Consider the Lilies..   

Dec 4, 2016

We had fun but it sucked..

Last night Clay and I went to the Ballet.  We bought tickets for the Nutcracker months ago and I was super excited..  
I even wore earrings!

Dinner was amazing.  I was going to take pictures, but it looked so yummy that I forgot.
We went to one of my favorite restaurants; Pig and Finch.
I always order the espresso rubbed pork shoulder. But Clay ordered the pork chop.
I was thinking that he would be disappointed, I mean who goes to a restaurant and orders a pork chop?  Let me tell ya, it was the best pork chop I ever had!

So then to the Orpheum..  
The show was by the Nebraska Ballet company.
Now don't judge me for being too snobbish, but when I saw that it was a local company I had some trepidations.  They are a professional dance company in the sense that they do performances and get paid for it; but not in the 'this is what they do for a living so dancing is all that they do' sense.
And it shows..
It was horrible.  The people sitting next to me didn't even com back after the first act.
There were several changes that were pretty dumb, like a Rat Queen instead of a Rat King. Then they tried to make the show cute and comical and it just didn't work..
The girl who played Clara was an actual girl, maybe 12 years old, and she danced pretty well for a 12 year old, but not well enough to star in a production at the Orpheum.
There were cute parts too, like this little girl dressed like an angel. Her make up was terrible and she had what looked like a Joker smile painted on her face (someone went overboard with the red lipstick).  The poor thing was out of sync with the rest of the angels, couldn't find her mark, and kept going right when the others would go left.
So like I said, we didn't enjoy the show and will definitely go to the Omaha Playhouse and see A Christmas Carol next year rather than the Nebraska Ballet Company; but Clay had me laughing through the whole show and I had fun with him so it was still a win.

Look what came in the mail!
This came 2 days ago and I was all excited about it, but I had ordered a special pen to write in it and it hadn't come yet so I was bummed.
But check out the inside:
 There is a place to write an introduction and...
On every few pages there are questions to answer for reflection, so when you're finished, you not only have your own hand written copy of the Bible, but you have your own hand written copy of a study bible!

I can't tell you how much I'm geeking out over this!

And then last night when we got home from the ballet there were three more boxes on the porch.
Ok, now I'm really geeking out!
It's going to take me years to fill them and I can't wait to get started, but I'm not sure which ones I want to start with..  At first I was thinking Psalms, but then I thought that John would be a good places to start since we are learning John at church..
Have I mentioned that before?
John is a pretty popular book.  If you ask any pastor which book of the bible you should start with, there is a pretty good chance he is going to say John.  I've read it several times and studied it for school, and really didn't think it was all that special..
Don't get me wrong though, it's God's word and it saves; but I didn't think it was any more spectacular than other books of the bible..
But then our pastor decided that he would take an entire year to go through the book of John.
Oh. My. Gosh!
It's soo good!
Our pastor is an incredible bible teacher. His sermons are definitely not the sort of sermons I was used to.  I was used to a guy getting on the stage and giving a motivational speech with a couple of bible verses thrown in for good measure.  
But not this guy.  His goal is to teach the bible.  So he goes verse by verse.
He reads the verse and then he tells you what it means.  If you don't like what it means, or you want it to mean something else, too bad.
He's not afraid to pull any punches either.. If the bible offends you, he's perfectly OK with that.  If what the bible says convicts you, great, it's supposed to.
Anyway (sorry, I rambled) ..
Today will be sermon #12 and we are just starting chapter 5.
I am learning so much!  I fins myself wondering how I've missed it!  I mean I've read John a lot.
A lot!  
I find myself asking "how did I not know this?  how did I just skip over that?"
So, if you have time, and you're interested, check out the series..
You won't be disappointed!

Yeah, so I think I'm going to start with John.

Happy Sunday!

Dec 1, 2016

Ditching the writing plan..

