Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Frosty Night


I am thinking about this theme for our gala in February. As you may know, I love anything that has to do with snow and this event falls right into our coldest season. This is the main focus of my job. It a huge dinner with entertainment along with a live and silent auction. The goal of this gala is to raise $100,000 for our school’s annual fund. I am so glad God gave me this work to do. It makes my heart so happy and it is my warm cup of tea.
I present this plan to my Advancement Team next week. They know nothing of these plans as of yet. I went over some of my thoughts with my friend and our Communications Director today at lunch. Her eyes lit up as she listened to the details and it made me feel like I was going in the right direction. I am so glad I have her to bounce creative ideas off of before I go public with things.
I am thinking of having a winter wonderland, alpine theme, snowy mountain type atmosphere. Large glittery snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, winters tablescapes (my Sandra Lee lingo for you Food Network junkies) with snowball mums, a large sleigh for photos, all kinds of winter props, white pre-lit trees, and some Nordic themed ice sculptures.
For food I am thinking of stations. A Nordic Beverage Station (hot cocoa, coffee, marshmallows and flavorings), Swiss Alps (appetizers with cheese fondues and dipping treats), Café Alpine (main food line), Mountain of Chocolate (Desserts like bread pudding, coconut cake or hot fudge sundaes along with fountains of white and dark chocolate along with tasty dipping treats).
Entertainment/music/band ideas? This is where I would love any suggestions.
Please give me any hints or ideas before next Wednesday. This is really going to be a huge event and having my plan nailed down soon is crucial. I would seriously love for you to tell me if I am missing anything for my Frosty Night?

Abby

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Christmas Basket

just finished The Christmas Basket by Debbie McComber. Yes, reading a book based at Christmas time was a little odd, but it got me in the Christmas spirit. I can't wait!! I'm going to buy a new Nativity Scene this year. Mine is about 6 years old and one of the wisemen has been beheaded, one has had his gift taken from him, permanently, and the sheep has seen better days. I think it is time to replace it!I'm already excited about the Christmas crafts fairs, decorating the house, and listening to Christmas carols. 3 more moths!!! I'm so excited!!!
Julie

Real Life

My vacation is over!!
We hit "real life" pretty hard Monday morning. We had a good day at school and then we headed out to Walmart.I go there every Monday for our weekly shopping trip. I have tried shopping 2 weeks at a time but I found that planning 20 meals at a time ( we usually eat out on Friday night) is all I can do or want to do. We were all on our best behavior and the shopping trip was quick and painless ( if only they were all that way).
I called Stephen right as we were leaving to ask him about the shells (bullets for those that don't have hunting in their home) he wanted me to pick up. Laughing, he said "The staff wants to know if you are bringing the kids to Kingdom Kids." I looked at my watch and it was 3:30, (Kingdom Kids is a program we have for K-6 kids at the church. The church bus picks them up at school and brings them to church and it gets over at 5:00)I told him we would be there as quick as we could-so we drove quickly the 30 something miles to the church. Hopefully next week I will remember Kingdom Kids and get them there on time!
Tuesday was a busy day too. It was the last day to drop off clothes for Duck Duck Goose. So after school we headed to Little Rock. After a couple of errands there we stopped and ate Mexican food and then went home to settle down.
Wednesday was a stay at home day. Finally!!!Samuel needed a haircut so I had Stephen take him to the barber shop and I picked him up a little later. Oh, how time changes things. I can remember Samuel's first haircut. We took him to a place that specialized in children and we videotaped it. Nine years later we drop him off and pick him up later. The joys of having a 9 year old (very soon to be 10)!!!!

PS - I just wrote about how busy I am. I didn't mention how busy Stephen is. That just since Sunday he has had 8 meetings outside of regular working hours. My point is this, your pastor is a very busy man, often away from his family. Please show your appreciation to him, his wife and his children. A thank you or a hug is always appreciated!

Julie

Monday, September 24, 2007

A Walk In The Park - Updated

Update on my earlier post:
I made the decision to delete the post about the walk in the park. I know how widespread this blog network is and I would hate to step on anyone's toes or cause anymore heartache for those poor people involved in this moral dilema. My Mama gave me some good advice today - "We can't dictate the morals of other people." She is so very right. Rand and I are are so glad this is not our drama anymore. Like I tell my friends and co-workers, "Save yo drama fo yo Mama!"

Rand and I head out for East Texas this Thursday to love on my Mawmaw & UD and my Mama. We are celebrating birthdays this weekend. I am making my Mama one of my Signature A Cakes (This is what I am going to call my cakes for now until I come up with something more clever). I will share pics next week when we return!

Abby

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Birthday Recap

Thanks for the wonderful Birthday wishes! I had a fabulous birthday. My birthday is a major holiday to me and those closest to me know they have to recognize it as such. I think my Mama & Daddy raised us to think it was the most special day of the year so I am 29 and still think it is just as special as I did growing up. It is fun times for sure!
Rand is always so sweet on my birthday. He was not raised in the same “birthday bubble” as me and has had to make himself more birthday minded in the past five years in order to keep the peace on the 13th of September. God love that man! He literally woke up yesterday singing Happy Birthday, took me to lunch, gave me a new camera, cooked me dinner, did the dishes, and got me the cutest/funniest card! I was born right around 9:00 at night and so last night he screamed, “Happy Birthday” when the clock rolled around to that hour. That’s my Rand!
I got lots of good loot from my family & closest friends and love everything I received. Gift giving and receiving is my love language, so I really soar high on my birthday. I love that people you least expect to remember your birthday actually do remember and acknowledge it by email or a phone call and sometimes a gift! That always surprises me, really. So, thanks!
I must say the most memorable moment of my birthday was when I stepped on the scale at WW last night and it was down 3 pounds from last week. Not having a birthday cake in the house was so very worth it! I did have fat free lemon pie though, yummy!
Speaking of cake, I am posting a picture of a guitar cake I made for a friend’s husband. His name is JD and he plays the guitar. It was a time consuming effort but I think it turned out real nice. His birthday is today. Can you believe Melissa thought I was lying about making this cake when I emailed her the picture?! How dare that girl doubt my cake skills! Ha!

