Thursday, May 31, 2007
I met Stacy on my last day of being 49. I took Lisa, Peggy and Dena to the Spa for the day to celebrate my 50th birthday. I figure I want to leave my 40's on a best day ever. We met at the Spa and had facials, exfoliation, algae or aromatherapy wrap, massage and scalp treatment, manicure, pedicure and lunch in the relaxation room. Ain't no way I am going to post my exfoliation experience but those of you who know me, know the story. I have been going to Stacy ever since. When she was out on maternity leave, I was faithful to her and did not go see another massage therapist, but I was glad when she came back. She knows the reason for all my tension and I have helped her walk through some difficult times of life. Tonight when she came to greet me and take me back to the changing room, she asked are you ready? I said, oh yes. It has been a tough few weeks and the stress had gone straight to my lower back. When she finished tonight, she sat down and said, "Nancy, you have been coming to me for a long time and I think it is time for us to talk." Man, I thought, she is going to break up with me...she is going to say I cannot do another thing for those muscles that could be mistaken for rocks in your shoulders and you need to see someone else. I mean, I just about tensed up again, but she said, "it is time for you to let me work on your glutes, because that will stop all the pain you are having in your lower back." So the next time I go... it is glute time. Guess there is really something to being a pain in the butt.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
This weekend was the right balance of home time and out and about time. Yesterday, Peggy and I made it to The Nord for pedicures and dinner. We had a blast catching up. It has been a while since our schedules have allowed for doing anything together. Did have a scary moment though. As we were sitting there getting our pedi's, I noticed a different step in the usual routine. So I asked Julia, oh what is this? She said it is a honey and papaya mixture. I tried not to freak out too much and said, I can't have that on me, I am highly allergic to papaya. She was immediate in getting it off my leg and foot and I didn't stop breathing, so it is all good.
On Friday I did rearrange books, but so far we haven't gotten rid of any. We have the boxes to do so, it is just getting the heart to let go of some books. Maybe I will be like Harper Lee. When I read the biography, "Mockingbird" the description of her home in Alabama is wall to wall bookcases, even in the entry hall, dining room and bathroom. I am jealous just thinking about it right now, forgive me Lord.
Had my first summer peach this weekend. I ran to the play grocery store on Sunday and they had them...Texas peaches. I hope this peach is just the first of many over the summer.
Roy and I went to Sunday brunch at Pappasita's on Sunday. It was wonderful!
Well, I am off to enjoy the rest of my day. I have some graduation and birthday gifts to mail.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Today Roy and I went to Bohemian Photography to have a business picture made for Roy. I took pictures for the blog and will post those sometime this weekend.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I sit here in my home today at my little picnic table of peace. Grateful I have sick days and grateful for medicine that is helping my back feel much better. I am thankful that I had plenty to choose from in reading material and that I was able to read most of the magazines that have been stacking up over by my chair I read in. I learned a lot about The Great Wall of China today. I didn't even go on Amazon to look over books, but I did get a call from UPS that the four books I ordered last week are in the office. They will just have to sit there till tomorrow. While being home today I had another Fern sighting, but she's not in the water yet, still sitting by the pool. I will report she must have been reading a really good book, cause her foot twitching could have generated enough electricity for a small town. :) I am grateful to have a loving husband who called about every hour checking on me until I encouraged him not to call so much. I needed my rest and sleep. I am thankful that my sleepy friend Lisa would have come across town if I needed anything. I am grateful to God for His unsurpassed love and kindness.
Monday, May 21, 2007
A lot of fun
A lot of laughter
Good food a must
The best conversations
All the above savored
This will have to do for now. I had written out the whole wonderful adventure we had last Thursday at the Ashland House and I don't know how I did it, but I lost the whole post. I don't have it in me to re-do it tonight. The background behind us is wallpaper and it was so appropriate that they put us in the fake library section. I wish that Lisa and I could blog this together at the same time cause there is where you'd enjoy the time we shared the most. But, this will have to do for now.
