Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Heaven.

We all want to go there.

We want what we "think" heaven is.

We want the streets of gold and beautiful mansions.

But what if it's more?

What if heaven is far greater than our wildest expectations?

And what if Hell is worse?

I've heard many people say...at least if I don't make it to heaven I can party with all my friends in Hell.

Well let me assure you my friends, there will be no party.

There will be no friends.

Just you. Darkness.Thirst.Heat. Pain.Suffering.

That's what awaits you in Hell.

That I can promise you.

Now why, I'm sure you are all wondering am I on a tangent right now?

I'm reading this.



It lit a fire in me. A fire I can't explain. Randy wanted to write this book to set the record straight about Heaven & Hell. He said, even people who don't believe in God at times believe in heaven and hell and where is the only book in the world that really talks about these two places? The bible. So, he tries to break down all the misconceptions about both places and goes straight to the source of information. He wanted to set the record straight.

Have you noticed that when people are about to die, that's when they all of a sudden care about where they end up? The problem with this is that you can't always prepare for death. Another problem is that not everyone will end up in heaven. I mean how many pastors at funerals do you hear say "Rest peacefully in Hell my son or daughter." No, they all say Heaven. Because no matter what anyone says, no one actually wants to find out what Hell is like.I mean that's freaking terrifying to think about! Sorry Oprah....this is one topic you are most certainly incorrect about; not everyone has a ticket to heaven.

Randy gives real life accounts of people about to die and the dramatic differences they experience before death. Near death experiences always point to another place...unfortunately many do not see heaven opening but instead become paralyzed in fear. My great grandfather hated Jesus and everything that came with it...before he died my family says he literally became crazy with fear yelling "They're coming for me!!!NO! NO!DON'T LET THEM TAKE ME!!!" On the other hand, my father who loved Jesus peacefully looked up and with joy said "Mom!Jesus!" and couldn't stop smiling. He was literally already pronounced dead before this happened. His heart wasn't even beating any longer. (I know I've shared that story before but I feel like it's important to this).

So, let me again say it's important to be sure where you are going after this. Very very important. Randy hates that he's heard people say "but what if we're bored in heaven?" He said everything in the bible points to adventures far beyond our wildest imaginations. He said most people picture us living in clouds and floating around, but clearly we will have living breathing bodies as we do on earth.We will eat and drink. There will be festivals and parties and banquets. There will be cities and beautiful music, houses nothing like we've ever seen and peace. Peace and hope and joy...no more tears. He said when Jesus comes back for all of us, Heaven is literally going to be coming to earth. So imagine Eden...but better. He believes the bible makes clear we will all still have opinions and personalities that are each unique to us. He thinks we will each have our own dwelling spaces (Mansions to be exact,except these mansions have Gold floors, diamond & Ruby chandeliers, beauty unsurpassed by anything on earth). He believes the bible makes it clear that we will still have unique roles and pastimes, there will be musicians, fashonista's :), architects, everything...just in a perfect place.

And lastly, I don't want to creep anyone out, because this kindof creeped me out but as I was reading through this book I prayed that God would show me a glimpse. Just a moment. I said this prayer and drifted off to sleep not thinking much more about it. For literally one nanosecond I felt as though I was standing on a cliff overlooking the most spectacular thing I have ever seen. It was like the land of Avatar but 10,000,000,000 times better. There was a waterfall and vibrant colors everywhere. The butterflies were bright purple and the sky was the most beautiful shades of blue and white. The grass was so green everywhere it nearly blinded me. I could literally paint the picture right now it felt so real. So, whether I was dreaming or not, I've never known anything like that moment in my whole life. I think God may have answered my prayer that night....

And to conclude, this book rests on the fact that people use this verse to say that we cannot imagine heaven 1 Cor 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him." However, what everyone overlooks is this...vs 10 reads..."Except that which God has revealed to us by His Spirit." We have a beautiful snapshot of heaven all throughout the bible...and spirit willing...maybe sometimes in an answer to prayer but no matter what you believe I think it's of the absolute importance for each and every person to investigate their options after their time on earth is up...because the only thing certain for each of us is that eventually we will die.