So today I should be starting this month's writing plan (I mentioned it in a previous blog post).  But I decided not to do it because my friend Tina sent me a text yesterday asking me if I had ever heard of a "Journible".
So I googled it..
Oh.  My.  Gosh.
How have I not known about these??
Check out the video below.  It's less than 2 minutes long.
Go ahead, I'll wait.

Why copy just a few select verses when you can copy entire books?
Seriously, I'm totally nerding out over these!

Since we are super broke this year, and we don't really do Christmas or even like it very much (and I suck at doing anything for Christmas or birthdays for people anyway) we (Clay, Sky, and myself) are each buying one gift for each other and that's all of the shopping we are doing this year.
We are going to the Nutcracker too, but we bought the tickets months ago..
Betcha can't guess what I'm getting?


They are pretty cheap on Amazon with free shipping (if you have Prime) so Clay ordered them for me last night.
Not every book of the Bible, I mean, who wants to copy Chronicles?  But he ordered the ones that I wanted.  All but Romans.  We had to go to a different website to find Romans because they are way overpriced on Amazon. Just Romans though.
Not sure why..
I'm getting Psalms, Proverbs, John, and then Romans through Jude..

So when I'm finished (it'll take me years) I'll have my own set of hand written bibles..

I'm so excited!!

Nov 30, 2016

Hospitals, yarn, and toilet brushes..

So this happened..
Let me tell you..  If seeing your kid like this doesn't scare the hell out of you, you have no soul.
Sky went to work Monday afternoon at 1:45.
She sent me a text at 5:30 saying that she was on her way home because she felt nauseous.  She said that she was inside a pipe repairing it and wasn't wearing a mask.
By 6:00 she had lost all her color, had a raging headache, was shaking uncontrollably, almost crying because her neck and back hurt so much, and couldn't stop vomiting. 
Clay took her to the emergency room where they did chest x-rays and blood tests.
Carbon monoxide poising..  By the time they put her on oxygen she was fading in and out of consciousness..  
Clay sent me the picture along with an update and I freaked.  I felt sick..  It was horrible..
Luckily, my friend T's mother is a respiratory therapist and through texts between Clay, myself, T and T's mother, she was able to ask questions and give information that was incredibly helpful and reduced the level of panic that kept creeping up on me.
Since Sky is an adult now, the doctors weren't really talking to Clay and were being stingy when it came to telling him what was happening.
She was on oxygen for 4 hours and then they were able to come home.
She stayed on the couch yesterday nursing a headache and sore muscles, but is doing much better and is going back to work today.

  The night before Sky's latest visit to the emergency room, our friend Jake came over for dinner and and we played cards and a couple boardgames..
Keisel is learning how to play Gin.

I started another blanket..
This one is for my niece Katelyn.
It looks green but it's actually teal.

And I'm making washcloths for Elaine..
I'm trying to teach myself how to make different borders so I figured that washcloths would be the easiest way to do that.  
Plus Elaine always wants washcloths so it's a win/win :)

Clay started attending the men's bible study group at our church..  
It's every Tuesday at 6:30 in the morning..
It's a really good study group lead by the senior pastor and you don't have to attend OBC to go; so if you live in Omaha and like getting up really early on Tuesday mornings, you're welcome to join.
Since Clay was with Sky at the hospital until midnight, I really didn't expect him to get up and go so early the next morning but he was determined..
They are studying the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Tuesday's lesson was on freewill.  I read Clay's notes..  
It was really good!
I'm super glad that he is able to attend this bible study, but I have to admit that I'm a little jealous too.
OK, I'm a lot jealous..
Women's bible studies are so dumb.  
They aren't even real bible studies; more like social/support groups who get together over brunch, with a few bible verses thrown in.
But the men's group?  Waaaaayyy different..  
There is a table with some black coffee and some paper cups. 
That's it.. 
No fruit trays, muffins, breakfast casseroles, or fancy coffee creamer.   Just plain old black coffee.
 Then they all sit down and discuss the lesson.
No one talks about their problems, relationship issues, jobs, their wife, or their kids.  
No one cries, no one hugs each other, and no one talks about their personal struggles..
They learn theology.
I'm starting to realize that It doesn't matter what church it is; all women's bible studies are the same.  Because that's how they like it.
Except me.  I hate it..
A lot.
I'm definitely in the minority on this one.
So I'll just keep learning from the pastor on Sunday's and on my own at home.  Fortunately there are lots of resources nowadays :)  
Plus Clay can teach me whatever he learns from the men's group and that's pretty cool too.

