November 27, 2013


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year.  It gets eaten up by Christmas but it's still a time of reflection and gratitude.  

One of my favorite versus is 1 Thessalonians 5:18.  
Give Thanks in ALL circumstances.

I have this poster on my wall, with all of our family photos.  

I try to always be thankful but sometimes it's hard.  When a kid is screaming because they aren't getting their way, it's hard to say thank you for the beautiful and healthy child.

But, at the end of the day, I am thankful I was blessed to experience those tantrums, those tears, those words, those looks.  I might not always like it but that's my life.  The way God wove it perfectly.  His way.  His will.

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for everything from family to friendships to fits.  Yep.  Just remind me that at about 8 pm every night. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  

PS - I may not be thankful to be an MSU Bulldog after the Egg Bowl, but I'll still support them, no matter what!

November 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Holly

Today is the Sis in Law's birthday.  She's one of my best friends and we are sooo happy my brother married well!

She is the picture of patience and grace. I strive to be more like her every day!

And we still have a ton of fun!

Have a great day Holly!

November 19, 2013

The Glorious Unfolding Tour

Many many months ago, my friend Carrie text me about a concert coming to her church in November. She told me Steven Curtis Chapman was coming!  I was so excited.  His cassette was the 1st Christian tape I ever bought!  Yes, I know. I'm old.

He's a legend in Christian music!  He's been singing for like 30 years!  He's had 18 albums I think he said.  He's won numerous awards!

Needless to say, I was in!  I bought tickets for my mother and father in law as birthday presents.  She added 2 more for other grandkids and I bought 2 for me and Big Sister.

So, Saturday night, we loaded up and met them at a Mexican place to eat supper before the concert. Great food, slow service.  We were stuffed.

After dinner, we headed to the church to find a seat for the concert.  We sat in almost the exact same place we sat when we saw Mandisa there many months ago. BTW, look at the pics of my MIL at the Mandisa concert and then look at the pics below. She's done a fantastic job of losing weight and looks AH-mazing!

Steven Curtis Chapman came out and sang the first song of the night!  Saddle up your horses for any of you SCC fans!

 Up next was Jason Grey.  If you don't know anything about him, just know he's pretty awesome.  I love his songs.  He has a speech impediment that causes him to stutter.  Talk about courage to get up on the stage every night and talk and sing.  The stutter goes away when he sings.  He was pretty funny too!

Then he and Laura Story sang together.

Then SCC joined them!

Then it was Laura Story's turn!  She's just amazing!

This is her 15 month old Josey.  Her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in their first like 6 months of marriage.  It's been a hard road but he's back coaching baseball!

SCC came and sang with her on her song, Blessings.  Wow, just WOW.

I have video of all this too but this post is already long enough.

Then it was all his turn!

He talked a lot about his family and his ministry of adoption. He made us all cry talking about what his family has been through over the past 5 years.  And yes, he sang Cinderella and I boohooed.  Like a baby.

They did a little bluegrass picking and grinning.  One of our favorite songs!

He talked a lot about his family.  Such an amazing man!

There is so much more I could say about this night. It was wonderful.  I think the kids really enjoyed it too.  Mine didn't like that SCC talked so much but overall, she enjoyed it.  And we didn't even have to wear the headphones when it got too loud for her!

I'm so glad I have a concert buddy now.  I can't wait until the next one, whenever and whoever it may be!

November 18, 2013

Operation Christmas Child

I know I've posted a gazillion times about this but I'm so honored and blessed to be a part of this!

We hosted a packing party at church last night.  We had about 20 people show up to help pack all the extra supplies we had purchased or people had donated.

This was my first time to be in charge so I wasn't sure what all to expect.  We only had 5 people show up last year!

 After it was all said and done (a little over an hour later), we had packed 100 boxes!!!!  I was SHOCKED.  We were thinking we could pack maybe 40-60.

With great help and great supplies, one amazing job was done.  I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who helped.  Many hands make the work light!

The only problem with packing 100 boxes?  We don't have enough money to cover the shipping cost of $7 per box.  If anybody would like to help, email me at and I can send you a request for payment via my Paypal account.  Or you can drop off or mail a check to the church (email me for address).

We will be delivering these boxes to our drop-off site on Thursday.  

