Monday, October 31, 2011

"Calling All the Monsters"

(by China Anne McClain) Calling All the Monsters - A.N.T. Farm

Somehow I have failed to mention anything about what our student ministry has done for Halloween over the last four or five years! On the Wednesday night beforehand, we dress up & do something crazy. It isn't always the same thing, but it's always super fun! We've had Scavengerween (costume scavenger hunting), Rollerween (costume roller skating) & Bowlerween (as you could probably guess: costume bowling). I'll show you a few pictures from Somethingerween's past, but the real point of this post is to let you see how amazingly cute the girl volunteers' team costume was this year...

When Sally was pregnant a few years ago, she & Wade dressed up quite scandalously:

Here I am with Jana, Sophie & Sal a couple of years ago:

& here's a shot from Rollerween last year:

This year, my fellow volunteers (Nicole & Julie) decided that the three of us needed to go as Rock, Paper, Scissors. Wade loves it & has us all play it at least twice a month to determine who will play the actual game that he has planned for the day. Also when there's a tie in the actual game, it results in a "physical challenge". And his idea of a physical challenge is RPS. {Sometimes he'll change the point value of the last trivia question (or whatever) just so he can force a physical challenge!} So it seemed like an appropriate costume theme for us!

I didn't actually get to go on the scavenger hunt since I'm leading a Ladies' class on Wednesday nights, but we would've been split up for that part of the night anyways. The main thing was that we were together before & after. They got done with the hunt around the same time that my class ended, so I got back to the youth building before they showed all of the pictures from the scavenger hunt. My baby girl's team won! Speaking of my baby girl, she has wanted to go as Wade since she first knew about Somethingerween. This was her first year in the youth group, though, so it was her first chance! We were sneaky & had Sal snag us one of his shirts & a hat for Elly to wear:

& here's a picture of all of the youth volunteers minus Bob {respect the 'stache} ~ he always seems to disappear when it's time for us to take a group picture!

{is it just me, or does the Burger King creep you out?}

Even though I didn't get to participate in the hunt, I thoroughly enjoyed making & wearing costumes with Julie & Nicole! I'm pretty sure this was my favorite costume ever. If you have a favorite costume, I'd love to hear about it!!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Remember Me"

(by Mark Schultz) Remember Me - Mark Schultz

Several exciting things happened this week! First of all, Christopher started out the week in Washington DC. The headquarters for the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is in DC, & Chris went there to train for a new Buddy Program that the MRF is starting. Through the program, a newly diagnosed Ocular Melanoma patient will be assigned to him for support and encouragement. It would've been wonderful to have something like this when Chris was first diagnosed. Because OM is so rare, there aren't any local support groups or anything like that. It took awhile to find an OM survivor, and it was a very stressful time (for many obvious reasons)! Within a few weeks of his diagnosis, I came in contact with a lady named Sara whose husband also has OM. It was helpful to communicate with someone who was a little farther down the road than I was. There are now several facebook groups and better search engine optimization for the sites with solid facts. Even with an incredible online community, it would still be nice to actually talk to another patient. We've never actually talked to one, but Chris has talked to a few relatives (including Sara & her sister) and met the daughter of an OM patient who passed away. There are two other patients in the Houston area (that we know about), and I have plans to meet one of them for coffee one of these days!

Anyways, in addition to the Buddy Program {and even more exciting!} is a new OM initiative (CURE OM) that is being launched by the MRF on Monday! The MRF is the largest independent organization in the US devoted to melanoma. Up until now it has exclusively dealt with cutaneous melanoma, but it will now be taking on Ocular Melanoma! We are all very excited to know that more research will be done to find effective treatment (& ultimately, a cure) for OM!

On to other events of the week...Scavengerween was Wednesday night! I'll post more about it later, but just know that Nicole, Julie, & I had the most amazing team costume!! If we're fb friends {& you haven't hidden me due to all of the pics my mom has been tagging me in and clogging up your feed!} you may have already seen pictures. Otherwise, I plan on posting about it on Monday!

