Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Busy, Busy"

(by Veggie Tales) Busy,



I'm busy working on my list! I promise a couple of posts SOON! & I'm hoping to catch up on your blogs soon, too! I hope everyone is having a super great week! I'm off to do a little baking & digging...

Amy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Bang Your Head"

(by Quiet Riot) Bang





If you know me at all, then you probably guessed from today's title that a MIShap was involved! Two, actually! 'Cuz that's just the way we roll!

To give a little background...Pepper & I wake the kids up each morning by snuggling with them for a little bit. Yes, they're 9 (& 3/4) & just a few weeks shy of 12, but they still allow their mom to do this, so I'll take it! Thank you very much! Seriously though, I know this won't last forever, but I will thoroughly enjoy it while it lasts!

Anyways, this morning when I went into Cody's room, he was stretched out across the entire bed, & there was no room for Pepper & me. I rubbed his back & said, "Good morning, Son!" He opened one eye & rolled over, banging his head on the solid wood bunk bed. Not to be outdone by my son, I slid under the covers & promptly banged my head, too!

I guess clumsiness runs in the family!

You knew where this was going by the title, but did you guess that there were two in a row?! I can just hear one of my high school teachers saying, "It's a Twofer!" [Two for Tuesday ~ where he'd surprise us with two quizzes on a random Tuesday. Only this is much better than a pop quiz, right?]

Amy

Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Underdressed"

(by Stellastarr*) Underdressed



I was going to do my usual Saturday post, but I actually had something to talk about. I have never claimed to be high class, but today I realized that I am far from it. I showed up to a bridal shower completely underdressed. I wore a cute top, jeans & closed toed flats. Not sure why I thought that was appropriate. I've worn that type of thing to a casual baby shower, but not to a bridal shower. I really haven't been to a bridal shower in a long time, but I should've known better than that. I really don't know what I was thinking! As soon as I walked in and saw dresses & slacks, I wanted to cry. Oh well, it's over, & nobody judged me outwardly. But I learned a valuable lesson: you can never go wrong with a nice top & slacks when going to a shower.

As the song says, though, "But it's the people you meet. It's the conversations you have that last." The shower was for my best friend from middle school. I haven't seen her in several years, and I'm pretty sure that Elizabeth was a baby the last time I saw her mom & sister. I'm hoping they were more happy to see me than to care that I was wearing jeans. I'll look much nicer at the wedding. I promise!

Amy

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"SYATP Bohemian Rhapsody Parody"



My baby girl went to her first See You at the Pole today! I thought this video was kinda funny ~ & yes, Elly got permission to go! I remember participating in my first SYATP as a high school student in 1990 or 91! It's awesome to see what it has become & the amount of students who participate in praying for their classmates, teachers, schools, leaders, country...

I don't have pictures from the first year or so that we did it at WHS, but I have a couple from my Senior year. They're in bad shape, but I thought I'd humor y'all anyways!





& to go with the old school pics, I've included a couple of songs that were our "theme" for our SYATP in September 1992!





Oh. yes. Beyond cool.

Seriously, though, I thank God for youth pastors like Rick Eubanks ~ who encouraged his students to pray for their friends at their school flagpoles back in 1990. What began in little ol' Burleson, Texas, has now become a worldwide prayer movement that includes over 2 million people in all 50 states & more than 20 countries!

Amy

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Not Alone"

(by Seabird) Not





Regarding today's song, it's Seabird...Need I say more?

Once again, I've had quite a busy weekend & just now have the chance to post my song of the week...I'm sorry if I let you down! I'd like to say I won't do it again, but I know I will! Plus, I'm pretty sure I haven't actually let anyone down! So, there's no reason to make a promise I can't keep!

Anywho, I went to an all day crop yesterday & completed 28 pages! The problem is that I barely scrapbooked all summer, so I'm still behind. I'm almost 3 years behind in my baby girl's album but only 1 year behind in the boy's. I'm not sure how that happened, but I totally need to fix that! She's older, so hers should be caught up first, right? My disclaimer (in case she discovers this fact & complains) is that I have technically completed the same number of years in both of their albums.

So, I have to share an outrageous comment that was made about me today! I probably shouldn't even tell this story, but it was so crazy that I just have to tell it! A collector called our house today & told my mister that I had used language that was inappropriate!

ME!!

