Ambre's Pontifications

a place to share, encourage, and just write what comes to mind... with an occasional rant thrown in for good measure!

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Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

Tuesday, April 29

Moving Day

I am relocating my blogging life to wordpress. Why? Because I want to, that's why!
See you there!

Blogger is being a butt and I can't seem to get this link to work. You may have to copy and paste. Sorry!

Wednesday, November 7

Death by Leaf

Things I like that make me smile:

Chocolate milk
Playing on the Wii with my hubbie
Listening to Amanda say "dang-it!" while brain testing on the wii
Baking/cooking with friends
Adeline yelling "Hey" randomly in the backseat while singing carols to Nara
Erik being dorky and telling funny stories about himself
Everything Inara that doesn't involve screaming or refusing to nap
Giraffe hats and picturing myself in one
Fires in the fireplace
Being crazy while knowing that I'm not "crazy".
Erik's family, but especially his parents
My family, cause face it, they are all "crazy"
Playing scrabble, even when I lose by four
Seeing my friends with my baby
Sam the naughty cat that i don't hate
Getting packages in the mail. i really love that!
and so much more....

i am richly blessed.

Saturday, November 3

I'm a special customer of the USPS

Psalms: On Single-Mindedness

Lord of reality
make me real
not plastic
pretend phony
an actor playing out his part
I don’t want
to keep a prayer list
but to pray
nor agonize to find Your will
but to obey
what I already know
to argue
theories of inspiration
but submit to Your Word.
I don’t want
to explain the difference
between eros and philos
and agape
but to love.
I don’t want
to sing as if I mean it
I want to mean it.
I don’t want
to tell it like it is
but to be it
like You want it.

( via Psalms of My Life - Joseph Bayly - Tyndale Treasures , copyright 1969 )

Tuesday, October 16

if i had a hammer... i'd hammer with amanda... all aound our shelf!

items i am in the market for:
an anvil. the smaller the better.
old corduroys. have any you've outgrown or over worn? i'd like them. thanks.
and a dremel. i now believe all children should be given a dremel at birth. it's their right. (what politician am i channeling?!?)

and, um, my daughter? yeah, she's way cute. by the way.

Friday, October 5

flapping wings

"Our lives begin to end
The day we become silent
About things that matter."

Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, October 1

a whole bag of twizzlers

i just found out there's a zoo in colorado where you can pet giraffes. i'm so excited i fear i might wet myself!
on to other things also of value. :) nara can walk along stuff almost as fast as she can crawl. i've found myself having to look for her lately. fun times!
i'm down another size at the gap (yes!) and their pants fit my post-baby body better than my pre-baby body, oddly enough.
i'm on a huge pumpkin kick and found the best pumpkin bread recipe ever. it rivals starbucks and isn't $1.95 a slice! i also found a great pumpkin oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.
i now floss more regularly than at any other time in my life.
did i mention the giraffe petting!
this is my last month working full time (for people outside my family) until next summer.
we get to go see brian reegan in des moines with amanda's family! we're bringing a babysitter with us. ;)

something to ponder:

"It is a singular thing that the people who most commonly need to be told that they cannot be saved by their good works, are the people who trouble themselves the least about doing them. A man who is in earnest and who really, and honestly, sets to work to gain for himself eternal life, is far more likely to be awakened from his delusion. Just as if a man were bent upon flying with a pair of wings of his own construction, he would speedily be convinced of his delusion by making a trial of his wings. But the people who go on in a contented way in the course of this world, and seldom have a thought beyond that of pleasuring themselves, will generally be found at last resting upon the reflection that they have done of felt something which will recommend them to God."

from the book Three Friends of God

Monday, September 24

Of the Day

God is good.
As of last week I really couldn't tell you the last time I didn't have a headache. I chalked it up to lack of sleep from having a baby. Before that it was lack of sleep from being pregnant, lack of sleep from wedding stuff, a new job, allergies, hate my job stress (Handicare days), working odd shifts (waitressing days), chiropractic, you get the idea. Well, lately they had been getting worse and with new symptoms too. About five minutes after I started driving anywhere I would get so tired I could feel my blood flowing slower and my reaction times to other idiot drivers slowing. NOT GOOD! Especially when driving babies every day! We decided to make an appointment for a physical to get some tests run and see if they could figure out what was wrong. Before I had a chance to make the appointment on Wednesday I felt a really strong urging from the Holy Spirit to make an appointment with an eye doctor. I haven't had my eyes checked since kindergarten, unless you count what they do for the driving test, and I didn't think I needed to go, but the urging of the Holy Spirit was strong and I obeyed. I was able to make an appointment for that night in Cedar Rapids so Erik could meet us for Nara duty. Turns out I have astigmatism in my left eye. He also said that trying to focus while driving would make one feel tired. As soon as the Doctor got done making adjustments to the lenses my headache went away. That quickly! He took the lenses away when he was done and my headache came back! What!?!?!
We didn't like any of the frames at the office so we went to Lenscrafters at the mall where we were met by Matt who was going to be the unbiased opinion on how my glasses looked. We were able to find a pair that didn't make me look "too ugly" (Matt's words) and get lenses and walk out in 35 minutes. My sunglasses should come in in two weeks. I've been free of the headache I've had for x years ever since. Praise the Lord!
My advice? Quench not the Spirit! :)