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September 30, 2010

What I've Learned

What have I learned over the past 30 days?

Granted, I didn't post all 30 things that were suggested since we had so many birthdays this month! It was fun and interesting. It was fun to relive some old memories and interesting to see what I could come up with!

The biggest 'AHA' moment for me was that I realize just how blessed I am. I have, so far, lived a pretty awesome life. I enjoyed my junior high and high school years. I thoroughly enjoyed my days at Mississippi State. Go Dawgs. I should have gone to school longer!

I have been blessed with a healthy family and friends. Although the past year has been pretty tough with some horrible losses of life, it has reminded me that we are not promised tomorrow. I'm also closer with people now that I have not been in years. I love it.

Also, over the past 30 days, I had a birthday. I became another year older. I would like to think I became wiser as well. The older I get, the more I realize just how much my parents sacrificed for me. Man, it sure was a great deal. My brother and I were lucky to never go without. Sure, we sometimes didn't have the best things (aka BLUE BOMB) but we were provided for. That's more than some people can ever say. They also were so giving of their time. Kids are busy! And both my parents worked full time! I still to this day, don't know how they did it all. I can only hope I do it half as good as they did.

I wonder what I will learn over the next 30 days. Trips are planned, weddings to attend, and more birthdays (thankfully not mine!). Another great adventure, I am sure!

I also learned that blogging every day is hard. I might have to cut back some. We'll see what random things I can think of.

Thanks for taking the ride with me! It sure has been fun! Now, anybody got any more ideas?

E

September 29, 2010

Homemade Guitars and Music

My hubby asked me a very interesting question the other night.

Randomly, as I was getting the kiddo ready for bed, no less.

"Did you and your brother and/or friends ever 'rock out' in your rooms with fake instruments and all that?"

I really had to laugh at him. He's soooooo random. If you know him, you can agree. I love you honey, but you are.

It made me remember about our homemade guitars. We used old shoe boxes and some rubber bands. That was all you needed to make a good guitar. To my dismay, my hubby lived a sheltered life. So I thought. His Daddy was quite the musician so they always had real instruments.


Ours was not quite this nice but it's the best picture I could find to explain.

I guarantee you, our fake instruments were WAY more fun.

I mean, we could strum with the best of them.

Carrie, Casey, Tony, Heather, anybody???? Remember, sing it with me!

OHHHHHHHHHHH, Heather is my girlfriend, Heather is my girlfriend.
All while strumming your shoebox guitar.

Those were the days. And yes, you are welcome for that awesome memory. I hope all of you that know that little diddy are singing it for the rest of the day!

So that really made me think, what other songs did we jam out to? I honestly can't remember. Hubby said it was Poison for them.

Anybody got any good jam session stories from childhood?

PS - I guess I am a little random too. Maybe that's why my and the hubby work so well???

September 28, 2010

Books

My friend Lisa always talks about how she's seen too many Disney Pixar movies and that she sometimes envisions the trees outside her office talking.

I think I've started doing something similar with books. I love to read. There is nothing better than reading a good book, not listening to it or reading it with a device (cell phone, Kindle, etc).

I mostly read 'Whodunit' type novels. James Patterson, Sue Grafton, Kyra Davis, etc. I think I've read too many of them because as soon as I start the book, I try and figure out who the bad guy is. All these writers are very good and they want you to believe that one person is the killer/thief/etc. I've figured them out. I know pretty soon at the beginning that it's not the 'obvious' person so I am too busy trying to figure out who the right villain is. Sometimes I think I miss the point of the book because I'm too busy trying to 'figure it out.'

One of the best books I have read lately is called Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. Word to the wise this one: Don't read it while you are home alone and except to finish it in a very short amount of time. The author hooks you from the first page and it's HARD to put it down. I usually fall asleep at night reading but this one was so good, I had to MAKE myself put it down and go to sleep!

Another one is Kyra Davis' Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte. I know, catchy title. But it's really well written and I did not figure out who the bad guy was. I had an idea but dismissed it at one point. Then at the end, BAM, she threw a curve ball. Great book!


One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to float in my pool and read a good book. The pool has now been drained and it's kind of depressing. But the good books are still to be read. I'm on my 2nd Kyra Davis book and can't wait to figure out who the villain is!

September 27, 2010

Piggy

Ok, so I think I've pretty much done most of the 30 day challenge. I either combined too many or decided they were too hard and it's the 27th and I only have one more scheduled.

So with that said, I'll go back to my random posts.

