Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I'm getting a little nervous. I've known about it for quite some time and have everything ready, but as the time approaches (6:00) my stomach is feeling a little funny and I am not so sure of myself.
So, say a prayer for me if you think about it.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here it is. We are to refer to 6 of the blogs we read, while telling a random thing about ourselves in each one. Make sense?
You are to guess the 6 blogs. We will post the answers later in the week.
1. There is nothing like a cow patty. When we were young, our grandfather's church in west Tennessee had a scavenger hunt for the young people. One of the things we had to collect was a cow patty! Our group only took a picture of it though. It was our first real exposure to country life and we wanted no part of it again...now look at us!
2. Being the mom of a teenager is not easy. Samuel is beginning to show signs of adolescence. I am scared! I had to convince him that humans are mammals today...can I just tell you how uncool that was for him and for me!
3. A short German visit is always fun. We had a German exchange student live with us for 3 weeks one time. We learned so much and taught her a lot too. Mama taught her how to wear deodorant!
4. Adoption of a child is so precious. What a blessing that God adopted us into his family, no strings attached. Red, yellow, black and white, we are all precious in His sight!
5. Bobby Petrino. Whew, it is a long season! Not much else to say about that. We are going to the Ole Miss/Arkansas game and sitting on the Ole Miss side with the Nutt clan. Don't throw rocks at us, please! We still bleed Razorback red...no fear!
6. The Welcome Wagon is the coolest. Abby had the welcome wagon in Jonesboro visit her work and give her a sack of stuff. It reminded us of Where the Heart is and that big old truck she drove....I believe her name was Sister Husband. Funny.
So, can you guess any of the blogs mentioned here? All of them came from the blogroll on the sidebar. If you think one of them is you...well ,"Tag-You're it!!"
We will reveal the answers later in the week. Let us know what you think.
Anna just informed me that when we go to the Children's Theater on Thursday she will not dance on the chair. She gave this reason: "Because I don't dance on chairs."
Well, I feel better that she has some morals. But I have seen her dance on tables and church pews. So, please don't stop praying!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
What a comfort:
"There's a bigger picture you can't see. You don't have to change the world, just trust in me. I am your creator I am working out my plan and through you I will show them I Am."
If you have read our blog from the first post until now, you know I love Ginny Owens. Her songs speak my heart. I love it. I started singing (belting it out, actually. Poor Rand.) this song in the shower tonight. I have no idea where it came from...it was totally out of the blue. I love that about my God and this quirky personality He blessed me with. It makes me laugh.
Our family is going through a challenge right now (I will post about it more in the days to come) and this song hit my heart's cry tonight and gave me assurance that it is not up to me to make it better. I just need to simply be.
Through me He will show them who HE is...I love that! Seriously, how do people go through trials without Jesus? Amazing.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This morning I looked out my bedroom window and saw that one of our neighbors had decorated her backyard for a wedding. I was so excited!
I love a wedding!
There were chairs, floral arrangements on the trees and little bows on the chain link fence that separates her yard from ours. Stephen and I got a little nervous when we realized that we should have mowed the yard and moved the trampoline and swingset to make the view from the folding chairs prettier. But we didn't know about the wedding and decided not to make a big scene trying to get our yard pretty for it. After all, they hadn't mowed their yard recently either.
As the wedding drew near, I would sneak a peak from around our garage (which we were cleaning out). To the decor in the wedding yard, they added 2 candelabras with alternating mint green and royal blue candles, royal blue and turquoise streamers and a white sheet for the bride to walk on when she walked down the aisle. (Daniel said he thought it was a slip and slide mat!)
It was going to be quite a show!
I went and sat on my patio at about 10 minutes before 2:00. The wedding was to start at 2:00. I told Abby that I could have gone as a guest in my sweats and Bulldog t-shirt as the dress code was very-casual, possibly come-as-you-are-on-Saturday attire.
