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Ever fear telling certain people about how you received a gift or purchased something new because you knew they’d say something snarky like, “Must be nice.”? Romans 12:15 springs to mind, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Side note: If you can today, read the entire chapter of Romans 12. Good stuff.) I LOVE it when good things happen to people. It fills MY heart with joy and gives me hope and confidence,  gently reminding me of God’s faithfulness. Let me tell you, I have received so much. Here’s just a few items in the past 24 months: 2 cars, an iPad, vacations & meals. GIVEN to me, people! Some people touted, “Must be nice!”, without KNOWING these things were gifted. Nice? Of course. But I have to say I have not experienced a more humbling time in my life. God always provides, and He did so…

Well, this is it. This the beginning of an adventure. I am going to be mentored by casting director and all-around coolest person ever – Toni Suttie. Beyond wanting to learn everything I can, I want to bless these people I am about to spend 3 days with. This has been in the works for 3 months, and the time has finally come. I am excited about long days on a set somewhere. Sick, huh? I hope I can sleep tonight, I am SO excited! I have to be honest. Even though I’ve read books and spoken to people who’ve done some acting stuff or are involved in the industry in some capacity, I still feel completely unprepared for what lies ahead. I just won’t know what it’s like until I am there. Some knowledge just comes from experience, and I lack it in a major way. You don’t KNOW what you DON’T…

It has been said on more than one occasion that I am a little crazy. Let me clarify. I mean, crazy “ha-ha” not crazy “uh-oh”. There is a distinct difference. Last month, my sister-in-law, hubs and I dressed as pirates to pickup our friend from PDX. (Amanda, my sis-in-law, completely instigated this, by the way. I love that about her. I give her full credit.) Our friend was flying in from Chicago, and I had not seen her in nearly a decade. We stood proudly by with sign in hand of my friend’s name, and greeted other onlookers to Portland. The only people who stared were out-of-towners. Portland is weird, so a group of pirates at the airport? No biggie to the locals. When someone’s look lingered a little too long, my hubs (David) said, “Welcome to Portland.” A few weeks ago, a friend called and asked if I would…

Recently, I sent out a Facebook message: Did anyone have any suggestions for a great, gritty movie that the hubs and I could watch after we put the boys to bed? Hubby had had a rough week, you see, and sometimes we like to relieve stress by watching other people blow things up. Several people recommended Inglorious Basterds, but when I went to Redbox that night, they didn’t have the Basterds movie. So, casting about for something similar, I selected Never Say Never, the Justin Bieber bio-pic. Turns out, it isn’t similar at all. But I enjoyed it very much. The next morning, while putting on makeup, I started wondering, because my brain will not stop jabbering for even a nanosecond: All this attention and adulation and hype – is The Bieber really so superior to me? I mean, how would we stack up, in a head to head contest? So I…

In a commencement speech to the Horizon Christian High School class of 2010, I heard one of the most simple and profound statements I’ve ever heard in my life. If you ask the question “What can I do for you?”, you will always have work, you will  always have friends, and your life will always have meaning. – Dick Foth Finding Work Some people cannot get work simply because of this economy, but they fill their time serving somewhere until something becomes available. I admire these people. Some people think things are beneath them and they wait and wait for their ship to come in. It never does. These are the folks who are missing out. Asking the question “What can I do for you?” will at minimum keep you busy, and give you the feeling of contributing. Maybe your current place of employment isn’t fulfilling, but you are STILL…

It’s been said that timing is everything. Now while that may be a gross overstatement, you must admit that timing plays an essential role in our daily lives. Just ask your boss the next time you show up late to work. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything – a time to love, a time to mourn, a time to weep, etc. But nowhere in that passage does the writer specify that there is a time for breakfast. For me, breakfast is great any time of day. But I have learned that to the good folks at McDonald’s restaurants, breakfast time is very specifically and rigidly defined. I was away from home one bright, sunny day. I was heading out of town and thought I would get some breakfast before hitting the road. I pulled into the drive-thru and patiently waited my turn to order. I could…

I once had a fortune cookie that read “exercise more”. First of all, RUDE. Secondly, that’s quite hypocritical coming from a freakin’ cookie. I am a hypocrite. So are you. We all have issues. ALL OF US. To say you’re not hypocritical is an indictment of your character. Not only are you a hypocrite, but you’re also a know-it-all. I’m not sure what’s worse! My favorite is when a fellow hypocrite points out my hypocrisy. It’s as ridiculous as that fortune cookie telling me to exercise more.  I am a hypocrite, but I like to think that I am in recovery. Just a girl. Doing the best I can. Sometimes my best is not enough. Thank you, Lord, for grace! Pardon me. I’m gonna go do some squats or something now. A fortune cookie once told me I needed more exercise. Then I ate it.

Growing up, Pop wrote most of our church’s Christmas and Easter plays and directed a few of them with my favorite uncle, Uncle Garry (aka Guncle).  When I was 15, they gave me a part in a Christmas where I played the role of a smart-alek teenager. Let’s just say the words “type casting” were thrown around a lot. Something major happened to me during that play. I had a blast. I love making people laugh, but there was more to it. Something just…clicked. It’s funny how that is SO clear to me now, but I see that as a defining moment in my life. Do what you were made for. Stop whining about everyone else’s opportunities, and go after your own. Scratch that – CREATE your own. No one is going to do it for you. Stop waiting for someone to believe in you. Stop waiting entirely! You’ve been given…

I hate the grocery store and grocery shopping for a plethora of reasons. Where do I begin… It is remarkably difficult to plan meals & shop for just 2 people. Well, at least that’s my problem. Historically, we haven’t saved much money when we DO eat at home. Our schedule changes often, so we end up deviating from the plan thus resulting in food spoilage as we were not around to consume it. People lose all sense when they go grocery shopping. Seriously. Pay attention! I don’t like seeing store employees outside smoking. (Listen, it’s none of my beeswax how you choose to spend your money or destroy your body. I just find it unprofessional.) I see employees and people on benches in and outside the stores, sometimes slumped over. This sends me into a panic mode. I sometimes have a mirror out, ready to place under their nose to check if…