Oh, my latest cleaning hack:
I use this thing to scrub the toilet..
But I always feel like I'm wasting the little scrubby thing because there's so much soap in them and you're supposed to throw them away after using them once.
And who would want to save it to use again?
So I used it to clean the tub and the shower walls..  
Before you say "ew", I used it on the tub before I used it in the toilet.
Sky is usually pretty dirty when she comes home from work so the tub and shower walls get really dirty too..  I scrub them every day.  It's a pain.
Literally..  The stretching and bending to get all of it does a number on my back after a while.
But with the wand, I don't really have to do either.  Plus it's a scrubby, so it gets all the dirt off.
And there is enough soap left over to scrub the toilet..
So there you go :)

I just remembered another one.
I made reusable cleaning wipes.
I got all of my old, stained washcloths and put them in a gallon size Ziploc bag.  Then I mixed together peroxide, alcohol, and vinegar and poured it in the bag and put the bag under the sink..  
Now every morning I just grab one and wipe down the bathroom..  Takes less than a minute..

Have a happy Wednesday!

Nov 26, 2016

Nothing much..

I finished Kylee's blanket last night..  

Keisel really liked it..
Seriously, have you ever seen a cuter puppy?

Now all I gotta do is find a box and actually mail it (I'm terrible about shipping stuff)..

I finished my Super Scarf last night too..
What is a super scarf you ask?
Well 4 years ago Lenny Kravitz was photographed wearing this gigantic scarf..
And since then it's been super popular in the crochet world..  
Yeah, I said crochet world..  Stop judging me..  :)
Anyway, I finally made one, although it's not as big..
Clay was not thrilled to be modeling it for me this morning..
It's 15 inches wide and 12 feet long..
I'm not sure how well you can see the gray fringe on the ends, but it's there..

So what else?  Nothing much going on..  People in the neighborhood are putting up Christmas stuff (groan) and yesterday when I went to unlock the door to the church so a friend could get in I saw that they had already decorated for Christmas in there too (double groan)..

The high for the day is supposed to be 58 so after Clay mows the lawn for the last time until Spring, we are gonna go to the parks and leave the scarves I've made and see if we can hand out some backpacks full of stuff.
A friend of mine donated a bunch of coats last week so we have those to give out too..

Well, I've run out of stuff to blog about..
Happy Saturday!

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, I guess...

We don't do Thanksgiving..  To tell you the truth, we don't really do holidays..  Not for any particular reason, we just don't..  Maybe it's because Clay is rarely home on a holiday so it's easier for us to just treat it like an ordinary day..  Except Christmas and Easter; we have a reason for not celebrating those..  We give each other presents sometime during the week before Christmas, because we like presents, but that's about it..  
I think holidays are dumb.
I know, I'm such a buzz-kill..
This Thanksgiving is a good one though..  Not because it's Thanksgiving, it's just another Thursday to me, but Clay will be home today so yay!

I have so much housework to do before then!  I've been slacking off since Sky got the puppy..  I can't take my eyes off of him while she's at work or he'll eat the house or pee everywhere..  So mostly I've been sitting on the couch crocheting..  
I've managed to loose 16 pounds though!  Not exactly sure how, but I'm not complaining :)
I finished Kylee's blanket..  Sort of..  I ran out of yarn halfway though the border so I'm waiting for Clay to get home so he can go to all the Walmarts in search of more..  The one closest to my house ran out..  

I made 5 more scarves to take to the park and leave for the homeless too..
I think Clay and I will go hand out backpacks full of stuff tomorrow and hopefully some blankets too..

