Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"You Can't Lose Me"

(by Faith Hill) You Can't Lose Me - It Matters to Me

I know that today's song is more about a girl growing up & leaving home, but I couldn't think of a better one! I had a "first" the other day that broke my heart. It's all OK now, but it made me realize that I'm just not ready for the years to come...

Baby girl had spent the night with a friend, and I had texted her the following afternoon to let her know I'd be picking her up a little while later. She immediately called me to say that they had just gotten to her friend's pool, so I told her to let me know when they were done & I'd pick her up then.

A couple of hours later, she texted me that she was staying for dinner.

Say what?

I don't know how you would've felt about that, but I didn't like it. I don't think she necessarily intended for it it come across like she was making the rules & telling me what she was going to do. But that's totally how it came out. Don't get me wrong, she's allowed to tell me what she's going to do when it comes to most everyday things here at home. But when it comes to plans outside of the home, she is supposed to ask for permission. Especially if I had already told her that I was going to pick her up after she went to the pool.

So...I told her that she hadn't asked permission, which prompted her to call & ask. We didn't have anything special planned for dinner or anything, but I needed her to do her chores before our houseguest arrived. Plus, I hadn't seen her since I dropped her off at school the previous morning! And it was the principle of the matter, ya know? There had been another incident recently where she wasn't ready when she was supposed to be, and Christopher had to completely rearrange his schedule. I know that there are a lot bigger issues that we could be dealing with ~ it just wasn't a good habit to start.

So I told her that she couldn't stay for dinner & that I would be leaving in a few minutes to pick her up. She didn't sound happy, and when I told her that I loved her she just said, "Bye".

Honestly, as I was saying "I love you", I knew she wouldn't say it back. But it still hurt my feelings :( That has never happened before. In fact, she actually says it first sometimes. Am I a big whiny baby that I shed a few tears on the way to pick her up? I guess it was just one of those moments when I realized that she's growing up, and there will continue to be times like that. She's not always going to agree with the rules & isn't always going to want to do what I want her to do. And I'm going to come across as a word that rhymes with witch. I'm so not looking forward to that part of the teenage years.

When I got to her friend's house, all was well. If she had been upset with me (which I'm sure she was), she had gotten over it by then. We laughed on the car ride home as she told me about her time with Kiya & I told her about the awkward handshake moment! :P

Please tell me I'll make it through the next six+ years with my heart intact! Is it possible?


Monday, August 29, 2011

"Every Time I Breathe"

(by Big Daddy Weave) Every Time I Breathe - Every Time I Breathe

Now that I'm able to get back into the routine of things, I am feeling more refreshed than I have been in awhile. I felt it only fitting that today's portion of my One Thousand Gifts be devoted to God. Today I am incredibly thankful for...

  1. Alone time with God!!!
  2. His love {that I am still only beginning to fathom}
  3. His faithfulness
  4. His forgiveness
  5. His peace
  6. His goodness
  7. His provision
  8. His redemption
  9. His presence
  10. His sovereignty
  11. His holiness
  12. His worth
  13. His understanding
  14. His sacrifice
  15. His strength
  16. His Son
  17. His guidance
  18. His truth
  19. His hope
  20. His salvation
  21. His Spirit
  22. His counsel
  23. His comfort
  24. His intercession
  25. I AM {God was, is & always will be}

I'd love to hear what you're grateful for today!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Beautiful Things"

(by Gungor) Beautiful Things - Beautiful Things

I have no idea why it has taken me this long to post today's song! I guess I got a little sidetracked by Mozella, Donavon & The Reliques. But I seriously LOVE Gungor, so you'll probably see a few more of their songs eventually. And I'm loving Abandon...I think I may already know what next week's song will be, unless I end up splurging on some other new tunes that I've been checking out...Anyways, back to today's song: I love it! I love the message, and I love how it sounds. I love how God makes beautiful things out of dust. And I love that He makes us new. As usual, I love the whole entire song. But I'd have to say that my favorite lyrics are:

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

And the part of the song that I like the most is when she sings, "You make me new, You are making me new..." ♥

I had a super great week, except for The Great Dr Pepper Tragedy of 2011:

There was a similar tragedy back in '06, and the van doors had only recently stopped sticking (because of the soda residue). This recent tragedy was much worse, except for the fact that I didn't lock myself out of the house this time...Anyways, I had precariously stacked four cases of Dr Pepper in the garage before I took the kids to school the other day. When I got home, I opened up my van door & (in my oh-so-graceful manner) knocked two cases off the top of the stack. 14 cans exploded & spewed out all over my garage. OK, just a portion of my garage, but it was still a crazy mess! There was seriously a river of Dr Pepper flowing under my van & onto the driveway. It was not fun. I don't particularly like Dr Pepper, so the worst part for me was having to clean it up...

