Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas"

(by Relient K) Relient k - Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer - I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas

Yes, I know...I'm posting this once again, as I do every year around Christmas time! We'll just consider it another Christmas tradition. Ü Plus, I figure it's a good way to kick off the Christmas posts this year! In case you haven't been around these parts until recently & haven't seen the video, it's one that my kids put together about four years ago. I hope you enjoy it {even if you've seen it every year!}


Monday, November 28, 2011

"Be Thankful"

(by Natalie Cole) Be Thankful (Digitally Remastered 02) - Natalie Cole - Anthology

Be Thankful by Natalie Cole on Grooveshark

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love the spirit of thankfulness that usually occurs during November, though I wish it would last all year long. That's what's great about this whole "One Thousand Gifts" thing! I plan on continuing my list once I reach one thousand, though I don't know if I'll continue to post it on here or not. Anyways, today I am thankful for...

  1. My dad {whose birthday is today!!}
  2. Lunch with Sam & two of her little men
  3. The kids getting to hang out with their cousins over the break
  4. Burn cream {Yes, I burned myself again. This time it's not quite a smiley face, but it looks like it's trying to smile! I'm not good about taking/using medication, but by day 2 it was all blistery & red. Medicine can be a good thing, in case you didn't know!}
  5. Tank tops
  6. Baby girl winning the Principal's Award!
  7. An email with the subject line, "It's time, friend" inviting me to cross something off my list! {I can't wait to tell you about this one!!}
  8. My brother's family {who hosted our Thankgsiving dinner}
  9. A family that gathers peacefully on holidays
  10. New inexpensive furniture from friends {yet another item from my list that I can't wait to complete & tell you about!}
  11. A super cute new devo/blogging/TV watching spot
  12. Early Christmas presents {that we've been waiting for for years!}
  13. A friend with a pickup truck
  14. A friend who lets me hide Christmas presents in her garage ~ even though her daughter had to stand outside where it was "freakin' freezin'" to avoid seeing {& accidentally telling my kids about} the presents! ;)
  15. A package in the mail from my friend Mandy!
  16. Christmas decorations that bring back happy memories
  17. The kids being old enough to do the tree almost entirely by themselves {& it actually looking good!}
  18. Laughing with my family while watching Elf
  19. The guards [who had originally insisted that we would have to be outside for the duration of our visit with my brother] relenting & allowing us to go inside once tables were available {it felt like 40 degrees with wind gusts that no lie almost blew me off my feet. Twice!}
  20. Getting to be a part of my dad's birthday tradition at Live Oak Grill {the best steak fingers since his hometown DQ closed ~ not your typical steak fingers, ftr}
  21. A working heater {finally had a reason to turn it on overnight!}
  22. Warm boots {is it crazy that tank tops & warm boots are on the same list? Crazy Texas weather!}
  23. Painting with my little neighbors
  24. An impromtu hang out day with their mom
  25. It's finally the time of year to listen to Relient K's Let it Snow Baby...Let it Reindeer!

And you? What are you thankful for?


Saturday, November 26, 2011


(by Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus) Telephone - Welcome to the Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus

Telephone by Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus on Grooveshark

This week went by fast! The kids only had school two days, so I had the chance to sleep in on three different days! Unfortunately, I was only able to sleep past 7:30 once ~ & that was because I didn't get home from a crop until 1 am {& with the help of my super cute sleep mask!} I've spent a lot of this week furniture shopping, and I can't wait to tell y'all about my new stuff! You'll probably have to wait until after the new year, though. I will say that I'm typing this post while sitting in the cutest swivel glider on the planet! :) You may end up seeing pics of the stuff here & there, but I'm not completely finished yet. Plus I want to show you the whole thing without Christmas decorations. Speaking of...we put our decorations up today! We usually do it on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but we ended up furniture shopping longer than expected. Cody went to a friend's anyways, so today worked out best. The kids really enjoy putting their ornaments on the tree. {which includes the one they pick each year that is sorta their "theme", & the various ones they've made through the years} They also have certain colors of the globe ornaments that they're responsible for. Then I get to do the rest. I don't go terribly overboard, but I like to do the living room & stairs. Due to the furniture I'll tell you about later, we had to put the tree in a different spot this year. I'm afraid it's in the way of the dining area, but we really didn't know what else to do with it! I won't bore you with pictures that would look basically the same as prior years, but here's the tree in its new spot:

