Thursday, April 22, 2010

Guest Star Anyway!

No, my Tuesdays as Guest Star days have not moved to Thursdays. I just had scheduled blog posts for the week and THEN, I read this excellent post. It was too good not to share, and I didn't want to wait until next Tuesday! If you are a teen, please ask your parents to read it first, but I hope you read it, too!

This article points out that those who claim to be open-minded about so many things can be extremely close-minded when it comes to taking a moral stance. I know I have certainly found this to be true with others I've encountered.


*Update: Something must be wrong with their site. It's not working at all, even if I try to go directly to their site. Word Press doesn't always cooperate. =)

**Another Update: Link should be working now!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tues . . . Thurs . . . A Guest-Star Anyway!

This was too important not to pass along!

We have an adoption story in our family. One of my brothers had a biological mother who was 18 years old, and he was her 3rd child! She decided to place him for adoption and our lives were changed forever.

I love you, MY brother!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Twice in one month I have double-booked myself.

Why do I keep doing this?

This is definitely the crazy season of the year, topped with having a senior. I feel SO unprepared for her graduation! There are meetings and events and I'm drowning.

No wonder I've been eating and sleeping so much. It's my way to cope with stress.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Occasionally, Himself and I will catch an episode of the new TV show, Undercover Boss. It's intriguing to have an inside look at businesses! It's cheap entertainment, what can we say?

The show has a distinct pattern. They start by introducing us to the featured CEO and his background story, and then the CEO will go "undercover" into his own business at an entry-level job. Inevitably, he'll check into a cheap motel (Why? Who will know or care where he sleeps?) and talk about his nervousness on going to work the next day. Then he'll reach up and turn off the wall lamp.

Also inevitably, Himself will turn to me and say, "That's a nice lamp!"

Does anyone else catch the sarcasm dripping from his words? Because it's there, friends; believe me, it's there.

Many years ago in California, we had friends who had a cleaning business. They would clean offices and hotels and sometimes become the recipients of discarded items. One such item was an entire box of these wall lamps.

I managed to secure a couple of them (it was the 90's! Brass was in!), but it wasn't until we moved to Florida that I actually convinced Himself to hang them on the walls.

So what if they're featured each week in the cheapest motels on Undercover Boss? They work, don't they?


Photo taken from the internet, but this is what our lamp actually looks like - with a nicer shade and a light bulb, though!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Rwanda Hope and Heavenly Hope

I cannot get her out of my mind.

Last Friday, we sat in our church's sanctuary and watched a young mother trembling and trying to speak. It wasn't because she was nervous or had stage fright; no, it was far more heart wrenching than that.

We had enjoyed some praise music from the Access218 Band from Jacksonville, then Jeremy and Allie B. began to speak about their hopes for adopting a baby girl. The concert was a benefit to help raise funds for the adoption. Jeremy and Allie each spoke on their journey to adoption and how all of their "papers" are now gratefully in Rwanda, awaiting final approval from that country. Then Allie began to give us some background information on the history of Rwanda.

Allie and Jeremy have two boys, ages 3 and under. As I watched Allie fight her tears and try to speak through the pain of separation, however, I also realized that they are parents of a little girl as well.

They don't know her name.

They don't know her birth date.

They don't know if right now, today, she's warm enough or has enough to eat.

They don't know the circumstances that led to her placement in the Rwandan orphanage.

They don't know her family history or even if she has been born yet!

They do know that God has hand-picked them to be her Daddy and Mommy. They know that their arms are aching to hold her, their hands are aching to tuck her into bed with soothing and comfort, and their lips are aching to kiss her goodnight.

Allie was struggling because one of her children is not at HOME. Her pain was just as real as if one of her boys were thousands of miles away and in need of a miracle to get home!

Lastly, my eyes were fully opened to the beauty of adoption - not only for Jeremy and Allie and a little girl in Rwanda but for each one of us. God has paid the ultimate price to adopt us into HIS family, so that we might be called His children.

He knows our names.

He knows our birth dates.

He knows if right now, today, we're warm enough or have enough to eat.

He knows the circumstances that led to our separation from Him, and He did the only thing He could to bring us back: He sent His Son to the cross.

He knows everything about our history, even things that we ourselves have forgotten!

I also know for certain that His arms are aching to hold us, His hands are aching to sooth and comfort us, and His lips are aching to kiss us goodnight, just like any Father.

A little girl in Rwanda is waiting to be united with her family.

From watching Allie struggle to speak on that stage, I have also come to realize just how eagerly my Heavenly Father is waiting to be united with me . . . and because of the word picture painted that night, I have felt that same eagerness to be united with Him; probably for the first time in my life.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Friday, April 09, 2010

What's that Again?

A conversation between a cheerful cast member and me:

I'm going to have to ask you a couple of questions before I take your fingerprints. Writes something on a piece of paper before brightly turning to me. Is this your SSN?

Yes, it is.

And your current address is this?
She points to the screen, where my name and address appeared after she scanned my license.

Yes, that's correct.

Ok, what is your eye color?

Well, I have those eyes that are sometimes blue, sometimes gray, and sometimes green.

Which color would you prefer we list? Blue?

I nod in agreement. We smile at our conspiracy. Blue is definitely the best choice for me.

Then, for the first time, she seems a little unsure and hesitant.

Ok, Mrs. W. What is your hair color?

My hair color?

Yes, your
natural hair color.

