Thursday, October 30, 2008

Incredible Story

I came across this video earlier this week while I was on ESPN.com. It brought tears to my eyes. Just take a look...


What an incredible story! This makes me even more proud to be a Dawg Fan!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Have A Question

How would you define authentic friendship? Would you consider your friendships authentic? I asked myself both those questions several months ago when I read this devotional. Please if you will take just a few minutes to read the devotional otherwise everything I say from here after will not make any sense. It will literally take you 2-3 minutes to read. Thanks!

After reading I just had to sit back and take it all in.
The devotional could not have come to me at a better time. God's timing is always perfect and for me this was just another testament to His direction in my life. This devotional challenged me to examine the kind of friend I was, the friendships I have with others and really put things into perspective for me.

Rick Warren defined authentic friendships/fellowship this way: "Authentic fellowship is not superficial, surface-level chit-chat. It’s genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing." After reading those words how could one not reexamine the way they "do life" with their friends. I know that I was convicted. As a female it is often far to easy to fall into the surface-level chit-chat with other females. A lot of the time that surface-level chit-chat is really only gossip which only leads to destruction. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that you should only have deep theological conversations with your friends. But what I am saying is if you are not able to get to that level with them you should probably reevaluate just what exactly you're spending your time talking about. Are you constantly bashing others when you are with your friends? Do you find that most all of your conversations are about worldly treasures? When was the last time you and your friends were able to really open up with one another about "real issues" and "real life"?

I know for myself that I want friendships that are truly authentic. I want to be able to open up about my desires, my struggles, my happiness, and just have that gut-level sharing that is mentioned in the devotional and I want my friends to be able to do the same. I don't want those surface-level friendships that are in reality not really friendships at all. I want to be able to have the authentic friendship that I know I can count on my friends to call me out when I am royally screwing up and celebrate with me when something exciting happens. I want friendships that are full of support, loyalty, honesty, etc. I mean if you are not able to be real with your friends then what is really the point?

My prayer is that God will show me and consistently remind me how to be this kind of friend. I just wanted to share this devotional with each of you because I feel it is such a great reminder. And let's face it we all need a little wake-up call every now and then. What are your thoughts on the devotional and authentic friendship? Would you define authentic friendship in a different way or maybe add something to it?

Monday, October 27, 2008

We did it, We pulled it off!!!

I have been just about to bust not being able to share with everyone the planning of my mom's 50th birthday surprise party. But since my mom reads my blog that was not an option. So let me give you a little run through.

A little over a month ago Peyton (my sis) and I began to discuss what we were going to do for Mama's birthday. I had been kidding her for months that we were planning this huge shin-dig. I mean you only turn 50 once. She made it very clear that she did not want that. Well, since Peyton and I listen on so well we decided we would still plan and throw the party. ;) After a few date changes we finally decided on Oct. 25th. Which I thought was perfect b/c if we were going to get her it needed to be a significant time past her birthday. Oct. 25th would make it two weeks after her birthday. Perfect!!!

And so the planning began. We decided we would just keep it small with some close family and friends. Then, I decided that we should do a video with some of those special people in my mom's life sharing their memories and kind words with her. But I also decided that pictures needed to be included as well. Peyton thought they were both great ideas. We soon found ourselves knee deep in pictures and scurrying around to get all of the interviews done in time. My cousin Lee said he would help me out and put the video all together for me. So we got everything done and to Lee allowing him enough time to get it all done. Everything was going great. We just had to get the food ordered and everything else would not be able to be done until the day before and day of.

THEN it happened, I got a phone call from Lee explaining that he was not going to be able to download the video to his computer and explained it all to me but I don't remember all of that now. I began to panic just a bit but then decided I would check with my aunt Allison to see if she could help me out. She said she would definitely give it a try. So after much running around I got everything to her only allowing 3 - 4 days to get everything put together. She came through like a champ! I never expected anything less though.

Fast forward to this past Saturday...the day of the party. Morgan had agreed to make the cake for us. So Peyton and I met her Saturday morning to pick the cake up. The cake was incredible!!! You can click on the link to Morgan above to see her post about the cake. I then came back home and tried to be as normal as possible. I think I did a pretty good job but there were a few times I had to turn my head before I busted out laughing in front of my mom. Peyton and I had it planned that my aunt Allison (who is a photographer) would be making pictures of Mama and Addison later that day. The time came for Peyton, Addison and Mama to all leave. As soon as they left I started running around to get everything completed before the caterer and all the guests arrived. Not to mention I still had to get ready, which is not a very quick process for me. One of my dear friends, Christina came to help me and if it would not have been for her I'm not sure I would have gotten everything done! Christina you are the best!