I got to hang out with my friends Heather, Kristi, & Jana (and their kiddos) on Thursday! I don't remember if I've mentioned my friend Heather before (other than in my "Friends' Theme Songs: Scrapbook Friends Edition"), but her family moved to Costa Rica to become missionaries a couple of years ago. They're in the States for a little while, and Kristi invited us over for a play date! It was so good to really catch up with her! When they've visited before, I've only seen her at church. There are always a lot of people who want to talk to them, so our conversation is usually brief. We stay in touch through facebook and email, but it's just not the same as face-to-face girl talk!

Speaking of girl talk, I have to tell y'all about the super great deals I got yesterday! I don't know if you remember when I got some good deals during Old Navy's "Stuff & Save" event last year, but I think I did even better this time! Cody needed jeans, because I've learned not to buy him any at the beginning of the school year. He won't wear them until it drops to 40 degrees. {Several years ago, I made the mistake of buying 5 or 6 pairs of jeans for him at the beginning of the school year. Then he wore nothing but shorts until it got cold. And had outgrown the jeans before he ever got a chance to wear them! The only good thing about it was that I have a nephew who is younger/smaller than Cody, so he got some brand new jeans!} Anyways, it got cold Thursday night, so Cody wore the one pair of jeans without holes in the knees to school on Friday. And on Friday only, I got 40% off everything I could fit in Old Navy's "Stuff & Save" bag. Plus, their clearance items were anywhere from 30-50% off the marked down price, & I had some reward bucks that I was able to redeem toward my purchase, too! So Cody got 6 pairs of jeans for about $7.35 each, and I got a bunch of shirts ranging from $.98 to $2.82 each! :) Granted, some of them were tank tops & others were long-sleeved U-necks, but I still think I got a pretty good deal!

Check out the length of my receipt:

That picture's a little deceiving. Here's one with a more accurate perspective...

{My grand total for 23 items was only $86.31 ~ aren't you proud of me, Laura?!}

And YES, the niche above the fireplace is still empty. Back on 3/27/10 I said it'd take a few years...we're over half-way there...

On to way more exciting things than good deals & empty niches...My dad & I got to spend all day with my brother today! It was Alpha/Holy Spirit Day, which is hosted by the same people who facilitate the Thursday night Bible studies. When the Alpha Course is done in the free world, they devote an entire weekend to lessons about the Holy Spirit. They're only allowed one day in the prison course, & my brother's unit is the only prison in the United States that allows family members to be a part of it! There were a lot more family members than on Thursday nights, and it was really great to meet them! This may seem crazy, but these men are becoming like family. So it's really neat to get a chance to meet more of the people that are special to them. Other than the usual Thursday night stuff (worship, Bible study lessons, & small group), there were songs, poems, & skits performed by a lot of the inmates & their family. Dad & I sang today's song {hence the reason it was listened to the most this week ~ I had heard it before but didn't really know it, so I had to learn it before I sang it in front of 200 or so people!} and my brother surprised us by rapping to a Christian remake of "No Ordinary Love" with his friends Sly & Trey. It was super cool!

Alrighty, I'm going to try to get to sleep soon! I hope y'all are having a super great weekend!!


Monday, October 24, 2011


(by Glen Phillips) Thankful - Winter Pays for Summer

Between my list of songs and my baby girl's birthday, I haven't posted a list of everyday things that I'm thankful for in awhile. So a few of the items on today's list go back a few weeks. But I'm still thankful for them, and I don't suppose it matters to you when they occurred! Today I am thankful for...