I cannot believe it, I went three days without buying or ordering a book. That came to an end Saturday night around 10:00 pm. Dayspring Sunday School class is doing a Jennifer Kennedy Dean study and whoa, that girl is blowing my socks off. We are studying Jesus's I AM statements in John. So of course, I got on Amazon and ordered several more of her books. Guess it was too much, cause Roy and I had gone to Border's earlier to return his iPod case and get one that had a clip. Didn't buy one book. Tempted but did not give in there at Border's.
This was a very social weekend. A brunch on Saturday morning to wish Nicole a heartfelt goodbye as she and her family moves to Dallas. She has been Carolyn's right arm in Women's Ministry. That afternoon Wholehearted and Dayspring classes had an event. Shannon did two makeovers and gave us all kinds of great tips on makeup, clothes and trends. Then she brought the Word...she brought it good. Shannon, you are a powerhouse in the Word and thanks for sharing, teaching and proclaiming the Good News to us. Uh, on a personal note I need HELP with my brows.
Sunday was church and Pastor Gregg finished up Nehemiah. That afternoon we went to a fun birthday party for Oscar. Then I dropped Roy off to teach his evening class at church. I had planned on going out to Grace Methodist for their concert of praise and worship, but I had received a call from Dena asking if I could go eat dinner at Molina's. Since we have both been busy and not talked in two weeks, which is unusual for us, I opted for friendship time. We had a blast, ate great food and laughed heartily.
Oh, I found the perfect container at Starbucks for drinking my single serving Koolaid at the office. I still had two gift cards I had not used from Christmas. So I had a little Christmas in May.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday night was the COC meeting. I take the minutes of the meetings although sometimes it gets so interesting I am sitting there listening and not writing one thing down. When I first started taking the minutes I think I wrote down every cough and burp. Dewayne had two extra tickets to the Astros game for Thursday night and gave them to Roy and me. So, we went to the game last night. Dewayne has great seats in the View Terrace right behind home plate, but we got to be even closer to the action. About the 4th inning all went down to where CJ, Lisa and Joe sit on the first row right behind the Astros dugout. It was great to see the players that close. Hey, any time I can see Brad Ausmus that close is really a treat. We had a great time in spite of the fact the good guys lost in the 12th inning. Roy and I had to leave in the 11th inning because Roy had a morning of meetings on Friday. Last year we got to sit in the Diamond seats right behind home plate, but I did not pull out my cell phone and call anyone to say hey look, we are on TV.
I am waiting for Lisa P to send me the pics we took at lunch yesterday so I can post about that. It was CRAAAAAZY!!! We laughed so hard and so often there wasn't much time to catch a breath. We had planned on this lunch for over a week and it came at the right time. Let's just say Thursday in the office was one of those days...
Today after Mrs. Baker's I went to the real grocery store. Yes, I went to the Kroger's, but I didn't really come home with real groceries. Had Poweraid and Cranberry Light on sale. Got some snacks, fruit and yogurt. The timing was right, it was after lunch and before school lets out, so it wasn't terribly crowded. Buddy's taste in treats has changed so I picked up a couple of bags for her. All in all it was a good trip, but on Sunday I will be right back at the play grocery store. Lisa, I saw a box of Cafe Dumonde mix at my Kroger's too. Once we settle into June we can fry those babies up. Oops, I didn't get any powdered sugar today. We'll take pictures for sure and post them on our blogs.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I saw my first Fern sighting today, so summer has begun. Fern is an older lady who lives here and hibernates all winter and comes out every summer and practically lives by the pool. Since we live close to the church I came home for lunch today and there she was sitting by the pool. I felt like I was on safari or something taking the picture. Unfortunately it was an overcast day and cooler than usual. So all you can see of Fern is her feet. She had a little lunch bag with her so she must have camped out there for the duration. Back in the day when I tanned is when I met Fern and the other ladies and some retired gentlemen who congregate at the pool each day. Fern and the other ladies buy romance novels and the like at Half Price books. If their toes twitched I knew they were reading the "hot" parts of the story. Some days every toe on every lady would be twitching ninety to nothing. Here I was out by the pool reading a Christian book and I would twitch my toes and they would ask, "girl what are you reading?" And I'd reply, "Oh, I am reading about God and His faithfulness and I can't sit still." After awhile they stopped asking. Anyway just in case you didn't know it is now officially summer!
