Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Xerox making it super easy to support our troops!

DUDE.  It doesn't get much easier than this!

Please go to http://www.letssaythanks.com and pick out a thank you card: Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq.  You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.  It is FREE and it only takes a second. 

What a great gift this would be for those serving overseas, far from home and family and loved ones.

We can never say enough thank-yous. 

Thanks for taking to time to support our military! 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Great Quotes Emily Has Collected

And now for the latest installment of Great Quotes Emily Has Collected (which happen to all come from the Membership Seminar I attended today for Emmanuel Presbyterian).

"There is not an inch of any sphere of life of which Jesus Christ the Lord does not say, 'Mine.'"
-(Abraham Kuyper)

"The God who is worthy to be known and served for who he is, is himself the answer to this world's longings.  And those who know him best are best equipped to serve him.  He is their message.  If we have discovered the glory of God in the face of Christ, we must not hold back.  The God of glory must be made known."
-(Tom Wells)

"What matters supremely, therefore, is no, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it - the fact that he knows me."
-(J.I. Packer)

"Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life.  It is worse than useless; it does positive harm.  Something of 'the image of Christ' must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings."
-(J.C. Ryle)

"Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world."
-(Francis Shaeffer)

"There is only one safeguard against error, and that is to be established in the faith; and for that, there has to be prayerful and diligent study, and a receiving with meekness the engrafted Word of God."
-(A.W. Pink)

"in essentials,
in non-essentials,
in all things,
-(R. Meldenius?)

"It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God."
-(George Whitfield)

"We can find our firm foundation in a covenant contracted among the three Persons of the Triune God, even before time began.  This plan to rescue and recreate damaged and guilty bearers of the divine image was initiated by the Father to be executed by the Son, and to be applied by the Spirit to those very persons on whose behalf the Son would keep covenant."
-(Dennis Johnson)

"While we do not get a
better Christ 
in the sacraments
than in the Word, 
sometimes we get 
Christ better."
-(Robert Bruce)

"The moral absolutes rest upon God's character.  The moral commands he has given to men are an expression of his character.  Men as created in his image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is.  The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to his character, while those things which do not conform are immoral."
-(Francis Shaeffer)

 "Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of his worth.  This cannot be done by mere acts of duty.  It can be done only when spontaneous affections arise in the heart."
-(John Piper)

"To pretend to homage to God, and intend only the advantage of self, is rather to mock him than worship him.  When we believe that we ought to be satisfied, rather that God glorified, we set God below ourselves, imagine that he should submit his own honor to our advantage: we make ourselves more glorious than God."
-(Stephen Charnock)

"The bread that is spoiling in your house belongs to the hungry.  The shoes that are mildewing under your bed belong to those who have none.  The clothes stored away in your trunk belong to those who are naked."
-(Basil the Great)... my new favorite quote.

"It's not what you do with the million if fortune should ere be your lot, but what you are doing at present with the dollar and quarter you got."
-(Author Unknown)

"It's clear that in the days of the apostles, it was the universal practice to receive believers into the visible church.  It's possible that a true believer, because of some unusual circumstances, may fail to unite with the church.  One may, for instance, believe in Christ and die before receiving baptism, or joining a local church.  But such instances are exceptional.  The Scriptural rule is that while membership is not a prerequisite for salvation, it is a necessary consequence of salvation."
-(R.B. Kuiper)

"Fundamentally, our Lord's message was himself.  
He did not come merely to preach a gospel; 
he himself is that gospel.  
He did not come merely to give bread; 
he said 'I am the bread.'  
He did not come merely to shed light; 
he said, 'I am the light.'  
He did not come merely to show the door; 
he said, 'I am the door.'  
He did not come merely to name a shepherd; 
he said, 'I am the Shepherd.'  
He did not come merely to point the way; 
he said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life.'"
-(J. Sidlow Baxter)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I like wine. And America.