  1. A sweet little boy who says that he likes "Cody's mom" ♥
  2. My Wednesday girls starting a facebook group to support & encourage each other in their Made to Crave journey!
  3. Actually paying cash for car repairs instead of using a credit card!
  4. My friend Debi bringing me medicine {& surprise cookies!} while I was stuck at home with a migraine & a sickly boy
  5. Bike rides on cool mornings
  6. My super great neighbor {I am so blessed to live only three doors down from sweet Kristi!!}
  7. Worship music
  8. "Praying for you" emails ♥
  9. Routines
  10. Organizational items
  11. Index cards {especially the ones I write scripture on & carry in my purse}
  12. Scarves
  13. Cooking dates with Laura
  14. The new "buddy program" for melanoma patients
  15. The ocular melanoma community
  16. Elly picking up after her brother
  17. Elly treating me to empanadas
  18. Cody having the honor of competing in the Science Olympiad {for the 3rd year in a row!}
  19. Babies who love their Auntie Amy
  20. Missionaries {especially Bart & Heather}
  21. Costa Rican coffee
  22. My baby brother getting the chance to see my kids {for the 1st time in nearly three years}
  23. Good conversation with my son until way past bedtime
  24. Friends who go places with me so I don't have to go alone
  25. Being included in what just may be the best Somethingerween team costume ever! {stay tuned for more about that...}

What are you thankful for today?


Saturday, October 22, 2011

"You're Everything"

(by David Crowder*Band) You're Everything - Double Take: David Crowder Band

Today was such a beautiful day! I hope it was beautiful where you were, too! Cody was at the Science Olympiad most of the day, and Christopher is out of town. So I got to hang out with my baby girl! We chilled at home in the morning, then we picked up her friend Kiya and went out for lunch & froyo. My original plan was to ruin lunch & just go to Orange Leaf {don't judge me: I had a Juice in the City deal that expires soon & didn't want to ruin the good deal by spending money on lunch!} But Elly, the oh-so-sensible one, thought we should have lunch first. She wanted empanadas and offered to pay for them! Nobody in their right mind can turn down free empanadas! It's funny how frugal kids can be when they're spending their own money...she didn't want to pay for drinks, so she packed some cokes in my super cute lunch bag & decided we should get our empanadas to go {So we didn't really cheat on Dan & Amanda since we didn't actually eat there, right?!} We ate in the little courtyard around the corner from Orange Leaf, and it was the most beautiful day to eat outside!

{I know you can't really tell it from the picture, but it's a nice little place to enjoy some lunch!}

One other thing about my girl ~> so far this whole teenager thing isn't so bad. {Yes, I may be eating those words soon!} For now anyways, she seems to be a little more mature. Case in point: she was doing her chores this morning & said something about Cody always leaving his clothes and paper airplanes everywhere as she was picking them all up & taking them to his room. I asked her why she put them away, & she said, "Because it's bugging me!" Now if I could just get her to feel that way about the origami that she leaves everywhere... ♥

As for today's song, I've been listening to worship music this week & rediscovered this one. I love it! I haven't really listened to David Crowder much lately, but I like him a lot. ü

One last thing...with Mister Christopher out of town, Cody has declared himself the man of the house. He also randomly had a moustache painted on his face at school yesterday. So he wanted me to take pictures...

I don't know...what can I say? He's my [quirky] son! I love him, though. And I'm glad I get to be his mom! :)


Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Refiner's Fire"

(by Brian Doerksen) Refiner’s Fire - Today

Two posts in one day?! I know right. It's a shocker! Because Brooke seemed a little concerned about me, I figure I'll just go ahead and put it all out there (once again)...

I'm starting a new Bible study on my own, and I knew it was for me as soon as I read the introduction. It's a Kay Arthur study called As Silver Refined, and it's about allowing God to use our disappointments, trials, and struggles as tools to make us more like Him.

This has just been one of those years when I've struggled to stay on top. I feel like I've been through the fire ~ and for whatever reason, I feel like the heat was turned up this year. And while I know that the testing is for my maturity (James 1:2-4), I feel like I've actually taken a couple of steps backwards (as evidenced by my weight). I'm normally an upbeat person, but I haven't really stayed there this year (for several years, really). I know I've said this before, but I've been trying to fight off this ambivalence that I really despise. I feel like I go back and forth between pity parties and trusting in the Lord. And I don't want to be double-minded & unstable. I don't want my joy and peace to be based on circumstances. I feel like I'll make some progress and attain some level of victory, but it always seems to be short-lived. I'm not sure how much of this is the enemy's schemes or something I'm doing wrong, but I'm ready to get out of this vicious cycle.

