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A Delightful Flavor

Published March 28, 2007 by glaumland

Omigosh! Last night I had a dinner meeting at the Hyatt Regency. The food was all good, but the mushroom bisque was INCREDIBLE! I’ve never tasted soup so good. I’ve found a recipe on the web that I will have to try. Hopefully, I’ll be able to fix some more and really pig out! It was so good, I skipped the cheesecake and had another bowl of soup. Mmmm.

Yesterday was another tough day. Dr Gloom on call again. Thank goodness all days aren’t so emotionally draining. But I’m really glad I’ve got such a terrific staff for support and help. It makes all of the difference.

Well, tonight’s our last night of Lenten services. Plus we’re having a soup supper! I wonder if there will be anything as good as the mushroom soup last night. Guess I’ll just have to try them all!

I was too wiped out to do much today so I made a page for the scrapbook. I enjoyed doing it – I’m going to have to do more. It refreshes my soul.

Until next time!

Out of My Comfort Zone

Published March 26, 2007 by glaumland

I was working on a Sunday School lesson for this summer about the cost of following Jesus (LK 14:25-35). It isn’t an especially pleasant topic, because it forces you to think about how much you would really be able to sacrifice for your faith.

Could I do it? I don’t know. I’d like to think that I could find the strength (actually has very little to do with me, more like God giving it to me). But the thought of facing a difficult situation really is scary. I’m not talking the kind of situations that are hard – you know like standing up to someone or taking responsibility for a mistake – I’m talking the ones that could threaten your life or someone you love.

We had a Bible Study session not too long ago that presented a group of people who get Bibles into countries where it is illegal to be a Christian. Not only illegal, but punishable with imprisonment, torture and even death. Could I stand up for my faith under those circumstances? I hope so.

I was reading the jacket covers for some new CDs I got today by Julie Larson (if you haven’t heard her music – check her out, she’s awesome!) and there were some comments written there that really struck me. They really got me thinking – and I think that was the point…

Faith isn’t about comfort, it’s about passion. It’s true that when I’ve reached the end of my rope and I’m hurting body & soul that God is there to hold me close to Him and give me peace. But for the rest of the time I need to quit confining my Lord – instead of thinking about Him being Almighty & Powerful, I need to start feeling it. I need to hit my knees with the awe and reverence that I owe Him. I need to start looking to Him for guidance in every aspect of my life.

To paraphrase CS Lewis, “God isn’t safe, but He is good.” Wow. That turns my relationship with Him upside down. I’ve come to know that God likes to stretch us when we’re feeling too comfortable with our relationship with Him. He is going to ask alot from us, but He will never stretch us to the point we snap in two.

So as I sit listening to music and thinking about how much it could cost to follow Jesus, I know I’ll be able to do it – God will always be by my side to help me pay the bill.

Until next time…

Sigh…Life Is Good.

Published March 25, 2007 by glaumland

Spent the morning at church and the rest of the day with the family. Took the kids for a ride on Smoky Joe, the best Shetland pony in the world. Pulled some weeds. Made spaghetti. Some friends stopped by for a visit. Got in some softball practice, too. Sigh…life is good.

The Swallows Are Back!

Published March 24, 2007 by glaumland

Spring is definitely here when the barn swallows show up. The first scout came by today and in about a week more will begin showing up. Hooty hoo! The little birds are so much fun to watch (they seem to enjoy tormenting the cats!) and they do a great job of keeping down the flying insects around the property.

Our resident mockingbird has taken up housekeeping again in the big pinetree in the front yard. I had fun watching a grackle do his best ballroom dancing routine to woo his lady love – alas! she didn’t seem impressed.

More daffodils are blooming and so are the tulips. The apricot tree is in full bloom, and the apple, peach, and cherry trees will soon follow. Saw a bee out buzzing around, which is really good since there is that mysterious bee disappearance.

The forsythia are starting to bloom (ours is always way behind the neighbors’ at the top of the hill – hmm…wonder what’s up with that?) and the lilacs have lots of buds. The cedars are in bloom as well.

My little aspen tree made it through another winter; I’m hoping that this is the year it takes off. I’ve heard that aspens can actually do quite well in Kansas. Only time will tell.

