February 9, 2012
It’s like I’m living in Minnesota over here, you guys. It’s been so cold this week! We have nine billion feet of snow and it never melts, it just freezes into deadly ice paths of painful death for your Fuggs (fake Uggs) to traverse. Just as an example. (Also, I don’t think Uggs (fake or genuine) are actually in style anymore, but guess whose feet were cuddly warm yesterday? Exactly.) Look at my poor, snow-laden car the other day.
Any.Hoos. Aren’t blogs that talk about the weather the very best and most entertaining and worth your time?!
I feel very disappointed in myself as a human awesome person because apparently on Parenthood the other night, Crosby was wearing a Dillon Panthers shirt. Like the Dillon Panthers of Friday Night Lights. As the show’s biggest fan, I should not miss things like this!
This week has been so busy, and I’ve had super long days. I’m worn out. For example, yesterday morning I was having the most annoying dream in which an alarm clock was going off by playing Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours over and over again. In my dream, my friend and I tried to turn it off and we threw it on the ground and we unplugged it, but it would not stop playing that song. Finally I rolled over and woke up and realized it was the alarm on my phone. It was 7:08. I had been having that dream for eight whole annoying minutes and never woken up. (And yes, I’m Yours is my alarm ring for some odd reason. I’ve apparently decided to make that song something that makes me very angry and sad and cranky all at once. Which it was kind of already doing before I made it my alarm.)
I just started a new class at my church. It’s basically related to commissioning believers into ministry. Our pastor reminded us of Luke 10 when Jesus sent out 72 people to preach the gospel. Their mission was to preach the kingdom — they did amazing things like cast out demons and heal the sick. The 72 returned to Jesus joyful because even demons submitted to them in the name of Jesus. But Jesus reminded them that our joy is not what we do — it’s not in our works – but in God’s grace. They were to rejoice because their names were written in heaven. I love it. Jesus sends us out — we are to act, and share the gospel, and serve because we have a mission. But the joy doesn’t come in our accomplishments, but in the recognition that God has shown us such grace — he’s invited us into his kingdom and eternity with him. Sweet goodness.
You guys, only two days left to enter the giveaway! Get on it right now.
February 3, 2012
1. Apparently it’s the storm of the freaking century outside. It hasn’t snowed in Colorado pretty much all winter, but the day that Jaci and I were going to drive up to Vail and stay at a fancy hotel and pretend to be rich is of course the one day that there is a momentous blizzard of death that closes all roads and mountain passes. Boo. So, you guys, it’s not our fault that we’ve watched so much Lost. Nature made us. The island wanted us to. It was our destiny. We want to avoid going stircrazy/being eaten by the Smoke Monster, though, so if the roads are good enough today, we’re going to head to the spa!
2. Exciting news: I am having a giveaway on the bloggy next week! I’m still working out what’s for grabs, but it will probably include awesome things like gift cards, books, vintage treasures, and Jewish stuff. So, make sure to be back Monday for giveaway details!
3. Jaci and Ashley and I visited the American Girl store here in Denver yesterday. It was wonderful. We both grew up reading the books and yearning for the dolls. Neither of us ever got any of the dolls because our moms were mean/the dolls were ridiculously expensive. But we’d get the catalogs each month and wish and wish, pretending we could get a doll and pick out her outfits. Being in the store today brought up feelings of sweet nostalgia … and a tiny bit of bitterness toward our mothers. But we forgive.
Do you see Kit’s darling little ringer washer? I learned so much about different historical eras reading those books. I learned about Colonial times and rationing during World War II, and the Underground Railroad and Victorian treats and pioneer living. You guys, no wonder I always wanted to live in an earlier era — it’s all I read about as a kid. I was into American Girl back when there were just three girls — Kirsten, Samantha and Molly (I wanted Samantha). Now they have these silly modern-day dolls that you can make to look like yourself. What do you learn about history from those dolls?! Bah hum bug. They have added a lot more historical girls, though. A Native American girl (probably should’ve been the first one anyway), two girls from New Orleans (they wear real hoop skirts!), a 70s-era girl, and a Jewish girl from New York, you guys! She has a tiny menorah! I need to read her books!
