Sunday, December 26, 2010

Behind The Scenes of Agent Stinky's Christmas Special

I was very sick with almost no voice, but I had to explain...

All comments are tax-deductible :)

Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special

Abby's Christmas Special... please watch the behind the scenes video too-- I can explain, really!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special and Secrets Revealed!!

Abby has a detailed post with the new Agent Stinky video.  You can check it out here:

 And here is a little video about Charlotte's little secret...

Thank You for Your blessings Lord...

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Post That Begged To Be Written

It is Christmas Eve.

I shouldn't be blogging.

I hadn't intended on blogging.


we were all sitting at the kitchen table talking and taking some pictures.

We even used the self-timer function and a tripod.

Impressive? Okay, maybe not.

After our last shot, Elijah ran up to the camera to make sure the shot had, indeed, taken.

Because no one in our family can ever do anything even remotely normal,
he started singing, dancing, and beatboxing,

"Oh yeah, oh yeah.. it took it, it took it.  It took the picture!!

{dance, dance, wiggle, shimmy, prrrtttt, prrrrttt, bam}

It was a sight to behold.

Karl's mom, I call her 'Inang,' knowing that Elijah wants to fly airplanes on a carrier when he is older,
said to him,

"They'll never believe you're a Captain on a carrier."

To which Elijah strongly replied,

"Did you just call me a...


Under Construction!

I was looking through some old posts because I want to make some hard copy "Best of Mishmash"books to have in case Blogger ever goes belly-up.

Anyway, while digging around on here, I noticed that all the videos that I used to store on Tangle have all disappeared.

I know I still have the Midnight Chats-- if I'm missing one, I can download it from iTunes.

But, I don't think I have our original Video Introduction with the classic telephone call from the doctor's office in the middle of it :(

We dumped a bunch of stuff when making Pirates in the Suburbs.

I may have to make a new one... :)

Anyhoo, I'm sure everyone is busy with Christmas stuff, but I wanted to pop-in to say I am uploading things to my new storage place and will try to get all the old, missing videos re-embedded.

If you ever discover things are missing or out of whack around here, please let me know!

I do try to keep links current, etc...

If I don't pop-in away before Saturday---

Merry Christmas!

p.s. The December series will be finishing up on Sat over at Pause and Ponder.  So glad I ran that series again... it's been keeping me still before my Maker during this busy season.

Per request, I enabled both Mishmash Maggie and Pause and Ponder to be subscribed to via email.  I had no idea how cool that was!!!

With Pause and Ponder, each new episode is delivered to your email inbox and you can listen directly from there!  I had no idea this technology existed... I'm so behind ;)

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook December 22, 2010

FOR TODAY, December 22nd, 2010

Outside my window...
it is cold and probably very busy.
I, however, am snug as a bug here at home.

I am thinking... 
about last minute menu ideas and last minute gifts.

I'm also thinking that the tone of our words is as important as the actual words themselves.

I am thankful for...
for Karl's parents to be here with us this Christmas.
They are such a blessing!!

From the learning rooms...
We are on break!

From the kitchen...
Lots of treats from lots of generous people!

I am wearing...
Jammie bottoms and a green sweatshirt-y top.
I really need to go shower...

I am creating...
a deep impression in the couch cushions??

I am reading...
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

It is so mind-blowing awesome!

I am praying...
for wisdom... for healing... for a soft, pliable heart...

I am hearing...
the click of keys as my hubby finishes up some work... 
it's very quiet here right now. 
Oh, Charlotte just started playing the keyboard 
and now I hear Mr. Darren playing with his toys.

Around the house...
the manger is up, the lights are strung, and
it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

One of my favorite things...

Having family nearby at Christmas time...

A few plans for the rest of the week

Various church events and outings

My Picture Thought...

Away in a manger...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Our Christmas Letter, 2010

Most of our Christmas letters have been sent via snail mail.

Since my hubby puts some much into our letter each year, I wanted to share it with all of you.

May Christmas fill your hearts everyday, as we watch and wait for His appearing...

Christmas 2010 
by Karl Magsarili

My children have taught me the preciousness of time

It can slip away quickly without reason or rhyme

They were once little infants dependent on me

But as they have grown they are being set free

I blinked and my Elijah, who once crawled on the floor

Is dribbling a soccer ball, trying to score

His coach notes his humble height sets him apart

But what impresses him most is he plays from his heart

I turned and my Charlotte, as an infant so small

Would climb on the furniture to try to get tall

She’s now doing pirouettes on the ballet stage

And to see her on pointe means she’s coming of age

My ear was distracted from hearing Abby’s first word

Then I realized a tap, tap, tap fills the air like a bird

She is blogging about her life, as a young teen

Or writing a novel about castles and queens

I was eight by a pool in the San Diego sun

Beside me she was nine and my heart leapt a ton

After 16 years of marriage, Lainie still makes me melt

A blessed gift from God, my wife, I was dealt

Homeschooling is still how the kids learn creation

Violin the girls do to make a music sensation

Elijah’s still drumming to give us a beat

Mr. Darren, our ferret, still loves to sleep

These things we all do, gives us a part

Of life and its living, what pleases our heart

But what brings me most joy in the car late at night

Is my kids singing praises to the God of Light

I grew up with Christmas meaning Christ at the center

A gift from God, so Heaven we may enter

For whatever good I do, falls short of His glory

We all have failed at one time, that’s all of our stories

But grace is His gift, and it didn’t come cheap.

