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A Moment without oxygen…

I was coming home yesterday afternoon as my Durango stubornly refused to shift gears in the cold.  It didn’t matter that he had a warm up time before we moved…. he just doesn’t do well getting going in the winter.

(And this is where the lack of oxygen part must have kicked in…)  I wonder if like pets start to act like their owners… if vehicles are not kind of the same?  I know, we are talking living creature vs. V8 engine… but it could be a funny thought so I am running with it.

Think about it.  I am not a Winter fan.  Getting up and going when the temp is hitting the low digits is not what I call fun.  Apparently, my vehicle – same thing.  I drive all hunched over trying to hang on to any heat in my body I can… the Durango shaking down the road, engine whining “IT’S TOO COLD – PUT ME BACK IN THE GARAGE!”

Neither one of us make very many additional trips throughout this season.  If we leave the house, it is because we have to. 

Spring through fall – move over fellow drivers!  We soar through the seasons, windows down, cd’s playing loud, my singing off key – we are at one with the road.  All is well.  The Durango runs smoothly, I am all smiles.  Ahhh… Sunshine! 

  • The Durango is able to carry lots of things – groceries, furniture, storage, etc…  I am able to carry lots if things  – meetings, agendas, people, memories, family…

Well… there it is.  Crazy, insane, but it is what it is.  Have a great day! Stay warm!!!

November 30, 2007 Posted by | Insane Moments | 1 Comment

Thursday Thumbs Up

Probably the best movie I seen last year was Freedom Writer’s

“Freedom Writers” is inspired by a true story and the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the LA riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial gang warfare. Two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asians who hate her even more than each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough — they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting “a war of the streets” that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before — respect. For the first time, these teens experience a hope that maybe, they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.

I was truly inspired by this story of true dedication and loving others as yourself.  This one teacher seen past the hatred, the gangs, the lines seperating their differences.  She instead seen a group of teenagers afraid to be real, and starving for someone to believe in them.

This movie is now out on DVD in the rental stores.  I highly recommend curling up in a warm blanket and treating yourself to this experience. 


November 29, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | 1 Comment

Monday Late Afternoon Mind Dump…

  • The Elf’ing thing is soooo funny: Elf site – make your own
  • Thanksgiving was Peace, Love, Hope, Joy,with Brad, Justin and Al… it was sooo good. (Pie with the Colbenson’s was soooo great too!)
  • Al and I traveled North to our cabin on Friday for the weekend. Nice low key weekend of talking, reading and hanging out.
  • We watched the movie Fracture over the weekend. Good movie. Excellent twist.
  • I have a lot of juggling this week with meetings and commitments. Lets hope I can keep all the balls in the air.
  • I finished the book Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli over the weekend. Good read. That’s two in a row!
  • I mailed out my and Justin’s information for Honduras. I am so excited already! 8 weeks to go!
  • Today I searched and conquered a place for our company to have our Christmas party… nothing like coming in at the last second.
  • Tonight we should have our costs figured out for the Women’s retreat in January so we will be able to start advertising it. I am so excited… this is such a great theme I know it will be the best one yet.
  • I am working hard on eating better so if you see me not eating well…. make me pay $1.00. It’s for my own good… trust me, I’ll learn.

November 26, 2007 Posted by | Just me | Comments Off on Monday Late Afternoon Mind Dump…

So you want to be an Elf?

You just have to love the internet!  This great little gadget lets you “Elf” your family… your friends…  it is so funny!  Thanks to Brett and Kate Richmond for passing this one on…

The DeChantal Family Elfed…

November 25, 2007 Posted by | Insane Moments | Comments Off on So you want to be an Elf?

Today I am thankful for… (This is My Thursday Thumbs Up)

bb1.jpgI have just completed Rob Bell’s book, ‘Velvet Elvis’ and I just want to say how thankful I am for good books!  I love to surround myself with a variety of good reads and this book hit the spot!  When I read a really good author I want to read more of what the author writes, or what the author is recommending as good reads.  This book provided a good map to both for me.

I love how he comes up with the book title… it is based off of an old velvet Elvis painting that is found in the basement.  From this he creates an entire book around this outdated, cheesy, painting. 

I can do that.

So I decide to look into our downstairs storage area for an abandoned painting turned authors treasure.  Among the holiday decorations, little used kitchen appliances, and wrapping paper for every occasion… I find it.  The print is a copy that belonged to my mom that I had long ago decided did not fit into my decorating style.  The painting is called, ‘Girl with a Broom’. 