The guests finally sat down as it was time for the groom to make his entrance. While the groom came down the side aisle (there was decorum. He didn't walk on the white sheet!) the guests were talking and telling jokes (some of them not so clean!) Then the groom left to go back in the house. I got scared, I thought he was bolting! But he came back out after a minute or two.
Then at 2:15, after many people had come out the door, the bride made her appearance. To the sounds of Celine Dion singing "Power of Love" she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white dress and veil. She looked so pretty. Which just goes to show you that a bride is always beautiful, even if in a backyard.
At 2:18 the wedding was over. OVER! Can you believe it? A 3 minute wedding! It took her that long to get down the aisle!
I was so upset. It was the shortest wedding this side of Vegas.
Stephen tried his best to shame me from watching the neighborhood wedding, but to no avail. I was determined to watch the festivities, and it turns out so was he. He watched from our bedroom window. So romantic. We don't get to sit by each other at weddings very often, because he is either presiding over them, or singing. So it was romantic for us, as we sat, alternating between the bedroom window and the patio.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN!!!!!
I love it. Love it! I love the colors of the changing leaves. Although they are dying, they do it so beautifully and gracefully. I hope to die that way too.
Well that was morbid.
Anyway. I love Autumn. The crispness of the air. The hint of cooler weather but still the feel of the warm summer air.
Believe it or not I even love the smell of Autumn. For some of you Autumn may smell good. For me and the places I have lived the last 15 years the smell of Autumn is defoliant.
Defoliant: a chemical that removes leaves from growing plants
The first few years of Autumn in the northeast part of the state made me want to gag! Oh, I thought it was the worst smell ever. But over the years it has grown on me.
We lived in Camden for one Autumn season and I actually missed the smell of defoliant. I'm sick I know.
Friday, when we were in Leachville visiting some friends(but by no means all of our friends!) I walked outside in the early evening and felt like I was home. It smelled just like Autumn smells in my mind: Defoliant-a killer of green leaves on a growing cotton plant. Who knew it would bring back such wonderful memories?!
I hope you have enjoyed the first day of Autumn. Sadly, it is warm here and we stayed inside almost all day. We'll make up for it though. We will enjoy Autumn to the fullest!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
This sweet little face is on its way to my house and this aunt is most gitty with excitement!
Jules, Stephen and Sissy are on their way to Leachville to visit their friend who lost their Nana. She called me at lunch and told me the plan and that they will then come to stay the night with us. What a great ending to an awful week!
I will run and pick them up Sunday after church, then run to Little Rock to pick up my Duck Duck Goose consignment sale check, and run back home to go to church for our second revival service. Sounds like fun, except that everytime I said run in that sentence it means an hour and a half. Yes, I will be guzzling some gas Sunday!
Wednesday's post was all about me. I wrote about the car accident I had while pregnant with Samuel. Wednesday was also the anniversary of my Papaw's death. He died when I was 13, so it has been 25 years now. Papaw was a great man. He always made me feel like I was the most special person around (and being the only grandaughter for 7 years I was! HA!). I have so many stories I could tell you. When I was giving the boys their "this day in history" lesson Wed I told them about Papaw, that he was a brave soldier, a loving grandfather, and a God-fearing man. A man that it was an honor to know and love. For those of you that remembered, Abby and I did too. Even though I am writing this, Abby feels the same way. I hate that she didn't know him for as long as I did.
We received news this morning that a church member of ours from Leachville died in the night. She was more than a church member to us really. We called her Nana, just like all of her grandkids, she made us feel like part of the family. She was a spit-fire. Red-headed, petite, feisty, loving, and always ready to give a hug.
Stephen started his duck-hunting career because of her husband and grandsons(I forgave them a long time ago!) She would cook breakfast for them early in the morning before they would hunt. By early I mean 4:00 AM. AM!! I didn't even wake up to know Stephen had left the house, and she was frying eggs and making biscuits! She received a special jewel in her crown this morning just for that!
