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Back to the land of the living… and blogging.


How many of these "I’m sorry, I know it’s been a long time…", or "I am a blogging failure" posts can one girl write??

I’m not sure… but maybe I’m trying to find the answer… yeah, something like that.


In other news, several things have happened since I last wrote.  Here’s an update:

(a.) ~ Our school-building-turned-church is scheduled to be open for it’s first service November 7th!  We are super excited, but a little unsure if it will be done on time.  God does amazing things though, so we’ll see what happens!  The coffee bar is on hold until we see how things work and run at the new building.   We are holding J.A.M every Wednesday at the new building.  It’s for Kindergarten – 5th grade.  I am leading the Surprise Station, which is awesome! :)   Last Wednesday, I taught the kids a math trick/riddle that always ends in the same number.  Kind of a reflection on how God is always a constant.  It involved counting paper clips, and the kids were divided into two groups – K-2nd, and 3rd-5th.  Which group do you think did a better job at counting?

(Hooray for k-2nd!)


(b.) ~  The eBay business is incredibly slow.  I remember when I used to complain about having to wrap packages all day, and being worried about not having all of them done by the time UPS got here to pick them up.  Now, I’m worried I forgot to call UPS to tell them they don’t need to come because there aren’t any packages.  :(   I miss the days of 50-70 shipments leaving our house.  Meg, come back!!  John, throw us a friggin bone here!


(c.) ~  I’m not married… sorry Grandma.

Does anyone want to guess how much I love this ring?  (Just not sure about all the stuff that goes along with owning it….)  Maybe someday I’ll grow up.


(d.) ~ We are making giant leaps in the sport of cleaning the basement… (yep, I’ve officially declared it a sport.)  Because it’s that exhausting… and because I’m that cool.

(e.) ~  I finally finished knitting a "green alligator with an open mouth, and teeth, and spots."  (Well, I didn’t add spots, but Q loves him anyway.)  I’ll post pictures next time.  Q named him Fluffy, which is pretty funny, because his mouth makes him look like Jaws.

I’ll post some real pictures of Fluffy next time.  My camera battery is dead.


I think that about sums it up…


We have new Internet… (much better than our band-width limiting, not very nice… etc satellite.)  We are on Virgin Mobile.  It’s incredibly fast, and we have unlimited downloads. 


Well, unlimited as far as The Queen allows it to be…

Which reminds me….

The Queen has a secret… You should ask her about it.

Youth Sunday was Awesome!!

Yesterday was youth Sunday, and I’d just like to say, that it went AWESOME!  The eBayQueen taught the Preschool-5th Grade "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline… while this kid:

(W., my little brother’s best friend. He’s pretty cool, and a really good kid..)

taught all those little kids a dance to go with the song.  They did great!  We even had a couple of kids doing the worm down the aisle, and another one doing the coffee grinder…  Yeah, ’cause that’s how we Presbyterians roll!  (While John Calvin rolls in his grave.)  Watching the kids dance, and have a good time was so cool!  The Queen was worried that they’d get up there and not do anything, but they did fabulous!

A. wrote the Children’s Sermon, and it was great!  She discussed the way the Bible is more relevant than a newspaper.  She showed the kids how adults use the newspaper (or internet) everyday to get news, but people should use the Bible everyday to learn how to live…. yeah.  I need to work on that. 


After all that, some beautiful songs were sung by the talented youth of our church and one P-Tricky, and we had our Spiritual Starbucks play.  Let me just say, the kids did WONDERFULLY!  I think they had fun acting it out, putting out props, and taking on the persona’s of the people they were representing.  I hope they learned from it, and I think the point was made to the congregation.  (I had a couple of people come tell me it was well written, and had a good message, but wasn’t too comfortable… I think that’s a good thing?  Jesus’ message wasn’t given to make people comfortable.  It was to wake them up!)  Super Tall Pastor gave closing statements, and reinforced the message with scripture, and after it was over, I think the color returned back to the Queen’s face.  She can breathe now, with another job well done on Youth Sunday!  :)

Church Coffee Bar? Yes Please!

I LOVE coffee… (Hence the blog name ~ CoffeeandKnits~)  There's nothing better than a good cup of coffee, with a little milk, and some Splenda…  To add to my excitement about my favorite beverage, I've recently  learned coffee is also good for you!  It's full of antioxidants, and helps lower blood sugar.  A good thing for us diabetics… (of course the coffee is supposed to be de-caf to help lower blood glucose, but if I wanted to drink de-caf, I'd just drink dirt…)

If you find you actually would like to drink dirt, you can find dirt tea at… PLEASE drop me a line after you've tried it.  I'd like to interview you for my blog…


I was flipping through a "churchy" magazine one  Sunday when our family was assigned to nursery duty. 

(Please note: I do not recommend reading a magazine while on nursery duty, but there was one baby that day… and J. pretty much had it covered.  The baby's therapy bill has already been paid…)

The magazine talked about churches and outreach, creative things to do with the building, etc… It also talked about churches going beyond the regular coffee thermos, and having an all out Starbucks style coffee shop inside the church!!  I WANT TO DO THIS! 

How do I get started?  I am in the beginning stages of figuring all of this out… I have yet to approach the session (a thought that terrifies me…) We are renovating an old school as our new church building…where do we put a coffee stand?   I don't know if we should charge, or accept donations?  I think the donations or charges should benefit Hope House, missions, and youth group.  How do I convey that to church leaders?  Mixed coffee drinks or just different coffee flavors?  Should we have cookies/donuts/ other breakfast-y foods?  I have no idea how to run a coffee stand, what does it entail?…

I DO know that this seems like a good idea.  I DO know I feel led to be a big part of it…. and I DO know how to make a good cup of coffee, can follow a recipe to a T, and make mean chocolate chip cookies…After that, I'm kind of lost.  Any input or advice on how to proceed with my crazy idea would be appreciated… Leave me a comment, and let me know what you think!