Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Front Page

Doug now has a good buddy in the Public Relations department at the hospital and his office number is on speed dial for the Herald News...must be rough to be in such high demand! Read his latest front page story from Sunday's Joliet Herald News it was the main story of the Sunday paper.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Doug in Chicago

Doug is taking a Autism course this week in Chicago. One of the highlights of taking this course is that Easter Seals, the organization he is training for, is setting him up in a hotel downtown for three nights. Very seldom does Doug get away from home and family w/o me or the kids so this has been a much anticipated trip.

He just called me to tell me about his hotel and the surrounding neighborhood. He said that he left the hotel to take a walk around the neighborhood, find the hospital where his course is being held and a place to eat. As he was walking around he noticed many small bars that were packed, as he looked closer he was shocked by what he saw...very tall men dressed in drag...the more he started to pay attention to his surroundings he noticed many gay men, all with small "froofy" dogs. In each window he now starts to notice rainbow falic symbols in every window and rainbow flags on every lamp post. He even passed the headquarters for the Chicago Gay Men's Choir...who knew???
Apparently, Oscar night is a huge event in gay Chicago...everyone is out celebrating it...even Doug! Needless to say he "ran" back to his hotel...dodging gay couples everywhere. He decided to start talking to himself as he walked back to his hotel...because he was quite sure he needed to act like a crazy person otherwise he would definitely be mistaken for a gay man in his cute new brown Sketchers and trendy jeans! On the way back to the hotel he passed the Briar Street theater where Blue Man Group performs. As he was passing the theater the show was letting out. He was in the middle of the sidewalk when a Iowa looking corn fed couple walked widely around him, very obviously avoiding him and not meeting his eyes..."I'm not one of them, I'm straight!" = ) (I just need to take a minute to laugh here...ok...I'm back)

What a great time away from home! As he left this afternoon I told him to stay away from the cute PT's that were attending the conference with him...but as I said "good-night" I thought it would be better for me to warn him away from the cute men.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Junk News

Is anyone else astounded by the amount of junk news there is these days. It fills the airwaves on the radio, TV, Internet...I mean who cares where Anna Nicole Smith is buried and who cares how crazy her family is and everyone she surrounded herself with...what I care about even less is how many times Ms. Brit has checked into and out of rehab...all I have to say is those poor, poor kids...and I wonder if she isn't suffering from some PPD but I haven't heard anyone ask that question and I'm wondering why...Then there is the American Idol obsession and how mean Simon is to the short guy and how drugged up Paula is and it makes me crazy how in love these people are with themselves! The last stupid news story of the week is "Oscar Buzz" does anyone really care? The media makes it sound like we are all sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear who won...most of us haven't even seen the movies nominated have we? Oh, and then there is the "Hollywood" political scene...as if we care which liberal democrat Hollywood throws their finicky support behind...It's just such a disconnect between what we are spoon fed through the media and what we are really interested in...or maybe I should say what I am really interested in...Have I hit a nerve with anyone or am I in left field? You be the judge!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

It's been a long week...

And this is what I've come to learn...

1. It's not about me because if it is then I'm failing miserably! I've heard this, I've preached this but to actually live this day in and day out is extremely difficult. The problem with thinking that you are more important than you are is that you have to worry too much. Worry about what other people think, worry if you are doing everything that needs to be done, worry if other people realize that you can't do everything and worry if they will discover that you don't know everything. The anxiety it causes when you place yourself in the center of life is too much.

Over and over in the past few weeks as I've studied the Bible, read books and watched DVD's the same passage in Phillipians has come up. It's almost freaky how often I've run across this passage during completly unrelated experiences. The passage explains and I quote, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!"

Wow! If Christ didn't consider it his priority to have everyone know he was actually God, then who do I need to impress? And what am I gonna use to impress them? If that wasn't enough for me to swallow the passage goes on to say that not only was he God, but that he humbled himself to look, live and exist with nasty, stinky, sin filled humans. He left heaven with his angels who knew who he was and how to praise him in the most perfect way to live here with us where we didn't praise him but we killed him.

My attitude needs to be the same as Christs. Actually, when I finally started to accept this, it was freeing! No more anxiety...no more worrying...just being...just serving...just being who I am.

2. The second thing I've learned this week is that there must be joy in serving the Lord! It is not by his design for believers to live with distrust, pain, conflict or parinoa. We are not called to tolorate eachother but to love eachother. Unfortunately, because we are sin filled people we screw up the design almost all the time and then after we screw it up we forget that God wants more and better for us.

In fact He doesn't just want better for us, He wants to BEST for us...the BEST for me! So, although life is not always easy, relationships are not always perfect and service is not always going to be joy filled...complete misery in service is not His design. If it is always miserable, always filled with conflict it is not right.

I want to know the joy of the Lord. I want to profess that "the joy of the Lord is my strength!" I will never be able to say those things if I choose to stay neck deep in conflict and feast on coflict as though it were a gormet meal. And I am guilty of both those things.

So...if you have stuck with my ramblings...this is my conclusion. I am still learning what it means to be humble and live in service to others...sometimes this service is filled with conflict however, conflict is not where God desires me to stay. I am learning that there is peace and joy in resting in the shadow of the Almighty. My desire is to serve God and forget about myself.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Not so Happy Place!

Remember my happy place?

Now look at it!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Ever been caught with your foot in your mouth?

On Wednesday, I gave a talk to Jen's MOPS group. Topic: SEX! But that's not what this post is about...

On Wednesday, I gave a talk to Jen's MOPS group afterwards, a mom came up to talk with me. She was an "older" mom for a MOPS group probably in her late 30's-early 40's. Well anyway, I'm with my coffee girls and I'm telling them about my morning. I start the story like this:

"Ya, and this one mom came up to me...she was a "older"...um...she was probably 40...um..." At that point I realize that everyone sitting around the table listening to my story is approximately 5 years older than me...qualifying them as an "older" mom... It looked for a moment like they were going to kill me. There was no way out of it...they had me. Oops!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Look What We Did This Morning

Emily got a beadazzeler for Christmas. We had so much fun decorating her jeans this morning...and to be honest, she is faster and more precise than I could ever be. She did most of the work you see here and I think has a future in fashion design. I can't wait to give her my jeans!

Thursday, February 01, 2007