Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Red Envelope Reminder

Just a reminder for those who were planning to participate in this event - today's the day. Click here for more information.

Red Envelope Day: March 31, 2009.

Get a red envelope.

On the front address it to: President Barack Obama/The White House/1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW/Washington, D.C. 20500

On the back, write: This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion. It is empty because the life that was taken is not able to be a part of our world.

Mail it out today.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Nest Building

I've been trying to decide...

If I were a bird in Louisville, would I build my house here:

Or here:


I loVe spring in Louisville.

I'm discovering that every city has its charms. Memphis has the best water, Clinton has the best sunsets, and Louisville has the best spring beauties.

Papers, Papers, and more papers...


In case you're wondering what the Dawkins do when we have a weekend at home...this pretty much sums it up:)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Emma

My niece, Emmalyn, turned 2!



Happy Birthday, Emma!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Snakes in the Toilet

A few nights ago I woke in the early morning hours and had a flashback to childhood. As I walked into our bathroom - in our second floor apartment where I've never been given any reason whatsoever to fear the presence of snakes - I suddenly became convinced that there was a snake in our toliet. I proceeded with due caution, nervously completing my task and returning to bed....to consider the possibility and probability of snakes in our toliet. The next morning, still wary, I made sure there was no evidence of reptile foul play.

One of my earliest memories as a child is an incident that happened when I was 4 or 5 years old. I remember sitting with my legs tucked around me on the stool by our bathroom sink. It was the middle of the night and I had hastily entered the facilities and closed the door. While therein, I convinced myself that there were snakes in the hallway. Paralyzed by fear, I sat on the little stool staring at the crack under the door watching as the imagined snakes slithered past on the other side. Eventually my fear got the better of me and I cried for help. My mother came to rescue me - no doubt wondering what on earth I was thinking.

As a college student I spent one summer backpacking through rural asia with missionaries. We plodded through the mountains, across fields of tall grass and carefully tended rice fields. It was a kind of paradise for snakes. I probably prayed more about my fear of snakes than I did for the souls of the people with whom we'd come to share Christ. "Out of site, out of bite" was my constant prayer. I was petrified of an encounter with a snake.

One afternoon our team was operating at different paces - and the team in the back needed a break. I walked ahead on to catch the rest of the group. We were on narrow mountain pass with a steep ravine on one side. Trees swung overhead, and thick grass crowded in on both sides. My mind began to turn as I hurried ahead alone. I was absolutely convinced that there were snakes waiting to fall out of the trees, jump from the grass, and slither across my path. In the midst of my thoughts, a tree branch brushed my head. Startled by the possibility of snake action, I overreacted. I'm not a particularly clumsy hiker(Though I am particularly clumsy at a few other things), but with a 35 pound backpack and a heart full of anxiety - my balance was off kilter. I stumbled, losing my bearings and very nearly toppled off the side of the mountain into the ravine. After I recovered, I looked around - not a snake in sight. I had nearly thrown myself off a mountain over a fear that wasn't even based on the reality around me...and would have been a much worse fate than a snake bite.

I've been thinking about fears this week - things in my life that aren't based on the reality of God's sovereignty and my life lived under his careful provision. There are areas where I walk daily thinking about what could or could not happen - forgetting the Scriptures..."do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul...God gave us not a spirit of fear...do not worry about tomorrow..." I forget often that I am to fear and reverence God alone - not people or life. I want to press more toward that....

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever...

Psalm 19 esv

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Enjoying the greener grass.


Louisville offers a plethera of local eateries - and a diverse range of ethnic foods. Our favorites are Mediterranean cuisine at Shiraz and the Cuban variety at Havana Rhumba. I realize that I don't have anything to complain about - Louisville is a great city when it comes to restaurants. The grass is always greener on the other side though…and I confess that I envy the Memphians' easy access to the delights of Back Yard Burger. We stopped in this weekend and I got my favorite - the Hawaaian Chicken Sandwich. Distance makes the heart grow fonder…even with a BYB. I was not disappointed.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Birthday Party



I am convinced that more children are born in the Springtime than any other season. It seems that there are an endless stream of Robertson/Dawkins birthdays to celebrate as the flowers are budding! This weekend we celebrated a few....though I did forget to leave a few presents behind! We made an exception to our airline baggage rule to put some gifts in the car for birthdays and upcoming holidays. We probably won't make it down to Memphis again for a few months.