A Saturday night or so ago, kiddo and I were coming home from an event at church (Minute to Win it games that were HILARIOUS!) and she wanted me to roll her window down. So I did. Because she's the boss, right?

After a little ways down the road, she started yelling out the window. I have no idea what she was saying, it was just LOUD.

All I could think of at that moment in time was this commercial.



Yes, you are welcome for that.

So I asked said kiddo why she was hollering out the window. Her response was one that, what can I say? Absolutely precious what that girl comes up with.

Me: "Hey, no more yelling please. What are you yelling at?"

Kiddo: "I'm calling God. He's waaaaaaaaaaaay up in the sky and I want him to come down here."

Put a smile on my face! Then she proceeded to tell me she wanted to go to Heaven after church the next day. I had NO idea what to say to that. I'm not quite ready for that.

September 26, 2010

Bucket List

*** Updated. I've always wanted to visit Alaska too. Totally forgot about that. One day. All my 'things to do' really involve traveling....

Over the past few years (since I watched the movie) I've always wanted to do a Bucket List. I'm not sure why I have never actually done it. I've thought it through in my head many times but that's as far as I took it.

A few things I want to do in the next 5 years:
1)   Take a vacation outside of the US. I've been to Mexico twice and both were ports on a cruise so it really doesn't count. I didn't even need a passport.


2)  Travel somewhere outside the South. I have a trip to DC in Oct. so that's a good start. I would love to visit every state that I have never been to actually. California, Colorado, Washington are just a few and that's just West. Hubby and I have always said we wanted to visit New England. He's a big Food Network fan and just wants to eat his way through the US. Think we could get FN to pay for it?

3)  I want to see New York and go to a show or two or 10! Anybody want to share some frequent flier miles to make this happen? No, ok, maybe next time.


4)  Hubby has always wanted to visit Italy too. Yes, for food reasons too. See a theme here? I'm not sure I would be on board with the way he wants to visit it but I am sure we could compromise, right? He wants to tour the parts of Italy that are not normal touristy areas. He wants to stay in people's house. People we have never met or talked to. People that would cook us Italian food. Just a bit out of my comfort zone there.

 I am sure there are many other things that I would like to do in the next few years but right now, those are pretty much it.

Now, if I can figure out where I put my money tree??

September 25, 2010

Rememberance

Something you did as a child that other people remember you for.

Since I've already told the Kindergarten Runaway story, I'll have to go with what I thought of next!

When I was in elementary school, we had a spring fair. The staff decided it would be fun to have a contest to see if any of the students could come up with a catchy name for it. This was a no brainer for me. I guess I like being creative back in 5th grade too...

So I submitted my choice and it WON. I've been trying to remember what the prize was but it apparently wasn't anything good since I still can't remember. I do remember winning some cool Winnie the Pooh plates at the spring fair.

So what did I submit, you ask?

I give you my geniusness (Is that a word? Apparently not but I'm making it one!)

Warrenton Extraordinaire Spring Fair
  
Oh, and I think there was a shirt that was designed too? Man, that was too many years ago. And I'm probably not really remembered for this, just in my mind!

September 24, 2010

What Do You Live For?

I would like to say I live for life!

Here are just a few reasons!

September 23, 2010

Who Would You Give Up Your Life For?

Without a doubt, I would give up my life for my God, my kiddo, my husband, my parents.

Reminds me of a story I saw on the Today Show last week or so.

Today Show Story

No explanation necessary. I just hope I can have that kind of courage in a situation like that.

Hug your family and friends and have a nice day!

September 22, 2010

Happiness

A moment when I remember being completely happy and why.

I may not look the best but this was on the kiddo's birthday! They always say you never truly know happiness until you have a child and it's true. I didn't believe it. I felt so different toward my hubby and my life. It was amazing and still is almost 4 years later.

I mean, really, who can't love that face???? Hers, not mine. She's soooo sweet. Believe me, she has her moments of unsweetness but the older she gets, the more my heart melts!

E

September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Josh!

Happy Happy birthday to Brother, Brother in law, and Uncle Josh. We love you and your sweet and caring self. You wear your heart on your sleeve and would give anybody the shirt off your back. The middle child, you are a man's man and love to hunt and fish. Aren't you glad we're related?

Josh and Blake

And in honor of your birthday, I give you the new pier that you can fish off at my parent's house!

Enjoy your day! We love you and wish you many many many more!

Happy Birthday Nana!

What can we say about Nana?? She is a (my) mother, a mother in law, a sister, a cousin, a daughter, a wife, a woman of faith. I think I said enough good things in this post.

