Sunday, November 30, 2008

I've been busy...

so here are a few pics to show you what I've been up to the last several weeks.

I took Addison to see High School Musical 2 at The Fox in Atlanta


This was her birthday present from me which was back in August. She was a very patient little girl to wait until Nov! We had a wonderful time. I always enjoy our special times together just she and I. Notice the shirt she picked out as a souvenir...already crushin' at age 6 :)


I took a day trip with my dear friend Christina to the Georgia/Auburn game.






Christina and I don't get to see each other very often so whenever we get the chance I jump at it! And it's always like we have never skipped a beat. I'm sure you all have friends that you cherish like that too. Christina was one of my roommates in Athens my 2nd year of living there. She became more than just a roommate...she became a best-friend, a sister.

I took a weekend trip to Asheville with my girls and Lee.



It snowed!!! We knew there was a possibility of snow but had no idea that it would really happen! It was a great trip. Lee was such a sport to spend the weekend with five beautiful ladies. The cabin is one of my favorite places. Whenever I am there it is so relaxing, peaceful, and just a great get-away.

Those are just a few things that I've been up to lately. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family and I hope you all did as well. My Thanksgiving post will hopefully come tomorrow but now I must get some sleep.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Get Away

This is where I will be in T minus 4 hours!

It is one of my favorite get-aways of all time. I can't wait to spend the weekend in this amazing place with some of my best-friends.

What is your favorite get-away? What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You ask...I'll answer #2

3) Armindy asked: "You mentioned in one post that you overcame an eating disorder. How did you get through it?"
I feel that I need to give you a little bit of a background before I tell you how I got through it. I suffered from an eating disorder while I was in high school. It was not exactly something that I just decided one day that I would do or anything. In my case it was more of a gradual thing and before I knew it I was down to 80 - 85 pounds at 17 years old. Now I have always been a petite person but I was officially sick. I was in a relationship with a boy that was not healthy. He was very jealous, told me what I could & could not wear, and if I ever went out with my friends (which was not often) I was accused of cheating. He had me on lock down and I didn't even know it. I soon began to eat less and less. My family became very worried about me and tried their best to make me see what was really going on. I would not hear it though. During the summer I attended the high school youth retreat to Panama City with the church. It was an entire week away from "the boy". An entire week that God spoke truth into my life and I was able to see and think clearly for the first time in almost a year. I remember calling home to talk to my mom and a very dear mentor/friend. I told them that I was beginning to have doubts about continuing my relationship with the boy and told them how I was finally able to realize everything that was oh so wrong with our relationship. I came home and broke up with the boy. My eating habits did not immediately change though. There were times that my mom had to stand over me to make sure I ate all of something instead of just picking at it. Picking was what I did. I had been through a lot and it took quite a while for my eating habits to become normal again. I spent some time in therapy discussing my thoughts and feelings. My therapist had me keep a journal also. I also began to surround myself with people that were only going to build me up and not tear me down. And it was also with a lot of prayer that I was finally able to let go. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder don't just sit back...reach out to them or others and find help.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A reminder

Genesis 9: 12 - 17

12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." 17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."

The verse above tells us about God's promise to Noah to never send another flood. And it tells us that when the rainbow appears in the clouds it is a reminder of God's covenant to all living creatures. Saturday, on my way back from Auburn, AL I was once again reminded of God's great promise and the magnificent beauty he has given us here on this earth. As we were driving along I saw a bit of a rainbow and it was so beautiful. I wanted to try and get a picture of it so I got my phone out and began to snap away. I was able to get a pretty good shot of it.












But as we kept driving the rainbow seemed to get closer and closer and we were able to see more and more if it. Pretty soon I could not only see where it began but I could see where it ended. The colors were absolutely luminous! They each shown so vividly as if you could reach out and touch them. Then I noticed there was not only one but TWO rainbows side by side separated only a few feet apart. I sat in awe at one of the most beautiful sites I had ever seen. I was in such amazement it did not even dawn on me to snap another picture. I kept staring and stretching my neck just to see it a little bit longer. I did not want to let them out of my sight. Eventually the rainbow was no longer in sight but all I could think about was how amazing God is, His unbelievable love for us, how he can show up when we least expect it and grab our attention, that He is ALWAYS faithful, and how incredibly blessed I am that I get to call Him my Savior and Lord, my Father.

