Sunday, December 31, 2006

Closing Out 2006

So much has happened this past year. Many changes in my life. I have kept most of my resolutions. This would be the first time! Because of that, one big thing has changed for me. I now have no fear of maneuvering a car! hahaha. And I have a nice little card to prove it.

My home life has changed drastically. For the better. We have decided to make another change, moving, which we are all excited about. In our home, moving is a big deal. We are creatures of habit, and therefore do not like our routine to change, let alone our address! But we have decided it is time.

This year flew by like no other. It seems like we have doubled on everything this year, holidays, birthdays, ect... This year could have gone a little slower. But time is speeding by us. Pretty soon there will be none left.

I noticed that this year, I have felt and been so busy. So much happening.

I have grown drastically in my own eyes.... Physically! YEP! Ugh! Spiritually. I feel like I have taken a big step in that area. I feel like I can hear God's voice easier, see things better, deal with things the right way. I have all the same problems present themselves, but they don't seem the same since I handle them differently. It has been a good year. Thank you God!

So Happy New Year to the world. To those that are needing a new start, to those that have changes to make this 2007, to the many people that have hit tragedy this year, to those that have had a year of happiness, to the lost, to the redeemed, to the sick, to the dying, to the hurt, to the broken, to the happy, to the fulfilled, to the president, to the homeless, to our troops, to Iraq, to every country, Good and Bad, to mankind, with all our faults and failures. Make it prosperous, changing New Year 2007.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Belated Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas... A few days late.

I had a wonderful Christmas. Nothing wanting.

The weekend was busy, busy, busy, with last minute shopping. But it was well worth it. Everyone had a great Christmas.

I am hoping this holiday week will be very slow here at work. I look forward to another day off on Monday! that will be nice. And then after that, I am hoping, God willing, that I will be able to make a change for my future. For the better.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

10 thoughts

December's 10 things that are going through this head of mine....

1. I am tired

2. I wish it was 4:59 on Friday afternoon!

3. What am I going to buy the people left on my Christmas list??

4. Our my bosses going to ever give me a Christmas bonus?

5. I want to go look at a house...

6. I wish I was shopping with my Dad at South Coast Plaza

7. I can't wait until the kids program is over this evening so I can get some rest.

8. 2007 doesn't look odd.... even though were closer to 2010.. now that's odd.

9. Do I look like I am busy working while I am writing this list?

10. I hope my bosses don't see this blog! hahahahahaha! This thought went through my mind several times!

oh goodness, one more for the road

11. I am "hahahaha" ing in my head at myself. Little does everyone know, I am very entertaining... to myself that is.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Through Our Eyes

These past couple weeks have been all about the nativity for me. We are putting together a program for our kids department and my class is doing a still picture of the nativity. One of my girls will be singing "What child is this?". That must have been a question in their minds as they looked on at Baby Jesus. Thinking "How could this child be the savior, this little bundle?".

Hopefully we will be painting a picture in someones mind. Bringing this true story to life that was born thousands of years ago.

I was telling my class on Thursday, that we should rejoice even more than the angels did on that night. They were rejoicing for mankind, because a saviour had come to bring peace and goodwill. The Angels were rejoicing for us.

It seems that this season 2006 the true meaning of Christmas has come alive to me more than any other year. When I think about the cost that He paid. Living this life I am living, yet with every heartache, temptation, pain that each person in this world carries. I am thankful for Him being born, living my life thousands of years before I was born, giving His blood for me and saving my soul.

Merry Christmas.

the bee

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Last Minute Shopping...

I usually am the one that starts shopping as early as October for Christmas. This year with the wedding preparations, I am barely making a dent. Some of my family have not even started yet. Things are not fully decorated in our home.

It seems that things are just busy. Too busy to enjoy this holiday that is the favorite in our household. I dread fighting the crowds for last minute Holiday shopping and the lines of people waiting to get a good deal.

I am overly concerned with the fact that there are no presents under our trees as of today. We usually are trying to find more space by this time!

But when I think about the reason why we are delayed such as we are, All the lines, crowds, treeless presents, few decorations seem so "small" in comparison. There is more too look forward to then just the season.

I am going to enjoy whats left of this December holiday and do my best to get things together that I know are missing.
the bee

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


I have been a faithful reader of a blog by a women that I have known since childhood. She most likley does not remember me, but I know her.

She has this wonderful blog that I try to read everyday. I am suprised at how meaninful her blog is. It seems like everyday is an adventure or somethin new for her to discover. Her family, her feelings for christmas, her blessings, her recipes, her weather, her trips... it is all very encouraging and reminds me of reading a good book.

I was reading her blog today and it had the below paragraph... Wisdom is found in these words.