With this title for my book do I write about cleaning up my act?  Being swept away by God?  Clearing out the dust bunnies of a previous life? 

I may be on to something there…

Anyway, I am off track.  The book… fantastic.  I enjoy Rob’s writing style and his fresh perspective on scripture.  I really like his chapter called Dust, but I also really liked the Nooma video called Dust too.  There is so much great knowledge in this book, I know it is a keeper that I will read again and again and pick up something different in it each time.

Great read!  (Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!)turk.gif

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Book Thoughts | Comments Off on Today I am thankful for… (This is My Thursday Thumbs Up)


I think I have said it before… but in case you do not know… I am a word dork. It is true. I love words, word games, those crazy tests that people forward on e mail with questions like “Where would you rather be right now?” “What is the last thing you ate?” “Who is the last person you spoke to?” “Name 4 places you have lived in your life time.”

Yes. Now you know me. I am that girl. I honestly do not believe I have ever just deleted one of those tests when they came to me. I like to write… I like to play games….

Which is what led me to this personality quiz thing that I took. And – just to be safe, I re took… three times actually. Same answer each time. So… this apparently is me:

Click to view my Personality Profile page

“Sigh”… I’m not sure if I like it… but it appears to be true. If you would like to perform this same self torture on yourself… you will find this site at My Personality Info

It does give you a place where you can click on your personality type which explains it in more detail. Mine is:

“ENFJs are people-focused individuals. They live in the world of people possibilities. More so than any other type, they have excellent people skills. They understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others. ENFJ’s main interest in life is giving love, support, and a good time to other people. They are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get their best personal satisfaction from this.”

“ENFJs focused on the organization’s ideals and operate within those ideals. They focus on how organizations should treat people and communicate these values to others. They enjoy leading and facilitating teams, and like to bring matters to mutually beneficial conclusions. ENFJs prefer a work setting that contains individuals focused on changing things for the betterment of others.”

“Success for an ENFJ comes through involvement in the process of making things happen for people; through the accomplishments and satisfactions of those they have helped to enrich the human world with greater value, and through finding that their efforts on behalf of others have fulfilled their own life as well.”

(And my personal favorite): “Rated by psychologists among 2 types least likely to have trouble in school. “

You also will see a list of people who have the same personality type as yourself. In my case I am keeping company with Ben Affleck, Martin Luther King Jr., Diane Sawyer, Lauren Graham (woo hoo – Gilmore Girls!) and King David…. just to name a few.

If you take the personality tests… I would love to hear the results.

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Insane Moments | 1 Comment

Thanks and Giving…

I have really been tossing around the thought of Thanksgiving over the last week or so.  A lot of my Blogger friends are writing on what the holiday means to them, as well as  what they are thankful for – even the trials which hidden within are the things that build character, faith, and so much more.

I like to break it down into the two words that are actually – really great words. 



Thanks… what a beautiful word that means so much.  “Thanks” is what we are thankful for and no matter where you are in life, in Christ, everyday you do have things to be thankful for and to just say, “Thanks.”  Try it.. you could make someone’s day.

Giving… as simple as a kind word, hope, love, friendship, a listening ear, a loaf of bread.  Giving can be done at any level and it counts.  It really does.

Dearest Father,

I look around me and I have so much to be thankful for.  I am surrounded with family and friends who love me and Lord, I find that to be so humbling.  They each hold pieces of my heart.  I thank you for each day You give me to do your work.  I look forward to what the day will hold and how You will use me.  I am thankful for all You provide for my family, for two great sons, and a hard working husband.  Thank you always for enough – no matter what the circumstance, You provide enough. 

Lord, I ask for blessings over this country, over the world .  Lord bless our Soldiers who are away from their families during this time.  May they have the peace of You, and peace to the families here who have loved ones who are away.

I am so thankful in more ways than I can possible say.  You have provided all and to this I am eternally yours.  Your grace, Your love, words can not express….

