Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Giving thanks (two days early)

I am thankful for the way the sun breaks open gray clouds and creeps through clear spaces of sky. Light and dark, simultaneously existing. I am thankful for the brown bony finger branches of naked trees.

I am thankful for my husband who kisses me extra long and cannot help but boyishly revel in his latest Boggle victory. I am thankful for guitar jam sessions on the couch with him by my side. Forever.

I am thankful for my mom. A cup of evening tea in my living room, she shares her wisdom, stored and stowed over the span of decades. She is an anchor to me.

I am thankful for a job that is sometimes quiet, allowing me to blog or look at beautiful design pictures or read.

I am thankful for the thin places where God appears. I realize I have been running, but He has not, and to my amazement, His grace is wrapping me up once more.

I am thankful for mountains. Just knowing that they are, and if I were to drive across Kansas, I would see them striding forewards into my windshield.

I am thankful for Abby and Drew. Abby who already uses words like "impressive" at two and Drew who smiles and then bashfully turns his face away.

I am thankful for my brother who gives me a big hug when tears roll down my face. He sits by me at important soccer games and explains (again) what "offsides" is.

I am thankful for my dad, a hard worker and a tender Poppa. Strength and love are never a fanfare for him, but a daily, faithful reality.

I am thankful for my sister. We both get so excited to tell the other one what has happened, but there is always enough time, and I never feel as if I am jockeying for speaking rights. We talk (sometimes spurt), we listen. It is sweet.

I am thankful for little creperies and coffee houses and cafes, sandwiched into a business district and just the right amount of busy to make you feel that you are about to discover something wonderful. Finding joy in little mounds of whipped cream peaked just right and conversation with a dearly loved.

A few of the things I've noticed lately that make my heart jump. In no particular order.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Honest bits and pieces

Susan and Crystal nominated me to post 10 honest things about my life. They can be completely random things. So, thanks girls for the fun idea; I love your blogs; here goes!

1. When I was a kid, I LOVED to hog the video camera. My dad whipped it out from time to time (usually to video my little brother, who was toddling around and doing cute baby things), and I made sure I was front and center. It's now become the family joke when we watch those videos that you don't have to wait very long before you hear, "Lara, get out of the way." Bummer. No, I don't have a complex. At all.

2. Another along the childhood vein: I used to collect ceramic thimbles from every state my family vacationed to. I don't know where they are now. At your house, Mom?

3. I didn't own a cell phone until a year after I graduated from college. I don't understand texting, and I don't want really want to.

4. I am somewhat of a hypochondriac. This is the first time I've publicly confessed to it. My family might argue the word "somewhat." I tend to think headaches are aneurysms, body aches are bad diseases, and so on. I am working on it, with the help of Jesus. :)

5. I have wiped my bottom with my hand. Please don't judge. You wouldn't buy toilet paper either if it cost $1.00 a roll.

6. Aaron and I play Boggle together a lot. Sometimes we play at breakfast. A little mind exercise and spousal bonding are great ways to start the day. He is currently beating me. (We keep a running total.)

7. One of my favorite authors is Elizabeth Elliot. I think her writings on the sovereignty of God, femininity, and trust are impeccable, and I appreciate her straightforward, no-nonsense approach.

8. I am currently in a moderate drinking stage. Of coffee. In college, I averaged 6-10 cups a day. Now, I drink one cup in the morning, and I am done. I'm a little ashamed to admit that, because coffee is such a part of my image. :) But, it is true. I could probably quit if I wanted to.

9. I think I am a punctuation snob. I hope that doesn't keep any of you from writing me. I can't help it. Billboards, emails, books, signs. Anything I read, I can't help but edit. On that note, I am a HUGE advocate of the Oxford comma, which is the comma before the word "and" in a list.

I love to eat carrots, scones, and broccoli.

See the red comma? That is the Oxford comma. And while some think it is optional, I don't.

10. I adore my niece and nephew. They make me want to have children far before my time. And they are, hands down, the cutest little goobers I have every met. I have asked Aaron before, "What will we do if our kids aren't as cute as Abby and Drew?" This is a real worry, folks. Aaron just laughs and kisses me. He's so good for my melodrama.

There you have it! Now I am supposed to nominate seven other people to do this. I hope I can think of seven. Most of the blogs I read are written by people I don't know. Which makes me sound very creeperish. Uhh...I just like to read.

1. Rachel
2. Megan F
3. Josh and Hannah
4. Beth W
5. Emily P
6. Sheila
7. Billy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

add a little this, add a little that (and a lot of flour)

Well. It looks like it has been a while since we've last spoken. An update around Bolivar:
1. There is already a 24/7 Christmas radio station
2. Bolivar guys soccer are in the state quarterfinals. Go Liberators!
3. We have big news that doesn't include a baby!
4. I, Aaron, have been rockin out on my 2008 Cannondale CAAD 9. Perfect fall weather = perfect time to ride!

Since the amazing trip Lara took to Ohio to see the great Sheila of Dover, Lara has since traveled to Dallas and back! Here are some pics from the adventure...

After a cancelled flight in Branson, a night at the Grimmers house with Rachel Custard, and many irritating developments, Lara arrived in Dallas at the sight of her friend Kristen Raikes (a woman that any guy would be privilaged to even have a discussion with. You'll have to go through the Weavers before you even considering courting her!!!) Then proceeded to meet up with the remaining member of the Tri-fecta, Kyndel Liggett.
However... (dun dun dunnnnnn) chills filled the air as Kyndel's car had a flat. They returned and began to fix the tire. Look at the muscles!
At a moment of helping a Tri-fecta member, a disasterous thing occurred. The wallet of Lara E. Weaver was misplaced and lost in the midst of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But all would not be lost that weekend. The Lord was gracious as she was allowed to still fly back to Branson and was still with one of her best friends for a weekend and a weekend at Pine Cove.

Since returning, Abby has become a small woman who can bake banana bread and tell everyone that they are silly.

Abby thinks eating flour by itself is gross... but she keeps eating it. Sorry you have to tilt your head sideways for the video, but we think it's worth it.

And here are a few pics from our date to Firehouse Pottery

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