Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
And no - it's not our fault, or even involving our settlement. It's because of the seller's settlement with her new place, and the fact that her new home's listing agent is going on vacation after Friday. So if things don't go through with her settlement Friday morning (a very big possibility) then... the Realtor will be out of town until the 12th, and that means I won't get to move in until after she settles around that date.
Stupid stupid stupid...
The whole thing is stupid!!
Can I cry now?
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm not quite sure where to start in response to your comment on my "Serious Pill" blog, so I guess I'll just start from the beginning. However, please be warned - I am not perfect, and I by no means understand everything that other people claiming to be Christians may believe. But this is what I believe, and I hope it makes sense, without offending you.
I want to begin by apologizing - but I'm not sure how because I can't apologize for other people, though I wish it were that simple. It breaks my heart when people are judged or outcast for whatever reason, but I have to admit I've done it myself. I'm not perfect, and I continue to struggle with this. I wish people didn't, as you say, "drive the ambulance away as soon as you see the person falling is gay or transgendered." but I'm afraid that is how some people react. And that's very unfortunate because that is NOT the kind of love that Jesus teaches us to portray.
Getting back to my other blog, though... the intent of the quote was, I believe, to encourage Christians to help people NOT to stumble, or fall, and to take more of a preventative approach (putting a fence at the top of the cliff), rather than to stand around, waiting to pick up the pieces after they have fallen (the ambulance). But you make an interesting point about the people who hop in the ambulance and speed away, instead of choosing either of the two options mentioned in the quote, depending on the kind of person that comes to the edge.
Now this is where I need you to be open minded in hearing my opinion. I don't intend to shove it down your throat, but I would really like for you to hear me out, rather than writing me off as "one of those": I do not agree with same-sex marriage, and let me explain why. I believe that marriage was instituted to be between a man and a woman. So in this belief, the relationship between two people of the same gender does not fall under this. I know you disagree, so, again, I'm not trying to shove my opinion down your throat, but I can't sit here and pretend that I believe it's ok. I DO, however, think that it's your decision. And I also believe that even though this is considered a sin in my line of beliefs, it is also not at ALL different nor held on any different level than other things we consider a sin, such as lying, stealing, etc., which many who proclaim to be Christians struggle with daily.
But I say all of this to respond to your comment saying we should write our senators and legislators asking them to legalize same-sex marriage. I wouldn't do this, though in the same respect, I'm not asking them to keep it illegal, either, and I'm not ever going to protest at a wedding, or funeral, or anything just because I disagree with something that someone else did or chose, because that's not loving people. That's judging, and the Bible is clear on this - not to point out the speck of sawdust on someone else's eye, when I have an entire log in my own (Matthew 7:3). In other words - I'm not perfect, so it would be hypocritical of me to expect anyone else to be and to worry more about other people's shortfalls then focusing on correcting my own. In other words, I will not "fight so hard" to prevent you from enjoying the rights that we ourselves take pride in. I may disagree with things, but I also won't make it a point to shove my beliefs down any one's throat. I love sharing my opinions with people, as well as hearing theirs - after all, isn't that how it's supposed to be? Isn't that how we learn and grow?
As Christians, Christ tells us to love people. If anyone can show me a verse in the Bible where he himself did these things (protesting at weddings, funerals, etc., or writing his leaders against laws being passed), or anything like them, then maybe I'll reconsider my stance on the topic. But isn't our goal, as Christians, supposed to be striving to be like Christ?
So in response to your last paragraph - it breaks my heart when I hear things like that. Your friends were granted a marriage, and then the county decided to annul it out of the blue. I can only imagine how hurt they were, and how much pain that must have caused them, and may even still cause them to this day. They've been faithful to each other for 16 years, and this, in ANY kind of a relationship (especially these days), is commendable.
I guess I say all of this (hoping it makes sense to you) to say that whether or not I agree with someone's lifestyle or decision, doesn't change the fact that I try my hardest to love them. And I fall short. I screw up. I make BIG mistakes and I judge people sometimes. It's awful, and I shouldn't do it, but I'm not perfect.
Will you do me a favor as I work even harder not to judge people in the ways you say we Christians have? As I do this, will you also try and not judge all Christians by the inconsiderate and judgemental actions of some? It hurts some of us just a much to be bunched in with a group of radical, hateful people who try to use Bible verses completely out of context to prove their point and tell people that God doesn't love them because of one reason or another.
Maybe if we both work to correct these stereotypes, then eventually people can get along a little easier. I know that sounds very "sunshine and and bunnies", but... it doesn't hurt to dream, right?
And for the record: God DOES love you and he loves every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual person JUST AS MUCH as he loves heterosexuals. So who are we to be any different?
I hope this helped and has answered your questions. If not, or if you have any more questions PLEASE feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them as best I can. Take care!
- Sarah :-)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Why don't Blind people skydive?
...Because it scares the dogs.
ha ha ha haaa.... I need a vacation!
I didn't mean to take one, today, but it seams that they must have gotten mixed up with my Happy Friday Vitamins. So today - a dose of seriousness.
