Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mission Trippin'!

Can You Belize It??!
My daughter just returned from a mission trip in Orange Walk, Belize! She went with a local youth group & had an amazing time.  I love to expose her to new experiences as much as possible~especially experiences which will force her to step out of her little bubble of a world and learn how rewarding it can be to serve others. 
While she was there, her group laid tile in an entire church (that previously only had a dirt floor) during the mornings & spent the afternoons with children at a local school.  When I asked her if it was rewarding to see how grateful the parishioners of the church were, on the last night of their stay when they gathered in the church for a service, she said, "Well, Mom, the tile floor wasn't from was a gift from God."  Wow.  Her statement blew me away.  She's right!  It was a gift from God~~He was merely using my daughter's youth group as the tool to get it done! How often do we do hard things for others & not expect gratitude in return?  Rather to just do something for someone less fortunate and view your work as a gift for them, from God.  That really was a beautiful statement. 
The place she staying at while she was there is called La Estima.  The photos look beautiful and it certainly exceeded the expectations of where they thought they'd be staying.  Although while she was there, the air conditioning broke in her room.  All the girls had to share 1 tiny fan to stay cool.  How perfect!  It reminds me of when I traveled to Poland years ago as Miss Texas & the airlines lost my luggage on the way!  I had one outfit the entire trip because it was still a time in Poland where there weren't stores to just go buy clothes if need be!  I had to wash my clothes in the bathroom sink and live just like all the people of Gdansk & Warsaw at the time~~with very little comforts & I thought it was a blessing. It was a blessing that helped me to understand a way of life other than the life I had always come to expect & certainly took for granted.  So how perfect that her air conditioning went out!!  When in Rome!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daily Crush~~Charades!

Since my older daughter has been out of town on a mission trip this week, I've had so much fun bonding with with my littlest angel!  Last night just as I was trying to get her to sleep, she jumped up out of bed with big, wide excited eyes, and said "Let's Play Charades!"  How could I say no?  She wanted to play charades before bed & you know what?  We had the MOST hilarious time trying to figure out each other's books/movies!  The craziest thing was realizing the generation gap...half of my ideas like "Gone With The Wind" (who knew our kids have never heard of Gone With The Wind?) were things she's never heard of!!  And her movies were mostly from the Disney Channel, which of course, I've never heard of!  But to try and figure out just what each other was miming out for the other, was down right, roll~on~the~floor hilarious!
I don't suggest playing right before bed though, as she had a tough time calming down to get to sleep after 15 minutes of charades!  So there you have my daily crush~~a knee slapping game of Charades with the kids!  Give it a try!  :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Closet Envy!!

Have you seen these? What fun!  I have been LOVING these videos by!  Its not really about the fabulous things in the closet for me, but rather how they organize that weird?  I love to see how people organize their stuff!!  I'm forever rearranging items in my closets to make more space & make them pretty.  (OK...yes, that's weird.) 
Here we get to peek into the closet world of Kyle Richards, Aunt to Paris Hilton & infamous Housewife of Beverly Hills (my favorite of the housewives series) closet & some of her favorite items.  (Oh, I hope they do a video of Lisa's closet~~I LOVED Lisa.  She's a cool lady!) I  love the chandelier and island in the's all so, well, girlie!
Yes, Kyle, we all have a thing for Chanel purses, too!  Sadly, most of us mere mortals don't actually have a stockpile of them, though!  Good for you, girl!!

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