Yesterday was holiday (Thanksgiving) haircut day. Dan and the boys spent 45 minutes at V's Barbershop at my favorite outdoor mall Kierland Commons. V's has an interesting employee roster. All are relocated from Russia via New York. Their names are mostly unpronounceable. But they definitely know how to cut hair. And the basic haircut includes a neck & shoulder massage along with a hot towel turban at the end. Everyone should go to V's at least once for the deluxe package which includes a shave with a straight edge razor.
Check out that evil eye.
Are those gray whiskers? Go for the shave next time old-timer!
Love the do-rag Mike.
Christmas pagaent - shepherd audition - take 1
Posing impatiently for mom wielding iPhone camera...
Posing for the paparazzi
Aren't they cute? I did have to promise not to pull out the camera next time I'm in a public place with them. But overall, if I were a mind-reader, I'd have to say that they are all thinking happy thoughts and wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving!!
The Thanksgiving season is upon us. Here in the Southwest, we're finally transitioning from a seemingly endless summer to one of my favorite seasons - Thanksgiving season. I've been baking chewy, spicy, molasses/ginger cookies, apple dumpling dessert and carrot cake. Pumpkin loaf is next. I'm starting to stockpile butter, whipped cream (squirt can), and chicken stock. And I'm searching high and low for my worn-out copy of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." I think it's stowed safely away in a giant tub of VHS tapes we're saving to show our grand-children someday. I might have to splurge and pick up the DVD version. I'm thinking of actually wearing a hooded sweatshirt all day pretty soon. I've already indulged in a few caramel apple ciders from Starbucks. Soooo good.
This year I want the Thanksgiving season to last at least 'til the New Year. I do plan to celebrate Christmas between now and then, but I really want to focus on thankfulness in addition to Christmas and thankfulness in addition to all of life.
I am not a tabloid reader. I do not watch celebrity “tell-all” shows. My opinions of celebrities come mostly from late-night talk show monologues and from glancing at “headlines” while checking out at the grocery store. I have never had a desire to know everything there is to know about Lynne Spears and/or her life and children. However, when I had a chance to read and review “Through The Storm,” I knew that I would be able to read it objectively and review it critically. I had no idea that the stories, thoughts and confessions would resonate deeply within me as a mom, sister, daughter and friend.
Lynne Spears shares her personal journey through life, from early childhood through many stages of life, including her marriage, child-rearing years, and the loss of her parents, her eventual divorce, and the loss of her beloved sister, Sandra. It quickly becomes apparent that she had an incredibly strong, loving family structure, full of faith and hard-working values. In raising her own children, she seems to have instilled these same qualities into them.
“When fame blew through my family’s existence, everything changed.” Reading about Britney’s whirlwind journey to fame was absolutely fascinating. I have listened to her songs on the radio and seen a music video or two on MTV and have thought of her as an entertainer but not necessarily a singer. I had no idea that she actually has a true “voice” that is strong and beautiful. I also was surprised to learn that Jamie Lynn is a talented actress and entertainer in her own right.
In the heartbreaking pages that chronicle Britney’s downward spiral and Jamie Lynn’s teenage pregnancy, I found myself wanting to reach out to Lynne and her children and offer them even momentary protection from the storm. She manages to tell these extremely personal parts of the story with dignity and respect for her children’s privacy. I did not detect any notes of self-pity or false humility, just raw honesty and pain from a mother’s perspective.
“A Mother’s Heart” is a well-written, thoughtful conclusion to the book. Lynne shares her regrets. She gives us deep insight into her personal faith. Then she writes sections devoted to each of her children before leaving us with a final thought about God’s love. “When I reflect, I realize something: the fame that came crashing into my life may have been a shock to me, but God was not surprised. Everything that has happened to my family has passed through his hands.”
So, what do you think of the newest addition to our family? Is it brown or purple? Does it need a name?
Today we spent the good part of our day browsing the inventory at Camelback Toyota. Lots of awesome deals. We had decided to be practical and purchase a Toyota Corolla because of the amount of driving we tend to do. Looking for a more economical ride. However, when we mentioned that we wanted a 5-speed, they led us straight to this funky "not an SUV/not a wagon" hot rod. We were able to trade in both of our aging sedans and walk away with no car payment for this little beauty. We are now one of those people you wonder about who would even think of purchasing a toaster oven on wheels. Let alone a purple/brown toaster oven on wheels. Must be entering our mid-life crisis (crises?). Which means we'll live to be at least 86.
Last week I attended a New Testament survey class. It was 2 hours of fascinating insight into various parables that Jesus taught. The professor, a 30-something, self-described "recovering pharisee" had a very direct, intelligent style. The parable that really hit home was the parable of the rich man who had been so successful that his barns were overflowing...
(Luke 12) 16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' 18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' 20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' 21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
My main take-aways:
1. When I stand before God, I don't want His first word to me to be "fool!"
2. Verse 18, the word "all" tells us that this man didn't tithe a portion of his abundance to God.
3. Verse 18, the word "all" tells us that this man also didn't leave the corners of the field available for gleaners to come through and gather
4. How can I be rich toward God? Practical, tangible ways. Obviously, tithing/giving. Responding to needs that I become of aware of. Don't focus on myself. Keep my focus on God, on things above, on living a generous life and not just with money, but with all good gifts given to me by God.
5. Life is short. We have no guarantee of another day after this one. Keep an eternal perspective in all things.