I have found out that many of you all have book addictions too and it sounds like I am in good company. I am happy to report I made it through the day without buying a book...tempted but God provided a way out, Praise Him! We were so busy today that I didn't have the time to puruse or stroll through the bookstore. Your tithe dollars were really at work today.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for the comments.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Roy called me this morning on my way to church. Uh, Nancy, Amazon just sent an email that the book your ordered will be here on the 16th. Now, that was totally unfair because this was a book of essays on Harper Lee that I had ordered in March. In the middle of the morning Roy emails me to let me know he has ordered another book, but when I saw the title of Swaps, Hedges and Swaptions I knew it was work related. I didn't know that swaption was a word. What he didn't know is and this is going to sound like a familiar passage in Proverbs... I went to buy a Lime Diet Coke and passed by the bookstore and there calling to me in the hallway was a new book by Bill Hybels and another pretty red book was calling for me to come over and see. I went the way of the luggard (play on words of sluggard, but luggard is for lugging so many books around) and found another book inside on the shelf. I just got back from making a purchase of three new books. Should I be honest with Roy and tell him or if he asks later in the week are those new books, I can answer uh, they've been in my closet. Nah, I will tell him.
Yep, if I was Catholic and been to confessional the priest would tell me to do 3 Hail Marys, one Our Father and drop by the Cokesberry Bookstore to pick up the latest copy of his new book.
Last night as he was working on his Sunday School lesson for Sunday and I had retired to our bedroom with Buddy, Roy said, read something for fun tonight. I took his advice and read through a couple of New Yorkers that have been stacking up over the past few weeks. Buddy by my side, a single serving of sugar free Hawaiian Punch, some good magazines, and a loving and caring husband in his den/closet. Y'all God is so good!
Monday, May 14, 2007
When something is so delicious and you just fall into utter joy as the food you are eating melts in your mouth, say like white chocolate bread pudding, you slap the table several times and have to exclaim, "that was so good, it'll make you slap your mama!" To my great surprise there is a Cajun spice combination that is called by the same name. I found it while in Louisiana and I was compelled to buy several. Since I don't cook I haven't used any but how much fun after Mother's Day to have some slap ya mama spice in a post.
OK, I posted about my book addiction and the possibility of a fast. I need to work on that a little more. When Roy and I went to Border's on Saturday I didn't buy a book, what great will power but we stopped at Anthropologie on the way home and dang it, I bought a book. So I almost made it through the weekend. Today when I arrived home there was an Amazon package waiting for me. I am happy to report I haven't ordered a book today and I stayed away from the Garden Bookstore.
Got the best Mother's Day gift from Becky. 5 boxes of single serving Koolaid in assorted flavors. She wrapped each box, it was great fun and a wonderful way to begin the day. She surprised and delighted me.
Well, I have dinner to heat up. We are having chipolte meatloaf, grilled veggies and mashed potatoes, all fixed by the fine people at the play grocery store. Bless the hands that prepared the meal.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
After church I ran by the play grocery store to buy dinner for tomorrow night and pick up yogurt for Roy. The lady behind the counter asked if I was a mom and I said well...not really but I did have some kiddos in the Lord. Kind of stunned she asked well do you have a cat or dog and I said yes we have Buddy our cat. So then the kind lady at the play grocery store wished me a Happy Mother's Day. I went right over to the pet aisle and got Buddy a new catnip toy and some treats.