On to other things...I had lunch with my friend Sam this week! I got to meet her newest little man, and she had her four-year-old with her, too. He is absolutely adorable, and I got to sit next to him. He calls me "Miss Annie", even though Sam always tells him that my name is Amy. ü Funny story...years ago, Hayes somehow got beans in my hair when we had met up at Chipotle. So we joke about it at least every other time we get together. This time, Sam had told Hayes about it before we got to the restaurant. When we first met up, he said, "Miss Annie, I'm good now. I won't get beans in your hair this time." =) Toward the end of the meal, I told him that he did good & kept his promise to not get beans in my hair. He responded with, "Good thing this place doesn't have beans!"

I bragged on Cody last week, and now I get to brag on Elly! After each six weeks, her school holds an awards assembly/pep rally-type thing. They give out awards for all sorts of things, and it seems to keep the majority of the kids motivated to behave well & do well in their classes. One of the awards is the the "Principal's Award", where teachers pick one girl & one guy from each of the three teams in each grade. My baby girl won it this time!! She'll get to have lunch with the principals sometime this six weeks, which she thinks is pretty cool! She also received an award for Most Outstanding in ELA {because she's awesome} & A/B honor roll. I'm sorry if it seems like I'm bragging on my kids a lot. I really am so proud of them, though, so I can't help it! ♥

We spent Thanksgiving day at my brother's house! {When we first got there, a little incident occurred that reminded me of a MIS-series story I'll have to tell you about soon!} We enjoyed our time with Dad, Wendy's parents & grandparents, and her sister's family. Mom & G came by after their lunch at Tiffany's. Random Jimi Hendrix water bottle had been missing for awhile, and it turns out that I had left it in my dad's car. He returned it to me last weekend & mentioned it while we were at my brother's. I told him that I was glad to have it back, because Jimi is my favorite one. Wendy said, "You name your water bottles?" & I explained that only two of them have names (Jimi & Madge ~ though my friend Aaron has now named one of my travel mugs). My mom didn't realizing that we were talking about reusable water bottles & said, "When I'm done, I usually thrown mine away! I don't have them long enough to name them." :D

And finally, today's song! One that starts out, "Jesus, there is nothing better to do than to be with You for an hour or two" has to be super! Don't you think? Love.

Alrighty, it's about time to watch Elf! It's our favorite Christmas movie. :) Maybe even our favorite movie period. What's your favorite Christmas movie?


Thursday, November 24, 2011


(by Greg Long) Thankful - Days of Grace

Thankful by Greg Long on Grooveshark

I'm sure nobody is reading blogs on Thanksgiving, but I have some great scriptures about giving thanks!

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
(1 Chronicles 16:8 )

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.
(Psalm 7:17)

Therefore will I give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing praises to Your name.
(Psalm 18:49)

I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
I will praise You among a mighty throng.
(Psalm 35:18)

In God we have made our boast all the day long,
and we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah!
(Psalm 44:8)

I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore shall the people praise and give You thanks forever and ever.
(Psalm 45:17)

Enter His gates with thanksgiving & His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him & praise His name.
(Psalm 100:4)

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God,
that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
(Hebrews 13:15)

Of course there are many more, but I'll stop there for now! I also found this article [Celebrating Thanksgiving in America] about the history of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God & His blessings. It's a good read if you have the time! I hope y'all are having a wonderful day!!


Monday, November 21, 2011

"Nothing Short of Thankful"

(by The Avett Brothers) Nothing Short of Thankful - Mignonette

Nothing Short Of Thankful by The Avett Brothers on Grooveshark

Today I am incredibly grateful for...