Can you believe that?! {For the record, my mister couldn't either!}

Well, remember that card I paid off awhile back? There was some fine print [amidst a bunch of other fine print that I didn't read] about calling for a payoff amount, so I only thought I paid the balance in full. Around mid-August, I received a bill for about $14 in interest/finance charges that had accrued before we paid the balance. I called the credit card company to see if they would waive it. [I'm really not trying to cheat the system! I know that credit card companies do this type of thing.] Well, they wouldn't waive it, which I thought was craziness. And I told her so! To [attempt to] make a long story short, after several minutes of conversation, the representative (we'll call her Rose) told me not to pay my bill yet & that she would call me back.

So I didn't pay my bill & completely forgot about it until I got another bill this past Monday. I was going to call them ~ but before I got the chance, a collector called me! I explained the situation to her, but she was still insistent that I pay the bill (which included about $1 in additional fees). I explained the situation again, this time pulling out my notes & reading word for word what Rose had told me. This time, I mentioned the Rose's name, and I guess the collector finally felt like I wasn't just talking smack. She put me on hold, and when she came back on the phone she explained that I was going to have to talk to Rose. But of course she wasn't in that day, so my call was sent to her voicemail. I left an awkward message & didn't hear back from her again.

Then today, a collector called & talked to my mister...Oh ya, the inappropriate language?...

Crap. I said, "Crap." Or more specifically [in regards to the fine print], "Nobody reads that crap."

Now, for the record: I'm completely aware of the fact that I legally owe the stupid finance charge, regardless of whether I read it or not. They state in writing (albeit with a bunch of other crap) that I am supposed to call for a payoff balance, and their method for calculating the finance charges is printed on the back of the statement. I get that. It's just the principle of the matter. You know ~ in the old days, when you paid the balance, that was it (except for car payments & mortgages). But that is seriously not even the issue now! Honestly, if Rose hadn't told me not to pay the bill until I heard back from her, I would have begrudgingly paid the stupid $14 a month ago! It has now become about $16 (if I pay by the 29th). While it won't break the bank, I think it's stupid that I am now being charged MORE because I listened to Rose & didn't pay it!

And apparently I used inappropriate language.

Amy

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Fly Away"

(by Lenny Kravitz) Fly



I was in the backyard the other day when a beautiful pink dragonfly came to see me!


That evening, there were hundreds of them flying all around. It was so cool! I think they liked my new [to me] chair from Cassie:


I was going to take it to Good Will for her, but I thought it would look cute on my patio! {& she said I could keep it!} It had pillows with this fabric:


But I thought I could make them match better. I pulled out the leftover fabric from my patio table chairs, but it was too matchy! Since the wood didn't match anything else out there, I didn't really want the fabric to completely match. Plus, I needed about 1/2 yard, & there wasn't quite enough. So, I went to Hobby Lobby & found this coordinating fabric:


What's even better is that I got it for cheap! Their fabric was only 30% off, so I decided to check the remnant bin, & lo and behold: there was 7/8 yard in there at 50% off! It is more along the lines of what I was wanting for my glider cushion before I found that one for 98¢. After covering the pillows for the chair, I had just enough fabric left to make coordinating pillows for my glider :)


Does that just make you happy, or what?! This was the reason that I had my sewing machine out a couple of weeks ago {as I mentioned in my t-shirt post} ~ I'm sure y'all have been waiting on the edge of your seat to see what I had been working on, huh?

Amy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Freedom Calling"

(by Daniel Bashta) Freedom





I'm participating in:

over at Internet Cafe today!
Head over there for more encouragement from the Word of God!

Amy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Splish Splash"

(by Bobby Darin) Splish





Recently, I was reminded of this little MISspeak that occurred almost 12 years ago. I may have mentioned a time or two how much I love taking baths. When my kids complain about having to take a bath or shower, my mister teases me by saying to them, "Isn't Mom weird? Her favorite time of the day is bath time!" {At which, of course, they giggle & look at me like I'm the weirdest person on the planet!} That being said, imagine how devastated I was after having been instructed by my OB to abstain from my bubble baths for six weeks after I had my babies!

Which leads me to today's story...

It was a Sunday morning, and I had just met a young lady who was visiting our church for the very first time. She asked me how old my baby girl was, and I replied, "Six weeks today!" Then I excitedly said, "I get to take a bath tonight! I haven't had a bath in six weeks!" The new girl looked at me incredulously as I realized what I had just blurted out. I quickly added, "Well, I've taken showers!!"

