Month: February 2007


A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. “Who would like this $20 bill?”

Hands started going up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you – but first, let me do this.”

He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. “Who still wants it?”

Still the hands were up in the air.

“Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?”

Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by …WHO WE ARE.

You are special – don’t ever forget it.”

Truth in Advertising

Recently, we made a trip to our local Wal-Mart Supercenter (it’s NOT “Super Wal-Mart”, ya’ll) and while I was waiting for Katie and Abby to finish their business, I spotted this Rubbermaid “Sturdy Station” changing table:

I didn’t think much of it until I noticed that a pseudo-exacto knife afficinado had altered the label so that it better represent the product:

How’s that for truth in advertising?

Facing the Giants

About 6 years ago, my husband and I made a promise to one another that we would not bring anything into our home or watch anything that we would not let our kids see or hear — we just decided that if we couldn’t let our kids see it, we shouldn’t see it. We even thought about putting a sign on our television that said, “Is what you are watching honoring God?”

We got rid of all our worldly music, movies, magazines…anything that could possibly influence our children in a negative manner. We replaced it with Christian themed music, movies and books. Have we always been 100% faithful to our original promise? No…there have been times we have slipped and allowed things into our home that we regretted almost immediately. It is something we have to watch daily, because the influence of the world is so incredibly strong.

I said all of that to say this….last night, on recommendation of some good friends, I rented this movie. Let me just say…if you have not seen it, you really ought to rent it. It is rated PG — but there is absolutely no foul language, no nudity or sexual content. The rating is based on the fact that there are “some thematic elements”…hello. They talk about God. Sad that you have to rate a movie PG because it talks about faith and overcoming adversity.

But seriously…it’s one of the best family movies I have ever watched. The actors are volunteers, but they do a pretty good job. You just need to follow the story line, which is incredible.

Okay, I’ll stop. Just go rent it.

Tying one on

Katie and I discovered this website by accident today. We’ve just had too much fun tying our tennis shoe laces in all sorts of fun and creative ways. Here are some of our favorites:

And my personal favorite:

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