So how has God grabbed your attention lately? Where/how have you been blown away at His beauty? What are you reminded of?

Monday, November 17, 2008

You ask...I'll answer #1

1) Pete asked: What's the scariest thing you've ever felt God leading you to do?
This answer I knew immediately! A couple years ago I felt that God was calling me to leave everything that I knew and go to a new city (Nashville) to pursue an entirely new path for my life. It was something that absolutely scared me to death. So I began to pray about it to figure out if it was really something God was calling me to do or if it was just some crazy thought I had gotten in my head. Well, I obviously did not move to Nashville but it wasn't because I did not feel that God was calling me there it was more of me just being too scared to step out, make it happen, and trust God. So I guess it was little or small faith on my part. Which is something that I have learned. Trust and have faith in God b/c he will never call you to something or lead you somewhere that you are not supposed to be. Do I ever regret not packing up and taking that leap of faith...I'd be lying if I said no. But I love Atlanta, I love my church, and I love being close to my family & friends. I guess I still just wonder how much stronger my faith and trust in the Lord may be today if I would have only taken that step.

2) Marci asked: What are the ingredients to your taco soup recipe?
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can sweet corn
1 can hominy
1 pound ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of dry ranch dressing

Brown your meat. Then just open each can and dump them in the pot (liquid and all). Add your meat, taco seasoning, and dry ranch dressing. I usually cook it in the crock pot and let it simmer all day. Then I serve it with Frito's, cheese, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Well, that's the two questions I am answering today. More to come soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Questions

Thanks to everyone who has left a question so far. Some of you weren't messin around :) Which I like...a chance for me to get real...that's needed every now and again. I am going to begin answering questions this week. Soooo, if you have something you want to ask and haven't yet now is the time to do it. Sorry if it seems like I am dragging this out...I guess I kinda am. It has been a very busy week and weekend. But your questions will be answered this week! So again, any more questions????

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Seriously?!?!

Okay so maybe the question and answer post wasn't a good idea. I had 43 hits to my blog yesterday and 45 the day before that. I've received 1 , wait let me say that again, 1 question. The question I received is a great one and I knew my answer as soon as I read it. I am going to answer it but I'm hoping to get a few more questions between now and then. So come on people this is your chance, take it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blocked...

that is what my brain is right now. I have not been able to think of anything to blog about or really had the desire to this week. I'm not too sure why. And I really don't want to sit here and ramble about nothing.

Soooo, I am going to leave it up to y'all. I am going to make this a question and answer post. I am giving you free rein to ask me anything, yes anything that you want. Then I will take the next couple of days to answer your questions and I promise to answer each and every one. Sooooo, go ahead ask away...this might be your only opportunity to do so. ;)

Friday, November 7, 2008

FOR SALE

Puppies. Puppies for sale. My sister's pups are ready to go. She has already sold two and there are three left. She has one boy and two little girls left. They are all so precious. I wish that I could keep them but I can't. Soooo, if you or if you know anyone who would like a full blooded miniature dachshund you can email me and I can give you more details. One of these precious little guys sure would make a great early Christmas present :)

This is the little boy. He has been one of my favs from the beginning ;)


It wasn't easy getting a picture of them all. This was the best I could do at the time.



This is one of the little girls. She is full of energy and very fiesty! I think I would keep her and the little boy if I could!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grow A Pair

*If you happened to read this late last night then you will notice I changed the title. As I was laying in bed last night I was thinking about it and the new title just seemed more suitable. I hope no one is easily offended*

So I have recently been introduced to NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Perry Noble is the pastor there. Let me just tell you this man is awesome. They are currently doing a message series called Beautiful, A Series for Women and the Men Who Pursue Them. I started the series on Monday. Boy, did the first message hit home. I would definitely encourage all you women out there single or married to check it out. And I do plan at some point to expand on my thoughts about the first message but until then I would like you to go and take a listen to a few minutes of the message from week 2.