Like a Lamb to the slaughter, He uttered not a peep.

Except to say, “It is finished!” His work it was done.

We are now brought to the Father by the work of the Son.


From all of us to all of you...

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ballet Toes, some cool links, and a prayer request

Tomorrow is Dress Rehearsal for Nutcracker.  My little ballerinas (who are both recovering from being sick) have a long, busy weekend ahead of them.

Thankfully, the love it and would miss it incredibly if they weren't dancing.

Today was a day of errands... new leotards, tights, theater make-up, and a few Christmas gifts.

Tech rehearsal was tonight and went smoothly.  We will be watching on their very last (6th) show on Monday night.  Prayers for energy, strength, and cheerful countenances are greatly appreciated ;)


There is a cool video floating around Facebook and I had to share.  It is pretty cool--

It's called a, Social Network Christmas, put out by Igniter Media.

I checked out a couple other videos and the kids really liked this one, Retooning The Nativity.



I'm sure most of you have heard about the tragedy of fellow homeschool mom and blogger over at Roscommon Acres.

I love this post by Heart of the Matter online that reminds us to know and remember his life.

My prayer request is, of course, of the Hanley Family... but this heartbreaking story is also hard on those families that have already walked (and continue to walk) through the heartache of losing a child.  I can't imagine what kind of emotions this story has stirred up in their own hearts, especially so close to Christmas.  Please pray for those hurting so profoundly this Christmas... pray the joy of the Lord to be their strength.  Especially our sweet friend Marsha... she, with great grace and dignity, clings to faith in Jesus and points others to Him in the midst of her own hurts and longing.

Thank you and Lord bless you guys...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook December 13, 2010

FOR TODAY, December 13th, 2010

Outside my window...
The neighborhood is filled with Christmas lights.
The lights reflected in the rain puddles are pretty... 

I am thinking... 
about the verse for this week's Pause and Ponder.
The depth of God's Word never ceases to amaze me. 

I am thankful for...
my hubby.  He has been "Mr. Christmas" with great joy.
I just haven't had the energy this year. 

From the learning rooms...
We are on break!

From the kitchen...
Should I just start laughing?

We have tech & dress rehearsals and 6 performances for Nutcracker this week.

I'll be happy just to eat...

I am wearing...
Jammie bottoms and, apparently, Charlotte's sweatshirt.

I am creating...
the invite for our January Women's Event at church.

I am reading...
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

It is so mind-blowing awesome!

I am praying...
for a dear friend having to make some very, very hard decisions about her family.

I am hearing...
the dishwasher, Elijah talking to Nana, and my husband breathing.

Around the house...
the manger is up, the lights are strung, and
it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

One of my favorite things...
Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea!!  Thank you, Kim for the introduction.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tuesday- clean
Wednesday- Meet with the accountant, hopefully go to Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Thursday- Tech rehearsal for Nutcracker
Friday- Full Cast Dress Rehearsal 
Sat, Sun, and Mon-- Matinee and Evening Shows

Next Tuesday I plan on passing out :)

My Picture Thought...

(If you are viewing through a reader this little video won't show up.
You'll have to come visit here in person.)

It leaves you rather speechless, doesn't it??

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Checking In

I just have to say...

you guys are pretty wonderful *sniff*

I've had some great, encouraging, informative, and supportive emails.

Thank you... thank you so much for being here and taking time out to say, "Hi" and that you care.

It means a whole lot to me.


We saw Tangled on Tuesday!  It was perfect timing.

I had a telephone appointment with my primary doctor that was... interesting.

Anyway, I talked to her while standing outside the movie theater (cell phones still amaze me) and I was able to go from *bleck* to laughing out loud funny, funny, funny pretty quickly.

Abby did a review of the movie on her blog (there are spoilers).

You can check it if you'd like.


Lastly, there is a new Pause and Ponder up :)

There are so many things I'd like to share, but first-- Christmas cards!

I hope you're all doing well and filled with peace...

TTFN! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

From The Inbox: How Am I Feeling, Anyway?

A handful of readers have been kind enough to reach out and ask about my health.

Trying to find the balance between transparency and too much information is a challenge for me.

I am very open and willing to share anything about my life when asked.  But, I don't presume that my health issues are... interesting reading ( for lack of a better phrase) for those that take the time to visit here.

But in the last two weeks, I've had several inquiries by readers so I thought a little "get ya up to date" post might be helpful.

A litte history... I've never been a "sturdy" person.

