Thursday, November 29, 2007

Speaking of Landry . . .

Right now I'm at my mother's house and the Cowboys are beating the Packers 27-10 ((2nd quarter). Man, it is so great to have the Cowboys back being great again. It reminds me of the old days when Tom Landry was their coach.

Speaking of Landry, which I try to do often, Mother and I were in his hometown two weeks ago. Oh, did I tell you that THAT is MY hometown, too? Oh yes. We saw this huge mural-type thing on a wall in downtown Mission, Texas. It told the story in pictures of Landry's life. Mother and I were both proud!! Did you know that Landry came to Mission High School (his alma mater, of course) for years and years to tell about his life and about his Christian faith. I heard him back in 1969. He would come back every three years. That way, every Mission High School student got to see and hear him. Now, of course, he's in heaven. . . and if he knows about Tony Romo and gang and how well they're doing, I bet he's nodding his head and smiling. Being very dignified, of course.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

6 things I now know . . .

1) Baylor has hired a new coach already. Art Briles from University of Houston. I hope he's good. What happened to Singletary?

2) Huckabee is doing really well in the polls. I'm surprised . . . and pretty excited.

3) Right this very minute, in the CNN/YouTube Republican debate Guiliani is accusing Romney of hiring illegal immigrants working in his mansion. Interesting. I think we'll hear more about that tomorrow. (Personally, I do NOT have a problem with hiring illegal immigrants. I have a reason for saying that but won't go into it here.)

4) It looks like Bill Clinton might be hurting his wife's prospects for the White House. Fine with me.

5) Anderson Cooper, the CNN/YouTube Republican debate moderator (and CNN commentator), is the son of the famous Gloria Vanderbilt. I think that's interesting. Not that it means anything. It's just interesting.

6) "Frank TV" is really funny. It's on TBS. I saw a preview of it after a Seinfeld rerun and thought it looked great. I tivoed it - and Sam and I really liked it. It's on at 10 pm CST Tuesday nights on TBS. or WTBS (?). Anyway it's funny. It stars Frank Caliendo, a great impersonator.

That's just some stuff. Maybe you knew it. Maybe you didn't. Whatever. I wanted to say it.
..... AND I COULD!!! (These blog-things are great!)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Random thoughts . . .

1) I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas decorating. Everything is up but the lights and ornaments on the tree. What is with this tree? The lights came with it - on it. Now more than half don't work. Grr.

2) I haven't washed my hair since last Wednesday. This is Monday! It reminds me of when I was growing up and I would wash my hair just on Saturdays. Fortunately it was EVERY Saturday.

3) Gala apples are so much tastier than all the rest.

4) Yesterday I took the complete day off. Well, I had hurt my wrist and I was using that as an excuse for not finishing the decorating, and washing my hair, and even going to church. That last part did affect me. I missed church. I mean i really missed it. My husband went to church. I stayed here. And as soon as he left I kind of wished I were going, too. But I was so not ready. My church is casual, but I don't think anyone has shown up with pajamas on, and with really filthy hair. If someone were to have I do believe everyone would have been friendly. And the glory of this church is that it would have been an authentic friendliness.
That church is Bear Valley, by the way. And I used to be there every time the doors were unlocked, being the ever present pastor's wife. Now, my husband is no longer pastor there, but we're still kind of members. . . but we're not expected to be there all the time. . . which has its own wonderfulness about it - a kind of SUPREME GRACE - that someone like me needs. Anyway, I stayed home and missed church. . . and felt its absence. There IS something about the saying, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder.'

So I had 4 random thoughts. Some short some long. I have many more, but I will spare you.
The tree is calling . . .
Hmm. . . who made the rules that says you HAVE to decorate the tree? Hmm?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I hear the rain . . .

I'm feeling cozy now. Just the word 'cozy' is delightful to me. i'm sitting here in the living room in a total mess, but I'm feeling a total bliss. I got my hot coffee in and my warm robe on and Sam is still sleeping. The house is quiet. All I hear is the rain, and my typing fingers. Life is good.

