Christy Kennard

PINKILICIOUS, KENNARD STYLE….. June 20, 2011

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I am not very good at being a girl.  Well…what I mean is that I am not good at being a girly-girl.  I like things as simple as possible and pink is not in my top ten.  It confirms that God certainly has a sense of humor in that he gave me 3 daughters.  My oldest, Miriam, is girly enough for both of us!  She has pink oozing out of every pore of her body.  My other two girls are not far behind!

A couple of weeks ago my two boys went off to church camp.  Naturally the girls were a little disappointed that they were going to miss out so we declared it “Girls Only” week at home!  I pledged to do my best to make it the girliest experience possible for my little princesses! 

We spent the week watching princess movies, painting our nails, curling our hair, and putting on make-up.  We ended the week with a pink party.  Here is a pink peek into our celebration:

                                                                                               

  We made PINKTASTIC cupcakes!

  We baked PINKTACULAR pizzas!

 

  We had a BLAST stringing necklaces!

 

We finished the day with a pedicure!

 

But the best part of the entire day was that the girls did not want their daddy, the only boy left in the house, to be left out.  They all agreed that in order for him to be a part of the PINKTIVITIES he needed to wear a tutu…………

 

 

So I did what any loving wife would do and I made him one!  He was super excited, can you tell?

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I HATE public restrooms!!! June 18, 2011

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I very rarely wish that I were a man.  In fact, the only time I really ever catch myself dreaming about it is when I have to use a public restroom.  Wouldn’t it be nice if I could stand and pee in the bathroom that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned since the toilet was installed?  Public restrooms are just not my thing!

Sadly, the other day I walked into my bathroom and felt a little De Ja vu.  I seriously felt like I had just walked into the facilities at Chevron.  What is wrong with me?  Don’t I know how to clean a toilet?  As I took a moment to mentally scan through the past few weeks I could not remember a single time that this particular bathroom had been given a wipe down.  The other two bathrooms in my house had been cleaned multiple times, but not this one!

As I got on my hands and knees to make up for lost time I knew exactly why this bathroom had been neglected.  We have people over to our house all the time.  The bathroom in the kitchen is normally the one what will be used by our guests so I make an effort to keep that one presentable at all times.  The one upstairs certainly gets a dose of bleach once a week because it has to be ready to go for small group.  My bathroom, nobody ever goes in there!  In fact, if I need to hide some messes when someone is coming over this is always a safe place to do it!  As a result, it is by far the most neglected room in the house. 

Although I have just ratted myself out, the truth is that I want everything to look good on the outside.  I want people to come into my house and think that I have it all together.  I spend way too much energy making sure that I don’t blow my cover but if anyone took a sneak peek in my bathroom they would instantly know the truth!

Isn’t this kinda how our spiritual lives go?  I know for me it is certainly the case sometimes.  I am faithful to go to church, attend small group, and offer a prayer for someone in need.  These things are all outward.  People see me doing these things and it gives the impression that I am solid and committed to this whole God thing.  But when I am totally honest with myself, I have some dirty bathroom areas in my life.  I don’t want everyone to see the areas in my life where I struggle so I like to keep them in the “do not enter,” area.  I will make sure that everything looks good on the outside, but don’t spend as much time investing in the things that only God sees!  It all seems a little backwards to me.  If I really had it all together I would pull out the gloves and scrub every corner of these areas of my life and spend a whole lot less time kicking things under the couch when I know someone is on their way over  for a visit!

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

 

Saving the Earth…..one trash bag at a time! June 12, 2011

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I recycle!  Each and every Wednesday my green recycling tub is eagerly set out on the curb for pick up.  I have learned what can, and what can’t, be thrown into the bin and try to be diligent in my efforts.  You would think that my motivation is that I love the earth and I want to do my part to preserve it.  That is the good answer, but if I am really honest it has nothing to do with that.  It is all about the….trash bags.  I know this sounds ridiculous.  Who recycles just so they don’t waste trash bags. 

I am not totally crazy, the things that I recycle are typically big things.  Pizza boxes, newspapers, egg cartons…these things take up a lot of space in my trash can.  The more I can reduce my trash load, the less often I run out of trash bags.   

Trash bags are what I refer to as, “oh crap” items.  I go to the store and get everything we need for the week and get home before  I realize that I forgot the trash bags.  “O crap!”  Then I am stuck using the plastic bags that I just pulled my groceries out of until I make it back to the store to get some trash bags.   It is not that recycling eliminates my forgetting the trash bag problem, it simply reduces the reoccurrence of it.  I run out of trash bags less often!

I wonder how often this happens in my spiritual life.  I do the things that God wants me to do, but I do them because it is convenient or because it makes my life easier.  My motivation is not out of love for the Lord, but rather out of selfish ambition.  This just isn’t good enough!  1 John 5:3 has always been one of my favorite verses.  “This is love for God; to obey his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome.”  Sometimes God will call me to do hard things, inconvenient things.  Am I willing to do them out of my love for him, or am I going to opt for the easy way out?

 

The UGLIEST shoes ever…… June 4, 2011

I HATE to spend money!  Seriously….it makes my stomach hurt.  I would rather clean the house than go shopping.  As a result, I have a crazy obsession with finding a deal on everything I buy!  “Full price,” are two words not in my vocabulary!  I clip coupons, dig around in cyberspace for the latest deal, and work hard to buy what we need for the least amount of money.

I have learned that there are some things, not many, that I just can’t skimp on.  Running shoes are at the top of that list.  When  I woke up with aching feet the other day I knew it was time to go shopping!  My husband reminded me as I paced up and down the aisles at Academy that I needed to buy the shoes that would support my feet and not too worry too much about the price tag.  (Easy for him to say…..)  I tried on a few pair when out of the corner of my eye I saw it.  A clearance sticker!  VICTORY! 