As for the rest of my week, it was really good! Amy & I went to lunch with a new friend, and now we have plans to get together on a regular basis! :) Amy & I also had a mindless TV day, but we were rudely interrupted by Nicole (the one with the fabulous Unisuit) & didn't get to finish our show. I kid, I kid! She didn't rudely interrupt. She had some pictures that they were trying to print for our new youth building at church, & Amy is quite knowledgeable when it comes to all things photography-related. Nicole brought her computer over, and we tried to re-size the pics. {And by "we" I mean "they". I just played lovely music for Nicole to fall in love with!}

I worked a couple of times this week. There was a little down time after lunch one day, so I told Gary (the sunshine boss) that I was going to get a milkshake. He asked if I'd pick up some food for him & said he'd buy my shake! Then he had me ask the other two people in the office if they'd like something. Somehow I let Rob talk me into getting us both a large shake. Big mistake, because I proceeded to drink the entire thing & had a stomach ache for the rest of the day! Lesson learned: never listen to a man 3.5 times my size when he says that I need the same size shake as him.

I also got to play Barbies with my adorable little neighbor this week! She had them downstairs while she was napping, because "they were screaming & disobeying"! Kristi (her mom) & I were taking advantage of nap time and visiting while the house was quiet (except for the screaming Barbies). After Gracie's nap, she invited us to play Barbies with her. But before we played, she asked if she could pray. My sweet little neighbor had us bow our heads while she thanked God for Barbies with clothes that we could change & for all their colors of lipstick! :) How adorable is that?!

Awkward moment of the week: I was painting at the church yesterday, and Aaron (our youth associate) came up to me and introduced me to a guy who had been doing some community service hours at the church this week. I checked to make sure that my hand didn't have paint on it, then I stuck it out to shake the guy's hand. He stared at me awkwardly for a few seconds, and then he finally shook it. I turned around & got back to work as Aaron gave a few instructions & walked off. Then the guy said, "I'm sorry. I don't usually shake hands with women." I thought that was odd, but I figured maybe it was against his religious or something. [In my defense: he wasn't a member of my church, and he looked a little Middle Eastern. Please don't judge me!] Then he said, "I prefer hugs."


That was totally not was I was expecting! You probably won't believe this, but I was speechless. I promise you, I'm not making this stuff up! And because I know you're wondering: No, I did not hug him.

You'll be glad to know that I'm 6/7 in my goal to brighten up somebody's day! I have to admit that a couple of instances were purely accidental. I honestly was just being myself at work with a simple little MISspeak {smell/spell ~ though very similar in spelling, they have quite different meanings} & an accidental phone call. And I can't think of anything I did on Thursday to brighten anyone's day :( But guess what?! At least once each day this week, somebody has brightened up MY day!! How about that?!

Alrighty, I'm off to brighten up the smile at a time! :) OK, well I'm actually off to do a bit of housecleaning before our houseguest arrives! Jana's sister's new boyfriend needed a place to stay, so I get to grill him prepare the guest room for him! I hope you're having a super great weekend!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

"I Am"

(by Nichole Nordeman) I Am - Nichole Nordeman: The Ultimate Collection

"Pencil marks on a wall, I wasn't always this tall
You scattered some monsters from beneath my bed
You watched my team win
You watched my team lose
Watched when my bicycle went down again
And when I was weak, unable to speak
Still I could call You by name
And I said, Elbow Healer, Superhero
Come if You can
You said, I Am

Only sixteen, life is so mean
What kind of curfew is at 10pm?
You saw my mistakes
You watched my heart break
Heard when I swore I'd never love again
And when I was weak, unable to speak
Still I could call You by name
And I said Heartache Healer, Secret Keeper
Be my best friend
And you said, I Am

You saw me wear white by pale candlelight
I said forever to what lies ahead
Two kids and a dream, with kids that can scream
Too much it might seem when it is 2am
And when I am weak, unable to speak
Still I will call You by name
Shepherd, Savior, Pasture Maker
Hold onto my hand
You say, I Am

