Be The Best

Be the best you can be
Don’t forget to smile at me
I’m only a custodian and clean up your mess
But I really must confess

I am more than you think
I don’t always mind the stink
As long as it helps someone out
You’ll find out what I”m all about

God has been good to me
Giving me a job where I can help others
Doing a job of a servant
I hope you’ll be observant

The next time you’re in school or at a store
Take a look at the one wiping up the floor
They are servants to help the world shine
I know that’s what’s always on my mind

God bless and give a high five to a custodian sometime!

Q & A | 100 Questions no one ever asks

  1. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR CLOSET DOORS OPEN OR CLOSED?

Right now they are open, but usually they are closed.

  1. DO YOU TAKE THE SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONER BOTTLES FROM HOTELS?

I take everything i can from hotels or anywhere we stay: shampoo/conditioner,pens, hotel slide keys, shower caps, paper, etc. It’s a sickness of mine i think haha.

  1. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR SHEETS TUCKED IN OR OUT?

they start out tucked in but after the first night i give up and leave them tucked out, i kick a lot in my sleep and move around a lot.

  1. HAVE YOU STOLEN A STREET SIGN BEFORE?

no but i really wish i could. i have a conscious though and it’s illegal to steal those.

  1. DO YOU LIKE TO USE POST-IT NOTES?

yeah sure why not, i usually use scrap paper though instead.

  1. DO YOU CUT OUT COUPONS BUT THEN NEVER USE THEM?

all the time, i cut them out thinking i’ll use them next time i go grocery shopping which isn’t often and by the time i do go, they are all expired. i’ve given up for the most part now.

  1. WOULD YOU RATHER BE ATTACKED BY A BIG BEAR OR A SWARM OF BEES?

a big cuddly bear that gives bear hugs?!

  1. DO YOU HAVE FRECKLES?

no i do not.

  1. DO YOU ALWAYS SMILE FOR PICTURES?

i give a sort of smile for almost every picture, but if i’m angry before the pictures taken or the picture is taking forever to get done i’ll probably frown so we have it eternally recorded that i wasn’t happy at that instant haha.

  1. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

i have a lot of them. the biggest one right now in life is my internet is incredibly slow at my new place and it drives me nuts and it takes forever and a day to upload a video to youtube which is why this post is getting created because i tried doing this in video form and it was taking forever and i just gave up finally.

  1. DO YOU EVER COUNT YOUR STEPS WHEN YOU WALK?

i do when i’m seeing if my fitbit is working or that iphone app is working.

  1. HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WOODS?

i’m a runner, i’ve peed wherever i need to go, plus when we go golfing and i drink a lot of arnold palmers you gotta go where you can!!

  1. HAVE YOU EVER POOPED IN THE WOODS?

sure have, i can remember doing it once at least when i was running with my brother i had to go real bad and we were no where close to home so i ducked into the nearest woods.

  1. DO YOU EVER DANCE EVEN IF THERES NO MUSIC PLAYING?

i have a happy dance i do sometimes or a lucky dance i do for my mom so she can win bunko!! it’s worked every time!!

  1. DO YOU CHEW YOUR PENS AND PENCILS?

i do not.

  1. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU SLEPT WITH THIS WEEK?

none, waiting for my future wife, if it ever happens.

  1. WHAT SIZE IS YOUR BED?

queen size i think

  1. WHAT IS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?

can’t stop the feeling justin timberlake i love that song it always makes me want to dance!!

  1. IS IT OK FOR GUYS TO WEAR PINK?

absolutely!!

  1. DO YOU STILL WATCH CARTOONS?

if i have time and i’m up that early i do!

  1. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE?

pan’s labrynth (i can’t spell it) or any scary movie like saw

  1. WHERE WOULD YOU BURY HIDDEN TREASURE IF YOU HAD SOME?

wouldn’t you like to know where my treasure is buried.

  1. WHAT DO YOU DRINK WITH DINNER?

whatever fits my mood. soda, water, wine, beer, etc.

  1. WHAT DO YOU DIP A CHICKEN NUGGET IN?

mcdonalds bbq sauce baby!!!

  1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

mothers meatloaf, it will always be this!!

  1. WHAT MOVIES COULD YOU WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STILL LOVE?

shawshank redemption, forrest gump, etc.

  1. LAST PERSON YOU KISSED/KISSED YOU?

no one.

  1. WERE YOU EVER A BOY/GIRL SCOUT?

haha never, i don’t like doing all that kind of stuff.

  1. WOULD YOU EVER STRIP OR POSE NUDE IN A MAGAZINE?

can’t really strip in a magazine, unless it’s a lot of pictures of the process i guess, but no i wouldn’t. unless i was getting a billion dollars or something than who knows.

  1. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE A LETTER TO SOMEONE ON PAPER?

yesturday, i’ve been trying to write more and more so i can get letters in the mail. i miss my snail mail J

  1. CAN YOU CHANGE THE OIL ON A CAR?

nope. i’m sure if i had to i could figure it out, but i never have yet.

  1. EVER GOTTEN A SPEEDING TICKET?

yes, plenty of times.

