May 31, 2011

Score With Books!!!

This year we’re participating in our school’s summer library program. The school was able to set this up because they were awarded a grant. For the next four weeks Fiona and Kinsley can come to the school library, pick out a free book, participate in the special event and check out two library books to take home.

On Tuesdays they have story time. On Wednesdays they have a special event. On Thursdays they have activity time. Each and every time we go the girls get to pick out a free book. The neat thing about the free books is they are brand new ones like the ones you might order from a book club during the school year.

Since Kinsley is already registered for kindergarten in the fall she got to participate with her big sister Fiona. Fiona felt compelled to show Kinsley around the library and introduce her to all the teachers that were their participating in this summer library fun.

We got the girls registered in the program, they picked their free book, they checked out library books, we read for a little while, story time came and went and after we were done at the library we hit the playground. The nice thing about the school play ground is even if it’s rained there is gravel on the ground so it’s not muddy at all. I’ll have to remember that the next time it rains.

Kinsley selected Grumpy Bunny Tales by Justine Korman Fontes, Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen for her free book to keep and take home. The two books she decided to check out and bring home from the library to read were Owen by Kevin Henkes and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Fiona Selected Save the White Whale by Geronimo Stilton for her free book to keep and take home. The two books she decided to check out and bring home from the library to read were Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard, Illustrated by Randy DuBurke.

This summer reading program will go on for the next four weeks and we plan to participate each and every day while we are able.

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Today we honor our fallen soldiers known and unknown. We thank all our troops and their families serving at home and abroad.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

May 26, 2011

May 24, 2011


1.) We have a mysterious humming noise going on with our van. We dropped it off at the dealership Friday evening and got it back yesterday. They put it up on a lift and everything seems to be just fine with the van including the brakes. The mechanics couldn’t hear the humming noise. When we picked up the van yesterday I heard the humming noise right away. We’ll be taking the van back on Saturday and driving it around with a mechanic in the passenger seat this time. I’m glad all we had to pay for was the oil change.

2.) Saturday was Adventure Day in Nebraska. All the state parks were free to get into, fishing was free, they had fun stuff going on all around town, and admission to all the museums were free for a certain amount of time. We decided to take the girls to the Joslyn Art Museum. After the Art Museum we walked over to Central High School. I had no idea that Central High School was a Historical Monument. You’ll want to get on over there and check it out because the Irises are in full bloom right now and it’s beautiful. After that we went down to Omaha’s Old Market and had some homemade ice cream. It was a good afternoon.

3.) What Is Wrong With Barnes & Noble?

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5.) Congratulations Kinsley! She successfully completed Preschool Aquatics Level 3 of the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. She’s ready to move into the next phase: Learn-to-Swim Level 1. She’ll be with the big kids now. Fiona is steadily improving in her Learn-to-Swim Level 4 class. She just needs to work more on her endurance and confidence while doing some of the skills that have been introduced to her. Overall she is doing great and Level 4 is a fabulous place for her to be at this time. It’s not unusual for kids to repeat some of these classes as it’s more important for them to have successfully grasped what they have been taught. I would much rather her know what to do if she falls off a boat than to have her move on to the next level if she is truly not ready to. Overall both girls swim great and can do so without their flotation devices. The swimming pool pictures were taken last summer.

6.) A friend pointed out a verse for me to read and to hold on to each and every day. I am grateful. Jeremiah 31:15-17

7.) I’m thinking PINK for my friend Jeanne-Marie who’s having some outpatient surgery on June 1st. This will begin her battle with breast cancer. Please pray for her. It's why my Facebook page is all pink now. Also, if you could pray for the folks in Joplin, MO that would be great because they really need all the help they can get. You can Text REDCROSS to 90999 and $10.00 will go to helping the people in Joplin.

8.) In case you were wondering...I AM FOR ISRAEL.

9.) We’re still working on our home projects. It’s a slow process but eventually it will all come together and be done once and for all.

10.) Fiona has a permanent tooth coming in where she lost her first tooth. I’m quite satisfied with this because it’s coming in straight. Fiona’s teeth are straight now and this new one is popping up straight. I have straight teeth and never had to wear braces so I’m hopefully optimistic in that this might be the case for Fiona.

May 23, 2011

It's Summer Time!

At dinner last night Kinsley said, “Mom. Why didn’t you make me the bigger sister?”

May 22, 2011

Filled With Hope And Healing

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Forgiveness on so many levels is key, and then we must MOVE ON and not live in the past.

