Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wonder Woman, I am so grateful to have you on my team!
So, we filled up these two shopping carts at Garden Ridge. I have not been to Garden Ridge in a couple years. They are a shell of their former selves, but they still have some great bargains. We got everything we needed except the large pieces of furniture all in one place, and that makes Wonder Woman and me, happy.
We got bedding for 4 beds, everything for two bathrooms, including shower curtain and towels. We got 4 lamps, curtains, some other stuff and of course, two birds.
We save all of this decorative stuff for the last day of the trip and when we put it out, it makes the house a home!
Normal Girl and Wonder Woman
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Try to imagine it. You sleep in a room that is 8'x8'. Everything that you own is in that space. Everything. You share this room with another adult. Right outside your 8' space is another person and all you want is a little privacy.
Maybe you will join with me in thanking God tonight for all that you have. Think about all of the things you own. Could you fit them all in an 8'x8' space with your bed? And if you are like me, you have a list of other things that you want. And you will get them. And you will have space for them.
One of the things that strikes me when I am at GCH is how hugely God has blessed me. No matter what kind of stuff is going on in my life that I think is hard, He has blessed me with way more than I need.
So, if you join me in thanking God today, would you please pray for Jerry too? Thank you...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I just don't believe these. Anyone tried them? Just because I put these straps under the refrigerator, it makes it light enough for two women to lift? I get there is physics involved, but I still am not buying it.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Today, I made some beads that I hope will work with them. Here is a sneak peak into the kiln. The beads will come out tomorrow and I can see what they look like and if they will go with the metal pieces. Stay tuned.
This is Nevaeh (the little one). Spell her name backwards. When we first started going to GCH, she was a newborn. Now she is walking like a pro. She had an ear infection tonight, but showed off her walking skills for us anyway.
We have started to develop relationships with some of the women at GCH. It is great to watch their progression as they get themselves together and come closer to graduation. What do you say to a woman who had her two kids living in a car because she had to leave her husband due to abuse, and was herself drinking and doing drugs....who now is clean, healthy and happy and working to pay for the house they live in???? Praise God!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
They are holding it together. They don't have much. They keep what they own in boxes. Their furniture is broken down and leftover from somebody's 1870's or 80s home. They don't have lamps or art. And they have worked for every single thing they have. They have come far and have amazing stories to tell.
We will go into that house and give them new carpet, paint all of the walls, bring in new furniture, and hang new curtains and some art. We will do everything we can to leave their home a place that feels like a home, a sanctuary.
There will be much encouragement that week... for the house residents, for the staff at GCH, and for us. To those of you who bought bird jewelry, you have done a really good thing. Your contribution will make a big difference in the lives of four men who are still working hard to make those lives into something they can be proud of. Thank you!
If you have not seen it yet, go to my mission trip blog and see the pics of the house: www.divinedesignbirdhouse.blogspot.com.
Here's what I think. God has put each of us on this earth to do His work. He called each of us to this. He called me to lead the team, He called team members to paint and hang curtains, He might have called you to buy jewelry or pray for the mission trip. I am glad to be in this with you.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Can you see the little pink lampshade in there? This is just a neat hangy think. It is a small pink lampshade hanging from ribbons, covered in tulle and flowers. I saw a similar one with a wire lampshade that I really liked. It was $600, that is why it is not hanging in Girl World right now.
It is great to go away, but great to come home again,
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The HPB risked life and limb getting a couple iPhone shots of Patti. She nearly gotted tossed out for taking them, but she survived. That is Patti sitting on the step. The man that plays Herbie is the same really foxy guy (1970s reference) that play the boyfriend and husband of Valerie Bertinelli on One Day at a Time, Boyd Gaines. Boyd and Patti are both nominated for Tonys.
One of the reasons I like this musical alot is that it was one of my first big roles in musical theater. I played Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in a local production when I was around 20 years old. Not Broadway, just Center Avenue, but what a blast!
La Vie Boehm. Reminds me of my college days when I was a dance major and we danced around the cafeteria.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Here is the grad, Sequoia Niece #1. Graduation is such a happy time. I hope she is having the time of her life!
Normal (old) Girl
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Happy Trash Day!