Have you ever made such a stinky first impression?

Amy

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Love Will Find You"

(by Julie Miller) Love





I'm sorry I'm late again! The reason for today's song is that I finally got a digital version of Meet Julie Miller! I've had the tape since 1990, but I haven't been able to get the CD because it's out of print. Over the past 7 or 8 years, I've checked ebay & iTunes every so often. It hasn't been on iTunes & has always been $50 or more on ebay, which is a little over budget for a CD! When looking for the link to the Julie Miller album that's on my top album list, I discovered that Meet Julie Miller is now on iTunes! I was so excited, because I was able to download it for only $10! I think I've been patient enough through all these years, so I deserved to splurge on a little music! All that said, this is one of my all-time favorite Julie Miller songs. I know that her voice is an acquired taste (like Cyndi Lauper's), but the lyrics to her songs are super great!

I know that I've already rambled on long enough about stuff you really don't care about, but I have to share a memory + a random fact that I discovered while reminiscing...A couple of years ago, I talked about when I got to meet Julie Miller. If memory serves me right, I found out she was in town on the day of the concert. The kids were little, and I didn't feel like I could ask someone to watch them on the spur of the moment like that. So, I asked my friend Natalie if she would like to go with me, so my mister could stay home with the kids. In hindsight, I really can't believe I dragged her to a concert for someone she wasn't even a fan of, & I don't even know if I paid her way! {I'm so sorry if I didn't! I totally should have, but I don't recall doing it. Please forgive me for having no class whatsoever!}

Anyways, the most awesome thing happened after the encore...Natalie & I stood by the door where Julie Miller was exiting ~ and when I asked if I could get a picture with her, she ushered me out with her. It was a little crazy, though, because the bouncer-type guy stopped Natalie from exiting with us, so she was stuck inside the venue with our purses & the camera! After a few moments, we were able to get the guy to understand that Natalie was with me, & he let her out! Then, we got to hang out in Julie's RV for awhile. I know it didn't mean so much to Natalie ~ but this had been my favorite singer for 11 years, so it was a huge big deal to me!

OK, so now for the random fact: iTunes is one day older than Cody. Cool, huh? Bear with me while I explain how this relates...While we were in the RV, somehow the subject came up about how much her out of print CDs were selling for on ebay. She expressed that she felt bad that people were paying so much & that she would like to give them away, if only she had some left. As I was remembering that conversation & getting my thoughts together for this post, I got to thinking about why it didn't cross our minds at the time to just have her albums digitized & put on iTunes. Well, apparently iTunes (the application, not the store) was still pretty new (like 1 year, 9 months & 1 day old). According to Wiki, at the time of the conert the iPod had only been out for about a year (it was released in October 2001). There wasn't an iTunes Store until about six months after the concert (April 2003), & iTunes was a Mac-only application for another six months after that (October 2003). You could download songs through Napster before iTunes (it started in 1999), but an artist &/or record company wouldn't have been too keen on that! And although there were digital audio players before the iPod (& Windows media player before ITunes, for that matter), the launch of the iTunes Store in 2003 established the model of selling individual songs and albums. So, there you have it: after chasing that long rabbit trail, the reason it didn't cross our minds was because digital music wasn't really a big thing at the time! {Natalie, you've always been way cooler than I am, so you may have been listening to digital music already! But I was still listening to tapes & CDs on my boombox for at least another six months or so!}

Now that you've read some random digital music history, I'd like to ask a question or two: When did you start listening to digital music? Do you still buy CDs?

Amy

Friday, September 10, 2010

"All That Is Not Music Is Silence"

(by The Sleep Design) All



If you're friends with me on facebook, you may have already seen the note about my Top 15 Albums:



Since it's all about music, I thought it would be fun to post on here! I only had 15 minutes to come up with it, so I'm sure it would be slightly different if given more time. There are loads of albums that'll always stick with me simply for the memories that they hold, like Kenny Rogers ~ The Gambler (we totally had it on 8-track). & I know there are many other old school albums that were more meaningful to me than the ones that I listed, like the stuff I listened to during my high school days (by artists such as Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman...). But this list is what I came up with in 15 minutes!