I read a quote today, in reference to some shortfalls of a well-known evangelist of our day, and it sort of slapped me in the face with way more meaning than I think the writer may have intended. I'll share it with you... and then tell you what it made me think.
"As good as it is to have an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to help the injured, it is much better to have a fence at the top of the cliff to prevent someone from going over."
Now - maybe that's not a new quote, and maybe I'm just slow off the gate with it, but... it speaks a lot to me. Let me essplain...
As Christians, sometimes we wait for God to bring them to church so that we can "love on" them. Or we wait for the Pastor to bring them to the altar so we can "pray into" their lives. Or even more still, we wait until they respect us and our beliefs before we respect them and theirs (Ouch!). So, tell me - are we being a fence, or an ambulance?
I'm sure there are a lot of other examples in our lives of when we do this, but it really caught me off guard. I'd LOVE to hear your comments and opinions on this topic... or even just the quote.
And just a little encouragement - Speak up! God may be able to hear you, but what about the world around you?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here are some pics from her "birthday dinner" Friday night. It was loads of fun, though I wish we'd taken even more!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
So McStudly and I put an offer on another house, last night (after a very long, high stress week, that is), and we're currently waiting on pins and needles for the reply.
I just got a call from Sheena (our Realtor) and she let me know that she sent over all of the paperwork last night, and confirmed receipt with the Seller's Agent. So... here we go again.
We're super excited about this place (both of us are!). It will need a little TLC to make it our own, but it's such a great starter place. We love it! And the only real TLC it will need outside of updating the kitchen counters and appliances is to remove the wallpaper in the bathroom upstairs (and it even has a matching shower curtain! nice...) and paint there, the the master bedroom, and... that's probably it.
I'm so anxious to find out. Here's to hopin'!
(... and you wouldn't mind sayin' a little prayer for us, would ya? Yeah... I didn't think so. Thanks, guys. You're the best!)
Friday, August 8, 2008
A picture with my Husband...
He just can't wait that extra second until the flash goes off. SHEESH! But... if I'm REALLY lucky... I just might get a good one:
There is SOO SOO much crud in today's news. And by today, I mean literally today - 8 August 2008. I mean, we've got war brewing between Russia and Georgia (no, dear friend of mine, who shall remain nameless... not Georgia the US State, it's a country), Israel is gearing up for something with Iran, AND there's a man near Atlanta that killed his daughter, calling it an "honor killing", because she was unhappy with her marriage.
So let's move on to some WAY more positive things, like...
She's my best friend in the WHOLE wide world. The only bummer? That little turd moved to Georgia 2 years ago and left me here! I know, right?! What was she thinking? Who KNOWS what she was thinking! But, she may be moving back soon! I miss her SO SO Much!! I can't WAIT!! I haven't seen her since the beginning of this year, and that was hardly a visit!
Let me tell you a little about Ashley and I -
When we first met, we wanted NOTHING to go with each other! It's pretty funny, actually. She thought I was a snob, and I thought she was a angst-ridden bad girl with pink hair (yes, she really had pink hair at the time). THEN our parents made us hang out. She came over to my house one evening, and while our parents hung out, we were down stairs "getting to know each other". We had a BLAST!! It was fantastic. And honestly? We've been practically inseperable ever since.
When she still lived in MD, I was over her house... what... like every weekend? That's not even an exaggeration. Just ask my parents! I went on a family vacation with her family! It was AWESOME! (and boy do we have some good stories from that trip)
I miss her something TERRIBLE!! We have a relationship that is SO different from any other. Seriously - I'll be talking to her on the phone and say something, catching Kyle TOTALLY off guard and causing him to say something like "Babe - you can't say that to people! She'll get upset and not want to talk to you. You don't want that to happen!", but it doesn't phase her. And it's the same with me! We can totally call each other out on things, and we're not offended.
How many friends do you have like that?
I absolutely love her. I wish she was here. I miss her so much and I just wish she could be here and happy again. Isn't it hard seeing someone you love unhappy? It's awful. And I want her to be happy again. She's such a dear friend to me, and I only hope that I can be so dear to her. I just wish she could be Ashley again soon. Because I miss my best friend.
Ashley, Come BACK!!!! Come back and be happy agian!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
... should you choose to accept it ...
#2 - A Fraggle. Yes - any character from Fraggle Rock, really, but I can't find ANYTHING!! Not a THING! I've only found t-shirts when characters on them, and that's just not good enough.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Just to keep you all updated...
We didn't get the house. They accepted someone else's offer. So.. back to the drawing board!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Okay - jsut to keep you all informed -
Kyle and I put an offer on a house yesterday... just a little townhome that we think wil lbe perfect for us, after a little paint and "sweat equity".
So we're on edge, waiting on pins and needles... just waiting for the word. If these people jsut accept it, it'd be the best deal ever!! But if not, I'm sure hoping they at least counter-offer with a deal that's still really good.
Here's to hoping, right?!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Okay - so I finally saw Nacho Libre a few weeks ago, and I have to admit...
So they dont' look EXACTLY like them, but really - they're still freaky!