Thursday, May 28, 2009

I still have sand in my shoes...

Why the 3 day weekend couldn't actually be a month or two is beyond me! :o) I had a great weekend with friends and family. If we could get paid to invest in the people we love most, I'd be so rich!
Friday: I watched movies with the fam on Friday.

Saturday: Got up extra early to get ready to hit the beach with some friends.

Sunday: Went to church with the family and had friends meet me there. Lunch was delicious. After church I went home to plan the VBS and got a lot of stuff knocked out (well, at least the planning part - now it's the follow through that needs to happen...FAST!). I'm amazed that right after that I got all prettied up fairly quickly and got to a friends wedding before schedule. That in itself was amazing, not to mention the wedding! It was fantastic.

Monday: I ran errands in the morning and then had dad help me pick out some art stuff at Texas Art Supply. As soon as I got home I got to work on this big poster. I got to mix tempera paints to my hearts content!

The weekend was super full. Time well spent. And I'm back in the trenches with sand in my shoes.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece -- by thought, choice, courage, and determination.
- H. Jackson Brown

There is a character assessment that each PEP brother has to go through in order to graduate from the program. When I listened to C. Rohr talk about it, I wondered how many of us would be willing to go through the "torture" and how many of us would pass.

So what does this assessment look like? Well, first they study character traits - what makes good/bad character. Then they are given the opportunity to evaluate each other and they use three words describing each others character. After that is completed and all the feedback is compiled, each individual is approached with the results and ways they can improve.

The same assessment is applied throughout the "semester" and the final one, from what I understand, is the most brutal. Everyone sits in a circle and listens to everyone elses feedback. So if you have great feedback then no sweat. But, can you imagine if your peers say that you are a jerk, a liar, a manipulator, selfish...and until you can address these problems and be willing to change this then you cannot continue??!!

I wonder what would happen if we applied this in our work place, in our church, in our families...DANG GINA!! This is accountability at it's finest - in my opinion. Personally, I think we let a lot of things slide and as a result we are a hurting society.

I wonder, would I pass? I know that my behavior with my younger brother, on the VERY day that I heard the details of these assessments, was embarrassing. I would never EVER let you see that ugly side of me.

It was definitely a heart check for me.

Remember to have a teachable spirit. You're never finished learning...growing...refining your character.
...encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
-Hebrews 3:13

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

When They Met

So I’ve seen the famous scene Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal shared debating whether men and women can be friends in the movie When Harry Met Sally several times for whatever reason, but never saw the whole thing until recently. Pretty sure it’s on my favorites list.

One of the lasts scenes, along with others, made me laugh - I couldn't help it.

Harry: I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Sally (condensed response): I hate you, Harry!

Monday, May 4, 2009


  1. Cutting your bangs without consulting with your hair person.
  2. Pumping gas in the Houston Ghetto's at night by yourself and having a "lawn guy" offer his services and asking for your number.
  3. Jumping on the opportunity to talk to a hot guy!