Monday, June 29, 2009

"Up and Up"

(by Relient K)

"Yesterday was not quite what it could've been
As were most of all the days before
But I swear today, with every breath I'm breathing in
I'll be trying to make it so much more

'Cause it seems I get so hung up on
The history of what's gone wrong
That the hope of a new day is sometimes hard to see
But I'm finally catching on to it
Yeah, the past is just a conduit
And the light, there at the end, is where I'll be

'Cause I'm on the up and up
I'm on the up and up
And I haven't given up
Given up on what I know I'm capable of
Yeah, I'm on the up and up
Yeah, there's nothing left to prove
'Cause I'm just trying to be a better version of me for You
A better version of me for You

To be prosperous would not require much of me
You see, contentment is the one thing it entails
To be content with where I am and getting where I need to be
And moving past the past where I have failed

But I'm finally catching on to it
Yeah, the past is just a conduit
And the light, there at the end, is where I'll be


You never cease to supply
Me with what I need for a good life
So when I'm down, I'll hold my head up high
'Cause You're the reason why, yeah, You're why


I just wanted to let y'all know that I'm doing well. I know I've been a bit gloomy in the past. But right now, I'm good. My circumstances haven't really changed, but I have a goal (saving for a new house!), & I'm planning for the future. A future with my husband. Over the past 10 months, I haven't done much of that. But I am right now, and it feels good!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Man in the Mirror"

(by Michael Jackson)

"I'm gonna make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
A favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their need?

A summer's disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other
On the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, then make a change
(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)

I've been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It's time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me
Pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred
Somebody's broken heart
And a washed out dream
They follow the pattern of the wind ya see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me


To be completely honest, I haven't listened to music very much this week. My friend Naomi was in town with her daughter Elizabeth, so we were talking rather than listening to music. The kids went to VBS during the day, and they got in the car on Wednesday singing a song that reminded Naomi & I of today's song. So, we busted out singing it & doing the "white man biting his lip" dance [while the kids rolled their eyes]! Throughout the rest of that day & into the next one, we would randomly start singing it. Then at about 6:45 on Thursday night, we heard "Beat It" on the radio, & Chris informed us of Michael Jackson's death. We were like, "We've been singing one of his songs since yesterday..."

and sadly coincidental...

Other than that, we had a super great week & didn't spend too much money! Yay! We are actually looking into the possibility of buying a house this year {to take advantage of the tax credit!}, so now I am even more set on NOT spending money this summer! Our main obstacle right now is coming up with a down payment ~ so if you know anyone whose looking to get rid of some $, send them our way! (lol) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Father's Eyes"

(by Amy Grant)

"I may not be every mother's dream for her little girl
And my face may not grace the mind of everyone in the world
But that's alright as long as I can have one wish, I pray
When people look inside my life, I wanna hear them say

She's got her father's eyes
Her father's eyes
Eyes that find the good in things
When good is not around
Eyes that find the source of help, when help just can't be found
Eyes full of compassion, seein' every pain
Knowin' what you're goin' through, and feelin' it the same

Just like my father's eyes
My father's eyes
My father's eyes
Just like my father's eyes

On that day when we will pay for all the deeds we've done
Good and bad, they'll all be had to see by everyone
And when you're called to stand and tell just what you saw in me
More than anything I know, I want your words to be

She had her father's eyes, her father's eyes
Eyes that found the good in things when good was not around
Eyes that found the source of help when help would not be found
Eyes full of compassion, seein' every pain
Knowin' what you're goin' through and feelin' it the same

Just like my father's eyes..."

This one's an oldie but a goodie. When I was a little girl, I used to sing this at church on Father's Day. I think there's a picture of me somewhere with an awful perm, long beautiful dress & big ol' tennis shoes! But, I'm sure I looked beautiful to my daddy! I love you, Dad! Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


(by David Gamboa)

Yes, it's another David Gamboa song! This one happens to be a free download at right now!

The kids & I had a super great week at the lake with Dan & Sheryl! We went swimming several times, played dominoes or cards every night, went to a sprinkler park, did some crafts, loved on some dogs & swung on a tire swing. Sheryl is a great cook, so we had wonderful food! Sabrina & the kids came for a few days, too! I flirted quite a bit with a cute blond mohawked guy who gives the best hugs {no worries, Rhett is only 16 months!} Here are a few pictures from the week...

Friday, June 12, 2009

"Whole Wide World"

(by Wreckless Eric)

I don't know about you, but I completely missed this song the first time around. {Probably because I was a toddler?} And somehow, I didn't discover it when the Monkees sang it in the 80's. {I thought I was a fan!} But when Will Ferrell sang it in Stranger than Fiction, I sorta fell in love. I'll admit that the story the singer tells is sorta odd, but I love that he'd go the whole wide world just to find the girl for him. I just love the vibe of the song, & I think Elly agrees ~> she didn't know that I had it until this week, and I think she helped make it today's song.

Have a great weekend & a great week, too! I'll be at the lake (& away from technology), so I won't be able to post for awhile. I'd love to know if you actually miss me! ;)

Monday, June 8, 2009

"What Time Is It?"