Until next time…

A Good Week

Published March 23, 2007 by glaumland

I was just checking my email this morning and decided to write a quick note. I finished the prayer service last night (hooty hoo!) and that’s a weight off of my mind. Taxes are well started – another yea! All in all, it’s been a great week. So this morning I’ve got to devote to house cleaning, bill paying and chores before I run out of steam. I’m having a low energy day, probably thanks to Crohn’s & weather. But I’m sure my praise worship will keep me going (read the post about music!). I’ll let you know!

Until next time…

A Song on My Mind & in My Heart

Published March 22, 2007 by glaumland

Howdy, again. Well, I’ve been good and gotten an excellent start on my taxes. Need some info from my hubby before I can finish, so I’m in a holding pattern right now.

So I’ve spent some time today working on a prayer service that our church is holding on Holy Saturday, the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. I’m really looking forward to it. It is designed to have some extended periods of quiet time for prayer or meditation. I’m hoping that it will be a special time for people to come and spend in prayer after the emotional rigor of Holy Week and before the highs of the Easter Festival.

In planning the service, I’ve tried to find some instrumental versions of hymns that go well with the service. It can be a little challenging, trying to match the tone & mood & topic. But on the upside I have been exposed to some incredible Christian music that I may have never listened to because I wasn’t familiar with the title or tune. It is so inspirational to read the lyrics from some old hymns – it’s amazing how many can sound “new” just by modernizing the tune (making it sound like today’s music rather than an old church organ). I found a great site on the web (cyberhymnal.com) for getting the lyrics and stories about hymns and their authors, and they have MIDI’s as well (but again, they sound like old organs). I found some very reasonably priced (some were even cheap!) CD’s that featured instrumental versions of hymns. I guess they are so cheap because they’re not very popular; maybe people want modern music or someone singing, I just don’t know. But if you ever get a chance, check out the instrumental stuff. It’s great!

Funny, before a year and a half ago, I didn’t even own any spiritual music CD’s. Then I bought one at our VBS and listened to it; but that was it until last summer. Now I’m hooked. I have a whole collection. It amazes me the different ways that God reaches out to touch us when we’re least expecting it. My soul just really feels peaceful and in-tune to God when I’m listening to His music. Now I keep some on hand in the car so that my kids can share in this. Of course, they have their favorite Veggie Tale Worship Songs (which I like too) so we listen to that alot. I’ve had some friends laugh when they get in the car (with no kids in it) and there I am singing & bopping with Bob & Larry.

I’ve also found that praise music is great background for house cleaning. Hmm….that’s seems like it could be some divine manipulation. Good for God!

Until next time!

Still Waiting…Let’s Talk Genealogy

Published March 21, 2007 by glaumland

OK, about 12 minutes left to download the tax software update. I promised to keep this post upbeat, so we’ll talk about one of my favorite things…genealogy!

My dad started doing genealogy in the early 90’s and first peaked my interest. Eventually, I even learned how to spell the word “genealogy” correctly. My BIL also did some work while he was stationed in Germany. He actually found some distant relatives still living there! Eventually I caught the bug and now have become an avid, but not too obsessive, genealogist. I guess that’s the word for it. This is another area where the computer and internet have made life so much easier. I don’t know how people used to produce their charts and write their family books before all of this wonderful technology. I applaud their efforts and works.

OK, still downloading at a whopping 3.4 kbs…Part of my goal with blogging is to find a way for me and my dad to share the information we have gathered. He’s got tons of information on my side of the family, and I’ve managed to find lots about my husband’s side, too. Amazing the stories you can learn. Not to mention the new friends/family you find while you’re researching. And the resources available online…WOW!

One of the things that does aggravate me about online genealogy is how much information is bought up by certain companies and then they charge you for access. Sure, I know they incur costs by transcribing/scanning/storing, but it seems kinda mercenary to me. That’s why I appreciate it when people, or even groups like USGENWEB, share their information. And that’s why I’d like to get my info out there for other people to peruse. Now to just figure out the best way to do that.

Yeah, only about 5 minutes left downloading. My favorite site for free information are USGENWEB and Heritage Quest (available through the KS public library system). And you can’t beat Google or Yahoo for just looking around. There is alot of stuff available and more being added all of the time. It is amazing how much time you can blow just looking around on the web and chasing down leads. My dad says I’ve gotten pretty good at that. Thanks, Dad!

Boy, oh boy! My downloading is done. Yea! But that means I have to get back to doing the taxes. Oh well…

By the way, thank you Mr. Gore for inventing the internet  (ha ha!).

Until next time!