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What’s up on 3/6/2010

March 6, 2010

Outside my window…it’s now dark.  It was an amazing day today.  Cloudy this morning, but sunny and warm this afternoon!

I am listening to…30 Rock.  Trying to multi-task and watch TV with my honey while blogging.

I am wearing…jammies.  It’s early to bed for me tonight after only 5 hours of sleep last night!  SKYROCKET! is always a party and so worth the lack of sleep but the next day has to be a low-key one for me.  Am I getting old? Never! 🙂

I am thankful for…an amazingly supportive husband who lets me have my fun times without him.  Last night I got to dance my booty off to 70s and 80s music while he is home having some quiet time.  What a great marriage, built on give and take, trust, and unselfishness.  Thank you, God for bringing Mark into my life.

I am readingReal Simple, Fort Bend Star newspaper and Parade Magazine this weekend.

From the kitchen…still can smell Italian food from dinner.  Homemade pizza, whole wheat pasta with artichoke and garlic sauce and caesar salad.  Delicious!  Yummy Malbec and Lacey cookie (dark chocolate and almond), too.  Good stuff.

I am praying…for my friend Bryan, Jon Bailey’s dad, my sister Jacque and many more.

I am creating…nothing today.  Have some picture frames to spray paint tomorrow.  Seems to be the project of the week as I already did three earlier this week.

Around the house…all is quiet upstairs.  We wore the kids out today!  We let them play in the hot tub (warmed up) for 2 hours this afternoon.  It was sunny outside and the water was warm and toasty.  They had a blast splashing, swimming, floating and being silly.  Lily fell asleep watching a movie before dinner she was so tired.  Too cute!

One of my favorite things…shopping for eyeglasses.  Seriously, I do like it!  I love my glasses but my lens is cracked and I need a new pair.  I’m waiting on some frames to come in for me to try on.  Evidently I have a smaller face that is “hard to fit”.  So, our wonderful new eye doctor’s office ordered a bunch for me to try on before I buy them.  Love them.  Tried some on Thursday and should get more on Monday. I am just ready to get the new glasses!

A few plans for the rest of the weekend...crazy busy day tomorrow where I need to be in 3 places at one time.  But, I will make it work somehow.  Looking forward to dinner with the Kutzes tomorrow night as we plan our Spring Break vacation with them.  Woo-hoo, just one more week until we head out for Fentress, Texas on the San Marcos River.

A picture thought I am sharing…lots over the past few days but none that have warmed my heart more than this letter that Ty wrote me out of the blue on Wednesday.  He had a fever on Tuesday so he stayed home from school on Wednesday so we got lots of quality time together.  He was SUCH a sweet boy and gave this to me and said “I KNEW it would make you smile!” when I wrapped my arms around him and smothered him with hugs and kisses.

"I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART"

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What’s up on 2/13/2010

February 13, 2010

Thanks to Nicole from this blog for giving my inspiration for my blog post today.  Maybe this will be something I do on a regular basis?  Dare to dream.

Outside my window…it’s cold and cloudy.  Weatherman promised a beautiful day but I am not seeing it yet.

I am listening to…“Loco Legs” by the Fresh Beat Band.  It’s catchy and it makes my kids dance, which always makes me smile.  They just finished Dora the Explorer on Nick Jr.  Clearly not my choice of shows.  It’s cute that Ty still watches the preschool shows, sings along, learns the Spanish words.  I’m not ready ready for “big kid” for cartoons yet.

I am wearing…my fleece sweatshirt, jammies and wool socks.  It was 62 degrees in the den when I came down here this morning!

I am thankful for…the ability to juggle work and a family. Sometimes well and sometimes not so well.  But the fact that I get to “do it all” is a blessing. I am thankful that my husband is our amazing provider so that I get to work where I am using my gifts from God.

I am reading…I read children’s books more than adult books right now.  Need to change that.  I do read lots of blogs, too.  Dooce.com is one of my favorites.

From the kitchen…nothing yet.  Planning on making bacon and cheese kolaches when the rest of the family wakes up.

I am praying…for my friend Bryan.  He’s been on my prayer list for a month now.  Also praying for as special high school senior at our church.  (It’s a secret so I can’t tell you who it is until May.  But, let’s just say they are a wonderful person and it is a joy to get to pray for them every day!)