After a fun night of wine tasting at Best Cellars in Clarendon/Arlington, Haley and I took a walk through Whole Foods where she purchased a small pretzel roll (tastes like a pretzel, looks like a roll).  As we were walking back to the car (we were in Virginia, therefore I drove - unlike DC where I'm forced out of the comfort of RFW and out into the street with "other" people - this issue comes up nearly every time Haley and I hang out), three guys came up and did a poor job of trying to flirt with us.  One guy (the more outspoken one of the bunch) asked Haley what she was eating.  After being informed that it was indeed a pretzel roll, he asked, "Why aren't you going to share?".... to which I retorted, "This is America, we don't have to share!" (totally said tongue in cheek) and THEN this guy says, "Yeah, this is America, so don't I get some of that?" and then I felt a sinking, sickening feeling.  Even though I realize I was the one being snarky at first.  O America, where art thou?

Happy Veteran's Day.

Thank you.

And you.

And you.

A couple of months ago, I was talking with a colleague about how sad it is to know that my children will never know the men of the Greatest Generation, the veterans of World War II.  I thought about how much I look up to them, what great sacrifices they made, the great integrity they possess.  

My colleague countered, "What about the great men and women of your generation?"  And I thought of the many people I know who so bravely serve and have served our country who are all around my age.  My heart swelled with pride, for I could easily list off a number of people I'd want my kids to meet.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chrysalis Winery

Chrysalis Winery in Middleburg, Virginia = awesome.  Went on a fabulous trip with Tara, Brynnan and Sarah on Saturday.  This is BEAUTIFUL country!  Loudoun County.  Look it up.  Here are some of the highlights.

On my winelist lay oyster crackers to clear my palate when switching from light, sweet wines (of which I need to develop an affinity) to red, dry, peppery wines (of which I am a huge fan).

Regarding the "flip-flop girl:"
 - "She's from Canada or something."
- "Nah, I think Central Virginia" (said in unison).



Brynnan: "And she's wearing mirror glasses."
Tara: "Thank you."

Picture this:  18 inebriated yet dressed to the 9's (paisley, scarves, vests, designer jeans, heels....) men arrive in a limo.  After a flight of 10 (.5oz.) wines, one of them (in heels mind you) thought it would be a grand idea to climb an old tree near the picnic tables.  

The diva with her paws up had already attempted to climb the tree.  Unsuccessful and loud.

She valiantly offered to serve as a stepping stool for the gent in paisley and heels.

Bravo!  Smile for the iPhone!

And then an elderly man came up and reprimanded him.  (And then one of the tree climber's buddies shook his finger at the old man, demanding to know why he hadn't stopped the unsuccessful, loud diva from climbing the tree.  What, do you not like my paisley?)

"This is an old tree..... this is private property....[bottom-dwellers].  You can't pull this [stuff] in a vin-yard."

FARKLE!  This is a fun game my roommates are hooked on... and I too am becoming quite hooked.  My name was Loquisha.

High-heeled Mama: "Woah.  You have three fives."

Mave: "Do you know what Mave means?"
High-heeled Mama: "500?"
Mave:  "She who is intoxicated."

What could be more glorious than riding your horse over to the winery?!?!  IDEAL.

They were kind of a big deal.

So beautiful.  What a wonderful day.

Christmas is here?!

What is it I do at work, pray tell??  Here's one of the fun things I got to help out with recently: Christmas packages to the field offices!  And I totally got payback for all the times I've cursed stores for putting Christmas stuff out before Halloween... and Thanksgiving for that matter...  Lo and behold, we had to get the packages sent out last week to ensure they'd get there in time, and then it's: "WHERE'S ALL THE CHRISTMAS STUFF?!?!"

We did our best (no candy canes out yet) and got some awesome gifts... and Patty and her crew got them all shipped out with time to spare - woohoo!

We took over one of the phone rooms and deemed it "Santa's Workshop" while we sorted, labeled, wrapped, and shipped everything.

I've definitely had Amy Grant's Christmas songs stuck in my head.... so HO! HO! HO!  Bring it on, commercialism of Christmas!  I'm ready.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A good book.

America: The Last Best Hope by William Bennett = awesome.  

