Reformed Grits


Holy Cow!
March 31, 2007, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Weblogs

Ok, it’s not like I’ll win but have you seen this at 5 Minutes For Mom?  I could really use this since my vacuum is really old and smells.  Ahhh… a Dyson… the Cadillac of vacuums.

So ok, I’ll be nice.  You can go enter too.   

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Limerick Thursday
March 29, 2007, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Limerickthursday I’m doing my limericks too late

Can’t skip them– don’t wanna tempt fate!

The doctor, the dentist

(I need an apprentice!)

Appointments were FILLING this date.

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Mint ice cream- how lovely it sounds.

Sweets tempt me, but are out of bounds.

I’ll hold them at bay,

"Carbs, you stay away!"

Cuz so far I’ve lost THIRTEEN POUNDS!

(Now is the part of the limerick where you write me a comment and tell me how AWESOME that is!  C’mon… you know you want to!  I need strokes, people!!!) 



An ounce of Prevention
March 27, 2007, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Miracles and other amazing things

Ok, I am coming out of seclusion on this.  I’m really putting myself out there… telling a big, gigantic secret.  Please don’t think less of me, but…

I love Prevention magazine!  My grandmother used to always get this magazine so I discovered it much younger hanging around her house.   It has great tips on diet, health, medicine, food, exercise, and mental health.  Well, and honestly a whole lot more! 

The reason I’m spilling my guts on this is because a "hint" I saw in there has helped me twice in the last month!  It has to do with avoiding stress/panic/fear etc.  Basically what you do is inhale for 8, hold your breath for 7, and exhale for 9 (or some weird combination like that.  The point is long and slow and you are distracting yourself with the counting, I think.  Plus it keeps you from hyperventilating.)  Next time you are in a stressful situation, try it!

The first time I used it was when Jojo was in the ER about to get his IV.  We used the technique together and it either distracted him or calmed him enough to where he was able to handle the moments preceeding it where he was about to melt down.

The second time was tonight in the moments before I had to speak (just a little bit) at our PTF meeting.   I don’t mind public speaking and I don’t feel anxious but evidently physically my body would disagree.  When I get up in front of folks to talk, I tend to with time start "shivering" almost like I’m cold.  It’s bizarre.  I don’t feel scared but I can’t control my chin so my voice quivers too.  But about 3-4 minutes before I had to get up, I began my controlled breathing and wouldn’t you know.  By the time I got up on stage and did my 3-4 minutes schpiel I was perfectly fine and not shakin’ at all!  It was very cool. 

So I love my Prevention magazine!  It is really a great magazine that inspires me to live (and do!) better!  And no, I don’t get kickbacks from saying that, unfortunately…



Gideon
March 25, 2007, 11:00 pm
Filed under: All things Scottish, Faith, Life, Religion, Travel, What's she up to now?

Do you just LOVE the story of Gideon?  I do!  It has always been one of my favorites!  In fact, if Mr. Grits did not have such an affinity for "normal" names one of our 3 boys would definitely have been named Gideon which means "God’s mighty warrior."  Pretty tough name for a man who was hiding in a wine press for fear someone would see him doing his threshing. And for a man who had the audacity to ask God for a sign.  Twice.  After actually speaking to Him directly by way of a christophany.

OK, so back to the story… my favorite part of the story is how he was trying to raise up this great army to go against the Midianites who were oppressing the sons of Israel, who by the way, were in the midst of doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord at this time.   Long story short he takes all the men and thinks, OK we can do this. 

Then God says, "Errr… wrong, too many.  Send the scared ones home."  Exit stage left, 22,000 people.  10,000 remain.  Can’t you just see Gideon… jaw-dropped going, "What the…?" 

So then God once again says, "Errrr… wrong again.  Too many.  Go down to the river and we gonna send some more boys home."  All the men who lapped water up like a dog were sent home.  300 remained and that was the "remnant" God used to smack down the Midianites.  Well, actually they killed themselves and scattered in confusion but you get what I’m saying.  The 300 actually went on to more incredible victories, if you want to read all about Gideon in Judges 6-8.  Good stuff.

OK, so I brought up that hugely long story to say…

I think I feel a wee bit like him, on a very minuscule scale… And certainly not in a self-congratulating way, like, "Hey look at Kim!  She’s like GIDEON."  (I wish!) but more like I feel like I’m walking a bit in his shoes. 

It’s the Scotland thing again… not only am I NOT gifted with administrative or leadership abilities, God is requiring these things of me.  I really have started to let go and just see where the Lord leads in what we are to share, etc but now He is "whittling down our army!"  We had about 22 and are now down to about 15, and only 4 of these are female!  A few months ago I would have gone psycho and flipped out saying that there was NO WAY this team was gonna work and why do I have to do all this work, but I really feel OK with all this.  I feel like I would have been saying, "O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?"   (6:13)  but now I’m trying to focus not on what MY response is to God’s request but what HIS words were to Gideon.  "Have I not sent you?…..Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat Midian as one man."

My new mantra is "This is not my team.  These are not my people.  God will call and equip His team to reach His people."  There’s good peace there. 

"And the land was undisturbed for forty years in the days of Gideon…"  Judg. 8:29    



Sugie’s purse
March 25, 2007, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Cute kids stuff, Family, Sewing, What's she up to now?

Sugie turned 4 today.  Where did my "tiny" 9 lb 14 oz baby go?  It’s hard to believe I’ve registered her for 4K this fall.  Time flies, to be sure. 

She still loves all things Dora, so in that spirit I made her a some-what cheesy purse that I hope she enjoys.  I am NOT a lover of "character" clothes and accessories (although I will make allowances for PJ’s!) but considering I was able to pull this gift off for her for about $4 I thought I’d go for it.  I need to get it monogrammed of course, but her birthday being at the end of the month– well, it will just have to without!  Sorry for the not-so-great picture but the better lit one was actually fuzzy so oh well, -here’s her little purse:

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Farewell, sweet puppy
March 24, 2007, 12:01 am
Filed under: Life

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The dresses
March 23, 2007, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Sewing, What's she up to now?

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