As a child I've had issues with asthma which were made worse by a spontaneous pneumothorax (a hole in the lung). There is some scarring on my lungs and a few years ago my asthma (which had been quiet) flared up, so I take medication every day as maintenance.  Breathing is a good thing!

In middle school I started having migraine headaches.  There is a strong family history of migraines.  Thankfully it appears only one of my children has problems with these types of headaches.  Of course, I wish none of my children suffered with these, but I am grateful they don't affect all three.

In addition to three C-sections, I've had two other abdominal surgeries.  I still have "tummy" trouble, but I manage the best I can.

My recent issues, which I refer to as "twitching," are... a mystery.

About a year and a half ago I started having involuntary movement.  The episodes were months apart and I could usually pinpoint the start of one to accidentally bumping my head or having some other physical strain to my head and neck.

I thought it had something to do with bulging discs in my neck since I also had nerve pain, etc...

Ah, but it appears we are dealing with something else.

My flare ups have become more frequent and more intense.

When I am "twitching" it means that...

• I have difficulty walking, standing, or sitting without involuntary movement/jerking of my torso and limbs.  Recently I have even started to twitch while lying down.

• I have difficulty speaking and sometimes swallowing.

• I have involuntary facial grimaces.

• I have severe muscle cramps and a twisting feeling especially in my legs.

• Simple things like feeding myself are exhausting and require a lot of concentration.

We don't have a "label" for it yet.  We know I seem to have an absorption issue... meaning I don't do a great job of getting vitamins, minerals, and especially electrolytes from food into my bloodstream.

It might be a metabolic disorder... could be MS... it could be something else entirely.
Only time will tell.

The only thing I do know is that God has used this season of affliction to draw me even closer to Him and I have great peace.

I don't ask people to pray for healing... as I'm fond of saying,
"Why waste a perfectly good affliction by praying for healing?!"

I pray thanksgiving for His promised strength, sanctification, and endless supply of grace.

I pray praise for His Sovereignty, His Sufficiency, and for being Yahweh Shalom- the God of Peace.

I am grateful for a loving family, flexible/understanding children, and great caring friends.

I appreciate my goods days and try not to take them for granted.

But, am I excited about getting a new heavenly "body?"  You betcha!

My "tent" has been through it's share of storms, but I know there are so many others that suffer so much more than I could ever imagine.

I hope this helps clarify some things.

Here is to hope...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Every Day in December

Last December I wrote a post every day until Christmas.

The "catch" to it -- the chosen verse correlated to the date on the calendar.

It was a challenge praying and writing through verses I wouldn't naturally pick.

But I guess that is part of the point... to practice living supernaturally, instead of naturally.

I was thinking about doing another series like that this year, but after praying about it decided not to.

I was going to re-post that series here, and again, I didn't have peace about it.

Since they were originally labeled as, "Pause and Ponder," it dawned on me to post them on the Pause and Ponder site.

Ah... finally it made sense.

I just wanted to let all the "Mishmash"-ers know that the series is up.

To read the series from most recent to oldest, click here.

Or to read by day:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Is the blogosphere kinda quiet?  I think everyone is watching football or Christmas shopping...

I hope you are all having a lovely December :)


Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Most Random Post Ever

Be prepared... I'm having a flare-up this morning and starting to twitch (don't ask me why I feel compelled to post).  This should be an interesting post, albeit very random.

• First things first... new Pause and Ponder up over here covering Proverbs 3:5
 Thank you to those that listen in each week and have subscribed on iTunes.  Abby has been waiting for the number of Feed Hits to pass 10,000 so she could celebrate with pizza :D.  It zoomed past 10,000 this week and now she is a very happy, pizza-filled girl!

Strange the way she thinks up ways to get pizza from me...

• Speaking of pizza... having pizza this week was in celebration of two things... Abby also completed her 50K word and completed the National Novel Writing Month.  You can read about it here.

• Elijah shared a devotional with the family last night.

Keep in mind, he is nine.

The verse was, "Even a child is know by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right."

He was thinking up examples of "actions" and decided to use Charlotte as the example.

He said, "Charlotte is funny.  We know by how she acts, that she is funny.

Oh, and she has...

a firm grip."


We laughed so hard...

• My brother is having surgery today :(  Please keep him in your prayers.  He is having a repair of a retinal detachment.

(He called me back as I was typing this and he sounds so good!  Very peaceful and strong in his faith.  I'm so grateful.)

• This week will be our last official week of school in 2010.
I am so looking forward to having time finish some projects.

• We watched, "The Nativity Story," this week and now it finally feels like Christmas is near.

• My eggs are getting cold.  I should go eat them.
(This would be the very random part.)

Thanks for tuning in... how are you guys doing??  It seems everyone (but us) is busy with Christmas things and doing Ann Voskamp's  Advent devotional.  If you're doing it, how is it going?

Well, that's all for now.  I'll try to get a school update posted soon.  We are in Week 11...


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