And yes, rarely is there a pic of just her. There is almost always a Grand in the pic!

Nana, Mom, none of us would be where we are today without your guidance and love. You have such an abundance of love for others and it shows every day!

We all hope you have the BEST birthday ever. And make Dad do something nice for you. Maybe use that gift certificate we got you for Mother's Day? Oh, and enjoy seeing Legally Blonde with that great daughter of yours!

We love you forever and ever and always!

September 20, 2010

Keeping It Real

I started this blog for many different reasons. It has been (and will continue to be) great therapy. I've loved to write since my first Creative Writing class in 10th grade. That's one of the reasons I chose to major in something that required lots of writing and not a lot of science.

So, in honor or keeping it real for my readers (however many are out there), I'm struggling today. I've been struggling with something for a few months but today, for some reason, it's really bothering me. I'm NOT a patient person and it's a trying time. There's also another potential issue that's on the horizon that I am hoping will work itself out and we don't have to deal with.

I also have friends and family going through things today that are weighing heavy on my heart. I am burdened and on my knees. Therefore, I could use some prayers today.

In Sunday School this week, we talked a little about prayer and how sometimes we pray for what *we* want and not what is God's will or plan. So, please pray that God's will be done in all these situations.

Could you say an extra prayer for my friend Adrienne? She is a sorority sister of mine and a dear friend. Her family has been through so much and is still struggling today. Adrienne and Bennett, I'm praying for you. He's a tough little guy. Mom could use some peace and strength as well.

I know this is all over the place, but it's how I'm feeling right this moment. Thanks to you all.

Art

What is your favorite medium of art?

Oh, this one is easy. Music. Plain and simple. That's my outlet, my praise and worship, my release.


I've said before and I'll say it again, I love the 80's and the 90's genre of music. I love Christian rock and worship music. I have my favorites but I like them all.


Here are few I am loving these days:

Mercy Me: All Of Creation



Third Day: Revelation




Casting Crowns: To Know You

September 19, 2010

Legacy

What do you want to be remembered for?



Listen closely to the words.

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

That says it all.

I hope people remember me as a child of God who loved a lot!

Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one... 

September 18, 2010

Changes

5 things you want to see changed.


In no specific order. Ok, maybe a little.

  1. People's hearts. I wish for more people to have a heart of God and a heart for giving.
  2. My attitude. Toward many things. To be more positive.
  3. Hubby's work schedule. Shift work stinks. Badly. Hence #2 maybe?
  4. My weight. Change to a much lower number.
  5. Unethical people in government. You all know what I mean by that one.

Simple enough, right? Where do I start?

September 17, 2010

Definition Of Love

Your definition of love.

WOW! I went to look up the definition of love and there are 9 of them! One had to do with tennis so I won't count that one! I think I'm going to have to narrow it down some!

According to Merriam-Webster,

 
is: 
: Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties   
: Attraction based on sexual desire 
: Affection and tenderness felt by lovers  
: Affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests  
: Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion 
: The object of attachment, devotion, or admiration  
: Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another

To me, Love is:
: A kind word
: Doing something for someone not because they asked    
: Putting someone before yourself
: Thoughtfulness
: Butterflies
: Giddiness (Is that even a word?)
: Unselfishness
: Partner
  
So many people told me before I had my kiddo that I would love in a completely different way after she was born and on a completely different level. I mean, soooooooooooo many people told me this. I thought, there is no way. They were so right. Instantly, it was different. I can't even explain the pure joy I felt as soon as I saw my kiddo's face. I immediately missed her being in my belly, but it was like we were on a whole new level. So I believe it now. 

I also believe that love is not only physical, it's emotional. The older I get and the more tragedies, etc. that happen around me really make me realize just how much I love my life. I love my hubby, my kiddo, my family, and my friends. I would not be where I am today without them all.

Thanks for loving me back! 

September 16, 2010

Happy First Birthday Bradley!

Happy 1st Birthday Bradley Chase! We are so glad to be sharing our birth month with you! I think since your Daddy's birthday is not in Sept., you were his way in! Kidding. We love him anyway!





We can't wait to see the little man you are growing up to be! You look so longingly at your cousins while they run and play and jump. It won't be long before you are doing it with them! Don't worry Buddy, they will teach you the ropes. Look out world!

It's been a great year getting to know you. I will say you've got your Daddy's ears. And most everything else, but you have your Mama's sweet personality! We love playing with you and tickling you!

