A little about a lot

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Birthday

Today is my big brother's birthday! Obviously this is his special day, but it's also a very important day in my life. Twenty-eight years ago, the person who would become my first friend was born.

Dec. 17 was my friend Jackie's birthday. In celebrating her birthday this year, I realized how God, in creating Jackie, who will certainly be a life-long friend and sister, was blessing my future when I was only a few months old.

In creating my brother, God was doing many things, including taking care of me several years before I was born. I'm always amazed at the way God cares for His children and feel so blessed that He reserved this very special man to be an ever-present figure in my life.

So Happy Birthday big brother. It's always been difficult to find the right words to explain how much you mean to me. And as I grow older and realize that I didn't come into your life - or you into mine - by chance, but instead by a great, great blessing from Love Himself, words fail me even more than they used to.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tuesday top five

1. Diet Coke is brain recharger fluid. You'd think they'd mention that in the ads.

2. I love Derek Webb. Love, love, love.

3. When I staple papers this is the process: 1. get papers in order 2. place corner of papers in stapler 3. put right hand on top of stapler 4. hit top of right hand with left hand to staple papers.
I think something is wrong with me. Why don't I just hit the stapler?

4. My hand is all red now.

5. I ate McDonald's for lunch today. MMMMMMM.......

Friday, December 08, 2006

Hey! Neat!

Check this out.

So, since the majority of the U.S. is BLUE - then I think that means the correct name for a carbonated soft drink is "pop" right?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wha?

I hope you all aren't getting tired of dentist stories. If you are ... stop reading, I guess.

I went to have three fillings yesterday.

Some notes: My dentist has an abnormal amount of nose hair. You'd think someone would tell him. Otherwise he's very nice.

At my dentist's office, they use topical numbing stuff before they shove that HUGE needle into your gums - so you don't really feel the needle - which is very, very good.

Ok - now on to the point of the blog.

Because the fillings were on both sides of my mouth, they numbed my entire mouth. I've never had my mouth numbed before and had to stifle the urge to just crack up laughing at how weird it felt to not be able to feel your tongue or lips.

The doctor did his drilling thing and then left me in the hands of Tatyana to do the actual bonding work. Tatyana was very nice, but I kinda wanted to smack her. See, she kept trying to joke with me. I 1. couldn't feel my lips or tongue and 2. had this mouth prop thing in my mouth. So - I couldn't talk, couldn't smile, couldn't even really make a laughing sound.

So this is how it went:

her: (something that is obviously supposed to make me laugh)
me: (propped open mouth grunt and tongue movement as if to say "ha ha")
her: (something else that is obviously supposed to make me laugh.)
me: (propped open mouth grunt and nod of head as if to say "ha ha")
her: (something else (that is not at all funny) that is supposed to make me laugh.)
me: (frustrated stare, no sign of propped-open mouth action that is meant to say "ha ha")

Also, I feel like my dentists office - although it is very nice and all - is kinda like the town of Stepford and all the dental assistants are like the Stepford wives. My dentist is the only male there. All of his assistants are women and they all say things like "Thank you, doctor," or "Yes, doctor," or "Here is the drill, doctor." Kinda creepy. But I'll keep them because of the flat screens. I watched White Christmas this time.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Wholly His

Have you ever just read the words of some of the old hymns and Christmas carols? These people knew how to WRITE. I have loved "O Holy Night" because of its melody and the memories I have of singing it in high school.

But now I love it for another reason. The song was written by Placide Cappeau in 1847. His words for how Christ's birth affected humanity still ring very very true. I bolded my favorite parts - the truth of these sentences gives me goosebumps.


O holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,with glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger, in all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another. His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother, and in His Name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we. Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!