Archive for September, 2005

September 12, 2005

Nick Names

  It’s a nippy Septemeber morning and I am sitting here thinking of what to write for the highlight of the day.
The first thing that randomly pops into  my mind is the subject of nick names, which makes me think of the sweet things my husband David calls me, that truly highlight all my days. 
There’s the newest one, "cute-ums" which makes me grin and the often used, " Chelle-girl " and there’s "sweet-pea" which is saved for more rare occasions. 
And let me tell you those sweet little names, make me feel like a million bucks…I am noticed and cherished and special!
You don’t have to go out and buy chocolates or flowers in order to express your love. Try something simple and creative, something that comes straight from your heart. Try making someone feel loved, in a one-of-a-kind sort of way. 
September 6, 2005

so you think you know everything….

So you think you know EVERYTHING?

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt". February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. !

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance

Women blink nearly twice as much as men Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.


There, now you do know everything!

September 6, 2005

huckleberries, a foggy lake and a greedy little squirrel

David and I hiked up to Summit lake yesterday. The up-hill trek was very moderate, which I was quite thankful for. It was a 2.5 mile hike to the top, through beautiful old growth forrest. We stopped every now and then along the trail to munch on wild huckleberries. When we got to the top, a thick cloud of fog had settled over the lake and we couldn’t see it, even though we knew it must be infront of us. I was joking with David about, not finding it until we’d walked straight into it. Finally we found a trail that led down to the beach. David took out his fishing poll and threw his line in for a little while. We could only see about a 7 foot radius around us. It was very still and peaceful and chilly. I imagined God raising the fog off the lake like the curtain opens on the first act of a play, revealing the hidden scene behind. David ended up catching one tiny little fish. He said the fish in this lake are small because there aren’t enough bugs for them to get fat off of. It was getting pretty nippy so we snuggled up to each other and sat waiting and hoping the fog would lift. Eventually and reluctantly we decided to start back down the mountain. I was truly disappointed to have come that whole way and not even gotten a glimpse of the lake. "Next time," David said.
We were hiking back along the ridgeline above the lake when all of a sudden, we turned around, to look behind us and our breath caught!There, below us was a perfectly clear view of the entire lake, in all it’s pristine majesty. The fog had lifted instantly and without warning. It was spectacular! I felt very loved and remembered at that moment. Like I had unwrapped a present from Jesus, Himself.
   A little further down the trail, we made another amazing discovery, in the form of a drop of water, caught between two leaves, that we both thought at first glance to be of all things: a giant diamond! It sparkeled and shone, with all the tiny cuts and angles, just like you’d find on a very expensive and precious jewel. All that in a little drop of water! So intricate and detailed!
   Also on the way down we ran into the funniest little squirrel, desperately trying to haul a pine cone twice his size, up a tree. He made us laugh so hard. He knew we were watching him and he was so upset about it but too greedy to leave his pine cone for fear we would steal it from him.
It’s amazing what you see if you pay attention to the details! As Andrew Murray says," All earthy things are but shadows of heavenly realities."
September 6, 2005

Father knows best!

You have heard me tell of Gladys Aylward, the " Small Woman" of China, whom I had heard speak so many years ago at Prarie Bible Institute in Alberta. She told how when she was a child she had two sorrows. One, that while all her friends had beautiful golden hair, hers was black. The other, that while all her friends were still growing, she stopped. She was about four feet ten inches tall. But when at last she reached the country to which God had called her to be a missionary, she stood on the warf at Shanghai and looked around at the people to whom He had called her. " Every single one of them," she said " had black hair. And every single one of them had stopped growing when I did. And I said, " Lord God, you know what you are doing!"
An excerpt from Elizabeth Elliots book, ‘Let me Be a Woman’
September 1, 2005


" Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books in a forgien language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given now anyway because you will not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers."
                                                                                            -Maria R. Rainer
September 1, 2005

it made my day!

hearing the message my not quite two year old nephew Nelson left on our answering machine:
love you: laa luu!
Auntie Chelle: DELL!
Unc’l David: d-v-d (he really can talk without using vowels I don’t know how but he does it)
Bye-Bye: bah-bi!
September 1, 2005


" Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes the you come alive, and go to do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
September 1, 2005

how tall are you?

"The size of a leader is determined by the depth of his convictions, the height of his ambitions, the breath of his vision, and the reach of his love."