Through my counselor and the Lysa TerKeurst study that I'm finishing up, I've learned some techniques to help me focus on God and His truth. I know that a huge key to my emotional & spiritual stability lies in keeping my focus on Him. And as I mentioned in the post I just referenced, I need to know and remain in His love.


Why is that easier for me to say than do?

I also need to allow God to refine me and not resist the work He is trying to do inside of me. I've only read the Table of Contents & introduction of the Kay Arthur study, but it's so good already! Here's just a glimpse...

We are His silver. And the fire is the fire of His making, for through His fire our Refiner will perfect an awesome work, a divine work. He will take what is impure and make it pure. He will take what is dull and make it beautiful. He’ll take what is of potential value and reveal its actual value...
Different flames, different fires will come and go. In the pressure of their heat we’ll see the impurities in our lives being released and rising to the top. Then He’ll skim them off, purifying us, refining us. He’ll make the fire a little hotter, causing new impurities to rise and be released, exposed for what they are. These, too, He’ll lift away."
(Kay Arthur, As Silver Refined)

I really do want to be who He wants me to be. I want to allow Him to purify me and make me whole. I want Him to see Himself when He looks at me. I want to handle my circumstances as He wants me to handle them. And more than anything, I want to be used by Him & bring Him glory.


"Look Away"

(by The Reliques) Look Away - To Feel and Be Loved - EP

I don't have much to say these days, but I didn't want to wait until Saturday to post something. Today's song is one of my favorites from The Reliques' To Feel and Be Loved EP. I've been wanting to post it for awhile {it's even on my list} & today seemed like a good day for it. Anyways, I love The Reliques. I think I've said that before, but it's still true. Not that you asked, but my favorite part of the song is:

Who am I to receive such a pardon?
Scarlet fades as I come to Your throne
Head to chest, here I rest...


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"I Hope You Dance"

(by Lee Ann Womack) I Hope You Dance - I Hope You Dance

I am officially the mother of a teenager! My baby girl was born 13 years ago today, and these have seriously been the best 13 years of my life! I am so incredibly proud to be her mom! Today's list contains many of the reasons why I love my sweet Elly. I am thankful that she...

  1. Encourages others
  2. Is a great student
  3. Makes me origami hearts
  4. Laughs a lot
  5. Has deep conversations
  6. Loves her dad
  7. Is a thinker
  8. Still gives goodnight kisses
  9. Shares clothes with me
  10. Is kind
  11. Makes me laugh
  12. Loves to make people smile
  13. Is a talented artist
  14. Likes her freckles
  15. Is a brilliant writer
  16. Has the cutest giggle
  17. Still enjoys shopping with her mom
  18. Is confident
  19. Loves to read
  20. Has a beautiful smile
  21. Isn't high maintenance
  22. Cares about her brother
  23. Is loved by her teachers
  24. Sends the best emails
  25. Is becoming an incredible young woman {I love her!}

Is there someone you're thankful for today?


Saturday, October 15, 2011

"When I Get My Wings"

(by Will Hoge) When I Get My Wings - Number Seven (Deluxe Version)

So my pastor sent me an email with this Will Hoge video a few weeks ago, and I fell in love a little bit. And when I told Neil that I liked it, he proceeded to send me a list of nearly 20 Will Hoge "must haves" that are also really great. So I'm thinking that there should be a new commandment that goes something like this: thou shalt not tempt your friend to spend unbudgeted music money...As you probably know, I've already spent funds on music lately (with CD Release Day & all). Since I'm not working these days, I don't have any "fun money" {insert sad face here!} But the Bible says that when we are tempted, God will provide a way out... & by "a way out", I mean Youtube, Spotify & Grooveshark. So while I don't have an accurate play count, I absolutely love today's song & am pretty sure I've listened to it more than any other song this week. If you haven't heard of Will Hoge yet, you should definitely check him out!

Well, it was a long week, & I was up late last night with a house full of girls (Elly's birthday sleepover). So I'm going to make some dinner & maybe get to bed early...