The winds of change and circumstance blow in and all around us
So we find a foothold that's familiar
And bless the moments that we feel You nearer

When life had begun, I was woven and spun
You let the angels dance around the throne
And who can say when, but they'll dance again
When I am free and finally headed home
I will be weak, unable to speak
Still I will call You by name
Creator, Maker, Life Sustainer
Comforter, Healer, my Redeemer
Lord and King, Beginning and the End

I Am
Yes, I Am"

I've been meaning to tell y'all about my birthday present from Marcie, & I finally have the chance! It needed its own post, because it has a song that goes along with it. I had never heard today's song until Marcie told me about it a couple of months ago. She said it made her think of me as a little girl whose mom had left and grandmother had died. She sent me the lyrics & said that the song reminded her that in those moments (in those days of fear and the unknown of my childhood), I Am was there. And I Am is here now.

For my birthday, Marcie gave me this beautiful necklace:

If you've been around here for long, then you know that the statement on the necklace already has plenty of meaning to me! But coming from Marcie, there are a couple of additional powerful truths that it represents. First, I AM & all that it means. And second, FREE! Not only freedom from Ed, but freedom from enslavement to the fear of death (Heb 2:14-15). She wrote it all out in a really sweet card that I will treasure forever. ♥ And when I wear the necklace, I remember what's true of God & because of that..what's true of me!

I hope you are encouraged by the truth that I AM was, is, and will always be with you no matter what! ♥


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


(by Art Garfunkel) Grateful - Across America

Since yesterday was the first day of school (hence there was an actual theme song), I'm a day late with my gratefulness post! I fully intend on continuing this every week at least until I reach one thousand. This week I am incredibly thankful for...

  1. A new school year
  2. The peacocks welcoming us back to school {I would love to have that kind of traffic jam every day!}
  3. My kids' teachers
  4. Cody's concern for his little Kindergarten friends {One was on the bus, & when he got off he had me call her mom to let her know she was OK. The other one wasn't on the bus, so he had me call & make sure she had been picked up!}
  5. My snuggly little friend Caleb
  6. His big sister Clara Belle
  7. Their parents {I'm tempted to write something here that THEY would think is hilarious, but everybody else would totally misinterpret. I'll refrain ~ but Jana, you totally know what I'd like to say!!}
  8. & their grandparents (who warm my heart! ♥)
  9. Moms in Touch
  10. Coffee with my friend Desiree
  11. Thoughtful "back-to-school" texts :)
  12. BBQ with friends {two days in a row!!}
  13. The IFI Program
  14. My super flexible part-time job
  15. Mad typing skills
  16. The funds to pre-buy "The Reckoning"
  17. Chapstick
  18. Gum
  19. Pens
  20. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  21. Finding out that I made someone smile :)
  22. Snuggling with my kids when I wake them up in the morning
  23. Snuggling with my kids when I tuck them in at night
  24. Lunch with a new friend :)
  25. My little neighbor who greeted my by saying, "You're gorgeous!"

What are you thankful for today? {& if you know of any songs that would be good for my One Thousand Gifts posts, please let me know! I figure I'll need about 40 of them! & I could use some help, as evidenced by today's song. Great words, but I must say I like him better with Simon}

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18


Monday, August 22, 2011

"We're Going to be Friends"

(by Jack Johnson) We're Going to Be Friends - Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George

My babies went back to school today...

This is my sweet boy's last year in elementary school :(

And my baby girl is now a 7th grader {in junior high school!}

Can we just freeze time now? Please?!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Brighten Up"

(by MoZella) Brighten Up - The Love - EP

Yesterday was my 3rd blogiversary!!! I don't have a fancy rhyming poem like my friend, but I wouldn't want to outshine her with my poetic awesomeness! {ha ha!} I didn't think to commemorate the day with a blog post, because I had other things on my mind. We'll blame Needtobreathe & new music for that! ;) Plus, I had a busy day ~ I met with my friend Desiree about Moms in Touch, took my sweet boy to lunch, picked up my baby girl from her friend's house, finished our back-to-school shopping & celebrated our friend Justin's birthday (with a bunch of people we've never met, but of course one of the ladies knows a friend of mine! ü)!

