Running to Stand Still Just another day in the life….

October 20, 2006

Patience cont’d

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 8:00 pm
Speaking of patience, and my lack therof…I highly doubt it’s coincidence that patience happened to be the subject of my devotion today.

A soul that is patient waits with calm endurance for light before acting, and in virtue of this calm and patient endurance suffers no pain or anxiety, because the soul possesses herself and waits for light; and when the mind waits patiently for light, sooner or later it is sure to come. Trials of mind affect us more deeply than pains of body, and if we give way to anxiety such trials become troubles, and are immensely increased. But this cannot happen to those patient souls, who feel that they are in the hands of God, and are encircled with His fatherly providence, and that all things are in His disposal. When we see not our way through some trial or difficulty, we have only to look to God, and to wait in patience, and in due time His light will come and guide us. This very attitude of waiting, this very patience of expecting, will dispose the mind to receive, and the will to rightly use, the needful light. Whenever you are perplexed as to what course you should take, if you go blindly into action you will be sure to repent it. Wait for light, wait with patience, and light will not fail you.
–WILLIAM BERNARD ULLATHORNE–

October 19, 2006

Patience…and lack thereof

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 7:50 pm
The patio company we hired to lay our patio started the job three weeks ago….they are still not finished.  I am so impatient when it comes to things like this.  I just don’t understand how a company can start a job, and then take forever to finish.  Today they finally came to pour the concrete.  Irelynd kept watch all day to make sure they were doing a good job.  She definitely doesn’t get her patience from her mama!
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October 18, 2006

Only in my dreams

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 8:11 pm
I’ve been thinking alot about snow lately.  How much I will miss waking up to white, snow-covered mornings…turning off the alarm because “there is no way I’m going anywhere in this weather!”
Apparently I really have snow on the mind.  The other night I had a dream that I woke up one morning and looked outside to see the ground covered in a beautiful blanket of snow.  In my dream I said to Jon, “Wow, I really didn’t think it snowed here!”  I was so happy to learn that it could really snow in Texas.
Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed when I woke up to reality, walked outiside, and it was 90 degrees with 100 million percent humidity. My crazy, crazy mind….always playing tricks on me! :-)

October 16, 2006

Vitamins

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 8:08 pm
Thank you, Great Nana and Papa, for the wonderful vitamins!  I inspected the ingredients, and concur that these are the best children’s vitamins available! :-)
Come and visit us sometime!!
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October 15, 2006

Blessed Love

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 10:16 am

The true proficiency of the soul consists not so much in deep thinking, or eloquent speaking, or beautiful writing; as in much and warm loving. Now, if you ask me in what way this much and warm love may be acquired, I answer,–By resolving to do the will of God, and by watching to do His will as often as occasion offers. Those who truly love God love all good wherever they find it. They seek all good to all men. They commend all good, they always acknowledge and defend all good. They have no quarrels. They bear no envy. O Lord, give me more and more of this blessed love! It will be a magnificent comfort in the hour of death to know that we are on our way to be judged by Him whom we have loved above all things. We are not going to a strange country, since it is His country whom we love and who loves us.
–ST. TERESA–

October 14, 2006

Pushing “Bebe”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 5:18 pm
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October 12, 2006

Don’t Miss Bono!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 3:48 pm

My crush since the sixth grade, Bono, will be on the Oprah show tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 13th). Hooray!!
Here’s a little blurb about his new venture, and what he will be talking about on Oprah:

This Friday, Bono will be a guest on Oprah to help introduce (Product) RED to the United States. (RED) is the simple idea that what we buy can change the world. It’s not a charity. It’s a brand created to raise money for the Global Fund by teaming up with the world’s most iconic brands including Armani, Converse, GAP, and Motorola. Every (RED) product will raise not only money, but awareness.

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I’m typically skeptical when it comes to supporting stars and their political and humanitarian efforts; but I sincerely believe Bono’s ONE Campaign is legitimate, and a worthwhile effort to support. If you have not yet heard Bono’s Keynote Address at the 54th National Prayer Breakfast, it is long, but well worth listening to or reading, as Bono explains the ONE campaign in detail.

Trust me, you can’t help but love this guy! (Don’t worry, Jon knows all about my infatuation) :-)

October 11, 2006

Petting Zoo?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 11:35 am
This morning Irelynd and I went to a petting zoo with our neighborhood playgroup.  I’m not sure this “petting zoo” was actually a legal operation; it was quite sketchy to say the least.  It was out in the middle of nowhere Texas, and was actually located at someone’s house.  There were hundreds of animals…dogs, pigs, cows, chickens, horses, goats, llamas, ostrichs….you name it, these people had it!  Regardless, Irelynd thought it was wonderful.  She had a ball petting and feeding all the different animals.  She really has a thing for cows…she couldn’t stop saying cow the entire time.
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October 10, 2006

Stay-at-home mom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 4:11 pm
Transitioning from a career to stay-at-home mom has been harder than I originally thought. I love being home with Irelynd and watching her change from day to day, but I have to admit, there are days when I wish I were back in the workplace. I obviously miss the paychecks and the adult interaction, and at times I fear that I am flushing years of knowledge and education down the drain.  But as crazy as it may sound, I also miss using my brain and actually working!  Sitting in long, seemingly pointless meetings; or day long negotiations with neither side budging; putting together endless spreadsheets, and crunching numbers to find rates….. hard to believe, there are days when this all sounds somewhat appealing to me. At first I thought I must be sick or something; but after talking with several women who have also recently transitioned from the workplace to home, we all seem to share the same struggles and concerns.
Don’t get me wrong; the women I admire the most are, or have been, stay at home moms.  My mother chose to put her nursing career on hold for a few years to stay home with my brother and I.  My sister-in-laws, Jody and Kara, are two of the most incredible women in the world, with talents that could be used in any workplace; yet for the time being, they have chosen to devote their talents to shaping their children’s futures. My mother-in-law, Aunt Deborah…the list goes on.  In my eyes, it is the most important job a woman can have…not to mention challenging in so many ways. (I, in no way, mean to take away from the millions of women who juggle both…I’ve been there, and I have great admiration for women who choose to work and have a family).
In my mind, it truly is a catch-22…the desire to be successful in a career vs. the desire to raise children. I could go on and on about the inequality and hardships of being a woman in the 21st century, but to spare you all, I will step down off my soapbox and wrap this up! :-)
Bottom line: I know I have been blessed with this wonderful opportunity to stay at home and raise Irelynd, and despite my above rattlings, I wouldn’t change it for the world!
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October 8, 2006

Trusting a Higher Will

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari @ 3:41 pm

NOTHING is so trying to nature as suspense between a faint hope and a mighty fear; but we must have faith as to the extent of our trials, as in all else. Our sensitiveness makes us often disposed to fancy that we are tried beyond our strength; but we really know neither our strength to endure nor the nature of God’s trials. Only He who knows both these, and every turn of the hearts which He has made, knows how to deal out a due proportion. Let us leave it all to Him, and be content to bear in silence.
–FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON–

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