Even though the message series is for women and about women, Perry talks a lot to the men and about men. Perry is one very funny man and he is also very honest. He speaks to the single men for a minute in the message from week 2. Boy, if every single man could hear this and then follow through I'm telling you the world would be a better place for us single ladies. Now the probability of most of them listening and then following through is really slim to none but I would still like each of you just to take a listen to what Perry has to say. Ladies, you will totally appreciate what he says and Men, hey you might just appreciate it too...go ahead just listen!!!

I am not able to embed the video so go to the link, press play, and then move the time to 37:50. That is when he begins his talk to the guys. The talk last for a few minutes but be sure to listen to all of it...promise it is worth it :)
http://www.newspring.cc/series/beautiful-week-2

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Music Speaks

When someone says the word music to you what pops in your mind? Passion, love, expression, ministry and life are just a few words that I think about when I think about music. See music is my passion and my love. I've loved it all my life. It was my dream to be a keyboard player in a band and travel the world when I was a little girl. Heck, I'd be lying if I told you I still didn't dream about it sometimes. :)

As I've gotten older my love for music has only grown. I love it all, well except the head banging and techno crap that shouldn't even be considered music. I mean seriously, why would anyone choose to listen to that crap?! I don't get it. Anyway, like I was saying my love for music has only grown even more over the years. There are some nights I would rather sit and listen to music or sit down and play the piano instead of watching TV. I got a guitar about two years ago and I've yet to learn to play it. Anyone wanna give me lessons?! I wanted the guitar so that I could learn worship music. I wanted to be able to sit and play those songs alone in my room...just me and God. So again...anyone wanna give me lessons?!?!?

Many songs have such great lyrics. I think my favorites are the ones that come from the heart, the ones that speak truth, the ones that tell about God's love and kindness, the ones that just get inside of you and they do something to you, the ones that can take things to an entire other level, etc. Music is such a powerful expression and ministry. I fully believe that God gave us music not only to sing our praises to Him or to be able to express our self but also to teach us. There have been times in my life when a song has spoken to me the way nothing else could have. And I do not think that it is just coincidence, I believe that it is just another way that God chooses to speak and show us things.

Chris Tomlin has a new song on his new album Hello Love called "All the Way My Savior Leads Me". The entire album is incredible but this song in particular has really spoken to me the last week or so. I would like to share the lyrics with you. I'll put them at the end of this. But first I would like to know if there are any songs that are rocking your world right now? It doesn't have to be a Christian song. Any song that you just can't get enough of? Any song that you think I need to give a listen to?
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
by Chris Tomlin
All the way my Savior leads me
Who have I to ask beside
How could I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide
All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living Bread
You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me
All the way my Savior leads me
O, the fullness of His love
O, the sureness of His promise
In the triumph of His blood
And when my spirit clothed immortal
Wings it's flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
Jesus led me all the way
All the way my Savior leads me
All the way my Savior leads me

Monday, November 3, 2008

Quirkiness Tag

My cousin Kristy tagged me several days ago on her quirkiness tag post. Here ya go.

1) I HATE HATE HATE bananas. I can not even smell them without gagging. And I do not eat anything banana flavored...candy, Popsicle, pudding, smoothies w/ banana in them...NOTHING!!! So don't come near me with banana anything unless you want me to yack on you.

2) I am slow at pretty much everything I do hence why I am always late. Except to church. I am usually always on time to church. Of course there are those occasional Sundays that I run a few minutes late. But yeah...you get the point.

3) I reread every single thing that I write over and over and over and over before I will send or publish it. Then even once I have sent or published it I will read it AGAIN a few more times to make sure everything sounds okay and that I didn't leave anything out.

4) This one I haven't done in a while but sometimes if I am going out and there is a chance that I might be home late before I will leave my room I go ahead and move everything off of my bed so that I don't have to do it when I get home. And I mean I really will not walk out of my room until everything is moved which in turn usually makes me even more late than I already am. :)

5) And since I can't think of anything else at this moment...when my blood sugar gets low I get the shakes...which I call the "weak trembles"...and I can get very moody when this happens too. It is not a good feeling. So I do my best to make sure I always have a little something with me just in case.

Okay, Lindsey, Marci, and Amber...it's your turn...what are your 5 quirks???