I hope y'all are having a great weekend!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

(by the Rolling Stones) (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Hot Rocks 1964-1971

I've mentioned the fact that I'm leading a Bible study at church this Fall, but I never did tell y'all anything about it! Based on the video, you probably figured out that we're doing the book "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst. One reason I chose today's song is because she referred to it in the Intro of the book, and she sang it on the video for the first session! {I totally think we could be friends! She bursts out in song almost every time we watch a video & refers to a song in at least every third chapter of the book! Ü}

The study is going very well, and I think the ladies in both classes are getting a lot out of it! But can I confess something to you? This entire time, I have felt like I am totally inadequate to lead it. I know that God put it on my heart for our church to offer this type of study, and He confirmed it several times through several situations. I've just wondered why God would use me to lead it. My struggle with food is the complete opposite of what we're studying, & I in no way, shape, or form feel like I have the victory in regards to food. I don't feel totally defeated either. It's just that my weight has been down for the past six months, so I sorta feel like a hypocrite or something. Anyways, I guess all of that is to say that while I don't struggle with overeating, I do still have some unhealthy eating habits. So it has been good to read this book & discover some powerful truths.

Something I never realized before this study was just how much the Bible talks about food. I mean, food has been an issue since the very first sin! It was also something Jesus was tempted with in the wilderness. And do you remember where the disciples were while Jesus was talking with the woman at the well? They were out getting food. And when they came back, they didn't seem to care that he was ministering to someone ~ they were more concerned that Jesus eat something! There's another bit of scripture that I never noticed until a couple of weeks ago ~ Psalm 107: 17-20. These people had issues with food [they actually loathed it & were near death!] and God healed them. Another verse from the same Psalm has been somewhat of a theme verse for the study:

"For He satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things."
(Psalm 107:9)

What the study boils down to is finding our satisfaction in God.

There are so many great scriptures I could quote about that, but for now I'll share just a bit of what we discussed last night:

"I have loved you even as the Father has loved Me. Remain in My love.
When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love,
just as I obey My Father's commandments and remain in His love.
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy.
Yes, your joy will overflow!
This is My commandment:
Love each other in the same way I have loved you."
(John 15:9-12)

I'll close with what Lysa had to say about that verse. I've read the following quote over & over again since I first saw it (while flipping through the study guide this summer). I hope it speaks to you like it does to me:
We are taught to remain in God’s love so that we won’t tie our happy to anything but God. So our joy will be complete. Complete. As in not lacking anything. Complete. As in filled up to the brink with joy no matter if we are wearing our skinny jeans or not. Complete. As in satisfied with a fullness we can’t get any other way. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be to live as a complete person?

Doesn't simply reading that fill you with joy & hope?! ü


Monday, October 10, 2011

"You Are Good"

(by Nichole Nordeman) You Are Good - Sing Over Me: Worship Songs and Lullabies

Today, I'm continuing my list of One Thousand Gifts. You might think this one is weird, because it's a list of songs. And there are a lot of them. Whether you think it's weird or not, they are like God singing to my soul. And for that I am thankful. These songs talk about who God is, what He has done, how He feels about me, how He has changed/is changing me. They're also about my need for Him as I go about life's journey roller coaster ride. They tell of His redeeming love and faithfulness. And they're a reminder that my hope is in Him. So, today I am thankful for the following songs...