My mom is great at celebrations. She decorated the dining room on Saturday for little Emma's 2 year mark next week and even gave me an early b-day present which Sam helped me open:)


It was great to be home!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Backpacking

When David and I flew to Orlando a few weeks ago, we decided not to give into the airline's latest ploy - checked baggage fees. We packed everything in carry on bags and measured it to make sure we were within regulation. We made it through the whole weekend - with everything we needed! I was completely inspired. In days gone by, I could survive 6 months out of a backpack - and in joyful contentment with my portion. I fear I've become high maintenance.


Our lighter load caused us to consider - why is it every time we travel to Memphis we have a car FULL of clothes, shoes, and other necessary items...that we rarely use? This weekend we are heading to Memphis for a family weekend. We decided to limit ourselves to one carry on bag and a personal item - in airline fashion. My trusty old LLBean backpack (Which has lasted me 13 years by the way...good investment, Mom!) is my traveling companion this weekend. I even fit my straightener and hair dryer in there!



Ok. Those who've seen the size of my purse may not think I'm all that low maintenance even yet - I do carry a very large and in charge purse. Aren't you impressed?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Dining

After the inspirational Taste of Home event - I've been a little more seasonal in my cooking. Here are a few of our tasty meals this week:
Mmm. Orange marinated salmon and baked Parmesan tomatoes on our spring place mats!

Broccoli and Rotini Casserole - a new taste of home discovery!

Served with cantaloupe - on the porch! I love eating outside in the spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick wasn't a leprechaun?

And just in case my green skirt suggests that I do indeed think St. Patrick was a leprechaun, let me follow that post up with a little link to info about the actual holiday. Dr. Moore posted a great blog on St. Patrick.

St. Patty's Day


Today I am wearing a bright green skirt in honor of St. Patty's Day. My mom used to decorate for every holiday. I vaguely remember green pancakes as a child. I used to make fun of her - now I've joined her. This morning as I feared the mockery I might receive for my green attire - I thought back to Spirit Week at good ole ECS. The cool kids rarely dressed up. I usually did. Perhaps the most famous outfit was my selection for "Career Day" my Senior Year. I dressed as a nun - head to toe. Wow. What was I thinking? No wonder I was never cool! Ten years after graduation, I've long ago given up the ambition of being even remotely cool. So- here I am in my bright green skirt walking around the ivory towers of SBTS.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Granny???

This is just another reason why we think Top Gear is hilarious...who else would put 70 year old women in a mini cooper and show them how to spin into a parking spot?

Click here:

Grannies using the hand brake.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Beulah Land



When we were in Junior High, one of the favored soloists in our church was a woman with an operatic voice whose hair was - well - very, very large. At age 13, we didn't exactly appreciate the training and elegance of her style. Rather, we spent many a bus trip working on our imitations of her voice. Beulah Land was my particular favorite to "sing"- and not because of the words.

About two years ago, I heard this same woman sing Beulah Land at a conference. I was absolutely amazed to find tears in my eyes and my heart overwhelmed by the beauty of the sound and feeling in the song. Maturity has progressed a little at least - and with the years has come a recognition that life is simply not as long as I once thought it was. There is a reason it's referred to as a breath...and I'm here in the midst of it breathing deep with the ever growing awareness that this is only a prelude.

A few months ago Bonnie and I began making weekly visits to a local hospital to encourage and pray with the patients on the nursing home floor. God has so providentially directed our steps that we are continually amazed at the purposes He has for us there. We recently met an elderly woman in an unusually undecorated room. She invited us into talk though she herself is unable to do anything but mouth words. Thankfully, we can often read her lips. After sharing the Scriptures with her and bits of our testimonies she joyfully told us that she too is a follower of Jesus. When we returned the next week, we spoke with her of heaven. Somehow the conversation turned to the old hymns about heaven and she began to mouth the words to a song. She was "singing" Beulah Land with her hands moving in the air - forgetting, it seemed, the bed to which she was bound. The moment has been in my mind for two weeks now - and I recently read a little except from Mere Christianity that brought fresh thought to the reality of heaven:

" I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same."

When I visited this week, she was not in her room. I inquired and found that she was moved to the ICU and is in more serious condition. I've been wondering more and more about that city about which she sang.