I opened the box to check out the treasure.  What was inside?  The ugliest pair of shoes that I have ever seen!  They were lime green with this funky web looking overlay.  No wonder they were marked down 60%!   Regardless, I tried them on.  They were super comfortable!  I pulled out my phone and surfed around on the web for some reviews.  It was my lucky day because the reviews on them were great!  With my husband laughing I took them off and proudly placed them in the basket.  They may not be pretty but they will serve their purpose!

As I laced them up and tested them out on the treadmill, I began to ponder my hunger for wheeling and dealing.  I know that there is a lot of good in this quirky characteristic, but it hit me that it isn’t all good!  If I am really honest with myself this is something that seeps into many different areas of my life.  I have a tendency to want to squeeze as much as possible out of everything.  I really do not like to run, I do it because it burns the most calories for the least amount of time invested.  I get on to my kids because they are wasting time looking at the clouds while I am in a hurry to get going.  When I am reading a book I catch myself skimming to get to the point.  What is the result of all of this?  I miss out!  I don’t always experience things to the fullest because I am more concerned about getting more for less!

As I ran my final mile to nowhere, I began to wonder if I do this in my relationship with Christ.  When I sit down to read my bible, do I really soak it all in or am I trying to check something off of my list?  When I worship do I allow myself to let go, or do I focus more on organizing the rest of my day?  I may be able to maximize and stretch my dollars, but this doesn’t work when it comes to a deep intimate relationship with my creator.  Less is NOT more.  I get out of the relationship what I am willing to put into it.  If I am trying to skimp I am going to miss out on the greatest blessing life has to offer.  I have to take the time to slow down and make an investment every single day!  It may cost me a lot of time and energy, but I think it will be worth it!

 

It is getting to church that is the problem…… May 22, 2011

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Last night I was tired so I decided not to bathe my crew before bedtime….this was my FIRST mistake.  You see, when you are married to a guy that works at church it means I fly solo on Sunday mornings.  I am not complaining, it just takes some extra planning on my part.  Skipping out on bath time was the first hitch in the plan.

As soon as my eyes popped open my feet hit the floor running.  I got my older girls bathed and dressed before the boys ever got up.  I was feeling ahead of the game!  This did not last long because when I glanced at the clock I realized it was only 30 minutes until go time!  I scoop the baby out of her crib, throw off the diaper and get ready to put her in the tub.  AGH….I forgot to check for any surprises before taking the diaper off……oops!    Drain the tub, clean the backside of the baby and start over!  (Rookie mistake….what is wrong with me today???)  Finally I am able to take a few minutes to dry my hair.   I looked frantically for my straightener when I realized that my three-year old has given it to her sister as a tub toy!  (IT WAS NOT PLUGGED IN!!!)  I freaked out and tried not to yell loud enough for the neighbors to hear!   My 7-year-old then comes down dressed like we are in the middle of a blizzard.  Really?  You need three shirts, pants and a jacket?  Back up the stairs he goes with better instructions from mom! 

FINALLY… everyone is dressed and shoes are on!  We are out the door when my kids discover a dead bird being attacked by ants in the driveway.  You would have thought the circus was performing with all the excitement.  What is it about dead animals that is so interesting? 

As I drive to church I caught myself thinking, “If only Harold Camping had been right….I would be in heaven worshipping Jesus right now!” Alas, the first laugh of the day!

When we finally arrive I got all the kids settled and upstairs just as the countdown reached zero!  VICTORY!

 

What are the movies doing to marriage? May 3, 2011

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Sex is so much better before you get married! If you listen to Hollywood, this is the message that is shouted from the silver screen.  It is made to be a casual joke regularly in films.  My husband and I recently went to a movie where the characters in the film spent more time bragging about all the great sex they had before they got married than they spent talking about anything else.  I walked out of the theater disappointed and heartbroken.  It is hard to keep into perspective that the people in the movies don’t exist in the real world.  It is easy for actors to portray a person with a great sex life between takes, but that is no indication of their reality.

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My Crowd Surfing Experience….. April 30, 2011

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A few weeks ago I was up in The Woodlands speaking to an amazing group of ladies when I decided to do a little crowd surfing.  It is pretty amusing to imagine this crazy mother of five taking the lunge of her life!  If you take away the crowd and just leave me leaping off the stage, you will have a pretty accurate picture of how my little adventure turned out.  If I am completely honest, it was a lot less like crowd surfing and a lot MORE like falling right off the edge of the stage!  FACE PLANT!!

First of all, the stage was a little crowded and I was left with only a small area to move around.  About 10 minutes in, I took one step too many and fell to my face.  Lieterally….I hit my face on the ground.  How do you recover gracefully from something like this?  In the half-second I had to think about it I tried to just pop back up and keep on going.  That didn’t work very well when I looked up to a room full of ladies trying to stifle their laughs.  I had to be a sight.  My hair was all over my head, my forehead was red, and my shirt needed an adjustment!  Rather than trying to make a smooth transition to my next point I busted out laughing giving every other woman in the room permission to join in!  

It took me a few minutes to get back into my groove, but in the end we had a GREAT time together.  Before I left that day I had the opportunity to talk, share and pray with some struggling women.  As I walked to my car after it was over, I was so thankful that God was there to to fill in the gaps for me.  I don’t have to have a flawless presentation.  I can fall on my face but in the end His word is what is remembered.  He is sufficient!   

” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  1 Corinthians 12:9