American Girl was a such big part of my life growing up. I even had a story published in their magazine when I was 12. They did not give me a doll, though. I got a stupid watch. OK, let’s move on. I’ve spent way too much time talking about dolls…
4. Umm, I think this is awesome. Because it is true.
5. Yesterday I was reading Job 1 in the Bible. Job has lost his possessions, children, everything. He is ruined. Satan has caused him unimaginable pain, and he is devastated. When he hears the news of his children, he falls to the ground in worship and says, “Yahweh gave and Yahweh has taken away. May the name of Yahweh be praised.” How? How did he do it? My prayer today is for the Lord to give us strength to praise him in the difficult times and bring comfort and peace and joy to those who need it today.
6. How do you solve a problem like Maria?
7. (This is Jaci) Clearly, Denise ran out of things to say at number 5, but she continued on with her list anyway and then handed the computer off to me. I don’t actually have anything to say, but am being “forced” into contributing. Sorry. I love reading Denise’s blog every day though, and I always check back late in the day to see if there are any clever/interesting/fun comments, but I don’t know who a lot of the commenters are, so let’s do an experiment. If you read this and if you ever comment, I would like you to tell me who you are. How do you know Denise? If you don’t know her, how did you find her blog? It’ll be a fun, like a get-to-know-you game that doesn’t involve choosing a fruit or animal or super hero. Please play along. (Aren’t you glad Denise ran out of things to say and let me write number 7?)
OK, have a lovely weekend, friends! Make sure to hustle back on Monday to enter the drawing for the Awesome Giveaway of Awesome Awesomeness!
October 25, 2011
Natan is “give” in Hebrew. We’re having a giveaway, friends!
Here’s what’s up for grabs.
- The book Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner. It’s one of my very favorites. Lauren used to be an Orthodox Jew and then she became a Christian. Mudhouse Sabbath is about what she misses about the traditions and holidays of Judaism, and what those practices have to teach us about Jesus. She’s interesting and super clever. You will love it.
- Walking With God in the Desert DVD by Ray Vander Laan. So Ray Vander Laan is the reason I love learning about the Hebrew roots of Christianity. I first heard him speak when I was at the Focus Leadership Institute. I know I exaggerate a lot, but it literally changed my life. Ray opened my eyes to the magnificent things we can learn about Jesus, the gospel and the Bible when we begin to understand the culture of the Bible. It’s fascinating stuff, you guys. This DVD is Ray Vander Laan with a group in Israel, talking about how God often speaks to us in the “desert” times. When life is difficult, God is there — closer than ever.
- A vintage Hanukkah greeting card. You know how in December, Hanukkah rolls around and all the sudden you’re like, “Shoot! I totally forgot to buy Hanukkah cards this year!” And then you go to the Hallmark store, but all their Hanukkah cards are so modern and new and boring. And you’re like, “Man, I totally wish I could find a vintage Hanukkah card!” Well, you are totally in luck! This card is darling, vintage and ready for all your Hanukkah needs!
- A $10 gift card to Chick-fil-A. This pretty much has nothing to do with Judaism or Christianity, but it’s a pretty sweet gift, so deal with it. Also, they only have like one item made from pork on their menu, so we can go ahead and pretend it’s semi-kosher or something. (If you win, and you’re in an area without Chick-fil-A, just let me know and I’ll get you a gift card to a restaurant of your choice.)
Yay for presents! The value of these products combined is probably somewhere near $60 billion. I’m generous.
To be entered in the drawing, I’d love it if you’d do these two things:
- Leave a comment on this post saying which giveaway item you’re most excited about.
- Share the link to my bloggy on your Facebook or Twitter account.
The giveaway is open until Friday, October 28 at 11:59 p.m. MST. I’ll pick a random winner and post the results next week!