Saturday, May 30, 2009


(by Nichole Nordeman)

"I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
And you could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who's and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such
It wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

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

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy


Not well traveled, not well read
Not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead
'Well done, good and faithful one'


I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me"

One final post regarding what my mister has referred to as, "The Year of Kendra!" I'm back from my beautiful cousin's graduation, and I wanted to brag about her accomplishments this year. She WON district in cross country, her basketball team made it all the way to STATE, she went to regionals in track, was NHS president, senior class president, Homecoming Queen, Miss BHS, Prom Queen, and received the 2009 Lady Rabbit (athlete) award. Did I mention that all of that was only THIS year?! And if that wasn't enough, she was Salutatorian, too! She gave a great speech that made people laugh, and she mentioned my family (along with her parents & a family from her church) in her "thank you's" as she was awarded her diploma. *tear* Oh ya, and someone in town gave her a car...Yes, GAVE her a car! A nice one, too. A 2009 Honda Accord that was exactly what she wanted. God prompted someone to do it, and they obeyed. How cool is that?!

What's even better than all the accomplishments & stuff is the fact that Kendra is an awesome person. She is super sweet & loves Jesus! She really is a good girl, and I'm so happy to see all the blessings she has received this year. And I'm proud to call her my cousin & my friend. :) Her whole family is great, actually. I absolutely love my Uncle Chris & Aunt Karla (I was their flower girl almost 27 years ago...Aw!) Their sons Kirby & Kevin are super great. I fully expect to see Kirby run in the 2012 Olympics, and I know that Kevin is destined for greatness, too! I had a great time with them this weekend, as usual. Here are a few pictures...

Kendra, Aunt Karla, Kirby, Uncle Chris, & Kevin

Kendra giving her speech

Isn't she just beautiful?

Phase 10 at 2:00am (or so)...just waiting for Taylor to throw the game away to Kevin (ha ha)

"Best Night of Our Lives"

(by Everyday Sunday)

I got this song as a FREE download last week & have listened to it many times since then! I already liked Everyday Sunday, so I was excited to get a free song. It's somewhat appropriate for my cousin's graduation weekend, though it's more like a "going off to college" song. I totally know the feeling behind the line that says, "Feeling like we don’t know what’s to come, we'll be thinking where we first begun and trying to relive it all somehow." I don't think I try to relive high school, but there are times that I would certainly like to live without all the responsibility involved with being an adult! Stay tuned for more on Kendra's graduation...

Friday, May 29, 2009

"How Could I Ask For More?"

(by Cindy Morgan)

"There's nothing like the warmth of a summer afternoon
Waking to the sunlight, and being cradled by the moon
Catching fireflies at night
Building castles in the sand
Kissing Mama's face goodnight
Holding Daddy's hand
Thank you, Lord, how could I ask for more?

Running barefoot through the grass
A little hide and go seek
Being so in love, that you can hardly eat
Dancing in the dark, when there's no one else around
Being bundled 'neath the covers
Watching snow fall to the ground
Thank you, Lord, how could I ask for more?

So many things I thought would bring me happiness
Some dreams that are realities today
Such an irony the things that mean the most to me
Are the memories that I've made along the way

So if there's anything I've learned
From this journey I am on
Simple truths will keep you going
Simple love will keep you strong
'Cause there are questions without answers
And flames that never die
Heartaches we go through are often blessings in disguise
So thank you, Lord
Thank you, Lord
How could I ask for more?"

OK, I know I keep posting old school songs, but please take note that I graduated in 1993! I am on my way to my beautiful cousin's high school graduation, and since I sang this song at my Baccalaureate, I thought it was fitting. It can actually be fitting for many parts of life; but to me, it sorta represents the end of childhood. One part of the song that I have definitely found to be true is the line that says, "...the things that mean the most to me are the memories that I've made along the way." Kendra, I pray that you make many happy memories along the way!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"By Your Side"

(by Tenth Avenue North) By Your Side - Over and Underneath (Bonus Video Version)

By Your Side by Tenth Ave. North on Grooveshark

"Why are you striving these days?
Why are you trying to earn grace?
Why are you crying?
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love?
Why are you still searching?
As if I'm not enough?
To where will you go, child
Tell Me, where will you run?
To where will you run?

I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
Please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands at My side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life


'Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I'll love you
I'll never let you go


Maybe I'm the only one who has ever struggled with this, but I sometimes find myself trying to earn my relationship with God. I forget about His grace and feel like I have to DO something to deserve His love. I know the truth, but I still have a hard time grasping it.

Then, I think about my kids & start to get it. I have loved them since the moment I knew they were growing inside of me..even before that, actually! They didn't have to DO anything. Even when they mess up, I may be disappointed, but I still love them immensely.