Tracy, Dana, girls, Jill, James Lee, Shawn, Eva, and the rest of the Webb clan, we are grieving this loss with you. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
On my way to work while listening to Paul Harvey on the radio (and wearing a borrowed shirt), a pick-up truck with its cab full of teenagers on their way to school turned in front of me. I was traveling at 55-60mph on Highway 412 in Missouri and hit that truck as it turned in front of me.
I'm not sure what happened, but I remember a feeling of "landing" and noticed that my Steven Curtis Chapman cassette tape was now playing. Apparently the impact had somehow caused the tape to insert itself in the player and play. Very odd.
I remember getting out of the truck, Stephen's first, and to this very day, favorite truck. Seeing pieces of it lying on the ground, the front license plate that said something about loving First Baptist Church Leachville lying on the highway. The accident happened in front of what I call a gas station, Stephen refers to it as a liquor store that sells gas. As I walked from the broken truck across the grass to the gas station a man that had seen the accident looked at me and said "oh man, you're pregnant!" I'm not sure what my exact response was, but I'm pretty sure it was something like"DUH!" Not one of my better moments.
I remember looking over at the other truck and seeing gas leaking out of their truck and no one getting out and hearing someone say "call the fire department!" But I was very into myself at the moment.
I made it into the gas station/liquor store and asked to use the phone. (yes, we had a cell phone for emergencies just like this, but I had left it at home) The lady working there said she had to call the police, and I would have to wait. I calmly (ok so probably not calmly) told her that I was IN the wreck and I needed to make some calls! So I called Stephen at home-no answer. I called Stephen at church-no answer. I called my office and told them to tell my boss that I wouldn't be into work today(because I am the best employee ever!) and told them where I was. I called Stephen again and the church phone was busy, busy, busy. I finally woke my friend Jill up who was also pregnant and asked her to please go find Stephen. It was See You At The Pole day and he had 2 campuses to be at.
Ok, Ok, I hear you-long story short. I rode in my very first ambulance. (Just a side note, the paramedics don't like it if you use your own Carmex while in their ambulance. It is against some rules or something. But when a girl needs her Carmex nothing will deter her!) I was taken to a hospital that I didn't want to go to, so after being there for a couple of hours and having contractions and my baby not moving, I rode in my very second ambulance to a hospital of my choosing. My baby began moving again, and my contractions stopped sometime while I slept that night.
My mama came, my in-laws came, it was a scary time. Things could have turned out so differently. I could have been badly hurt, my baby could have been badly hurt. But in God's goodness he saw fit to keep us both safe and healthy. I will always remember that day as a day of family, friendship, and God's graciousness.
That baby will very soon be 11. I was 34 weeks pregnant and would deliver him 4 weeks later. The accident was the first exciting event in the next 4 weeks. I would be in the hospital again for an afternoon, on bed rest for a week and deliver him 2 weeks early due to high blood pressure.
11 years ago today I experienced God at work. I pray that today-11 years later-I get to experience God working (just not in a car accident please!).
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Are you kidding me?
I will be 68 years old when it expires. I'm thinking about not using it anymore and just keeping it around until 2039 to see what happens to it.
And such an exact date, not just January 2039, but January 10, 2039. So, if any of ya'll are still around then, I'll try to remember to tell you what happened to my deodorant. Will it blow up, will it dry out, will it emit an odor akin to body odor?
Lets just pray Jesus comes before my deodorant expires!
Friday, September 12, 2008
- Asked Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life
- met and fell in love with the perfect man for her
- married that man (hi Randall!)
