Friday, May 15, 2009

My feet are finally up...

Hello Everybody!!
Well I hope you all are doing good.
.... I just wanted to let you all know that I'm putting this Blog on hiatus officially. I haven't run out of things to say, but I have lost the time to put them together.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's that Time of Year!!

Happy Birthday Susie!!!

I had too much fun remembering so....

there's a lot of photos :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


From 1776- 1783, Thomas Paine authored a series of pamphelts that are now, collectivelty, know as "The American Crisis"
-WIKIPEDIA says is best :

The first of the pamphlets was released during a time when the Revolution still looked an unsteady prospect. Its opening sentence was adopted as the watchword of the movement to Trenton. The famous opening lines are:[2]

These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
The pamphlet, read aloud to the Continental army the night before the Battle of Trenton, attempted to bolster morale and resistance among patriots, as well as shame neutrals and loyalists toward the cause:
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Paine maintains a positive view overall, hoping that this American crisis can be quickly resolved; "For though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the embers can never expire."

SUSIE WINS!!!!!  And she receives....something nice. I don't know. Any idea? What should I give her?

For fun....the three other authors mentioned have famous sayings as well. What are they? Or there is more then one in some cases.....Googling is allowed :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

You know the drill. NO GOOGLIING (or anything else) ALLOWED!!!!

"These are the Times that try Men's souls"

was written by what famous author?

A.) Charles Dickens
B.) Victor Hugo
C.) Thomas Paine
D.) Patrick Henry

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thoughts from History....

GOD, give us men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.
-Josiah Gilbert Holland
 The AMERICAN Thomas Paine

December 23, 1776

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils — a ravaged country — a depopulated city — habitations without safety, and slavery without hope — our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented."
I edited this broadside but the whole content was given to Washington's soldiers right before the Battle of Trenton. That's right, the Victory that saved the Revolution from collapse.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Britian's GOT talent!

Had to share these with you. You may have already seen all of them but they are worth another look.

The Next video won't let me post it here so here's the link:

and this last one just happened on Saturday. Credit to Lydia for showing me this, "But Lydia's the sort of person that knows"

Bother...I can't embed this one either...Oh Well.
She's a little....Silly at the beginning. Sorry
Follow the link:

Two posts in two days...don't get spoiled I doubt this will be a common occurrence.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Brewers are playing awfully so I'm going to talk to you all instead.

There is so much to talk about so I'm having a bit of trouble actually coming up with one main thought so this is going to be rambling instead..hope you don't mind but it's all i can offer at the moment.

Lil' sis got a dress for senior banquet today. Hard to believe that her first year was my last, and not this is her last. Meaning I've been graduated from High School for three years. So weird...I sometimes think that I feel just as naive as I did when I was 14 and starting High School. But now my naivete is tempered with experience. Strange sentence...moving on....

Guess what I did today?
I shut myself up in a display case and taped black paper on the inside!! and then I arranged some Military related mentoes of WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.... I felt very artistic and ingenuous at the end of the day.
Today was a good day at work. Nothing hectic happened and work was actually accomplished. I was given a new assignment...cause I finished up my old one (I made a map of Downtown P-ville with a guide as to where Restaurants and shopping and main areas of attraction are. That was fun)

so this new assigment, Kathy gave me a paper that was originally written in 1958 or there abouts. And it's full of information, facts about P-ville. That are 50 yrs old. They make a point of saying that it has a MODERN sewage and water systems. The Police department has two-way radios! The two colleges in town...aren't in town anymore :) There's a lot more people, more churches, more banks, the town is larger. But it's still the same in some ways.... The ATTITUDE of the town is described as "the citizens are friendly and willing to help. You are never a stranger for long"....I like my town....

I went to Wal-mart this afternoon....and as i was waiting to check out I noticed the Farmers' Almanc . Have you seen one recently? Front Page says this:
well I went looking for an image of the front page but I couldn't find the right one maybe it wasn't the Almanc, I'm not sure now I'll just have to tell you what it said... FARMERS' ALMANC, The year of our Lord 2009.

