Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Luck of the Muppets

My brother told me about this YouTube video and I had to share it - I hope it gives you a smile (or a gut belly laugh) today.

Thanks to Blakwulf for posting this on YouTube.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

This made me cry . . .

Thanks to Barry for posting this (and for his friend Heidi, who he grabbed it from.)

Please take a few minutes and watch this all the way through to the end.

These comments were posted along with the video on GodTube . . .

"Jason Wade wrote this song, "Everything" and the CD that it is on "NO NAME FACE" can be gotten from

A DVD of this and other skits from a "festival" of Christian skits can be gotten at Online Store.

Ask for Winterfest 2006 Smoky Mountain Saturday Evening DVD and mention that you particularly want the Lighthouse Everything skit that is shown on the internet."

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I love the Fall!!!

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but I LOVE IT. Here in Indiana, the leaves change to beautiful colors, the weather is mild - just right for sweatshirts and jeans . . . and everyone is getting ready for the holiday season. Football, hay rides, bonfires . . . it all makes me feel like reminiscing . . . but unfortunately - I have too much homework to be able to reminisce in my blog this evening. :-(

I will, however, post the first sign of fall at our house - courtesy of the entire Hofmann family . . .

This was so much fun - and our first time carving pumpkins together (of course, I did most of the "gut digging" and Daddy did most of the carving) - but the kids were pretty messy and happy when we were done.

We have all been sick this week, so it was nice for us to feel good enough to have a little fun.

I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful season as much as we are!!

P.S. - Please check out my Unka Steve's newest blog entry.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

It's back!!

How cool . . . Susan Gunelius from BrandCurve wrote a great article about the return of the Sears Wishbook.

Get out your pens and get ready to circle the stuff you want to get for Christmas! :-)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

ProBlogger Birthday Bash

Ever wanted the chance to win prizes just for blogging? Now you can, during the Birthday Bash at ProBlogger. Check it out!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My friend Ruth

I know that Ruth is going to kill me for this - but I had to take a moment and post about my friend Ruth. :-)

When my family first moved to our present location in November of 2005, we felt pretty lonely as we didn't really have any support system and we didn't know who to ask about where to go to the doctor, the vet, church, any of those things. It was hard, not having anyone to lean on. The first year was rough, but I learned a lot during that first year.

We started attending a local church in January of 2006 and slowly got connected to a few people there. However, it wasn't until we finally took the leap of joining a small group that God really blessed us with wonderful friends.

It is a funny story. I was unable to go to the meeting that our church has once a month, to try and connect people to small groups - but I sent Hunkahubby. He went and sat down at a table with other people with young children such as ours. He came back home telling me he signed us up for a group and that the people all seemed nice. He was excited, and I was terrified. Most people don't understand the part of me that gets a little phobic in social settings. People who have known me for a long time or have worked with me see me as really outgoing and social . . . but I would usually rather curl up and read a book or listen to music than be out 'socializing' with people.

The night of our first meeting, I tried to think of every excuse I could for why I couldn't go. Robert finally was like, "fine, I dont' care, don't go . . ." which he knew would kick me in the butt enough to make me go. I whined all the way there . . . "I'm not going to know anyone, what if they don't like us?" Well - God took care of that too.

When we got to the house (very close to ours), we went up to the door and rang the doorbell. A nice, but a little unsure (like me) lady opened the door and greeted us. I looked behind her and . . . there stood someone I had known since the 8th grade!! I could not believe it. Ruth's husband grew up in the same area I did and we had a lot of the same friends. He went to church around the corner from where I grew up going to church and our grandparents lived within a few miles of each other on the same road. How's that for finding a way to break the ice??

Our group went through our first study together and although we all got along well, it wasn't until we took the summer off that we realized how much we missed everyone. Our first meeting for the fall went really well and we were all really happy to see each other again - we seemed to connect even better this time than we did the last time. Maybe we all felt like it was time to loosen up. ;-)

Ruth's son and my son are about a year apart and they both LOOOVE Spiderman and Superheroes and just being boys . . . so we have had sleepovers and playdates and we enjoy every minute of it. Best of all - I have found a very good friend who I know I can rely and depend upon and she knows she can do the same with me. She loves having my kids over to play and I love having hers. It is a joy!

We went garage saleing last weekend, and as we were driving, we started saying the same things at the same time and quoting songs and movies . . . I KNEW that God had meant for her to be my friend - because I could be myself around her. I am SO THANKFUL.

So the picture at the top of the page is when our other friend Jennifer (from small group) came over and did our hair on the same morning. And just because I want to make Ruth laugh . . .

Here is a picture of Ruth in her pretty hair covering . . .

Don't kill me Ruth!!! I just wanted to use my blog to let you know that I'm so blessed that you are my friend and I'm sure we'll have many more exciting adventures together.

I just thought it was very interesting that when I looked up the name Ruth . . . I found out that her name means Friend and Compassion.

Your parents named you well.