On Friday I got the sweetest card from our adopted daughter Becky. God knew the timing was perfect. The words refreshed my spirit and then little happy tears came down my cheeks.
This year instead of giving books to every woman present at church, books were given just for the moms. There were some hurt feelings in the hallways and I did my best to assuage their hurt. I was even offered a book, but I gave my standard line. This is fun to do to watch peoples faces. In fact almost every Tuesday night at LProof Bible study I would go to the product tables and ask, is there anything here that does NOT include prayer? Women standing on either side of me are shocked, but they never say anything to me. The kind staff and volunteers at LProof just give me a look and then laugh with me. The book given away today is 'A Woman of Prayer.' So I just told them if prayer was involved, I just wasn't interested. Of course I really don't feel that way but sometimes I like to give what little energy I have left to amusing myself. Saying stuff like this totally amuses me. I am going to take a nap, got to go back to church tonight.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
11 And I pray that you will be filled with the fruits of right living. These come from Jesus Christ, with honor and thanks to God. Excellence is always going to begin with God's love and walking in God's love. We need to pray for knowledge and understanding and like we studied in Proverbs this spring, GO GET WISDOM!!! With those godly qualities we will know excellence and what is best. We will be filled with the fruits of right living. It all comes from Jesus...and we give thanks to God. We are grateful and full of gratitude to Him whose Name is above every Name named. Gratitude is central to our pilgrimage of the faith. I love this quote by Erwin McManus, "A life of gratitude makes us Whole, overwhelms us with Love and moves us to Live generous lives." That is excellence. I have a co-worker who has excellence, effectiveness and efficiency defined all the same. She see the obvious, but doesn't see the big picture. She is like the disciples with the woman who had an issue of blood. Jesus knew someone had touched Him by faith not by crowd conditions. Peter answered the obvious and what I like to call the Sunday School answer...there are a lot of people Lord, many have touched you. In that scene of the woman and Jairus's daughter they were missing the excellence and desired to be efficient in getting the Lord to the house where the little girl was dying.
The poet Maya Angelou teaches a class at Wake Forest University. She devotes the first three weeks to everyone learning each other's names before studying African American Literature and tests the students on their ability to remember their classmates names before they move on. Eventually she will ask, "why do you think I took 20% of class time to know each other's names?" "Because your name is a sign of your dignity and when you recognize others by name it's not just as a human but as a person. One of the greatest ways to bestow dignity to a person is to call them by their name." Moses asked the name of the voice in the burning bush. God answered I AM. He is the God in the happenings, God is on the move, His presence known and alive and transforming. God, I AM, transformed Moses and the same powerful presence of God is transforming me. He, I AM, I AM doing, I AM here, I AM. God is not just a spectator in our lives, but He is moving. So, I have written all of this to say excellence... I'm still slogging through what it means for my life. When I walk in the excellencies of love then the overflow will come into my work life and my at home life. It will come in my marriage and it will come in my friendships. Excellence will be there when I love my enemies, when I rejoice with those rejoicing and weeping with those who weep. So, this is where I find myself tonight in the excellencies of God's never failing love. He is pruning me with His love.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Koolaid comes in single servings now just like Crystal Light. I am thrilled and enjoyed a Tropical Fruit Koolaid Friday night. I love Koolaid in the summer.
Every year I know it is summer when Fern hits the pool at our condo. Fern is an older woman, retired who spends everyday at the pool when the sun is out. She had this little float she uses to prop her book on to read in the water. I think Fern hibernates all winter, you never see her, but come summer she is on the look out for passers by and a little conversation.
Buddy has been good this past week. She has not jumped on my head one time. My favorite thing to play with her now is with a laser pen. She will follow that red dot everywhere. It tires her out too. She is again getting into my closet in the mornings and carrying various articles of mine out to her food dish. That means she thinks those items belong to her. It is quite comical at times the things we find in the kitchen by her bowl.
