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March 13, 2008 by lobsterhunter
A couple of crazy things are rumbling around in my head at the moment. I figured I would share this convergence of random thoughts with the world.

As I write this blog, my husband is having a surgical procedure that could potentially alter our future. He wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything all morning, and he had a low grade headache due to a lack of caffeine. Despite these setbacks, his spirits were high, and I enjoyed bantering with him as we waited on the doctor. I pray ...
November 11, 2007 by lobsterhunter
As I sit here on my couch this morning, I feel extremely reflective. Snuggled under a cozy blanket with Chris' laptop resting on my legs, I'm browsing through some of my old blogs. I’m thankful for written expression. Recording my thoughts and feelings is like pressing a pause button on life. As I read through the events of the last few years, I am amazed how quickly time has passed. The memories seem so fresh . . .

Yesterday, a precious friend and I discussed the beauty of the present, along...
September 2, 2007 by lobsterhunter
My family and I just finished playing Sequence. After sharing a prayer and a meal together, we pulled up a piece of carpet, and giggled our way through a board game. Chandler, my ten year old step-daughter, seemed to have all the luck, and smiles beamed from the winners' faces after every round. A deep sense of contentment permeated the room.

Now to some people, the above scenario may not seem that unusual, but to a child who grew up in the chaotic world of alcoholism this is a dream come tr...
June 28, 2007 by lobsterhunter
My husband and I had a fantastic date night yesterday. We've been staying in Houston for an educational business conference, and when Chris arrived home we took a quick dip in the hotel swimming pool. The hot afternoon sun was a welcomed guest after days and days of cloudy skies. It's been raining like crazy all across Texas, and we were hoping to escape Mother Nature by heading further south.

After our outdoor excursion, we took a quick shower and got gussied up for a fancy dinner at the Aq...
May 20, 2007 by lobsterhunter
Have you ever read a book where the chapters are completely unrelated? You know the kind where you can randomly skip through the pages, paying little attention to what came before or after a particular event. The story unfolds just as it should, and each section of the novel holds unique treasures of its own. The chapters stand out independent of one another, yet somehow the story is woven together, forming a perfect tale that captures the reader’s interest.

Other books are designed to be se...
April 20, 2007 by lobsterhunter
The only man I have ever given my heart to asked me to marry him last night in a bookstore . After four months of dating, I accepted his proposal, and I have never been more sure of anything in all my life. Chris is God's gift of extravagant love to me, and our journeys have led us to one another. He is everything I ever wanted and so much more. I am deeply grateful for the joy he has brought to my life, and I look forward to spending the rest of our days together.

He is the man I choose . ....
February 12, 2007 by lobsterhunter
I never knew belief in possibility could make life seem so much brighter.

An unexpected smile sweeps across my face, and I find myself lost in thought more than I would care to admit.

The fog is lifting, and for the first time in a long time, I'm trusting that nothing in God's world happens by mistake.

I wonder how long these happy feelings will last? I will not allow fear to rob me of the momentary joy . . .
November 25, 2006 by lobsterhunter
I've spent the last three days in my tiny hometown of Lefors. It's funny how it takes about half a day to acclamate to the culture of this little place, and before you know it you've been sucked back in. I'm always amazed at how easy it is to lose yourself here. There is a sense of comfort that makes you forget you have a life back in Fort Worth.

Our six-man football team made it to the regional playoffs after 30 years of being losers, and the community is in an uproar. Everyone has dyed the...
October 11, 2006 by lobsterhunter
My big sister, Tiffanie, has been trying to marry me off for years now. A while back she came to visit me when I was living in my apartment in Fort Worth. Her four kids and husband were driving her nuts, so she took a mini-vacation and spent a few days relaxing by my pool and sleeping in. During the course of the weekend she informed me that I had a "cream cheese and bagel life", while her world was more like "peanut butter and jelly". Thus began our long standing joke about the joys and struggl...
September 23, 2006 by lobsterhunter
Tessa and Sierra are staying with their tia Tenille this weekend. They wanted to learn about blogging, so I'm letting them post an article on my page. Here it goes.

We are sisters who live with our aunt. From our early childhood we remember that no one is perfect but God. Tessa says, "My sister thinks she's more perfect than everyone. She thinks that she can sing better than anyone in the whole world, but she can't"
Sierra says, "Tessa thinks she is all that. She has a crush on three boys a...
September 17, 2006 by lobsterhunter
"Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." 2 Timothy 4:7-8

I left my Sunday night Bible study ...
September 7, 2006 by lobsterhunter
I was recently presented with the following question:

"Do you have people around you who could never do anything to make you love them less?"

I've been pondering this for some time now, and after an unpleasant phone call this evening, a very deep-seeded truth sunk into the recesses of my stubborn heart.

You see, I have this insanely, infuriating little sister who knows how to push all of my buttons. In an attempt to play her ridiculous game, I made a wrong move, and ended up looking lik...
July 7, 2006 by lobsterhunter
Summer is slowly slipping away, and I decided I should pause long enough to record a few memorable events. I completed a marathon trip to Victoria, Mexico where I bravely subjected myself to the extraction of four wisdom teeth. I wouldn't call it a vacation, but a much-needed chore was accomplished and my bank account dodged a $4,000 dollar bullet! Upon my return, I decided to make a mad dash trip to the Texas Panhandle in order to celebrate my oldest sister's thirtieth birthday. All of my sibli...
June 12, 2006 by lobsterhunter
My, oh so wonderful, Bible study leader, Bruce Grinstead graciously allowed me to begin reading his copy of Velvet Elvis the other night. I was enthralled with what Rob Bell had to say in the introduction, so I checked his book out at the library today. This afternoon I read a statement that ushered in a huge sense of freedom. Perhaps it won't hit you in the same way it challenged me, but I figured it was worth sharing. Bring on the questions!


"It's not so much that the Christian faith has ...
June 9, 2006 by lobsterhunter
I spend most of my life focusing on the small pieces of the puzzle and not nearly enough time looking at the end result. Tonight, God gave me a glimpse of the "big picture", and I figured reflection would help me remember that which is so easily forgotten.

My birthday is exactly six days away, and already, I have had two surprise parties and acquired a nice stack of giftcards to my favorite shopping spots. On two separate occasions, my teacher friends and my church friends joined me at my hom...