Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How Would My Life Be Different?

Pez, Backdraft, Icy Hot, Belle, Chaps, Falling Star, Comanche, Puck, Filibuster, Jawbreaker, Coondog, Do-Re-Mi, Fezzik, Opee, Edelweiss.

There were more, but I just can't remember them all. You might be wondering "More what?" No, you mean, "More who?"

The names above are camp names of old friends (mine is the last one) from Pine Cove, a Christian family and kids camp out in Tyler, TX. This weekend I dragged my entire family through the pouring rain--bless you, my sweet hubby--to spend Sunday afternoon at PC's 40th anniversary reunion. Thankfully the rain held off there and we were able to enjoy the fellowship, food, music, and memories.

Puck (Lance Wooldridge) got us clapping and laughing with old camp songs, complete with silly hand/body motions. Falling Star (Anthony Evans), one of my "kids" the summer of 92, entertained us with some of his current singles you might hear on the radio. We heard testimonies and a little history regarding how Pine Cove began and where it is going.

The director, Mario "I forget his camp name," asked us to consider this question: how would your life be different without Pine Cove's influence?

My first thought? I wouldn't be married to John these past 10 years (let's count'em!). Why? I met him at DTS, and it was at Pine Cove that I first was introduced to men who attended DTS--Bible teachers who really knew how to explain the Word and apply its truths to life. I decided one summer at Pine Cove that I would attend DTS after college. So my thanks to the Bainses and Ragusas, the families who first took me to Pine Cove as a tagalong teen the summer of '86.

Also, I wouldn't have the foundational friendships I have now: Erin Blaydes--and her family of course--Kirk, Shawn, Christy, Kerri, Mike, Julie...I have absolutely no idea what path I would have taken after LSU if the Lord hadn't used my time and relationships at Pine Cove to direct me towards Dallas and all that flowed from there. I am so grateful.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Le Meme Thing

Happy birthday wishes to my older brother, Kevin! Hope you have a great day, bro.

Now, to complete this tagging thing my friends have gifted me with, I'll share one more set of "did you know?" items, fashioned after Erin's meme.

Four jobs I've had: McDonalds cashier, photo store clerk, admin. assistant, copy editor
Four places I've lived: LSU dorms, home of the Blaydes family, garage apartment in Highland Park, Anna
Four movies I watch over and over: Phantom of the Opera, Pride & Prejudice, 101 Dalmatians (cartoon version), The Man From Snowy River (with my hubby)
Four favorite foods: pizza, jambalaya, gumbo, anything pasta
Four favorite TV shows: Grey's Anatomy, Lost, NCIS,
Four places I'd rather be right now: still in bed (it's only 7:30), reading a novel under a blanket on my couch with the A/C blowing, watching my husband fly-fish on the Snake River, on our 10th anniversary Caribbean cruise
Four things I wonder about: if I had a 9-5 job, what would it be? How do election and free will work together? How in the world are we going to save for retirement AND college? What is my 18-month-old daughter trying to say under all that gibberish?

Shall I tag four friends? Not this time...but if any of you want to keep the meme going, let me know with a comment so I can read up on you!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

8 Things You Might Not Know (or want to know) About Me

I've been tagged by Sandi to reveal 8 tidbits of otherwise unrevealed information about me--stuff most of you don't know. Ok, some of you family members might remember, but don't tell.

1. I was a Princess Diana freak. I mean, I collected scrapbooks of every news article I could find on her and Prince Charles. I tried to stay up (or wake up) for their wedding in 1981, but it didn't happen so I caught the taped version a few hours later. I was appallingly zealous about them in the early 80s, though my obsession toned down as I got to high school and their marriage got rocky. By 1990 I was back to normal. But to give you an idea of how over-the-top I was about it as a child...when Diana died in 1997, a few months after my wedding, my older step-sister who lived in St. Louis called to see if I was OK.

2. I had perfect attendance at school until my sophomore year, when I got sufficiently sick that my mother was convinced I needed a day in bed. The irony? On that one day of that one year in my school history, it snowed. That sort of thing just doesn't happen in Baton Rouge, LA. While I missed the snowball fights against the teachers, I did cough and hack my way through building a snowman with my family later that afternoon. No way was I going to miss that!

3. I can't carry a tune in a bucket. (OK, maybe most of you already knew that.)

4. I played four sports as a child: soccer (4 years), basketball (4 years), volleyball (5 years), and fastpitch softball (10 years). My mom (wisely) made me choose two of those when I started high school...gotta focus!

5. My first writeup in the local newspaper wasn't written by me, it was about me! 6th grade, May 6 (my mom's birthday, no less), my soccer team won the state championship. I happened to make the winning goal from almost mid-field, so the reporter talked to me. I would have enjoyed the experience more if I didn't know that I had to bolt from there to go pitch at a softball tournament...I was exhausted.

6. My favorite room in my house is my office--because it is also my library. I love my book collection.

7. My family used to vacation by driving cross-country in our van, pulling our camper. We started with a pop-up, graduated to a larger, more convenient RV, and spent two or three weeks of most summers taking in the sights of America the Beautiful. Colorado, the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Southeast, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, New York...

8. My co-author, Sue Edwards, is the mother of an old friend from Pine Cove, a Christian camp in Tyler, TX. Her daughter and I look a lot alike, so one day during summer camp we switched nametags to see if we could trick our 6th-grade girls. All counselors at Pine Cove are given special camp names, so for that day I became "Chubby Bunny" (her name) and she became "Edelweiss" (my name). It worked! Those kids were so confused by lunch time; by dinner we gave in and confessed.

There you have it. Now, I'm supposed to tag 8 more people, but I don't read that many unique blogs (some have already been tagged). But Shannon, Erica, and Jenny...have fun!