  1. EVER RAN OUT OF GAS?

i think i did once and my dad had to bring the gas for the lawn mower over so i could get to the gas station.

  1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF SANDWICH?

blt probably.

  1. BEST THING TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?

sausage, bacon, pancakes, muffins, etc.

  1. WHAT IS YOUR USUAL BEDTIME?

12a or if i don’t have work the next morning sometimes 3a.

  1. ARE YOU LAZY?

absolutely.

  1. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT DID YOU DRESS UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN?

the last thing i remember dressing up as was a hippie i think with a tie dye shirt, again i’m lazy so i did the least i could.

  1. WHAT IS YOUR CHINESE ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?

i think the rabbit!

  1. HOW MANY LANGUAGES CAN YOU SPEAK?

english obviously and some spanish.

  1. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS?

yes lots of them, i think the site is rewardsurvey.com and you can take surveys for money to spend on magazine subscriptions like sports illustrated and such, i got boxes and boxes of magazines.

  1. WHICH ARE BETTER: LEGOS OR LINCOLN LOGS?

i like them both, but legos right now i guess.

  1. ARE YOU STUBBORN?

i sure am.

  1. WHO IS BETTER: LENO OR LETTERMAN?

letterman always.

  1. EVER WATCH SOAP OPERAS?

nope. too much drama.

  1. ARE YOU AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

not really, but i can be if it’s on a ladder or something.

  1. DO YOU SING IN THE CAR?

i sing everywhere.

  1. DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER?

look at 47

  1. DO YOU DANCE IN THE CAR?

i’m sure i have.

  1. EVER USED A GUN?

i sure have. just shooting at targets though.

  1. LAST TIME YOU GOT A PORTRAIT TAKEN BY A PHOTOGRAPHER?

by myself, probably my senior photo for the yearbook. with family a few years ago.

  1. DO YOU THINK MUSICALS ARE CHEESY?

nope, i love them!!

  1. IS CHRISTMAS STRESSFUL?

it can be at times.

  1. EVER EAT A PIEROGI?

i don’t know, but i’m sure i have.

  1. FAVORITE TYPE OF FRUIT PIE?

cherry

  1. OCCUPATIONS YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID?

no idea to be honest.

  1. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

not really, but my imagination makes me think i see stuff haha.

  1. EVER HAVE A DEJA-VU FEELING?

i have a few times, and i can’t figure out why it happens.

  1. DO YOU TAKE A VITAMIN DAILY?

i started to again, i was bad at doing it for the longest time, two days down!!

  1. DO YOU WEAR SLIPPERS?

not usually, but i should i have 2 pairs of slippers!!

  1. DO YOU WEAR A BATH ROBE?

no i do not.

  1. WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO BED?

birthday suit, just kidding! it depends on day: pj’s, shorts, boxers, etc.

  1. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT?

three doors down, and tantric and lifehouse opened for them.

  1. WALMART, TARGET, OR KMART?

walmart and target. walmart’s open 24 hours though so i’ll pick them.

  1. NIKE OR ADIDAS?

nike

  1. CHEETOSOR FRITOS?

both, but i like the chili fritos.

  1. PEANUTS OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS?

both

  1. EVER HEAR OF THE GROUP TRES BIEN?

nope.

  1. EVER TAKE DANCE LESSONS?

nope. i won a free dance lesson but i gave it to someone at work instead haha.

  1. IS THERE A PROFESSION YOU PICTURE YOUR FUTURE SPOUSE DOING?

not really, something in ministry. or an extreme couponer!!!!

  1. CAN YOU CURL YOUR TONGUE?

yes i can.

  1. EVER WON A SPELLING BEE?

i don’t think so, i was in one once i know. surprisingly though because i was never that bright of a student as far as i know.

  1. HAVE YOU EVER CRIED BECAUSE YOU WERE SO HAPPY?

i’m sure i have.

  1. OWN ANY RECORD ALBUMS?

nope

  1. OWN A RECORD PLAYER?

nope, which is why i don’t have any albums.

  1. DO YOU REGULARLY BURN INCENSE?

nope, it gives me a headache, every once in a while i’ll burn it anyways.

  1. EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

of course. plenty of times and it never works out. i’ve given up on it now.

  1. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN CONCERT?

third day, newsboys, jars of clay, etc.

  1. WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

probably david crowder band

  1. HOT TEA OR COLD TEA?

sweet tea, mcdonalds sweet tea.

  1. TEA OR COFFEE?

doesn’t really matter.

  1. SUGAR COOKIES OR SNICKERDOODLES?

snickerdoodles, i make the best ones at my second job!!

  1. CAN YOU SWIM WELL?

sure. i can swim well.

  1. CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH WITHOUT HOLDING YOUR NOSE?

i think so (just tried and it seems i can do it)

  1. ARE YOU PATIENT?

not really, it’s something i’m working on though.

  1. DJ OR BAND AT A WEDDING?

depends, but every wedding i’ve been to was a dj so i’d probably stick with that.

  1. EVER WON A CONTEST?

i’m sure i have, can’t think of what it was though.

  1. HAVE YOU EVER HAD PLASTIC SURGERY?

never.