I am creating…my to do list. Lots to do today but I am in my “happy place” with my planner.

Around the house…Ty woke us up at 8:30. a.m.  Seemed early but really we are blessed to have such awesome sleepers.  Mark is still sleeping upstairs.  Lily just wandered down at 9:24 in her footie jammies with her balloons from last night’s kids night out.  They had a GREAT time.

One of my favorite things…lazy Saturday mornings with my family.  T-ball season is coming up and I know these will go away soon.

To be fit and happy…did Pilates on Thursday and still feeling the pain.  Ugh, I hate when we do “jumpboard”.  But, I love going to New Strength Pilates!  I went to Yoga yesterday and might take the kids for a bike ride later this afternoon if it warms up and gets sunny.

A few plans for the rest of the week…go see Snow White at a community theater at 11am.  Valentine Dinner tomorrow night:  our tradition is to make lobster at home.  Might include the kids again this year. 🙂

A picture thought I am sharing…Ty was sparring in Karate class this week. He got moved up from sparring with the smallest kiddo (he’s the 2nd shortest) to some bigger kids.  He had to be reminded that it was “light contact”…the boy likes to spar! He closes his eyes but he lands the punches, every time.  His first tournament is in two weeks.  Not sure if he is ready but he really wants to do it.


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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

January 10, 2010

Seriously? 2 months since my last post?  Ok, it’s a new year and I am letting go of the fact that I committed to being more committed to this blog thing.  So, here I am again. I will not give up on this thing, even if no one is reading it but my family. 🙂 I enjoy writing and although it is sometimes it is tough to bare your soul to the world, I am going to keep at it.  I may even finish and post some of those half-written posts I started last fall.

So, do YOU make New Year’s resolutions?  We don’t make resolutions, per se, but we do set yearly goals as a family.  Financial, Professional, Church, Marriage, Children, Personal, Health are all categories and we have 4-5 specific things under each.  It’s pretty easy to do now that we have done it for several years. We pull up the old ones discuss how last year went, what we want to improve and end up recycling many of them. Do we really ever stop trying to eat healthy, save money, workout more, be good parents?

What we have realized after a time of setting goals and not reading them again until the next year is that the only way we are able to achieve any of our goals is that you have to look at them on a regular basis.  So, we set aside a time once a quarter to review and adjust as necessary.  Yes, adjust.  We certainly don’t achieve all of our goals and we realize that some of them are TOTALLY unrealistic. I have also had to accept that fact that we won’t check off every item every year.  That kills me sometimes as I do passionately love the feeling of “checking off” things on my list!

The other thing we have learned, is that we have to DO something with the list. Sticking it in a file is not really going to help us to make any progress.  I am a dork and I still make monthly goal lists…much of these are based on our yearly plans.  Mark and I have “staff meetings” on a regular basis where he and I sit down and discuss calendar, goals and life in general.  Without kids, without TV, without interruptions, we just focus on what “Gribble, Inc.” is doing.  And, it seems to work for us, so I guess we will stick with it.

My question above was prompted by a dear friend who asked me how we run things in the Gribble house.  She and I were friends from when I lived in Chicago in middle school.  Although I moved to Texas when I was 16, we have always stayed in touch (even before we had e-mail and cell phones!) and now 20 years later, our lives are amazing similar.  Her asking specifically how we make our family goals made me ponder.  Do we just react to what life throws at us or are we intentional at setting goals and achieving them?

I want to be intentional.

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I hope you dance

November 8, 2009

I could tell you the sad story of how my computer ate this article, about the spinning circle of death, and how I had to retype it and that’s why it’s been so long since I have written, but those are excuses…on to the post.

So the Gribble family likes dance. We like to dance. We may not be good at it, but we like to do it anyway. We like to watch it on TV, we like to dance at weddings, we have even danced in church plays (crazy, dancing Baptists!) and most of all, we really like to dance in our living room, in front of our big window with no blinds or curtains.

