Butterfly Wings

Our Life in Posts and Pictures

I’m Moving! July 28, 2010

Filed under: Personal — anet smith @ 12:22 pm

Blog sites that is. If you know how non-spontaneous I am, you’ll understand that it’s pretty out of character of me. Especially since it kind of “happened”.

I originally started Butterfly Wings as a class assignment and I labored for days just coming up with names and figuring out the “how to”. Butterfly Wings came from the poem on the sidebar, kept going for a semester, then stayed in a cocoon until I joined the Christmas Tour of Homes in December 2009.

I follow several blogs with Google Reader and I finally figured out how to display my picture (I know – not too difficult, but it was an accomplishment for me). A few days ago when I was commenting, I followed some links and ended up creating a new blog! I also found out that Blogspot does all the design things I couldn’t do before and isn’t as hard to use as I thought. Phew! So…

Please visit me at Our Ordinary Life.

As I was setting up the new blog, I had to come up with a name and took it from The Message, Romans 12:1-2 as you can see at the top of the blog. Today, I’m trying to make the bridge from Butterfly Wings and make the switch to only writing at Our Ordinary Life. To do so, I looked up the definition of ordinary.

ordinary [ˈɔːdənrɪ]
adj
1. of common or established type or occurrence
2. familiar, everyday, or unexceptional
3. uninteresting or commonplace

We have many ordinary days – although I wouldn’t call them unexceptional or uninteresting! That’s just not a possibility with children or with the adventure of following God!

Our sincere prayer is that we do place our everyday experiences before God, that we don’t fit into our culture, and that as we look to Him – He brings out our best. All for His glory.

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To Serve This Present Age May 18, 2010

Filed under: Family,Personal Growth — anet smith @ 3:36 pm

These are notes that I took at a recent graduation where Dr. Jo Anne Lyon (General Superindent of The Wesleyan Church) was the speaker. I write them here – to keep a copy for myself. If I don’t write something down I easily forget! Case in point: Dr. Lyon credited the information for the “Megatrends” I reference. However, I didn’t write the source down, so, it’s not there!

Four Megatrends Changing the 21st Century

1. Reversal of Fortunes
2. Growth of Youth and Islam in Developing Nations
3. Urban Sprawl
4. Global Nuclear Threat

Is there anything that doesn’t change? Jesus! (Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.)

He:
Intentionally prayed and reflected
Poured himself out
Listened
Empowered His followers
Cared for the least of these

Dr. Lyon also encouraged the graduates to overcome evil with good, to do God’s will, and to shape the world for good in their vocation.

I especially have been considering the first part of the message about megatrends and what Jesus did. Sometimes when I think of the world my children are facing and will be facing, it is overwhelming! In my most recent Daybook, I wrote that I was praying for my children to be counter culture – Going against what our culture says and what Christians have accepted as normal is tough work!

We will only accomplish it as we follow Jesus’ example. I need to grow so much more in the area of intentional prayer and reflection. I can only empower my followers (my children) as I am following Christ. We are taking steps to intentionally disciple our children. We endevor to use teachable moments and answer questions that arise honestly and Scripturally. Although we have had devotions as a family, we struggle with consistancy. However, we will be beginning a study of Psalm 119 tonight.

In additon to the Bible, we will be using Stand, diving into God’s Words, a discovery of Psalm 119. Some of the books in this series were a little too advanced for the age of M & L (11 & 9), but I think this one will work out great! I am looking forward to knowing God more and understanding His word through this study. I am also thankful to hubby for picking up the book and initiating this in our home.

 

No Bake Cookies April 29, 2010

Filed under: Kids,Personal — anet smith @ 8:04 am

When I was in college every weekend I came home my Unkie (see post) made me No Bake Cookies to take back. They were my favorite and still rank in the top. I made them for hubby’s office last week. The boys and I took snacks and then put a jar out for donations for Relay for Life. M is walking with his Boy Scout patrol. The office was so generous and M. exceeded his goal by $50!

Over the years I’ve had batches of the cookies turn out good and others turn out not so good. I’ve discovered that the secret is how long you let them cool. This time I almost let them cool too long and they were clumping together. I added a little milk and they were saved! I guess the magic number is 3 minutes and not 5 minutes. Once cooled, the last three ingredients need to be added pretty instantaneously. Come to think of it, now I’m not quite sure I even put vanilla in this batch!

The picture is of what we had left. Recipe follows.

No Bake Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 c (1stick) butter or margarine

Add these ingredients to a pan on the stovetop, mix together and bring to a boil. Boil 5-7 min. Cool slightly and then add:

1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (don’t use the quick ones, the regular ones give a much better texture)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper. Cool

 

Found! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Personal,Personal Growth — anet smith @ 3:02 pm

A few weeks ago when I finally cleaned out my closet, I realized most of my shorts and other summer things were missing. We had stayed with my sister before moving into our new home so I was convinced they were at her house. Every few days I’d call her and suggest another spot to look for them.

Around the same time, my hubby lost his wallet. It wasn’t in the normal spot he puts it at night and I was convinced that the previous night when he returned it to his pocket at the restauraunt that it had landed on the floor instead. The two of us searched and searched. He even called the restauraunt. I looked in the spots he had already looked, we tried to replay our steps, we looked in spots it couldn’t possibly be in. After a few desperate prayers, he found it – in a shelf in the closet.

