Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Surveys

A combo of recent surveys that have come my way in the last few days. More than you ever really cared to know about me. I would love to see all your answers!

1. What time did you get up this morning ? 9:15 hubby let me sleep since both kids were up all night
2. Diamonds or pearls? pearls, diamonds were ruined for me by the movie Blood Diamond
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? "Snatched"A week or two ago with Matt
4. What is your favorite TV show? House
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Tea with cream and sugar
6. What is your middle name? Joell
7. What food do you dislike? Okra
8. What is your favorite CD at moment? All American Rejects
9. What kind of car do you drive? Mini Van
10. Favorite sandwich ? Roast beef, horseradish, lettuce, tomato
11.What characteristic do you dislike? Lies
12. Favorite item of clothing? New black Nike's, they help my killer shin splints
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Africa on missions. or Haiti
14. Favorite brand of clothing? whatever I find at Goodwill
15. Where would you retire to? I would love to do missions abroad, when I am too old for that, maybe here is CO
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Matt threw me a surprise party 2 years ago
17. Favorite sport to watch? None
18. Furthest place you’re sending this? Hawaii
19. First person you expect to respond? Any blogger friends
20. When is your birthday? June 11th
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? I used to be a night person, no I value sleep waaaay too much to stay up past 10
22. What is your shoe size? 9.5
23. Pets? 2 dogs and a husband
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? ummm....Elie has another ear infection?
25. What did you want to be when you were little? A vet and a mommy
26. How are you today? Beat. 2 sick kids can wear you down
27. What is your favorite candy? See's
28. What is your favorite flower? Gerber Daisy's
29. What is a day/month on the calendar you are looking forward to? April. going to Hawaii with Matt and mom
30. What's your full name? Gretchen Joell Crocker
31. What are you listening to right now? baby monitors
32. What was the last thing you ate? warm monster cookie
33. Do you wish on stars? Nope, I just pray
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Today I would be a gray crayon
35. How is the weather right now? beautiful for February
36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? Amanda, to un-invite her to dinner because my kids are sick
37. Favorite soft drink? Coke
38. Favorite restaurant? a little Mexican place who's name I can't remember
39. Real hair color? Brown
40. What was your favorite toy as a child? Trees. I spent most my summer in them. I love Crayons still.
41. Summer or winter? I like them both but hate extreme cold or hot
42. Hugs or kisses ? yes please
43. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
44. Coffee or tea? Tea usually but I like both
45. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes, what a dumb question
46. When was the last time you cried? Its been a while
47. What is under your bed? 2 big Tupperware
48. What did you do last night? took a hot bath and watched Lost
49. What are you afraid of? Loosing my husband and kids
50. Salty or sweet? I like to eat both
51. How many keys on your key ring? 5ish? I only know what 2 of them go to
52. How many years at your current job? Motherhood 3.5 years
53. Favorite day of the week? Sunday, Matt is almost always home
54. How many towns have you lived in? 7 DesMoins, Davenport, Conifer, Evergreen, Denver, Belton, Littleton
55. Do you make friends easily? Usually





1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANY ONE? a picture my mom liked

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Still can't remember and not sure why it matters

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Sure

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? roast beef

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? 2 little girls

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Probably.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? What? Me? Never...

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Maybe

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Oatmeal

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Does anyone?

12. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY ONE ALBUM FRONT TO BACK? Something Rat Pack

15. RED OR PINK? red

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I'm incapable of being neat and clean

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My buddy Jenny McHam moved away from me

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST? Sure, why not? Who doesn't have 45 min to waste. Oh...except Jen H. who is trying to limit computer time for Lent. I'm not going to get her in trouble with God.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? No shoes, light brown pants

Apparently # 20 got lost

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? 2 sick kids coughing

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? depends on the day/mood

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Baked goods, Matt right out of the shower, new babies

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Mom

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Now who would say "no" to this question?

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Underwater basket weaving...

27. HAIR COLOR? Brown

28. EYE COLOR? Blue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes, I am blind as a bat

30. FAVORITE FOOD? Lasagna, Mexican food

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Used to like scary but I outgrew them I think

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Visitor, Courtney told me to and i liked it

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Green short sleeved sweater

34. Summer or winter? I'm kinda a spring and fall girl

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Both

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Jen

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Amanda Osness

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? You Can't Say You Can't Play

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My hand

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Lost

42. FAVORITE SOUND(s)? Matt and the girls being silly

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles

44. Where is the farthest you've been from home? Prague

45. WHERE WERE U BORN? DesMoins IA

46. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? whomever decides to play along

47. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE? Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je

48. MOVIE YOU QUOTE THE MOST? Not really a movie quoter

49. FAVORITE LINE IN A MOVIE? See answer to #48..."As you wish"

50. PLACE YOU WENT ON FIRST DATE? Outback





The Husband Notes



1. If he is sitting in front of the tv, he's watching: House, Trow Down, Lost, Myth Busters

2. You’re out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Depends on the salad, but he get the dressing on the side

3. What is one food he doesn’t like? Okra

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? Wine

5. Where did he go to high school? Home schooled by the Chambers family

6. What size shoe does he wear?9.5

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? geek gadgets

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Same as mine, roast beef

9. What would the Husband eat every day if he could? Seafood and veggies

10. What is his favorite cereal?frosted mini wheats, Life, Grape Nuts cooked hot

11. What would he never wear? a bra

12. What is his favorite sports team?Broncos, Yankees

13. Who is his best friend? ME!

14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do? throw onion skin in the garbage disposal

15. How many states has he lived in? 4 CA, CO, MT, MO

16. What is his heritage? Italian

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind? Not really a sweets guy unless I make chocolate chip cookies

18. Did he play sports in high school?no

19. Where did you meet him? at camp as a counselor

Friday, February 20, 2009

Soul Care

I had MOPS today. Disclaimer: If you are not familiar with my thoughts on MOPS, you may want to check out some prior posts. Our speaking talked about "Soul Care" which she defined as being a good steward of what God has entrusted us with; ourselves.