I started putting the Christmas stuff out yesterday, but had to take a break for night time. Now it's morning time and no little fairy came in in the night and finished the job. I've tried to wiggle my nose and close my eyes, but the mess is still here. . . waiting. So I thought I'd write about it before I tackle it anew.

Did I say, "Life is good?"
It so is.

Friday, November 23, 2007

2 things. . .

1) I made the best cornbread dressing I have ever made! It was a recipe I got online from Judie Byrd, who started the SUPER SUPPER thing. The recipe contained a secret ingredient. I’ve never been good at keeping secrets --- the ingredient was Fritos!

2) I finally read Francine Rivers’ REDEEMING LOVE. So many of the special people in my life had told me about it that I finally got it and read it. WONDERFUL. In the middle of it I kept thinking, “I can’t believe Michael would keep going after Angel. Good grief.” But then I, well, got over my attitude and loved the book’s ending.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thursday!

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day! Seems like it was just June or something. Would that time could be stopped or suspended somehow. Oh. I take that back. I want Dec. 16 to come quickly. That's when L. C. will be back in the house. I am so ready.

I thought about making a nice post to remind whoever reads this to not forget to give thanks this year. So, don't forget!!

Seriously, though, I think gratitude is one of the best mood changers in the world. I learned this years ago when I lived in a tiny town in southwest Oklahoma where the scenery was very lacking, but the people were the salt of the earth. Well, different things were happening in my life back then, among them a very sick sister, two very young children, a husband who was pastoring a very wonderful church, but whose wife (me) was doing everything she thought a good pastor's wife should be doing. The word 'should' is the operative word here. People pleasing is one of my maladies. Well, being a people-pleasing pastor's wife with a sick sister and 2 very young children, and a church full of people to please is kind of a recipe for stress. Really.

I had made the members of our congregation my god. . . not God. And everyone was suffering for it. Long story short, the true God got a hold of me and told me 'Enough, mm jw!' So, long story short, I got on the right track. And long story short, I started saying 'thank you' for everything. I would walk from the church to our house (just across the parking lot) and say (pray) "thank you" with every step. I mean every step. It wasn't as if I had to stress about thinking what to thank God for. I would just say, "thank you" with every single step, and by doing that I would just think of things to be thankful for. Like, air, running water, healthy kids, wonderful in-laws, good financial situation, eyesight, good husband, etc., etc. I would also thank God for the trials. The start of an old song has always helped me in this regard, "Thank You for the trials if they would bring be close to You." That's all I know of that song. I don't even know the title. Oh well. I would say 'thank you' with each step. Man, without trying I would be smiling.

So I like 'thank you's'. Of course, I like to get them, but the therapy of giving them, especially to God, is INCREDIBLE.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Monday, November 19, 2007

More thoughts on previous post...

I woke up this morning and thought about the long post I published yesterday - on Romney and Mormonism. I regret calling the LDS beliefs 'weird stuff', and demeaning their religion with other such words. Mormons value their beliefs, holding them in high, high regard - as any religious people should. By resorting to 'loaded language' I fell into the trap that I despise others for - using distasteful tactics to make a point.

I thought about writing this in a comment to my post - but decided to just make it a new post.

After this - I will get off this topic.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

In a quandary over Romney

[Warning: This is a long post - and it reflects only the views of its author.]