We hope you have a great first birthday. We look forward to many more birthdays Cousin!

Aunt E

September 15, 2010

Dreams

A dream you had this past week described in detail.

I've had almost the SAME dream twice this week. When I decided to start writing about it, I realized everyone would think I was crazy!!!

So here is all I will say! it has to do with a lake and some good friends and some craziness!!!!!!

I'll just leave it at that. I do think it's weird that I've had almost the same dream twice in one week. Sometimes before, I've had the same exact dream numerous times within a month or so. Kinda freaks you out a bit.

So instead I'll say,

PS - Be VERY careful what you Google! I should have known better when I typed in the above phrase. Luckily, there were a few decent ones.

September 14, 2010

Failure

Something you would do if no one stopped you or if you knew you wouldn't fail.

I've always wanted more money that I have. Hey, who doesn't? Ok, maybe LeBron or a Manning brother, but most of us want what we don't have.

My friend Lisa and I have talked about this very thing numerous times. She would like to sell all her possessions and buy a boat and sail around the world. She wants her kiddos to be able see it all.

But another thing we have in common is our desire for giving. If someone were to give me $1,000,000, I know exactly what I would do with it. First, I would pay off all my debt. I might buy a bigger house. Once I made sure my family was taken care of, I would give the rest of it away. I love the idea of giving someone $100 and telling them to spend it on someone other than themselves.

One of my favorite books when I was younger was the Giving Tree. Tender story with a great message.



The Bible tells us to have a giving heart. I don't believe He just meant with money either. We should give of our time, ourselves, and our money. And, we should not do things for selfish reasons. We should do them to show God's love and our giving spirit.

Try doing something for someone else, and don't let anybody know you are doing it. For the past year, a friend and I have funded something for someone at kiddo's school. No one knows about it except a teacher and the instructor. We didn't do it so everyone would know. We do it because it was in the best interest of a child who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

So if anyone out there has lots of money that they need to give away, I'm right here. Willing to accept cash.

In the meantime, try serving instead of being the one served. Be a good samaritan.

September 13, 2010

Favorite Cover Song

Neither of these are 'technically' cover songs but I absolutely LOVE them!!

Enjoy. Chris Tomlin. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).




By His Wounds, Performed by a few of my favorites: Steven Curtis Chapman, Brian Littrell, Mac Powell (Third Day), Mark Hall (Casting Crowns)




By His wounds, we are healed!

What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

September 12, 2010

James 1:19

Another reveal is a moment, phrase, or song that changed your life. I'm going to combine it with a passage from a book that has touched you. These 2 go hand-in-hand.

But let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. James 1:19

This verse has helped my marriage more than anyone can know. I really had to see for myself that I was part of the problem and instead of trying to 'fix' my spouse, I had to first fix me.

I realized that I was doing more harm than good when all I did was gripe about everything that WASN'T being done. If I would spend more time praising my spouse for the things he did do, our relationship would be even better.

Let me tell you something. This one is HARD. I'm still working on this. It's so hard because all I see are the things I want done that aren't. I'm sure I'll work on this one for the rest of my life.

Ok, I lie. All 3 of them are hard.

I first had to realize that I wasn't listening. I was jumping to being angry and griping. This is big. This is where it all begins.


Quick to hear. Listen. Listen first. Before opening your mouth, open your ears and hear.

Then, you will see things completely different. Don't skip over that one and move right into speaking and being angry.

I'm also the first to admit, my first thought is not always a Godly thought. Most of the time, I speak without thinking.

The more you listen, the more likely you are to be slow to speak, and therefore, slow to anger. That's when there is resolve.


Simple Disclaimer: I am NO expert in anything. I don't claim to be. This is MY blog and I'm sharing my thoughts and feelings. Take them as you will.

Just remember, God knows our heart and our hurts. We don't have to verbalize them.

September 11, 2010

Happy birthday Daniel!

You have the great privilege of having a birthday the day after ME! ha!

I hope you have a wonderful birthday. As you prepare for the birth of your first child, I can only hope you will be the father that I know you will be. But put away the guns! At least until she's 20 or so! If not, you can share a jail cell with your eldest cousin on your Mama's side!


And yes, I stole this picture from your mother because I like it so. Shows how much you have grown up since the 'trailer' days.



I hope you have as much fun with your little girl as you do ours.



Seriously though, have a great day!

E

September 10, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

I will not tell you how many candles will be on my cake, but I can guarantee you that it's less than last year. That's right, I'm counting backward now.