My sister never found the clothes so my new hypothesis was that they were in the attic. So – today that’s were I checked. I knew I had to check the rubbermaid tubs, but there were so many (unlabeled or not labeled well – my fault) and many had other boxes stacked on them or in front of them. After some careful moving and rearranging – much like a puzzle – I opened a tub and there they were! Yea! No need for unnecessary shopping now.

I looked this Scripture up on Bible Gateway

The Parable of the Lost Coin – Luke 15
8″Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Hubby and I talked about it when we were looking for His wallet. It just so happens that my church started a sermon series on Luke 15 last week too. I am so thankful that I have been found. What role do I play in searching for others who are lost? Do I search as carefully and diligently as the shepherd with the lost sheep or the woman with the lost coin?

 

“Remember” This Easter April 3, 2010

Filed under: Easter,Personal,Personal Growth — anet smith @ 7:22 am

Yesterday I wrote about Patricia Polacco’s The Butterfly. On her website Polacco also states, “We need to keep telling these stories… hopefully we wont repeat our mistakes.“

It has been 65 years since World War II ended. It has only been 15 years since the bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Building. I found an article on a KOTV’s news website that talked about how the bombing has not been part of the objectives for Oklahoma history so it has not been taught or has been taught very little. How sad that we have allowed the victims to be forgotten. Recently, the objectives have been amended and the Oklahoma City bombing will be included in the 2010-2011 school year. May our students continue to be educated about the impact of violence. I pray they will take the lessons to heart.

My family has been to the memorial, but M & L were very young. We walked around the perimeter and looked at the memorial items in the fence. I’d like to go again this summer. I think they’ll understand more than I give them credit. The purpose of our visit won’t be to focus on the violence or to spoil the innocence of childhood. They know there are bad things that happen. I want them to understand that bad things happen because we live in a fallen world and that we have hope because of our Savior.

So, while it is important to keep telling these stories so we won’t repeat our mistakes, it’s also important to remember hope, remember what God has done.

Specifically, we celebrate Easter and we remember Christ and the empty tomb. In communion, we remember the night Christ was betrayed and the last meal He shared with His disciples. In the Old Testament, Joshua had the men of Israel set up memorial stones so they could tell their children what the Lord had done (Joshua 4:2-9). In our home we talk about where we were when we told our children we were moving from New Mexico to Texas and we remember how God took care of us – even telling our oldest son, M. the day of the week we would move. We remember other ways God has blessed us and we remember through pictures. Are there events your family remembers? Something you should remember? I hope you remember to the glory of our risen Lord!

 

Random Dozen March 24, 2010

Filed under: Personal — anet smith @ 3:22 pm

1. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
At least nine. I can’t remember if they came from when we lived in Arizona or Iowa. They are a pair of black slip on shoes and I may have to stop wearing them. That is unless I can fix them up a little with some shoe polish.
2. Did you buy Girl Scout cookies this year? If so, what variety?
Every chance I got!! (And wished more would have asked me) We got mainly thin mints and samoas, but also tried tagalongs and the new cranberry one.
3. Do you know how to ballroom dance? If not, would you like to?
No, and no, not really. If I were going to dance, I’d want to country dance.
4. Were you a responsible child/teenager?
Absolutely. I made my own chore charts! I never snuck out.
5. How many of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies did you see?
Probably none. I can’t even tell you the names of any that were nominated.
6. If you’re going to have a medical procedure done, such as having blood drawn, is it easier for you to watch someone else having the procedure done or have it done yourself?
See someone else for sure.
7. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Sunday. I love going to church and being with my family. I love fellowship with others (lunch out and Small Group). I also enjoy naps and time to do whatever.
8. Do you miss anyone right now?
I miss my friends in Texas. I’m finally making some friends here, but I miss certain relationships, especially our history and the way they already know me.
9. Do hospitals make you queasy?
No, not queasy. Uncomfortable sometimes depending on the situation.
10. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card. Not that you ever would, you responsible person, you.
Mardel for books and music. Kohls for clothes. Hobby Lobby for decos and everything else fun.
11. Are you true to the brand names of products/items?
Most usually. However, I am open to trying new things and there are many things I buy off brands.
12. Which is more difficult: looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when he/she is telling you how he/she feels?
Neither.

 

Names of God January 2, 2010

Filed under: Personal,Personal Growth — anet smith @ 8:00 am

Every year I ask God to give me a Name of His that He will show Himself to me in the new year. I took some of my devotional time yesterday asking God about this year. Sometimes when I hear the Name it concerns me about what the year may bring. Last year it was “God of All Hope”. Even before the month of January last year was over I was able to share this and hope Scriptures with some friends who were going through a difficult time. God has been so faithful to them! He was to me too. Even though the year was kinda bumpy, God proved Himself faithful in being God of All Hope to me. Each year the Name is personal so what God tells me may be different than how He wants to show Himself to you. Do you want to know what the Name is for 2010? Stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, why don’t you ask God for one for your New Year?