Sweet Tomatoes is doing strawberry month and it is all good. They have even included strawberry topping for the ice cream. Next month is pineapple month...not a fan so we won't be there too often in June.
Jason, the minister I work with, spoke at Highpoint today. When I first began working for him, he was the speaker every week. I love to hear Jason teach, he is real and quite vulnerable. He taught on distractions and what keeps us from doing and being in the yes of God. OEG which stands for Official Episcopal Guy and that is the name I have given to Lee who works in the bookstore at church came with us. Roy works downtown so he was there. Great to have
lunch with my husband and with friends...and it was free for me. It's all good.
Well I better save some thoughts for another time. Roy is waiting for me to show him how to subscribe to podcasts.
More to follow!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
You are looking at some of the hardest working and best Ministries Admins ever. Only one that is missing is Becky. She was in Las Vegas on vacation...so you know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. She was actually there attending a conference. I will take a picture and add her in the blog. From left to right this is Dana, Nikki, Sylvia, Jenel, Jessica and Shaun. We went to The Houstonian to celebrate Administrative Professional Day. When you come to Houston's First Baptist Church know that this these young women are a huge part of making ministries, ministers, directors and associates look good. They calendar rooms, do room set ups, research, create spread sheets, food service requests, and just about anything else that is done behind the scenes. It is my joy and privilege to work with them. They make me laugh, bring me joy, and keep me sharp. Jesus shines in each and every one. So I just thought I would introduce you to these young women. Got to tell you, I love them more than grits and I love grits!
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sometimes I have to wonder what it is about my face that apparently says, "we're stangers on an elevator...talk to me!"
When I think about it I have the kind of face that invites conversation at the grocery store. I must look like I know how to cook becasue I am asked my opinion all the time about the ripeness of bananas or cooking time of a roast.
Where are you when you have these kind of conversations?
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
We are back from staff retreat at Chain O Lakes, but beginning today the new name is Artisan Lakes. I am not too sure but alligators and artisan don't seem to mix. Alligators were all the rage for watching. Last night one camped under my room in our cabin built over a lake and rumbled and moaned looking for a female alligator for mating all night long. Those mating calls came in groups of 4 to 6 sounds. Once I heard only one rumble and of course I began to worry that something might be wrong with Alfred Alligator. You might be asking how do I know this info? I used to go bike riding on the trails at Brazos Bend State Park and the park rangers are a source of info when it came to all things alligators. When I finally decided to retire for the night, I had my iPod and I turned off the light. Wow, it was totally dark except for the alarm clock. Hmmm....too much darkness for all the sounds I was hearing or at least thought I was hearing. So, the bedside lamp stayed on all night. I awoke every hour just to see if I was asleep.
The material presented has given me much to pray about and think through. The Lord used it on many different levels. I need more time to process and download before I blog about it. I can tell you about game night. Played a mini round of Trivial Pursuit and then several hands of Uno. It has been a long time since I have played either game. When Jerrell played Uno with us it was fast and furious. His ADD and mine were on point. Steven decided he had been infected with ADD after we played. It was fun and we played several more rounds after Jerrell left.
I think these times spent with co-workers bond us together on a deeper level. I come home with a deeper appreciation and love for those I serve with. That is why I missed Courtney and Michelle and all the good laughs and times we had.
Roy said he was going to take Buddy to the Post Oak Grill last night. I told him he better dress her up cause he said he was going to have Buddy wear a tie. I reminded him that Buddy is a girl, so he said he would put a girdle on her. They didn't have that date, Roy got home too late. Buddy gave me a warm welcome home. She and I are inseparable right now. She is sitting by my foot.
When this alligator was sunning I asked several to go over and have their picture taken and no one was interested. Some see an alligator, I see shoes and a purse for me and a belt and wallet for Roy.