Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It's Snowing!!

If you read my last post you may think that I hate snow. It is actually one of my favorite things in the world:) If you have ever been to my house around Christmas you know how much I love to decorate with snowflakes. I just heard too much about it today. As I left work tonight the much anticipated "big snow" began to fall. I don't know how much we will get, but I will enjoy every bit of it!

This is a photo I took last year from my bedroom window after a snowy night.

Snow Talk

If one more person says somthing to me about "the big snow" tonight I might scream. As the receptionist sitting at the front desk, everyone passes by me at least once if not ten times a day. "So, Kellye, do you think it's going to snow?" "Maybe we won't be able to come to work tomorrow!" "Be sure to stock up on food!" Is it going to snow? Is is going to snow? Is it going to snow? That is all I have heard all day. So, yes I hope it does snow really hard and I hope I am stranded in my house.

Friday, January 26, 2007

What a Great Day

Don't you love catching up with your friends and family? Today was a special day, full of memories of my teenage years. A friend from our church youth group was in town and wanted to get together, catch up and introduce us to her husband! So of course we all met at our favorite ol' Mexican restaurant, Atzimbas. My parents, sister, aunt, cousin, five kids, a friend, a friend's husband and myself filled up three tables and gave the restaurant some great business!! Chowing down on chips and salsa, we told stories from our youth group days and tried to sum up all that had happened in life since then. It blessed to me look around at my family and think about the journey that each of them has been on. My parents - home from Mexico, still speaking Spanish with the waiter, pastoring a great church in Grand Junction. My aunt and uncle - retired, sold/gave away everything they owned, live in a camper, working for Disaster Relief. My sister, Melanie - excellent wife, mother of my two favorite children, getting ready to home school in the fall. My cousin, Mandi - mother of THREE precious boys, married her high school sweet heart who is now a youth minister, I remember when we were praying for his salvation.

After lunch, my family and I went to our favorite consignment shop, where another family member happens to work, and the reunion continued!! We spent over an hour trying on clothes and helping each other pick out new dresses. Then we spent our money, said our goodbyes, and went our separate ways. My sister had picked me up in Jackson so we drove home and spent a few more hours just talking.

The only sad part of the day was that several people were missing. Too many to name, but I will say that I really missed our cousins, David and Sam. They are both in the Marines and working out in California. Both have served, bravely, in Iraq. Thank you God for bring them home safely!!! I love having a big family and I love being close to my family. My cousins are like siblings to my sister and I. I wish that more days were like today.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

One Month from Today...

...We will eat cake, dance, catch bouquets (it's mine girls!) and most importantly, we will celebrate the gift of marriage!! I know that Erika and Geoff and counting down the days to February 24th. I am counting down the pounds to fit in my bride's maid dress! I can't wait to get to Chicago and join in on all the festivities. I hope that it snows just enough to make beautiful scenery, but not enough to disrupt our travels. Weddings can be so much fun!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Great Music

Good Monsters, the latest album from Jars of Clay, is always on my cd player. My friend Michele recommended it to me and after listening to just a few songs from her copy I was hooked. I actually think this is the first Jars of Clay cd I have ever owned and it makes me want to go out and buy their earlier ones. Along with a great song on missions, the lyrics reveal the truth of our human nature and our need for a Savior. If you like music that has strong, creative and powerful lyrics (who wouldn't?) then Good Monsters is a must have!!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Read, Watch , Pray

Tim Ellsworth says it better than I can. PLEASE go to his blog and read this post and watch the video about abortion.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Purple Cellar: Demands of the Heart

The Purple Cellar: Demands of the Heart
I thought that this was an interesting post by Lydia Brownback on her blog, The Purple Cellar. I can relate to feeling that if God is not going to give me a husband and children, then He is going to do something BIG and exciting with my life. While I definitely want to live my life for God's glory, I am learning that living a big life does not always look the way I think it does. When I was in North Africa, I could see God being glorified in the work among believers. I felt that living a big life would look something like that. Then a few months ago, I had a part time job at a local skating rink. Serving nachos and fountain drinks was not what I expected to do after graduating from college. There were times when I wanted to hand people their order and say, "Here's your coke, and I guess what? I have a college degree!" What pride! While doing my work I often thought about the millions of people around the world who needed Christ. I soon learned that God was at work in the lives of the people there just as much as in North Africa. Habakkuk 2:14 says, " For the earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." What a great promise to believers. Our labors for the advancement of the gospel cannot be in vain, whether we are called to live in a Muslim country or in a small town in America. Ministry opportunities are everywhere, with every person, because God wants to be glorified everywhere and in every person.

Don't get me wrong, I think that being a housewife AND serving in North Africa (and I hope to someday do both) are equally exciting...if they are done to the glory of God.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Singles are the majority

According to an article on Yahoo!, single women out number married women.

Pray for a Country a Day

I just wanted to point you in the direction of a great website, Operation World's Pray for a Country a Day. Like the book, the website gives information about a country and how we can pray more effectively for the people. I have added the link to my side bar. The book and the website are great resources. Keep praying!

New Season Starts Tonight!!

The new season of American Idol starts tonight! The first few episodes are always my favorite because it's when they show all the bad auditions. Which is exactly what I would be if I had tried out! I try not to get addicted to Reality Shows but I am excited about watching this new season.

Monday, January 15, 2007

The Purple Cellar

Here is a new blog from Lydia Brownback of Crossways Publishing and author of Fine China is for Single Women, Too. It's a great blog for Christan women...check it out!!

The Blog Police are on my back!!

I know, this is pitiful. I still have hope that this blog will come back to life...hopefullly before JRazz and Glenna find me!

When it pours!

This washer and my toilet overflowed filling my downstairs with water and soaking my area rug, which kept me up until after midnight. A few days later, my car breaks down on the side of Highway 18 leaving me stranded until my parents came to my rescue 40 minutes later. Of course when my dad tries to start the car is turns on, no problems, and drives smoothly back to Jackson!!! Just as smooth as it did this morning for the mechanic at Gateway. Fortunatly, nothing major is wrong, it just needs a good tune up and I have been told that Gateway is giving me a really good price. Praise the Lord, He has already provided the money for this unexpected emergency. That is my only glimmer of hope in this sad post:) The day after my car broke down I found out that my only roomate is probably moving out:( She is a dear friend and a great roomate (who never complains about anything). The saddest part of all of this is no one is probably reading this since I have not updated since October!! Ha! Tim Ellsworth posted a message on his blog that if you have not updated in a few months he is taking your link off his blog. Ok, ok I get the hint:)

Just to catch you up since my last update...Erika and Geoff are still engaged:), I still work at the CP Center and love it, we had a great holiday with my parents and my sister's is just good!