Sunday, February 26, 2006

My creative outlet...

Trying to resolve the issues in my head with clippings from old bridal magazines!

Monday, February 20, 2006

From Australia...

My parents are out of the country and I got this email from my dad that I thought I'd share because it touched my heart!

"Yesterday was my first Sunday "out of the pulpit." (The previous
Sunday didn't count because we crossed the international date line,
passing from Saturday night directly to Monday morning!) It was a
free day for us. We had an experience that I thought I'd share.
Although it wasn't in a church building, it was a truly holy and
glorious moment.

We walked down to the "Circular Quay" where the famous Sydney Opera
House is situated. Across from the Opera House is a district called
"The Rocks" - full of shops, sidewalk booths, etc. It was a perfect
summer day, beautiful breeze, blue sky, sailboats filling the bay
behind us. A jazz group was playing on a stage in a courtyard, and we
got something to eat and enjoyed their music. A middle-aged couple
got up and started dancing - they were amazing! Then an old lady got
up, then an old man, and soon there were half-a-dozen people
spontaneously dancing to this beautiful music - blues, swing,

Near the stage, I noticed a five or six year old boy who was obviously
mentally handicapped - thick glasses, awkward gait. He seemed
absolutely entranced. He put up a fist to his mouth as if it were a
trumpet and pretended to play it with his other hand. Soon, without
realizing it, he had moved out beside the stage. His eyes were closed
and he was playing his heart out on his imaginary trumpet. The sax
player noticed this, and the hopped off the stage and stood beside the
young guy. When he opened his eyes, the sax player started dancing
around as he played and the little boy followed his lead. Then the
trumpet player saw them, and he came down. The little boy in between
the two musicians ... "playing" and dancing in an obvious state of
ecstacy - the audience started applauding and I know my eyes were
overflowing with tears to see something so beautiful and spontaneous
and glorious.

Then I looked back to where the boy had been, and his grandfather was
standing there in obvious delight to see his grandson so happy.

It was a perfect end to our time in Sydney, and that scene will stay
with me as a reminder that God is at work everywhere, if only we have
eyes to see."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day!

I am trying my hardest not to focus on the negative parts of my day, even though that's what I intended to do when I opened up blogger. I intended to complain. But I am resisting the urge!

Okay, so it goes. I am so LUCKY because I have a wonderful husband who cleaned the apartment today, cooked dinner, purchased some gorgeous overpriced roses, and even made the bed. I love getting into a bed at night that has been made. Don't know why, but it makes me happy and that much *more* excited to go to sleep.

Oh and he wrote me a poem! Maybe I'll get his permission to post it, because it's really beautiful. And not even in a gushy way. More of a artistic poetic way. Really.

I won't tell you why I am sitting at the computer right now and he is in the other room watching TV without me. Can't focus on the negatives...must be positive!!

Here's to hoping everyone experienced a little love today, whether it was in the smile of a stranger or the gesture of a loved one.

Monday, February 13, 2006

No more music...

So, my car got broken into in DC this weekend and all my CDs are gone. They didn't take my stereo which I guess is the positive part of this situation. Although I kind of wish they took that instead of my CD's because a stereo would be easier to replace.

Anyway, if any of you feel like making me a mix CD or something, that'd be cool. I wish I had uploaded all my CDs onto my computer or iPod and then this situation would be such a bummer.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Something's Changing...

Today something happened. I'm not sure what it was and I'm not sure what it means but, I could tell something just switched inside of me. It just clicked. And now it's different.

The "it" I'm referring to is my life, I think. Or my feelings about my life and what I'm supposed to be doing. All the questions that plague me on a day to day basis...well, I think they just got simpler or something.

It felt kind of like a door was just closed but at the same time it kind of felt like I was released.

I don't want to go into too many details now, but I felt like I should at least acknowledge that today I felt something I have never felt before. I'm hoping and praying it will bring clarity and guidance.