  1. Healthy new babies
  2. A new kindred spirit in the OM community {if we have to deal with stupid cancer, I'm glad to be going through it with people like Mandy!}
  3. Finding out that I'm on Mandy's list, too! :)
  4. A sweet & unexpected gift from my Tuesday girls!
  5. Running into people I know almost every time I go to Kroger :)
  6. The smell of apples & cinnamon baking in my oven
  7. The sound of Cody growling at Pepper :D
  8. A cute handmade gift that one of my Wednesday girls made for the entire class
  9. Happy tears
  10. Being content with what I have
  11. A message from a bloggy friend that I seriously want to print out & frame! ♥
  12. Lunch w/Laura at Sandy McGees
  13. Celebrating the end of my baby brother's Bible study course {with cheesecake!}
  14. Cody placing in two of his Science Olympiad events
  15. A "just because" gift from my friend
  16. Coffee & Kroger dates! :D
  17. Catching up with some scrapbook friends I haven't seen since the Spring
  18. Rejoicing with our friends as they celebrate the impending arrival of their baby girl!
  19. Good food & conversation at Jorge's birthday party
  20. Getting to play with three cute boys in the nursery ~ one of whom usually cries, but he didn't yesterday. I'd like to think it's because of me! ;)
  21. Baby girl arriving safely home from a youth retreat
  22. Living close enough to ride my bike to &/or from home group
  23. Singing the national anthem with my boy {He had to learn it for school, & we were singing it at the top of our lungs while snuggling on the couch last night! Sometimes our house is like a musical, & I love it! :D}
  24. Only one more day of school this week!
  25. This season of thankfulness {oh, that we would all continue it beyond Thanksgiving!}

What are you grateful for today?


Sunday, November 20, 2011

"My Distraction"

(by Blake Quimby) My Distraction - Received

My Distraction by Blake Quimby on Grooveshark

I'm sorry to be late once again! I know, I know...I'm beginning to sound like a broken record...I had three different things yesterday & was home for maybe 20 minutes between each thing. They were fun things, though, so I'm not complaining! I went to a crop in the morning (& got 11 pages done!), a baby shower in the afternoon, & a birthday party in the evening. We got to see a lot of great people that we really don't see often enough!

Alrighty, now for the random events of my week...

First I'll give you a little update on Mr Christopher...he saw three different doctors this week. Fortunately, they were all in the same building on the same day. Unfortunately, there were three separate co-pays. :/ First we saw Dr B, and he felt like things looked fine except for the cataract. We've been talking about this cataract for nearly a year & 1/2 now, and it seems as if both doctors agree that it's time to do something about it. You may remember that Dr B seemed concerned about Dr C removing the cataract when he does the other surgery. I'm not even positive that Dr C was actually planning on doing it himself, but it doesn't really matter now anyways. Because we've now added a new doctor to our list: Dr Hamill, a cataract specialist. After Dr B's examination, he had Dr H come in to look at Christopher's eye, and Dr H asked us to come back & see him after the appointment upstairs with Dr C. There's a slight possibility that his peripheral vision could be improved by replacing the lens, but at the very least they'll be able to see into his eye better.

Dr C said that there is no new radiation damage (since July)! We told him about Dr H removing the cataract, and he made sure that we're aware that his central vision will most likely not improve. His main concern about the surgery is that it can increase the pressure & cause those crazy vessels at the front of his eye. But he didn't advise against it, and I think he'd like to be able to see & treat the retina easier in the future.

Soooo...we went back downstairs to Dr H & paid a specialist co-pay for him to simply look in Christopher's eye (as he had already done in Dr B's office) & recommend that we have cataract surgery (again, as he had already done in Dr B's office). He did add that when we go in for the pre-op visit, he wants us to be armed with any questions. And he likes patients with lists. {Seriously, while that little statement did make my heart do a little flip, I don't think it was worth the $35 co-pay!} Anyways, he basically reiterated what Dr C said when he first mentioned the ease & relative safety of cataract surgery {though he didn't call it a picnic!} & sent us on our way. The surgery is scheduled for January 11th, which is six days after scans. So if we don't meet our deductible the first week of the year, we'll definitely meet it the second. We're good at that...