Isn't that great??? I love old traditional wording like that :) Reminds me of the Scarlet Pimpernel :)

We've been watching Little Dorritt as it airs on the PBS channel every Sunday. This Sunday was the third episode and there are two more. It's very captivating at the moment, and I'm very worried about a few of the characters. The heroine is an interesting character or I think I mean her CIRCUMSTANCES are. She is born in a debtor's prison. And it would take too long to explain the whole thing here so I will spare you all the details and the spoiling of the story should you ever wish to watch it. I've already pre-ordered it from Amazon. It's worth it. I think it and sense & sensibility BBC are my two new favorite movies...

Well now it's late...and I'm tired. Waking up at 6:30 is not my idea of....wellllll I won't go there. good attitude and all that.

Anyone read any good books recently? The O'malley Series by Dee Henderson is my latest best books find. I added them to my collection...which is starting to out grow the bookshelf and a half I have it on.

Well, there you go. A post. Comment if you can make sense of me....I'm wondering if keeping this up is worth the occasional posts you can get out of me...and I'm so pressed for time I really can't give it the thought I think it should have. So if you think rambling is ok, I'll do it. I haven't the brain power to make logical, consice sentances at the moment...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I got Tagged...

1. What is your name?: Debi
2. A 4 letter word: Deep
3. A boy's name: Dan
4. A girl's name: Dvora
5. An occupation: There are several good ones in Wikipedia so here's my favs :

Dancer, Deputy, Dentist, Detective, DICTATOR :), Diplomat, Dispatcher, Doctor of a lot of different things, Dog breeder, dog Catcher, dog walker, dressmaker, and dustman (the last two are reviving pleasant memories of Our Mutual Friend :) )

6. A color: Denim
7. Something you wear: Docs

8. A Food: Dill Pickles
9. Something found in the bathroom: Dirt
10. A place: Denver
11. A reason for being late: Distractions
12. Something you shout: Down! Get Down!!
13. A movie title: Durango

14. Something you drink: Dr Pepper - I prefer Root Beer
15. An animal: Dachund
16. A song title: Do you hear the people sing?
17. A verb: Danced, dodged,

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Living Arrangments...

There are many places I dream of living.... the city is not one of them...nasty, smelly place that it is (sorry to any city dwellers)
On the sea.....

In the mountains....

the sky is so expansive...and Blue! Brilliant Blue from one horizon to another...

the Smokey mountains....

we drove through these...oh about 5 or 6 years back. Yeah I could definitetly live there....

who doesn't like Southern Hospitality?

Texas...I know so many nice texans.....never been to the state yet...but I will !

But I have been to Nebraska! And Nebraska will always be special to me...
Nebraska to me is Summer laughs...warm nights...and farm week :)
Who doesn't like small town Nebraska?

But Wisconsin.....I willingly live in Wisconsin....
the Beauty....

the community....i love living in a farm community. Good work ethic :)

and the cold Winters....

that make you love the Spring even more.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A finished project...

So I moved into a new room.....more than a year ago. And I've kinda always wanted to make it mine...not my stuff in my sister's room. So about a month ago I asked Susie to use her artistic brain and help me figure out a 'theme' for my room and she did :) So we painted, and stored all the wrong colored nick-nacks in my closet, and bought a new comforter...and I finally hung the last pictures last week in honor of my best friend coming :)So I thought I'd post pictures!

Without further ado....
My absolutely GORGEOUS hope chest made by my Grandpa.
It was one of the inspiring pieces for the theme in my was my 'Victorian' influence.

My Books!! I love my books...I just got a copy of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. Guess what I've been reading??
So that was an influence Susie considered...
And there on the wall you see my 'Howdy' twisted out of barbed wire.
Susie classified it as my 'Ranch' influence.
This is my Jerusalem Wall.
My grandpa's the artist of the Jerusalem Skyline and the Wailing Wall.

I call this "My Family Tree" and Dad calls my wall color "Burnt Rose".

That's a cot in front of my bookself. It's waiting for my friend to come use it again.
See my night stand Kristi? The fabric and ribbon works great I think....

so that's it. my project. my room....I feel accomplished. I actually finished something artistic :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Literate Good Citizen
You read to inform or entertain yourself, but you're not nerdy about it. You've read most major classics (in school) and you have a favorite genre or two.
Dedicated Reader
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Week of Love...The Challenge

"I have always found in my life that the more I truly know a person, the more I have been priviliged to share in their deepest pain and joy, the more there was for me to love of that person. Underneath each of our well groomed images there lives a very lovable person who finds this hard to believe. That person is you and me. A majestic unique creation of our Heavenly Father, whose intrinsic value and worth lies in the  fact that He loves us and accepts us as imperfect people.