All the guest began to arrive around 6:15/6:30. I do believe that everyone that walked through the door asked me if Mama had any idea. I told them all I wasn't sure but I sure hoped she didn't. At 7:10 Peyton, Addison, and Mama all made it back to the house. You tell me if you think Mama had any idea...




Yeah, I don't think so. Hehe!!! We did very good at surprising her! The night was full of fun, laughter, memories, stories, and great company. Mama loved the picture slide show along with the video of memories. Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone that helped Peyton and I out. Peyton and I had a lot of fun planning and scheming. And we were both so happy with the way everything turned out. I will post a few more pics from the night below and then I will explain how you can see the entire night in pics.



If you would like to see pictures from the entire night you can visit Allison's website. Once you get there click on gallery one, then select clients, and then you can input the password "lisa50". Allison was able to capture the entire night and got a lot of great shots. Some with family, friends, and many candid. So enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The New Name

I've had a very busy last couple of weeks and it was all for a special surprise for my mom. My sister and I planned and gave a surprise party for my mom's 50th birthday yesterday. It all turned out wonderful. I will do another post about the party and all the fun once my aunt Allison sends me the pics of the night. I don't think a post about the party would even be worth reading if you can't see pics. SOOOO, Allison...send those pics on over to me...don't wanna leave everyone hanging. :)

Speaking of leaving everyone hanging...I've left you all hanging long enough for the new name of my blog. I got ideas via comments, emails, and face to face conversation. Ok I won't babble on anymore...drum roll please....."The Queen Has Spoken". This idea was given to me by Melissa. She is one of my mom's best-friends and a very dear person to me and our family as well. THANK YOU Melissa for your creativity...love you!!! And thank you again to everyone who submitted an idea.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I know I'm late but...

I have been going non-stop all week. I am very tired. I mentioned early this week that I was physically and mentally exhausted well I still am. So needless to say I have not put much thought into what to post today. But I did remember that I put a deadline on ideas for a new name for my blog for yesterday. Well thank you to everyone that submitted an idea! They were all great. I have made a decision. I will reveal the new name tomorrow when I am refreshed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Just Laughed My Ace Off

I have my blogs that I read faithfully and I usually check them most every day. One of them is Carlos Whittaker's Blog. It truly is a great blog. You should definitely check it out. Well, today I got on to check it like always and I stumbled upon one of THE BEST YouTube videos I have seen in a very long time. I had the best laugh I have had in a while. I'm talking to the point that tears were streaming down my face, I did not breathe there for about a min., and I laughed for a good 10 minutes straight. Heck, every time I have thought about it throughout the day I have busted out laughing. Soooo, I must share the video with you. I recommend watching the entire thing but the best part starts at 2:30 in the stream. You ready???

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Panic

I will admit I had to make myself sit down and do this. I am physically and mentally exhausted. It was a good day. Just a long day with lots going on. And I am still not done with everything I need to get done. Probably another long night. But I did promise to fill you in on the weekend (like you all really care anyway). I won't go into every detail of the weekend. I"ll just tell ya the fun stuff.

So Saturday, I had planned to go to Atlanta to spend some time with Katie and her brother, Jay. I had not seen Jay in a while so it was good to get to hang out. We had also planned on going to a concert that night...Widespread Panic aka WP aka Panic. The concert was my and Katie's first experience with Panic. Jay however goes to as many Panic concerts as possible, traveling all over.

When the concert was first mentioned to me I will admit I was thinking in the back of my head "um, I'm not too sure about it" but I decided hey what the heck. So I agreed to go. But I still thought in the back of my head "what did I just get myself into" most of the week. See I had heard many different things about what might go on at the concert and that did make me a little uneasy.

Okay fast forward to us pulling up to Lakewood Amphitheater. We pull in the parking lot and it is pretty much like it is at any other concert I've ever been to there before. People are tailgating before the show, socializing, and just getting pumped before the music starts. We park, get out and go to meet up with some of Jay's friends. While walking through the parking lot it didn't take me very long to realize it was certainly a much different crowd than I was used to. And I'm pretty sure that Katie and I both looked like it was our first Panic show.