Allison Bottke

May 20, 2011

Talk is Cheap

. . . let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. –1 John 3:18 (TLB)

Actions speak LOUDER than words.

WALK the Talk.

Talk is CHEAP.

May 18, 2011

The Opposite of Poop

I'm really getting tired of looking at this...

and this...

It feels as though I should camp out in the bathroom. I’m in the bathroom every ten to fifteen minutes. I can’t even be on the treadmill for a long period of time because I have to stop what I’m doing to go to the bathroom.

Everything I’ve had to take care of lately has been planned by whether or not there is a bathroom close by. I literally have to have one in close proximity of wherever I’m supposed to be. What a pain in the butt!

It doesn’t hurt when I have to go or anything like that but I can tell something is wrong. Nobody should ever have to urinate as often as I’ve had to. It’s ridiculous!!!

Today I took myself to the doctor. I probably could have filled three cups with my urine just in the time it took the doctor to talk to me about what’s been going on lately with my bladder.

They checked my urine and apparently I have some sort of high white cell count. It all points to a urinary tract infection or UTI. Well thank goodness for that because I know an antibiotic will fix that right up.

While I was there we did our routine thyroid check. They drew my blood and will send that off to the lab to make sure my hormone levels are good along with all the other what-knots. I’m not concerned about that at all because the 0.1 mcgs of Synthroid that I have to take every day pretty much keeps everything in check…so that’s good.

For the next seven days I’ll be taking one big fat horse pills twice daily to clear this infection up. Thank Goodness!!! I am tired of being in the bathroom all the time. I don’t even like to clean the bathroom let alone use it too much. I think the intended use for the bathroom is to go when you have to go and that should be it…right?

May 17, 2011

10 On Tues: Playing Catch-Up

1.) Our Sparkly Easter Eggs.

2.) Posing before heading to AWANA Awards.

3.) I couldn’t decide which sunset I liked the best so I posted both of them. These were taken on the day we celebrated my nephew’s first holy communion.

4.) Snapped this one on the way home from the school carnival.

5.) We got our invoice and boy was it a doozy. All we need to do is paint the garage door, front door & cinder blocks. Then we need to replace & paint the rails. Then we will replace the lights that we had installed on the garage & front porch with much larger ones. Because of the scale of the house the ones we bought are too small for my taste. It feels like we have a brand new house!

6.) This is what the girls got me for Mother’s Day. Pretty cool, eh?

7.) I am looking forward to getting out of town. I can't wait!

8.) Today is Fiona’s last Tuesday as a 1st grader.

9.) Kinsley is all set to go for Kindergarten in the fall.

10.) What will I do with myself now that both girls are about to be in school? The possibilities are ENDLESS.


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. --Albert Einstein

May 15, 2011

Forgive, And You Will Be Forgiven

Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Luke 6:37

That verse also says that we shouldn't judge if we don't want to be judged ourselves. Instead, we are to release people and circumstances to God and let him be the judge. When we forgive people who have hurt us, we restore their God-given worth and value-not because they deserve it but because God has already done the same for us.

Stormie Omartian

May 14, 2011

Blogger Blogspot Blog Issues

I want you guys to know that I didn’t delete your blogger blogspot comments. I do remember blogger blogspot comments being left on some blogger blogspot posts earlier and now they are gone.

Blogger blogspot blogs was down this week so who knows how much was lost when they were trying to figure stuff out. Hopefully not too many people lost important blogger blogspot posts that they had published on their blogger blogspot blogs.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all “washes” out in the end. How about your blogger blogspot blog? Did your blogger blogspot posts manage to make it through the blogger blogspot issues? Did you lose blogger blogspot comments on your blogs too?

Royal Wedding Coincidence

May 11, 2011

I Am Not A Color

My name is not Angela ‘White’ or Angela ‘Caucasian’. My name is Angela. I am not a color. I’m a person. I’m not a color. I’m a human being. If people want to see me as a color then they have a problem. What Dr. Martin Luther King said in his ‘I have a dream’ speech was not meant to become a double standard. I AM NOT A COLOR. I am a person. I should not have to photo-shop my skin color in order to be taken seriously. Racism is found e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e and not just the things that you don’t like. Bad behavior is just that…BAD BEHAVIOR…doesn’t matter when you were born…It’s not a color. Evil is not a color. Good is not a color. I’m pretty sick and tired of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g being about race. The human race is the only race I know. Skin color is not the total sum of what makes us who we are. Every creed and every nation has had stress, trials and tribulations. FAITH, HOPE and LOVE transcend ethnicity.