- planned, designed, and delegated her wedding from 5 hours away
- has lived in 6 cities since graduating from high school
- attended three colleges
- is a member of a sorority
- graduated from UCA
- paid off her college loans WAY early
- sang solos in church
- has completed a marathon
- has completed two 5K's
- has more friends than can be counted
- is a loving, generous sister
- is a kind, giving, and loving aunt
- has raised many thousands of dollars for Leukemia research
- currently holds a job with the responsibility of getting the name of outstanding healthcare out to her community
- has been successfully married for 51/2 years
- can make a beautifully decorated cake
- has great style and fashion sense
- never forgets anyones birthday or anniversary
- can decorate a Christmas tree more beautifully than Mrs. Claus
- is a loyal and devoted sister and friend, daughter and wife
- is a daughter-in-law to two mothers-in-law (now that is a fete!)
- doesn't take no for an answer
- serves on a committee for the United Way
- serves on committees for the Chamber of Commerce
- has a passport and has used it!
- has bought a home, sold it, and bought another one
- has impeccable character and integrity
I don't know what all Abby had in mind for her life by the time she reached 30 but I think she has accomplished quite a bit to be proud of. I know I am proud to call her my sister and my friend. I love you girl!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am so excited, honored, gitty and proud to have fresh flowers on my desk. No one ever sends me flowers. This is HUGE.
Thanks, "chick-a-d's", I miss you so much!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I would like to say that it felt really good to be in my own bed last night. But, unfortunately my vacation bed was REALLY WONDERFUL and could not be beat by my bed.
It was good to be in my own home though. With my reclining furniture. Oh, how I love my new furniture. It is soft, plush, and it reclines!
Here is a rundown of what we did on vacation. (I will put it in list form, so as to not make it be such a school project, because that is what my children will be doing tomorrow. The old" What did you do on summer vacation?" paper!)
- Monday- Drove and drove and drove! Went to see Noah-the Musical. It was SOOOO Good! If you are in Branson, (or Pennsylvania) you must go see it. It lasts almost 3 hours and the kids were never tired, bored, or restless! Ate at Chili's and went to Walmart, pretty typical Monday!
- Tuesday- Went to Silver Dollar City. The kids love that place and for some reason I do too. I tried to figure out why I like it so much and I can't come up with a reason, but I really like it. It rained, we went back to the room and ate leftover bbq and played Clue!
- Wednesday- Gustav visited with a vengeance! We ate lunch out, shopped (I can shop in the rain!) tricked everyone else into seeing Star Wars-the Clone Wars and Stephen and I shopped together, just the two of us for a couple of hours. Stopped by the grocery and bought lunch meat and ate in the room again, and played Clue.
- Thursday-Went to Silver Dollar City (we had 2-day tickets) and rode rides until it rained AGAIN. GUSTAV!!!! We then surprised everyone and went to the Dixie Stampede. We have gone to Branson for 6 or 7 years now and have never been to the Dixie Stampede, it just never seemed like something we would like. But after a few rave reviews from friends we went. And man, did we enjoy it! As you know I embarrassed my sister and possibly one of my sons. But we had such a great time!
- Friday- A beautiful day. God really made up for the 3 days of rain. We played putt-putt, and rode paddle boats at the resort. We had such fun and made some really good memories. We then went to Cracker Barrel (but my craving for pancakes had passed) and onto Celebration City. That is such a fun amusement park too. It is like a carnival but really clean and safe.
- Saturday-The boys and Stephen went on an hour long horseback ride, while Anna went on a 10 minute pony ride. Anna wasn't real fond of Festus at first, but she got used to it and had a good time, no matter what the pictures look like! (speaking of pictures, I will post them later!) The kids swam in the lazy river and had a fun time at the pool. Then we went back to Celebration City (we had 2-day tickets there too!)
- Sunday-Stephen, the kids and I went to church. We were seated (by some well-meaning usher) on the 3rd row, right behind the preacher that was there in view of a call! The church used to be a theater so imagine us on the main floor and everyone else in stadium seats all around us. Fun times! Went to Landry's for Stephen's birthday lunch-a day early-and went back to spend the afternoon in the lazy river at the resort. That evening we went to Branson Landing and saw someone I knew. We were there a whole week and I saw one person I knew!
