Monday, December 31, 2012

Not to be forgotten 2012

NYE decorations from here

  • Playing cards with Grandma, Grandpa, and Levi in their basement apartment.
  • Being so excited for my first day of work at The Sweet Tooth that I couldn't sleep.
  • Frosting cupcakes, decorating cake pops, and helping people choose a cupcake (or 12) to take home.
  • Our tax refund was exactly how much I needed to pay for the plane ticket to Jamaica.  
  • Cutting hearts out of pepperoni's for a "romantic" themed pizza dinner on Valentine's Day
  • Mexican themed Dinner for Eight at our house.
    • Gallons of cherry limeades spilled all over the kitchen and the inside of the refrigerator.
  • Levi spent the night, we talked him into fixing our vacuum (because we didn't know how) and then he volunteered to vacuum the house.  
  • Easter with the Corn side of the family.  So many cousins!
  • Getting crazy obsessed with the pedometer and seeing how many steps I could take in one day.  
  • Closing my eyes tight and letting the hairdresser chop all my hair off into an inverted bob. 
  • Sweet baby Adelynn was welcomed into the world on her daddy's birthday.  
  • Emery's sky high rainbow birthday cake.
  • Selling cupcakes at the city wide garage sale and having people come back for seconds.
  • Camping with the family on Memorial Day in temps hot enough to boil water.
  • Family Camp!
  • Troy - the nerd - confessing his love for me - the sunshine girl - at Family Camp
  • Watching the kids ride horses at a carnival at an Independence church.
  • Mission Trip to Jamaica!
  • Sitting around the fire at Brian's house telling stories, laughing, eating too many pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
  • Dancing the night away with Troy at the Bradley wedding.
  • Taking Levi and all his biological siblings to the water park.
  • A day spent volunteering at Harvesters.  It was hard work, but it actually felt like we accomplished a lot while we were there.  
  • Saying yes when asked if we would be Sunday school teachers
  • Painting our classroom at church
  • Taking Emery and Levi to the zoo.
  • Circle prayers with our Sunday school kids
    • Praying with imPACT
  • Sharing about Jamaica at our Mission Center conference
  • Halloween party at church
  • Creating the red sea out of balloons so the kids at church could "part the red sea"
  • Operation Thanksgiving with Della Lamb.  It's more rewarding when you leave a little sore.
  • Taking Levi with us to ring the Salvation Army bell.  
  • Christmas shopping with Levi.  
  • Saying goodbye to Grandpa and all his tractors.
  • Teaching our Sunday school kids a song in sign language.  
  • Welcoming our new niece Elyssa.
  • Watching Brylly run around the church showing everyone a picture of HIS new baby.
  • Andy Grammer concert (a thank you from the Salvation Army)
  • Operation Santa with Della Lamb.
  • A 4 hour drive into work (with 2 hours of that being parked on the interstate waiting for an accident to be cleared up)
  • Getting my own representation on my mother-in-law's Christmas tree with a cupcake ornament she marked as "Misty's cupcake".  

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Par 3 - it takes the average person three strokes to get the ball in the hole.  Some will do it in less time and some will take longer.  Don't expect a hole-in-one, this game takes time. 

It seems as though when we do things for others we want a hole-in-one.  We want to put forth as little effort as possible and get the greatest reward.  What is the least amount of effort I can put into helping you and still come out looking like the good guy?  

I am guilty of constantly searching for the hole-in-one, the fast and easy way to help others.  What fits into my time schedule?  Which activity keeps me inside my comfort zone?  How can I help you without inconveniencing myself?  

Sometimes helping others is hard and we try to take shortcuts.  Stop aiming for a hole-in-one when God has put a par 3 course in front of you.  You never know what you will learn about yourself along the way.  

As we start our season of RACK'ing others I am going to attempt to post each day.  There will not be a common theme to these posts like there was last year, but I hope that by coming here and reading what has been encouraging/motivating me it will serve as a reminder to you to find those moments in your own life that motivate you to do for others.  

Click here to print your own RACK cards (Thank you TSJ for sharing!)
Click here to read RACK Day 1
Click here to read RACK Day 2