Man. What creatures we are. Of what divine and soaring ways are we capable; yet into what ugly and deep depravity have we sunk. Man. Made in the image of God. Made a little lower than the angels. Man, God’s friend, an evening walker in the garden, His companion. Man, cast out, dying, sinful now and clothed by bloodshed. But…rooting around inside us, struggling fiercely with our fallenness, is the shinning—the glorious, the rising, the giftings, the goodness…the distinct image of God.

the bee

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Settling In

I am settling into the holiday season. Getting the normal sickness. The stomach flu has grazed me but, I am here working and not at home in bed, which is where I would like to be.

My big brother's wedding is a memory now. They are settling in as man and wife. We have the pleasure of keeping my brother home for the holidays while they get things together for a home of their own.

The wedding was a magical night to remember. Very surreal in fact. They honeymooned in beautiful Carmel Valley, CA.
Some said that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever attended. The presence of God was there, blessing their union.

As the Bride & Groom sailed away on their own as we all looked on, I had bittersweet feelings. It was such a beautiful moment for them, but in a way sad for me. Considering My brothers and Sisters are my best friends, it felt like a part of my life was changing right before my eyes.

All in all, I am settling into this new life. Changed for the better.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Truth

When the music fades, and all is stripped away
And I simply Come
Longing just to bring, something thats of worth
That will bless your heart

I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
It's not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
Your looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the Heart of Worship
And it's all about You, all about You Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tis' The Season... To Rejoice

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, the government shall be upon His shoulders and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace

It's so easy to forget the true meaning of the season. It really shouldn't be so difficult. He is the reason for the season. This is a time to stop and remember why we are where we are. We would not be here today if there was no Christ. Mankind would not exist.

Tis' the season to rejoice! Each gift I receive will be a reminder of the gift that was given to the world thousands of years ago and each gift I give will be something given back unselfishly just like God did for us.

Let us not forget the reason for the season.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Today is a day you will always remember- the greatest in anyone’s life.
You’ll start off the day just two people in love and end it as husband and wife.
It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey, with moments to cherish and treasure.
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by pleasure.
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past, when the secrets of marriage were spoken, but now you know that the answers lie hidden inside, where the bond of true love lies unbroken.
So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it’s the dawn of a new life for you, as you stand there together with love in your eyes from the moment you whisper, “I do”.
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real, may success find its way to your hearts.
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all starts.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving 2006

Turkey. Gravy. Stuffing. Yams. Ham. Cranberries. Brussels Sprouts. Pumpkin Pie. Chocolate Chip Cookies. Poundcake.
This is what my stomach is full of... Thanksgiving is the day that everyone spends time with their families and fills their stomachs, lounges around and eats more.
I am almost too full and tired to write. I just took a little nap and am on my way to a desert "nightcap" that should set off this Thanksgiving 2006.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the world. To all those that have remembered to give thanks where it is due not only on this day but everyday of the year.
the bee

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Holidays Are Here!

The holiday season is upon us. This week makes you think on the things and people that are in your life. I am thankful for...
  • God - My rock, joy, peace, savior, closest friend

  • Family - I would rather have all of my family than any riches

  • Church - I love my church. God has put me in the most wonderful church

Now more specifically this year I've had certain things to think on. For instance...

  • How short our time is here on this earth

  • How in need I am of my family

  • I have the "two year itch" bug here at my job

  • How busy my life is... too busy

Now, come the end of December, I will be posting my 2007 goals... and one of them for sure will be about how busy I am... But right now I have things to be thankful for, blessings that are easily over looked because my mind is clouded with a to do list.

This week is my brothers wedding, and I already know that my mind will be and is working a hundred miles an hour. But one thing for sure, we will be with family all weekend. It will be a Thanksgiving celebration.

I know I am just rambling but these are truly my thoughts this time of the year. I count myself blessed, especially with all the preperation for this wedding. You see a different side of people and how things pull together. I am bessed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

the bee

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ladder to Heaven

I was reading a blog recently and they posted this phrase below in response to happenings in the world.... How true these words are. If only everyone realized this then troubles and worries would decrease in our world today.

How desperately we need God - and how available He is.

I found this picture that kind of depicts the saying above. A man climbing a ladder into the heavens for a chat.

the bee

Monday, November 13, 2006

Training Day

Time has flown today. It normally inches but today, it was running a marathon. Now that I say that, it will probably get winded in this last hour of the race. haha.
Today, I was a trainer and trained a trainee. Confused? Me too.

We hired a new receptionist here at my job and I am training her and not to excited about it. haha. Who is excited about going over things that you have past and would like to leave in the past.

I am tired and ready to go home and just surf the net and rest, but I have more wedding preparation to handle. Such as the Bachelorette party. As a bridesmaid I am on the "bach duty", so that's where I will be, shopping for the "girls night out!".

Tomorrow I will again be in the marathon of time and training at the same time.

Man, I should lose like 50 mind pounds for today's excursions!

the bee

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Wedding Preperations

This morning I woke up and thought that maybe it would be a restful day, but I realized that I was in fact still asleep and was going to wake up to a busy day of wedding planning. Not my wedding but my older brother's.