So we're setting records around these parts. But not fun records like Most Skips In 30 Seconds or Most Ferrero Rocher Chocolates Eaten In One Minute. Nope. Record high temperatures. Boo! The record has been broken for consecutive days of 100+ heat, and we're setting a new record each day now. I know I shouldn't complain, especially since my friends in Dallas have had it worse than we have. {That's part of why I like it better down here, humidity & all!} & it looks like tomorrow we'll tie the record for most 100+ days for an entire summer. & I'm pretty sure we're set to break that on Monday. Nice. The good news is it's not technically hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. The dashboard, on the other hand, is an entirely different story...

I totally forgot to tell y'all some good news last week! Remember the whole crazy bank/hospital check fiasco? It only took two months, 13 phone calls & three face-to-face encounters...but it was finally resolved, & the bank credited the money back to our account!

I told y'all last week that I had an eclectic mix of new tunes. I had been listening to my "Latest & Greatest" playlist on shuffle until about Wednesday, when I fell in love with today's song. After that, I pretty much only listened to MoZella. I know that she sounds like several other artists out there, & all of her songs sound similar to each other. But she's my favorite for today. I'm still liking Donavon, Gungor, Abandon & The Reliques ~ & I'll probably go back to the entire playlist soon. But for now, I'm loving MoZella. And in particular, The Love - EP ♥ And of course, today's song. It just may be my new theme song. Last week, one of my bosses told me that I'm their ray of sunshine! I was trying to tell him that there was nothing for me to do so I was going home, and I think he was just trying to make me feel needed! But still, he tried to convince me to stay because they kinda like having me around. So maybe I really do brighten up their day :) I'd like to make it my new goal to brighten up somebody's day every day. That's probably impossible, but I'm going to try! Yesterday, Cody & I were at McDonald's {the things we do for our kids, huh?!} and I saw this on my cup:

{I think Ronald McDonald would be happy with my new goal, don't you?!}

I hope your weekend is super!! ♥


Friday, August 19, 2011

"Drive All Night"

(by NEEDTOBREATHE) Drive All Night - Single - Needtobreathe

No, I'm not driving all night. Needtobreathe posted this video yesterday, and I had to share! It's better than most lyric videos, so you should totally watch it! You have no idea how ready I am for September 20th!! That's when "The Reckoning" comes out!! They've released a couple of singles off the album already (today's song & "Slumber"), but I'm holding out for the whole album. I'm working a few hours on Monday, & they're starting pre-orders on Tuesday ~ so I think I know where part of my money is going... :)


Thursday, August 18, 2011


(by Modest Mouse) Dashboard - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

One day last week {when everybody else was suffering} my friend Laura & I were actually happy about the 100 degree weather...


Laura had sent me the link to her friend's blog post about them near the beginning of the summer, and we finally had the chance to make them! I prepared the dough the night before & put it in the freezer:

I moved my van to the driveway that morning, so it would be nice & "pre-heated" :) We weren't instructed to thaw the dough, but it was too frozen to slice when Laura arrived at my house. So we set it on the counter (for maybe 30 minutes?) while we ate lunch. Once it had softened a little, we sliced it up & put our slices on wax paper-lined cookie sheets:

Then we took the cookie sheets outside & placed them in the dashboard:

We went out to check the temperature a few times ~ but we didn't want to let the heat out, so we didn't open the doors:

{ftr: I looked it up, and bacteria multiplies in temperatures ranging from 40-140 degrees. It was 140 degrees when we put the cookies in the van, so we're good!}

We checked the cookies after a few hours. They were crispy, but they didn't slide around on the wax paper:

So we left them for another 30 minutes:

They still didn't slide on the wax paper, but when I felt one of the cookies it broke. So we knew they were cooked all the way through! We were quite anxious to try them!!

They were delicious!! To quote Laura, they were "totally worth 100 degree weather!"

I know they don't look done, because sugar doesn't caramelize at 160 degrees. But they were perfect :)

Have you done anything fun in the sun lately?


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"We Meet at Last"

(by Layo & Bushwacka!) We Meet at Last - Night Works

Oh, Jana, you'll be pleased to know that this is another one of those Excedrin caffeine-induced posts that you love! {I hope this doesn't disappoint!} Here's a little bit of useless information for you: Excedrin Migraine & Excedrin Menstrual Complete have the same exact blend of active ingredients. And here's another little random tidbit: the migraine one lists caffeine's purpose as "pain reliever aid" & the menstrual one lists it as a diuretic. Interesting, huh? I heard that Excedrin Extra Strength is also the exact same as the two that I just mentioned, so I decided to save you the trouble & look it up. Guess what?! It's true! For the record: the Back & Body product doesn't appear to have caffeine, and the aspirin is "buffered" (so I guess that's different). & the Tension Headache one doesn't have aspirin (just twice the acetaminophen) but is formulated with caffeine. I could look up some others, but I'm sure that if you really cared you would look it up for yourself! Moving right along...

