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Friends, family, dear ones. I submit to you that there is a proper way to consume pie during the Thanksgiving holiday. PROPER PRONUNCIATION First, call it what it is: it’s punkin’ pie. Do not say “pumpkin” to me. Ever. Why? Because it is not proper. Now stop arguing with me. OTHER ACCEPTABLE DESSERTS Yes, you CAN enjoy other desserts besides the punkin’ pie. For instance, a delicious egg nog cheesecake made by your cousin, Mindy. However, you must have at least a small slice of the punkin’. It is not Thanksgiving unless you’ve had the punkin’ goodness. UNACCEPTABLE DESSERT CONSUMPTION Eating something like chocolate chip cookies is a travesty. I mean, really? You can eat those any old day of the year. Don’t be a lamer. Eat the dang pie. And like it. THE WHIPPED TOPPING TO PIE RATIO Some experts say my theories on this are controversial, but I…

This is the final weekend of shows for The Green Room. Among the things I am thankful for this year, this play is easily in my top 10. It’s been a great experience. I love the people in it/involved in it. I love the process. I love the audience. It is all terrifying and wonderful at the same time. I love the character I got to play. I love that it pushed the boundaries of what I am comfortable with, as well. I learned that the comedian in me is willing to do things the normal me would never consider. The comedian always wins. I guess I am willing to embarrass myself for the laugh. Well, guess I am back to my 1 audition per week minimum that I hold myself to now that this is coming to a close. Onto the next thing – whatever that may be! It’s not…

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Have you ever received news that just…brought death?  Maybe a loved one passing away, or the dreaded news your spouse has been having an affair?  Or even news that you’ve been fired from a job?  The kind of news that crushes something in you?  I received that kind of news in a phone call one day from my beloved husband. He really didn’t have to say the words.  The pain in his voice and the tears that he just couldn’t hold back were enough.  We had come to…

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I am having. It is ridiculous. It is almost unfair to have THIS much fun. What has overwhelmed me is the love and support I have received from friends, family and my church family from Horizon Community Church. What I am taking away from this experience more than anything is just how very loved I am. I am pretty sure that is something I have taken for granted. Thanks for sharing this thing with me that I love so much. Thanks for, well, sharing life with me. Thanks for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am both humbled by and grateful for your love. People, we need each other, don’t we? If you haven’t had a chance to see the Green Room, it’s not too late! Our last weekend is coming up! Hope to see you…

Today I am excited to share a guest post by my friend Jen Bridges, founder of Embrace Compassion. Jen’s life is a constant reminder for me of stepping out in faith and being obedient, and giving God the glory. She is truly changing the world. I am honored that she would call me “friend”. So how did this all begin? A quick trip with a dear friend and her family on their journey to adopt a little boy gave way to our family making an extended trip in December 2010 to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Our family’s goal was to see who was already serving the people well, who we could partner with, and to allow our hearts to be moved or crushed on such a deep level that we would never see life the same again. Mission Accomplished. We absolutely were able to meet these goals, beyond our expectation.  We found wonderful…

About 2 months of rehearsals – donesies. The show has begun! We had a successful dress rehearsal Thursday night, with a few minor hiccups. Then, Friday was opening night. I’m not sure I’ve ever ben so excited and wanted to barf at the same time. As I was getting into costume, there was a knock of the bathroom door, “Jenny, flowers for you.”  How thoughtful of my friend to bring me flowers! Moments later, another knock. “Jenny, more flowers.” NO WAY! Then, a third knock, “Jenny, we’re just going to put these on the table for you.” My friends really out-did themselves. I am so thankful for their love and support! My dad, his lady friend and a bunch of people from my church family came to the Saturday performance. My dad planned a little after party for me, and when I arrived at his house, he had rolled out…

My friend Heather is an incredibly sweet person. She is also adorable and fun to be with. She is an integral part of our student ministries staff and she helps in many other areas of ministry at our church. She is just a great person. She really only had ONE glaring flaw that I could find: the woman had NEVER seen Star Wars. So, when my minions and I make geeky jokes like “laugh it up, fuzzball”, she had no idea what we were talking about. Fully appreciate a good Yoda impression, she could not. (I do a pretty decent Chewbacca, too.) My husband, David, gave Heather a homework assignment that she must watch the entire saga and report back to us. Being a good sport, she went along with it and indulged our nonsense. So, I thought it would be funny to do a little Q & A sesh…

If you’ve yet to hear the name Chelan Russ, then you soon will. Chelan is actively involved in SCT Now. She is also an incredible singer and songwriter. I call her my music twin because we share the same taste in music! Anyway, Chelan shared this with me the other day and I asked her if we could share this on my blog. It REALLY challenged me to look at the areas I struggle with, and my inability to ask for help. I hope you are inspired by this today in some way just as I was. A friend of mine came over to my house Monday morning – on her day off – & spent over 2 hours with me writing out chore lists for the kids & for me: cleaning supply lists, organizational ideas, & weekly & monthly goals. After we’d established what was reachable and not overwhelming,…