Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday -The Kidnappers

I am thankful for two of my dearest favourite people who kidnapped me today.

This wasn't my first abduction either. See, there are days when I get caught up in a project and forget to eat. Two of my favourite people have made a habit of surprising me with a visit that often includes going for lunch (or supper) and it is joyful. There are other times I spend the whole day alone and isolated (for a varitiey of reasons). My friends show up when I seem to need it the most!

Their friendship is very very dear to me. They make me smile and help clear my head. They put up with me when I'm overwhelmed and monosyllabic. They are better than cheerleaders and don't let me dwell on failures, shortcomings, or my own negative self doubts and false perceptions. I am so glad I met them and I cherish every adventure we have...and I want to hug them both right now. Yep...I'm kinda tearing up - because they are awesome.

Being kidnapped today, no matter how off I seemed (and was) was exactly what I needed. It was joy and joyfulness and for that I am thankful for the Jenn and Patrick!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 76

FOR TODAY: September 25, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...sunshine.

I am thinking...how to build a Popsicle stick boat that will hold more than 50 pennies.

I am thankful for...movie nights.

From the kitchen...yummy sun-dried tomato and bacon sausages.

I am wearing...my "Captain Kidsworld" costume.

I am creating...the octopurse as well as a few other knit projects. The baby blanket only needs about four-eight more hours of work.

I am going...have a Liz-Fun day (Jackie's orders).

I am reading...between books and have many books on hold. I should read today.

I am hoping...improve my daily routine habits, I've let some of the good ones slip.

I am hearing...silence and the hum of the computer.

Around the house...I will move the desk this week.

One of my favorite things...children.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Debate: Is God to Blame? Part 1

This post is for Glo, she asked about the debate mentioned in yesterday’s Simple Woman Daybook. It was the result of a conversation with my favourite atheist. We have been discussing free will and predestination the past few weeks. Last night I asked if he thought free will (or the perception) of free will mattered.

His response: “I think free will is only important insofar as it might impact moral blameworthiness; I'm not sure how we can be morally blameworthy if a god exists.”
I disagreed stating that we and not God are accountable for our moral actions/choices and asked how did he had reached the conclusion that God was responsible for our actions.

This was the argument he set up:

*assuming god exists
1) God is omnipotent
2) God created the initial conditions of the universe
3) God is omniscient
4) God created the initial conditions of the universe knowing what would happen (from 2 and 3)
5) The universe as it unfolds is how God intended it (from 1 and 4)
6) If the universe is how God intends, then it is God’s responsibility
7) God is responsible for how the universe unfolds (from 5 and 6)
8) People are finite
9) Finite beings cannot obstruct the will of an omnipotent being
10) People cannot obstruct the will of God (from 1, 8 and 9)

Therefore, God is responsible for the universe and people are not


And that was the start of the debate, we're still discussing it, next step my response.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 75

FOR TODAY: September 18, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...night.

I am thinking...morality, free will vs. predestination, apologetics.

I am thankful for...tea.

From the kitchen...popcorn.

I am wearing...slippers, jeans and hoodie.

I am creating...decorations for the youth group’s fall theme.

I am going...to sleep.

I am reading...no actual reading lately….

I am hoping...to win debate

I am hearing...music.

Around the house...getting reading to move the desk.

One of my favorite things...hugs.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Reading Update

Back in January I signed up for a few reading challenges. With just under four months left I thought it was time for an update post. I started with seven and ended up with ten. A little crazy but most allow for overlap.

The first link will take you to my original post where I am tracking the books I've read. The second takes you to the host's post with all the details, guidelines and information on how to sign up.

1. Name: The Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge 2011
Hosted by: Lisa at The Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge
Goal: Be 'Rory'-read a total of ten books from at least three different categories.
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 1/10

2. WON!
Name: The James Patterson Reading Challenge II
Hosted by: Socrates Book Review Blog
Goal: "Loyal Fan" -read ten books by James Patterson
Time: Sept 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2011
Books Read: 11/10

3. Name: Out Do Yourself Reading Challenge 2011
Hosted by: The Book Vixen
Goals: "Breaking a Sweat" -read 12 more than last year
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 0/12

4. WON!
Name: 1st in the Series 2011
Hosted by: A Few More Pages
Goals: Series Lover -read 6 books that are the first in any series
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 6/6

5. Name: 2nd Challenge 2011
Hosted by: A Few More Pages
Goals: A few more bites -read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 1/6

6. Name: The TwentyEleven Challenge
Hosted by: Bart's Bookshelf
Goals: its complicated so visit either link for the details and guidelines
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 12/20

7. WON!
Name: Series Challenge Season 5
Hosted by: Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
Goals: finish or catch up on series, min three three books
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 3/3 books

8. Name: 90 Day Bible Blast
Hosted by: Meditations of His Love
Goals: read the entire Bible in 90 days
Time: There doesn't seem to be a set start date, but I am giving myself a deadline of April 25, 2011
Books Read: 0/66 books of the Bible

9. Name: Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011!
Hosted by: Book Chick City
Goals: read 12 mystery or suspense novels
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 11/12 books

10. Name: The 100+ Book Reading Challenge
Hosted by: Home Girl Book Blog
Goals: read 100 books or more
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 53/100 books

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 74

FOR TODAY: September 11, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...green trees.

I am thinking...about how the morning went and the rest of the fall in Kidsworld.

I am thankful for...volunteers! Could not have had 18 kids make ice cream in a bag without all the help.

From the kitchen...enjoyed ground cherries

I am wearing...pink wedge with a polka dot dress

I am creating...a number of knit projects, the baby blanket is over half way done (deadline is January)

I am going...home.

I am reading...Sophie's World, Primal, Think Orange and Erasing Hell.

I am hoping...for a productive day and to watch Doctor Who at some point

I am hearing...Project Runway!

Around the house...more clutter is leaving the house!

One of my favorite things...live music.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Thankful Thursday -Colette

I am thankful for...Colette Van Meekeren*

Colette is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I love dearly her; she is one of the girls and one my favourites! I love her whole family! They good people and very VERY dear to me!

They were one of the first families I connected with when I first moved to the area (aside: last Thursday, September 1, was my five years at the church university). Colette is a good friend, supportive, dedicated, and personable. I love her hugs and creativity and joy and sincerity and organization and compassion. She will jump in and volunteer and go the extra mile to help. She gives these great creative thoughts which are really helpful but she also is wise enough to say no when she is swamped.

I adore any chance to her get to spend time with her. I love tea, and supper invitations, and the games nights, and birthday parties, and walks in the orchard. The best moment was one night a few years ago I was invited for dinner. Colette told the kids they had a guest. One of the boys asked “who” Colette said me, his response was “Pastor Liz isn’t a guest she’s family” I’M FAMILY! The feeling of family is shared. The Van Meekeren's are a second family. I admire her so much, just thinking about her I want to squish her. HUGS and Yay for Colette!

*Edited October 13: I couldn't find a picture for the original post. This is from last year's Trunk or Treat "Slime Time". Colette is helping the kids make slime.

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 73

FOR TODAY: September 5, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...apartments.

I am thinking...returning to good routines is difficult.

I am thankful for...fans and cook breezes.

From the kitchen...used a menu plan all last week JOY!

I am wearing...brown capris and red top

I am creating...a number of knit projects and super mario earrings

I am going...to open mic or sleep.

I am reading...Sophie's World, Primal, Think Orange and Erasing Hell.

I am hoping...to find PFH.

I am hearing...Jenn cooking supper -YAY!

Around the house...made decluttering progress and found things.

One of my favorite things...ice cream cones.