On to other things...

So I shocked my son this week. We were discussing accountability, and I gave an example of a time in my life when I needed accountability. I had a little cussing problem as a young teenager, and my friend Misty & I decided that we needed to help each other to stop this habit. We both loved Jesus, and we knew that cussing wasn't a good example of Jesus to our friends. So we decided to punch each other every time we heard each other cuss. I don't think that's really the accountability that most people have in mind, but it worked for us! ;) Anyways, I told the kids about it during our Bible reading before bed the other night. As I was walking in to Cody's room to tuck him in, he said, "I can't believe you used to cuss! Like, what did you say?"

OK, this is incredibly random, but surely you've come to expect that by now...I was doing laundry the other day & came across the following:

Those are Cody's jeans on top of mine. I can't believe how much he has grown! He's almost my size now, which is craziness because he's supposed to still be a baby! How did this happen?! I remember when I accidentally put Elizabeth's jeans in my stack, and that was crazy enough! But now it's my baby boy whose jeans are nearly the same size as mine. I know he'll be taller than me before I know it, and I'm just not ready for that!

Speaking of my boy, I have to brag on him for a minute...The awards ceremony for the Science Olympiad was Friday morning. Out of the entire district (20 schools and at least two teams from each school) Cody & his teammate won 1st place in Pond Study & 4th place in Ready, Aim, Fire! His school also won a grant that allows the Science Club students to go on an extra field trip to a museum (we both forgot which one) later in the year. Here's my sweet boy with his medals:

As for today's song...Like I told you last week, I've been listening to worship music a lot. It really helps me keep my focus. So unless I have new tunes to listen to, I've found it very helpful to keep my iPod on my playlist entitled "My Distraction". {What's kinda funny is that my counselor asked me once if I had any distractions that I use to deal with anxious thoughts & such. I sorta laughed & said, "It's funny you should ask that..." & told him the title of my worship playlist. For the record, he said it's a healthy distraction!} I named the playlist after today's song by our friend Blake, who coincidentally I got to see yesterday! {They were the ones who had the baby shower! Ü} Anyways, my favorite part of the song is the first part of the chorus:

Be my distraction
My satisfaction
Oh Lord, come and fill me

and the part where he says, "Break through the noise, Jesus, come capture me."

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


Friday, November 18, 2011

"Jesus Loves Me"

(by Christy Knockels) Jesus Loves Me - Ultimate Collection: Lullabies

Jesus Loves Me by Christy Nockels on Grooveshark

I finished reading the book of John this week, and I just love the fact that he refers to himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved"! I don't know if he simply had a deeper understanding of the love of the Lord, or if he thought he was the favorite one. ;) But either way, he knew that Jesus loved him.

As children, we could easily sing today's song. I'm sure that some of us sang it just because everyone else was. But I know that as innocent children, many of us believed it. I used to sing it in "Junior Church" with Mr. Young when I was three, and I believed it. That was before life's circumstances (and my own sin) caused me to feel unloved and unworthy of love. And I spent a good deal of the following years trying to earn His love {I've blogged about this at least once!} I've come a long way, and (thank God) I don't feel that way anymore. But I know I'm not the only one who has felt this way (or maybe still does). I think it's easy for us to tell another person that Jesus loves them. But how often do we say it about ourselves? Do you hear grown ups say, "Jesus loves me" very often?

Oh, that we would all be able to comprehend His love to the point that we refer to ourselves as the one whom Jesus loves! ♥ Can you say it today? And believe it? Oh friend, He does. He loves you so much!

My prayer for you is this: that you may “have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.” (Eph 3:18)

{the one whom Jesus loves!}

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"I Got a Pea"

(by Bryant Oden) I Got a Pea - The Songdrops Collection, Vol. 1

As promised, I have a new MIShap for my

After Bob's Celebration of Life service on Saturday, I needed to use the restroom. I went to the foyer & happened to notice that the mens' room was occupied, as I went into the restroom right next to it. After taking care of business, I opened the door to see my friend Thomas waiting to go in after me. He looked about as surprised to see me walk out as I was to see him walk in. "You were not what I was expecting to walk out of there!" he said, as he gestured toward the sign on the bathroom door.