When it was near time for the show to start we made our way into the venue. We ended up having seats instead of sitting on the lawn. I am very thankful that we did that too because it was a little chilly that night. Our seats were great. Once we got in everything still seemed pretty much normal to me except like I said it was just a different crowd. Which let me go ahead and say this...that is not a bad thing...I have no problem exposing myself to new and different people & places. I think that is something everyone should be willing to do. Now back to my story...okay so we are talking, getting ready for the show and people continue to file in. Then, it happens, the music starts. Everyone goes nuts, screaming because hey the band is finally on stage. But not only did the music start...everyone began to do a "boogie" as Jay & his friends call it. Katie and I look at each other at the same time bust out laughing and then look back around to see if everyone really is doing a boogie. Yep, they were. Neither of us were real sure what to do at first I don't think. We were both just taking it all in.

As the band continued to play their songs it was hard not to start a little boogie of our own. I won't lie...I did break out my own little boogie there for a little while and Katie joined me. I was surprised with the music. I really thought it was good. Those guys are sick on the guitar and they also incorporated a lot of different instruments in throughout the night which I thought was amazing. I'm not sure I exactly understood every single lyric but maybe that was b/c I had never heard the songs before either. Oh wait, they did do a few covers that I knew. I knew some of the words to those songs. :)

So I have to say that my first Widespread Panic experience was a good one and I would definitely go back to see them again. They played for a good 3, 3 1/2 hours. All of the things that people had been telling be throughout the week probably were going on somewhere in the venue but there was not anything going on around me that made me uncomfortable. The music was great, I got to hang out with some great friends, and it was just a fun night.

So that was my WP experience and a fun story from my weekend. Are any of you Panic fans? Have you ever been to a Panic show? Do you know how to boogie? Do you need me to teach you how? Katie & Jay, did I leave anything out???

Okay that's all I got...I have got to go and finish some other things up. Peace I'm out.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Short and Sweet

There will be a better post coming tomorrow for sure. But it is entirely too late for me to sit here and type out my planned post I've been thinking about all day. I was a complete slacker tonight and indulged myself in a few hours of trash TV...hey, it's Monday...give me a break. So just real quick...I had a great weekend. I did something this weekend I've never done before. It was certainly an experience but it was a blast! I can't wait to tell you about it tomorrow. Sorry, that's all your getting tonight.
Did anyone else do anything fun & exciting or for the first time this weekend? Tell me about it...

**Oh and for all of you that read my blog and have yet to leave your idea(s) for a new name for my little world here...I'm giving you one more day. I'm extending it until Wed. Soooo, come on, think for me...Puh-lease!!! BTW..."Dude, For Real"...definitely one of my favorites ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A new name

One thing I love the most about other people's blogs are the names of their blogs. Some are funny, some have a special meaning, and some are the names of family's. But they are all clever. When I first began my blog I was so overwhelmed with even starting a blog I didn't put much thought into my blogs name. I've been trying to come up with something clever for a while now but I got nothing. I had thought that I would just leave it as is but no, I would love something else besides just my name. So here's the deal...I would like to get your ideas for names. You all read my blog, you know what I'm about, where I'm at in my life, and a little bit in between. Soooo....I'm taking suggestions until this coming Tuesday. So come on people help me out, be creative, get clever, give my blog a new name!

Peace I'm out!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I've been tagged...again

Okay so it has been my goal to post something everyday during the week and leave the weekends as my off days. I haven't had anything exciting to post about today BUT I have been tagged by this girl. So here ya go...ok so the rules are to take the 6th picture from your 6th album and post it with a little description about it. Not sure I really get it but hey, I'll do it...
This is a pic of me and my dog Izzy. She was about 3 months old here. The picture was taken on a Saturday night in 2006 just before my friend Alicia and I were about to go to a place called 37 Main. Anyway, Izzy is a miniature dachshund. And miniature describes her to a T! She is almost 2 years old if not already (can't remember when she was born) and she is still very small. Izzy is full of life. We also have another miniature dachshund and her name is Gracie. Gracie is 11 years old I think. She is a short hair and she is chocolate. Both of my dogs are the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. Love them, love them, love them.

Okay so I did it now I am suppose to tag four others to participate in this lovely little game. Sooo, here ya go...

Lindsey
Morgan
Rebecca
Amber

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gifts, Talents, Etc...