He is set to wed right after Thanksgiving and we have been on "duty" for weeks. Fittings, menu planning, decor, favors, invites, guest list. The list seems to go on forever. In this family it is not about the Bride and her family planning and the Grooms family attending, it is both families intermingled planning this out.

This morning, less than ten minutes ago, the Bride and Groom decided on a menu after my dad (who is paying for this wedding) agreed to pay some more for the upgraded menus and service. To say the least, they were ecstatic! We all were actually.
So, that is my plan for the day, go to the wedding coordinators and finalize everything. Maybe I can catch a snooze on the way to the boat...
the bee

Friday, November 10, 2006

Scrapbooking. Stamps. Inks. Hole Punchers. Paper.
Ah, paper. I love paper. Working with paper, cutting it.

Recently I have indulged myself with buying scrapbook supplies that have not gotten very much use... Not that I do not want to, I just cant find the time. I think it ran off when it thought it was being abused.

I have only made one scrapbook with all these new beautiful supplies. It was for my sister-in-laws birthday and it turned out great for a beginner. My next project will be for my brothers wedding, but after that it is all about me. Yes, my favorite things. I was thinking of some favorite things I want list and came up with the below...
  1. Favorite reading material
  2. Favorite place
  3. Favorite people
  4. Favorite food
  5. Favorite Vacation Spot
  6. Favorite store
  7. Favorite memory
  8. Favorite birthday...

The list could go on and on...

Now all I need to do is find the time... maybe it will come back... maybe I can lure it with some caffeine? No, no... time is not easily lured... I will just have to do with what I have and maybe I will have some pictures posted on here soon that show an ALL ABOUT ME scrapbook in progress.

the bee

Greatest Women

In every aspect of the word GREAT, my mother is.
She gives and gives and gives and rarely gets in return.
She is the foundation of our family.

Beyond what I can say in words my mother is.

She is godly meaning - She has great reverence for God

She is giving
  • To put temporarily at the disposal of

  • To endure the loss of; sacrifice

  • To perform for an audience - she does this unknowingly =)

She is loving - Exhibits love

She is Intelligent - Showing sound judgment and rationality

She has eagle eyes that sparkle when she's angry

Always in control of a situation, unless it has to do with the missing phone

My mother stills "takes" care of me. Watches out for me.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie - This is my mother.

The bee


I read somewhere that when people hear the word worry they connect it to someone else and not to themselves.

What exactly does it mean to worry?

To worry is to furtively plan for possible future contingencies, most of which are not likely to take place.

The old King James rendered it as "take thought for the morrow". At its essence,
to worry means to be caught up in the cares of this world

I read in a commentary that when we worry we accuse God of ignorance...

The NKJ it says:

Matt 6:8 (NKJ) "...Your Father knows the things you have
need of..."
Luke 12:30 (NKJ) "...Your Father knows that you need these

So in other words, when we worry we accuse God. We say that either He lied or He doesn't know what is best for us.

This statement is simple but says it all -
If we really knew God then we would not worry.

That's my pep talk for myself...

Cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you!

the bee

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hum Drums of Work....

Ten thoughts running through my head at this moment....

  1. Why have I never blogged before?
  2. Getting a lesson together for my 8 & 9 year olds at SCWC
  3. How much work is sitting on my desk
  4. How hot my office is right now!
  5. Why did Garth Brooks make an album under another name?? (listening to his album now)
  6. Why my co-worker quit for a better paying job!
  7. I wish I can stop everything and surf the blogs
  8. I am hungry
  9. Thirsty
  10. How great the movie "The Lake House" was.

CAN WE SAY RANDOM. Yes these are my thoughts.... No wonder I am bored here at work!

the bee

My Mr. Darcy

One of the best stories ever written was Pride and Prejudice. ( don't worry, this whole blog is not about Jane Austen).
The movie Pride and Prejudice was remade into a TV movie in the 90's and it is one of my all time favorite movies.
One specific fetish is Mr. Darcy himself. Yes, My Mr. Darcy.

Mr. Darcy: She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me.

Elizabeth Bennet: I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony.

Mr. Darcy: I shall conquer this, I shall.

Mrs. Bennet: You have no compassion for my poor nerves.

Mr. Darcy: In vain have I struggled, it will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Mrs. Bennet: You don't know what I suffer.

Elizabeth Bennet: It came on so slowly I hardly know... but I believe I must date it from the time I first saw his wonderful grounds at Pemberley.

Okay, so they didn't have that conversation... but wasn't that fun!

the bee

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

the daily bee

Jane Austen once said - Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

Writing is meant for the clearing of ones thoughts. To keep the thought process from going in circles. Clear your thoughts and make room for more.

I invite you to share in this writing adventure with me.


The Bee