I'm in a quandary over Mitt Romney. I think I agree with him on all the issues. I'm having trouble with him, though, on his Mormonism. Major trouble. I've been told that one's religion should not weigh into whether he/she'd make a good person for elected office. I just don't know if I agree with that. . . in this case. You see I've done a lot of study of Mormonism and it is usually done with my jaw on the floor. How on earth could anyone seriously believe that stuff? Now I know that people have said the same thing about Christianity through the centuries. (Yes, I AM saying here that Mormonism does NOT equal Christianity.) Christianity does seem kind of weird at the outset. Well, not 'kind of'. It can seem really weird, understandably. But when one studies it - and the evidence behind it - well, it only makes sense. There have been countless atheists that have set to disprove it through the years and have ended up embracing it. Of course, it DOES take FAITH . . . but it is not a blind faith (well, maybe with some folks it is), but is is NOT a faith based upon conviction beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is a faith based on conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. That is so different. Why, there are more ancient documents concerning the New Testament than there are about Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. When I was in my twenties I studied Josh McDowell's 2 books, EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT, and MORE EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT. Incredible they were, and compelling.

When it comes to Mormonism I've never read of someone who has scoffed at it, then looking at the evidence embraced it. Now I have heard of people who have looked at the goodness and kindness of Mormons and embraced their faith, but that is different. And let me say, that the Mormons' goodness, and kindness, and devotion to family, etc., is (are) wonderful; indeed, an example to all of us.

But I challenge anyone to study the foundations of Mormonism, which includes, of course, Joseph Smith, the angel Moroni, Brigham Young, and others and come out with a well-informed faith.

Here are a few of their beliefs:
God was once a man like us.
God has a tangible body of flesh and bone.
God lives on a planet near the star Kolob.
God ("Heavenly Father") has at least one wife, our "Mother in Heaven," but she is so holy that we are not to discuss her nor pray to her.
Jesus was married.
We can become like God and rule over our own universe.
There are many gods, ruling over their own worlds.
Jesus and Satan ("Lucifer") are brothers, and they are our brothers - we are all spirit children of Heavenly Father
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father by having sex with Mary, who was temporarily his wife.
We should not pray to Jesus, nor try to feel a personal relationship with him.
The "Lord" ("Jehovah") in the Old Testament is the being named Jesus in the New Testament, but different from "God the Father" ("Elohim").
In the highest degree of the celestial kingdom some men will have more than one wife.
Before coming to this earth we lived as spirits in a "pre-existence", during which we were tested; our position in this life (whether born to Mormons or savages, or in America or Africa) is our reward or punishment for our obedience in that life.
Dark skin is a curse from God, the result of our sin, or the sin of our ancestors. If sufficiently righteous, a dark-skinned person will become light-skinned.
The Garden of Eden was in Missouri. All humanity before the Great Flood lived in the western hemisphere. The Ark transported Noah and the other survivors to the eastern hemisphere.
Not only will human beings be resurrected to eternal life, but also all animals - everything that has ever lived on earth - will be resurrected and dwell in heaven.
Christ will not return to earth in any year that has seen a rainbow.
Mormons should avoid traveling on water, since Satan rules the waters.
The sun receives its light from the star Kolob.
If a Gentile becomes Mormon, the Holy Ghost actually purges his Gentile blood and replaces it with Israelite blood.
A righteous Mormon will actually see the face of God in the Mormon temple.
You can identify a false angel by the color of his hair, or by offering to shake his hand.

Now some of these beliefs don't sound bad. Some of them, though, sound, well, not good. And surely many Mormons probably don't know about all of them and maybe wouldn't adhere to them if they did.
Anyway, I have a problem with this, and with a president who believed in this.
You may ask, would you have a problem with a Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu as a president? Well, I might, yes. BUT, I do not think those religions are as impossible to believe as Mormonism. The founders of those religions have some credibility, however weak. You're probably thinking, mm jw, you are downright prejudiced. And I say to you, "Don't call me that until you know its meaning." 'Prejudice' literally is the noun to the verb 'pre-judge' and though there's no doubt that I AM judging - I really don't believe I am 'PRE-judging'. I've studied these religions more than anyone might think. And on Mormonism I've studied the most. It was kind of a hobby of mine about 5 years ago. I devoured all the info I could get a hold of. . . and the more I read the more I was flabbergasted. How could people believe that stuff? As I said, people say the same thing about Christianity, but then after study, they, for the most part, agree that there must be some validity to it (Christianity). The main reason people don't embrace Christianity, after learning about it, is that they just don't want to. It's basically a moral reason.