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Devotion in motion | Comments Off on Thanks and Giving…

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

  • Chance and I played cribbage against Al last night and we won together! 
  • Happy Birthday Joelle!! : )
  • I am still revved up about last weeks Staff 4 Wheeling Team Building (See pictures 3 blogs below and be sure to have the music play while you watch for the whole effect)
  • I said an unusual amount of good byes this past week (The Toman’s, The Keller’s and the Holland’s….) That leaves me a bit emotionally exhausted.
  • Brett, our Children’s Church Pastor has great insight on what we are looking for our children to get out of Children’s Church. The BIG picture. Check out Brett’s Blog as he challenges each of us (even if you do not have children in children’s church) to share our thoughts on what we want these children to look like when they have grown beyond the Children’s Church ministry.
  • We prayed for Temple Baptist this past Sunday. See Pastor Mark’s Blog for pictures.
  • Our first Sunday Soup Kitchen event went off smoothly. Many volunteers showed up to serve and Pam’s ribs were incredible!
  • I am trying a new recipe for my Thanksgiving Turkey that involves Orange Juice and jalapeños… I am optimistic.
  • Having both boys at home this Thursday is the biggest blessing for me.
  • I can not believe we are 5 weeks out from Christmas. Where did 2007 go?
  • Al and I are planning to go to our Cabin this weekend on the North Shore. I haven’t been there for about 10 weeks so I am excited for the get away.
  • Brett and I completed the LONGEST PODCAST to date this morning. This is our third week. Check it out to hear Carl and Shannon Mills talk about the history of the Sports Ministry Team.
  • I started reading Velvet Elvis this weekend by Rob Bell. I am pretty sure this book will probably wind up being blogged on sometime soon.
  • Last night I watched a Mighty Heart, the movie about Mariane Pearl’s account of her husband the Wall Street Journal reporter, Danny Pearl’s, life and death.  Heart wrenching.  
  • I am rooting for our Spring Team Building exercise to be Paint Ball….

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Just me | 1 Comment

Life Unplugged…

It was about 3:45 this afternoon when I was doing my usual,  reading, note taking, and watching a movie.  (Kind of a multi tasker at heart)… when we lost power.  This wasn’t a flicker of lights – this was total shut down.

As the minutes ticked by, I was made abundantly aware of how completely useless I can be…. unplugged.  I light candles.  Pace the floors.  Stare at the neighbors houses to be sure there is no need for “power envy”.  I have no idea how people functioned before there was electricity.   I Call the power company, “Help help!  Damsel in distress… my computer and TV are down!”

Two hours pass, than three… with my really cool flashlight that straps on my head, I grab a blanket and settle into a chair next to a candle with my Bible.  I start to read as the light flickers over the words in a kaleidoscope kind of way…. changing the look of the words…. and I think about those words.  Those powerful words… that have looked different, spoke differently to so many people through the years, in so many ways they shed their own light – the Bible – Alive with words speaking, speaking…. through all those years.

It hits me how these words speak to even the same person, differently at different times.  Different seasons of ones life.  For the longest time my life scripture was Phillipians 4:13:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  And it held true… when the tough times came I knew I had the strength of the Lord!  That scripture was my Rock for about 10 years.  And then…   a little over a year ago, at Mink Lake Camp… a different scripture opened up to me…. Psalm 46:10:  “Be Still and know that I am God.” And now when things are getting tough I try really hard to listen – to be still and let our God take the controls.

I love looking at The Word in a different light.  And when the power came back on… I stayed in my chair, wrapped in my blanket, candle flickering, and read on….  This Story does not end.    


November 18, 2007 Posted by | Life thoughts | 1 Comment

Thursday Thumbs Up

I have decided to broaden my Thursday Thumbs Up posts to more than just movie reviews.  I mean really… I just HATE restrictions.  So Thursday will be reviews on anything such as restaurants, videos, music, plays, road trips, TV shows, MOVIES, or whatever.

Today I wish to recognize my favorite restaurant in our area, Buffalo Wild Wings.  I am actually surprised by how many people I talk to that have not yet been in this restaurant.  You do not have to be a fan of wings (however, Al, Brad, Justin, and I are) to go – they have a great menu!  Wraps, appetizers, nachos, burgers, quasadillas, salads, desserts and more.

Our local restaurant does not only have great food, but also a great staff!  The people working there are friendly and fun.  The tv’s are on if you are hoping to catch the sports event, they also have a trivia game that you can play on the tv screen just for fun while you are waiting for your food. 

So great food – great sauces – my favorite is the Asian Zing which I just recently learned that you can purchase any of the sauces by the bottle for $3 and some change.  If you haven’t tried this  restaurant yet, I highly recommend you make time soon to do so.  I’d love to hear what you think.


November 15, 2007 Posted by | Just me | 3 Comments