Archive for February, 2006

Olympic Creed

I really enjoy the winter olympics.  I enjoy the Olympic spirit.

Olympics_1  The Olympic Creed:

The most important thing in the Olympic games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.

May we all live by the Olympic creed.

Peace – Melissa


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Happy Love Day

Heart_1_sm_2My favorite love passage from Scripture for you on this Valentine’s Day:

Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.  Ephesians 5:2

SO.. you are loved extravagantly by God and mostly what God does is LOVE you!  What a great promise!  And now . . . love like that.  With friends, with family, with significant others, with complete strangers . . . may we love extravagantly and selflessly.

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Waiting on Cookies

To "They Call Me Baum . . . Kim Baum":  Yes, I know I need to update and yes, I’m enjoying the candy!  yummy.  Thanks for the gift that keeps on giving . . . until I eat it all.

To My Beautiful Cynic:  I truly hope I can visit with you in person very soon!!  Surprise me some Sunday or Wednesday by showing your beautiful face at church.  That would be awesome! 🙂

To the rest:  I worked 67 hours last week which is why I haven’t posted much.  It is difficult sometimes to find the time to post.  I’m waiting on some chocolate chip cookies to finish baking so thought I would post while they finish up.  We are having a birthday celebration tomorrow at the office and I’m on the list to bring treats. Cookies should help us make it through the afternoon.

I officiated my first funeral last week for the brother of my dear friend, Adele.  I was very honored and humbled that the family would trust me to speak at this very significant family time.  I didn’t have the honor of knowing Rob Lawrence but the stories I heard from many people told me a lot about this dear brother that died from cancer.  He was a gifted actor and entertainer and I know he is dearly missed by his family and his many friends in Kansas City.  Thank you, Adele and Cheryl, for inviting me to share this journey with you and for your grace and laughter in the midst.  All I can say is . . .WOW. (that is an inside joke for Adele and me.)

Saturday afternoon we had a skating party for children and families from the church.  We had over a 130 people there so it was a great response.  What fun!  I didn’t rollerskate this time because my finger is still healing from the basketball game last Sunday.  One wrong fall and I would have been back to square one or worse.

Sunday I had a date with my Dad to the MU Basketball game.  I took him as a thank you for all the work he had done recently on my house.  We use to watch the Tigers when I was in high school and college and went to a few games then.  Neither of us had been to the new arena and of course, we had no idea it would be a historic game in that 1) the Tigers actually won and 2) it was the first game after Quin Snyder "resigned".  It was a good crowd and a good game for the most part.  And it was great to just spend the afternoon with my dad away from work.  He is always good company! 🙂

Okay – cookies are done and I’m fading fast.  I’ll try to be more faithful to post this week.  May God grant each of you new insights into His glory and majesty this week.

Peace – Melissa

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Where do the days go?

Sorry for the bloggin’ absence.  It has been very busy and by the time I could blog in the evenings I am too tired.  So I decided to take some lunch time to catch up my site.  My weekend was crazy full and I’m still recovering.  Friday night I had some girlfriends over for a slumber party!  Its been years since I’ve had one of those.  You should have seen my kitchen counter.  Well, you couldn’t see it for all the food spread out across it.  And delicious "bad-for-you" food. Yummy.  We girl-chatted for most of the night then watched Return to Me – one of my favorite movies! Then, we talked some more and finally went to bed.  So it was a late, late night.  Maria – thanks for not taking all the covers and for not falling asleep while I was talking! 🙂 

Saturday night I participated in a trivia-night fundraiser for Project Graduation. It was pretty fun and our team did really well.  I think fourth place or something.  I didn’t know very many of the questions though but I did learn a lot!

I jammed my finger in our basketball game on Sunday. It is swollen, bruised and it hurts still but it makes me feel like a real player . . . a ball player, that is. It was a good game. There were seven of us and we got some good exercise.  I’m enjoying playing each week and hope we continue to get new folks.

Sunday evening was our CG superbowl party and we had a great turnout and a great spread of food!  Yummy.  I kept yawning throughout the game though.  I was so tired from the weekend and the game wasn’t that exciting.

Last week I was gone for half of it to the Convergence conference in Hollister, MO.  It was a great experience and I’m really glad that I am part of the program. When I returned, I had volleyball games on Wednesday and Thursday nights. So, last week just went very quickly.

(I didn’t get to finish the above post at lunch.  A situation came up at work and then it was staff mtg and now I’m just back to the computer so I’m wrapping this up. No blogging on the job.  Only daydreaming. 😉

Peace – Melissa

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