Month: August 2006

When it Rains, it Pours

You are not going to BELIEVE this.
Yesterday, my husband came home and his pickup was overheating…will NOT hold water or anitfreeze…he hasn’t had time to check it out yet, so he cannot drive it. SO…..he took my car (the only vehicle our entire family of 5 can all ride together in) to an appointment tonight and just called me to tell me…
“I’m okay…but the car isn’t. I was in the middle of a pile-up. Somebody slammed me really hard from behind and pushed me about 20 feet into another car.”
YIKES!!!

First, thank GOD he’s okay. Second…how are we going to get to New Orleans tomorrow? We’re supposed to leave at 10 a.m. Third…I JUST shelled out over a hundred dollars and filled up the gas tank, had the oil and fuel filter changed, washed it and vacuumed it out and Fourth…Satan just does NOT want us going on this trip!

But…we are GOING on this trip because it is going to change the entire course of our family’s tree…no more being broke. No more having a broken attitude. We are going to OVERCOME this crap, okay???

Thanks for letting me vent. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.
UPDATE: My husband is indeed okay…We will be using my mom’s mini van to drive to New Orleans tomorrow…so we’ll be good to go.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Update on the Job Situation…

In Hebrews 13:5, it says “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”
How true those words are. I can testify to that fact now. A few days ago, I was a ball of stress…wound tighter than any rubber band ball ever thought about being.

Floy’s old zone manager told him to go to the HR dept and make his case with her. So he did…he explained that he did not want to be a no-call, no-show, since that was just plain unethical. He had already arranged for trades on two days…but couldn’t find anyone on the Saturday, so she suggested that he just work the trades, and call in on the Saturday. She said worst case scenario, it would be a write-up. They could not fire him without three of them, and he’s never had one, so there ya go.

So…there ya have it. Praise the Lord! I am so excited…we are leaving for New Orleans on Thursday morning and will be back Saturday late….late…late…maybe even Sunday 2-3 am-ish depending on when we leave New Orleans. I’ve been told it’s about a 6-hour drive..but that’s from people who drive like an aviating rodent out of Hades. We’ll most likely go the speed limit and it will take us the regular 7 hours or so.

I’m human, but I’m aspiring to be more…

I am trying insanely hard not to freak out at this moment. I knew this day was coming…but I just didn’t think it would be today.

My husband and I started a new business venture that is not quite yet ready to support us, so he has kept his old job to pay the bills, etc. Next week, we had planned to go to a 2 day school that is 7 hours away from us…everything has been paid for and we’ve had our plans made for over two months. Well, my husband has a new store manager and he has refused to let my DH off for next weekend because Labor Day is one of the biggest holidays of the year for home improvement stores (he works for Lowes) and now my DH is saying he’ll just quit.

Little piece of advice, men: Don’t. Ever. Tell. Your. Wife. You. Are. Going. To. Quit.
We are emotional creatures and security means something to us. (in other words…if you’re gonna do it, just do it) Oh, I know you are all the strong, silent types and have big broad shoulders to bear the brunt of what’s to come…but we women tend to freak out…especially when we just made a HUGE payment out of our checking account to pay off several hospital bills and get out of debt.

Fortunately, I serve a risen Savior who can handle the stress of this situation for me. Me, I’d crack if I didn’t have Jesus…I might crack anyway, but I know He’s going to be there to put me back together again.

Please pray for our family…I want God’s will for our future, for our business, for everything we touch. I do not want to spend one minute outside of His will…it’s a lonely place to be. I have to go for now…I’m taking the kiddos to a birthday party…with an illuionist and everything! Maybe it’ll perk up my spirits.

If Only Everyone Had Boys…

1.) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq ft house 4 inches deep.

2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3.) A 3-year old Boy’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20×20 ft. room.

5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn’t stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7.) When you hear the toilet flush and the words “uh oh”, it’s already too late.

8.) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9.) A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.

10.) Certain Lego’s will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old Boy.

11.) Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12.) Super glue is forever.

13.) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can’t walk on water.

14.) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15.) VCR’s do not eject “PB & J” sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.

16.) Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17.) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18.) You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

19.) Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

20.) The fire department in Austin, Tx has a 5 minute response time.

21.) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

22.) It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23.) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24.) 80% of Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without kids.

25.) 80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.

You Know Who You Are…

I received this message in my inbox last night after posting my blog:

Which GI’s ?

Hey Karen: Thought this would make for a better private conversation than as commentary on your blog. Which GI’s? The ones (like my Grandfather) who fought in WW2 or the current GI’s in Iraq… they’re dying for the freedom of Iraq’s citizens not mine. Honestly, I’d prefer they weren’t dying. I am proud of the commitment members of our volunteeer army have made to this country… I’m sad to see what they have been lead to do.
-Name withheld to protect the naive

My first response was to prepare a point by point refutation – but I found that I had written several pages worth – -so instead, I’ll just address the actual situation.

There was nothing at all in my blog pertaining to the validity of one GI’s battle over anothers. Instead, it was praising Christ for His sacrifice for ALL mankind and the sacrifice of ALL Americans that have given their lives or put their lives on the line for their country.

This was not meant to be a springboard for attacking anyone’s value system. I’m not looking to provide a platform for somebody to attack Americans where they had none before.

Thank you for reading my blog, and thank you for commenting. Next time you have something to say, don’t worry about saying it in private – I’m a big girl and can defend my beliefs. There is no need to sugarcoat anything on my behalf.

Thought for the Day

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ

2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

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