Sorry to be morbid...but unfortunately that's true.

However, I would love to know each and every one of you will be there at the Golden Gates ready for the most amazing adventure of our lives..and forever...forever without tears or pain or sadness...Forever celebrating the fact that we believed...we "got it."

Seriously, you HAVE to read this book...

Okay and now I'm off to sleep....

Clara wanted to party tonight so I'm one tired mommy!!

Happy Reading! :)


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Do Not Like Paz.

This is Paz.


Okay, not really, but I googled "Paz" and this is the first image you get.

Don't believe me? Try it.lol. :)

No, the "Paz" I'm referring to was/is/shouldn't be anymore a cashier at Wal-Mart.

She is mean.

Like seriously mean.

Some people don't admit they shop at Wal-Mart.

Well...if you are from the Midwest, it's the only logical place to get groceries...

and pictures.

So, to all the people who make fun of Wal-Mart..how much were your Bananas?



77 cents a pound...

well mine were 33!

Ha! :)

That wasn't really a very good argument to go there just for Bananas..

Okay, I'm getting off track...back to Paz!

She decided to hate me on my last day of work at TD Ameritrade. I was just trying to make copies of 7 pictures I had in my desk. That's right. This drama began because of SEVEN pictures! :( I simply scooped up all the pictures I had on my desk (in frames) and carried them over in a sack to the store to copy them. Well, I put the copy request in the back "picture maker machine", ran to the front to pay for them and was going to run back and pick the pictures up off the printer since it always takes a few minutes for the machine to complete printing. And yes, I'm moving to paragraph form because those one line sentences were becoming tedious to write (probably to read too). :)

So anyways..I get to the front register to pay and tell "Paz" that I have my receipt but my pictures are still being printed in back.



Paz: "Why didn't you just pay for them in back"
Amber: "I don't know, I just always do it this way to save time."
Paz: (flipping on manager call light) "Show me your pictures."
Amber: (showing her my pictures, one of which is on printer paper)
Paz:"How do I know these aren't professional?"
Amber: "Um, I thought the printer paper may give it away??"

By this time the manager came over...

She proceeded to tell me that I need to pay for my pictures in back, so they can check if they are professional pictures.

This was the picture in question...on printer paper.


Amber: "Yes, I understand that now...I was clear after Paz told me and I will never do this again, but can I please pay and get my pictures and promise to not pay this way again????"
Manager: "Fine."
I start to pay; put my printer paper picture away when all of a sudden Paz notices one of the frames in my bag.

Paz: "Where did you get this?"
Amber: "From my desk...at work...?"
Paz: (rolls eyes)
Amber: "Okay seriously I did! You can go look and see that you will not find this frame anywhere else in the store Paz!"
Paz: (Indicates I should pay)
Amber: Thank.You.

I turned to walk back towards the back to pick up my pictures after I paid and she started yelling at me. Literally yelling!! "No! No! You can't go back by yourself! Come Back!" (turns on manager call light again and tells me to sit at the front of the store)

By this time I was literally so frustrated, so confused, of course crying (because that's what I/girls do) and just wanting my gosh darn 7 pictures!!

So, long story short, the manager tells me that she will go back and talk to the photo center. I made the mistake of thinking she will actually pick up my pictures while back there, but no, she returns to the front to tell me that she informed the photo center what was happening, to which I replied "Okay, thanks, but I still need the pictures." To which she replied "Oh." So, at this point, I started crying more, and told her how frustratd, and humiliated I was sitting in the front of the store this whole time, now for over an hour and that I still hadn't gotten my pictures and I would totally sue them if I got fired over this, but luckily it was my last day so I probably wouldn't get fired for being late from my lunch hour...and so on.

And this whole story, well I sent it to the president of their company and....................

I got a $25 gift card and "Ben" the store manager assured me he talked to Paz for over an hour and told her she can not accuse customers of stealing professional pictures when they are on printer paper. Oh, or accuse them of stealing a frame the store doesn't even have.

Sigh.

I was happy about my gift card, until the guys at work told me this story.

Apparently a lady was falsely accused of robbing a different Wal-Mart and spent 2 days in jail over it.