  1. WHICH ARE BETTER: BLACK OR GREEN OLIVES?

green olives

  1. CAN YOU KNIT OR CROCHET?

nope but i wish i could

  1. BEST ROOM FOR A FIREPLACE?

living room or family room.

  1. DO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?

of course, i’d love to spend my life with someone that i love and we could grow old together and love god together and serve together, it would just be awesome, i don’t think it’s in the cards for me though unfortunately.

  1. IF MARRIED, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED?

skip

  1. WHO WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH?

high school was hard, i don’t really know if i had one crush but i think i had many haha.

  1. DO YOU CRY AND THROW A FIT UNTIL YOU GET YOUR OWN WAY?

sometimes i’m sure i do and i’m sure i used to when i was a kid a lot. i don’t know if i do it as much anymore though.

  1. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

neices and nephews, 2 of each, soon to be three neices!!!

  1. DO YOU WANT KIDS?

they drive me nuts but i would love them anyways!!

  1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

red!! but my others would be royal blue and neon colors to wear

  1. DO YOU MISS ANYONE RIGHT NOW?

sure do my grandma!!

  1. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TAG TO DO THIS VIDEO NEXT?

no one, if you want to do it be my guest and let me know you did it!! i’d love to read your answers, but i’m not going to tag anyone.

A New Day

A new day has come
For you to shine
Get out of that slum
You were made to be mine

I gave you a hope
A future that’s bright
Go climb the slope
Soar to a new height

You were meant for more
Than you will ever realize
Get off the floor
Listen to the cries

There are people who need me
You will soon find out
You should go and set them free
Stand up and shout

Jesus Christ died for you
If the pain you only knew
He took upon your sins
So that in the end he would win

You’re life will be covered
By his sacrifice
A sinless lamb recovered
A son who paid the price

Look to the sky
And don’t forget his name
Don’t forget why
He took away your shame

A New Beginning

A new beginning
Will hopefully find you grinning
As we take the first steps into the new year
I hope that you find some cheer
Put the old thoughts into a box
And make sure it locks
As we learn from what went wrong before
We will surely soar
Higher than ever before
And we will see great new possibilities
That will put an end to our hostilities
So here’s to you, my friend
I’ll be with you to the end
Have a blessed New Year
And don’t forget I am always near

Into A World

I came into a world that had no room
Born of a virgin in her womb
I lived a life known to only a few
While other’s attempt to sue
Given time I can surely tell
You’ll be on a mountain top ready to yell
Bringing praise to my name
And not doing it for the fame
I gave you my best
So that you may finally rest
Your burdens were heavy and made you weak
The future for you was looking quite bleak
So here I am with my arms stretched wide
Crying out for you as I hung there and died
Now I live forevermore
Hoping that you will open up the door
Letting me into your life every day
Even though you may stray
I’ll help you through it all
Just as long as you don’t build a wall

mSmanski

Sometimes We Fail

Sometimes, in life, we fail.  It is just a part of life and a part of who we are as humans.  The transition alone I was trying to go for this year was a huge failure, instead of growing in my faith, it’s grown dormant.  That’s just me being honest with you.  We sometimes just need to learn from our failures and learn that they have successes woven within them.  Don’t give up, Don’t give in…keep going on the path and you’ll find that the success you are looking for could be just around the corner!

Thoughts

May we shine a little brighter every single day and help all those in need. May we never forget where we came from and why we are here on this Earth.  We often look inward instead of outward, focusing on ourselves instead of focusing on others around us.  I have failed this way more and more recently as the years have gone by.  I want to be go back to when I cared for others more than I cared about myself, back when I placed it ALL in God’s hands and if he failed at providing, I would be in major trouble.  I want to be a radiant Christian whose light shines into the darkness of the world and of life and lights it up like a blazing fire, so that the world may see the good and know that God is still on the move.

You are loved, there is hope and there is a light inside all of us…..please let it shine forth….

The Big Picture

Honestly, I’m struggling financially right now. I’m opening with that because I have a ministry fund and I was told I should use that money to pay off bills. Most people would think that was an awesome idea I’m guessing since I’m living paycheck to paycheck. But in reality, if you look at the bigger picture, if I used that money, I’d be in the same hole just deeper down because that money would all disappear fast as well.  A co-worker explained it to me like this: When you’re on a plane and there’s an emergency, the oxygen masks come down and what do they tell you to do? They tell you to take care of yourself first and then help any children around you.  Honestly, that just shows how bad we are these days.  If there’s a six year old child beside me in an airplane and those masks come down, I’d rather save his life rather than my own. I’ve lived a decent life already, he still has his whole life ahead of him.  Let’s say you’re a 90 year old grandma and those a 6 year old sitting next to you, to put it on yourself first is just foolish for the same reason as I pointed out above, you’ve lived a long life, if one of you is going to survive and the other isn’t, I’d rather the 6 year old survive.  It’s time we start looking at the big picture and not just worrying about the small things in life, but the big impact we can have on this world.  So, I challenge you to look at your life and switch to a bigger picture mode instead of a small picture mode. God bless and shine bright.

"Don't forget to smile!"