Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Unforgettable Business Trip

I went on a business trip last weekend. I had been excited about it because it was for a conference being held at a nice resort. On the way, though, the trip turned into a sort of nightmare when I got stuck in a traffic jam and then my car broke down at a traffic light at 10:30 at night. To make a long story short, the next couple of hours involved several phone calls home, a passerby trying unsuccessfully to push the car, a tow truck, a stop at a hotel that was booked, a cab ride to another hotel, and finally, a collapse into bed. I was able to rent a car the next morning, even though it was Sunday, and go the rest of the way, and my heroic father came with a tow dolly to haul my busted car back to Houston for potentially major transmission repairs.

Whew! It was all very stressful, but I'm thankful that I wasn't in the middle of nowhere when I broke down. I was also very blessed that everyone I had to deal with was friendly and apparently trustworthy. God was watching out for me!

Once I finally made it to the conference, everything went better. I even got some time to walk around the grounds, which were beautiful. Here are a few pictures:



A concrete path with metal inlays.



The view from my window.


It's set up wrong!



One of the lights along the garden path.



Monday, September 24, 2007

Dinner Table Politics

John mentioned at dinner tonight that the president of Iran had been invited to speak at Columbia University. After a few comments, Becca asked if it was Columbia or the the Iranian president that was bad.

John told her that neither of them share our values, and I added that the president of Iran wants to wipe Israel and America off the face of the earth.

Why, she wanted to know, would anyone invite him to speak at their school? (Isn't it interesting how young children can sometimes see the obvious conclusions that even highly educated professors miss?)

Mama said that colleges pride themselves on being open-minded.

"Some people," said Papa, "are so open-minded that their minds fall out."

True, indeed!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Not Sure What I Think About This

I was in Forever 21, a trendy clothing store, yesterday. It was mostly an entertainment time (you know, "who wears this stuff?!"), but I did find a skirt I liked. When I got home, I noticed John 3:16 on the bottom of the bag:


My first response was, "Huh?" It sure hadn't seemed like a religious store. Some of the merchandise was nice, most was on the line between cute and daring, and some of it was down-right scandalous. A bit of internet research clued me in that the verse on the bags is due to the Christian faith of the founders/owners of the chain. Okay, but something isn't quite jiving here. A clothing store that mostly caters to young women who are trying to show off their bodies can't Christianize itself just by putting a scripture reference on the bags...can it? It's a strange version of "in the world, but not of it" if you ask me.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Am I Still Writing a Blog?

Even I am not sure! Life has been a swirl of church activities, business trips, dancing, and having company over every weekend.

John, Anna, and I went to a small bluegrass festival recently and heard two great bands and one pretty good band. We heard the always-fantastic Chapmans, and this family band, Triple L. The guys had amazing four-part harmony. They're going to have to modify it soon, though. The youngest is in his voice-change time!