Taking a Break…

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Hey friends and family,
Just wanted to drop a quick little note to let you know I haven’t fallen off Planet Earth and landed in a Black Hole of Cyber space somewhere. But I have decided to take a break from vlogging due to some difficult issue that have arisen. Yes, it’s true, I’ve been sick for over 5 weeks now with this flu-monster (now downgraded to a cough and hoarse voice), but that is all. Nothing terrible to report on that front.

I just find that I have to put all my energies right now on these difficult issues. Sometimes life is just plain hard, wouldn’t you agree? Sure glad I have Jesus to lean on.  The issues are nothing life-threatening or even relationship-threatening. But I’ve gotten to the point I need to consolidate and focus on a few important matters.

So thanks for understanding. It won’t be forever. Just for awhile. In the mean time, if you think about us, please pray! I’ll be praying for and missing you, my cyber family!

I Love to Laugh!!

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Has it been a week already? Man, that flu just wiped an entire week+ off my calendar. I’ve been down for the count for 10 days now. I’m getting a little better, but still not good enough to subject you to seeing my face on the screen. ☺

Looks like I’ll be posting my vlog/blog on Thursdays for awhile now. I’ve been helping out at a store, and Wednesdays are the day they need me the most. I liked doing the vlog on Wednesdays (hump day), but for the time being, Thursdays will have to be it.

On to the purpose as to why we are meeting here.  :) Our childhood movies bring back such great warm-fuzzy moments for us, don’t they? Like there was the time when I was about four and my family was watching Winnie the Pooh in the theatre, and my father fell asleep. When it was over, my mom placed a gentle hand on my dad’s leg to wake him up. If you know my dad, you know what happened next. He bounced up out of his chair and vigorously marched toward the screen. When he actually “came to”, the giant theatre screen was 8 inches from his nose. He turned around to find his family, but alas, we were all scrunched down in our chairs, not exactly wanting to claim the crazy aisle-walker. (If it happened now, I’d be proud to claim you, Dad! ☺)

One of my favorite childhood movies was Mary Poppins. I even have a collectible Mary Poppins spoon, to commemorate that night when Dick Van Dyke became permanently etched in my brain as a lovable half chimneysweep/half penguin. Like Uncle Albert on Mary Poppins, I love movies that make me laugh. “Long, and loud and clee-ah!” So I’ve included one of my all time favorite videos here, for you to have a good laugh today. Over a year ago, our friend Tim Thomas showed it to me, and it’s still the funniest I’ve ever seen!

Tell me about one of your favorite childhood movies, or a share something that made you laugh “long and loud and clee-ah!”

“But I’m not perfect enough!”

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In case you missed my weekly vlog and were wondering where I was, I was skiing in the Alps and broke my pointer finger and couldn’t type. No, that’s not it. I was on a tofu diet and couldn’t find the strength to type. Nope, try again. Justin Bieber came for a visit and I couldn’t pull away from all his adoration. No, that’s REALLY not it! In all reality, I decided to take a Christmas break. Not nearly as glamorous as the other three, but it’s the truth. I had company, and was filling in at a store that needed extra help and was really busy, blah, blah, blah. I’m sure your season was just as crazy. Now, I think I’ve got this nasty flu that’s going around, and I just couldn’t find the gumption to scare you all with my flu-face!

Something that really caught my attention during Christmas season was my pastor’s sermon series on Jesus’ genealogy. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? ☺ Actually, it really was. Hang in here, and I’ll tell you a little something about it.

When I was in my early 20’s, I was working at a Christian radio station. I was the Girl Friday, doing everything and anything they needed, including a Friday shift on the air. Pastors and laymen would come in and tape their show in our production room. One of my favorites was a young guy who played piano and sang during his program. One day, he asked if I would sing with him. Now, I had always sang in choirs and small groups ever since elementary school. But I cringed at the idea of singing a solo. So I told him “no”, with the excuse I wasn’t good enough to sing on air. I thought I was being humble. ☺ But he was sad. He said something about not waiting until I was perfect. It didn’t matter to me what he said, because I was confused at his response.

Now I get it. And here’s where Jesus’ genealogy comes in. Rob Duford, pastor at Orlando North Church, pointed out that women were mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy only four times. And three of those four were…ahem…a little risqué in one form or another. There was Bathsheba, Tamar, Rahab and Mary, Jesus’ mother.

Bathsheba was the one bathing on top of her roof when King David saw her. David had her warrior husband killed, took her as his wife and a bunch of other sordid details. (I think she may have enjoyed the attention.) Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and had a baby with her father-in-law after her husband died, so that someone would take care of her. Rahab? Well, she really was a harlot…a prostitute. Then there was Mary, Jesus’ mother.

Rob says that the author of the genealogy intentionally included those women–and only those women–in there. Why? Could it be because the God-inspired author wanted to send a message that we don’t need to “be perfect” before coming to Jesus? He wants us all, warts and all. The Creator of the universe wants little ‘ole me! With all my insecurities and a bunch of other stuff. (No, I’m not going to start listing them here—haha!) And He wants me all the time–not just at Christmas or Easter. What a profound and comforting message. He’ll take me as I am.

What about you? Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough at something or for someone? Let’s hear your comments! :)

The Christmas Chicken and the Egg

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How many births have you witnessed? Only a few for me. One memorable one was watching a chick pecking his way out of his shell. It took SO LONG!! Being the ever-so-patient person I am (just a little sarcasm, there), all I wanted to do was reach down and peel back the shell for the tiny creature peck-peck-pecking. But I couldn’t–it wouldn’t have been healthy for the chick. Nor is it for us! Watch this video to find out why! :)

CONGRATULATIONS TO SANDI LACEY, for winning last week’s contest–the prize being a Groovy Chick’s book of her choice! :)

Vitameatavegamin!

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Had a crazy day today…Don’t think I’ll be getting to the vlog this week. But I’ll leave you with a fun and famous monologue from the one and only Lucille Ball.

Lucy: (Early rehearsal)
“Hello friends. I’m your Vitameatavegamin girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle. Yes. Vitameatavegain. Vitameatavegamin contains vitamins, meat, vegtables and minerals. With Vitameatagegamin you can spoon your way to health. All you do is take a big tablesppon after every meal. It’s so tasty, too: it tastes like candy. So why don’t you join the thousand of happy, peppy people and buy a gret big bottle of Vitameatavegamin tomorrow? That’s Vitameatavegamin.

(Later rehearsal…after having a bit too much of Vitameatavegamin, which secretly has something drunk-inducing in it.) Told in only the way Lucy can:
Well, I’m your Vita-vega-vittival girl. Are you tired? Run-down? Listless? Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular? Well, are you? The answer to all your problems is in this little ol’ bottle…Vitameatavegemin. That’s it. Vitameatavegemin contains vitamins, meat, meg-e-tables, and vinerals. So why don’t you join the thousands of happy , peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vita-veaty-vega-meany-minie-moe-amin. I’ll tell you what you have to do. You have to take a whole tablesppon after every meal. It’s so tasty, too: it’s just like candy. So everybody get a bottle of…this stuff.