'I have nothing to offer anyone....except myself.
Me, such a forgettable figure...of nothing;
Which runs through life the wrong time,
Who cannot convey a serious thought...without sounding false,
Who is really afraid of people...not taking her seriously.
A person searching for another...who understands,
What she is like and...wants her, inspite of herself.
A person who will be brave enough to LOVE HER...
.. when she cannot love herself.'
The Father's love for is was so completly overwhelming that He sent His Son into this world too die for us and rise again for our justifciation. Now, because He lives, we live also. But only because He lives!
Galatians 2:20 " I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." This is the secret of our new power. We are closest to the heart of our Lord Jesus and His Kingdom of Grace when we realize that we too have been crucified with Him and now live our life in the flesh as one who is free to love nad give himself for others. And in this self-giving of our love to others, we fulfill His new Commandment to love one another as He has loved us.
Someone is out there waiting for you today. 
Waiting for you to love them as you have been loved and 
as you have been now commanded to love.
The Love in Your Heart
Wasn't put there to stay
Love isn't Love, Till You Give It Away
Do you Love Me? 
You Told Me Once.
But I Forgot.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Week of Love...a poem

" Be reckless, free and open with your love. Our two children need more love than either I or my wife are able to give. They also need your love to be whole in life. Let me illustrate this by telling you a story from the life of Toyohiko Kagawa, the late Japanese Christian who made so many important contributions to religious education in Japan. On one occasion, in the slums of Japan, he found a baby who had been thrown away. It was customary then to throw babies away when parents couldn't take care of them. When he saw this little baby girl in the filth of the gutter, he picked her up and took her to his home. He called her, for lack of knowing her real name, Little Ishi (It means Rock or Stone--Debi) He knew the child was dying, she was cold and struggled for each breath. He held the little child in his arms and wept. And as his warm tears of love fell upon the child's face, they shocked her back to life. He then sat down and wrote this poem.

'I am sodden with sleep
But I wake with my starling's fretful cries.
Thin dirty little baby
Wailing with pain all the while.
She is ill, Little Ishi-
Life has abused her so.
Safe from the one who meant to kill,
Fever has made her low.
Through the night I laboured to save her.
We two are all alone.
Sharp in the fearful stillness,
The neighbor's clock struck one.
Why is the world so cruel?
Seen with Ishi's eyes,
The earth and all the things in it
Is a mountain pile of ice.
Oh, to be taught what to do.
Men are consoled by their women,
But this scrap in my heart lies shriveled-
Dull from the junk heap.
And the strong man who holds her cries.
Why are you quiet, Ishi?
Why are your eyes shut? Why?
Wait, oh wait, little sick one.
It is too soon for you to die.
Cry again, Little Ishi. 
Cry once more, once more.
What will it take to make you wake?
For I cannot let you go.
I call but you do not hear me.
I clasp you, but you do not move.
It is not to pain I would bring you again.
There is love in the world. There is love
Will she not cry?
Here in my close embrace, I kiss her wan lips-
growning grayer. My drawn face touches her face.
Fast are my frightened tears falling,
Falling on Ishi's eyes.
With her cold, still tears, they are mingled
Oh, God! At Last! She cries.'

Because of the love of this one man, the little child lived. Someone has said, and rightly so, that the only problem with all our love is that it has been either too late or too small. Now is the time as the committed people of our Lord Jesus to correct our smallness to match His Bigness. 


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Week of Love....What's in A Name?

The Name of the Pamphlet that these passages are being taken from has such an interesting title that I'm giving it it's very own post.