As nature has designed it, motherhood can sometimes be... a lot. We deal with lots of stress, isolation, unrealistically high expectations that we put on ourselves or that have been placed upon us, a mothers compassionate heart and we are dealing with the whole image and identity thing too.

I am not complaining here, I know that every season of life offers us different chances to rise up and be better than we currently are. Without struggle we would cease to grow. I heard a story once about a little girl who was watching a butterfly emerge from a cocoon. It was struggling and she was afraid for it and wanted to help the poor little thing along. A wise man told her that if she were to help the butterfly, it would then not be strong enough to fly once it was out and it would die, the butterfly needed the struggle to make it stronger.

I think that is such a great picture of motherhood. If we don't struggle with learning to let our little make small choices (like wearing shoes), then we won't be strong enough to trust them with the bigger choices (what college to go to).

I am not trying to make light of all the hard work it is to mother young children, or mother any children at all. But when it comes right down to it, I am so glad God challenges me. It shows me I am strong enough, that I am responsible enough to raise these precious babies, that I can be more than I am now, and better.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lists

Books I am reading:
-19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult
-Montessori From the Start
-Create Your own Preschool activities

My to-do's
-Laundry
-Go to bible study
-Make shopping list
-Keep children alive

Funny things Elie said this week
- "Rainbows smell like potatoes, taste like bugs and feel bumpy and soft"
- "I'm perfect, i can do a somersault"

things I am wondering
-When will we get our tax return?
-Should I bother shoveling the 2 inches of snow or do I let it melt?
- Do I bother even trying to befriend someone who is as bitter as she is?
- What should I wear?
- Do I even have any clean underwear?
- Can I just put on a hat so I don't have to bother with my hair?
- Starbucks or just make my own?
- Can I pass off a brownie as breakfast food?
- How do I even begin to deal with the whole parents divorce thing?

Cold things
-my feet
-my tea
-my dogs nose
-leftovers

Friday, February 6, 2009

Blogging

So I have lost the love of blogging. I have always believed it is a narcissistic pass time, yet enjoy it anyway. I have found I easily spend entirely too much time tied to my computer. By the time I check Facebook, e-mail, friends blogs, etc I can easily waste an hour, if not two, of time. A friend of mine just blogged about the same thing. Yes, I get the irony of a blog post about not blog posting, but alas, here it is:

I just read a good friends blog about my blog. A great leader here in Boulder, Kevin Colon wrote this:
“Hugh moved to Denver to do a training deal for an organization and he ended up starting a church. His blogging is not incredibly frequent but when he does blog….it’s good!”
Now, while I’m humbled that a man like Kevin would even want to read my blog, I figured it was a good time to state once and for all why I only post once or twice a month. Simply this……..”I prefer to spend my time with people.” I’ve always wondered how people have time to read blogs, let alone write the darn things. I only write when I’m jammed between two people on a plane, or stuck in layover at a bad airport. Other than that, I haven’t got time to be a good husband and dad let alone a good writer. The Tangible Kingdom only got written because I committed 3 nights a week between 11:00pm and 2:00am, for five months, to do it.
So let me throw my bias out to the world, (which is only about 50 people per day). If you have time to read more than two blogs a day, or if you’re writing and posting your own blog every day….you’re not spending enough time with people!!!! I know some of you monastics may get a little frisky over this, but it’s just simply true, at least if you’re married and carry some burden for a local church community. You just can’t spend your time listening to everyone else’s story if you want your own story to emerge. People in need, empowering mentor relationships, time in the pubs with spiritually disoriented folks, great bonding with your spouse and kids, essential leadership over your own church or in your churches, etc, is where the time must be spent.
Listening to Mark Driscoll’s sermons, watching YouTube videos for hours on end, posting strange thoughts to other strange blogs, going to conferences, or pastor prayer breakfasts have to get the big chill!
If you’re in agreement, but you recognize you’ve developed an unhealthy addiction to web-based information, I suggest you give as much time to people as you give to your computer. If you pull that off, you’re on your way to recovery!
You know some of this is tongue and cheek so don’t get too cranky with me.
Take care,
Hugh


I guess that is it. I decided this year that I want to be more present in day to day life. It is so easy to be consumed with minutia of life and really forget to be present in the moment. The computer is just like t.v. It is a way to keep from interacting with those who actually matter in your life. Do you really care that the friend from High School's status update says they had a cheeseburger for lunch, do the characters on "Lost" actually matter? This is my problem with blackberries and i-phones too. It makes it too easy to check out of real life and do mindless chit chat with those who your not even in real relationship with. It becomes a fall-back time-filler that keeps you from having to think of something better to do with yourself, like read a book to your kids, put your socks in the hamper or even converse with the people who you love.
* steps off soap box and away from keyboard*