Sooo, I've been thinking today about my friends. I am so blessed to have the wonderful friends that I have. Some of them I've been friends with for 24 years and some only a few years but each of them are very special to me and hold a very special place in my heart. Each person is their own unique self. They each bring something different to the table and I love that about all of them. But then again that's the way God designed us to be...unique, right? Love that!!!

As I was thinking about my friends today and how different they all are compared to one another and even myself I began to think of their gifts, their talents, etc. Like my friend Morgan, sorry callin' ya out here dog, she makes cakes. She does amazing work. She has never taken a class or anything...strictly self taught. Morgan makes and sells her cakes to her friends and others for a more than reasonable cost. Then, there is Lindsey, yep callin' you out too homegirl, she makes little girls hair bows, bow holders, diaper cakes, etc. I must say I knew that she made these things on the side but I wasn't aware until recently just how amazing each one is. Lindsey has not started selling her stuff yet but she needs too...soon...hint, hint! Then, there is Amanda, you didn't think you were gettin' off the hook did you? Ha, no way! Amanda has a natural talent with cutting, and styling people's hair. She has never been to cosmetology school yet other people along with myself are constantly asking her "Hey, will you cut my hair, will you fix my hair for this or for that"? She is wonderful! Then, there is Alicia, oh yes callin' you out as well, she is an amazing makeup artist. Just like Amanda, Alicia has never been to cosmetology school and she does an awesome job every time. I can not even begin to count how many times she has done my makeup for a wedding or others for prom, etc. I could sit here all night and continue to call each and every single one of my girl friends out but I'll stop here.

My point here is this...we all have our talents, our gifts, that special thing that sets us apart from the rest. A gift from God that we can choose to either embrace and run with or that we can let just go to waste. But have any of you ever actually thought about your gifts and how you can use those to minister to others and bring glory to God and His Kingdom? You may think that you don't have a gift or talent or that yours is not good enough. Well, I'm telling you right now that is CRAP. God uses people in ways that are unimaginable every single day. Do you know what your gift is, your talent, what sets you apart from the rest? If not I encourage you to find it, dig down deep and embrace it. You never know your gift just might lead you on a whole new path...

So I wanna know...what are some of your talents, your gifts, etc.??? And are you using them???

**Oh and to everyone that was called out...just using you as examples. And I don't think that those specific things are your only gifts...love y'all. And if you weren't called out please don't think I don't think you aren't talented b/c I do...I just thought I was getting a little lengthy :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

And the winner is...

Last week I asked for suggestions for my next book. I had a few responses and they were all great. Thanks to everyone who suggested. I did make a decision...I ended up going with Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the book. I am borrowing Morgan's copy of it. This is what she said to me as she handed me the book "Just get ready b/c this book is gonna kick your ace". Well, I must say I am stoked to begin reading! Some people might shy away from a book that will make you think about things on a much deeper level but you know what...I'm ready for something to knock me on my ace! While my last book, Same Kind of Different As Me, was thought provoking and did a good job of bringing me to a realization about things; I have a feeling that Crazy Love is gonna rock my world on an entire different level. Bring it on!!!

You ready Katie????

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Funny...*Proceed With Caution*

The following is a story I received in an email today. It was a forward. The author is unknown. And before you ask...yes the author really is unknown...it is NOT me, any of my friends, or anyone that I even know. It was just so hilarious that I just had to post it.
*********** WARNING*********** If you are of the male gender continue reading with caution. If you choose to continue reading I will not take responsibility for the mental picture you may get in your head or for any scaring images the following story may leave in your memory. AGAIN if you are of the male gender proceed with caution!!!
If you are a female...you will get it...you may laugh, you may cry, you may cringe...but you will get it. Trust me! Enjoy....

Waxing

All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, painless removal - The Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now...the wax. Read on...

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours:

'Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.' So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom…

It was one of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No muss, no fuss…How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees.

('Cold wax,' yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works! OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it *was* a long strip) I inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!! I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!! Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay conscious...must stay conscious. Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip. There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX??? Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip...it's not! I touch. I am touching wax. I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut! I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!' What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right??? *WRONG!!!!!!!* I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub...in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax. So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter 'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!' There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, 'Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?' She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!! By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event. My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care. 'IT WORKS!! It works !!'

I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair.....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT! So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point. Next week I'm going to try hair color...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

What About You???