 "All the walls were covered with white paper. The patients could write or draw anything they wanted on the paper draped walls. On this day as my eyes scanned the writing and pictures, I was struck with an inner terror when I read these words.
"These words didn't originate from the lines of a poem or a book of neatly filled illustrations. They were formed by a broken heart crying out the only way it knew how. These lines were written by one who had crashed through the threshold of unknown personal terror and pain to etch their inner emptiness upon impersonal walls.
I imagined a person desperately reaching out for anyone who would allow his presence with a reasonable amount of dignity. The depth of the human isolation expressed in these words was enough to make me sit to calm my own mounting rage of anger. Who was "No One?" And why wasn't "no one" there? Do you mean to tell me that a world which daily faces a spiraling population crisis, could not produce one person with the necessary compassion to love this abandoned refugee from the human race. There words are a sad commentary to a shallow depth at which we continue to live our lives. "

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Week of Love...Making the Time

'Part of our problem is that we just don't have time anymore. Time to be there when we are needed. If we are forever reluctant to make time for those who cry out in need, who will be there when the tears are from our eyes? On one of our youth retreats a teenage girl wrote this story about growing up in a world which has lost the true value of time. She titled this little episode: There Wasn't Time '

"Time. It hangs heavy for the bored, eludes the busy, flies by for the young and runs out for the aged.
Time. We talk about it like it's a manufactured commodity that some can afford, others can't.
We waste it, crave it, abuse it, curse it, and kill it. Is it our friend or our enemy?
I suspect we know very little about it. To know it all and its potential, perhaps we should review it through a child's eyes.
When I was young, Daddy was going to throw me up in the air and catch me and I would giggle until I couldn't giggle anymore, but Daddy had to change the furnace filter - AND THERE WASN'T TIME.
When I was young, Mama was going to read me a story and I was going to turn the pages and pretend I could read, but she had to wax the bathroom floor- AND THERE WASN'T TIME.
When I was young, Daddy was going to come to school and watch me in a play. I was the fourth Wiseman, (in case one of the three got sick), but he had an appointment to have his car tuned up and it took longer than he thought- AND THERE WASN'T TIME.
When I was young, Grandma and Grandpa were going to come for Christmas to see the expression on my face when I got my first bike, but Grandma didn't know who she could get to feed the dogs and Grandpa didn't like the cold weather and besides- THEY DIDN'T HAVE TIME.
When I was young, mama was going to listen to me read my essay on 'What I Want to be When I Grow Up.'; but she was in the middle of the Monday night movie and Gregory Peck was always one of her favorites- AND THERE WASN'T TIME.
When I was older Dad and I were going fishing one weekend, just the two of us and we were going to pitch a tent and anf fry fish with the heads on them like they do in the flashlight ads, but at the last minute he had to fertalize the grass - AND THERE WASN'T TIME.
When I was older, the whole family was always going to pose together for our Christmas card picture, but my brother had ball practice, my sister had her hair up, Dad was watching the Colts and Mom had to wax the bathroom - AGAIN THERE WASN'T TIME.
When I grew up and left home to be married, I was going to sit down with Mom and Dad and tell them I loved them and I would miss them. But Hank (he's our Bestman and a real clown), was honking the horn in front of the house, - SO THERE WASN'T TIME.

Monday, January 19, 2009

So if you need a Fireproof fix...

The producers of Fireproof have edited the whole story into 60 seconds :)
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A Week of Love...a quote

"You soon forget the one you laugh with, but never the one you cry with."

-Norwegian Proverbs

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Week of Love...Loving the Loveless

          "Another day as I was walking down the dreary corridors of the state hospital with the familiar odors of urine and sweat penatrating every nook and cranny, I heard the familar sound of dragging feet. I had the distinct feeling that I was being followed. So I stepped up my pace to see if the one who I thought was following me would do the same. He did. The message was clear; whoever it was wanted to catch up with me. So I gave him the chance by slowing my pace.
          In a matter of seconds someone reached out and took hold of my hand. That's what the chase was was all about, someone just wanted to hold my hand. But when I turned and saw who or what it was that was holding my hand, my first response was to snap my hand from his tenacious grip. Here was perhaps one of the ugliest portions of humanity I have ever seen. From the top of his bald head to the bottom of his bare feet, there stood a lad about 15 years old, covered from head to foot with enourmous welts the smallest being the size of a half dollar. He was so disfigured I could hardly stand to look at him. It took all the strength I had in my body to just let him hold my hand.
          He made no other demands, he couldn't he was mute. He just wanted to hold someone's hand, and, at that moment, that someone was me. Then I thought to myself, "Yes, how easy it is to love the beautiful, the talented, the handsome, the dexterous athlete, the popular person, or the pleasing person- but how difficult and almost impossible- to love those who need it the most, such as the ugly, the untalented, the shy, the slow learner, and the disfigured." How cheap and unreal our love has become, because for the most part we have continued to give it to those who really don't need it, and likewise we have withheld our love from those who have reached out to us in quiet desperation, hoping and praying with an inner rage that we would be the one who would hold their hand.
         Let me illustrate this with a story. A man recently visited a home where there were five children. He was supposed to be  a kind of godfather to them and was trying to get involved with them on their level. He asked one of the little girls about her doll collection: " Which one is your favorite?" She answered, "Promise you won't laugh if I tell you." "No I won't laugh," he said. She went into the next room and brought back a doll that was the most tattered, dilapidated, worn-out doll he had ever seen. A real refugee from the trash heap. All the hair was missing, and the nose was broken off and an arm was cracked. He didn't laugh, but he couldn't cover his surprise. He said to her, "Why do you love this one the most?" The little girl replied, "Because she needs it most. If I din't love her, nobody would."
          Jesus said that God is like that. God is loving us most when we need it most. So we ought to take a lesson from this and enrich our love by loving those who need it the most, instead of loving those who in someway please us the most.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Week of Love...The Mission