All I wish for is for my friends and family to be healthy and happy. Oh, and maybe a few guilty pleasures. Or money to pay to attend the beachside wedding of a good friend next summer.

September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday to the Hubby!!!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Hubby! Happy birthday to you!

This is one of my all-time favorite pics of my Hubby and the kiddo!





You always complain that you never get to celebrate your birthday since it's the day before mine, but in essence, we always celebrate yours twice!

And even though I love to complain about you, I have to say you are a pretty good Dad to our sweet angel. And boy does she love her Daddy! I think it's because she never sees you since you work so much. We love you and all your little quirks too! Sometimes you know how to be a good Hubby too. I love you too!

So bring on the salt and pepper hair! We hope to say Happy birthday to you for many many many more years!

Oh, and enjoy your day! It's yours all day long. And tomorrow is MINE! hehe!

E and S

September 8, 2010

A Good President?

Day 08 - Someone you think would make a good president.


I have no idea on this one. I wouldn't wish that job on anyone. There is no amount of money that can adequately pay this person enough.

I do think a woman would make a good president. Look at how women run things at home, in life, etc. I still can't believe we haven't had a woman president yet. I am sure Hilary might make another run.

That's about as far as I'm going to go into politics. If you know me, you know where I stand on important issues and politics. I just don't like stirring up debates.

I do have 2 friends from high school that would make an excellent President and Vice President. The US would be much more fun if they were too!

September 7, 2010

Remember

Day 06 - The earliest thing you can remember
I'm also combining this one with Day 13 - A memory that never fails to make you laugh

 I'm sure there are many things that I can remember but have no idea what is the earliest. I remember quite a few things from when I was 3, maybe?

One of the best stories, that I remember vividly, happened when I was in preschool/kindergarten at my church. My mom only worked half days back then but sometimes I would get to go home with one of my friends, Whitney, after school.

We were waiting in the fellowship hall for all the other kids to get picked up. Whitney's mom was talking to somebody else and we were ready to go home and start playing. So Whitney went to ask her if we could walk home. We were smart kids, I tell ya!

Her mom nodded her head, giving us the go ahead. We didn't realize that she never heard Whitney and was nodding her head in agreement with what the other lady was saying.

So off we went. They didn't live far from the church, by car, but on foot is a different story.

Whitney and I thought we were so brave and smart. We headed down the street, headed in the direction of her house. We stayed in the grass and made sure the cars wouldn't hit us. 

We didn't even make it halfway down the road before we started seeing cop cars. We wondered who they were looking for but we hid behind a tree to make sure it wasn't us.

A few minutes later, my Mom drove down the road and spotted us. She made us get in the car, where we proceeded to hide on the floorboard because we were so scared of what she and Whitney's mom were going to do to us!

Ever since then, Whitney and I have the name, Kindergarten Runaways. I still attend that church many years later, but luckily, I don't think many people still remember this story. I guarantee you that my mom and Whitney's mom will NEVER let us forget the scare we gave them.

Sorry about that Mom. I was not as smart as I thought I was!

PS - Happy birthday to my mom's best friend, Mrs. Faye. Sydney adores you and so do I. Thanks for being another mother to me for all these years. I think I've known you since the day I was born? I hope it's the best birthday ever. Not that anything can top that nice cruise you were on a few  years ago! Happy birthday!

September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Enjoy your day off, if you get it. The kiddo and I are playing together today while the hubby is working. Story of our lives.

 

Labor Day, for me, as always symbolized the end of summer. But, I live in the South and we get summer for at least another 2 months. What it does mean is that it's college football time. Although, college baseball really is my favorite, football is a pretty close 2nd.

So, enjoy your holiday and wear your white shoes one more time today!

September 5, 2010

A Thank You Letter

Day 5 Reveal - A thank you letter to someone who changed your life.


Dear Mom and Dad,

How do I say thank you when thank you seems so inadequate? You have both raised me to be the woman I am today. I am thankful that God chose you as my parents. If not for you both, I'm not sure how my life would have turned out. You taught me right from wrong very early in life. I can only hope to instill half of the values that you gave to me with my kiddo. You taught me that not only was Church the place be, but what it meant to be a Christian and live that lifestyle. You taught me respect. True respect of others and respect for myself. You both truly taught me what it means to be a parent.

The older I get, the more I realize the sacrifices you both made for me and my brother. There were countless, countless, countless weekends you gave up for soccer, softball, baseball tournaments. There were many a night that you ran us from place to place, practices to games.