Confused, I looked at the sign, and it clearly read "MEN"!

Why a church has two mens' rooms, I'm not sure...but that appeared to be the case!

Another man was standing by, amused at my little interaction with Thomas. He said, "I saw you going in there and was going to warn you that there were no paper towels."

Umm....why didn't he warn me that I was going into the Men's room?!


Monday, November 14, 2011


(by Jonny Lang) Thankful - Turn Around

Thankful by Jonny Lang on Grooveshark

Since I decided to focus on my friends in my gratitude post last week, some of today's list goes back a couple of weeks. Again, I'm sure it doesn't really matter to you when these things occurred, right? Today I am {still} thankful for...

  1. A scrapbook/catch up day with Felicity
  2. @Mentions on Pinterest :)
  3. Delicious MOPS breakfast
  4. Hanging out with Amy {even if we only have a little bit of time!}
  5. A hilariously gross picture that Felicity sent me via text {because it made her think of me!} :D
  6. Playing Bubble Talk with some great ladies at Game Night with Christopher's Sunday School class
  7. Getting to know people better at said Game Night
  8. An extra hour of sleep fun! :)
  9. A huge heart for missions at my church
  10. Fun events {like Slip N Slide Supernova} with the students at church
  11. No major injuries at said fun event
  12. My cousin's strong foundation and solid trust in the Lord as he begins his battle with cancer {I love you, Kirby! You are amazing, and I am so proud of you!}
  13. A beautiful reminder of God as the potter {May I truly surrender & allow Him to shape me into a vessel that would be useful to Him! Jeremiah 18:1-6, 2 Timothy 2:21}
  14. The Word of God "that is the very bread by which I live" {I totally stole that line from Kay Arthur. I love it! It is so true. I simply cannot live without His Word!}
  15. Trials that lead me to Jesus & (though I have a long way to go) make me more like Him
  16. Days when I am able to spend hours with my God ♥
  17. Catching up with my best friend from middle school
  18. Inside jokes with my girl
  19. Reading the same books as my boy & enjoying them! {How are both of my kids old enough to read books that grown-ups like, too?!}
  20. Sweet teenage girls opening up about their lives in our small groups {I ♥ those girls!}
  21. The ability to multi-task
  22. Wi-Fi
  23. Finding out about another "small world" connection {it makes me happy every time!}
  24. Christopher's eye remaining stable for four months
  25. No doctor appointments for the rest of the year!

I'd love to now what's on your list today!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

"The Fullness"

(by Lovelite) The Fullness - All Color

Overall, this week has been really good! I do, however, have a prayer request: my amazingly awesome cousin Kirby has been diagnosed with stupid cancer. He had surgery to remove a tumor on Monday, and he starts chemo this week. His faith is very strong, and God has given him peace. I just want to ask you to join me in prayer as he starts chemo. Thank you, friends!

As for the happier parts of my week...I think I was gone every night this week! It's not always that way, & I probably should've thought it through before making a couple of plans. But I had several free days, so it wasn't overwhelming or anything! I met a friend for coffee Monday night, and it was so good to hang out with her. We had been meeting up on a weekly basis, but the past month has been crazy. So it had been over a month since we had gotten together. That's way too long! Then on Tuesday night, we had a ladies' event at church. I could probably write a whole blog post about all of the great stuff that the speaker had to say. She is a potter, and she walked us through the pottery process, related it to our heavenly potter, then gave her testimony. Her message tied in with a lot of stuff that God is walking me through right now, so I'm so glad that I went! Our regular midweek studies were on Wednesday night, and I'm so sad that next week is our last meeting of the year! :( On Thursday night, MOPS hosted our 2nd Annual "Sip & Shop" (holiday market). We Mentor Moms took turns sitting at the MOPS table, and my friend Laurien kept me company while I took my turn! :) Last night, Cody had a church event. After dropping the boys off, we went to dinner & coffee with Wade and Amy. Well, Chris & I had coffee, and Wade, Amy & Elly had hot cocoa. I don't guess I'll ever get Amy to enjoy coffee with me! ;)