It's a fabulous refresher of things I learned in 8th and 11th grade and freshman year of college.  HISTORY! Vasco de Gama!  Henry VIII!  Benjamin Franklin!  I bought the book on itunes months ago and am just now listening to it (in the mornings when getting ready for work).  It's great to hear the stories for pleasure instead of trying to cram for a test... although I've been told to take the Foreign Service Exam after listening to the entire book... which of course I will just for the heck of it.  I'm only in 1796 right now, but HIGHLY recommend this book.  It's a swift kick in the pants to remind me how blessed I am. 

Funny: went out with some "blokes" Friday night... and after so many mornings of the events leading up to and following the Revolutionary War, I felt a surge of patriotism and smugness that my country beat theirs... even though it was over 200 years ago :).  They informed me that "someone had to train George Washington!"  And as it turns out (after their trip to Mount Vernon that day), the Brits did indeed train G.W.  Whatev.  Thank goodness he loved America more than his instructors.  

PS did you know that G.W. turned down the opportunity to be KING!?  Yes, his loyal followers wanted desperately for him to be king of these United States.  He, being the stand-up gent he was, was repulsed by the idea and proclaimed, "You imbeciles!  What have we been fighting against but the oppression of a king?!?" or something like that.

Good ol' George.  I'm going to name one of my kids George, in honor of (chronologically):

  • George Washington (obviously)
  • George Hindes (my great-great-great-grandfather who rode with the Texas Rangers and fought indians and was a hero)
  • Curious George (yes, the monkey)
  • George E. (my great-great-uncle and $uper Aggie)
  • George Bailey (James Stewart's character in It's a Wonderful Life
  • George Herbert Walker Bush (so much respect for this man... and his wife - my fave)
  • George W. Bush (I love ol' Georgie).  
Yes, he will have a lot to live up to.  I will live valiantly and vicariously through this little human.  And if God doesn't bless me with a little boy, I'll have to name a girl Georgia, and she will no doubt be incredible, too.  For in addition to the list above, she'll need to represent Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods (from True Women) and my grandmother, Mary, who hails from Commerce, Georgia, and has managed to maintain her Georgia accent despite having moved away over 50 years ago.  It's only fittin'.

I've now looked at the name "George" so much it looks weird to me.  Like when you are looking through a phone book and the names look weird from seeing so many of the same-spelled words.



Now, in no way am I suggesting that I, One Who Has Life Figured Out and One Who Is On Top Of Managing Her Finances In a Responsible Manner, would stoop so low as so have incurred credit card debt.... ("I can't help it!  These dollar signs just can't let go of me!  They follow me wherever I go!").... but hypothetically, if I were to have debt following me around like a passel of whiny children, I would find the following jewel (courtesy of USAA) particularly eye-opening:

Paying Down Credit Card Debt: Amount of Debt: $10,000

Option 1:
Interest Rate: 12%; Monthly Payment: 2% of outstanding balance; Time to Pay it Off: 368 months (over 30 years) Interest Accrued: $9,696.43

Option 2:
Interest Rate: 12%; Monthly Payment: $200Time to Pay it Off: 65 months (over 5 years) Interest Accrued: $2,989.61

Option 3:
Interest Rate: 12%; Monthly Payment: $500Time to Pay it Off: 22 months (under 2 years) Interest Accrued: $984.83

I'll take option THREE, Tre-BEK. 

I will no longer carry around my credit card "in case of emergency," for my definition of emergency has become rather loose: 
  • "Oh my goodness! Look at those shoes! I NEED them or else I'll have to walk around barefoot in the snow!!"  REALLY? NO.
  • "Concealer!  Bobbi Brown!  I NEED this in order to catch the attention of a suitable husband or else I'll be forced to remain single because the world's supply of men will be so repulsed by the dark circles under my eyes."  REALLY?  NO.
  • Those are, sadly, two of my most recent arguments for buying things I don't need.  Farewell, oh trusted mastercard.  I need to make room in my wallet for other things.  Like cash.
*and no, I don't have $10,000 in debt, but if you are reading this and feel like donating to the cause and thus contributing to the future success of America, feel free.  I am a duchess in the DRC.  I can direct you to my pay pal account for ease and security in transaction of said funds.