I remember the day my brother got his driver's license. I'm not sure who was more happy, him or ya'll! Mom knew that bro could help shuttle he and I to some of our activities.

There were many weekends at the aforementioned tournaments that were spent in not-so-wonderful weather. We've been to Dallas in the snow over Thanksgiving and ended up only playing one game in 4 days because of it. My awesome parents sacrificed their Thanksgiving with family to eat a decent turkey dinner at a hotel in Shreveport, in route to Dallas. They've stood in the cold because the bleachers in Germantown were frozen. They've sweated it out in June in the South at many a soccer or softball tournament.

When I was younger, I had no idea the sacrifices you made for me. I've said thank you so many times in recent years. The older my kiddo gets, it becomes even more evident of what you did for me all those years ago. You both worked full time in order for us to be able to afford all these activities. I'm not sure how either of you did it. I remember being in Greensboro, NC for what we thought would be a few days for a soccer tournament in the middle of the summer. We ended up actually doing pretty well and ended up staying until Sunday. I remember that we drove home as soon as the last game was over and made it in the door at like 2 or 3 am or so and Mom having to be at work that morning at 7 am. I'll never know how you did it and NEVER ONCE COMPLAINED. I realize now that you both did it because you loved me and it was fun. And maybe you hoped for a college scholarship out of it all too. Sorry about that.

What did come from all those weekends out of town are great memories. I have pictures of my brother doing the 'Heavy D' with another mom in the group. I have fond memories of playing,(or waiting on an umpire) til like 1 am at the Pearl Day softball tourney, singing, "Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk that dinosaur." (Yes, I know I just dated myself!) And I will never forget the dancing at Mulatte's! Some parents always managed to find the best hole-in-the-wall places to eat!

You both made those weekends fun. You let us extend some of those weekends so we could spend a couple of extra days for our 'vacation' and we loved every minute.

Like I said at the beginning, thank you seems to inadequate for all you have taught me over the last few decades (there I go again.). But I will say it now. Thank you thank you thank you. For everything. For being great parents. For sacrificing your lives/time for mine. Thank you for making growing up FUN!

Just for kicks (pun intended), here is an old newspaper picture after my soccer team came in 3rd in Houston at Regionals. I remember it well. We also got to visit a pretty great water park while we were there. I think there was also an 'incident' in the pool at the roach motel that involved some chocolate and a man name Mr. Jimmie! 


I love you both with all my heart. Words cannot explain my appreciation for all you have done. And seeing the pure joy on your faces when the kiddo comes over to play is 100% priceless. Here's to many more years!

E

September 4, 2010

What Do You Imagine Paradise Will Be Like

Man, this is a loaded question.

For one, I know what my paradise will be like when I get to spend eternity in Heaven with my Jesus! What a beautiful day that will be.

In the words of one of my favorite songs by Mercy Me.

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By Your side...
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see...
When Your face
Is before me...
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

AMEN!

What my paradise looks like in the current?


On a beach somewhere with this super cute chick!


Or here all by myself with a good book.

September 3, 2010

Inspiration

What inspires you?

There are a few things that I draw inspiration from.


First is foremost is my kiddo. She inspires me to get out of my comfort zone and learn new things. She is constantly learning new things. I'm amazed at how quickly she learns and remembers things. We can go to someone's house one time and a month later, we'll pass by it and she knows exactly whose house it is!

Another thing that inspires me is giving, sharing, helping others. When I see someone doing a good deed, I get all warm and fuzzy on the inside! I'm glad to know there are still a few good people out there. I also like helping others. Whether it's someone dealing with something or having a hard time with life, I can just offer a few words of encouragement and it makes me feel better than the recipient! I don't do things for the recognition and it makes it so much more special. Give up some of your time to be there for someone when they need it most. Just sit on the front porch and listen. Be a Good Samaritan.

So the next time you see someone down on their luck or sad for one reason or another, mail them a card just because. Call them just to chit chat. Hug them. Love them. Witness to them. Be there for them.

And always remember, God is a life-giver, not a life-saver!

E

September 2, 2010

Favorite Picture

Favorite picture ever taken of you.

There are a few. I can't pick just one.

Me and my sweet Daddy on my wedding day!


Hubby and I are our wedding day, overlooking the Mighty MS River!


First Christmas


Third Christmas

Me and my nephew


And a beach pic!


One more just for fun!


Ok, I think that's enough. Call me indecisive! There are many more. Ok, not many more because I am usually behind the camera and not in the picture!

E