Thank you again to all who helped so far!  Our journey is not over yet. We still have 3 more days to fill some boxes.  And don't forget you can pack a box online year-round by clicking here

November 17, 2013

Cover Operation Christmas Child in Prayer

Well, National Collection Week is upon us!  
Now it's time to Pack Operation Christmas Child in Prayer!

Gift-filled shoeboxes are a powerful way to introduce children to God's greatest gift, salvation through Jesus Christ.  Your prayer are essential, so please join us during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

During the week, pray for the people packing the boxes; for the volunteers who will be collecting, processing, and delivering the gifts; and for the children receiving them.

Please visit the website and join thousands of volunteers by signing up to pray during National Collection Week.

Visit the website to find everything you need to share the love of Christ with children around the world, including how to pack a shoebox, where to find your nearest drop-off location, and how to discover the destination of your gift by making your donation online.  

If you don't have time to shop for and pack a shoebox this year, you can also build a gift online.  

Focus on the Family has provided a guide with fun ideas for serving Operation Christmas Child as a family and engaging your kids in prayer.

Thanks for putting up with my many many posts about OCC.  I believe strongly in this ministry and think you should do!

November 15, 2013

Random Facts

Everyone lately has been posting these random facts on FB.  I'm not a huge poster on there so I decided to put them here.

Aren't you lucky?  All 10 of you.  If that!

Ok, nothing too incriminating!

1)   When at a fast food place, I never get the lid for my drink that's on top.  I pick up 3 or 4 lids and make it look like I just grabbed too many and then I get the last one and put the rest back.  You never know who all has touched the top lid! I know GERMAPHOBE!

2)   My nickname growing up was Mouth of the South or MotorMouth.  Probably not that random for those who know me well!

3)   I never thought I would be able to keep up with the blogging.  I really do love it and have made a connection with more people than I ever thought possible. (Have you signed up with the MS Women Bloggers? Totally worth it!)

4)   I said the famous words (numerous times) that "I would never move back to my hometown" yet here I am and I don't regret it at all.  I love having so much family here.

5)   I've been together with the same man more than half my life.  We started dating in Jan. of 1996.  YIKES.  We've been married for 11.5 years, total together is 18. Holy moly!

6)   I love laughter.  My goal in life is to make my kids and hubby laugh.  Every day.

7)  I love to read but never have enough time for it.  I tend to fall asleep after about 2 pages.

8)   I don't sleep much.  Unlike my hubby, I can get by on 4-6 hours of sleep every night.  Preferably uninterrupted sleep but if you have kids, you know that doesn't always happen.  Too much to do to be sleeping all the time.  (I do LOVE sleep though!)

9)   I have some good friends that I've had since preschool/kindergarten/grade school.  I'm thankful for that and new friends.

10)   I started something after Christmas last year for a person in need that I'm SUPER proud of.  Especially since it was all totally random, for the most part.  I don't want the glory, I just wanted to help.

11)   Each Christmas, my mother-in-law requests that each of us do a good deed (see #10).  We type them up and read them aloud when we celebrate Christmas, instead of swapping gifts.  She puts them all in a book.

12)   I get totally giggly/giddy when close to a famous person.  I was within an arm's reach of my favorite singer (Mac Powell of Third Day) back in April and I totally wigged out.  Until he talked bad about my Bulldogs (he's a Bama fan).  My hubby thinks it's funny and he did not stay to watch me wig out!

13)   I love to play soccer but watch baseball.  I am still kicking myself for not making the trip to Omaha this summer! One day, one day....

14)   I have a BIG fear of being in a terrible car accident and never see it coming. Yes, I know where I'm going when I die but the thought of what I would leave behind paralyzes me.

15)   I loved being pregnant but don't want any more children. Maybe one day I'll be a surrogate for someone.

16)   I like ketchup, salsa, etc. but can't stand regular tomatoes.  On a related note, I didn't really eat vegetables until this past year.

17)   I'm not on Pinterest or play Candy Crush.  I know, awful right? I have no time for all that.

18)   I used to be a NEAT FREAK.  Then I had kids.  Now it's not as important.  Fair warning if you come to my house.

19)  I can't STAND for someone to chew ice and talk or talk with their mouths full of food.  I don't need to see or hear what you are eating.

20)   Ok, maybe I'm not SO random but I did think of 20 things.  Well, kind of.

And yeah, there are some things I would NEVER put on FB!  Kind of wish others would learn this lesson!