Sometimes we dance to happy music. Sometimes, it’s sappy love songs. (Mark and I have even been known to slow dance without the kids around.) We often wonder what the neighbors think about us as they walk their dogs or jog down the street. But, we dance with reckless abandon because we just don’t care. 🙂

A few weeks ago when it seemed to rain EVERY day, therefore preventing any outside playtime, the kids needed to burn off some energy. We had been watching the TV show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), or as it is known in our home, The Dancing Show. So, Ty suggested we re-create The Dancing Show at our house. Great suggestion!

DSC_0464Ty’s musical choice was All the Single Ladies by Beyonce. (Don’t ask why…he just likes the song.) In the spirit of SYTYCD, Ty says “Cue Music” starts his routine. Being the BOY that he is, the dance had lots of Jedi and martial arts moves…much kicking and thrashing (see photo). When he gets done with his 3 minutes and 13 seconds of “dancing” he flops down, tired and sweaty and says “I’m tired now”. Ya think? We were tired from just watching (and laughing).

Lily’s turn was the more mellow Love Story by Taylor Swift. She of course being all GIRL included lots of twirling and spinning. Someone taught her to “shake her booty” (bad idea, we know!) so she was shakin’ it all over the room. NOT what you want to see your 3 year old daughter doing, but entertaining nevertheless.

DSC_0459We kindly suggest that they dance together for their third dance and Ty knew just what to do. He steps up, extends his left arm like a gentleman and they adorably dance together for another song. So freakin’ cute.

So, where am I going with this? Yes, we all know, I do think my kiddos are cute. That is my job as their mama. But, as I reflected on our evening I was overcome with the freedom that kids exude when they dance. It’s just beautiful and uplifting to watch. They dance without a care in the world. They don’t worry how they look, how good the dance is, what we are going to say. Life is full of lots of pressures (even for a Kindergarten kid) and to watch them dance without a care…awesome. Wouldn’t we all like to have a few minutes each day where we could be so free?

It reminds me of the old Lee Ann Womack song Dance. I love the message of the whole song, but these lines are so true:

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance.  I hope you dance.

DSC_0461It has been an interesting couple of weeks for me personally. I have had some hills and valleys (thankfully just a few valleys). But, while in one of those valleys, I needed to see the freedom, joy, love, happiness, and giggles.  I needed to be reminded to dance without a care in the world…literally and figuratively.

Thank you God, for providing us these precious children for me to care for. We often think it is our job to teach them everything but I am learning SO much more from them each and every day.  Thank you for my precious little blessings.

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It’s not about me

October 19, 2009

So I am in the midst of exciting things going on at work which also happens to be my church.  It’s a little complicated working where you go to church, but my motivation each day for my work is pretty high.  There is a much higher purpose to the work I do and that makes a difference.

I presented to our church congregation a new marketing plan at South Main Baptist Church.  Explaining the plan is the fun part because I believe in it and more importantly, I believe that it is the right campaign for our church…it’s authentic and “so us”.   It’s a little nerve racking to be asking for the funding to implement the plan, but I seem to be getting more comfortable with it each time  I present.  If the congregation approves it, we ask our foundation board for the funding. Although we know that most folks support the fact that our church needs to grow, there will still be a healthy conversation and discussion and I am praying now that I will be able to answer the tough questions.

So, as I prepare for these meetings, I am getting pretty wrapped up in me.  How will I sound, how will I look (I’m being honest here!), how will I answer certain things…

I took some time to catch up on my blog reading before my presentation and a post from Stuff Christians Like was EXACTLY what I needed to hear.  Here are some excerpts (if you click on the link you can read the whole post):

My friend Joel Thomas is incredibly cool and calm before he speaks to large groups of people. I’m pretty sure my friend Jarrett Stevens could perform lasik laser eye surgery before he takes the stage his hands are so perfectly chill.

Me? I’m sweaty. I’m anxious. The butterflies in my stomach aren’t tangled and nervous, they’re on meth.

Maybe I’ll lose that if I get the chance to speak more, but for right now that’s what happens in the moments before I speak. Except at the North Points Singles Retreat. That one was a little different.

Ten minutes before I jumped up on the stage and did my thing in front of maybe a few hundred people, I told a friend about one of things I was going to talk about.

He casually replied, “Oh, that’s cool. The woman who spoke last night covered that same verse and idea.”

If it were possible to do it without anyone seeing, I probably would have thrown up in my pants pocket at that exact moment.

I missed the point.

The point isn’t me. The point is Jesus.