In case you can't read the picture above, I've included the list below:

  1. Julie Miller ~ Orphans & Angels
  2. Across the Universe Soundtrack
  3. 100 Portraits & Waterdeep ~ Enter the Worship Circle
  4. FM Static ~ Dear Diary
  5. Superchick ~ Beauty From Pain
  6. Then & Now... The Best of the Monkees
  7. Welcome to the Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus
  8. Daughtry (self-titled album)
  9. Hawk Nelson ~ Letters to the President
  10. Chicago 17
  11. Switchfoot ~ The Beautiful Letdown
  12. Relient K ~ Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer
  13. Taylor Swift ~ Fearless
  14. The Beach Boys ~ Made In the U.S.A.
  15. David Gamboa ~ Dandelion Heart

Truth be told, I had a little longer than 15 minutes, because I had my note all typed when a glitch caused me to lose everything! When I tried to remember all that I had typed, I only came up with 14. I had completely forgotten The Choir ~ Wide-Eyed Wonder. I won't tell you which album wasn't originally on the list, because they are all super awesome! & I know I'm only supposed to have 15, but The Choir album is too awesome to leave off this list.

I'd love to know your top albums!! Won't you play along with me? Please consider yourself tagged! You can either leave me a comment or post the list on your blog (but let me know, so I can read it). Either way is cool ~ & if you don't have the time to come up with 15, then just tell me your all-time favorite!

Amy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"I'm Too Sexy"

(by Right Said Fred) I'm

I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred on Grooveshark



I didn't post today's song because I actually think that about myself ~ I picked it for this line:


"I'm too sexy for my shirt."

Because I have officially completed one of the items on my list: the t-shirt refashion!!

I know that refashioning a t-shirt isn't something most people would put on a list of things to do before they die, but it was part of my effort to do more crafty things! Also, I wanted to put something on the list that I could actually accomplish soon {so I could start crossing things off!} Plus, by putting it on there, I would actually do it!

Anyways Jana sent me the link to a t-shirt refashion tutorial MONTHS ago, & I finally got the nerve to try it! I bought the shirt like the week after I got the link, but I've been afraid that I would ruin it. So it stayed on the hanger in my closet all. summer. long.

I had my sewing machine out last week, working on a project that I plan to blog about later. Since I had it out, I also took in a shirt that was a little too blousy. After stalling for days {yet leaving the sewing machine out, because I really did want to do the shirt refashion}, I finally got the guts to do it! I mean, seriously, the shirt cost about $3! What would it hurt if I ruined it?! I didn't do it exactly like the tutorial, because I decided I didn't want quite as much texture.

So, without further ado...Here's the shirt:


{please excuse the horrible pics ~ I've never claimed to be a photographer!}

& here I am wearing my newly refashioned shirt:

{please excuse my washed out face & awful hair ~ I've never claimed to be a model, either!}

& here's a little close-up of the texture detail:


Yay for online tutorials! Have you taken advantage of any lately?

Amy

Monday, September 6, 2010

"La La La (Around the World)"

(by ATC)

I googled "labor day songs" to see if there were any worth posting today. Most of the songs were union stuff or sad tales about death on the job. Then, I came across this post on a Europop blog, where somebody has given a little history on today's song. It's completely random & doesn't pertain to Labor Day, but I like it!



I don't have much to say (nor the time to say anything), so I'll leave you with this scripture that our pastor spoke on yesterday:

What do people really get for all their hard work?
I have thought about this in connection with the various kinds of work God has given people to do.
God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
He has planted eternity in the human heart,
but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.
So I concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they can.
And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor,
for these are gifts from God.
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose in this is that people should fear Him.
Whatever exists today and whatever will exist in the future has already existed in the past.
For God calls each event back in its turn.
(Ecc 3:9-15, NLT)

He also mentioned the following verse {that I love}:

"You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence
and the pleasures of living with You forever."
(Psalm 16:11, NLT)


Amy

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"It's On"

(by the cast of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam) It's





Oh. yes. I. did. I completely understand if I lose readers after this admission, but I totally watched Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam with my baby girl last night. And, seeing as that's all we've heard about on Disney this week, I thought this song was appropriate for today. I know. I'm lame & immature.

This week has been much calmer than the last! I had some down time & have been quite domestic! I had my sewing machine out & accomplished some things that I'll tell you about later (after I get some good pics). I haven't volunteered at either school yet, so this week wasn't as busy as some will be. I was set to go to the middle school one day last week, but another mom asked me to trade days with her. Then, the coordinator reworked the schedule ~ so instead of going in this week, I won't go until next week. That was a nice little reprieve, because I really needed to rest this week! I wasn't available when there was a need at the elementary school, so I'll try to go up there next time. I did go to MOPS for the first time since I had preschoolers! So far, I haven't done anything very "mentor-like" yet, because we were just getting to know each other at this meeting.