Do I think Mormons are Christians? Hmm. Maybe some are - if they go against the teachings of their church and believe that Jesus is the one way to God. But I do not - NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT- believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian church - or a Christian denomination. Do I hate Mormons? NO, of course not! I just think they have been misguided terribly by the founding fathers of the LDS church. And I think it was mainly done with good intentions. (I would hope.)

My problem with Romney is this Mormon weirdness. I know he was raised a Mormon. But I think he needs to be asked many questions, the race question being one (people with dark skin being inferior).

Do I think Mormonism will flourish if he becomes president? Maybe. It might be how Mormonism got to be so popular in the first place - and I would refer you to the idea of the 'Tipping Point'. BUT I also think that a Pres. Romney might cause folks to look closely at the LDS church - and see it for what it is --- very weird, and very questionable. I hesitate to outrightly call it a 'cult', but seriously, I really think it is one. I guess I would call it a "cult that doesn't look like a cult, but surely believes like one".

I want an intelligent president. (Don't make me make a statement about our current president in that regard!) I'm thinking that a really intelligent person would not continue in Mormonism even though his whole background is (was) Mormon.

So that is my quandary with Romney.
I just felt like saying it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Home sweet home...

I'm home from the Valley. It was a great trip, but I am glad to be home. My next post will be long. I've been working on it a while. I hope you give it a read.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Still having fun. . .

I'm still having fun in the Rio Grande Valley. The fun stopped for a little while yesterday morning when we had a little wreck in the motel parking lot. Long story short - it wasn't my fault and we're fine. Though I was a little shaken the fun soon started up again, We've visited lots of folks from the past, and gotten caught up. Some of the news we heard was sad (unexpected deaths, etc.) and some of the news was wonderful (about successful careers, grandkids, etc.).
What I've enjoyed the most -besides seeing my best friend, Diane (who is doing great)- has been driving around seeing the old haunts. All the memories flood back - and they're good memories. I do think of my dear dad and sister all the time here - but they're good thoughts. I know this has been an emotional trip for my mom who lost her honey of almost 59 years last Christmas, and yet she has seemed to enjoy our trip down here very much.

Tomorrow we go home. . . and I'm ready. Ready to see Sam the man. Oh yes! And Will and Shiloh, too. Oh yes!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Palm Aire

At Palm Aire Best Western Motel in Weslaco. Very nice. And just 6 miles from Nuevo Progresso, Mexico where my mother, her friend since 1950, Mary Morgan, and I went today. It was so fun. We ate at Arturo's. Mother and Mary had one of their favorites, the fried frog legs plate! Me - I had the enchiladas and a diet coke. Yum. We then shopped till we dropped. I I bought some interesting crosses for my booth in the antique mall. Mother bought some jewelry and some candy. Mary said she was with us just for the fun of it. She lives 15 miles from there, so she can go whenever.

Tonight Mother and I are just relaxing here in the motel room.

I'm really glad we came down for this sentimental journey. Tomorrow night will be the most special part for me. We'll be eating out with my childhood friend, Diane. We have a lot of catching up to do. She said that she thinks we probably won't do much eating . . . Ha. She's forgotten that eating trumps talking in my book. Ha. Well maybe not this time.

Monday, November 12, 2007

At the beach . . .

My mother and I are in the Comfort Suites at South Padre Island. . . having fun enjoying life. We flew into McAllen yesterday, drove here and this afternoon we'll head towards Mission, my hometown.

Last night we walked on the beach, then sat on a sand dune thing and talked. Very nice. Very nice. This is good mother/daughter time for sure. And we both love the beach.

The Valley is looking lush. A few years ago they lost lots of palm trees because of bad freezing weather. Well, they planted a lot more than they lost - and it just looks great. I wish my hubby could see it. Every time he's come it just hasn't looked as good as I wanted it to. Now it does - and he's not with me. I have my camera, though. Lucky for him!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thankful

Life is so sweet when you're thankful.

