Monthly Archives: July 2008

darn socks?

So I found this quiz on Jennie’s blog. It was very hard to answer some of the questions in the context of today, so I am not sure about the “very superior” rating. It’s kind of fun. What kind of 1930’s spouse are you?

79

As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

God said “yes”

So many of my friends have been praying. I have the opportunity to take a 14 day Bible Study Tour of the Holy Land and I have really been seeking the Lord on whether or not He would want me to go. Noah said “yes” and was very supportive and encouraging. It is a pretty big committment, but God gave me a very clear answer. God said, “Yes!”
So, in a little less than 8 months, I am going to these places and others. Wow. My head is spinning. I can’t wait. Oh, I need a roommate. Can you go, too?
Dead Sea

Dead Sea

 

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Olive trees in Gethsemane

Olive trees in Gethsemane

Local Bible Study

Massada

Massada

Noah and I are discussing the possibility of me going here next March.

What an amazing experience to study the Bible from the places where the stories actually took place. We’ll see what happens.

Other Favorites

Here are some of my other movie favorites. Once again, I’ll ask you not to judge me too harshly…

Two Classics

Inspired by Brooke’s blog I thought I’d share some of my favorite classic movie stills.
I don’t really have much to say about them other than these are from two of my all-time favorite movies. They are from a by-gone era when romance was classy not trashy. When men were men, not the bumbling idiots they are portrayed as today. Before women were burning their bras and demanding to be treated like men’s equals. Don’t get me wrong, there are some newer movies that I can watch over and over and over, but these are timeless for me. What are your favorite classics? 

The Quiet Man – John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara

    

 

Roman Holiday – Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

Quirky Things

ugh… I pretended not to be tagged even after reading the quirks first of Cheri and then of Jennie but agree that there is strength in numbers so here goes. Just like my friends, I’ll ask you not to judge me too harshly.

  1. I don’t usually drink soda from a fountain and definitely not with ice. I can always sense a weird after-taste in the soda. Also, I have heard of studies that show more bacteria in fast-food ice than in the bathrooms of those same establishments. I prefer to either smuggle in my own can from home or pay more for a bottle.
  2. I have a fear of touching door knobs/handles, especially those in public restrooms (this would be in the same category as Jennie’s movie theatre seat phobia).
  3. I refuse to wash any of my laundry with that of my sons (10 & 16), especially their socks. I believe that it will only make my clothes less clean, not to mention the crazy things that show up in their pockets.
  4. I have really high expectations for how I should be treated as a customer. I have been known to drive further and maybe even pay more if an establishment goes out of it’s way to make me feel welcomed and appreciated as a customer. Along the same lines I will permanently boycott any establishment that I feel has consistently poor service. They’ll get 2-3 chances and then that’s it.
  5. I am a scrap booking snob. I have been scrap booking since my oldest son was a year old and I will use only Creative Memories products in my albums.
  6. I am also a gummy bear snob. I believe the only true gummy bears are the German made Haribo Gold-bears. Anything else is just a poor imitation. My favorite colors are white, yellow and orange. Oh, and I never read the Nutrition Facts on this particular label.

Conflict and Confrontation

I don’t have a degree in psychology or theology or anything like that. I do have some experience with this topic and wanted to share my man-on-the-street thoughts about conflict.

Most people don’t like conflict.
Yes, there are some who thrive on it. They are the ones who like to instigate strife just to watch what happens, but most normal people don’t like conflict. I would put myself in the “normal” category. I really don’t like conflict. It frequently causes suffering and it can destroy relationships. However, I am a firm believer that conflict should not be swept under the rug. For example, “if I just ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist it will go away.” Actually, I find it impossible to go forward when there is a pink elephant in the room and no one is talking about it. I immediately want to shake people and say: “don’t you see that? We have to do something about it!” This has gotten me into some sticky situations on more than one occasion. Yes, when you are drawing other people’s attention to that pesky pachyderm -timing is everything. Not to mention having the right motives. This brings me to my next thought…
Confronting conflict can be productive.
Most normal people like confrontation even less than they like conflict, but if motives are pure and the desired outcome of a confrontation is to bring resolution, I say that is the best way to go.
This includes those times when the conflict is within ourselves. Perhaps we are living a life surrendered to God and because of that He calls us to confront some things deep within.
Either way for external conflict or internal conflict in order to achieve the best possible outcome when confronting it, I think it can be wise to invite in a mediator. He/she can be helpful in getting through the pain and to the heart of the conflict. This may be a mutual friend, a pastor or in some cases maybe a professional or lay counselor.
There should also be one more participant when we are confronting conflcit: Jesus Christ. After all, who better to help fix what is broken than the One who created us?

