Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Oh How Embarrassing

“Are you ready to punch me in the face?” – Me questioning the husband

At this point in the evening NOT ONE WORD had been spoken between us since I had entered his game room with my bowl of cereal.

I posed the above question and he quickly said, “No, but my cousin Kevin would have already taken your spoon and thrown it away.”

I busted out laughing because he knew WHY I was asking him this question. Which means my spoon hitting the glass bowl was noticeable but he wasn’t going to say a word…he was just going to allow me to crunch my Special K and clang my spoon against the bowl because he knew it was soon to end, and it wasn’t worth the argument…and he loves me enough.

Pick your battles couples. My husband has taught me so many lessons without ever saying a word over the past 17 years. He is the most patient man I know…even when inside he’s dying to use my cereal bowl as a Frisbee.

For all of you readers who do not know us…we do not, nor have we ever hit each other.

I spent the weekend in Nashville with some lovely ladies that God has placed into my life.

I look back and see the most awesome picture God has painted with my life and I certainly see the “beauty for ashes” he promised me.

These women are good to me, good for me, and always join in a circle and hold hands and pray with me before we end our outings.

When women walk with the Lord it’s amazing the change in atmosphere that it in itself creates versus when women who are not walking with God create. I have lived both lives; I would not trade this walk and peace for anything. I heard in a sermon yesterday morning a line that perfectly sums this up, “It’s either Chaos or Christ. There is no in between.”

So true…so true.

When we apply God’s commands to our lives it's good for all of us. I grew up thinking God was applying all these rules to my life to control me, but as I walk in His ways, I realize it’s good for me to follow his commandments. It’s good for me not to kill you – that’s good for you, too; not to steal, lie, cheat on my husband or he on me, set idols up in my life, honor my parents, etc. It’s good for them/you, also if I don’t do these things. Just think, if the entire world lived every moment honoring God’s commandments how much better this world would be.

As I was ending my empowering weekend with my new friends, I woke up to a barrage of text from them to each other stating affirmations of love, joy, and respect for each other. I received a private message from one of the ladies that said the nicest thing anyone who I respect has ever said to me. “You are an amazing testimony to me every time we are together and I always walk away thinking, I want more of who she is in my life.”

I was taken aback by such a text; honored was an understatement! To have such a respectable woman say such a great thing to me brought heat to my face and tears welled in my eyes. I immediately typed “I love you for that. Thank you SO MUCH!”

My phone however decided to prepare its own message for my new friend. Through its autocorrect abilities it said, “I love you for that. Thank you DO DOUCH!”

Changing my name and moving to another country in 3…2…1…

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Midlife Crisis

It’s beginning to consume all of my fun. I’m tired of it and it’s totally out of my hands; Mother Nature’s midlife crisis is ruining my summer.

It ran us off of the beach the first day we got there.

It down-poured all morning our last day at the beach, so we decided to gussy-up and take photos at the beach IF there was a break in the storm; and there was. Might I say the hurricane force winds were just the added touch we were looking for.

The entire week wasn’t a wash; we had a couple good days at the beach.

My niece and nephew, who is 6 & 7, giggled every time the husband and I kissed. They would run up to us and chant, “KISS, KISS, KISS, KISS!” As we would peck each other on the lips or cheek, they would erupt in laughter.

With little fingers wrapped around the back of the couch and her chin resting between her hands, the niece said, “When are you going to get married again?”

I questioned why we would get married again since we’ve been married for 17 years; she said, “Cause you love him so bad.”

Other memorable vacation moments include walking right upon a dead rattle snake in the street beside our beach home.

My nephew reading the Pedestrian & Bicycles Only sign and saying, “I’m not a Pedestrian; I’m American!”

We did end up coming home a day early. During our travels, the rain and wind through Alabama was determined to hinder us. A tree fell on the vehicle in front of us. They were unharmed and we were able to dodge it via the side of the roadway.

In other Thomas family business:

Here it is Independence Day – the 4th of July – and it’s cold and rainy.

I took some boys to see Despicable Me 2 this afternoon and now we’re home waiting on Vegetable Soup and Cornbread to cook, while donning my fuzzy socks.

The eldest girl is home today after spending this week at Mission X Revival Camp in Nashville, TN.

The boy got a pink cast in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The doc said his bone was perfectly straight and the plate already grown back together.

Photos found on my camera when I got home:

Well America, there it is...Sexy is back and it's all mine!

Well, at least he's still checking me out after 17 years...

It was so good of Sir Elton John to show up for our photos...

My husband was missing when couples pictures were taken...

I reproduced with this man and made these three...

In first world problems:
Somebody tell Mother Nature it’s time to have a HOT FLASH!!!