201. A Love That's Stronger Than Our Fear ~ Derek Webb
202. Alive Again ~ Matt Maher
203. All I Can Say ~ David Crowder*Band
204. Almighty God ~ Amy Stroup
205. Alright ~ Tree 63
206. Always ~ Tricia Brock
207. Arms Around Me ~ Hawk Nelson
208. Arms that Hold the Universe ~ Fee
209. Beautiful ~ Bethany Dillon
210. Beautiful ~ MercyMe
211. Beautiful Things ~ Gungor
212. Beautiful You ~ Considering Lily
213. Beauty From Pain ~ Superchick
214. Before the Morning ~ Josh Wilson
215. Blessings ~ Laura Story
216. Breaking Me Again ~ FM Static
217. Broken Things ~ Julie Miller
218. By Your Side ~ Tenth Avenue North
219. Chasing the Daylight ~ Phillip LaRue
220. Courage ~ Superchick
221. Dearly Loved ~ Jimmy Needham
222. Everything is Different Now ~ Stellar Kart
223. Find Me Tonight ~ Everyday Sunday
224. Forgiven and Loved ~ Jimmy Needham
225. Freedom ~ Run Kid Run
226. Garden ~ Needtobreathe
227. Grace Enough ~ Echoing Eternity
228. Happy Day ~ Fee
229. Hello Sunshine ~ Barlow Girl
230. Hero ~ Wideawake
231. Hold ~ Superchick
232. Hold My Heart ~ Tenth Avenue North
233. Hold Us Together ~ Matt Maher
234. Hope Now ~ Addison Road
235. Hurricane ~ Jimmy Needham
236. I Believe in Love ~ Barlow Girl
237. I Belong to You ~ Superchick
238. I Need You to Love Me ~ Barlow Girl
239. I Will Not Forget You ~ Enter the Worship Circle
240. Land of the Living ~ Enter the Worship Circle
241. Landslide ~ Seven Places
242. Lean ~ Tricia Brock
243. Let the Waters Rise ~ Mikeschair
244. Let us Love ~ Needtobreathe
245. Look Away ~ The Reliques
246. Lost in You ~ FM Static
247. Love Song ~ Jason Morant
248. Love Song ~ The Ember Days
249. Love Song ~ Third Day
250. Love Will Find You ~ Julie Miller
251. Loving You ~ Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus
252. Marvelous Light ~ Charlie Hall
253. My Distraction ~ Blake Quimby
254. My God Forever ~ Reality LA
255. My Next Breath ~ Hawk Nelson
256. Never Let Go ~ David Crowder*Band
257. Nice Piece of Art ~ FM Static
258. Nobody But You ~ Julie Miller
259. One Life to Love ~ 33 Miles
260. Precious to God ~ Julie Miller
261. Psalm 139 ~ Rebecca St. James
262. Psalm 18 ~ Waterdeep
263. Psalm 73 (My God's Enough) ~ Barlow Girl
264. Real ~ Plumb
265. Rescue ~ Seabird
266. Safe ~ Phil Wickham
267. Ships ~ David Gamboa
268. So Bright (Stand Up) ~ Superchick
269. Someone Worth Dying For ~ Mikeschair
270. Something Beautiful ~ Needtobreathe
271. Stand in the Rain ~ Superchick
272. Suddenly ~ Superchick
273. Take Me ~ Hawk Nelson
274. Take Me As I Am ~ FM Static
275. Tender Mercy ~ Enter the Worship Circle
276. The Earth is Yours ~ Gungor
277. The Love of God ~ The Reliques
278. The Mirror ~ Wayne Kerr
279. The Shadow Proves the Sunshine ~ Switchfoot
280. There You Are ~ Lovelite
281. There You Go ~ Caedmon's Call
282. These Are the Words I Would Say ~ Sidewalk Prophets
283. This is Home ~ Switchfoot
284. This World ~ Caedmon's Call
285. Up and Up ~ Relient K
286. Valley of Tomorrow ~ Needtobreathe
287. Whatever Thing ~ Enter the Worship Circle
288. When You Come Home ~ Julie Miller
289. Without You ~ Reality LA
290. Won't Turn Back ~ Needtobreathe
291. You Are More ~ Tenth Avenue North
292. You Give Me Life ~ Jason Morant
293. You Love Me Anyway ~ Sidewalk Prophets
294. You're Everything ~ David Crowder*Band
295. You're Not Alone ~ Meredith Andrews
296. Your Crown ~ Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus
297. Your Grace is Amazing ~ Tricia Brock
298. Your Hands ~ JJ Heller
299. Your Love is Strong ~ Jon Foreman
300. Your Love Never Fails ~ Jesus Culture

Is there a song that expresses your heart in a way that it's like you totally could've written it? Is there a song that you're truly thankful for? I'd love to hear about it! ü


