Thursday, July 31, 2008

2 Things to report . . .

1. Elizabeth HAS waited till John finished the bar exam to have their baby boy. YAY. (He (John) finished 30 minutes ago (I think).) (Soon she'll have it - though not in labor yet.)


2. This is a totally less important subject but it's a must: Splurge on a milkshake at Chic-Fil-A. Oh my. You must.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The experiment worked. Definitely.

For the last three Sundays Rob has lead our church in an experiment in worship. He purposefully did NOT use music - so as to share with us how we can worship God in other ways than music.

It's hard to say what he did without being there. It's like an inside joke-- you HAVE to have been there to have understood it. The EXPERIENCE of it was the message. [Unfortunately yours truly missed the second part in the three of the series . . . (Sigh) . . . so I didn't get the fulll experience.

But what I got definitely worked for me.

Especially the last service.
People brought their art work. By 'art work' I mean drawings, photographs, needlework, photo-shopped art, and even decorated cakes and cupcakes. They were set up all around the auditorium accented by pretty lamps. One could see them before and after the service while pretty background music was being played.
During the service Rob's talk was about how 'things' are used by God to have special meanings. Like water (baptism), wine or grape juice and bread (communion), rocks (an altar), etc. You can click HEREto hear the service if it is up yet (on the left click 'hear the talk').

Here are a few pictures (though not very good (sorry)) that I took after the first service this past Sunday.








Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of a pillow that someone made and decorated. It said "Don't take life so seriously. It isn't permanent." I liked that.

As I walked around the auditorium I felt as if I had worshiped God.

Pray. . .

for this man (pictured here with his little Caroline).

He's taking his bar exam today, tomorrow and the next day.

AND . . . pray for this woman (pictured here with her little Caroline).

That she won't go into labor those same three days!

This may seem like I'm making light of all of this . . . but it is important that we DO pray for John and Elizabeth during these three crucial days.

Thank you.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

"What Do You Wear to Yoga Class?"

There is something about this question, actually article title, in REAL SIMPLE magazine, that makes me sick. Or at least uneasy.

It makes me think of the affluence of Americans and how they (we) are out of touch with the poverty in many parts of the world.
And yet. . .
how guilty should I feel?

I don't want anyone to be starving.
I don't want anyone to live on the streets.
I don't want anyone to have to be a refugee - from anything.

Still - that article title sickens me.

Hmm.
I've seen other headlines that are just as 'affluently-charged' . . . but for some reason I haven't been as sickened as I was with that one.

Hmm.
Maybe I'm 'emerging'.

That Eskimo Pie Vanilla Nestlé Crunch Bar . . .

. . . was everything I hoped it would be. YUM.

Friday, July 25, 2008

How sweet . . .

are John and Elizabeth. Oh my.

John went to Target today and before he went he asked Elizabeth if she needed anything. Well, evidently she showed him my blog post with the decadent ice cream pop picture and asked him to buy me a box. When he got home they surprised me with it!!!!! Tomorrow I will indulge!!!!!
Here are John and Elizabeth holding said treat. (Isn't she beautiful? - and she's not wearing any makeup - plus she's 9 months pregnant! And, of course, he is dreamy-looking.)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

4 Things . . .

1. The Baylor University president, John Lilley, has been fired. (That has made a lot of folks happy down in Waco.) (Well, except for John Lilley.)

2. REAL SIMPLE magazine has named the Eskimo Pie Vanilla Nestlé Crunch Bar the most decadent ice cream pop. Click HERE if you want to read about it. Me, I just want to eat one.

3. Cell phones may really be bad for you after all. Hmm. Click HERE if you want to read more about it.

4. Aliens from outer space are NOT fiction, according to an astronaut who walked on the moon as a part of Apollo 14. Click HERE for the story. It is very interesting. But he's 77 now and maybe the years have done something to his mind?
Years can do that.

I like my name after all . . .

There is this judge in New Zealand who has taken it upon himself to save a child from a crazy name her parents gave her. I say, 'Good for you, judge!' Her (the child's) name is Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii. That makes Nancy Jane not seem so bad. Click HERE to read the article.

When I was telling nephew-in-law John about it he told me about a list of crazy names a friend sent him - to help him and Elizabeth pick a name for their baby boy. They haven't quite picked a name yet. I had him e-mail me the list. I don't think one of these names has 'strucken' their fancy but maybe. They might be leaning toward 'Nacho' . . . or 'Superman'. Hmm.