BEULAH LAND, I'M LONGING FOR YOU,
AND SOME DAY ON THEE I'LL STAND.
THERE MY HOME SHALL BE ETERNAL,
BEULAH LAND, SWEET BEULAH LAND

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Taste of Home Extravaganza



Last night I went to the Taste of Home Cooking School with some gals from the office. We had a GREAT time. Two hours of mouth watering food - that we couldn't taste:) I cannot wait to try the Feta Turkey burgers!!! I've been looking for a way to use ground turkey for ever so long. I have to be really inspired to try a new meat. The shameful truth is - I've never cooked with ground turkey.

My favorite part - all the giveaways! We all received a one year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine so we can feel inspired to cook creatively all year long and plenty of coupons and recipes!



Amazingly enough, half or our group won door prizes!!! What are the odds? There were about 800 people there! Erin won a gift card to a swanky salon. Bonnie won a set of super cute Tupperware. Kari won a cake plate - without a cake. Since she's not eating sweets right now this was especially wonderful!
My favorite reaction goes to Bonnie - who jumped out of her seat and put her hands in the air when she heard her name. It was pretty much a Price Is Right moment.

David was all about my participation in this event though he had to fend for himself for one night. I think he considered it a sacrifice for the greater good of his stomach in days to come.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tink

One of the discoveries I've made through my friendship with Keyara (my little sis through BBBS) is that Tinkerbell is super cool in the tween world. This sprightly (and at times jealous) Disney character is intriguing to me. Keyara informed me that a flying Tinkerbell is available in stores now - that's right…she could fly right out the window just like the one in the movie. I think you have to have a remote control though. This week we are celebrating Keyara's 13th birthday. In anticipation, I hit the stores this weekend in hopes of finding a gift suitably tink-ish. She would love to have a bedspread but this was a bit beyond my budget - so I decided to purchase Tinkerbell fabric and make a big stuffed pillow for her room. As I was at the check out, the Hobby Lobby employee keyed through my other purchases and finally came to the Tink decor.

She looked up at me with raised eyebrows: "I see you like Tinkerbell."
I tried to defend myself: "It's not really for me - have you heard of the BBBS program? It's for my little sis. She's the one who likes Tinkerbell. She's turning 13."
Looking simultaneously skeptical and highly amused: "I'll bet."
Trying again, I made another attempt to convince: "It's a wonder to me…how much Tinkerbell stuff there is. I really never noticed it before."
With a smirk: "Have a good day. Enjoy your fabric."

Did I just get made fun of in Hobby Lobby?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

73


It was around 73 and partly sunny in Louisville this afternoon. I loved it.

Though it's still a little early - to celebrate the promise of spring I wore flip flops and Hawaaian shorts over to the Boeving's today.

I love springtime.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Climbing the Hill

Our trip to Florida was amazing. It was such a gift. We really had a blast.

Coming home was difficult. This was not because I hate my job or don't like to be in Louisville or wish I could live in a perpetual vacation style. It was hard because I'm old.

Travel wears me out…and this trip was pretty hard core even for us. We went to sleep at 11:30pm on Monday night after a full day at Disney and woke at 3am to get ready for our return flight. I've been in my office and classes all week…and despite my attempts to recover by getting a few extra minutes of sleep in the evenings…I'm still tired. My conclusion? I'm not as young as I used to be. I can still act like I'm in college - but I pay for it.

This weekend is a study weekend for the Dawkins household. We have very little on the calendar and what's on the schedule is super laid back. To be honest, when I'm tired - I just struggle with sin. I've been pushing down an attitude all day…a sure that I need a good nap, a hard run and a solid dose of the Word. I'm hoping to get all three this weekend. I'm so glad it's Friday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Magical Day


Once when David called Disney to ask about tickets, they ended the call with a modified version of "goodbye." They told him to "Have a Magical Day." We thought it was hilarious...and have henceforth referenced any Disney connection as magical. We did indeed have a magical day on Monday. I don't have time to post much but wanted to give you a few pics this morn:)





Sunday, March 1, 2009

Orlando.



This weekend we are in Orlando for a mini-vacation with our dear friends Robby and Jessica Followell. Though we’ll only be here two full days, it's jam packed full of fun and the sweetness of fellowship. I won’t give you all the particulars that brought this trip about…but let me just say, our Father so very often gives gifts much better than I deserve or even anticipate. This weekend is just another example. We arrived late last night...and will leave Tuesday morning. It's so good to see Robby and Jessica.

Tonight we went to Blueman...one of the coolest, oddest shows I've seen. It was... well....random. We had a great time!




Tomorrow....Disney's Magic Kingdom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!