i like this floor.

Annie Jeane

Last week a stray fame through the drive through at my work, I couldn't look at her poor starving self and not do anything... Normally I AM NOT the rescue type. Since we don't have a place to keep her we asked around and a good friend was looking for a new dog! She has a home now. They named her Annie (cuz she's an orphan) Jeane (my middle name, cuz I found her). Here she is:



While I don't personally love The Message paraphrase, I picked it up at random and was intrigued by Eugene Peterson's Description of a church. Thought I'd share:
"When Christian Believers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does. Outsiders, on observing this, conclude that there is nothing to the religion business except, perhaps, business-- and dishonest business at that. Insiders see it differently. Just as a hospital collects the sick under one roof and labels them as such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised. It's similar with sinners outside the church.
    "so Christian churches are not, as a rule, model communities of good behavior. They are, rather, places where human misbehavior is brought out in the open, faced, and dealt with."

Thoughts? Comments?

good for me

After finishing my devos this morning, I felt a prompting to read these two blogs. They have enouraged me so I thought I'd pass em on

A wonderful lady and friend:

A wonderful lady and sister:


My Beloved did it!

Steve did it! He finally started a food blog!
Check it out:


So What happened in Haiti sucks. What's happening here because of it? So far, I've been impressed. People are helping. GO FIGURE! One of my old college classmates is leaving his job with Tom's Shoes for a while to go and help however he can, The DIY site that I love (threadbanger.com) is doing a craft drive and taking donations as well as sending a staff member, Owl City (mmm good music) is doing the text donations as well as Jimmy Fallon (<3 Ya), a coworker is sending clothes, My mom organized a group of home schoolers to work for a week at Gleaning s for the Hungry in Fresno Ca. They helped package dried food and make quilts as well as gather donations. So far  the have sent out 2 semi truck containers full of food, med supplies, clothes, blankets etc. Our HS group prayed over the 3rd before they sent it out... I even saw a sign up at Panda Express accepting donations.
All this this to say... I am positively surprised by my community.

What have you done to make a difference? Tell me about it in a comment.
Need some help? Here are a few ideas:
- Gleanings for the Hungry: Gleanings.org click the "Haiti Needs Our Help" link
- Text OWL to 90999 to Donate to the Red Cross
- Help my Friend: http://www.soulrediculous.blogspot.com read about him and donate: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=276748891953
- Panda Express: http://www.pandaexpress.com/px/2010/HaitiRelief.aspx

- Thread Banger: threadbanger.com



And As I End the Refrain...

Thrust home!

If you haven't read Cyrano DE Bergerac, that was lost on you. So sorry.

I have been feeling a desire to share my true feelings for...blogger.
Oh the age of Technology, How I am blessed to have you!

On many occasions, These personal, heart-felt and often raw "status updates" we all call blogs are my inspiration and motivation.

It is so nice to be able to check in on those I miss dearly and to get to read of new adventures and rants of my near/not-so-near and dears. Even those that I see and "chill" with on a regular basis tend to share with a special openness when they are cloaked in the safety of the written word.

To all those local, in the far reaches of the blustery mid-west, unnaturally sunny southern Cali, the gorgeous wine-soaked northern Cali and the far east (well NY is far): I love you and am so blessed to have your wise words. Blog on PLEASE! It is my entertainment and often my link to sanity.


My family doesn't do things normally...

That being said, We waited til Jan 9th to do Christmas. Here are a few pictures of our adventures.
We took a trek up to Sutter Creek California. All 11 of us: (the dog is treated like a person, so he's included in the tally) 5 kids, 3 significant others- AKA newest "kids", and 2 parents.

Here's sutter:

Here's us:

The "kids" decided to go on a walk to the town.

Newlyweds are the Cuteness <3
We stopped for coffee. Not that great, but a nice place.
The ladies got Italian sodas

Faces of the men.
Thepete decided it was modeling time.

Jen joined in.

The self-titled "brotha's Steve"

My Lovely sis-in-law Amelia

my heart.

Thepete found a worm. Hasn't changed much in 20 years...