Small steps in faith

Monday, February 26, 2007

"I'll take potpourri for $1000, Alex" :)

These are interesting facts that my dad(who looks like Alex ) sent me in an email for my friends who like jeopardy trivia like me :)

In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"


Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.


The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.Treasury.


Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


Coca-Cola was originally green.


It is impossible to lick your elbow.


The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska


The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)


The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400


The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Each king in a deck of
playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar


111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all
Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession


Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.


Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?



Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day


In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase.........

"goodnight, sleep tight."


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase......

"mind your P's and Q's"


Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~


At least
75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!


Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

What time of day are you?

This didn't surprise me at all :) I'm a morning person

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

What did Jesus look like ?

"Do you ever wonder why Jesus didn't come in the age of photography or even portrait painting? (Okay, it is an odd question, I admit). I believe that if we had a “still life” image of him, people would have one of two reactions: they would (1) be disappointed in the way he looked or (2) try to emulate the look. Both of these reactions would take the focus away from his message and would place the focus squarely on what we, as human beings value, rather than what God values."

I got an email(above) from my house church leader,Chris, that made me wonder...What did Jesus really look like? If you google it and pick images you get all kinds of pictures,paintings,interpretations,and rationale. I think because I am a visual person and I want to know what someone looks like. Unfortunately in our society, people are often judged,labeled,discriminated by what they look like. We place so much emphasis on physical beauty that we don't pay attention to what comes out of the person's mouth and heart.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The second 25 lessons in life

50 Lessons in Life...Part 2
Regina Brett

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The first 25 lessons in life

50 Lessons in Life ...Part 1
Regina Brett

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

This guy is awesome!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's never too late :)

My very best friend from high school called me Sunday to give me big news but I didn't get my message until tonight(Sometimes I'm ready to throw my phone in the snow!) I called her back and her dad answered....the big news...She had triplets!!!
Three girls Ana, Brigid, and Claire...ABC
For those of you who don't know my friend, she got married when she was 41 for the first time...she just never found the right person but Michael is a great guy. Kristen was one of her bridesmaids
She has tried to have a baby for the last 5 yrs and now she has an instant family at 46....She'll be a great mom :)

Monday, February 12, 2007

Wise words

"If you are in an affluent community..recognize it ..and then go find Christ where he is always found ....among the weak.".

Don Golden
Mars Hill Bible Church

Saturday, February 10, 2007

2008.....A change in politics? We need it!

Feb. 10: Standing in the shadow of the old state capital in Springfield, Ill., and citing Lincoln's legacy, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., officially announced he's running for president.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Happy Birthday Darrell!!!!!!!

Tomorrow is Darrell's birthday but most people won't know that because that's how he is. He doesn't like the focus on him. He doesn't like a big deal made...but we do it anyway :)
Just some things to know about Darrell :
He's 47
He's worked at Serra Chevrolet for 24 years as a car salesman and he stock trades on the side( his new hobby)
We've been married for 21 yrs
He has 2 kids..Zach and Kristen who he spoils and loves ...oh and i forgot Pumpkin..the hairy child
He LOVES music..all kinds...he's been to every concert you can imagine including the infamous Who concert in Cincinnati
He hates to read...(opposite of me :)
He's the PC(Sony Vaio) and I'm the Mac(Macbook)
He always says he's going to go on a diet ...then buys ice cream the same night :) and he LOVES Chipotle and Starbucks(they seriously know him by name there)
He loves to cook and create his own concoctions which are usually good (our house church loves him)
He likes to clean...esp use the swiffer :)
He NEVER meets a stranger...or an enemy
He shares his faith better than anyone I've ever met and he literally would give you the shirt off his back...acts of kindness are just part of who he is...he doesn't have to think of something...he does them naturally
In a crisis,he is the calm one...he's the compassionate one, he knows what to say and what not to say
He's not perfect but he's the closest there is to it :)

I LOVE YOU....Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

"God in the Alley"

I love to read and every now and then you find that one book that you connect with,,,this is that book for me.
It's about a minister from Toronto who lives and ministers to a community called The Sanctuary. It's basically those people who are on drugs,homeless,have AIDS, or prostitute. The thing I like about this book is that it tells the stories of those he ministers to and how he interacts with them. It's not always a success story but it doesn't discourage him from doing what God has called him to Jesus in a broken world to those who have little or no hope.

"Being among people means being in their midst, not outside. It means being with them, not being over them. It means not looking away from their agony or humiliation, but beholding it, and having the courage to be also wounded by their pain.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

LOST It's Back...Finally !!

I love the show LOST. It's been gone for 3 months but finally it's back.
I'm not going to go into the show but it was definitely worth waiting for
If you haven't seen it...go to and watch the episode online for free


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Schulz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Colts vs The Bears...they're on the same team

My husband has a friend who works for Athletes in Action. They have developed a really cool website about the faith of both the coaches and players for the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears Whether you're a colts fan or a bears the end we're all on the same team Check it out

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Cold and blustery....give me Florida :)

What a cold blustery day!!! I'm looking out my back door watching my poor little dachshund's ears sticking out looking like they do when she sticks her head out the window of the car
I have to go to a birthday party in about an hour so I'm not looking forward to leaving my cozy warm couch and blanket :(
Winter is my least favorite season but it's pretty when there is powdery snow on the ground.
I love the sun.. I love sister emailed me this week and we are going to Florida together in April..I can't wait...especially on a day like today :)