State Fair of Crazies

You always know it’s fall in Big D when the Texas Star starts spinning and you can smell the Fletcher’s corny dogs.  My family loves going to the State Fair of Texas.  John loves all things food and fried.  The girls want to ride rides and see the animals.  I go for an entirely different reason…

People Watching

If you love to people watch, the State Fair of Texas is your ticket to paradise.  All the “crazies” flock to it.

This year I decided to host my very own “People of The State Fair of Texas” award competition.  Of course, we aren’t going to talk about the fact that the entire competition was up in my head and I was the only one enjoying it. What we are going to talk about are all the CRAZIES that come out to the fair in droves.  And when I say crazies, of course I realize that these people may be perfectly normal and nice, they just save their best outfits EVER for fair day.

Contestant #1

Is it Prince? Is it the reincarnated Michael Jackson? Maybe it’s Diana Ross. Whomever you are, way to rock the socks and sandals buddy.


Contestant #2

Never mind her colorful bosoms, this woman takes her lizard with her everywhere she goes.  This is not an exhibit.  This lady, with her equally exotic husband whom I couldn’t get a picture of, literally brought her pet lizard to spend the day at the fair.

Contestant #3

Excuse me sir, Richard Simmons called and he wants his shorts back.

Contestant #4

In an effort to show off her thigh tattoo has decided just to wear a shirt to the fair.  I think the funniest part of this picture is my little cousin pleading with me to take a picture of thigh tattoo lady.

Contestant #5

This is a choose your favorite ending outfit.  In my story he jumps up and dances with the Lake Highland Wildcat Wranglers.  A friend also suggested that he may be a bouncer in the evenings.

Contestant #6

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Excuse me ma’am but I can’t stop staring at your delicious looking drum stick.

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On Mercy

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

I was thinking about God’s mercy today, how it is new every morning, how it doesn’t fail.

It’s interesting isn’t it, to think that God who never changes, creates new mercy every morning for you and me who cannot be the least bit dependable even hour to hour.

I wonder why yesterday’s mercy won’t do for today?  Why does He tailor make it each morning?  Is it to get you through the day you are about to walk out?  I think so.

I think it’s a promise to bring comfort to us.  You know how you sometimes get the feeling that you’ve crossed the line – seriously – and it’s too much, to many times, to bad to ask for mercy?  Well, knowing that it’s “new every morning” means that He took all your crap into consideration and then made a brand new batch of mercy to cover it all.

The minute you slip up or screw up He invites you to throw yourself at His forever underestimated mercy.

His love never fails.

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On Poop

Poop is a really big deal in our house.  The girls are fascinated when I change one of London’s stinky diapers.  In fact, the minute I get up to go to the changing table you can feel the excitement in the air.  Mom, does she have poop?  How do you know she has poop?  Did you smell her?  Did you look in her diaper?  Are you going to change her poop?  Can I watch?  Everyone come quick! Mom is going to change London’s poopy diaper!

4 Weeks Old

I’ve observed that the fascination with poop doesn’t go away when we grow up, it just changes a little.  Instead of a poopy diaper it’s a sordid affair, it’s a pregnant teenager, it’s a messy divorce.  Everyone wants to talk about it and see it and let everyone else know what’s going on but no one wants to touch it with a ten foot pole.

Only a mother and father can care more about you than the big, fat, stinky mess you just made.  Only a mother and father can look right past that poop and say “This is my child.  I love you.  Let me clean you up and hold you close.”

London

Thank you Lord for the mothers and fathers who will come over, pick us up, carry us to the changing table and clean you up our mess.  Lord send more mothers and fathers.

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Peace is a Person

A friend sent this to me today.  I love it.  I needed to hear it.

“I had thought somewhere quiet would ensure peace. It didn’t. I was still in my skin. Peace wasn’t a place I could find on a map, or even a place that I could create. Peace wasn’t a place to live in. I came home to the noise, embraced the kids, and laughed loud and long. Peace wasn’t ‘out there.’ He was here. Peace was a Person.” A Person. He is peace. And in that knowing, our stirving can finally cease.”  ~Ann Voskamp

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My Children are NUTS!

I sent my girls to clean their room.  Instead they threw everything into the middle of the room for the purpose of “organizing”.  I guess they got bored because they dressed up in costumes and created this HGTV style video.