If I can love my kids that way, then God can surely love me just as I am. And just because I am His! Has anybody else ever found yourself feeling like you have to DO something to earn God's love? Is there a verse, book, song or anything that you found that really helped you grasp it?

Saturday, May 23, 2009


(by David Cook)

With the American Idol finale this week, I was reminded of how talented David Cook is. I really like this song, and I'm quite impressed that he was able to sing it without crying. I have listened to it several times this week, & I thought I'd post it in faith that I will never have the need to post it regarding my mister. I'm not real sure why I haven't bought David Cook's album, but I really do like his voice. It kinda reminds me of Chris Daughtry's voice. [He's the only Idol contestant I ever voted for, yet somehow Daughtry hasn't made it's way into my blog. Hmmm...that's weird! But, there's a new album coming out on Christopher's birthday, & I'm really stoked about that! I'm sure there'll be some Daughtry posts after that!] Well, I'm off to perform my duties as Soccer Mom! I hope everyone has a good Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Something Good This Way Comes"

(by Jakob Dylan) Jakob Dylan - Seeing Things - Something Good This Way Comes

"Got my window open wide
I got my window open wide
Got a good woman by my side
Got a good woman by my side

Now this kind of day has no night
Yeah, this kind of day has no night
And I ain’t got much on my mind
I ain’t got much on my mind

‘Cause I know something good this way comes

Now watching the streets fillin' up
Watching the streets fillin' up
In the shade of the summer sun
In the shade of the summer sun

Got sweet apple pie on the stove
Got sweet apple pie on the stove
The birds they’re all flyin’ low
The birds they’re all flyin’ low

‘Cause they know something good this way comes
Yeah, something good this way comes

The trouble, doll, is not moving mountains
But digging the ground that you’re on
If it’s true that good fortune gives no chase
We got just what it takes

Collar up on my coat
The collar up on my coat
Trucks are pullin’ in for the show
Trucks are pullin’ in for the show

Grasshopper jump in the road
Grasshopper jump in the road
Kids they’re all running home
The kids they’re all running home

‘Cause they know something good this way comes
Yeah, something good this way comes


Got my window open wide
Got my window open wide
I got a good woman by my side
I got a good woman by my side

‘Cause I know something good this way comes..."

Well, something good this way came! My mister is the best ever! He bought me a creamer & sugar set from MudStuffing ~>my absolute favorite seller on Etsy! Chris says I have a crush on there such thing as a "pottery crush"? If there is, I totally have a pottery crush on that guy!

Since I sold my entire set of dishes a few months ago, I have been needing (OK, wanting) a few items to replace the completer set that came with it. So I've been sorta stalking my pottery crush's shop, occasionally reading his blog & longing for a piece of his pottery. Well, what do you know?...he put this set on sale last week!

I told my mister that it was on sale, but I honestly had no idea that he would buy it for me!! I walked into the kitchen last night, and behold, it was waiting for me on the counter! :)

Anyone want to come over for coffee?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"Happy Day"

(by Fee)

"The greatest day in history
Death is beaten, You have rescued me
Sing it out, Jesus is alive

The empty cross and empty grave
Life eternal, You have won the day
Shout it out, Jesus is alive
He's alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same
Oh no, forever I am changed

When I stand in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours, Jesus You are mine

Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate, Jesus is alive
He's alive


& oh, what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
& oh, what a glorious day
What a glorious name



What a glorious glorious day
I'll never be the same"

What beautiful days we've had this week! I'm sad to see them go, because I fear we won't see these temperatures again until October. Yep, hotness is just one of the joys of living in the Lone Star State!

Other than beautiful weather, there's not much blogworthy stuff going on. Chris had an appointment with his oncologist last week, as a follow up to the procedure he had last month to remove fluid from his lung. We're assuming the chest x-rays were OK, since we haven't heard anything. It looks like he won't go back for three months.

I went scrapbooking all weekend long, & I've been trying to catch up on my sleep! My 8-year-old son is now about to turn 6 in his album, so I'm making progress! Elly (who is 10) is about to start 3rd grade in hers, which makes her almost 9. One day, maybe in another year or so, I will post a song announcing that I'm officially caught up! Hmmm...I wonder what song I can use for that?! I'm already using "Happy Day" today!

