Friday, January 29, 2010

Paper Progress

Update on my paper battle: I finished Pride and Prejudice last night but did not quite finish going through my paper and receipts. Right before bed I was looking through some of my rubbermaid tubs and found one full guessed it....paper. My suspicion is that most of it will have a meeting with the shredder this weekend, but still, I felt that my progress had been set back. I also have a rather large stack of old bills to go through, and either shred or sort in my files...but thankfully my friend Theresa is keeping me accountable to have it done by Sunday. This is huge for me, and I feel that a very heavy weight is being lifted.

On another note, our pastor has been away in Uganda for the past two weeks and he and the team are currently on their way home. I am so looking forward to his stories, seeing pictures and being reminded about the blessing and privilege of assisting others. You can read all about their journey here. As I've read it, I've laughed, I've cried, and I've felt my heart pulled.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Have you hoard?

Now that I have been trying to make a return to blogging, I'm slightly baffled by all the new thingys that Blogger has. I call them thingys cuz really, I have no idea what I'm doing. I am going to have to sit down and figure this all out sometime. But right now I'm drowning in a sea of paper. I have decided to get my filing in order. I literally have three big boxes full of paper, receipts, invoices etc, so I'm trying to do some separating and shredding. In order to make this experience more palatable, I am watching Pride and Prejudice (the BBC/A&E version) so my goal is to be done with the paper by the time the movie is over (about 5 hours). Can it be done? We shall see. I have also realized that I am a bit of a hoarder....I know that I'm not compulsive about it and it has definitely not taken over my house...but still it has it's consequences. I hold onto things for long periods of time. Part of the reason that I have piles of paper is that I cannot throw a receipt out until I know for sure that a) the warranty is over or b) i am definitely not going to be returning it. And then it all just sits in piles, then I "file" it away in a corner. I seem to keep everything, since I have a problem parting with things for sentimental reasons or "just in case...I might need that again". What this amounts to is too much stuff in a very small house. Perhaps I'll keep you posted on my progress. Here is my very favourite hoarding story. I think I would have gotten along quite well with these dudes.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Blissfull Slumber

I just commented on Tara's blog, and it got me thinking a bit. What has happened in Haiti has pulled on the hearts of billions of people around the world. Many of us feel helpless because we cannot physically go to help (although many can, and are going!). I think that God's heart is breaking for the people of Haiti, but He is using this to wake up the world to what is happening in some of the poorest countries. I'm frustrated, because why should it take a disaster like this for many of us in the wealthiest countries to stand up and take action? Shouldn't we be generous in sending aid BEFORE a disaster happens, so that if it does happen, a country can be better prepared? There is so much talk about "global community" these days...but do we really act like a community would? I am willing to go down the street and bring food to a struggling neighbour...but am I willing to bring food to my brothers and sisters half way around the world who struggle just to buy a handful of rice? There are so many things that vie for our dollars and time. Am I making the best use of both MY dollars and my time? To balance this out, I have had to remind myself that at this moment, although I am not able to go assist, I must commend and support those who have dropped everything to go, or are in the process of going over the next week. And I need to remember that although I cannot be there, God is. And I can't say that there is nothing I can do. I can pray.

Visit my friend Grace's blog to read about opportunites to give to relief work in Haiti as well as ways that you can pray.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lessons from Villa Villekulla

A few years ago when I was shopping at a second hand store, I picked up a number of books that I enjoyed as a child. I didn't really intend to read them I guess...was just feeling a little nostalgic. This past year, I have actually read a few of them...Island of the Blue Dolphins, Romona the Pest, and 2 Pippi Longstocking books. I have particularly been enjoying reading about the adventures of Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim's Daughter Longstocking. Some of her characteristics, although a little outrageous for a child, are kind of inspiring. Pippi is a very generous little girl. Her father has left her a chest full of gold coins and when she gets in the mood to spend, it is usually on other people. Two instances stand out to me. She goes to town to shop with Annika and Tommy and at a toy store, she buys a toy for every child in the vicinity. Again, when she goes to the fair, she buys tons of extra tickets and gives them all away to the kids who have no money to go on the merry go round. She gives without even thinking about it.

Interestingly Pippi also has superhuman strength. She carries her horse, and picks up a tiger who is on the prowl and takes him back to his cage. Her strength also comes in handy whe she comes across a "bad guy". She usually ends up picking him up and tossing him up and down in the air, just to give him a bit of his own medicine. But she is never cruel, and when she is finished tossing, she sends the villian on his way with a lesson learned.

She is adventurous, creative, clever and never phazed by a stressful situation. She always keeps her cool. And she always knows just what to say. Astrid Lindgren had such a unique sense of humour and always balanced the sillyness of Pippi with the always polite and responsible Annika and Tommy. Shouldn't we all have a bit of Pippi in us?

"Listen, little Pippi," she [the teacher] said in a friendly voice, "you want to be a really fine lady when you grow up, don't you?"
"You mean the kind with a veil on her nose and three double chins under it?" asked Pippi.
"I mean a lady who always knows how to behave and is always polite and well bred. You want to be that kind of a lady, don't you?"
"It's worth thinking about," said Pippi, "but you see, Teacher, I had just about decided to be a pirate when I grow up." She thought a while. "But don't you think, Teacher, one could be a pirate and a really fine lady too?"
-from Pippi Goes on Board

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm a blogger, I blog?

Once again, back after a lengthy hiatus. Not sure if anyone is reading anymore? The next few months are going to be a bit of a whirlwind for me, and I really would like to be able to get some thoughts down. So here I am back at my blog. I just can't seem to get rid of it. In an effort to streamline my crazy life, I'm getting rid of some other "social networking" sites (goodbye myspace and twitter!) but I still just can't seem to get rid of my blog. Believe you me, I sure wish I could get rid of Facebook, but it seems I've reached the point of no return. It has become a great way for me to stay connected with friends, but I need to figure out how to streamline things there too. Downscaling is currently happening at my house...oh yes it is! The Salvation Army has no idea what's about to hit them!

On another note, I enjoyed a fantastic post-wedding celebration this weekend for friends from Sylvan. There was great food, a candy bar, some fantastic (read:questionable) dance moves and a LOT of laughter...I even got to dance with one of my little friends who is 6 years old. When we hit the dance floor his mom gave him very strict instructions: "do NOT spin Miss Kelly around and make her dizzy". I'm including a photo that was taken at the wedding back in November. Shown in the photo are just 7 of the many reasons why I love living in Sylvan Lake.