I couldn’t stay mad because the truth is I’d rather have this hilarious video than 10 spotless rooms.  I have dreams of a spotless, well organized home.  I can count on one finger how many times that has happened.  I’m thankful for this verse in Proverbs.

Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

This scripture reminds me that having children may be messy but the mess will yield a reward.  Little by little every day they are growing, learning and changing.  One day I may have my spotless home but I am not looking forward to it because it will mean my little oxen are out on their own.


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George Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge

George Washington's Prayer at Valley Forge

Many of y’all know that today is George Washington’s birthday.  I always remember because it’s also my mom’s birthday. (Happy Birthday Mom!)

George Washington is regarded for many things not the least of which is being a great man of faith and of prayer.  Last night I was listening to John read to the girls the story of George Washington’s prayer at Valley Forge from our former secretary of education, William J. Bennett’s “Children’s Book of Virtues.”  I thought these excerpts of the story would inspire you prayer warriors out there.  (even the British ones – LOL)

A Prayer at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, during the revolutionary war, in the freezing cold month of December –

“Snow drifted in at the windows because there was no glass.  Cold rain dripped through the roofs.  Sometimes they (soldiers) sat up all night crowding around the fire to keep from freezing to death.  Their clothing was worse than their shelter.  The whole army was in rags.  Many of the men had no shirts.  Even more were without shoes.  Wherever they walked, the snow was marked with their blood.  Around the camp, the groans of men who were sick and starving filled the air…”

“One cold day, a quaker farmer was walking along a creek at Valley Forge when he heard the murmur of a solemn voice…  Through the thicket he saw a lone man, on his knees, in the snow.  It was General Washington.  His cheeks were wet with tears as he prayed to the Almighty for help and guidance…”

“The farmer quietly slipped away.  When he reached home, he said to his wife, “Hannah, my dear!  All is well!  The Americans will win their independence!  George Washington will succeed!”

“What makes thee think so, Isaac?” she asked.

“I have heard him pray, Hannah, out in the woods today,” he said. “If there is anyone on this earth the Lord will listen to, it is this brave man.  He will listen Hannah.  Rest assured, He will.”

“The farmer was right.  When the last of the harsh winter melted away, and a soft green crept over the hillsides, George Washington’s army still lived.  Against all odds, they had outlasted the cruel Valley Forge snows.  With new hope, the patriots marched away behind their brave commander to fight the British and win their freedom.”

Oh that it would be said of me  “All is well – I have heard her pray.”

Love to all,

April

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Extreme Laundry

So this is what I did yesterday.  I like to wait until my laundry reaches the level of extreme sport, that way I get the benefit of an adrenaline rush.  I’d like to say it’s all done, folded, hung, ironed put away but then I’d be lying and we all know that everything you read on the internet is true.

The pile you see above is mostly put away, but another pile lurks in my husbands closet.  If I can talk him into it, I’ll post a picture of his closet, but don’t hold your breath.  In our house his closet is known as “The Pit of Despair”, the place of no return.

Laundry and paperwork have been the thorns in my side since I moved out on my own.  With baby number 3 on the way, I would pay a lot of money for a really good laundry and paperwork system.  Any ideas out there? Please post it in a comment and you will be  my new best friend.  No offense to my current best friend but her laundry is no better than mine.

Baby number 3 means right now I’m on a mission to get control of my house.  This past year the clutter has become downright scary.  I’d love an HGTV intervention. Particularly I’d like Peter Walsh from Clean Sweep.  I don’t think that show is around anymore but if anyone knows him or has a hookup I really need to cry on his shoulder.  I’ve always known if could just cry on his shoulder for a few minutes everything would be better.

Peter Walsh - the guy with shoulders you can cry on.

Until Peter gets here I’m going to start over with the flylady system.  In the past I’ve had great success on her system which focuses on a combination of de-cluttering and building a routine of new and improved habits.  When I was “flying” with the Flylady, my kitchen sink used to be shiny and my bed made every day.  Right now I can’t find my sink and as you can see our new bedspread is laundry.   So, I’m starting over.  I’ve re-joined the mailing list and will keep you posted on my progress.

WARNING – you may see pictures of closets and drawers.  I don’t want you to be scared, just fore-warned that the images may be shocking and controversial.  Perhaps sit down and take a few deep breaths before you open the site.

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