Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Here in ATL, it's a W E T Christmas, but praise God, we need it!
I got my first Christmas ornament this year! Thanks, Krizzle. Cheers to new traditions. I'm off to have Christmas pasta with a good friend. Someday, I'd like to have a family Christmas again.

Aubs

Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Favorite Bum

Every day, I drive a heckuva haul to get home from work. Every day, I pass this spot where Interstate 20E hits Interstate 85N in downtown ATL. Right where they merge, there's an overpass. Right under the overpass, there's always a bedroll with a little pillow. Sometimes, traffic is bad and I look around.... wondering if the homeless dude/tte will return "home" while I sit in my car.

I really want to adopt my bum and drop some goodies off for Christmas. The problem is, I can't find a place to pull over and I don't know if it's a shebum or a hebum (though I guess the least of a bum's worries is what color his coat is). The other thing is, what if it's a cracked out bum and he catches me over by his stuff? I would think a homeless person would get pretty testy to find a stranger approaching his roll.

SO--I have a dilemma. All I want for Christmas is to be able to drop off some canned goods, a coat, a good book, and maybe some socks to this Mystery Bedroll Dweller. I'm just not really sure how to make it happen. I'd like even better to invite them home for Christmas, but that would be looney.

Maybe I can start by throwing letters out my window in old soda bottles??

Help. I need a strategy.

Aubrey

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Life without silly

Is boring. It just is.

Everyone get silly. now. please. you'll be glad you did.

;)

Aubs

Saturday, December 8, 2007

This is amazing

Thanks, B. :)



The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s desire.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By: Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Julie Rocks!

Tonight, we went to Julie's engagement party (there is absolutely nothing better than discovering the hidden ping pong table in the basement of ye-olde-fancy-host-of-the-party-house). Julie, I'm so happy for you! I'm so happy you're so happy. :) And Jeff, you give one heckuva toast, man. :o)

I love friends. The other night, Julie reminded me of two things. You know those times when you friends tell you things and it's like the Lord is saying, "LISTEN! Are you Listening??" :) Weeelll.......

1. The most important thing in a relationship (any relationship) is that Christ is the center.

2. Each person in your life is a gift. It's not a question of "Am I what they need?" and "Are they what I need?", it's a matter of "Lord, why did you bring this person into my life and what are your plans in this?" Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in my own plans, I forget my life isn't exactly MINE to plan anymore. Every person we enounter is a gift from the Lord and vice versa.
That's g o o d s t u f f.


Tis the season to gift yourself. and re-gift yourself. ;)
Thanks for my friends, Lord.

Aubrey

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Suuuuuueey!


Note: Don't have your bridesmaid dress out after just having tried it on . . . and then decide to cook bacon. Maybe if I hang it out on the porch for a few hours I won't make everyone at the wedding hungry for IHOP. Ya think? ;)

Aubrey