Today I'm thankful for:
- a husband who loves God, then me, and is so kind
-a son who is so kind
-a daughter who is so kind
-a mother who is feeling better, and is so kind
(Lately I've really been thinking that kindness is underrated.)

Also
- being pretty financially secure (nobody's totally financially secure.)
- having a wonderful extended family
- living in a great state in a great nation
- being able to vote for my national leader (though I have no idea for whom I will vote) (actually I have some idea)
And
- breathing
- seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, smelling
- walking, talking
- thinking, dreaming
- reading, writing
- trusting God, and even doubting God- - which always comes back to trusting God.

(I got the idea for this post from another blog I came across.)

(Doing this made me feel good . . . and I like feeling good.)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Some riveting rambling (surely) . . .

I don't have much to say . . . but I want to write something. Maybe if I start writing, some earth-shattering knowledge will come to my mind and I can bestow it on you, my lucky blog-reader.

Hmm. . . this blog-writing business is interesting. The fact that I'm doing it all is even more interesting. I started a blog about 2 1/2 years ago and then chickened out. I mean, writing stuff that anyone who gets internet can read, is daunting. And yet, it's presumptious - thinking that other people would want to read one's dribble. So 2 1/4 years ago I deleted my blog and got on with my life. THEN I got to thinking that I so enjoyed reading others' blogs that, 'why not?'. And even if I'm the only one that reads my blog - I AM someone, and 'By golly, I'm worth it!.' So I started up again. . . and now I'm obsessed.

As for my day now, since you're dying to know (HA!), I'm in another town and state for some business meetings. The meetings may not be the most riveting meetings in the world, but the food is incredible, and worth all the monotone reports. I usually go on a little diet after I come home each month, so tomorrow is Ultra Slimfast for me.

Hmm. No earth-shattering knowledge is popping up. I could write about my thoughts on Mormons' beliefs, . . . or Hillary . . . or how I like the new Dallas Cowboys' coach -- and am not too fond of the Baylor Bears' football coach, but I'll spare you. 'Course you don't HAVE to keep reading.

Enough rambling.
Next week I'll go to my hometown (and Tom Landry's hometown), Mission, TX. I'll have a riveting report on that, I'm sure. (It will be riveting to me.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Branching out . . .

. . . with Revlon Raisin Rage nail polish on my nails . . . and ordering some Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Keith Urban sheet music to play in the tea room, I'm getting out of my rut. I also ordered Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart", from the movie Tarzan. That was requested the other day and I had to admit I'd never heard of it. Oh, I also ordered some Richard Marx music. I'd never heard of him. When I said that to young Nadir, who works in the tea room, his reaction told me that I need to get out more . . . or at least get some new setttings on my radio.

So I'm branching out . . . realizing more everyday that 'youth is in the mind of the beholder'.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Russell Crowe plans to be baptized . . .

That was the news bite that hit me when I went to the Baptist Standard web site. Very interesting. Let's see if I can copy and paste the website address: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PEOPLE_RUSSELL_CROWE_GCLB-?SITE=TXDAM&TEMPLATE=ENTCELEBRITIES.html&SECTION=HOME. That's it. It's long. It looks like it won't work somehow. Oh well. You can do a google search or something if you want to read about it and you don't want to type that thing in. (I'm challenged in some ways - I would have you go to it immediately if I were not challenged.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

I feel like boycotting . . .

Now that is one weird word, 'boycotting'. I'll have to find out about the background of that word. . .

Whatever the background, I'm in the mood for boycotting. Kind of a autumn Lent type of thing. I'm boycotting THE GOLDEN COMPASS, as I said in my last post. I'm also boycotting women's magazines. Their lure is almost too hard to resist, but I'm going to - for a while anyway. It's not that they're sinful, they're just a bad use of my money. I never use the coupons inside and well their material is the same old same old. The titles of their articles are so enticing, and then I get into them and find, 'Oh, I knew that already'.