I don't know if you remember the post where I talked about how exhausted I was, but I found out why! Turns out I have B12 anemia. Who knew? When I've had blood work done throughout the years, I've always been told that I was slightly anemic. I always thought they meant that my iron was low. Well, apparently it's my B12 that is the problem. I should've gone to the doctor a long time ago, but I've been incredibly tired since we moved a year ago. I kept blaming it on that! On a side note, my baby girl had trouble with her B12 about five years ago, too. Her doctor tested her for several things & kept asking me if I'd ever had a problem with my B12. I told him about being anemic, but that wasn't the answer he was looking for. {Weird, huh? 'Cuz I think he should've asked if it was my iron or B12, don't you?} Anyways, Elly's levels were dangerously low for quite awhile. Fortunately, after a year or so, a bunch of tests, & several different supplements, she was able to maintain a healthy level.

Well, I'm off to do something fun with the kids! I hope y'all have a super great weekend!!

Amy

Friday, September 3, 2010

"Closer to Love"

(by Mat Kearney) Closer

Closer To Love by Matt Kearney on Grooveshark

Two years ago today, I got the phone call that this song talks about.

The one that took my breath away.

The one that brought me to my knees.

OK, so it wasn't actually a phone call. {Thank you, Erick, for telling my mister that YES, indeed, he should go home & tell me he had cancer ~ not just call me!} But it was news nonetheless that nobody ever wants to hear. Before that day (& for awhile afterward), I didn't believe it could happen to me.

But it did.

And it was life-changing.

Faith-shaking, even.

I would be lying if I said I'm OK with it all & trust God implicitly with it. I have accepted it now, and I trust God to take care of me. But if I can be completely honest here, I have times when I doubt that He has my best intentions in mind. That may sound horrible, but it's true. I know that He loves me, but I still have times when I feel forgotten. Or maybe not forgotten, but just sorta set to the side. A little out of sight or something.

Please don't read my words and think I've lost my faith or anything! Like I said last year, I don't know how people can get through a situation like this without God. He has been my refuge throughout this process. He has been my strength, my peace, my joy, my song.

I just have this battle going on inside of me. I know that his cancer hasn't metastasized at this point, and I should focus on the positive. But it's so hard, because he will never be declared "cancer free", & the threat of metastasis is always there in the back of my mind. I mean, to me, 50% chance is huge. I'm generally a "glass half full" type of person, but not when it comes to the chance that my husband's cancer will spread and he would die. I wish that I were more positive about it; but I'm afraid to expect the best, in case the worst happens.

And sometimes I have a hard time praying & believing for my husband's healing. I don't blame God for this, but I know that He allowed it. And sometimes I get a little mad about that. And that causes me to distance myself from Him at times. But as the song says, "He pulls me out of the dark." Sometimes I allow myself to go back there, though. I have definitely been/sometimes still am that girl crying in my room, praying "Lord, come through." I don't know how long it will take me to simply trust. But I'm going to get there soon.

Because He pulls me out of the dark and closer to Love. Closer to Him.

Amy

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Summer Scarves"

(by Butch Walker) Summer



I bought a cute new scarf the other day, but I promise this post is about WAY more than just a scarf! It's about fashionABLE scarves that provide jobs for women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.



I thought I had it rough growing up on food stamps, but these women are selling their bodies to survive.

I don't know if you remember the post when I talked about joining Mocha Club, but I've been involved with this organization going on two years now. I originally joined because of Addison Road's efforts. Since then, several of my favorite artists have gotten involved. You can check out the projects that they are involved in by clicking on the following names: Amy Stroup, Hawk Nelson, Sanctus Real, & many others...

Mocha Club is currently offering the scarves for $15 (plus shipping) to friends & family of Mocha Club members. I'm not sure when, but the price is going up to $22 once the "friends & family" deal is over! If you can spare some extra bucks, head over there & buy one today! I don't profit from this deal, so please don't think I get a kick back or anything! I just love it when I can buy something cute that benefits someone who is less fortunate than I am.

Amy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"September"

(by Daughtry) September



I don't really have much to say today besides...

Is it seriously September?!

Man, this year is going by fast!

Amy