Saturday, October 8, 2011

"Keep Your Eyes Open"

(by NEEDTOBREATHE) Keep Your Eyes Open - The Reckoning

I'm sorry I haven't posted much this week. There really hasn't been anything worth blogging about. I'm sure you didn't really want to hear all about laundry, grocery shopping & taking my friend to her doctor's appointments! Tuesday night was National Night Out. This was our third year to host it (along with our super great neighbors, Ryan & Kristi), but this was the first year that firefighters stopped by in a fire truck: {the little kids & a few of the big kids loved it!}

As for the rest of my week, I have a couple of stories to share...

If I were the type of person to be easily offended, there were two possibilities at Bible study with my baby brother on Thursday night. I actually thought they were kinda funny, though. The facilitator of our small group is an interesting man who I could write an entire blog post about {complete with vlogs demonstrating his little quirks ~ but I'll refrain because I'm nice like that!} Anyways, he was about to use me in an illustration, then he changed his mind & said that I wasn't old enough to know about kids. I said (a little indignantly), "I have kids!" After small group was over, my brother teased me about not being old enough to have kids. The guy next to him asked me about my kids, and then he asked me how old I am. When I told him that I'm 36, he said, "Well you're on up there!" Aaron elbowed me & laughed. Then he told James that he should never ask a woman how old she is, and he should definitely never tell her that she's on up there! James then explained that all he meant was that I was old enough to have kids! :D

I was on my way to a crop at Felicity's last night when I heard a little warning bell go off in my van. The temperature gauge was almost all the way to "H", but I had only been driving for about two minutes. I called Felicity's house, hoping her husband Wheeler would answer. He knows a lot about cars, so I was wanting his advice on whether I needed to pull over right away or head up to their house so he could look at it. Nobody answered, so I decided I was better safe than sorry. I headed toward the nearest parking lot to let it cool down. Silvie's little warning system apparently had no idea that the little road behind Kroger is only two lanes (with no shoulder & a steep drop off). Either that or since I hadn't responded to the initial little ding, it felt the need to repeat it incessantly. {Strange little fact: right when my van was dinging so impatiently, The Reliques were singing, "Mama warned me there'd be days like this..." ü}

Because I'm good at making stories way longer than they really need to be, I'll continue...

So I got to a parking space & tried to call Christopher, but he works in a dungeon two miles underground with no cell phone service. {Not really, but he doesn't have a signal inside his building. Or so he says.} So I called Wheeler's cell ~ partly so he could let Felicity know I'd be late, and partly for his car wisdom! He said that I had done the right thing & told me a few possible reasons for my problem. Then I called Chris again & was actually able to get ahold of him! He was just leaving work, so he told me to sit there & let the van cool down until he could get there. So I did the only thing I could do: went to the Starbucks inside Kroger while I waited to be rescued. :) To make a long story slightly less long, I was completely out of coolant. Chris filled it up, and we took it to the shop outside our neighborhood so they could figure out why it all leaked out. I dropped Chris off at the house & was only an hour late to the crop. {I'm sure you were concerned about me missing the crop, huh?} And now Silvie is the proud owner of a new radiator!

Today we got to see Dave Ramsey at Total Money Makeover Live! We went with our friends Bob {respect the 'stache} & Beth (& their girls). It was a great day, even if we did have to pay $4.25 for a bottle of water! He didn't really discuss anything that we hadn't already learned in FPU, but it was a good little refresher course. It was cool to see him in person. And I sorta got choked up at the end when he talked about Jesus. ♥

As for today's song, I think it may be my favorite one from the new NTB album {at least for today!} When it first came out, I mentioned how this song is a challenge to let go so you can really live. There's more to it than that, but I'll let you listen to it and see what it means to you :) This is my favorite part:

Tear down the prison walls Don't start the curtain call Your chains will never fall until you do

Alrighty, I guess that's all for now! I hope you're having a super great weekend!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

"I Am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N"

(by Various Artists ~ seriously, that's what it says) 25 Bible Action Songs - Various Artists

I don't really know if this story belongs in my

or not, but that's how I'm labeling it! It's not really a MISspeak, but it could be MISunderstood ~ so we'll go with that...