Like a lot of people Fall is my favorite season. So many great things occur during the Fall...the weather, college football, county fairs, watching the leaves change color, my birthday (and most of my family's b-day too), Halloween candy, Halloween parties, etc. I get so excited once it begins to get cool enough to wear long sleeves and all of my fall clothes. Fall just holds so many great things.

There is one thing though that most people do during the fall that I am terrified of. Do you know what it is or can you guess? Come on think about it...tick, tick, tick. Got an answer yet? Well too bad if you don't b/c I'm just gonna tell ya. I HATE haunted houses!!! And I am not a scary movie kinda gal either. I am not sure what started my fear of haunted houses but for as long as I can remember I have been afraid of them.

Now don't get me wrong I have been to my share of haunted houses. I mean I can remember every year in high school when Halloween rolled around going to a haunted house with your b/f or g/f was just the thing to do. So, I would go...every year. Yep, I went but my head would stay buried in the back of my boyfriend's jacket or I would be squeezing his arm/hand as tight as I could and be as close to him as I could possibly get. I mean that was one of the main reasons for going to a haunted house, right? I remember one year going to the one at Lake Lanier Islands. My boyfriend and I went with another couple. Neither of us girls were too excited about going in but we did. I remember that I screamed at the top of my lungs most of the way through it, almost cut the circulation off in my boyfriends hand, and keep telling him to walk faster, walk faster the entire time we were in there. And the funny thing is...I don't really remember it being all that scary. But you know, it doesn't matter. I don't care if it is ranked on a scale of 1-10 a 2, a 5, or a 8 I am gonna flip out and pretty much physic myself out even before going in.

Have you ever been to the haunted house at Six Flags? Oh me...maybe that is where my fear of them started. I went with my sister, my cousin Kristy and her family. I don't remember much about the haunted house except that you could not see your hand in front of your face, there was a guy that chased us with a chain saw, and there were people jumping out at you every few seconds. My sister ended up jumping up in my uncle Frankie's arms, I held onto him keeping my face looking at the ground the entire time, and Kristy was behind me doing the same exact thing to me. My sister got so scared she started crying. We were young, we were innocent, and we had never experienced anything like that. To this day it is something I still do not like thinking about.

There ya go...I'm a wimp. I hate haunted houses and scary movies. I get nightmares too easily and when I get a nightmare I can just prepare myself to stay awake for the next hour if not the rest of the night. So, what about you? What do you love/hate about the Fall? Are you a haunted house person, a scary movie person, or are you like me and would just like to abolish them all?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Let's Laugh a Little

I decided I would put up a couple of videos so that you might get a little laugh. I am sure each and every single one of you have seen these many times. It doesn't matter how many times I have seen them I crack up. My post recently have been a bit on the serious side and I just wanted to lighten things up a bit.
Charlie bit me


Kick His Ask


I hope that you get a little laugh from these.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Suggestions please?

Since I am done with "Same Kind of Different As Me" I am looking for a new book to read. I've been on Amazon for a while tonight trying to find a new book but I can't decide. So I could really use your help. What have you read lately that you think I should read next?

To Serve and To Love

I have been reading the book "Same Kind of Different As Me" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. I started it middle of the week last week and I finished it last night. It was one of the most powerful books I believe I have ever read. It is about a homeless man who grew up on a plantation in Louisiana, a man from Texas who is a high-end art dealer, and a woman who had the most incredible faith and a dream she would not let die. Their story is powerful, challenging, encouraging, and thought provoking all rolled into one. It is a MUST READ!!!

When my mom told me back in the summer that "I just had to read the book b/c it had changed her life", I will admit I was thinking in my head "yeah, Oook, I'll read it". Well, the book not only changed my mom's life, it has changed my life as well. It opened my eyes to things that I was not aware were still present today. It reminded me that we are all God's creation and he has each and every single one of us...the poor, the rich, the middle-class, White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc...here on this earth for a reason and a purpose. Who are we to judge someone we believe is beneath us or someone who may be better off then us? Who are we to judge someone because of the color of their skin or the language they may speak? Who are we to judge someone because they may sleep under a bridge or they may sleep in a mansion? We are not called to judge. We are called to love and love unconditionally the way our Father in Heaven loves us. We are called to serve one another. We are called to give to the needy. We are His children, every single body on this earth, and we are to treat others with kindness, love, and respect. Isaiah 58:10, Mark 10:21, 1 John 3:11-20 I often fall short of each and every single one of these things. I am often quick to judge instead of doing what I am called to do and that is love the person no matter what.

