Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dreams in Bloom

This is beach post, but how could I resist this title or face??

On our beach vacation, some or all of us went to the beach every day.  We went several times a day at all different times of the day.  I'm not much of a beach person, but I must say, I enjoyed it the most this time out of any times ever!

When the kids weren't playing in the surf, they were burying each other in the sand making characters - a skeleton, hockey player, body builder, even a mermaid!  For the adults - it was easy to entertain the kids, it was done for us.  So we relaxed and read.  Not all on the beach, but I finished four books on vacation.  I also enjoyed collecting shells and watching hundreds of giant sand crabs on the beach at night with Hubby.

Since we went to the beach often, I got to experience high tide and low tide for the first time.  At low tide, I collected shells.  At high tide, my sis-in-law and I kept moving our chairs back until we were sitting in water anyway!!

It was a wonderful time away and with family.  I especially enjoyed watching my sons, niece and nephews enjoy themselves so much!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A New Home for Banjo

October of L's 1st grade year, he finally talked me into a critter - he purchased a leopard gecko entirely on his own!
L. found Banjo on Craig's List.  We met the owner at a gas station close to Lewisville, Tx.  Banjo was four months old.  Yes, that's my Dad sitting in the passenger's seat.  He was visiting for Fall Break.
Since that time L. has cared for Banjo completely on his own - switching out lights, feeding him, cleaning the cage.  He's paid for everything out of his allowance.

This past spring, L. decided he wanted to sell Banjo.  I "advertised" - meaning I mentioned it to a few people.  Finally, when we had a garage sale in May - I advertised a little better.  Someone I knew from college who still lives in the area contacted me via facebook because she was interested in a pet for her classroom.

Once L. knew she was a teacher, that I actually knew her, and that her 6 year old loved animals (we saw pictures from Sea World!), L would not entertain the thought of a different buyer.

We finally connected last week - L. took great care in showing her everything she would ever want to know about Banjo!

L. was pleased with the new owner, also.  He mentioned to me several times how nice she was.

Sigh. I remember every school project L. has done where he had to tell "his" story - autobiography, timeline, etc. - he mentioned when he got Banjo.  So far there's been no seller's remorse.  The gecko has a good home and a chapter in our ordinary life has closed.