I got to babysit my little friends for awhile one day this week. While Cody & Clara Belle were doing homework, I was sorta wishing I still had a Kindergartener! It has gotten to the point with both of the kids that I sometimes have to look online to help them with their homework! {& I was a gifted student who was 3rd in my graduating class!! There are just some things that I have forgotten since I finished school, ya know?!} So, weirdo that I am, I took pics to show you the difference in homework:

(She's writing the letter "v", and he's using the EPSE method to solve word problems. Ya, I'd never heard of EPSE either!}

I went to a baby shower today! It was for Michelle, my best friend from middle school...the same one whose wedding shower I went to last year with the disastrous wardrobe situation. As you can imagine, I was a little nervous about what to wear to this shower, because I was afraid I was going to be underdressed again. But I also didn't want to go the opposite extreme & end up overdressed. Add to that the fact that I was going directly from the shower to Bob's Celebration of Life service, and I wasn't going to have time to change. {I wasn't real sure what you're supposed to wear to that, so I looked online. In case you wondered, you're not expected to wear head-to-toe black, but some black is still respectful.} So I went with the dress I got for Kirby's wedding (aka, The Soccer Dress), & it turned out to be appropriate for both occasions.

{Seriously, she just had a baby 8 weeks ago! Doesn't she look great?!}

Lest you think that I pulled that off with class...I was sitting there at the shower & glanced down to see that I still had some remains of this:

In case you can't tell, that's a smiley face made out of Sharpie & burnt flesh. The burn was an accident that occurred earlier in the week. The kids kept telling me it looked like a smile, so I finally let Cody draw "eyes" on my arm Friday afternoon. In case you didn't know, Sharpie is somewhat permanent. Plus, I forgot to actually scrub it. So it hadn't completely faded before the shower this morning. Nice. {If only that were the lone mishap of the day...I've got a story for you next week!! I think you're going to love it!}

As for today's song, it's another Lovelite tune that I've had for awhile now. I've been listening to worship music quite a bit lately, and this one really stood out to me this week. I love the whole song, but if I had to pick a favorite part it would be the second verse:
Here I am full of hope
Not weighed down anymore
Knowing You changes me
Never let me leave

Okey doke, I've got to get some sleep! I hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"It Is Well"

(by Aaron Keyes) It Is Well - Because

I think I have been pretty open with y'all throughout my journey, as I've shared my ups and my downs. I feel like I've shared many more downs than ups though, so I hope you'll rejoice with me as I share a little victory with y'all today...

Not too long ago, I told y'all that I feel like I'm going through the fire. And if I can be completely honest, I'm still in it. But right now I am actually at a place of rest inside it. I can't even explain it, but I really am.

Don't get me wrong, I still hurt.

And I am not happy with my situation.

At all.

But I am at rest right now. And I can rejoice, having finally come to the place where I am truly grateful for my trials. I have a long way to go, and I am still in the midst of them. But I am beginning to see some of the beautiful that He is making out of them. They have led me to a better understanding of Him, and I am at peace as I trust in Him. He has shown me such beautiful truths in His Word, and I am learning to surrender to His sovereignty and His purpose. I am really seeing that I can place my hope in Him, as I am reminded of His goodness and faithfulness.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James 1:2-4, ESV)

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?...No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:35,37-39, NLT)

I hope all is well with you today. If not, please let me know how I can be praying for you! ♥


Monday, November 7, 2011

"True Friend"

(by Hannah Montana) True Friend - Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party

Yes, I posted a Hannah Montana song. I'm not sure what came over me. I already posted the song that would've been perfect for today, so what else could I do? Becky is talking about girlfriends {& how complicated friendships can be} on her blog today. In reading her post, I was reminded that I have some amazing {& complication-free} friends! So I decided that today would be all about them!! I am thankful for my friends who...