Here's the list: Bogart, Cajun, Cleopatra, Champagne, Chain, Desire, De'treasure, Dub, Essence, Girl, Infant, Jazzman, Lade, Lancelot, Laser, Latissue, Lieutenant, Lil, Lil-clifton, Luscious, Metallica, Nacho, Nemesis, Passion, Superman, Tangy, Tarzan, Texas, Tierany ,Tiny, Titan, Tornado, Tupac, Tyranny, Wonderful, Zeus

Do you have a name you would suggest?
Leave it as a comment - and I'll let them know.
It might be THE ONE.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Simply Lunch . . .



John H. is taking his bar exam next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (July 29-31). His precious wife, my niece Elizabeth, is VERY pregnant and we are wanting this baby to WAIT till AFTER the bar to come.
I say all that to say that I'm having a sweet week with Elizabeth and Caroline while John is studying. I'm doing the lifting of Caroline and whatever else needs lifting. . . . which means I'm staying over here (in their apartment) and just hanging out with these sweet girls.
One blog I've enjoyed reading (seeing) is Simply Breakfast. (Click HERE to go to it.) I may make my own and call it Simply Lunch. Here would be my first installment. It's Caroline's lunch, as you can tell.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Baby Boy Shower!

Saturday afternoon was a fun time! Mother, Laura and I hosted a shower for Elizabeth who is due SOON with a little boy. Here are a few fun pics. (You can click on them to make them bigger.)







Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shower in OKC!

Another sweet shower for Caroline - and Rob!
It was Thursday evening after board committee meetings. The lobby of the bank was the shower for Caroline and upstairs in the break room was the shower for Rob. The two showers were given by Lorie, her sister Melanie, Jawana, Arlene, Joyce, Minnalee, Opal, Helen Snyder, Ruby, and some others I think. (I mention the names because some of you know these ladies.) (You can click on any picture to greatly enlarge it.)







Tomorrow I'll post pictures of another shower!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Bless her heart . . .

Nancy Pelosi has called George W. Bush a total failure- in every regard. 'Bless his heart,' she said.

Well, bless her heart. She's forgetting something.

Yes, I'm embarrassed for Bush in many regards. He has lost lots of respect - if he had any - by so many people including yours truly (frankly).
BUT - I think we need to remember that UNDER HIS WATCH we have NOT had another 9/11 attack. . . and on 9/12/01 everyone in these United States was wondering what else is going to happen and when. And it hasn't. It didn't.
I don't know why that is.
But I do think we need to REMEMBER that no major terrorist attack has happened on that 'failure's' watch.

I just wanted to say that.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Grandmothers are looking younger these days. . .


Here is little Caroline with her Mimi - John's mother, Susan.
And here is a verse I happened to read today: "Children's children are a crown to the aged." Proverbs 17:6

That is a wonderful verse.
. . . though clearly the word 'aged' and Susan don't go together.

(That picture was taken last month (or May)- which explains the paci.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sprout!


Today, as I was babysitting little Caroline while her mother had her obstetrician's appointment, I decided to find out what kind of children's shows were on TV these days. Wow. There are quite a few channels out there, and of course, lots of shows. Some are weird. (Have you seen the new "George of the Jungle"?) Anyway, in my quest I was introduced to "Sprout" (Channel 295 on Direct TV) and I really liked it. As I was doing a Google search on it I found out that it is a PBS show. Did I say I really liked it?

Oh, and everybody, please pray that Elizabeth will not have her baby until AFTER John takes the bar exam the end of this month.
Thank you.

Monday, July 14, 2008

My Space . . .



Almost 4 years ago I got started having a 'booth'. What fun. 'Course you (I) don't make lots of money unless you sell big furniture, which I don't. (Fortunately I don't have to make a lot of money, - but if I did that would enhance the fun, for sure.)

Soon I hope to add some of Will's art in it as well as some Sweet Caroline Couture by Elizabeth. Then when you ask people, 'Where do you like to shop?' They''ll say, 'Oh, Macy's, Target, and Booth 523 at the LoneStar Antique Mall.'
It's just a matter of time.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thumb drives, staycations and laughter


I've been learning some new things.

Yesterday I learned about thumb drives. I'm sure many of you know what they are. Now I do.

I've also learned about staycations. They're popular now - what with gas prices and the overall economy.
Click HERE for the Wikipedia definition. (Though you probably can figure out what they are by their name.)