Abby

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Birthday To My Sister



Happy Birthday to my sister tomorrow!
29 years ago I went to my 3rd grade class and waited rather impatiently for my Dad to call and tell me that I had a sister. My classroom was next door to the office, and every time I heard the phone ring, I got so excited! But it was never Dad. A friend of our family picked me up from school and took me to her house to stay until Mom had the baby. We ate supper and still no phone call from Dad, I took a bath and got ready for bed and still no phone call from Dad. Finally, after hearing on the news that there was a killer on the loose in town, and being terribly frightened that out of all the houses in Ft Smith, he would somehow pick out the one I was in and I would never see my baby sister, my Dad called. I had a baby sister named Abby Jo. I was so excited!

I would love to say that I was always excited to have a sister named Abby Jo, but there were quite a few years that neither of us were excited to be related. We fought and fought, but we loved also. We were each others defenders, and sad to say, offenders.
Abby was with me when my very first date picked me up on Halloween night. She was dressed up as Cyndi Lauper/Tina Turner. Her hair was 3 different colors and her clothes were quite something to behold. I was so embarrased, but she loved it. I took her on many dates after that. (not with the first date guy, he didn't ask me out after that- I kinda blame it on Abby!HA!HA!)

I heard a song on the radio yesterday that reminded me of her. It was "You are the sun, you are the rain" by Lionel Richie. I could just see her singing it loudly and dancing around our shared bedroom. What a wonderful Abby. We have so many stories about growing up, we could probably write a blog a day telling stories about each other.

Abby is a wonderful, mouthy, thoughtful, bossy, compassionate, neat-freak, loving, talkative, kind, curly-headed, energetic, thoughtful, friendly, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and friend. She is loved by everyone she meets. It is an honor that God put her in my family. I am proud to call her sister, and even prouder to call her friend. I love you Abby Jo!!
Happy Birthday!
Next year you are 30!!!!!


Julie

Cool Air, Sealing The Lips and "Dirt" Dreams

Fall has arrived and I love it! I bought 2 cute swing type tops at Old Navy last month for fall and I can finally wear one today. There is something about a changing season that gives one an extra burst of energy & joy!

I get all these daily newsletters in my inbox and some I dismiss and some I actually read. This article is one that I read this morning and it made me really examine myself. I thought I would share it with you. We could all use a little lip therapy.

A month from today I will be in Mexico on the beach with my Rand. I am counting down the days until we get on that jet plane! I am past due for a much needed vacation and am looking forward to the "dirt".

"Dirt" you ask? Well, Jules is at the beach right now. Lucky dog. Yet, Anna is having some difficulty with the beach. Upon arrival she let them all know that she was, "not getting on that dirt!" and as of yesterday she was still refusing to step foot on that "dirt". She is referring to the beach as the "dirt" in her conversations. I love it. That is my sweet & stubborn baby girl!

So, I am sitting at my desk thinking of warm fall scents, enjoying my new shirt, vowing to keep my lips sealed today, dreaming of my vacation and laughing at the thought of our little sis refusing to get on the "dirt". It is going to be a good day!

Abby

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Who Do I Fear?

In Sunday School Sunday the teacher asks this question. Am I more afraid of what God thinks about what I'm doing or what other people think? And I started thinking about it. Who do I fear-not a fright fear but a reverence, awe fear? Do I so fear people and what the will think and say that I am more concerned about what car I drive than spending time with God in prayer and in His word (that’s what should drive me)? Am I more concerned about what people think about how I raise my children, what clothes they wear and what activities they are involved in than I am about what God thinks about raising the children that He gave me?
We have made tough decisions this summer and hopefully they were God honoring ones. We chose once again to not play baseball on Sundays and we have chosen to homeschool the kids. These decisions have been met with talk, criticism, praise and some disapproving glances. And let me admit to you I have faltered, because what people think is important to me, but today’s question made me really think. Do I want to be a people pleaser or a God pleaser? I pray that I am a God pleaser in thought and action. What about you?
Julie

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Why The Headache?

Update:
I got 3 big ole shots in my hip yesterday and the doctor put me back on my daily meds. A little sad but looking forward to it making my head stop hurting. Pray I can come off my meds sometime soon. I truly hate taking them, yet I truly despise the headaches. I still have a headache today but it is not as intense. Ready for the meds to start working again.

I was doing somersaults last week because I was migraine med free for two weeks with no headache. The celebration has come to a stop. Thursday afternoon I got the headache of all headaches. I had a visit from Ralph and Earl several times and slept most of my Labor Day weekend, hoping to ward it away. No such luck. I am getting a shot from the headache doctor this afternoon to hopefully knock it out and knock me out for the rest of the day. Please pray I don’t have to go back on my daily meds and this is just a rare occurrence from a little caffeine intake last week. Many of you know what a thorn in my side this onset of migraines has been for me the past year and a half. Please pray I can continue my somersaults after this shot today and not have to go back on those pesky prevention pills.
By the way, I must not forget to thank my husband and my neighbors for being such wonderful caretakers. My sweet neighbor had hip surgery last week but made me veggie soup and had her hubby walk it over to me because my head hurt. Too much! Rand is the best comforter, housekeeper and cook a girl could ask for. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

Abby