Karla’s Blog

my addiction….. April 29, 2008

Filed under: the 'hmmmm' category — kgarrard @ 3:50 am

… hmmmm… why do i find myself addicted to a drink that will also take all the acid off of an old car battery???  if it’s doing that to acid, what is it doing to my stomach lining?? 

something to think about, huh?!…..

that’s all i have for tonight…. 






my favorite TV show…. April 25, 2008

Filed under: the 'hmmmm' category — kgarrard @ 4:11 am

ok.  so, i am slightly addicted to LOST.  it’s the show i hate to love.  the constant twists and turns.  the ever so unpredictable plot.  the character’s emotional drama mixed with the island drama is almost more than one can handle!  goodness…..

if you’ve never watched, it’s time to get to blockbuster and rent away.  that’s how we started our addiction.  we actually borrowed the first season and would stay up all hours of the night watching segment after segment.  we’d start the evening fairly early, get about 3 segments into it and say “just one more” for the next 3 hours.  it was ridiculous.

we bought season 2.  continued in the same insane pattern.  then have watched the last couple of seasons live.

who knows what will happen next with jack and kate.  sawyer and hurley. i threaten weekly to stop watching if certain people get killed off….. it’s almost happened!!  always keeping me on my toes, those LOST writers…. 

as far as my blogging goes, i promise to blog on something that really matters real soon.

peace out….. kg


bet you have not seen this on TV….. April 23, 2008

Filed under: "what the heck" — kgarrard @ 3:06 am

this will be a quick post.

brent and i have been lazing around for a bit.  we watched our DVR – john smoltz get his 3000 strike out.  brooke totally mess up on IDOL.  then we start channel surfing.

now, hold on to your hats.  for we have just viewed one of the most riveting TV competitions ever….


yes, it is a fully commentated, fully televised, moderately interesting competition.  the contestants are put through a series of different memory challenges.  for example, having to remember a shuffled deck of cards IN THE RIGHT ORDER after viewing them briefly.  OR, having a ‘tea party’ where three different audience guests approach a microphone, give their personal info (name, bday, address, phone number, hobbies, pets, fav foods) one after the other — then, the contestants are asked to remember this info BY MEMORY.  but careful, three strikes and you’re out.

i am not sure from here where the competition goes b/c we had just had enough.  

the previous champ can recite the first 22,000 digits of Pi, like 3.14 and on and on and on and on….. yes, i meant to type 22,000.

ridiculous.  or amazing really. 

wow!  i need to go to bed.  i’ve heard that sleep helps our retention and memory.  these people must only wake up for the CHAMPIONSHIP. 


…traveling down memory lane…. April 22, 2008

Filed under: friends and fun.... — kgarrard @ 3:02 am

do you ever find yourself involved in an activity that makes you chuckle?  OR, involved in an activity that brings out an “i can’t believe i even care about winning this” attitude?

well, i find myself answering YES to both of these questions.  and i find for me that the questions can be applied to the same activity.  this occured just 24 hours ago….

while my husband and his sisters boyfriend were involved in a guitar hero battle, i found myself locked in a fierce game of OPERATION with our friend, stephen.   i, of course, had played somewhat recently with my littles.  stephen, of course, had not played in years.

so, the bank was set up, the ‘doctor and specialist’ cards distributed, all of the ‘insides’ of the poor patient properly placed, and the game buzzer lit and ready.  we readied ourselves over the operating table and the battle began.

now, as a kid it was sort of fun to hit the metal sides that solicit the loud buzz and ‘electric’ shock.  as a competitive adult, it is not.  you would have thought we were doing surgery on a real, live human.  our patients bread basket, funny bone, charlie horse, brain freeze, adams apple, and so on were removed one by one with the precision of a practiced surgeon.  the ankle “impossible to get it on the first time” rubberband was last and had become our nemesis.  after a back and forth battle for a bit,  stephen eventually got it. 

it was time to count the goods…. da da da dum…….. $3400 to $3900… who won???

me!!  i am now considering the dilemma of how i missed my calling in surgery.  hee hee….. 

so, when you get the chance, find a friend and sit down to a good ol’ fashioned game of OPERATION.

it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face — especially if you win!!  🙂



monkey business…. April 19, 2008

Filed under: my littles. — kgarrard @ 3:36 am

so, recently we were doing a family devotion at the dinner table.  now keep in mind, our kids are used to these devotions b/c we have been doing them FOREVER.  (brent, my husband, grew up doing these around his dinner table.  he actually came to know jesus through learning of Him in dinner devotion time with family.  so for brent it is VERY important that we do this as a fam.  for me, well uh, just keep reading).

dinner devotion time is usually pretty, no almost always, ridiculously frustrating.  we have finished eating, the kids are getting restless, table manners have all but left the building, and dad pulls out the devotion book.  now, being the good mom i am, i put on a happy face, get ready to answer the thought provoking questions, resist the urge to yell “SHUT YOUR MOUTHS, AND LISTEN TO WHAT DAD’S SAYING ABOUT JEEESSSUUUSSS” 🙂 and refrain from tying my kids to their chairs so they’ll stay seated.

hmmm, yeah.  well, this memorable night, i mentioned in the first paragraph, proved to be one of the devotion times that will go down in history.  the question posed at the end of the little lesson was “what brings you joy?”  

let me set the stage — brent and i are on the ends of the table.  caleb is to my right, and josiah and anna joy are to my left.  anna joy has got her hand pumping in the air like Horeseshack from Welcome Back Kotter, just dying to give her answer.  in the meantime….

the boys begin to share, “my family and friends bring me joy”, “jesus and god bring me joy”, etc etc… very growny and ‘religious’ answers.  brent pipes in with “mom, teaching people, friends, my family, preaching, singing and so on”.  it’s now my time to share, or i should say TRY TO SHARE  b/c anna joy is practically falling over on the table with her hand in the air.

to not squelch the moment for my little princess, i ask anna joy “what brings you joy, anna?”  i sit in anticipation b/c first, she’s been so excited to add her two cents and second, i’m sure she is going to say “mommy, you bring me joy”.

but no, my precious, darling four year old busts out with “MONKEYS.  MONKEYS BRING ME JOY!!!” with the most serious, matter of fact look on her face.

needless to say, we all busted out laughing.  it took us a few moments to compose ourselves to give credence to her hearts joy, monkeys.

oh, the blessing of children.  that night of family devotion is now, certainly, maybe even at the top of my list of things that give me joy!  


what am i getting into?? April 18, 2008

Filed under: "what the heck" — kgarrard @ 3:59 am

well.  i am entering into the world of blogging after much pressure and persistence from my husband and a good friend.  seeing as how i am a homeschooling mother (and not loving it), a full time homemaker (and LOVING it), a ministry partner with my spouse (hmmmm…. i’ll refrain from the emotion attached at the moment), etc…. i should have very few “totally free” moments to write.

therefore, i will make every typing moment count.  i’ll go the distance in topic and content.  i’ll finish each entry strong.  FOR REAL, it will promise to be a funny and interesting journey here on my blog. it should be a barrel of laughs or buckets of tears – hopefully always enlightening.

so, welcome!  welcome into my life.