Last week in the Star Telegram I learned that laughter was free therapy. Well, really I knew that. . . but it was good to see. You can read the article by clicking HERE.
(Telling you about laughter was a good excuse for me to put that crazy Mona Lisa picture up.)

Friday, July 11, 2008

2nd post in one day . . .

. . . because it's important.
Thanks to Elizabeth I found out this article was in the Dallas Morning News - on the front page! Here is the online version. Be sure and watch the little video. You'll see Laura in it. Click HERE for it.

New dog . . .

Oh. Wait. It's the old dog - with a brand new look!
Wednesday we had Pet Love Grooming come to our house (!) and bathe and groom Shiloh. I wasn't here, Sam was, and it's a good thing. I probably wouldn't have had his hair cut so short- but oh, he needed it cut so short. These pictures don't show how much happier he is acting. . . but he IS acting much more frisky. Bless his heart. We should have had him 'shaved' over a month ago. He's so much cooler now.

Here he is BEFORE.


Here he is AFTER.


I know, this makes you want to go get a hair cut!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Welcome Home!!!!!!!

Our niece, Jennifer, and her husband, Ryan, got back today with their new son, Lewis, from Vietnam! Living so close to the airport I HAD to go and help welcome them. And, of course, I HAD to take pictures!
Here are a few - with the captions being on the top of each picture.

Here are big sisters Molly and Charlotte waiting with the sign - to welcome their parents and new little brother.


Lots of friends showed up at the airport to welcome the Tompkins!


They're here! That's Molly running towards them. (Click on the picture to see it bigger.)


I think Jennifer's excited!!


Here's little Lewis standing! (He'll be a year old this month - so soon he'll be taking off running!)


It was all a thrill - and yes, there were tears of joy.

Life is sweet.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sweetie girl . . .


In about an hour she's coming to see me! We'll play together. Then we'll cook supper together. (She learned how to cook from her mother.)
(I gave her that outfit to welcome her to Texas. You can comment on it if you'd like. You know, tell me how adorable it is. Of course, on her anything would look adorable.)

I love that she's a Texan now!!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

on Atheism . . .


I was rereading C. S. Lewis' THE PROBLEM OF PAIN this week and in the introduction he was talking about how - to him, in his atheist days - nature was NOT evidence of God. (Funny, I had always thought it was.) That intrigued me. Then that very day I found out that the cover article in CHRISTIANITY TODAY was about atheism.
Hmm, I thought. I remember (very well) having trouble with the idea of God. Long story short: I am now a major believer. My faith in Him has changed my life. CHANGED MY LIFE! My hymn is "I Need Thee Every Hour". . . because I do.

Anyway, I decided to dedicate this post to God.

Now this edition of CHRISTIANITY TODAY is biased, of course (toward God), but STILL I think it's worth a read. Click HERE for the main article.
There is also a list of books about the subject that you can find if you click HERE.

And I like these quotes:
"I tried atheism for a while, but my faith just wasn’t strong enough."
- Author Unknown
"Belief is a wise wager.  Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false?  If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.  Wager , then, without hesitation, that God exists."
- Blaise Pascal, PASCAL'S WAGER
"Why is the Atheist’s main target always Jesus of Nazareth, and never Buddha, Confucius, or Mohammed?  Why is the aspiring athlete’s target always the true champion and never the also-rans?"
- Author Unknown
"If man is not made for God, why is he happy only in God?"
Blaise Pascal

I have a simple mind. It cannot argue with great minds. But I know this: I was blind, but now I see. Lost, but now am found.

It's a wonderful life.

P.S. That first picture - of the guy holding the sun - I just put that in for fun. Interpret it as you will.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day!!


May the Fourth be with you!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Settling down . . .

I've reminded myself of myself when I was younger and I'd be driving around switching radio stations incessantly. Restless, I guess. My switching 'looks' for this blog has been like that, kind of.
Good grief.
So I'm settling down with this 'Scribe' template again. Feels like home.

On another note, nephew John informed me (and whomever else reads it) on his blog that he has consolidated to FriendFeed. To understand what that means you can go to his blog (under John C. (family and friends list at the left)) and read his post titled FriendFeed. Or you can click HERE to go to his FriendFeed account.
To help you know who he is here is a picture of him thinking.
(Gee, most people don't look that good when they're thinking.)