the video. My guess is that you will too. So if the song is inappropriate in any way, you have my apologies.

Now for a more dignified recommendation, check out this video by my favorite group, The Newsboys. This song ranks as one of the best of all time!

Enjoy the links. I love YouTube!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Surprise Party

I have been waiting to post about Dan's surprise birthday party until I had pictures to go along with it, but since I have no idea when that will be, I'll tell you about it now and post pictures later! After all, I want to share the all the fun we had before he turns 31!

For a couple of years now, I have planned to throw a surprise party for Dan on his 30th birthday. Unfortunately, it came up quick this year. About a week and a half before his birthday, I realized that time was running out and if I wanted to surprise him, I better start planning! So I called up Sarah and asked her to conspire with me and then started calling friends to keep the Saturday following his birthday free. I went shopping and bought all the food, except the cake and deli meat and some balloons, which Sarah picked up for me, and stored them in Sarah's garage until Saturday. That was the easy part.

I had to figure out how to get him out of the house Saturday afternoon, and then back by early evening. Tina helped out by watching the kids in the afternoon so Dan and I could go on a "date." I wanted us to have enough time out that it appeared to be a real date, so I concocted a story that included us needing to be home in time for Buff and Tina to go out that evening. That meant we had about 4 hours together in the afternoon. What do you do with 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon without kids? I didn't want to eat out, since I had a ton of food waiting for us back home, so we did what most other parents would love an opportunity to do - we shopped, childless! We went to Home Depot and Menard's and spent our time looking at materials for our never-ending list of home repairs and remodels that we want to do, and then I indulged Dan in one of his favorite shopping stops - the pet store. He loves fish, has a 55 gallon tank at work and loves to dream about one at home (that is a whole other post!) After the surprise, he commented that he should have been suspicious when I was willing to visit 3 fish stores in one afternoon!

So, I sufficiently stalled long enough that we headed home at about the exact time needed for the surprise to work out. We parked in the garage, unloaded some of the bags of goods that we purchased, and Dan walked in the door. One of the kids had hidden in the doorway and shot a rubber band at him, which tipped him off that something was up, and he turned the corner to see 30 of our friends crowded in our little living room. They shouted "surprise" in unison and I just about cried that it had all worked out!

The rest of the evening went great. We had enough food and cake (actually way too many bags of chips!) to feed the crowd, only half of which were adults! We are in that phase of life where we all have small children and the house was filled with 13 kids under 10, 9 of which were 4 and under! It was crazy, but it was a blast!

Dan was totally shocked and surprised, and probably a little embarrassed to be the center of attention. It was worth it to do something big for his birthday, although I probably won't try to surprise him again for quite sometime. As soon as I can load the pictures on the computer, I will post some of them. Check back later to see the festivities!

Friday, March 16, 2007

As I've mentioned before, I am a sucker for quizzes and thought this one was interesting. See how you do!

You Are 60% Left Brained, 40% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

More of the "Secret"

I thought the information presented on Oprah about "The Secret" was bad, just wait until you read this post about what the book says. Incredible and sickening.
HT: Tina

Monday, March 05, 2007

I am Married to an Old Man

It seems I am deficient in taking pictures without a child in front of my wonderful husband. This is Dan and Elijah back in '05. Although Elijah has changed a lot, Dan hasn't, so this picture works to wish him a WONDERFUL 30th BIRTHDAY!

We have been joking with our friends for the past couple of years about our fear of turning the big 3-0, and we have been hitting it one-by-one. Dan is the latest, and for the next 8 months I can tease him about being old while I am still in my prime of 29.

I won't ramble about how great he is, seeing that I have embarrassed him enough with other posts (see here, here, here, and here). So I will just end with a loving wish for a memorable 30th .