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Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Oh my. I am SO excited. I’m nervous, and my heart’s all a-flutter.

(It feels like the first day of school – anxiously awaiting meeting new people. Will they like me? Am I cool enough? Am I going to have any friends? Yeah, I seriously am a dork. A likable dork, though, right?)

It’s not the first day of school, but I am still full of nervous energy. It’s the Ultimate Blog Party, and it’s happening at a hip little site called 5 Minutes For Mom. It’s basically a virtual party – a way to meet other bloggers.

So, I have these teeny tiny little plans for one day having a great blog that people I don’t even know want to read. I know, I know… what aspiring blogger doesn’t want that? But still, there it is. And here’s my chance to actually meet some cool people around the blogosphere in addition to few faithful friends that actually read and comment here already (hi few and faithful friends! i love you guys!).

Well, I guess I should introduce myself, rather than blathering on like a total dork.

I’m Beth, aka Red. Here’s a photo of me to explain the name:

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Get it? Good. I knew you were smart. And on the right is my honey. He’s so sweet. Those big brown eyes get me every time… *sigh*.

Here’s the lowdown on us. I guess you could read the ‘about’ page (which I want to re-write soon anyway), but here’s the quick and dirty version (Is that a bad saying? I tend to sometimes use bad sayings without actually knowing what they mean. I’m innocent, what can I say?!):

We met and fell in love in high school. I was 17, he was 18. We got married at 19 & 20. It was love, true love. We’re coming up on our 6th anniversary now, and have the world’s cutest baby. His name is Isaac.

Hubby is partway through his training to become a missionary pilot. I’m a SAHM. We are working towards a future as missionaries in Africa. We’ve already been short-term, and got the itch.

Or, more accurately, God called us.

And like Abraham in Genesis 12, we don’t want to settle where we are (ie. we don’t want to become complacent and say no when God is calling us to something kinda scary). We want to pack up and go wherever God is calling us, even if it sometimes sucks.

And that’s the truth.

Regarding this blog… to be perfectly honest, I’m still trying to discover my niche. Until I figure that out, you get to read my jumbled mess of thoughts in this whacked out thing they call motherhood.

I’d love to make some new blogging friends who are super-cool like me, so leave a comment and introduce yourself, whether you are participating in the Ultimate Blog Party or not. I can’t wait to meet you!

Yay for parties!

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P.S.  Here are my top choices for UBP09 prizes:

USC 57 – Personalized Graphic Button Design

USC 47 – $25 Amazon gift certificate

USC 6 – $50 gift certificate to www.iseemyface.com

Or any of these would be great too: USC 61, 67, 73, 58, 49, 44, 23, 36, 30, 21, 20, 17, 16, 15, 3

 

Yeah, so I like alot of things. I am a strange yet lovable person, and I just want to be the best version of me that God created me to be.

I like artistic things and music and colors and sunshine.  The rain is also pretty amazing, but I like more sun than rain.  A good summer thunderstorm with lightning and thunder when I’m snuggled on the couch with Chris is just amazing.  But a sunny day in March after a long winter is equally delicious.

I love food alot.  I love sushi, and dill pickles, and nachos and salsa.  Actually pretty much all Mexican food.  And turkey dinners.  I look forward to those all year long.

I have an unexplained fear of revolving doors and avoid them at all costs. I think that’s weird.  I also really love my friends and family. They are awesome.  I haven’t always had close friends in my life, let alone a group of 6 of us that I call best friends.  So blessed. And my family isn’t too bad either. haha.

Oh yeah, I love cleaning too, but yet my house isn’t spotless. Explain that one!

Scrapbooking is a favorite hobby, but I wish I were better/more dedicated at it.  Same goes for photography.  And painting.  And drawing.  And writing… and.. and…

I want to go back to school and get my masters someday.  In between kids, after kids, ever… ? I don’t know. God knows.

Anyway, that’s enough of my talking about nothing.  I guess I was bored or something. Good night!

Oh one more thing… ok like 3… I love babies and am having one of my own!!!!!!!! I love Jesus & seek Him daily, and I just love LOVE.  Jesus’ love of his bride is the ultimate example for how I am supposed to love.

This Christmas I was reminded of a cheesy-but-true lesson – love is all you need.
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I was also reminded how amazingly blessed I am.  The day after Christmas we saw one of the ladies in our townhouse complex that we know is a fellow Christian.  She’s a single mom to two young boys.  The only gift she was able to afford to give her youngest son was a Bible and a special case, and he absolutely loved it.  When one of the boys was asked by my husband what he got for Christmas, he said “Santa brought me a Nintendo Wii!  Chris replied with “cool! me too!”, which was met with a “but you’re old” expression on his face.  “Yeah,” the mom said in a lowered voice, “and I don’t have a clue who Santa is”.  Someone had given them a Nintendo Wii anonymously.  I realized in that moment how selfish and stuff-driven I can sometimes be.  I don’t want to be that way, and I am always asking God to keep my conscience sharp and attuned to his will for me.  I got alot of gifts this year, given to me by people who love me.  Nothing terribly extravagant, but far more than many people in this city, and especially around the world.  In the end, though, it’s just stuff, and I wouldn’t be sad if I lost it all tomorrow.  I have the love of my (two) families, my awesome friends, my incredible husband, and most importantly, the Almighty God who created me.
Really, love is all you need.

I’d just like to mention that last year was decidedly unwinter-ish here in Toronto – it didn’t even snow significantly until like February, and even then it was pathetic. I understand that Toronto is geographically more South than the Northern bit of California, and the Southernmost part of Canada, but still. It’s CANADA! It needs to have snowstorms, and ice, and “winter storm watches”. I miss the 5 foot snowbanks that stay from November – April every year. That’s what I had growing up in New Brunswick. It was pretty fun & exciting, especially on those glorious snow days!

Fast forward to now – December 17, 2007. Yesterday was a fantastic snowstorm that dumped around 30 cm of snow on the GTA, and while that may not be that much to some parts of Canada… for Toronto it’s plenty! Because our brilliant city hasn’t plowed any side roads since mid-afternoon yesterday (before the storm was done), the drive to pick up my friends this morning on the way to work took about 18 minutes. It was 2 km. Soooo… I decided to stay home from work today. Hurray for snow days (even if self-mandated)!

Yesterday was a great day to have a storm, I must say. Saturday night was our Christmas party with the six of us (our best friends, the Carson’s and the Coker’s). It was good times of hanging out, eating, watching a movie, and exchanging gifts (I got the Hairspray soundtrack (!!!) & some scrapping stamps), and then the Coker’s slept over. In the morning the snow had started, so what did we do? Stay in, like smart people? No! Why would we do that? We went on an adventure to Zeller’s and Tim Horton’s (really close to our house)! There was pretty well no one at Zeller’s (a great time to do some Christmas shopping), so we walked around, bought a couple of things for Christmas, and then went to Timmie’s, where there was a line-up like 6 people long. Welcome to Canada! Then we went home, where Mat seized the opportunity to throw off his pacifist convictions and seek global domination through the brutal destroying of the weak, in the game of Risk. Finally, we drove the Coker’s home (again in the snow). I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a snowy day!

I'm Red, he's Honey. I'm the writer of this blog and the source of your entertainment and/or boredom. We're parents of an exceptionally adorable child, and we have no idea what we're doing! This blog is the outlet for my thoughts along the way - welcome! Pull up a couch, grab a cup of tea, and stay a while! Or back away slowly. Whatever works.




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