Speaking of...yes, I totally realize that the song is about Jesus saving me from my sins. But, the title is appropriate for the happy days we're having! Title-wise, I also thought about "Beautiful Day", but I really like this song better, so there! And yes, I also know that Fee didn't write this song; but I like their version (as with other songs that I post that have multiple artists). So, if you haven't checked Fee out already, you totally should!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


(by Wideawake)

This one is a little old school, but I'm an old school kind of person. It has been one of my favorite songs for years now. My favorite memory involving this song would have to be in Hollywood. Some of the people in our group worked on a human video to perform at Venice Beach. We didn't actually get to do any of the skits we worked on, but we spent a lot of time listening to this song while the group worked on it! My favorite line is, "If my life was in your hands. My destiny your own. Would you kill your Hero?"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Give Until There's Nothing Left"

(by Relient K) Give Until There's Nothing Left - Five Score and Seven Years Ago

"No one told me the right way
The right way to go about this
So I'll figure it out for myself
Cuz how much is too much to give You?
Well I may never know
So I'll just give until there's nothing else

Yeah I'll give give give (until there's nothing else)
Give my life (until it all runs out)
Give give (and I'll have no regrets)
I'll give until there's nothing left
I'll give

No one told me how bad I need You
But I somehow arrived at that conclusion all by myself
And I want all You have to offer
So I offer myself and I'll just give until there's nothing else


Sometimes it seems like all I ever do
Is ask for things
Until I ask too much of you
But that's not the way I wanna live
I need to change
Yeah something's got to give
Yeah something's got to


I just wanted to share something that made me smile today. I believe I alluded to a hefty tax bill last month, so we are trying even harder to not spend ANY extra money. Well, nothing HUGE happened today, but it was nice to be reminded that God cares about the little things...

Elly has a Scholastic book order due tomorrow, & she has the perfect book picked out. She told me that she has a credit for something she ordered last month that was out of stock; but she has no clue of the value of said credit. So, in this wonderful, technologically advanced world that we live in, I emailed her teacher. Elly's book was only worth $3, but her teacher has an additional credit for $5 [that Scholastic gave HER to replace the book Elly ordered ~ I'm not sure how it works, but that's what she told me]. So, she wants Elizabeth to use that credit, too, for a total of $8. Guess how much Elly's desired book costs? You guessed it: $8. How cool is that?!

This was just a small reminder of how giving God is. I seem to always be asking Him for stuff, but this time He gave before I ever thought to ask. And it makes me want to give back to Him in whatever way that I can.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Handful Of Weeds"

(by Sherri Easter)

"Four years old with dirt on my face
I'd been out in the yard
Pickin' dandelions all day
I burst through the front door
When I'd gathered enough
To give to my mom to show her my love
When I held out my hands
She looked down at me
She said, "I've never seen flowers as beautiful as these"

She's the one who told me about Jesus
She's the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an armful of roses
She's satisfied with a handful of weeds

Now that I'm older and out on my own
I wish I could find more time
To make it back home
I could've done better, I know in my heart
Than to scribble a note on a last minute card
And then she calls on the phone
The first thing she says
Is "I've read this card over and over again"


She's always known
What true love means
And I want her to know
What she means to me


I had never heard of this song until a teenager sang it at church this morning. There's more to it than the clip I found for my playlist, so I posted all of the lyrics. I thought it was a great song to post for my mom today. I love you, Mom. Happy Mothers' Day!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


(by David Gamboa)

David Gamboa is a talented guy that my mister has played bass with a lot lately. I just think he's the cutest! And his music makes me smile :)

Here's a picture of him (far left) with Talley, Blake & my mister...
From Blogger Pictures

{and if you're reading this, David, I promise I'm not a crazed stalker!}

Saturday, May 2, 2009

"All I Can Say"

(by David Crowder*Band)

OK, so this song isn't actually on my iPod. But I have listened to it more than any other song this week, because I've been reading Angie Smith's blog, and it's the 1st song on her playlist. I remember hearing about her story on the radio last year, but I have just recently found the blog that she started after finding out that her baby girl would not be viable outside of the womb.

While the story is terribly tragic, it is also very inspiring. I can't even begin to comprehend what she has been through & continues to go through. But through reading her story, I have hope that I can face my challenges with my faith intact. Something she said from the moment they got the diagnosis is, "I think that my Jesus is the same as He was before I walked into this room."

There is something so incredibly earth-shaking when you're going about life & suddenly get a terrible diagnosis, lose someone you love, or (fill in the blank). Your life forever becomes divided into two parts: before & after. Though my circumstances are entirely different, I know that I can confidently agree with Angie.

Jesus is the same as He was before Chris was diagnosed with cancer.

I can't pretend to know what His plan is, and I'm not going to pretend that I'm always OK with that! But I know that God is with me, and He is the same yesterday, today & forever. He is able to strengthen me & give me peace, and He can do it for you, too...with whatever you're facing.