Friday, November 30, 2007

Silver Maple

Silver Maple
Originally uploaded by kim from kansas
Been listening to this song by Waterdeep lately:

Psalm 131
by King David of Israel

Oh Lord my heart is not lifted up
My eyes are not raised to high for Thee
I do not think on things to great or marvelous
Or matters too difficult for me

But I have calmed and quieted my soul
Like a weaned child is my soul within me
I have calmed and quieted my soul
Like a weaned child with its mother is my soul within me

O Israel trust in the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore
O Israel trust in the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore

There's no youtube video, or I would post it.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Guess this post is more for me and not for the readers, to remind myself.

p.s. Have also been listening to the new "The Killers" CD. Did you know North Dakota is mentioned in "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"? Oh, and have been listening to Menomena thanks to Cody.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving in Nodak

The kids were excited to see snow for the first time this year.

A wee snowman from Chloe I put in my mom's freezer

When my mom was in the hospital at the beginning of the week, guests were supposed to wear a mask and cover-up while visiting. My brother knew we were having ribs (Famous Dave's) for Thanksgiving and decided to save a special "bib" for one of his sisters.

Below is what happens when someone falls asleep with most of the family sitting in the living room--post-it notes on the glasses followed by my brother just happening to test the smoke alarm.
My brother brought the set game to play, but had to alter the cards in order for everyone to play. Whoever thought of the game apparently didn't think of colorblind people then they were making it. If you click on the picture of the guy in the glasses, those are remnants of the altered cards on his face. There's also a behind-the-scenes picture of me in 7th grade (with the red bow--apparently going for the sailor look).

Am so thankful for the time I got to spend with my mom! She just got out of the hospital the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. She was still pretty deconditioned from spending 10 days in the hospital and didn't want to go anywhere. We had a family day on Thanksgiving minus a few members, and then my husband and I got to spend some quality time on Friday alone with my mom. Then on Saturday our wonderful friends drove us back to Kansas!

p.s. Yes, we STILL adore the kids, even after the long car trip! Thanks for sharing your family with us!

p.p.s. I didn't post all the pictures of the family (I love them all equally), but if you'd like to look some are in my flickr account. Due to my husband's wishes, I put the ones with him in as "private" or "friends only".

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Road trippin

Little Man

Fake terrorist

Christmas lights in Omaha off the beaten path

More pictures later (and maybe even more than one sentence, too!!!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pre-Thanksgiving thankfulness

Am very thankful!!!

Bowls and vase

There's only one way to grow while making art: take risks and allow yourself to make a lot of bad work, then look at it. I consider what is working well, what missed the mark or confused the reading, what needs to be adjusted on the next one.

--Linda Arbuckle in The Penland Book of Ceramics

Brought these home awhile ago and didn't post them yet. The fall session is over where I throw, so that means the kilns won't be running regularly and probably won't bring anything home until after January.

p.s. Yes, that's a Smokey the Bear ruler.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hello Kitty

This makes me smile...
Wonder if my dog would let me put this on her...hmmm. Don't think so!

Found this picture from someone in flickr who got it from this site

Friday, November 16, 2007

My fun friday fotos-my dog rocking out

Since my husband and I just acquired fake guitars in order to play Guitar Hero III, I thought it was appropriate to get my dog a fake guitar, also. Her guitar only cost $1 at Target in the dollar spot section.

p.s. I beat Tom Morello on the medium level last night which is quite an accomplishment considering I couldn't get past one song three weeks ago.

p.p.s. It was rather amusing playing the Slayer song while picking the Oriental girl character with her pigtails and little backpack and schoolgirl outfit.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Phone call

My mom's in the hospital again. She went in on Sunday night with a fever. Last evening I tried calling her on her hospital phone. She did answer it and kindly stated "Oh Kim, I'm going to sleep". Then I just heard the TV that was in the background becoming much louder. I think she put the phone next to her speaker. At least this time she didn't hang up on me. She did that a few months ago...It was pretty weird having your mom hang up on you. I'm blaming the drugs.

Anyways, if you want to pray for someone, please pray for my two sisters who live about 50 miles away from her and are trying to live their lives and wanting to be there all the time but can't, driving back and forth, etc. My mom has a remarkable attitude...when she doesn't hang up on me.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Veteran's Day

These pictures were taken at our local Veteran's Memorial. Happy Veteran's Day all the veterans and especially my favorite, my husband!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Fun music friday--Bishop Allen

Have been enjoying this band. They have some catchy tunes.

If you like this song, check out "Like Castanets".

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Jesus is my action figure....I mean savior

-This colorful and richly detailed talking figure brings the New Testament to life with a Jesus character that kids can play with and move
- God’s only son, Jesus helped people by teaching them God’s lessons, healing them and performing miracles
- The Biblical character comes with a vibrant mini storybook that kids may follow and use to recreate the tales
- A delightful "action figure" and fully interactive way for children to learn and participate in religious education
- For ages 3 yrs. and up
- Batteries Included

There He was in the toy section of my local department store...The Son of God, Immanuel, King of kings, the Messiah....Wait, there's a whole shelf of Him!!!

p.s. Click on this link to buy your own personal savior.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Halloween leftovers

We have some clever people in the neighborhood. Yes, in the first picture that's a human skull on a pink flamingo.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sunday spiritual seconds part II

Today I'm thankful for answered prayers...I guess I mean answered prayers in which I am grateful for the outcomes. I can specifically think of two. I loved clay and was very frustrated last year at how hard throwing was and having to relearn it on an electric wheel (with the wheel going the different way)...but I kept with it and now am excited that I am able to make some of the things I dreamed about making.

I'm also very thankful for my friends. I prayed for good neighbors and new friends and feel my new friends are more wonderful than I could've even imagined! Yes, if you're reading this I mean YOU!!! (Well, unless I don't know you and you're a stalker or something.)And if you're not reading this, it's okay...I know you have a busy life.

I've heard people making a prayer journal before and writing down their requests and how God answered them...It sounds like a good idea. I just might get around to it some day.

What prayers have been answered with unexpected outcomes in your life lately? What are you praying for? May I pray for them with you?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thanks are in order

First of all, I would like to thank my husband for doing the laundry over the last couple of weeks while I've had too many extra-curricular activities going on for my own good.

Secondly, I would like to thank Mark (Mary's friend) whom I just met on Friday night but bought me a glass of wine at the open house. It made my throwing a lot better. Don't worry, Mom, I'm not going to drink every time I throw, it just relaxes me and I throw a lot better.

Fall fever

I've come to the conclusion that my dog and I have "fall fever" which is like "spring fever", when the weather is nice and I don't feel like working and we want to take lots of breaks outside.

p.s. Made this mosaic with the big huge labs flickr toys.