She sued them.
She walked away with 4 MM dollars.

Shoot.

Sometimes jail time pays apparently! :)

P.S. I'm never going to Wal-Mart again



Okay, I actually just went today, but it sounded good in theory. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Family Update

So lots to talk about...let's see where should I start??

Well 1) I'm at home with my Beeebeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! 2) If any mom out there right now wants to stay home I encourage you to keep saving, keep praying and keep working towards that goal. If WE can do it, you totally can!!! I'm dead serious. I don't know what it will look like for your family. It may mean selling a car, or it may be cutting out vacations or eating. Ha...I only said that because I suggested that I would stop eating lunch if I could stay home about 6 months ago. And, please please email me if you have questions about how we got it done. But, while financially we've been planning alot of it was simply waiting and praying until we heard "Yes." Because ultimately it's a step of faith moving from two incomes to one and there is only One man who knows whether it will work for your family at this time. ;) I love all my readers to pieces and pray for each and every one of you so please feel free to contact me with any questions!

And no...that is not Clara lol, but I had so much fun watching Abby last week as I mentioned in my last post that I had to show this picture! :) Clara was a little jealous that mommy wasn't able to be 100% focused on her so she was pouting off to the side during this picture. :)
2) A certain someone turned the big 2-1! Ha...don't worry I'll keep the real number secret for you honey. ;) Clara made dad this beautiful birthday card so that is what he is holding right there.


My mom and grandma surprised us with this picture of Clara (our little husker fan) that they had taken without us knowing. I decided I love gifts that are also for me on other people's birthdays...lol whoop whoop! :)


                                       And here I am tellng my hubs about his grand finale gift.....


Tickets to the NU vs. MIZZOU game!!!


Also...this cracked me up. These two guys shared a table with us at lunch....turns out the dude on the left, well he is the dad of a guy who runs track on my cousisn's 4x4 team at UNK and the guy on the right graduted with my Aunt Debbie...seriously small world huh?? :)


Okay, so we all know that was an awesome game and I am so glad I was finally able to surprise Dave with a present instead of him always surprising me!

Then, we came home to an escaped lady bug!!!!!!

Oh wait...that's just little Clara getting ready to go trick or treating! :) (She loved playing in those leaves) Oh and also, she was being monitored even though it totally looks like we just left her outside by herself...Dave was like 1 second away! :)


Lastly...this picture will only be funny to immediate members of our family probably but I'm going to tell you all anyways...

So, long story short. The guy who lives next to my mom is crazy. Like seriously OCDish craziness. My mom's neighborhood is really nice but her neighbor...oh my gosh. He puts up tin foil in his windows just to make sure no one can see in. He doesn't talk to a soul and if he even hears the faintest barking of a dog he will call the cops and issue a noise complaint on the dog's owners.

Well, last weekend me and my mom had just put Clara down and we heard what we thought to be a gun shot coming from next door...So, I obviously did the logical thing; dressed all in black and went all mission impossible on her neighbor. Ha! No...I seriously did though.


We had a stake out set up in the upstairs where my mom could see down and I went to look around. I actually called the cops and they sent two people out which is another REALLY long story but I didn't feel they did enough so I took matters into my own hands! :)

I was seriously envisioning "Disturbia"...You know the movie where the man kills women and puts them in his vents..well that night, after the cops left, the man had his fire going ALL.Night.Long. Creepy right???

So, I waited until the next night and set up camp. As soon as his car left I ran around and snapped a picture of his porch.


Well as you can see unfortunately there was no evidence to be seen..that night. Unless those are bones in his fireplace??(I can just see Dave shaking his head right now as he's reading this lol) But he's never seen distrubia so of course he doesn't understand!!

But in closing, I will catch him and until then you are all witnesses to this story if something happens to my momma!! :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I Swear I'm Not Dead :)

I've been watching a ONE and a TWO year old this week.

(So now I'm sure all of you with children are nodding your head)

You get it. :)

It's pure craziness over here.

But fun craziness!!

These girls are too cute together.

So, now it's back to playing I go...


Please don't mind the mess...

You think that is bad...you should've seen this house right after lunch! :)








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