MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I am praying that all of you (us?) find the One true Joy of this season and for 2008!

Much Love and…

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Hey’ Y’all!

I’m on a Bloggy Christmas Vacation. I’ll be on and off, checking in with my best girlfriends, but probably not posting.

Merry Christmas and I love you!

The Long Road to Becoming This Girl…

It’s not a done deal. I’m not complete. Not whole. But, I am also not doing it alone.

During my time with David this morning, God reminded me yet again that I am a work in progress. Many of the trials and sufferings I’ve experienced in my life have arisen from my own doing. Exercising my freedom to make my own decisions. Listening to the voice of The World instead of the Voice that indwells within.

I have paid dearly for those choices.

Yet He continued to reach down and pull me back out of the pit I had dug for myself, stumbled into, fell into, was pushed into, jumped headlong into.

And I praise Him for that. I love Him for that.

The lessons are not over. He has not completed the work He has begun in me and won’t until I am on my face before Him, bathed in His glory. Full. Alive. Complete.

As I go through the trials of this world, I often become overwhelmed. I forget that the Holy Spirit is within me. I allow the world to dictate my actions, my thoughts. Robbing me of the blessings that would be mine on this earth if I only waited. Joyfully. Expectantly.

Today, I am weary. Overwhelmed. Heart broken over the sadness around me. Sometimes unable to recognize the Joy surrounding me. My husband. My children. My family. My dear, sweet friends.

Today, I cry out to Him. Come, Lord Jesus. Come. Complete this good work You have begun.

Boyfriend Update/Alert!

So, apparently by the end of first period, the word was out that Philip was going to kick some New Boyfriend bootie. Not quite sure how THAT started…although Philip got a big chuckle out of it. The real story was that he was just asking folks about him. And every single report came back positive! He’s a soccer player. Everyone said he’s really a nice guy.

He came by to pick up Lucy earlier and, of course, we told her that he must come in. Yesterday when I met him for the first time, I just thought he was a friend. So I checked him out with an entirely new eye tonight. He is a real cutie! He actually looks a lot like Caleb, just not as tall as he is. Darn it…forgot to whip out the camera. Hmmm…maybe when he drops her off at 9!

And there is much Joy throughout the land…

Well, at least in our household.

Lucy has a new guy.

PJ

Maybe, when he comes to pick her up tonight for a date (my tummy just did a flip at typing that and then I had to say it aloud and then I had to gulp), I’ll really embarrass her by insisting we must have a picture. For my blog. Cuz nothing happens around here that isn’t blog fodder and they all know it.

Before Philip and Lucy left for school this morning, I pulled him aside and loudly discreetly told him to check this PJ kid out today. Philip gave me the knowing nod, put his pointer and middle fingers together, pointed to my eyes and then his eyes and announced, “I’m on it”.

Surprisingly, there was only a slight squeal from the kitchen where Lucy was putting her make-up on/having a bite to eat, so we’re not really sure if she had just received an interesting text message (tm in teenage lingo), poked herself with the mascara wand or if that was her only response to her big brother’s comment.

I can’t wait to get the full report later today!

The first poor soul guy insane enough to be interested in Lucy dared to have his arm around her in the school hallway in a most grievous-to-her-brother-manner and was promptly jacked up against the lockers and formally introduced to the big brother. That poor kid never would look at or speak to The Man or I.

The most interesting part of all of this to me is that The Man and his sister also attended the same high school and, for a couple of years, the same university. The Man could care less about what his sister was doing or with whom.

But messing with his daughter…now THAT is a totally different thing!

The Siesta’s Asked For it…

You got it! Pictures from Lucy’s trip to NYC.

Lucy in the Raspberry shirt with her friend, Grace and two Abercrombie dudes

Lucy, second from right, and BFF’s on the ferry to Staten Island

This was Lucy’s Christmas present to her Mama, but she couldn’t stand it and had to give it to me early! For all you non-Office-watchers, Dunder Mifflin is the name of the paper company that the NBC show, The Office, is set in. Our favorite show. Ev-her.

Check out the hat…all the girls bought one and Lucy even wore hers to church yesterday.

My Brain is in Overdrive…

Keep up, Siestas, if you can.

I finally finished The Fourth Narnia Book. Yay! On to Prince (Caspian, that is).

I’m craving chocolate…oodles and oodles of chocolate. I never crave chocolate. It bodes very ill for my cycle this month.

There is so much death and dying and illness around me, I’m really questioning my God.

And also in the blogging community…a friend said to me the other day, “Why do you allow yourself to get caught up in it…you don’t even know them.” I know what she meant. She wasn’t being callus…she is actually very compassionate and loving. She was wanting me to spare myself the pain, hurt, sadness and tears. But as I told her, “I HAVE to pray for them…they are my Sisters in Christ.” She readily agreed.

Lucy is in NYC and will be home in a few hours. She went up with her marketing class yesterday morning at Oh Dark Thirty. I hadn’t slept at all during the night (don’t tell my friend, Mary…she’ll yell at me to go see the doctor) and so I was awake when she (and her friend who was sleeping over) got up at 3:45..yes…that is a.m., I heard them moving around, straightening their hair, trying on 30 different outfits (and discarding 29 of them because it makes me look FAT) and promptly fell back asleep right before they left, apparently!

But I’ve had regular check-ins.

Photos of the OMG…the cutest pair of shoes! and

This is the Best Day Ev-Er. I got the cutest dress. This day couldn’t get any bet-ter. I had my picture taken with three…THREE!!!!! Abercrombie Models!! (I’m assuming, from the excitement, that it was THREE!!!!! Male Abercrombie Models!!)

God has been speaking to about a number of things lately.

My computer time…it is, shall we say, excessive. The Man told me the other night, “I’m checking you into rehab…you’re addicted.”

It’s true. So God has um challenged me to put Him and only Him first in the morning (He assured me making my coffee first was okay…lol). And that if I know there is something else I’m supposed to be doing…you know…life…then I have to fore go the computer time. It’s been hard, people. Harder than giving up Starbucks! Which I haven’t successfully done. Yet. Harder than giving up People.com.

Which leads me to the second thing God has been giving me the Word on.

People.com. For the longest time I purchased People Magazine. Then my bff, Jen, told me about people.com. And I was hooked. Obsessed. Couldn’t get enough of it. I suspected, in the deep darkness of my gut, that it was an issue I needed to deal with. On a number of levels. But I, in true That Girl fashion did what I do best…totally ignored it.

Then, as luckGod would have it, one of the first posts I ever read by a bloggy friend was about her struggle with celebrity magazines and websites. And she is one Godly woman, y’all.

And last, but not least is the dreaded Starbucks. Let me tell you what, Siestas, if God gives you a Word about something and you choose to ignore it…He will insist in ways you don’t even want to know about! With me…it’s called Acid Reflux. Now I’ve read all the info about it and there are a ton of things that can cause heartburn and AR. Tons. One of them is coffee. I eat a ton of the others to and guess what? Only coffee bothers me. That’s right…volcanic type AR with coffee. I know, know, know that it is God saying, “See? I told you to give it up!”

It’s all part of my plan for the New Year. (I refuse to use the “R” word for the changes I’m going to make in the New Year.)

One last, most important thing…

Please say a prayer for my bff, Lori’s brother-in-law, Don. His leukemia has returned. He is in a lot of pain. His prognosis is not good. And we have so been praying for that man. He has a sweet wife and two little darlin’ girls. Please include him and his family and my sweet friend, Lori, in your prayers tonight.

You guys are The Best and I adore you!