I was totally planning on telling y'all about what Laura & I did to take advantage of the heat last week. But I went & blurted something out yesterday that I just had to share! So you get a random MISspeak post in my

This is another one of those times when I said something possibly inappropriate-sounding to somebody else's husband. Yep, 'cuz that's how I roll...

At Meet the Teacher yesterday, I ended up in the t-shirt line with a lady that I thought I recognized from church. After making our introductions and realizing that we do go to church together, I asked her last name. She told me, & I excitedly said, "Is your husband here?!"

She looked at me (a little oddly) & said that he was. To which I replied (quite loudly, Cody told me later), "I HAVE to meet him!!!!!"

She sent her son to get him, while continuing to look at me a little oddly. I then realized that it probably seemed weird, so I explained (of course) that I've been trying to meet him for awhile now. {I'm sure that eased her mind!} I've seriously been asking everyone I know (OK, well maybe not everyone) to introduce me to him. If his name comes up in conversation (which it has several times), I'm like, "If you see him & me in the same room, please introduce us!"

Ya. So if you know me at all, then you can imagine me rambling all of this stuff to this lady who's staring at me like, "What do you want with my husband?!" At some point in there, I finally thought to explain that he knows my baby brother. {I think that made her feel a little better!} By the time Bryan arrived on the scene, she realized that I had no improper motives for meeting her husband. She told him that he knew my brother, and when he found out who I was he said that we were supposed to have met already & that he was sorry he wasn't able to meet me then. At first I didn't know what he was talking about, but then I remembered...

At VBS, one of Elly's friends came up to me asking if I knew who he was (because she was supposed to be on his team). I responded with something along the lines of, "No, but I need to meet him! Let's go find him!" So we went off in search of anyone who knew Bryan. I found a man who knows him & explained why I was wanting to meet him. He said, "Oh, he's wanting to meet you, too!" He called Bryan's cell phone right then & there, but he was terribly sick & unable to make it. {Little did I know I wasn't going to meet him at church, because Cody's school makes much more sense in my world!}

Anyways, Bryan ministers at the prison where my brother is incarcerated (in case you don't remember that, you can read about it in another random post from a few months ago). Aaron talks about him to me a lot, and he talks about me to Bryan. He's been wanting us to meet since he started class, but we've never managed to be at the same place at the same time with anyone who knew that we wanted to meet! So, we've passed by each other at church about a thousand times, never knowing who each other was! Randomly, we ended up meeting at our sons' school, and it turns out that we live in the same neighborhood, too! Welcome to my life...

Soooooo, am I the only one who does this type of thing? Please tell me that you've said something that needed a little explanation!!


Monday, August 15, 2011

"Thankfulness Song"

(by VeggieTales) Thankfulness Song - Silly Love Songs

OK, so I'm finally giving in...

I don't know if I've ever told you this little fact about myself, but I'm going to go ahead & say it: I am stubborn, and I am a rebel.

Now that I've confessed, I suppose I'll explain {or overexplain, as usual}...I know I have y'all tricked into thinking I'm uber fab & trendy {ha ha!} But in reality I tend to buck the trend unless I really, really like it (or have a very compelling reason to join it/wear it/do it). I will stubbornly resist it for as long as possible. And if I do eventually start to like a particular trend, it's usually on it's way out ~ because (as I've mentioned before) I don't adjust to change very well, so it can take awhile for some trends to grow on me. And while I'm confessing, I'll just go ahead & admit that I've never been part of the cool crowd. I was that girl in high school who wore bowling shoes & combat boots {to name just a couple of my fashion oddities} to "prove" that I wasn't even trying to fit in.

