This picture was taken soon after we brought him home. He was totally a replacement kitty for Chloe, who died unexpectedly. He is such a sweet cat and has brought lots of joy to our home.
This was the one day trip that we had planned for Spring Break. It was to the tallest mountain in Arkansas to enjoy the beautiful view.
You can see that worked out well.
Now you knew this picture would be included. How could I leave out the gratuitous shaved cat photo?
While on vacation this summer, we planned to trade in our SUV for a more fuel efficient car. We left my mom in charge of The Princess. We were going to be test driving a few cars and I left mom with strict instructions to keep a close eye on The Princess.
This is what I found when we returned: Mom was asleep and The Princess was on her own.
Does it get any better than my people at a NASCAR race?
Um. No. It does not get any better than that.
Except for maybe a photo of my people at a NASCAR race with a bonus shot of that man's hair in the background.
Now THAT is the best.
Thanks to Jules for encouraging us to review our year in pictures. The amount of ridiculous pet photos that I have taken has lead me to my New Year's Resolution: In 2009, I need to get a life.
For more top tens, check out The Roost...or better yet, add your own!!
I hope that each of you had a lovely Christmas! Ours was delightful.
I need to share a few things.
1. The Monday after Christmas at Wal-Mart is deserving of its own name. Something like "Stay The Heck Out Of Wal-Mart Monday" comes to mind.
2. The Great Playroom Clean Out 2008 sounds much more fun than it actually is.
3. Day 4 of Christmas leftovers is one day too many.
5. Taking down the Christmas bling made me happy.
6. Unfortunately, it also made me clean out every drawer and cabinet in the house.
7. A person should begin a serious workout program prior to a 12 hour Wii marathon.
Perhaps the most important observation...
8. The Discovery Pink Slide & Text Messengers are the biggest pieces of junk ever made. If you have to make the text messengers touch each other while telling your texting counterpart to "hit receive now" it sort of takes out all of the fun.
Especially when Mama is the counterpart. And when her child insists on playing with them. When they are sitting face to face.
Let that serve as a warning to you.
9. It is not the most glowing example of hospitality to have an overnight guest and forget to put towels in their bathroom. Which wasn't discovered by the guest until he was showering and a towel was necessary. And wasn't thought of by yours truly until the following morning.
(Yeah. Sorry about that, Nick.)
10. There is no better day than one spent with my people in my pjs.
I'm afraid that might have come across as if my people were in my pjs.
They were not.
(It appears as if I've left out #4. Pretend that I did not do that.)
Feel free to share your own observations. I know you have made them.
Really there are more than two. (Anybody watch Monk?)
It would be more accurate to say that there are two really huge things that (currently) scare me more than the other less huge (though not insignificant) things.
2. Leaving the country
(Not necessarily in that order. It depends upon the day.)
Though I have vowed to never leave the country.
For any reason.
So that might trump the flying.
Well. Guess what God has orchestrated...
I'm flying to Guatemala.
I almost threw up when I typed that.
I've been wanting to tell you about it, but I kind of kept hoping it would go away.
But today is the deadline and I'm officially signed up.
Oh. The King and The Princess are signed up, too.
But this is about me.
Some friends of ours have been called to move their family of six to Guatemala to live at an orphanage.
Did I mention that there are six of them?
Four kids, all boys--ages 10, 7, 6 and 2.
They are laying aside their regular, normal lives to move to a third world country and run a dorm for orphaned babies.
Is there a higher calling?
The King is on their board. Our family is 100% behind their ministry.
I just kind of hoped to be 100% behind their ministry from the comfort of my own home.
We will be traveling to Guatemala in March. For eight days.
I can't recall... Have I mentioned that I'm a little bit afraid of flying and leaving the country?
I do not exaggerate when I tell you that I covet your prayers.
I hope that I don't overwhelm you with posts about it (think about the cats, y'all) but I do want to share this with you as I prepare.
I want you to feel as if you are going with me.
Because I am pretending that you are.
I'd like to give you some information on this family and their ministry so that you can begin lifting this sweet family in prayer.
Only Grace is the ministry of the Carney family.
This would have been a really great place to put their photo, don't you think? But that would have required planning ahead. And lately I've been spending most of my time trying to figure out how to get out of flying to a third-world country.
The Only Grace website should be completed in the next few days. I hope to have a button for my blog, too. I'm also hoping to have them do a guest post...I'd like for you to hear of their journey directly from them. The Carney's will be living in and overseeing the baby dorm. "Babies" are children from birth to age 5. There are anywhere from 60 to 100 children in this dorm and they have three Guatemalan assistants.
The Carney's are so excited to be used as the living hands of God. I am amazed at their willingness. They must raise 100% of their funding...a task that seems overwhelming, but they know that God will provide every penny. I am learning from the example of their faith.
I plan on blogging in preparation for the trip and during the trip. Who knows? Maybe we'll take a group of you down there on another trip...
Did I just say that?
I will say that I am very excited about the opportunity to be involved with this ministry.
I will share how God forced moved me to be a part of this trip in another post. For now, I just ask for your prayers for my family, their family and (most importantly) these precious children in Guatemala.