In the last couple of years as I have grown in my walk with Christ I have noticed as my heart, my life, and my desires have been transformed. I have such a heart for people of every race, economic background, every language, etc. to know the love of Jesus Christ who died for you and for me. However, I have not acted on this. How will others know of the love of Christ if I/we are not willing to step outside of our comfort zones and share, serve, and love on them? How will they ever know if they do not see me/us lead by example? Well, I for one know that I no longer want my thoughts just to be words that come out of my mouth. They must be actions that I put into place. And that is exactly what I intend on doing. Will you join me?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Yay!!!

So I got a nice surprise today...my parents came home! I had it mixed up all along and I thought they were coming home tomorrow but nope they came home today. They had a good trip but they were both very ready to come home. My mom said she got homesick several times on the trip. And to be honest I was very ready for them to come home. When I got home from work they were already here so as soon as I got in the door I came in and gave a huge hug to them both not wanting to let go. I'm very thankful they made it home safely and that they had a great trip.

Welcome Home Mama and Ron...I love you!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What Are You Thinking?

We began a new series at church this week. It is titled "You think. You are." Clay Scroggins is doing this series. The series is a two part series and part one is titled "What Was I Thinking?"

Today's message was great. It really hit home. Clay talked about those "What Was I Thinking" moments you, I, and the rest of the world often have. He talked about how our thoughts determine our actions which can lead to those What Was I Thinking moments we often wish we would've avoided. He then shared Philippians 4:8 with us. Which says this: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." He challenged us to memorize the verse. To put it into action with our thoughts. You can listen to the entire message here. It really is a great sermon you should check it out.

I guess what hit home the most with me was...my thoughts. What I think about the most, what I hardly think about, and how my thoughts really do impact my life, my actions, my attitude, my behavior, how I treat others, etc. Clay shared with us how he meets once a week with a group of guys to just talk about what he is thinking, and what they are thinking. He made a statement along the lines of, to keep our thoughts where they should be, the way Philippians 4:8 describes we must keep each other accountable. For me, I tend to keep most of my thoughts to myself until they begin to eat away at me and I begin to change. I begin to become the person I talked about in this post a person I do not want to be.

So I have decided that I am going to take Clay's challenge and I am going to memorize Philippians 4:8 and I am also going to find a few ladies to meet with once a week or every other week and just discuss our thoughts. Yeah, I'm in a small group and we do share there but for me I think I need all the accountability I can get. I've done the therapy thing many times throughout my life to talk about my feelings and it helped...if I could afford it I would probably still be going. So I think that meeting with a few ladies or if it ends up only being one just to talk about my thoughts, and their thoughts then maybe, just maybe our thoughts will begin to resemble those of Philippians 4:8.

My question to you...where are your thoughts leading you, what do you think about the most, do your thoughts resemble Philippians 4:8?

Friday, October 3, 2008

For the Single Ladies

If you are a single lady you might understand what I am about to say but if not then you probably won't get it so if you quit reading this now then that's cool.

Okay, so I have times that I am honestly content being single because I know it just isn't time for me to meet "my man" yet. But then there are the times when I am not content and then my mind begins to wonder. Any time my mind begins to wonder it is never a good thing...especially if it is wonderin' 'bout guys! Trust me.

Well, these past few weeks have been a time of me not being content and my mind has been wonderin'. My wonderin' will start with guys from the past, then go to the present, then to the future, and then to absolutely random guys I've never even met! I'm telling you it isn't healthy.

I often discuss this with my other single lady friends and they completely get it. But I am convinced that this friend pretty much sums it up the best. Go and read this if you would like to know a little about what I am talking about.

Until next time this is TSG#2 signing out!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Puppies

I told you I would get some pictures of the puppies and I did that tonight. The puppies will be 2 wks old on October 7th. Today one of them opened "one" of it's eyes. So precious! Peyton thinks that all of their eyes should be open by late this weekend or early next week. Here are a few pics of the pups and Dad & Mom...

Scooby - Dad

Maggie - Mom

Look at that coloring!

The 5 pups all snuggled up

Look there is the "one eye"

This is what you call "dapple"

You know you want one!!!
So there ya go. Aren't they just the cutest little things?!?! I will be sure to keep the pics updated as they continue to grow. Remember if you would like to purchase one let me know and I will get you the details!