May 10, 2011

10 On Tues: Psalm 139: 13-16

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a 10 on Tues so here goes nothing…

1.) I guess I forgot to wish y’all a Happy Easter. We had a Great Easter. The kids had a blast & Fiona got to see the movie Hop at a friend’s birthday party. I’ve been meaning to take Kinsley to see that movie while Fiona is in school but we have not had the time to do so. I’ve heard mixed reviews but overall I think the kids like that movie.

2.) AWANA season has ended. Next fall the girls will both be in Sparks. Cool Beans, eh? My goal is to follow them through the programming at church and try to continue to work with the kids. I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering. We look forward to it every Wednesday. I will admit that it’s nice to be on a break.

3.) We celebrated my nephew’s first holy communion. As an Aunt I could not be prouder of my nephew. Last year we celebrated my niece’s first holy communion so I made sure to remember to try and capture a sunset at the end of the day. I will try and post some pictures of each of these events later. It’s just been too busy to do so lately.

4.) Last week was Fiona’s school carnival. I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year. The weather has changed drastically too. Not even a month ago it was snowing! Today it feels like summer and then on Thursday it’s supposed to get back down into the 40’s with high of 70-something. Crazy Nebraska Weather!!

5.) The house project has wrapped up. I will write more on that later. The siding is done & the new gutters have been completely installed. I’m sure we’ll be getting an invoice soon. All we have left to do is paint the front door, replace the glass door making it white vinyl, replace the rails on the front porch, paint the posts white, paint the garage door, install the new lights, and paint all the cinder blocks. It feels like we have a totally different house. I think it looks much better & the extra layer on the house itself is going to be wonderful.

6.) I have fallen off the workout wagon but am trying to get back on it. In fact, we are headed to the gym today. I plan on power walking outside with my sister-in-law and then we are going to attack the hill on the side of the gym at the end of our walk. It’s hot today so that means we are about to sweat like pigs.

7.) I got Kinsley all registered for Kindergarten. We are excited because she will have the same Kindergarten teacher that Fiona had. We love this teacher. She should win Teacher of the Year. That’s how good she is. I know that Kinsley is going to love being in Kindergarten and can hardly wait. I’ll have to tell you later how her Kindergarten physical went down though. It’s a pretty interesting story and one that I need to document just so I don’t forget it.

8.) I know on Sundays random bible verses and what-not pop up on the blog. That’s because I have blogged ahead while reading one of my books. I’m going to start doing that on a regular basis as I read so even though I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I would like to you’ll still get some odd-ball posts every now and again. By all means, leave a comment and tell me what you think. I love comments and I enjoy hearing a different perspective. Okay, I like it when I can get some encouragement too. It’s nice.

9.) I have so many fun and interesting things to look forward to this summer but can’t really get into it all right now. I guess I’ll just have to blog it as it happens OR get you caught up after-the-fact.

10.) Mothers Day was bittersweet for me BUT overall I had a great Mothers Day. I really enjoyed my time with my family and I have never felt as loved as I do today. All the glory and credit goes to my sweet Father in heaven who has loved me from the beginning.

Psalm 139: 13-16

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

May 8, 2011

Forgiveness Makes You FREE

The most important thing to remember when it comes to forgiving is that forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you FREE. The best way to turn ANGER, BITTERNESS, HATRED, and RESENTMENT for someone into LOVE is to pray for that person. God softens your heart when you do and brings wholeness into your life.

Stormie Omartian

Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

Acts 13:38

In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.

Ephesians 1:7

Praise God if you've already visited the places in your heart and soul that needed repair, asking and giving forgiveness in all areas, including forgiving yourself. There is NO NEED to RELIVE the sins of our past OVER and OVER. Once forgiven, ALWAYS FORGIVEN-that is the power of God's LOVE for us.

Allison Bottke

May 2, 2011

The Royal Wedding was Beautiful

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a beautiful wedding. I love the fairytale where the princess gets her prince and they all live happily ever after. Can I just say that the choir and the music were breathtaking? The sermon and the prayer were magnificent and spot on! I can’t get enough of this royal wedding.

Hat Tip: The Royal Channel

May 1, 2011

Spiritual Pride

Paul Condemns Spiritual Pride

I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.

Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.

Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.

When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 NLT

Scripture is full of admonitions to separate ourselves from people who act in destructive ways.

I had to distance myself from them.