Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Nathan Godsey on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Dallas and Baton Rouge--set your TVs to record the Ellen show tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th. That's 3 pm on NBC. Our friends in South Carolina, the Godseys, are currently in California to tape an episode on the Ellen show. Actually, only Nathan, their 9-yr-old son, is doing the taping, but his parents are along for the experience.

Why a kid from SC? Nathan is the host of the kids' cooking show, Fun Food Adventures. His mom and dad produce, direct, and film the show--all from their home office. The filming takes place in a variety of places across the eastern U.S., so far. Check out their web site to see all the fun stuff, the food, and yes, the adventures that Nathan leads his siblings and viewers through. FFA airs on TBN weekly this fall/winter, at 11 am in the DFW area. Check your local listings.

Whatever you might think of Ellen's personal views and lifestyle, she is one hilarious show host. Her cooking episodes are particularly funny, as she tends to do crazy, unpredictable things with the food. So I'm looking forward to seeing how she interacts with Nathan. More than that, this opportunity provides major exposure for his show. Wouldn't it be great if a secular talk show helped spread the message of Christ?

Monday, November 27, 2006

Home for Christmas

Many of you know that John and I have had our house on the market for 18 months, attempting to sell it so we can move closer to his job 35 miles away. While the commute has been more manageable than we first thought, the hours away from family--in the car alone-- add up quickly. We wish to be a unified family, not one living in two worlds that meet at 6pm. In answer to many prayers (the answer being "sorry" to some), the Lord finally brought a family along who wanted, and qualified for, our home here in Garland.

This happened two weeks ago, and for at least a week we were in a bit of shock. Not wanting to share the news too precipitously, we waited til the inspection showed minor issues and certain contract details were finalized. Then we went shopping and found a beautiful home in the next town over from John's school. His new commute: 7 minutes. You should have seen his grin when we took a test drive.

Our closing date is December 15, another detail that has us a bit shell-shocked. But it's do-able. We began by packing up all our books...the most intimidating room in our house, I think, is the study with our library of books and school binders. The Thanksgiving holiday week wasn't as productive as I'd hoped, as far as packing, but we got some stuff done. The most important--and dreaded-- task was breaking the news to family and friends.

As much as we have looked forward to relocating, we have always known that it would involve the painful prospect of leaving our church. I've been there for 12 years, John for 10. We have several dear, close friends who have reluctantly prayed for our house to sell, doing so only because they knew that's what we wanted. And after so long a process of trying to sell it, the news that we had indeed found a buyer hit particularly hard. "I almost thought that maybe it wouldn't ever happen," said one friend.

I know the feeling. Yes, I dread leaving RBF. No, I won't be sad to leave this limbo-like existence we've been in for 18 months, in a house always (well, almost) clean for visitors, with no family pictures on the walls, half my books in storage, waiting, waiting... Yes, I look forward to a brand-new home with lots of space (if no storage!). No, I'm not excited about the initial loneliness I'll experience while I work my way into John's world and find a new circle of acquaintances and friends. I will need lots of emails and phone calls to get me through the first few months.

Regardless of our future post-2006, the immediate future comes crashing in December 15. We'll be packing til then, then loading a moving truck on the 16th. Any and all help if you are a local reader is appreciated. Got boxes? I'll drive anywhere in the Metroplex to pick them up. Got some time? Babysitting and/or packing help will earn my undying gratitude. Free on the 16th? We'll feed any volunteers that day who help us load and/or unload. Send a note or give me a ring to let me know your availability.

We'll be in our new home just in time for Christmas.

Monday, November 13, 2006

2006 RBF Women's Retreat

This weekend I attended my church's annual women's retreat. I missed last year's because Maggie was born that same weekend. So it was great fun to be back at Jan-Kay Ranch out past Paris, TX, for a beautiful fall weekend with the girls. A few highlights:

Valerie made an extraordinary effort to attend. She has not been on retreat since she was diagnosed with brain cancer over 6 years ago. Her very presence was an inspiration to us all. Her humor was entertaining, especially to Jeni and Ann.

Jackie Roese, the pastor to women at Irving Bible Church, spoke to us from the lives of several women in the Old Testament. Rahab taught us that no one is beyond God's reach. Abigail showed us how to be a woman of good judgment. And Hannah revealed that we can indeed do heart business with God--that he desires our gut-wrenching honesty in the midst of suffering.

While we were retreating, certain college football teams were playing their annual rivalries. My friend Jeni (see the first picture, with hands over her mouth) is a die-hard Alabama fan, while I of course am a rabid LSU Tiger fan. Our teams were playing each other Saturday night. Friday night, Jeni serruptitiously placed her "silly slammer" Al the Elephant mascot on the water cooler, a centerpiece in the main gathering room. Then she made sure I noticed it. Later, I had it kidnapped, and the next morning "Al" appeared in dire straits. Under the watchful eye of the tiger (pillow), Al was strung up for all to see.

Fortunately for me, LSU did indeed win the game as expected. No surprise humilation for me... :)

To top off the fun, our old friend (and former RBF member) Erin Teske flew in from Maryland (for the second year) to hang with us. IM and email are wonderful tools for keeping in touch almost in "real time" but there is nothing like face-to-face time with a friend. I last saw her in the hospital last year, as she came to meet newborn Maggie and hug my neck. Maybe next summer my family can make the trip out to MD for a visit with her family. Here we are--Erin, Jeni, and me--trying not to say goodbye at the end of the retreat.

I really hate goodbyes. Thankfully, heaven won't have any. Until then, however, we must trust in our God who loves to give us good things...like plane tickets, weekends away, friends who endure.

Friday, November 03, 2006


The Fireman, the LSU Cheerleader, and Clifford the Big Red Dog

Baby, Oh Baby!

My baby isn't officially a baby any longer. Send happy birthday wishes to Maggie--today she turns one year old!