- Monday-Stephens 37th birthday! We drove home and ordered his birthday present online since we couldn't find it in any store we went to. Spent the evening at home and when it was time to go to bed, I wished I was on my vacation bed. Why is it that we always stay somewhere with great mattressess?
I know this was long, but you've been forced to spend the week with Abby, so I was trying to make up for it! HA!
Don't volunteer people for non-profit or civic organizations without asking them if it is okay!
If you know me well, you know that most of my young career has taken place in non-profit organizations and I have learned that you don't volunteer your time, talents or treasures for things unless you are passionate about the cause. I am an advocate for this belief and know that burning your candle at both ends because you can't say "no" is not how we are suppose to use the 3 T's (listed above).
Also, if you can't say "no", don't volunteer someone else for the job and not tell them. There is nothing like getting phone calls and emails from all these places telling you your responsibilities and you are like " Wha, WHAT?!"
Don't be tacky. Say "no" with confidence if you don't want to be involved... and NEVER volunteer someone else for a job you are not willing to do yourself.
I feel much better..... ahhhhhhhh. It is 8:25 am on the 3rd day of MY birthday week and I am cranky...not cool, my friends, not cool! Thanks for letting me vent a bit here in blogland.
Monday, September 8, 2008
1. I am fearfully and wonderfully made
2. Laugh & the world laughs with you - snort, and you're on your own!
3. Couple skating is overrated
4. Being an old soul is cool
5. Sweet & Salty are better together, than apart
6. Crossing the finish line is the best part of the journey
7. Imaginary friends always fall out of the car
8. I AM a princess because my Father is the King of Kings
9. The chase is always more fun than the catch, though the catch is worth the chase
10. I'm loud, proud and country by the grace of God
11. Junior high may be Hell, or at least a close second
12. Hating is not nice, but I hate cats
13. Silver is better than gold
14. There's no place like the Fort
15. Mayonnaise is positively nasty
16. When you start to fall, take someone down with you so you don't have to go alone
17. Santa Claus is real
18. Saturday nights aren't the same without Hee-Haw
19. Everyday strive to be a blessing to someone
20. Don't pee in the pool
21. Always be passionate about using your time, talent and treasures
22. Don't follow too close, especially when it's raining
23. Everyone should be allowed to watch the Macy's T-Day parade in their pajamas
24. Penny Loafers should always have a penny in them
25. It is okay to say "no"
26. Every woman should have the opportunity to twirl in a wedding dress
27. Dedicating songs on the radio is not cool
28. Every girl should learn how to sew before she graduates high school, regardless
29. Riding in cars with boys make for the best car rides
30. In everything give thanks
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A sweet couple from our church have provided us a place to stay for the week here in Branson. It is really wonderful. The mountains and trees and fresh air are just what we needed.
The rain form 3 days is NOT what we needed but we are making the best of it. It seems Gustav has paid us a visit. Today the kids are swimming in the indoor pool and are loving it. We are trying to come up with as many indoor activities here as we can find.
I won't be able to post much because it seems I'm in a bit of an internet wasteland. Is it just me or does this always happen to me?
I just wanted to check in with ya'll and say hi!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
And for the record, I am every woman! I lifted the deep freezer and the couch like a pro, after complaining about it on Friday. Randall was amazed at my new and improved strength. I was proud, I must admit! Thanks, Sue, for the offer to help on Friday. It was so sweet of you! Because Rand worked until after 7:00 on Friday night, we had to wait and move out of the apt. on Saturday. It was crazy, but we got it done. This week we will gear up for the guest bathroom remodel, taking place next weekend. It is going to be quite the tedious chore. I look forward to the day that my house is a home. I think it will be a while though. Pray for my sanity. I couldn't find my shoes this morning and Rand could not find his t-shirts. Our new neighbor, Norenda, brought us homemade cinnamon rolls on Sunday. We were so excited to meet a nice neighbor and have her bake for us. She said she will put fresh bread in our mailbox from time to time. Yummy times ahead!