Natural? Well, actually, it's going gray and that's why I've made it blonde.

Gr . . . oh. . . um. . .
Both of us together -

. . . We'll say blonde!

There you have it, friends. Blonde haired, blue-eyed me.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Straight on Until Morning

I went to the Casting Castle and was fingerprinted today. No more inky fingers - a small scanner instantly records each print and sends it off to the FBI. They'll know all about me within 24 to 72 hours. Isn't that amazing? As far as I know, there's nothing to tell. There's no accounting for the time spent in alien abduction, however, and besides; that was all BT's idea.

While walking into the casting castle, I passed some landscapers who were obviously from Africa. I couldn't help but admire the smooth sound of their voices and language. It was so beautiful! When one of the men responded to another in a rich baritone, I wanted to stop, sit in the shade of a tree, and simply listen.

In the lobby were peoples representing diverse countries and cultures. Made me wonder how on earth I was selected for employment? Maybe I'm just the Caucasian. I was given a book that informed me that I was to dress according to "The Look." My hair cannot be purple and neither can my eyeshadow. I violated three parts of the dress code by having two earrings in one ear, open-toed shoes, and denim pants. (Hey! I thought it was dressy with heels and a red blazer!) Good thing it was all right to violate the dress code for the fingerprinting, but I must have "The Look" when I attend the 8 hour orientation known as Traditions!

Work (by attending Traditions) begins on April 17th.

Come on everybody, here we gooooooooo!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A Scene of Agony

My eyes blink open at 3 am.

I can hear voices in the living room, so I know that Tyler and his friends are still enjoying the celebration of his birthday.

This gladdens my heart. It's been too long since he's had 3a.m. conversations with friends.

I can't get back to sleep, and the torture begins. If I could just read a while, I know I could go back to sleep. Turning on the light would be unfair to Himself, though.

I realize I have to go to the bathroom and I could use something to drink. I don't dare make an appearance outside my room, since that would break up the party!

Blink. Blink.

The most agonizing part, however, is that I can hear their voices, but I can't hear what they're saying! What mom wouldn't want to know what they were talking about so earnestly?


Desperately, I turn onto my side. I notice my alarm clock and remember that the display panel is on dim. Maybe . . .

Four a.m. found me huddled around my alarm clock, using it's brighter red light to read. Sleep finally came at 5, then I had to be up at 7 to do the science carpool.

There's no guessing on who will be taking a nap today.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Catch of the Day . . .

. . . and he also caught a fish!

Angela, tell Ben it's 4.7lbs. =)

Sunday, April 04, 2010


All of our hopes and dreams for our firstborn pale in comparison with the reality that is you.

My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will indeed rejoice.
My innermost being will cheer when your lips say what is right.
Don't be jealous of sinners; instead, always fear the Lord.
For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.

- Proverbs 23:15-18

Happy birthday, Sweetheart. Proud doesn't begin to describe how we feel about you; in fact, we have no words to express how full our hearts are, how much our "innermost beings" are rejoicing, how incredibly blessed we are because you are our son. How did we ever get to become your parents?

I hope it gives glory to God to honor our son, His beloved child, on the day that HIS Son defeated death for all of us, that we all might be called children of God to the praise of His glory!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Back Off

In March of 2005, so five years ago, Himself had excruciating back pain. Several agonizing trips to the chiropractor and two weeks flat on his back, and he was able to function.

Every once in a while, his back will go out again. X-rays can only tell so much, so he finally went, this year, and had an MRI. Yesterday, he discussed the results with his doctor.

"Well, I have some bad news."

"Just give it to me doc. What is it?"

"Your back can't be fixed through surgery. It also can't be fixed through cortisone shots. The news is pretty bad."

"It's cancer, isn't it?"

"I'm afraid your back can only be fixed by diet, exercise, and strengthening your core muscles."


Let's walk through the history of this, shall we?

2005 - the chiropractor:

"I can get you walking again, but these back exercises will make all the difference."

Himself, later that month: "I'm going to a doctor for a second opinion."

The doctor: "I won't be able to know for sure without an MRI, but I can prescribe some non-addictive pain relievers and muscle relaxers. The best thing to do would be back exercises."

Me: "Here! I bought you this book on back exercises like the doctor recommended."

Himself: "That can't be right. He can't know without the MRI."

A visit from Uncle Terry, 2009: "I had to stop running because of my back. Now, every day I do my stretches and exercises and my back has been great!"

Himself: Silence.

Periodically from well-meaning friends and family to me: "How is his back? Is he doing the exercises?"

Me: "Pffft."

And he wonders why I have no sympathy for him.

Oh, and if you want to know how his back is or whether he's "doing the exercises," please ask Him. Thank you.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

It's April!

Details on this photo at the end of the post. Click to make image larger!

I think it may be a good thing that my son is safely 700 miles away.

All his life, I have found a way to trick him on April Fool's Day. The past few years, however, he's gotten me pretty good with things such as, "Mom, I've been in a car accident" or "Mom, I got to ride Ben's motorcycle on the freeway."

I'm sitting at our church as our home school group does their standardized tests. I'm wracking my brain to try to figure out how to get them, because I doubt any of them have realized what today is!

I'll let you know if I figure anything out.

Tomorrow, my Tyler comes home!

There's also an AMAZING benefit concert happening at my church tomorrow night. If you're in the area, please stop by! It's to help a little girl come home to her family from Rwanda.

Hope to see you there!


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