I've been doing a Scripture writing challenge this month..  Did I blog about this already?
Ami shared it with me on FB..  I'm really enjoying it..  It's from a blog called Sweet Blessings and she does a new one every month..   This month's is 'thankfulness'..  

I'm enjoying it so much that I decided to do last month's too..

I'm sort of excited about next month's (yeah, nerd.  I know.)

I'm using the journal that Elaine made me to write the verses

Have I mentioned how much I love these journals?  
I've filled up 3 so far. :)

I made a daily bible reading plan too (I really do think I blogged about this a while ago)..  It's chronological and took me forever to put it all together- it's 7 pages! #OverAchiever 
I'll have to think of another plan before July :)

Oh! Look at this!
Isn't that the coolest doodle you've ever seen?  Elaine made it (duh)..  I'm gonna frame it as soon as Clay gets home and tells me where I put the frame..

Sky has the next 4 days off work..  I can hear her in the kitchen doing the dishes (because she's awesome) so I should probably go help..

Have a great day!

Nov 4, 2016

Crochet & Cabinda..

So I saw this on FB yesterday and thought, what a great idea!
Elaine told me about a park where a lot of homeless hang out, that's pretty safe in the daytime..  I'm going to go there and hand out some bags and I thought "why not leaves some scarves in the park too?
I have a few donated to me by a friend and a bunch of left over yarn from other projects so I can make scarves too..  I finished one and and a half of one yesterday..
I won't get many done this year but I will have a head start on next year..
I'm still working on Kylee's blanket..  I am close to finishing but I ran out of the yarn I was using..  Turns out, no one in Omaha has it anymore.  So I went on the website of the company that sells it and they were out of stock..  Just my luck..  I finally found it on Amazon, but not on prime so I have to wait a couple of weeks for it..
After that, I won't have any more nieces to make blankets for..  Well, Suzanne has two girls, and I would love to make blankets for them too but Suz is so much better at crocheting than am so they probably already have super fabulous blankets..
So Suz, if they don't; let me know their favorite colors :)

Clay is flying to the island of Cabinda today..  He may be there already..  
I think they are going to transfer him to run the yard there..  It's smaller than the one in Luanda, but 2/3 of Angola's oil comes out of Cabinda and since they have laid off so many people, they need someone who can run more than one department..  
I'm not sure who is running the yard in Luanda now though..  The guy who is in charge is on vacation so Clay has been running the yard while he's been gone..  I'm guessing Clay will probably be running Luanda from Cabinda..
I guess that's all I have to blog about :)

Oct 26, 2016

Just some stuff.

Sky moved back home three days ago. I won't go into all the details, except to say that she discovered that he was very behind on his bills and wanted her to sign a lease. She decided that she didn't want to be responsible for his debts so she called her dad and came home.
I'm not gonna lie and say that I'm not super happy about it.
I gave in and told her she could have a puppy. She paid a deposit to a breeder for a miniature brown merle Australian Shepherd. She will have to drive 3 hours to pick him up though. Not that she will mind a road trip in her new Camaro.

We are making a little progress finding the homeless. We found a place where several hang out and thanks to donations from two super awesome people (you know who you are!) we were able to make more bags and add even more personal items to them. Yay!
We met a guy who hangs out under a bridge during the day. His name is John, but he calls himself 'the troll under the bridge'. He said that several times during the week his friends meet him under that bridge and they hang out for a while.  We are hoping to meet his friends and maybe find out from them where we can find others.

A few days ago while Clay was talking to John and I was sitting in the jeep, there was a loud BOOM under the hood of the jeep. Our radiator had exploded.  Darn it.
Clay walked to the nearest gas station and got a gallon of water and we were able to make it part of the way to a friends house before the jeep just died. It died at a stoplight and we had to stop traffic and push the jeep across three lanes to get it into a parking lot.
A very nice kid got out of his car and ran over to help us so that was nice :)
So that night, Clay and Zack replaced the radiator. I'm glad it happened while Clay was home!