I'm also boycotting Walgreens - well, not the pharmacy. I'm dependent on that (not really). I'm boycotting buying other stuff there. They always are having signs like, "2 liter Dr. Peppers - 79 cents." So I go in and they're long gone. That kind of thing has happened too much. I'm finally learning that their sign means 'Come in and buy something else'. So I'm NOT.

I've boycotted things in the past. Like "Saturday Night Live". That is often an hilarious show, but on occasion (actually, on many occasions) they cross my line of decency and I boycott. . . for a while. I did that once with "The Office". Now I'm back, but not as wholehearted a fan as I was.

Oh and I'm not planting fall flowers in my front flower bed. I bought some fake flowers for my porch, but I am boycotting real flowers. They're too much work, the planting, then the upkeep. Phooey on them. They will not be the boss of me.

Obviously not much is happening in my life.

[Later- I found out the origin of the word 'boycott'. - "after Charles C. Boycott (1832–97), English estate manager in Ireland, against whom nonviolent coercive tactics were used in 1880."

Saturday, November 3, 2007

THE GOLDEN COMPASS. . .

I just sent an e-mail out to some folks basically telling them to boycott the film THE GOLDEN COMPASS which is coming out in December. Actually I copied and pasted an article I had read about the movie because I so want that movie boycotted. And yet, after talking to my wise husband, I'm thinking that if Christians rise up and cry "Boycott!", well, people will have to go check out the movie - to see what the hoopla is all about. It's like the boycott would be ADVERTISING the movie. Hmmm. That is a good point. Hmmm.

If you have no idea why I (might) want this movie boycotted it is because it was written by a devout atheist who seems to want to be the 'AntiC. S. Lewis'. He seems to want to convince children that God is a myth and the God-myth needs to be exposed. He is not passive in this desire. He is active.

The Catholic League has promoted a boycott as has LifeWay Resources Group (Southern Baptist), from which I got the article I copied and pasted.

I had earlier heard that Nicole Kidman was in a terrible antiChristian movie - so this is it. Daniel Craig, the most recent James Bond-007, is also in it. Those are good actors. Famous, anyway. So what's a believer to do?

Well, I think I'm going to still cry: "BOYCOTT!" Yes.

Now I'm not against atheists. I don't think we need to be against them- even if (and maybe especially if) they are against us. Jesus wouldn't be against them. He gave his life for them. I do think, though, that he would be mindful of the little folks that would be influenced by this movie. I think he might say, "Whoa, parents! Be smart. Be good parents. And save those 7 or 8 dollars - or whatever a ticket costs these days and maybe give that money to your local church." Yes. Maybe Jesus would say that!!
(I hope he doesn't mind me putting words in his mouth.)

YOU GO GIRL . . .

I've gotten a lot done. I've been decisive. And I'm not too old to say to myself, "YOU GO GIRL!"

I won't go into all the particulars (I probably will), but I DID decorate my front porch (finally) for fall - with fake flowers and stuff from Garden Ridge that were 75% off.
THEN, I got all the stuff done (reservations for plane tickets, car rental, hotel, etc.) for my mother's and my trip to the Rio Grande Valley next week.
Before that I worked in Mother's yard, trimming hedges, pulling weeds, working up a sweat (or a 'glistening', as ladies should say). (This was the very first time I had done this for my mother, I sadly admit- but I did finally do it.)
Before that I played in the tea room, and the editor (or one of the lesser editors) from SOUTHERN LIVING magazine was dining there. She actually heard my "Sound of Music" medley, and other 'sugar sticks' I played once I knew she was there.
Before that I did a lot of stuff - paid bills, made calls, ran errands, and other mundane chores that need tweaking so they won't be so mundane.

Anyway, I'm giving myself some 'atta-girls'.

I'm thinking that everyone needs some every now and then.