Who Am I In Christ?

Sandy Sandmeyer:

I’m always amazed at what posts are read most often, but this post is self-explanatory. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Uncompromising!:

Most of us have a very poor self-image.  The world tells us that we don’t measure up by plastering photos of gorgeous models all over every magazine, movie, and music video.  What we fail to comprehend, no matter how many times we’re told, is that those models are airbrushed and photoshopped so much that the models don’t actually recognize themselves!  Cindy Crawford admits that she doesn’t see herself in her own professional pictures.  Here’s the thing, we believe the media and fail to believe what the Bible says.  What’s been around longer?  Just sayin’…

Here is who the Bible says I am…

  • I am a child of God – John 1:12
  • I am chosen before the creation of the world – Ephesians 1:4
  • I am fearfully, wonderfully made – Psalm 139:14
  • I am a friend of God – John 15:15
  • I am God’s workmanship – Ephesians 2:10
  • I am dearly…

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I Went To See A Rocket Launch And All I Got To See Was History Being Made


I had the wonderful opportunity in March and April to go to NASA/Kennedy Space Center to see SpaceX’s launch of their Falcon rocket and Dragon payload.  You can see my first post here:  Space, the Final Frontier.  The March launch was delayed due to a leak.  What we finally learned was that a sewing machine had leaked some oil.  The launch was delayed a few more times before I was able to go back in April.  One of the very coolest things that we did besides going out to the launch pad to see Falcon was that we walked on the 16th floor walkway of the VAB.  I realize that I took this video vertically.  Mea culpa.

You can see all the photos that I took at the first launch attempt here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysandmeyer/sets/72157645587027373/

We were on the NASA Causeway with less than an hour until launch and it was delayed again.  Talk about frustration.  BUT, I did get to see history in the making.  What those of us who returned got to see was NASA Administrator Charlies Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell make the history-making announcement of SpaceX’s 20 year lease of Launch Pad 39A for future space flight as well as the next manned missions to the ISS.  You can see some video that I took below.

 You can see all the photos I that I took at the second launch attempt here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysandmeyer/sets/72157645133195000/

Wouldn’t you know, there was only a 30% chance that the Falcon would go up on the next attempt and I chose not to go.  BIG MISTAKE!  The rain made a quick exit and the sky was gorgeous.  I got to see the launch online thanks to SpaceX, NASA, and some of my friends who did make it back.  38 of us made the first trip.  17 for the second.  There were about 7 or 8 that made it back for the actual launch.  Lesson learned.  It was still totally amazing and I got to meet a great group of people who became friends.

Finishing up Saturday Six


Today is the last post in the Saturday Six alphabet series.  We’ve made it to ‘Z’.  I’m playing along with Patrick’s Place.

1. Z is for ZEPPOLE: When buying a dozen doughnuts, do you prefer them hot, cold or room temperature?

When I’m buying doughnuts, and I don’t buy them hardly ever, I prefer them at room temperature.  My favorite doughnuts is something that Dunkin’ Donuts used to call a cruller, but now they call them sticks.  However, I can be easily swayed with a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut too.

2. Z is for ZITI: What is your favorite Italian dish?

I like many different Italian dishes.  I love chicken picatta, chicken Marsala, and any pasta stuffed with cheese.

3. Z is for ZOO: Which animal do you most enjoy watching at a zoo?

I love going to the zoo.  We don’t get to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa often enough.  I like to watch baby animals.  I’m fascinated by the big cats as well.  I can’t pick just one thing.

Tim feeding a Lorakeet at Lowry Park Zoo 5/2/2006

Tim feeding a Lorakeet at Lowry Park Zoo 5/2/2006

4. Z is for ZOOLOGIST: Which animal would you most fear trying to take care of if you worked at a zoo?

I think I would fear taking care of the large primates or big cats because you just don’t know when they might be freaked out by something or decide they want to attack you.

5. Z is for ZUPPA: What is your favorite flavor of soup?

I had this cream of asparagus soup from a long-gone restaurant and it was the best soup ever.  I tried a brie and wild mushroom soup while we were on vacation and it was just heavenly.

6. Z is for ZYMURGY: If you could brew your own beer, what style of beer would you most likely want to produce?

Since I don’t really care for or drink beer, I can’t even answer this questions.




I can not believe we are nearly to the end of the alphabet!  Today is letter ‘Y’ with Patrick’s Place and Saturday Six.

1. Y is for YARDWORK: What’s your favorite kind of yardwork?

Since we sold our house last year, I don’t have to do any yardwork any more.  Yay me!  I liked completely re-doing the planting strips and making the yard look more beautiful by doing so.


The last yardwork I did before we sold the house

2. Y is for YEARBOOK: How many of the yearbooks you had in school do you still own?

I have all 4 yearbooks from high school and 1 from junior high school.

3. Y is for YEAST: What is your favorite kind of bread?

I can say that I dislike rye, pumpernickel, and I’m not a fan of sourdough, but I like all the rest.

4. Y is for YIELD: Do you think the average motorist is bright enough to understand what a Yield sign means, or should Yield signs be replaced with Stop signs?

I think that most motorists don’t care about what a yield sign means and doesn’t think that it applies to them.  I would be in favor of stop signs in some situations where yield signs are used.

5. Y is for YOUNG: What age do you think is the “last” age someone should be considered “young?”

I’m not sure.  It depends on the group calling the person young.  I’m young when I’m being labeled by older people and I’m old when I’m being labeled by kids.  I don’t think that this is something that you can give a specific age to.

6. Y is for YUCK: Which single food item do you dislike the taste of the most?

Liver.  I can’t stand the taste, the consistency, or the smell of it.


‘X’ Marks the Spot


It’s hard to believe that we’re getting to the end of our Saturday Six alphabet posts with Patrick’s Place.  It’s been fun to learn new words over these many months.

1. X is for XANTHOCYANOPSY: Do you or anyone in your family have color-blindness? If so, what color is the most difficult to see?

As far as I know, I don’t have anyone in my family who is color blind.  I did have a coworker  who was.

2. X is for XANTHODONT: How quickly do you notice someone’s teeth? Is there such a thing as “too white?”

I notice teeth pretty quickly.  I had braces as a kid and didn’t have my first cavity (it was teeny tiny) until I was nearly 40.

3. X is for XENAGOGUE: If had to serve as a “tour guide” for your hometown, how well do you think you’d do on a scale of 1 to 10?

Probably a 3.  I haven’t lived in my hometown for 29 years.

4. X is for XENODOCHEIONOLOGY: What do you love most about staying in a hotel?

I love clean sheets and towels every day.

5. X is for XENOPHOBIA: Have you ever felt uncomfortable around a group of foreigners if you were outnumbered by them?

 I don’t think I’ve ever felt uncomfortable around a group of foreigners when I was outnumbered.

6. X is for XU: How many foreign coins or paper bills do you own?

My husband and I have a lot of foreign currency from our travels from both before we met and when we’ve traveled together.