Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wordless Wednesday











Friday, September 21, 2007

Busted
My BFF sent a lovely little challenge (see the comments in "recommended reading" post) after checking out the duration my previous post lasted at the number one slot. I know, she's only calling my bluff that I'll actually write more on this blog. I'm trying! If only you knew how boring my life is.

Boring, meaning, not reading anything special these days, just starting Bible study (so maybe some good stuff coming from that later), grading papers, editing a book, in my routine Mommy life--and what's exciting about diapers? But I will try to do better.
Hence, this post! :) In addition to just starting bible study, I've also recently joined MOPS--Mothers of Preschoolers. My new church hosts a chapter, and I decided to try it out. We've only met once, plus a park "Mommy and Me" playdate and a Moms only evening at La Madeleine's. So I'm meeting some women in the area, en masse. It's a good start.

Next weekend, on Saturday Sept. 29th, First Baptist McKinney MOPS and Trinity Presbyterian MOPS are combining efforts to host Sweet Repeats, a kids' consignment sale that serves as their primary fundraiser. I've personally donated a trunkful of toddler clothing and toys. There will be much more! If you live in the greater Dallas area and have time that day--and have young children who might benefit--swing by for some great deals. It's going to be huge. See the website for details and map.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Recommended Reading

In a few weeks I'll be interviewing my good friend Sandi Glahn on her newest fiction release, Informed Consent. If you are in the mood for a medical thriller with a twist, pick it up today at your local Christian bookstore or on amazon.com. It's pretty fantastic. In her writing journey these past 13 years, Sandi has coauthored three other medical novels as well as several non-fiction works dealing with bioethics, intimacy in marriage, and infertility. Informed Consent is her first solo work of fiction.

Amazingly enough, she's also released six studies in her Coffee Cup Bible Study series--the latest two this summer. I highly recommend them for your personal growth and enjoyment. Sandi is gifted in bringing to life the culture and context of the ancient world, then asking questions that apply timeless truths to your 21st century life.

Each book in the series sports a spiral binder that allows each page to be folded flat behind the book for easy handling. Another perk--the Bible text for each lesson is printed within the pages of the study, so no more lugging your Bible along if you want to work a lesson over coffee or in the park. Your one-stop study experience! Women will enjoy them in groups or individually.

Take a look at the covers below, and stop by Sandi's site to order one (or more). You'll be glad you did!


Friday, September 07, 2007

Friday Facts--By the Numbers
3: children
1: husband :)
2: really cool friends who share my exact birthday and 1: other who shares the day but definitely not the year
50: women in my new MOPS group at 1st McKinney
2: books coauthored and published, 2 books in the writing or editing phase
4: articles based on said books currently on Crosswalk.com. You can find links to all of those at www.newdoors.info under the speaking/writing page.
1: new article on crosswalk.com. Read it here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Once a Boy Scout...

Ethical dilemma: your teenage son is out for the evening and on his way home when he sees a woman with a flat tire. Does he stop to help her, knowing he'll be late for curfew if he does, or does he keep going so he's not late?


This past Sunday I met my pal Sandi and her daughter for a movie (Becoming Jane, in keeping with my recent blog), after which we discovered my car had a flat tire. Sandi's been in a similar situation with me before, but this time we were thankful to be in a parking lot, not on the side of a freeway. As I began hauling out items from the trunk to get to my spare tire, a 40- or 50-something man and his wife walked up and offered to help. No fool am I, I accepted immediately. Sandi was able to leave for her next engagement, knowing I was in good hands.

As Robert from Rockwall--yes, I have forgotten his last name--worked, I chatted with his wife Annie. I mentioned that he seemed to know what he was doing, and she told me that he was a Boy Scout leader. He overheard this and began to chuckle. Apparently he had led a seminar last week that discussed ethical dilemmas. Boy Scouts are taught to "do the right thing always." What's the right thing? They came up with the situation I mentioned at the beginning--be on time, or be late due to helping someone?

It's so nice to know there are people who practice what they preach.

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Thank you, Robert and Annie!