Friday, May 25, 2007

7 Random Facts & A to Z tag

I've been tagged AGAIN. I'll take Bumblypick up on this one. Thanks for the invite, Christy. My apologies to others who've tagged & I was too pooped to play. :o) AND see below for the A to Z meme game...

The rules are: People who are tagged start by thinking about 7 random facts/habits about themselves. Each player then must write about those seven things on their blog, as well as include these rules. Players then need to choose 7 people to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to leave each person a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

I choose: sininole, buhle73, leanonfaith, Gr8Grace, Worldofrandomness, HimmelFeuer & Hope4TheNations.

So the little known facts:

1. With a passion for the harvest, I have served with missions teams in 11 nations around the globe including China, Senegal, Turkey, Guatemala, Bulgaria, the UK, Puerto Rico/Bahamas and then some. Those were my BG days...before Grace. :o) Ya'll know what I mean! My mission field is a bit closer to home these days, but I believe I'm cultivating a heart for the harvest in my little Grace. Most recently, I've been sowing into our newest church campus, CLC South Bend, as part of the worship team. What a privilege to serve~

forktruck 2. While working on my undergraduate degree, I was a licensed forklift operator. Now, it didn't take long for the folks at this 10,000+ acre warehouse & distribution center fo find something more suitable for me to do rather than drive a fork truck around taking out this & denting that. Actually, the damage was when I tried to drive the stand up fork truck:

"Wes, your truck is blocking the aisle. Will you move your truck please?"

"Move it yourself, girlie"

"Ok, how does this thing work?" Wes gives a few basic instructions..."This is easy & a bit fun.....Ok, how do I stop...HOW DO I STOP?!!"

"Well, running into the racks is one way to do it"

Hee, hee....well, not so funny then.

3. At 19, I was on record as the youngest person employed as an official staff member in the history of SouthEast Missouri State University. Part of the work study program, I worked for the University Police department, assistant to the Transportation Coordinator. When my boss resigned, I got the job..meaning I coordinated all the official travel for the University, managing a fleet of cars, vans, buses & coaches for faculty, sports teams, etc.

President_Reagan_1981 4. While serving as the Transportation Coordinator, I was assigned to the Transportation Unit of the SECRET SERVICE to assist and facilitate transportation during President RONALD REAGAN's visit to SEMO Sept 1988. I belonged to the Secret Service logistical team for two weeks prior to the Presidential visit. Of course, the highlight was seeing/hearing this great President in person. However, the letter that came from the White House personally thanking me for my assistant was also pretty sweet as the youngest staff member in the history of the University. :o)

5. Between my job as a developmental therapist working with infants & toddlers with special needs AND my priviledge as MOM to 3 yr old Grace....rarely a day goes by that I don't make animal sounds...with a quack, quack here & a quack, quack there~duck

6. I love the orange-chocolate combination...from a kid, I'd add orange juice to my chocolate ice cream, making a tasty shake. How orange chocolate wonderful find as a grown up there are lots of choc-orange indulgences. :o) My favorite...Swenson's Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream. Sadly, the last time I ever enjoyed this tastry treat was in San Fransico trapsing up Nob/Russian Hill. Now, that was a refreshing pit stop. :o)

7. Aside from the Six Flags/Cedar Point cheesy recording studio stuff, I am recorded on 4 CD productions including 2 live performances (plus a ton of studio work) with our worship team from CLC. I recorded with the IBC chorale/choir in Indianopolis. AND finally, while living in Germany I did some vocals for a German recording artist as well as co-wrote 2 songs for his newest production.

AND then of course, Carol tagged me with an entirely different game:

A to Z

“A to Z Meme”

A. Available or Single? Available

B- Best Friend. Grace...she says so

C- Cake or Pie. Chocolate Zuccotto from Maggiano's

D- Drink of Choice. Water w/lemon or diet Dr. Pepper

E- Essential Item. Music

F- Favorite Color. Green

G- Gummi Bears or Worms. Bears

H- Hometown. Dexter, MO

I- Indulgence. Chocolate dipped fruit or that Zuccutto cake

J- January or other: I love July...give me fireworks and parades!

K- Kids: 1 sweetie Gracie girl; kisses or hugs....oh, I like kisses but hugs are a nice complement

L- Life is incomplete without… relationships with God, family & friends

M-My birthday...September 22; Master's degreee...yes, starting another in the fall; Monopoly piece...shoe or the hat

N- Number of Siblings? 2

O- Oranges or other? Watermelon, nectarines and peaches

P- Phobias/Fears. I'm overcoming a fear of dogs...Gracie is praying for/ thanking God for a doggie & I know that means I'm getting one sooner or later~

Q- Favorite Quote: My grace is sufficient for you~

R- Reasons to smile: Grace

S- Season(ing). Season: summer seasoning: fresh herbs cut from my garden, but I'm trying a new grill seasoning this weekend.

T- Tag Three. Jen, Randy, Tom and Tracy - I know that's four, but just in case one doesn't want to play.

U- Unknown Fact About Me: In addition to singing background vocals on a German record/CD...I also co-wrote two songs for the same project; I used to be a licensed forklift operator...wait you know that if you read above. What else: I have an extra bone in my knee & my 6th grade teacher believed I had perfect pitch.

V- Vegetarian or Meat eater...Meat eater for sure, but I love my veggies as well; vacation spot...anywhere there's a beach

W- Worst Habit. Tardiness

X- X-ray or Ultrasounds. Ultrasounds-super cool to see Gracie grow & develop via ultrasounds. The German give one each visit so I really saw from month to month, then week to week as she grew in my womb; xylophone or other instrument...french horn.

