Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Paris and David

I was in New York last week for my birthday.

I’ll post more on that later.

It was in New York that we heard about the terrorist attacks on Paris.


Back home, I woke up in the middle of the night Sunday with David and Goliath on my mind.

It was still on my mind the next morning so I decided to read the story again.

Young David didn’t stand before fully-grown Goliath 
stronger than him. 

He most certainly didn’t stand before Goliath bigger than him. 
(He was over 9 feet tall!)

He didn’t stand before Goliath richer or smarter than him. 

And he didn’t even stand before Goliath more protected than him.
(His armor weighed over 126 pounds!)

When David put on King Saul’s armor, 
he could barely move, it was so heavy.

So he took it off.

What David did,

and the entire Philistine army, 

was tell him exactly how it was going to play out:

“This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
--1 Samuel 17:46-47

David expressed his faith to Goliath in the most ultimate smack talk.

But he spoke it with confidence in his God, 
not his own strength.

He spoke it with complete faith in his God,
not his own sword or spear.

You see, the ENTIRE Philistine army put their faith in one giant man.

David put his faith in the creator of the universe.

The maker of not only himself 
but the stone that brought Goliath down.

It puts what is happening in the world in perspective for me.

We can’t look to one man to save us, defend us, protect us.

But we can’t stand in the shadows afraid.

We have a God who has ALREADY won this battle.

Whether you believe in God or not, EVIL exists.

But it does. not. win. 

I’ve read the end of the story, 
it’s good--
check it out.

I want to be a David in response to ISIS.

They want to kill those who believe what I believe.

I’m not going to cower in fear when the giant comes out to intimidate.

I’m certainly not going to try to be stronger, 
or more protected.

I’m simply going to rest in the peace of 
how it’s going to play out:

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
--Revelation 20:7-10

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Once Upon a Happy Halloween

Day #31

Our town did Trick or Treating Thursday night.

Something about high school football and weekend hooligans.

It was COLD.

We dress up as a family every year for Halloween.

This year we were three princesses and Prince Charming.

Snow White, Belle, Prince Charming and Cinderella.

We didn’t even think about how the little kids on our street would react when they saw us.

Oh my goodness!

I think only the year we were Santa Claus, 
Mrs. Claus, an elf and Rudolf 
did we get more attention.

We go to a neighborhood Spooky Supper every year before Trick or Treating.

How cute are these wood slab pumpkins my neighbor Julie made?

The little kids playing in the yard STOPPED when they saw us walk up.

They ran up to us.

One adorable little girl asked to get a picture taken with us.

I guess she asked her parents if we were the REAL princesses and her dad said,

“No! It’s just the Hartranfts!”

I feel like there should be a "ba da bing ching”
 inserted right here.

That same little girl followed us around and complimented EVERY SINGLE part of our outfits. She made us feel, for a tiny second, what it would be like to walk around in costume at Disney World. 

Ellie decided she needs that to be her job one day.

Disney World Princess.

Another little girl sat by McDaniel and just pet her arm.

Don’t let her scary bat face fool you. She was ENTHRALLED with Belle.

Our outfits:

I got my Snow White outfit on the serious cheap last Spring or Summer. 

Halloween sites send me emails 
when sales are coming so 
I can take advantage.

Monte’s Prince Charming jacket is the women’s blazer he was trying on during Ellie’s Thrift Store Birthday Party scavenger hunt last July. The shoulder tassels are curtain tie-backs from the same thrift store.

We realized that women’s blazers do not have shoulder pads. In this decade, at least.

Monte shoved some of his rolled up long socks where shoulder pads should be and he looked like he was ready for the football field.

Or Carol Burnett playing Scarlett O’Hara:

So I had him tone it down a bit.

When we came back from the Spooky Supper, Monte found one rolled up sock had moved south a bit  to the chest area.


I made Ellie’s glass slippers using black thrift store pumps.

I spray painted them white and then added some white sparkly glitter while the paint was still wet.

I hot glued iridescent sparkles on the strap and edges of the shoe.

This is a post-trick or treating picture so they are a bit beat up.

We took a little pillow from our bed and put one of Cinderella’s shoes on it for Prince Charming to hold.

Will it fit??

We got Ellie’s dress this summer at a consignment shop that had a room with prom dresses on clearance.
We tucked tulle into the strapless dress to look like sleeves.


But neither seemed stoked about it.

We bought a Belle outfit online but it was so cheap and sheer and SHORT and just not good quality. 

I had it in my head that the thrift store dress Ellie wore as Ginger a few years ago when we were the characters from Gilligan’s Island would work if I just pinned bunches in it like Belle’s dress had.

Dress for Ginger.

Dress for Belle. 

It’s still short but I like the way it turned out.

I don’t know what’s happening in this picture but Nigel is walking away.

The wig that came with the Snow White costume made me look like one of the Beatles or Monkees.

So I just tucked and pinned my own hair back to look shorter.

Prince Charming isn’t even stopping me from eating the poisonous apple.

In fact, he looks a little guilty.

Then it got weird.

Is Cinderella talking on her shoe phone??

What’s wrong with Prince Charming?

Avenge me, Belle!

Too late, the apple did me in.

Prince Charming stepping up…

Belle?! Get out of my fairy tale!

Will true love’s kiss work?


Snow White is awake!

Claire (our photographer) decided that we needed action shots on the trampoline.

Snow White got some air!

Belle can move in an evening gown!

This makes me laugh.

Happy Halloween…

…and happily ever after!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Emojis

Day #30

Because we’d been out of town and consumed with the middle school musical, we waited until Monday to get our pumpkins.

And we had to wait until the rain stopped Wednesday night after dinner before carving them.

Ellie had the fun idea of us all picking an emoji to carve into our pumpkins.

I decided to pick something simple:

Here’s my pumpkin version.

All lit up.

Ellie decided to go with the sly faced emoji:

It took her a long time but it turned out great!

McDaniel went with a whale emoji.

She was sick and we offered to carve her pumpkin for her but she wanted to give it a go.

The whale emoji:

It kind of got lost in translation. 

Monte decided RIGHT AWAY to do the smiley face poo emoji.

Against my wishes, 
and total judgement.

For the love of Pete.

I’m happy that it looks more like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

Am I right?

Monte felt the need to get affirmation on his pumpkin emoji choice, 

mainly because of my total disdain.

I overheard him talking to some of the Young Life leaders before bible study Wednesday night.

Actual questions that came from his mouth to another human being:

“Hey, did you check out my poop by the front door?”

“Yeah, my poop is a little rough around the edges.”

Then I had to actually say to him,

“Stop talking about your poop so they can start bible study!"

For the love of Pete!