  1. live in my neighborhood
  2. have babies I get to hold :)
  3. let me ramble about random stuff
  4. allow me to vent
  5. hold me accountable
  6. meet me for coffee
  7. laugh with me
  8. cry with me
  9. pray with me
  10. pray for me
  11. shop with me
  12. watch TV with me
  13. bake with me
  14. make me laugh
  15. make me smile
  16. encourage me
  17. challenge me
  18. speak truth to me
  19. skype with me
  20. scrapbook with me
  21. carpool with me
  22. go to concerts with me
  23. leave encouraging blog comments
  24. text me funny pictures! :)
  25. know my faults and still love me ♥

If you have a friend that you're grateful for, I'd love to hear about her (or him)!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Even if it Breaks Your Heart"

(by Will Hoge) Even If It Breaks Your Heart - The Wreckage

I'm sorry to post this so late! I'm sure y'all were waiting on pins and needles for my favorite song of the week! :P I've had very little time at home this weekend, so this is my first chance to post it! Today's song is another one of my Will Hoge favorites. If you haven't listened to him yet, you really need to! Like, right now.

I had hoped to have some pictures from Halloween for y'all to see, but I completely forgot to ask Amy to send me a couple. The flash broke on my camera, so I didn't even attempt to take any pics on Halloween night. Maybe I'll have something to show you next Saturday...

Alrighty, I suppose I'll post this & get to bed. I totally didn't take advantage of the extra hour of sleep this weekend. Did you?


Friday, November 4, 2011

"Learning How to Die"

(by Jon Foreman) Learning How to Die - Limbs and Branches

Cancer has taken the life of another amazing person. You may remember our family attending the birthday party of a man named Bob. He lost his fight with cancer on Monday, but he is now dancing in heaven. I thought this song was perfect for him, especially considering the birthday speech he gave (there's a video clip on the post that I linked to already, but you'll have to scroll down past my ramblings & such. Surprise, surprise). He closed with these words, "I didn't get saved to be a good guy. I got saved to die great."

I have known very few people who have lived out their faith so vocally and radically. I rank him among men like Keith Green & Rich Mullins: their lives on earth ended way to soon, yet they leave a legacy that continues to bring glory to God. Like Jesus, they can say, "I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do." (John 17:4). Bob may have completed the work God called him to do, but his work goes on in the lives of the people God reached (& will continue to reach) through him.

Because Bob would love it, I'll close with a video he showed my girl when we had dinner at his house one day. He said this was his song:


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


(by Caedmon's Call) Thankful - Thankful - The Best of Caedmon's Call

I'm sorry I'm so late with this. I haven't had much time at home lately. Today I am thankful for...

  1. The MRF (Melanoma Research Foundation) starting a new ocular melanoma initiative (CURE OM)
  2. A safe trip for my mister
  3. Butterflies visiting my garden
  4. Play dates with my Costa Rican missionary friend
  5. Playing Twister with her baby girl :)
  6. Doing puzzles with my cute little neighbors
  7. A sweet baby boy falling asleep in my arms {the best feeling ever!}
  8. Great grades on my kids' report cards!
  9. A super great parent-teacher conference
  10. Coupons
  11. Great bargains at Old Navy's "Stuff & Save" event
  12. $5 boots {even though Wade saw them & asked where my hover board was!}
  13. Watching a movie with my girl
  14. Alpha Day with my dad & brother
  15. Seeing my baby brother 3 out of 4 days in a row!
  16. Pumpkin carving with our community group
  17. The legacy of a crazy awesome man named Bob (RIP)
  18. A field trip with my boy :)
  19. Carpooling on said field trip & getting to know some other moms
  20. A yummy Halloween dinner tradition with my friends Amy & Marcie {& our families!}
  21. Leaves crunching under our feet as we took the kids trick-or-treating
  22. Three different kinds of delicious leftover soup {thanks for sharing, girls!}
  23. A day to relax at home
  24. The way God weaves His Word into our lives from all different directions, and it all comes together in such a beautifully cohesive way to speak to whatever we're going through
  25. Amazingly beautiful weather!

What's on your list today?