Y- Your Favorite Foods: Chocolate, most Italian and cheese

Z- Zebra or other favorite animal: well....I do enjoy watching the penquins at the zoo

Monday, May 21, 2007

As told by my pastor, Jerry McQuay, on Sunday May 20 2007:

A new name for me~~

No, I'm not taking on a new name because of my son's wedding. But this morning one of our CLCers, Boris Satey, delivered some food from his restaurant to our house for the wedding party and family guests. He came back to me a few minutes later with his daughter Abigail in tow - she's only 3 years old - to say that she had something to tell me. Of course, like all kids, she instead got very quiet, so Boris prompted her, "Do you know who this is?". When she nodded yes, he said "What do you call him?" She smiled sweetly and said "God"!

After I got over the initial shock, Boris explained that when she was smaller and they were at church together, they would caution Abigail to be quiet, since they were at "God's house" and evidently she decided since I was the guy up front, I must be Him!

My biggest laugh came a little later when he told me that recently they were at the Shorewood campus for service (where they now attend) and she leaned over and said, "Dad, I want to go back to the other church." When he asked which church she meant, she said, "The one where God is".

Out of the mouth of babes! I totally agree with Abigal - don't you? I always want to go to the church where God is!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tulpen Fest 2007 & More

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Keukenhof, Holland

This weekend we ventured to Holland, MI for the Tulip Time Festival. Not quite Keukenhof, Holland where precisely 3 years ago I waddled around 2 weeks shy of the Gracie girl's due date. I knew if I didn't go, chances were slim to none that I would ever take in the glorious sight of those Dutch tulip fields. So, not quite the real deal but it certainly was grand to spend the day with two of my favorite folks...Grace & the highly esteemed, Uncle Bob.

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White lovelies

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Making a Wish~

dutch village reflections

Reflections of Grace

Great day & tasty (?) food with a parade & Dutch marktplatz. Scrumptious ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery...nothing Dutch about that I suppose but we were hot & ice cream certainly sounded good. We ambled on up to the Dutch Village with quaint canals, tulip beds with demonstrations & exhibits of the ins/outs of daily life in old time Holland. Grace & I learned a traditional dance, the girl can kick up some dust with all that stomping! She has some really cool custom wooden shoes on the way....I'll post pics when they arrive. We enjoyed several turns on the of her most favorite things in all the world.

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dutch village swinging

Just a swangin~

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Mother's Day was a delight with a delicious lunch at a Sabor de Brazil...something like that. If one could get drunk from eating food, no way I could've walked a straight line. :o) For those less fortunate & lack such an experience, all or most of the sides...anything really you could want is available at a buffet...grilled asparagus & red peppers, fresh mozarella & basil, salads & many choices. Then a plethora of grilled meats are brought to your table & sliced right onto your plate. The most tastiest thing of all was the grilled pineapple with dusting of veru fine sugar & cinnamon. Talk about mouthwatering...I have to try this at home. Grilled pineapple is nicht neues, but with cinnamon....YUM!

Holidays are still a bit persnicky given the still fresh loss of my mom...feels fresh at holidays anyway. And then there's the whole single mom thing. Someone very, very thoughtful "helped" Gracie send me a sweet...very lovely African violet for Mother's Day. What a treasure & just brought extras smiles to a day I was actually dreading. Thanks, Tracy...du bist ein schatz!

Just to recap...I have totally finished my SLPP degree with license & certification processes underway. Talk about a happy dance!! Whoo hooo....I guess I have been talking about it the last couple of posts. Still dancing. Gracie is happy to have mommy back & I'm happy to be a mostly at home mom again. We've had lots of park play and tricyle riding; lots of painting, sprinkler play and star glittering to hang above the princess bed. are a few pics from the last few excursions...yes, dating back to Easter & our most recent visit home to visit the just happened to also be there. :o) I'm catching up on these Grace Full days~

gracie mit pferd

Here horsie, horsie~

easter 2007

Easter egg hunting in our winter coat! Oh, yeah...that's Chicago for you!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

You Are a Ham Sandwich

You are quiet, understated, and a great comfort to all of your friends.
Over time, you have proven yourself as loyal and steadfast.
And you are by no means boring. You do well in any situation - from fancy to laid back.

Your best friend: The Turkey Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Thanks to, I found out this interesting stuff about my siblings, Tracy & George.  Some true, some not & some just plain funny!
tracy is back
tracy is too cute for this entry
tracy is normal
tracy is seeking an individual who is able work independently with minimal supervision
tracy is the best name
tracy is featured on us postage stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of comic     strips
tracy is one of america's leading authorities on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness
tracy is very committed to promoting the creativity of children through her weather sketcher's club
george is moving
george is go
george is so unhappy
george is taking a nap
george is nuts about ??
george is gorgeous
george is aiming high
george is cool
george is a natural
george is driving so slowly (NOT)
george is a costumer and recently competed in the world science fiction convention masquerade in chicago
george is a place of grace

More later, Gracie is awake!
Hey check out these Mother's Day contests at 5 Minutes for Mom
AND finally...interesting conversation this weekend at an unnamed social event.
Me:  So, do you have a place in mind or heart that you would like to eventually visit on a missions trip?
XXX:  India.  I really have a burning desire to go to India.
Me:  Really, why is that?
XXX: Well, one of my ancestors was a full blooded Cherokee Indian.  I really want to get over to India and search out my roots.
Me:  HUH?  - no really, I didn't say what I was thinking....
Me:  Oh, you're interested in work with NATIVE AMERICANS???
I'm not typically one to poke fun at others 'cause God knows I fall short my share, but this was too much~ Or am I missing something??

Saturday, May 05, 2007