So, blog friends, please pray for me this week.  I need strength to get through these next few crucial meetings, but more importantly, I need to have the gift of discernment and see our greater purpose for our church marketing plan:  To bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How’s that for motivation?

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It’s not about me

October 17, 2009

So I am in the midst of exciting things going on at work which also happens to be my church.  It’s a little complicated working where you go to church, but my motivation each day for my work is pretty high.  There is a much higher purpose to the work I do and that makes a difference.

I am presenting to our church congregation a new marketing plan for the church on Sunday.  Explaining the plan is the fun part because I believe in it and more importantly, I believe that it is the right campaign for our church…it’s authentic and “so us”.   It’s a little nerve racking to be asking for the funding to implement the plan, but I seem to be getting more comfortable with it each time  I present.  If the congregation approves it, we ask our foundation board for the funding. Although we know that most folks support the fact that our church needs to grow, there will still be a healthy conversation and discussion and I am praying now that I will be able to answer the tough questions.

So, as I prepare for these meetings, I am getting pretty wrapped up in me.  How will I sound, how will I look (I’m being honest here!), how will I answer certain things…

I took some time this evening to catch up on my blog reading today and a post from Stuff Christians Like was EXACTLY what I needed to hear.  Here are some excerpts (if you click on the link you can read the whole post) that describe :

My friend Joel Thomas is incredibly cool and calm before he speaks to large groups of people. I’m pretty sure my friend Jarrett Stevens could perform lasik laser eye surgery before he takes the stage his hands are so perfectly chill.

Me? I’m sweaty. I’m anxious. The butterflies in my stomach aren’t tangled and nervous, they’re on meth.

Maybe I’ll lose that if I get the chance to speak more, but for right now that’s what happens in the moments before I speak. Except at the North Points Singles Retreat. That one was a little different.

Ten minutes before I jumped up on the stage and did my thing in front of maybe a few hundred people, I told a friend about one of things I was going to talk about.

He casually replied, “Oh, that’s cool. The woman who spoke last night covered that same verse and idea.”

If it were possible to do it without anyone seeing, I probably would have thrown up in my pants pocket at that exact moment.

I missed the point.

The point isn’t me. The point is Jesus.

So, blog friends, please pray for me this week.  I need strength to get through these next few crucial meetings, but more importantly, I need to have the gift of discernment and see our greater purpose for our church marketing plan:  To bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How’s that for motivation?

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Having Courage

October 11, 2009

listentogodFrom @prodigaljohn on Twitter:  The secret to being a good writer is the willingness and courage to be a bad writer first.

So that should explain where I have been.  I have interesting ideas to blog about each week, sometimes daily, but I am just afraid it is not going to sound quite right.  I am working to get over it.  So here I go.

Dear friends of ours had a rough patch a few weeks ago.  For some reason, it deeply affected me.  Ever since then, I have been hearing from God a very distinct message loud and clear.  From conversations, to tweets, to facebook posts, to sermons, to stories, to songs it has been like “HELLO!  Are you LISTENING??”  So, here I acknowledge that indeed I am listening, God.

We are focusing this month at church on God’s Hand Revealed.  We are supposed to listen for where God is working in our life and in others. So, I commit to doing a better job of praying each day.  Not just telling God what I need from him.  The list is long, but I need to spend some time listening TO God.

The message that I have been hearing loud and clear is that really, I am not in charge of it all.  As much as I think I can control it all and manage everything in my life, it is not all up to me.  I confess, I have this awful fear that God is preparing me for a big hurdle in my life.  This scares me.  A lot.  But, I am working to let it go and leave it in His capable hands.

In closing, I am including the song lyrics from a Veggie Tales (yes, Veggie Tales!) movie, Josh and the Big Wall. Our wonderful children decided it was the “movie of the week” and I can’t count how many times that we watched it.  Something about the lyrics of one of the songs just stuck with me.

The Lord has given this land to us.  No need to fuss, He knows what He’s doing.

We know that He will take care of us.  If we will follow Him.

God’s way is the best way.  Now that I know He loves me so.

His way is the best way.  And that’s the way for me!

It’s catchy…and every word is true.  Sometimes there is real wisdom in children’s songs.

I will be back soon.  I mean it.