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silly quiz time

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Your Passion is Purple!

You’ve got a ton of passion, but you don’t always wear it on your sleeve.
If something truly excites you, you let your inner intensity shine through.
But otherwise, your passion tends to morph into energy … which you never lack.
You’re a balanced woman, knowing when to turn on the fire in your heart.
What Color is Your Passion?

just general shtuff and nonsense

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

*memorial day was hot
*hot, hot, hot
*it was 91 degrees at 10:30 am
*the kids and i tried to picnic at the park, but we only lasted an hour
*then we visited family
*then i battled with water balloons that did not want to be filled or tied
*then i battled clutters last stand
*i have a bedroom again and not a resting place for clothes
*there is still some clutter behind the door
*don’t tell
*also rearranged the furniture in the living room
*i had some restless energy yesterday
*the neighorbood kids think it is great to play ding dong ditch
*i think they like to hear me yell at my kids to not open the door
*i think i’ll just unplug the doorbell
*i finally got working on my Living Beyond Yourself vidoes and homework
*i also started my first book for the summer reading challenge
*now i have to go back to work
*good thing i like it
*have blessed lazy, summer days

summer reading challenge

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

because i need more to do, i’m joining the summer reading challenge and it is all dana’s fault.
my goal is to only read books that are in my own personal library. i have stacks of books. stacks. i tell you. and i’m always going to the library or the book store looking for more. i need to tackle my stacks before i hit the library stacks. i’m not setting a number goal like some gals are, but i am just digging in.
join us!

there has never been a doubt

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

does it ever just blow your mind that God has a plan for you and for your life. a plan that is bigger than you ever imagined. i have this really bad habit of limiting God, but something i’ve learned over the past year and a half or so is that God is big and if you don’t place him in a box, well, he will blow your socks off.
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” ~ Philippians 1:6 The Message
Here’s to having our socks blown off by God. Glory!


Monday, May 22nd, 2006

current book: I can not list just one…rereading Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, Balance That Works When Life Doesn’t by Susie Larson and <em>Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott.
current playlist: I call it my Captivating playlist…
Add to the Beauty Sara Groves
Amazed Lonestar
Beautiful Bethany Dillon
Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Call Me Beautiful Ginny Owens
Glorious Chris Tomlin Feat. hristy Nockles
Hide Joy Williams
In Your Eyes Nichole Nordeman
Kiss Me Sixpence None The Richer
Mirror BarlowGirl
Plain ZOEgirl
She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful Sammy Kershaw
The Way You Look Tonight Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee
Video (Remix) India Arie
Voice Of Truth Casting Crowns
With You (Acoustic Version) Jessica Simpson
Wonderful Tonight (Live) Eric Clapton
You’re Beautiful James Blunt
current shame-inducing guilty pleasure: I can’t name just one. 🙂
current color: Blue!
current fetish: Chai Frapps
current drink: Diet Coke
current food: Veggie Pizza thin crust
current favorite favorite: my ipod
current wish-list: my amazon one
current needs: a maid, a massaur (however you spell that) and someone to scratch my back…i’ve got an itch…right…there.
current triumph: working out regularly and goind down a size since i’ve gone back to work.
current bane(s) of my existence: housework…no one else cares how clean the house is. so why should I? *sigh*
current celebrity crush: it changes from day to day. lol
current indulgence: Chai!
current #1 blessings: my babies, my girls, my church family…the list goes on and on.
current slang or saying: Oh, for pete’s sake.
current outfit: Turquoise Blue Curve’s T-shirt and grey work out pants …i haven’t changed since i got off work.
current excitement: *giggle* I’m not telling.
current mood: teasing
current link: W@H
current pictures: Me!

halvsies or living an abundant life

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I call this picture…

Living an abundant life
I have this thing…I don’t know how to do things by half measure. Like my hair. That hat while i look tres cute in it covers a hair that is orange. Orange, I tell you. First I had pink hair in honor of Dana’s cancerversary. Then I needed to go back to a “normal” hair color. Do I do it the normal way? No! Before the orange hair I had fire engine red hair only where the hair had been pink. You could see me across a crowded gym. I called it my technicolor nightmare hair.
The same thing can be said of other situations in my life. I don’t just walk down the stairs. I fall and break my ankle. Or instead of having bronchitis I have a large blood clot in my lung.
I cannot do things by halves. My highs are high. And my lows are lows. And it has gotten worse since the hospital stay. I have more highs and they are higher. Do you know why? I cannot do things by halves. I am alive. I am breathing. God has deemed that I need to be on this earth a little bit longer and I need to LIVE.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ John 10:9-10

ABC’s of Nattie

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging and found this at Rocks In My Dryer
Accent: uh, none
Bible Book that I like: Psalms, of course, but I also love Isaiah and Hebrews.
Chore that I don’t care for: Cleaning toilets. ‘Nuff said.
Dog or Cat: Usually cat, but I always wanted to have a house so I could have both.
Essential Electronics: My laptop and my ipod.
Favorite Cologne: Something light and pretty…right now it is a rose scent.
Gold or Silver: Silver, of course
Handbag I Carry most often: This mammoth purse that my whole life fits in like whatever book I’m reading plus all the other essentials.
Insomnia: ALL the time. How do you think I read so much?
Job Title: Jill of all trades. Master of none. i.e. Mom and Curves employee
Kids: 2 rambunctious imaginative children – Jonathan 7 years old and Anna 5 years old
Living Arrangements: a hobbit sized apartment shared with above children
Most Admirable Trait: ummm…empathy
Naughtiest childhood behavior: giving my new kitten a bath in a full bottle of Johnson’s baby wash. That cat never did like me. Wonder why?
Overnight hospital stay: Tonsils when a toddler, With my 2 babies, those horrid days when they couldn’t figure out what was wrong and then last year when I had the blood clot *shudders*
Phobias: Running out of reading material
Quote: I love quotes…I can’t pick just one, but here is one I’ll share…
“Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.” ~ Henry Van Dyke
Religion: Saved by Grace follower of Christ
Siblings: Essentially an only child. I do have a step sis, but we never had to live together.
Time I wake up: At the absolute last moment I have to
Unusual Talent or skill: I can pick up things with my toes..like toys while I’m carrying a basket of dirty laundry. It goes to that Jill of all trades. Master of none.
Vegetable I refuse to eat: Brussel sprouts. sick and wrong.
Worst habit: procrastination
X-rays: too many to count. My nickname is Grace.
Yummy stuff I cook: Whatever I set my mind to…pasta, homemade pizza, cookies…but if I cook, you have to clean up.
Zoo animal I like most: The apes and the big cats…I like them all. God’s creation is beautiful.
I tag anyone who wants to play along!


Monday, May 15th, 2006

Grace Like Rain
by Todd Agnew
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see so clearly
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing Your praise
Than when we first begun

Dear God

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Hello, God.
It’s me Natalie.
Do you remember me?
Of course, you do.
The real question is…do I remember you?
Sometimes I wonder.
My faith seems so elusive
and I feel like I am running through a glass menagerie.
I feel distracted like a babe looking at all the pretties.
I need blinders.
I need to focus on the author and perfector of my faith.
I need to sit at the feet of my Abba, Father.
But I don’t.
So when it rains I can’t help but think I am being bathed
in your tears
and I hear a gentle admonition…
a whisper on the wind,
“Return to the love of your youth and tarry with me.”
Your Prodigal Daugther,
When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” ~ Matthew 26:40-41

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Only a mom could love faces like these.
Happy mom’s day to all the mom’s of the heart, body and soul out there.