November 7, 2009

Saturday Randomness

Yesterday, while I getting my hair cut, I got a call, but couldn't answer it right away (obviously - I was in the chair!) I get to the car and get the voicemail: "Hi, this is so-and-so and we tried to make a flower delivery to your house, but no one came to the door. Please call us back and let us know..." My heart jumped! I called them right away and told them I would be home at 2:00. She said, "Okay, see you then."

I wait and wait and wait. Finally, 4:30 rolls around and I get another call: "Hi, I came by your house and no one was there so I left them on the front porch." What? No, I'm here. No one came to the door. "Oh, is your address ----- 93rd street?" NO! IT'S 98th STREET! DON'T LEAVE THE FLOWERS THERE! "Okay, I'll be right over."

I have never gone through such an ordeal to get flowers. So mix a day of waiting plus the fact that SoldierMan isn't the "sending flowers" type so this is the first delivered bouquet I've gotten...since we've been married....I was anxious. Not entirely accurate - he did send me flowers on our wedding day. So that counts.

And then I get these beauties and this cutie:

What a great surprise! I love my SoldierMan!
While I was getting the mail I made the mistake of looking at our yard on the way to the mailbox. I can no longer ignore the festering jungle that is our flower bed, and now the yard is covered in leaves. We don't even have a tree. Ugh. I guess my Saturday just scheduled itself.
While we were on vacation I read this:

Undoubtedly the best book I have read in a long time. It's not a large book, only 250 pages, but every one is a power-hit.

I'm not usually a non-fiction reader (shame on me, I know) and almost never a "Mardel book" reader. But someone's blog quoted from this book and so I decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did. The highest praise I can give a work is that it made think about something in a new way, from a new perspective. This certainly did that. From the purpose of confrontation and who Jesus really was to what part the Sabbath plays in the New Testament church and what REALLY is the Unpardonable Sin - all of it was colored differently for me in a way bathed in Scripture.

I cannot recommend this book to you highly enough.
Which leads me to what I am currently reading:

The book examines the questions: If there is an all-powerful, all-knowing, only-good God, how can evil and suffering exist? And if evil and suffering exist, how can we believe God exists?

Reading this during and after the attack on Hood - well, I've been more active in reading this book since then. I just wish I was already finished with it (as opposed to about 15% into it) because I know that after such an incident, people have questions. We did after 9/11. We did after the Murrah Bombing here in OKC. And while there are physical human answers as to "why" - terrorism - that doesn't satisfy us when we ask, "Why would God let this happen?"

It's a large book (500 pages!!) with tons of research, Scripture and anecdotes. I feel like a psychology degree should come upon completion. It's that thorough. But so good so far.
I talked to SoldierMan last night. He gets migraines about once a month and yesterday was his monthly time. I love saying that ;) But seriously, it's because of a problem with his jaw and it will give him a migraine that lasts for days if he doesn't nip it in the bud - which, of course, he didn't. Plus, they are still in "reception," or processing, so he has lots of time to sit around and think about home. Anyway, he could definitely use some prayers over the next few days. I hope that once Basic actually starts his mind will be so occupied with the here-and-now that he'll be distracted.

I'll most likely be watching the game home alone tonight. I have SO MUCH laundry to do. And time to catch up on all the cleaning I've been avoiding all week. (There's not a lot, really - just the deep-cleaning stuff.) So going to my mom's to watch the game just wouldn't be practical.

Afterwards I'm going to see the new Christmas Carol movie with 3 of SoldierMan's sisters. I'm not a Jim Carrey fan, but I love Disney (no, really?) and I love 3-d. So it should be fun.

Have a great weekend!


  1. both of those authors are really good, they give you a lot to think about.

  2. Beautiful flowers! I'm glad you're getting just a little bit spoilt :)

  3. What lovely flowers...I'm still working on the Oliver North book American Heroes but looks like I've got some more candidates for my list!

  4. What a sweet surprise! I bet that completely made your day. =)

  5. Wow, what a fiasco to get flowers, but they're beautiful and well worth it! :)

  6. That is sooo sweet that he sent you flowers! Have you read "The Shack"?


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