About a month ago, baby girl & I were finishing up her back-to-school shopping at Target. We walked by a man that I recognized from church, and I said to her, "Look, there's Mr. K" {I used his full last name, but it's totally irrelevant to the story}

She asked who I was talking about, but when we turned around he had gone down an aisle. Since we couldn't see him any more, I tried to describe him. For the record, I'm not very good at this. I said things like, "You know, he's a firefighter. He has really short hair. He has a son in the youth group, and I think he has a younger one maybe?" That's quite helpful...

As we made our way around Target a few more times {who knew it'd be so hard to find graph paper?}, we crossed his path a couple more times. Elly didn't notice him any of those times, though I tried to discreetly point him out. If I actually knew the man, I would've said something. But he never seemed to notice me, & I wasn't really up for an awkward conversation. {Though I'm quite good at them, I really never intend to have them!} I hate that feeling when you approach someone that you recognize, but they have absolutely no clue who you are. So I chose not to do that. I did mention to her that his son's name is Christian, but she didn't know who I was talking about.

Anyways, we finally went to check out, and I saw Mr. K a couple of registers away from us. So I said to Elizabeth, "Look, he's right over there. Christian isn't with him, but a younger boy is."

She somewhat recognized the man and asked me to describe his son Christian. Again not being very helpful, I said something like, "I think he's a Freshman or maybe a Sophomore. He's kinda short, but he's built. He has short hair, too."

She looked at me and said, "I've never met a Christian at church."

To which I responded with laughter! :D


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


(by Louis Landon) Thankful - Solo Piano for Peace

I have no good excuse for not posting yesterday. I was just tired! I went on a scrapbook retreat & got way more sleep than usual, but I still came back exhausted. I am continuing my list of gifts today ~ my list of things I am thankful for...

  1. New music recommendations
  2. Meeting up with my beautiful "little sis" from high school
  3. A surprise visit with her brother {who has been serving overseas, so I hadn't seen him in 7 years!}
  4. A sweet "thinking of you" text from a girlfriend ♥
  5. A scrapbook weekend with some of my favorite friends
  6. My mister taking care of the kids while I went
  7. Awesome food made by my favorite friend's mom & dad
  8. Coffee that her dad picks up because he knows I like it!
  9. Visiting Grannymom's garden
  10. Hanging out with Jana's sister
  11. Girl time all weekend long
  12. Laughter in the wee hours of the morning
  13. Getting scrapbooking ideas from my friends
  14. Friends who share their scrapbook tools :)
  15. Completing a lot of pages
  16. Getting caught up in the family album
  17. Eating dinner on the patio {in the beautiful back yard I showed you this summer!}
  18. Listening to all kinds of random music with my friends
  19. Watching funny youtube videos while scrapbooking
  20. Actually getting some sleep on a retreat {even though I didn't get as many pages done as usual!}
  21. Hosting National Night Out with Ryan & Kristi tonight
  22. My little brother {who is doing his part to keep Austin weird & has a birthday this week!}
  23. My baby brother {who has a birthday on the same day!}
  24. Cool enough weather for this Texas girl to wear a sweater {for part of the day, at least!}
  25. Quiet time on my back patio

What are you thankful for today?


Saturday, October 1, 2011

"This Is Not the End"

(by Gungor) This Is Not the End - Ghosts Upon the Earth (Deluxe Edition)

Gungor was in Houston with David Crowder last night, & I missed it. I can't really complain though, because I'm scrapbooking with great people {& eating great food} all weekend! I did get a text from my friend who was at the concert, & she used more exclamation points than I usually do!! Today's song is my favorite one from the GUTE album. You'd probably guess that though, because it's the only song on the album that is even remotely my style. I love the album ~ it's just not the sound I usually go for. But I really like today's song!

I would write more, but I've only completed about half of the pages I had planned to do this weekend. I must get back to work...

I hope y'all are having a super great weekend! ♥