Oct 17, 2007

32 Loads of Laundry

I think I did 32 loads of laundry in one week. It all started when I ran out of my monster Costco container of detergent. I already had a few loads waiting to be washed, but instead of rushing out and picking up some detergent, I put it off. One thing led to another and by the time I purchased the detergent I had the leaning tower of jeans to deal with. But 32 loads? Really? As laundry began making it's way from the hampers to the washer, to the dryer, to the couch (my folding spot) into the drawers I began to feel like I was sure doing a ton of laundry.
Just a bit ago I started another load and noticed the laundry detergent was feeling low. I looked at the magic number on the container and it said that nice little container could do 32 loads!! So either the Tide people are lying, I can't measure properly, or I actually will accomplish the task of washing, drying and folding 32 loads of laundry in 7 days. Unbelievable.
I know, you are wondering what kind of dirty pig am I do have 32 loads of laundry laying around. That is the thing, it isn't that it is all laying around - it is that laundry is an endless cycle of dirtiness.
Genesis teaches us that painful labor was a direct result of Eve's "craving" in the garden of eden. Eve often gets the blame for the drama involved in delivering our children. Quite frankly, I'd like to talk to Adam and Eve about sewing clothes that I and women throughout history have to wash, dry, fold, and put away over and over and over again.

Oct 9, 2007

Good things CAN happen in Alabama!

If you are reading this blog, you know me well enough to know that I often refer to my time in Alabama as my "dark age". Tonight, I was reminded how bright those dark times actually were. So, I decided to make a list of some great things that happened in Alabama.
I learned the terms "might could", "carry her to the store", and "buggy" - as in shopping cart.
I shopped at Piggly Wiggly. Admit it, you have to smile when you say Piggly Wiggly when referring to a grocery store.
I saw how peanuts and cotton grow. Tasted fried Okra, turnips, and fried cornbread.
I survived two tornadoes - they touched down within a few miles of the house.
I learned how to play poker and competitive monopoly.
I saw my first Shakespeare play.
I survived my first and ONLY NASCAR Race at Talladega,Alabama.
I fell in love with southern thunder storms.(Up until that point I thought I knew a thunder storm but I didn't.)
Mika and Tom met at a wedding in Alabama - the rest is history.
Katie is from Alabama - she's coming tomorrow to visit for a week.
I got pregnant with Eli in Alabama.
I met Maureen and Stacey and CJ and Laura.
Which brings me to why I was thinking about good things in Alabama. A few weeks after I arrived in Alabama we met CJ and Laura. We were only together in Alabama for about 8 months, but in that time we built a relationship that has lasted over miles, years, and long periods with little or no contact. They've been in Texas, Korea, Texas, and you know where we've been. We've seen each other a few times over the past 5 years and try to keep up with each other through emails, blogs, and photo galleries.
Tonight, Laura and her girls came by for a visit. Her parents live about an hour from us, and during her visit with them, she made time to come see us. The kids played together, Laura and I caught up, and I was reminded of how special it is to have her as a friend. As she left I was a little sad. I thought of how much more of our lives we could share and enjoy if only we lived closer. Good things do happen in Alabama, friends are one of them.

Oct 4, 2007

Grandpa's Baptism

In the Christian faith, baptism is a symbol of dying to yourself and being raised up from the waters as a new life in Christ. It is a step that Christians believe is a public profession of being a follower of Christ.
Five years ago my Grandpa was baptized. It isn't everyday that you see an old guy get baptized. Getting someone who is mobility-challenged down some steps into water and back out required some work and planning, but Grandpa was willing to find a way to do it. When the pastor asked why he decided to be baptized my grandpa's response was simple "I love Jesus."
Today as Grandpa's health deteriorates he and the family take comfort in knowing that when his time on this earth is done, he will go home to be with his Lord and Savior. I like to look back at these pictures and remind myself of this really special day. The sweet smile and total joy upon my grandpa's face was priceless - today he only faintly resembles the man five years ago - but when he is gone this is the grandpa I will remember.

Oct 1, 2007

Promotion Day!

Matt was promoted to CW3 today! Yeah!