“…though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Yup. That’s my 2 cents on the matter, and I’m sticking to it.

Pity Party

Today I held a pity party and the only invited guests were me, myself and I.
It started off when I received some disappointing news from a co-worker first thing this morning and by the time I got home this afternoon it was in full-swing.
Feeling like I really needed to shake it off before contaminating the rest of my family, I retreated to my bedroom where I put on my favorite song: “Never Let Go” by David Crowder Band.
Now if I was as savvy as my friend Cheri there would be a button for you to listen to this song right here on my blog, but since I am not here are the lyrics…

When clouds veil sun and disaster comes Oh, my soul – Oh, my soul
When waters rise and hope takes flight Oh, my soul – Oh, my soul – Oh, my soul

Ever faithful ever true You I know You never let go
You never let go – You never let go – You never let go
You never let go – You never let go – You never let go

When clouds brought rain and disaster came Oh, my soul – Oh, my soul
When waters rose and hope had flown Oh, my soul – Oh, my soul – Oh, my soul

Ever faithful ever true You I know You never let go
You never let go – You never let go – You never let go
You never let go – You never let go – You never let go

Oh, my soul overflows Oh, what love – Oh, what love
Oh, my soul fills with hope Perfect love that never lets go

You never let go – You never let go – You never let go
You never let go – You never let go – You never let go
You never let go – You never let go – You never let go

Oh, what love – Oh, what love – Oh, what love
Oh, what love – Oh, what love – Oh, what love
In joy and pain in sun and rain You’re the same. Oh, You never let go
In joy and pain in sun and rain You’re the same. Oh, You never let go
In joy and pain in sun and rain You’re the same. Oh, You never let go. Never let go.

This song provokes the image of God’s firm grip on me. Even during days like today when my grip on Him is not as tight as He would want it to be, I know that His grip on me is firm and He will “Never Let Go.”

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever   …This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:1, 24

Guys Road Trip – Part 2

The Sepetjian men arrived home this afternoon. It sounds like the had a great time and even though my week of peace and quiet wasn’t exactly what I had expected I am so happy they are home. I missed them so much. Almost as good as having them back… while I napped this evening after taking some medication for my back, Noah has already done all their laundry!

Here are a few of the pics they took

Guys road trip

It has been amazingly quiet around the Sepetjian house this week. That is because Noah and the boys went on a guys-only road trip. This is the first time ever that we have not vacationed as a family (or at least as a couple). So when they were leaving on Monday, I will admit that I was a little sad that I wasn’t going with them. Why didn’t I go? Well, it is a little bit hard to get away from work this time of year and a road trip is about the last thing I would pick to do on my vacation. Besides I had plenty of fun things of my own planned: Monday afternoon I had a root canal and Wednesday morning I woke up paralyzed by pain from muscle spasms due to a strain in my lower back. Anyway, enough about my fun this post is titled “Guys road trip” not “How not to spend your week when you are home alone for the first time in 20 years.”

Today my guys rode mountain bikes down Mammoth Mountain. This was apparently the highlight of their week. While physically challenging (or maybe becasue of that) it seems to have bonded them in a very special way. Jonathan is even being nice to his little brother. I don’t have pictures of them yet, but found these and imagine their day looked something like this

The veiw going up, not their favorite

The view going up, not their favorite

 

Making the 11,000+ foot decent

Making the 11,000+ foot decent

 

I am so glad that they have had this week together. Tonight is my last night of peace and quiet. I am going to spend the rest of it with the other love of my life, Jesus Christ.