"A new Commandment I give to you,
that you love one another;
even as I have loved you, 
that you also love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
-John 13:34-35-

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Week of Love...Introduction

Two years ago, possibly three, My parents and I attended a dedication of a little miracle child.
There we met a friend of the family who was a devoted man of God.....
A year later or so, Dad and Mom attend the man's funeral.
There they picked up a pamphlet- a collection of certain parts of the man's sermons dealing with Love.
Specifically, the love we are supposed to give to one another following the example of Christ.
It's a powerful 16 page set of papers.
I read it when it first came to my house, and several things have stayed with me over that past year.
So in the next week..I'm going to be posting selections from the selections :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Snow in Madrid
by Joy Davidman

Softly, so casual,
Lovely, so light, so light,
The cruel sky lets fall
Something one does not fight.
How tenderly to crown
The brutal year
The clouds send something down
That one need not fear.
Men before perishing
See with unwounded eye
For once a gentle thing
Fall from the sky.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Week of Quotes....Tuesday

" A vision without a task is but a dream,
A task without a vision is drudgery,
But a Vision and a Task is the hope of the World."
-Carved on a Church in England

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Week of Quotes...Monday

"The amazing thing about Miracles... that they Happen."

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A week of Quotes....Sunday

"We have all of eternity to celebrate the victories
and only a few short hours before Sunset to win them."

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Week of Quotes....Saturday

"Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure,
than to rank with those poor Spirits
who neither enjoy much or suffer much,
because they live in the gray twilight
that knows not victory or defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, January 9, 2009

A week of Quotes...Friday

"Let those be thy choicest Companions...
who have made Christ their Chief Companion."
- Thomas Brooks

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Week of Quotes....Thursday

"It is easier to serve God without a vision,
Easier to work for God without a call,
Because then you are not bothered by what God requires;
Common Sense is your guide,
veneered over with Christian Sentiment.
You will be more prosperous and successful,
More leisure-hearted, if you never realize the Call of God.
But if once you realize a commission from Jesus Christ,
the memory of what God wants will always come like a goad;
You will no longer be able to work for Him,
on a common sense basis."

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A week of Quotes....Wednesday

"Unless there is an element of risk in your exploits for God,
there is no need for Faith."

Monday, January 5, 2009

So....Dad reminded me that I have a blog

So I'm taking a few seconds to update it :)
I'm afraid I haven't anything interesting to write, I haven't had the time to put thought it to it.

This is pretty much what I've been doing this past week:
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And Seriously I've been doing it almost 8 hrs a day. I've done over 40 lessons in my math book since last Monday.

Interesting's 2009. 2008 flew by, but I really feel like it was a year of changing and growing. I'm definitely not the person I was 12 months ago. Not so much change on the outside, I'm still 5'5" (I always thought that I would give Katie a run for her money as the tallest in the family. No such Luck...Joe's passed me up now.)

Last Books I read:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Anointed for Burial by Todd and DeAnn Burke.

Next on my List:
Nicholas Nickelby by Dickens
The Hiding Place (I read this book probably twice a year...and It's just great...each time)

Oh and I LOVE MY JOB!!!! I don't think you all know about my job....well, that's too long a story for now so...another post...soon I promise :)

Do Good and Avoid Evil :)
Go with God,