I'll also go ahead & admit that sometimes I decide that I don't like something (even if I kinda do) simply because everybody else does. For instance, I don't follow Pioneer Woman or Picky Palate, because I refuse to give in to the peer pressure. Yes, I know: all the cool kids are doing it. But as I've already said, I'm not cool ~ & I've never been one to do something because it's the cool thing to do. I guess that's not the kind of rebel you had in mind, huh? A trend rebel. {& can I tell you a little secret? I actually like PW & Picky Palate. There. I said it!} :/

Now that I've said all that, it's time for a true non-sarcastic confession: I've been resisting something that really is a good thing, but I'm stubborn & didn't want to do it because it was trendy. Stupid, I know. And after Becky's recent post & something my pastor said yesterday, I've really felt convicted about my lack of gratitude lately. So I'm finally going to start my list of One Thousand Gifts...It's all about showing gratitude to God for all of the things/gifts/graces (both great & small) that He has given me. I truly have so much to be thankful for, and I'm so glad to be sharing my list with you!

  1. Jesus, my Lord and Savior
  2. My incredible family
  3. My mister (who spoils me)
  4. My baby girl (who has a beautiful smile)
  5. My sweet boy (whose "sermon" video is on Saturday's post, if you didn't see it!)
  6. Spending time with amazing friends
  7. Doing life with a wonderful community of believers
  8. My cute & crazy dog
  9. Music
  10. Chocolate
  11. Coffee
  12. The Word of God
  13. Grace
  14. Acceptance
  15. Freedom
  16. Mercies that are new every morning
  17. Air conditioning
  18. Working vehicles
  19. People who are dedicated to Ocular Melanoma research
  20. A husband who is happy to work so I can stay at home with the kids
  21. A daughter who sends me emails
  22. A son who still likes to snuggle with his mom
  23. Bloggy friends (who I love, even though I haven't met + the one I have met!)
  24. Hot enough days to do certain things I haven't blogged about yet!
  25. The sound of my kids laughing together

What are you thankful for today?


Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Keeping Me Away From You"

(by Donavon Frankenreiter) Keeping Me Away from You - Glow (Deluxe Edition)

This week has been a little more low-key than the past few, but it's been a good one! :)

It started out with my baby boy preaching his first "sermon" on Sunday! He has had it on his heart to speak in the children's ministry since he moved up to the preteens at the beginning of the summer. After camp, he had even more of a desire to do it. He really enjoyed his time with the camp counselors there, & they encouraged him to take any opportunity to preach the Word of God. They even let him lead a devotional one night. So when he got home, he talked to our children's pastor about speaking in children's service. He finally got his chance on Sunday, & I snuck out of youth so I could be there! It's not the best video {because it was captured on my point-and-shoot, & I moved around a lot} but you should still be able to hear it!

{How cute is he?! I love that he has a desire to preach God's Word! And something else I love is the fact that after I uploaded the video to youtube, his sister saw it & commented, "yay cody! i love you!" ♥}

Laura & I took advantage of one of our 100 degree days & did something fun, but you'll have to wait 'til I have a chance to post the details on that!

We've had people over almost every day this week {which I love!} The house was full of kids a few days, & I had a way-too-short visit from my uncle & beautiful cousin another day. They came down here for a funeral & stayed at our house, but they weren't even here for 12 hours (& a good chunk of those were spent sleeping). But I'm glad for any chance to see them! Another uncle is coming today, along with my dad & my brother's family! :)

My birthday celebrations continued in to this week!! On Sunday, I got a Men Without Hats piece of flair from a friend who has no appreciation for 80's pop music! :P

I received a beautiful necklace from my friend Marcie ~ but there's a song that goes with it, so I'll post more about it later! :)

Last night, my birthday girls took me out to dinner at one of my favorite places. Then we went back to Amy's for homemade Texas Sheet Cake...

...& more presents! I am so spoiled!! :) Kyla got me the new Abandon CD & a super cute travel mug {that I've declared my "Sunday mug" ~ no more spilled java, Wade! This mug is so cute that I plan on taking it to church with me every Sunday!} and Amy got me a beautiful necklace/earring set {I will learn how to accessorize!} and some cute notecards {I love cute stationery!}

{Next year, maybe I'll be better at actually taking a picture WITH my gift-givers!}

And I totally forgot to mention that I got a new {grown up} Bible from my family!

As for the song, I've been listening to Donavon Frankenreiter again this week. Though I like most of his songs, I think today's song is my favorite (this week, anyways) solely because of how the girl says, "Keeping me away from you (oh oh oh oh)". {which led me the discovery of MoZella (the girl I just mentioned) ~ you may recognize a song or two of hers ♥} I've acquired an eclectic mix of new albums lately, so I'm interested to see what ends up being next week's song...

Well, I must attempt the beautification process before my family arrives! I hope y'all have a super weekend!! :)