Friday, January 18, 2008

What My Name Means....

I was on one of my favorite blogs this morning, My Semblance Of Sanity (she's funny, you should read her), and she had a link for finding out the meaning of your name. So, being the (nosy) curious type, I checked it out. See what you it accurate?

What Julie Means
You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.
You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

I didn't quite agree with the whole thing, but the part about me being great at giving advice and being friendly, charming, and warm were RIGHT ON! (Just kidding - I think I'm okay, but I know people who are WAY nicer than I am...) I cracked up, though, because I put Ande and all the kids' names in, and guess what? I am apparently surrounded by Type A personalities! Jeez, no wonder I am a little crazy sometimes...

I gave a few updates late last night, so remember to check those out as well....

Thursday, January 17, 2008


My brother in law updated Ande's website today, check it out here. (Thanks, Tim, it looks really good!) I talked to Ande tonight, and he said the NAMM show is HUGE. He said he saw some famous people, but he didn't really want to go through the list. When I spoke with him, he was sitting in a pretty ritzy hotel. I'm pretty sure he said it was the Grand Californian. Yeah, he's NOT staying there, although I'm sure he probably wouldn't mind it. He had to go there because his friend Ron had to get his pass to the NAMM show from another guy, Mark from Analysis Plus. Mark is from our area as well, and is the one who gave Ande his pass to the NAMM show as well. He's a pretty cool guy, from what I've seen/heard.

Wouldn't you know that yesterday, because Ande took our camera to CA with him, that The Jib was just being hilariously funny? She managed to pull down the dishwasher door, after which she promptly climbed up and sat on it, looking happy as a clam. Of course, since I had no camera, I could take no picture. Ugh. (It didn't dawn on me until later that both of our older girls have digital cameras, and I really could have taken a picture.) Of course, not to be outdone on the cuteness factor, Puckey wanted to "snuggle in mama's bed" last night. If you've read some of my other posts, you've probably seen the pictures. Who could resist her little dark chocolate eyes and sweet little smile? Not me. So she snuggled mama right to the edge of our king sized bed. I was balancing on about 8 inches of mattress, when there was a good 3-4 FEET of mattress on the other side of her. When I got up this morning, I would have taken a picture of where she was in relation to the size of the bed, but this was before I remembered that the girls had cameras. Oh well - the week isn't up yet, and I have a feeling that she will want to snuggle again at least one more night this week!!!

For those of you who haven't, please check out Confessions of a CF Husband and see what's new. Nate posted some more pictures of baby Gwyneth, and she is SO sweet! She reminds me of a little baby monkey (which is a GOOD thing - until Puckey could talk, we called HER monkey because she was all long limbed, skinny, and hairy when she was born! Poor girl even had hairy ears! Of course, when she started talking, she informed us that she was Puckey, NOT monkey. Now she's a dinosaur.) Please continue to pray for strength and healing for this family, as they still have a LOOOONG road ahead.

Okay, it's about 2 hours past the time I had decided I was going to get to bed tonight, so I'm going to go now.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Daddy's flying in a shark to California

For whatever reason, whenever Puckey sees a plane in the sky (or a picture of a plane), she calls it a shark. Now, she knows what a real shark looks like, and calls them sharks as well. Maybe it's the wings on the plane?!?
Yeah, I guess I can see it....

So this morning, I had to wake her and The Jib up so we could take Daddy to the airport, because he has to fly to California for the NAMM show. She got all excited when I told her Daddy was going to fly in a shark today. As a matter of fact, as I type this, he and his friend Ron are probably sitting on the plane waiting to take off. When we got home from dropping Daddy off at the airport, there just happened to be a plane flying over our house - I told Puckey, "Look, there's a shark like Daddy is going to fly to California in!" She got a big grin and said, "Do you see it, Mamma? Do you see it?"

Before Ande went into the airport, I reminded him to bring me back some cool SWAG (stuff we all get) from the NAMM show. We'll see how he does!! He also took our camera, so maybe he'll get to take some pictures of famous people?!? (That's part of the reason why the NAMM show isn't open to the public....because they want musicians to be able to go there without being hassled by fans) I'm just praying that he will be able to drum up some interest in his amps, maybe even come home with some orders!! That would be awesome! I'll keep you updated on that.

It's going to be a strange week here without Daddy, but hopefully we'll do alright. I think the girls will miss him a lot, though. Especially Puckey. She's pretty much a Daddy's Girl.

If you haven't yet, please go to Confessions of a CF Husband and read about the amazing work God is doing through this family. I believe that God can use any circumstance to help us grow, learn, and move closer to Him as long as we let Him into our hearts to do so! Prayers for this family are going continually, and I know for myself at least, I have felt led to pray more often and more openly because of the faithfulness Nate has even through all of the trials he is facing right now. Who am I to complain because money's tight or the kids are grouchy, or I didn't get as much sleep last night as I would have liked? For what God has provided for me and my family, I should be on my knees praying and worshipping continually! Fortunately God doesn't require us to pray only if we're on our knees, or only at church, or only if we are dressed a certain way...we can pray anytime, anywhere! Not to say that we shouldn't take time daily to be quiet and pray and be alone with the Lord, because that is important too. But if you're in the grocery store and someone comes to mind - pray for them! You don't have to go through the Old Testament and use a bunch of "thees" and '"thous", you can just pray. How cool is that?

Anyhoo...visit Nate's blog at the link above (it's also listed in my favorite blog list), and remember his family in prayer. If you're on Facebook, I know that there is a page dedicated to the Lawrenson family there as well. Click this link to get there.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Looking for a miracle

This morning, I was reading my favorite blogs, and I came across a link to another blog along with a prayer request. I clicked the link, and was brought to tears by what I read.

Confessions Of A CF Husband is the blog of a man named Nathan, who is married to a woman with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). His wife, Tricia, recently gave birth to their first child, a daughter, named Gwyneth Rose. Due to complications from her CF, it was neccessary for Tricia to give birth via C-section at only 24 weeks gestation. Clicking on this link will take you to Nathan's blog.

What amazed me the most about this blog is that here is a guy who is really dealing with a lot of stress, frustration, and probably some fear - but he doesn't dwell on it. His posts are full of praises to God, prayer requests for families other than his own, and such obvious love for his wife. There is no regret there, no "feel sorry for me" - it's all about his desire to see God glorified through all of the circumstances that Nathan and Tricia are dealing with. This man has a servant's heart!

Tricia also has a blog, with pictures, her "story", and an opportunity to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis. There has been a trust fund set up to help Tricia and Nathan with the medical expenses related to Tricia's treatment, and you can find out information on how to donate there as well. This link will take you to Tricia's site. I encourage you to visit both sites, and see how God is working in this family's lives.

I hope that any who reads this will take a few moments to pray for this family, because our God answers prayers!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Why does there have to be so much drama?

Earlier today I wrote an email to a friend of mine. Well, I guess we're more like acquaintances now, but I used to consider her a good friend. Anyway, I wrote an email to her about something I read that she had written. She got mad about what I said, but I didn't really get it until her third reply within the email conversation. When I realized that she was mad, I asked her why, and she basically told me that I was arrogant and self-righteous. Now, not that I have NEVER acted that way before, God knows I have, but I really wasn't trying to be that way. I had actually put a lot of thought into the original email I sent in an effort to NOT sound that way. I guess it didn't work. She was apparently mad enough to remove me from her list of "friend's blogs". The issue between us is over, but it leads me to wonder, "Why does there have to be so much drama?"