Wednesday, February 24, 2010

my life

so i am writing to apologize for the lack of posting. my life has been insane the past few months. we hired an amazing woman to be my new boss and we are knocking projects out of the park BUT we have been busy busy busy!

the next little bit of my life looks like this:

  • training for my outside volunteers this coming weekend
  • assimilating those volunteers and the ones who trained last weekend onto teams
  • my bug is turning 3 in a couple of weeks
  • planning for and going to cambodia march 18-29
  • planning for good friday, easter AND strategic service sunday (the biggest sunday of the year) BEFORE i go to cambodia bc i get back from cambodia on march 29
  • strategic service sunday happens while i am OUT OF TOWN! UGH!! i LOVE strategic service!!
  • good friday is april 2; i dont think i need to do the math for you but that is only about 96 hours from when i get back. not too mention that i will still be in a fog from the time change
  • easter is april 4!
  • emailing and following up with the 150+ new volunteers we will get from strategic service
  • the amazing Drive conference is may 3-5
while i have all of these things going on that have dates attached to them i also have a marriage, a 3 year old, a house to keep clean, 3 blogs to keep up with here, here and here, i volunteer my time with redeemed (a ministry that helps women come out of the bondage of human trafficking) and we just recently went through a merger with wellspring living and i am the one making the schedule for march housing. i also work for a church and sunday is always coming!

so if i have been a bad friend or a bad blogger or a bad twitterer or a bad facebooker, hang in there with me and ill surface in mid may after i contact all of the amazing new volunteers that will want to join our teams!

things are so crazy i have TWO episodes of Lost on DVR and ONE Grays that i have not even thought about watching.

still love me?

ps. check back in about a week or so and i will have posted the link to our cambodia blog!

my life

so i am writing to apologize for the lack of posting. my life has been insane the past few months. we hired an amazing woman to be my new boss and we are knocking projects out of the park BUT we have been busy busy busy!

the next little bit of my life looks like this:

  • training for my outside volunteers this coming weekend
  • assimilating those volunteers and the ones who trained last weekend onto teams
  • my bug is turning 3 in a couple of weeks
  • planning for and going to cambodia march 18-29
  • planning for good friday, easter AND strategic service sunday (the biggest sunday of the year) BEFORE i go to cambodia bc i get back from cambodia on march 29
  • strategic service sunday happens while i am OUT OF TOWN! UGH!! i LOVE strategic service!!
  • good friday is april 2; i dont think i need to do the math for you but that is only about 96 hours from when i get back. not too mention that i will still be in a fog from the time change
  • easter is april 4!
  • emailing and following up with the 150+ new volunteers we will get from strategic service
  • the amazing Drive conference is may 3-5
while i have all of these things going on that have dates attached to them i also have a marriage, a 3 year old, a house to keep clean, 3 blogs to keep up with here, here and here, i volunteer my time with redeemed (a ministry that helps women come out of the bondage of human trafficking) and we just recently went through a merger with wellspring living and i am the one making the schedule for march housing. i also work for a church and sunday is always coming!

so if i have been a bad friend or a bad blogger or a bad twitterer or a bad facebooker, hang in there with me and ill surface in mid may after i contact all of the amazing new volunteers that will want to join our teams!

things are so crazy i have TWO episodes of Lost on DVR and ONE Grays that i have not even thought about watching.

still love me?

ps. check back in about a week or so and i will have posted the link to our cambodia blog!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

words of wisdom from lucy

so we enjoyed a presentation today from a dear friend who has spent the past few years interviewing people who are 100+ yrs young! he encouraged us to find a centenarian and interview them. and while i do plan to do that i also thought i would ask my sweet grandmother, lucy, some of the #58 questions he gave us to get to know her better and see if i could soak up some of her wisdom.

stay tuned for part one later this week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

meeting andrew young!

how appropriate to follow up my post about MLK with a post from ambassador andrew young! i had the pleasure of meeting him last week. what an honor and a joy. here is the link to the article that my boss wrote about 4 ways to change the world by andrew young! or you can just read it here:

Last Wednesday, our staff gathered for an extraordinary opportunity to learn from former Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. I have been a long-time admirer of Ambassador Young’s ever since my father asked me to read a book on the civil rights movement when I was a teen-ager.
{thats me on the right in the picture in the front standing RIGHT NEXT TO HIM, i have on the pink shirt!!}
As you know, Andy Young was a key aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and helped usher in America’s greatest change in social justice from the previous century. So, for 90 minutes, our staff had an opportunity to hear Ambassador Young speak and ask him questions. It was a day I will never forget. There are so many lessons to share, but here are the top four takeaways I learned on how to change the world.
1. Change Jericho Road.
I asked Ambassador Young to tell us what Dr. King was like. He said that Dr. King was a very funny person, when he wasn’t weighed down by the burden of the movement. He said Dr. King was a really good basketball player who could shoot with both hands. (I never knew that.) And then he told us something that will forever change how I view the story of the Good Samaritan. “Martin told me, “Andy, I admire the Good Samaritan but I don’t want to be the Good Samaritan. I want to change Jericho Road. I want to put streetlights on it and create a wonderful city so that people aren’t beaten up and taken advantage of. That’s what I want to do.”
Think of the possibilities. At Buckhead Church, we should be about changing Jericho Road. Creating a world where marriages are healthy, families are whole, financial freedom is a reality and people love others. It’s called “The Kingdom of God.” And it’s how you change the world.
2. “People don’t change. They grow.”
If we’re going to change the world, it comes down to changing people. Ambassador Young went on to say, “People grow faster when we are patient with them, kind of like how God is patient and kind with us.” This is an extraordinary statement from a man who marched against hatred and injustice. Instead of getting mad, he looked for opportunities to help people grow. I asked him about this and his ability to not become bitter in the face of racial hatred, violence and injustice. “You don’t get mad at people who are sick. You help them. A dentist doesn’t get mad at a patient with a cavity. The dentist deals with the situation and helps the patient.”
You don’t change the world by getting mad at people. You change the world by dealing with the issues that are preventing their growth.
3. “Leave room for the Holy Spirit.”
This one might seem obvious but it hit me hard. I’m admittedly a rather self-disciplined person, and I think that can be good. But Ambassador Young reminded me of the danger of becoming too disciplined and self-reliant.
“Some people are so self-disciplined,” he said, “that they don’t leave any room for the Holy Spirit. I never really knew what was coming next in my life. I simply tried to follow where God was leading me.”
This requires that you pay attention. You listen. You reflect on the “fires in your bones” as he called it. In other words, ask the question, “What is setting me on fire these days? What am I passionate about? What do I want to change?”
Bill Hybels calls this a “Holy Discontent.” What is yours?
4. “To whom much is given, much is required.”
This is the defining verse in his life. Ambassador Young told the story of a childhood friend who didn’t get to go to college, and wasn’t given the opportunities like he was given. His friend told him, “You have the opportunity to do things that I’ll never have.” That statement propelled him forward. It left no room for idleness, excuses or self-pity, even if he did grow up in a country that prevented him from voting because of the color of his skin.
He became, as Andy Stanley said, “response – able.”
As a result, he helped change the world.
Finally, as our time came to a close, Ambassador Young said this about our staff. I share this with you just because I am so proud of the people I work with each day. Here are his words about your staff at Buckhead Church:
“I really like what I see here. There isn’t any pretension. You look like ordinary people. You’re not trying to hide behind religious titles. And yet, there is an energy and enthusiasm that is very refreshing. I want to encourage you that I like what I am seeing here today.”
And then he added, “What times are your services on Sunday?”
:)

be my prince

there are some moments that make everything else worth while. this is one of them. my dad and my bug dancing together.

bug: will you be my prince OB? and dance with me?



































































brushing her teeth

so the other day i was brushing bugs teeth {i confess we DO NOT do it twice a day every day} and as i was brushing them her gums were sore and red so i made a note to myself that i need to make it a point to brush them every day no matter what.

so tonight it was time. i told her the other day that in order for her to not have yucky gums anymore we had to brush, otherwise her teeth would fall out. {gotta scare them right :)} so tonight before bed we went into the bathroom go the brush, put on the toothpaste and then sybil came out. you will remember her from when you met her here and here :)

so i told her she could brush them or i could OR i would hold her down and we would still brush them. she fought me and fought me so we held her down. went to bed, all was well. as she and i were cuddling up in bed doing our nightly routine she said:

bug: mommy im sorry i got mad at you
mommy: for what bug, me brushing your teeth
bug: yes, the next time, when i am a bigger girl, i will just do it by myself and not cry

then end :)