/> SLO in Arkansas: September 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006


So, Silas and I are about to take the plunge into parenthood of fur babies. He's thrilled, Im skeptical. I'm not a dog person, but Im going to become one next week, so I guess I better get ready!! A friend of mine is giving us two, yes two, beagle puppies next week. They are awfully cute and I think they will do well together. Anyway, Im hoping for the best and am sure they will grow on me once we get them. Silas has made them a doggy mansion from wood at work and will be putting a pen together this weekend for their area in the back yard. I am just not ready to have a pet in the house!! I will get some pictures posted once we get them.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Shade Trees

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit"
~Nelson Henderson~

When I first heard this quote I found it a little amusing, but as I have thought about it for a few days, it has started to grow on me (excuse the pun!) Once I got past the literal meaning, I realized it is the basic concept of "pay it forward." This is a concept that our world needs more of, as we have become more self centered as a whole. I think we all need to be reminded that at times it's ok to do something that will have no direct effect on our own lives, but it will be more than beneficial for people down the road we have never even met. Once we are gone from this earth, what kind of legacy will we have left behind?

Friday, September 08, 2006

Roller coaster or Railroad track?

Most of my life I have heard, and therefore thought, of life in the sense of being a roller coaster ride. There are always the ups and downs, mountains and valleys, whatever you would like to call them. This seems to make sense, and I have felt lately that I may be in one of the down times, or valleys, as I have been struggling with some different life issues over the past few months. The problem with this "roller coaster" mentality is its oversimplification and thus, its inherent downfall.
I was recently blessed by an email I read before leaving for work one morning, forwarded by a friend in California I have not spoken to in some time. It was a blurb on Rick Warren, author of the best seller "The Purpose Driven Life". He presented a much more interesting, and I feel accurate protrayal of life, in terms of a railroad track rather than a roller coaster. His explanation of this included that life is generally not ALL bad or ALL good, but rather some of both going on simultaneously. I've pondered this thought over the past week and think Rick hit it right on the head. We may currently be up against one of the biggest storms or challenges of our life, but if you take the time to look, you will find that God always blesses us in the storm and in other areas of our lives as well. This small paradigm shift has really helped my perspective on my current struggles this week. As I have felt the pain in one specific area, I have also tried to open my eyes and heart to see and acknowledge that I am being continually blessed in so many other facets of life. So rather than feel that I am down in a pit or valley, I am choosing daily to believe that I am still cruising along the path God has laid out for me, and I may encounter a little bad on the left and a little good on the right, but never all or nothing on one side. Maybe it's just me, but I think I roll out of bed a little easier in the morning with this view of life, and Im happy to say I have thrown out the "roller coaster" mentality. What about you????

Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Car

Ok, so here it is...finally. The first brand new car that Silas or I have ever owned. It was fun to buy and test drive, and even more fun to have on a daily basis. I picked it out, but Silas gets to drive it to work because of its great gas mileage. He is nice enough to let me have it one day a week so I don't have to drive the tank, I mean truck around town!!
My favorite part is that he continues to drive this car like he did his truck, which is not always the best for the car!! We have off-roaded at least once and I have had to stop him from taking the curb on more than one occassion. Who knows what he does when I'm not in the car though!! Silas also enjoys the V6 engine, which allows him to pass any car he wants. . . quickly! I've been told I am not allowed to tell how fast he has had it up to either, but let's just say he was flying!! Thus the nickname for the car...."the screamin' demon." I have not been able to use my favorite feature yet, which are the heated seats. I am anxiously awaiting cooler weather to check this feature out!! Well, that's about all for now on the car situation. Oh yeah, one other interesting fact is that there is ample trunk space.....
enough to hold at least 2 grown men with room to spare, as Silas and our friend Willie found out! I will keep that picture under wraps though:)

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