(by the cast of High School Musical 2) The Cast of "High School Musical" - High School Musical 2 (Original Soundtrack) - What Time Is It

Yes, I really am posting a song from HSM2. I can't believe it myself. But, it seems fitting for the first week of summer break! {You don't have to push the "play" button!} I don't really feel it necessary to post the lyrics, but they're easy to find (if you really want to know them!)

So far, the summer has started out good! I picked the kids up on Thursday (their last day of school) & surprised them with a picnic at the park with friends. We ended up spending the entire afternoon with them, and it was great! This is the first summer (in a LONG time) that we have had more than 5 channels, so the kids pretty much vegged out in front of the TV on Friday, while I sorted through all of their school work. [I'm somewhat of a pack rat, so this is hard for me! But, I think I did well ~ I really just kept the personal stuff like stories that they wrote about their lives, really good drawings, & papers that the teacher wrote a "keep-worthy" comment on.] In case you're concerned that I'm going to sit my kids in front of the TV for the next 2½ months, rest assured: I actually have goals for this to be a FIT & FRUGAL summer!

Some of you IRL friends may remember how emotional I was last summer when my baby girl got on the scale & was only 10 pounds less than me. Until then, I think I was so afraid that she would end up with body image issues like me, that I never talked to her about weight & tried to just ignore it. The problem with that was the fact that I also never really taught her healthy eating & exercise habits. Seeing Elly pass the 100 mark on the scale jolted me into action, and I am so glad to report that she has not gained ONE pound since last summer! I have not put the focus on HER, but on the FAMILY being more healthy. With healthier snack options & portion control, we all seem to be making better choices. I haven't bought a box of Little Debbies since last summer, and I bake brownies & such WAY less often than I did before. We have also become exergamers! The kids do the Wii Fit every day, and I plan to do it, too. We actually went on a super long bike ride this morning {oh my gosh! I think I need my own bike! I used Cody's, and it was hard work!}

As for the other summer goal, I hope to be both frugal & FUN! It's easier said than done, but I am constantly looking for ideas. I bought Summer Movie Clubhouse passes from Cinemark for the kids & me. They are all movies that we've seen; but the pass (at only $5 a person) gets us into 10 movies throughout the summer. We'll be using Cinemark's air conditioning, and it'll get us out of the house for a few hours. I know that Michael's & The Home Depot have cheap or free classes/workshops on some Saturdays. The kids will be going to some events at our church, too. And, of course, we'll be getting together with friends & going to the pool. That's about all the ideas I have so far & 2½ months to fill...Any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Chasing the Daylight"

(by Phillip LaRue) Chasing

"Some say my faith is like wings made of wax
That it won't last
That I'm wasting my time
Have they ever felt love like this?
Grace like a gentle kiss?
Beauty so divine?

I was a soul stranded in bones before You
I was dream too afraid to dream without You
But now

I want to chase the daylight
Like it's the last day of my life
I want to run
Hide myself in the sun
And feel all these fears melt away
And I will never look back
No, I will never look back
I'm gonna live this life
Chasing the daylight

Oh, chasing You, Lord

There's still arrows in my heart
There's still times I fall apart
And all I am left with are "why's?"
But then Your love falls like a heavy rain
And my heavy heart doesn't feel the pain
When You're by my side


So open up the sky
And open up my eyes
Open up the sky tonight


Do you remember the band LaRue from about 10 years ago? It was a Christian brother & sister duo that had some success on The Disney Channel. My favorite songs of theirs were "Someday" & "Reason". I hadn't heard anything from them in a long time, until I got this free download about a month ago. At first, I didn't realize who it was. But, what do you know? He's the brother in LaRue, and he's making a comeback! In the meantime, he has been a producer for bands like Over the Rhine & Tenth Avenue North ~ nice!

I really like the sound & message of today's song. I can't pick a favorite line, because there are too many. If I had to pick something, I'd say the whole 2nd verse ~ how he talks honestly about the arrows in his heart & being left with unanswered questions, but God's love sustains him. I completely understand that! And what a great way to live life: chasing the daylight.

One final reason why I like Phillip LaRue & this song: he reminds me of David Gamboa, especially when he says, "like it's the last day" & "open up the sky". :D

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

(performed by Bob Thorp)

I've got two totally unrelated sports items to talk about today! First, the kids & I finally got to meet Ryan Moats last night! He has been working with Christopher's company for a month or so. Chris kept telling me that Ryan was a pretty cool guy, and I must say that I agree! And he was totally cool about taking a picture with my kiddos!

From 2009 Spring & Summer

Secondly, we got to go to an Astros game last night, too! {hence the song choice} I haven't been to a game since Craig Biggio's number retirement ceremony in August (which was awesome). Chris got the tickets from work, and they were really good seats. We didn't get to watch the whole thing, though. We were late getting there and had to leave early because it was a school night. But, we shared a funnel cake & saw Lee hit a home run, so it was totally worth the parking money!
From 2009 Spring & Summer