Gone fishing! My first catch.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Today, I was crazy and faced the crowds at the mall. Guess who was there?!
I am now reminded of why I hate the mall. Ew. As my brother so eloquently put it, "This is the perfect place to catch swine flu! Can't you smell it?" Okay, that's a little over the top but really, it was packed. I was breaking a sweat, beating back old ladies and frazzled moms for the best buys. Ha!
Best deal of the day? Sunglasses for the cruise for $2...score!!!
I also purchased a boat load of new books, which is appropriate because I need lots of good reads for during my cruise.
Today was the first day that the homesickness kicked in. I wanted to be back home so badly. I'm actually glad about this because after living in GA for almost 4 years now, It IS home. So, I miss you Georgia!
Here are some random old pics I have come across here in my place of birth...
This is a picture of my Mawmaw french braiding my hair. She would pull my hair so tight that I would cry. What women will do for beauty right?
I love this picture of all us kids at the beach. I will be on the beach in 10 days and counting! Looking forward to warmer climates!
Here is a "presh" picture of me holding my newborn baby brother Drew in April 2000. I adored him so much!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Today, my baby brother turns 15! Yep, the big 1 -5! I think he is my favorite 15 year old too!
He loves the outdoors, he loves to serve others and most of all he loves the Lord!
I appreciate so much the young man that he is becoming! I think its crazy that I live in a world where when I talk highly of my siblings, people are surprised! But hear me now, I am so proud of my brother!
Landon and I have a lot of fun together and we have spent a lot more time together this year because we are actually taking the same high school science course. We have weekly study dates to Einsteins. I really enjoy the time I get to spend with him. This morning we went on a 6-mile bike ride and it was a killer. If it weren't for Landon, I would probably be a couch potato. lol
Ok...time for pictures!! He is going to kill me for this...
Gig 'em Aggies! I really hope Landon will get to go to Texas A&M for college!
Aw...those were the good ol' days!
There's Lan with his "blankie!" He carried that thing everywhere!
Happy 15th Landon! I love you!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So, as if the "crazy Christmas Show" wasn't crazy enough, we went out to eat at Panera Bread after the show and I walked in to see this sweet girl wearing MY CHURCH'S DNOW shirt on!!! I was like, "Wait, what state am I in again?!" I thought I was going insane. I walked right up to the family and introduced myself. Turn out, not only did their daughter go to out church's DNOW, but she was in my sister's DNOW group!! Em ran in and gave her a hug! They know each other!!! Okay, It is a small world when it comes to the Lord!! This Georgia fam is also Native to Texas and are here visiting family! Craziness! The pic is of Em and Stephanie! *I also think its pretty ironic that the DNOW them was CRAZY love. lol
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The day was pretty productive, that's for sure. Well, at this point the trip could be more accurately called a "sit around and eat" rather than a "tour" which indicates movement. lol
Sleep late. check.
Watch bits and pieces of random Christmas movies. check.
Stay in pajamas 'til noon. check.
Eat fudge. check.
Eat fresh baked apple cake. check.
Surf ETSY and blogs for hours. check.
Chill in the hammock. check.
Ride on the tractor (yep, that's no joke) check.
Watch Prince Caspian on the new HD flat screen. check.
Own brothers at a dart gun war. check.
Eat some more. check.
I was totally joking about the whole "being productive" thing. But then again, it is why they call it vacation right?
And for your entertainment, here is a very old picture I found at my grandparents'....
Yes, we are, in fact, matching. Wow, this is old.
Wasn't I cute??
Monday, December 21, 2009
Finally crossing into Texas!!!
On my iPOD play list (because, who can survive travel without their iPOD these days!)...
* Casting Crown's newest CD - My favorite song so far is called "If We've Ever Needed You" which talks about how much our world needs Jesus Christ!
*Steven Curtis Chapman's new CD, Beauty Will Rise - He has written these songs over the past year following the death of his baby girl Maria. His steadfast faith in the Lord is evident all over this record! Such an encouragement!
You need to download this song - "Your Love is Better Than Life" by Fee
My good read of the day...
"A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller - This book is a reminder of how our lives are a small part of God's Story. I highly recommend it; its a very fun read. Miller is an interesting person, which makes for an interesting story!
Best end to the day?
A perfect Texas sunset and my mawmaw's fudge on arrival to her house! yay!
Just a thought...
You know you have been in the car for a long time when you get to observe both the day's sun rise and a sun set! lol
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Say you're with me
There's gold ahead
There's golden dreams
And life's hills and valleys
Yeah, will you hold on with me?
Let me take us
Let me take us away
I wouldn't know just how sweet this tastes now
No, if at first I did not go through
The bitter times, the bitter places
I'll stay alert for new battles
But, for now, we're here."
Oh Bryce...we'll see you Thursday night!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand
years are like a day.- 2 Peter 3:8
Monday, November 9, 2009
I love music. Nothing pleases me more than an iTunes gift card and a well stocked iPod.
Another interesting thing I have realized about myself is that I am a hummer. I unconsciously hum just about everywhere I go. I say unconsciously because it was not until just a few weeks ago when my mom commented that I am her "hummer." I always have a song in my heart and on my mind. Because of my love of music, I have realized the impact that different types of music have on me.
I clearly remember taking one of the first math tests of freshman year and I was extremely nervous. On top of my nervousness, I had a "top 10" song stuck in my head. I recall feeling very frustrated that I could not get the catchy tune out of my mind and focus on the task at hand. I look back and it upsets me that I was listening to that music in the first place. How annoying!
In contrast, while taking the SAT in October, I was in the middle of an English section when a song popped into my head. I had been so focused and clear minded throughout the test so when this song came out of nowhere I was so mad! I was like "No, no, no!!! Get out, get out, get out!" I realize now that what I thought then as a hindrance was actually a blessing! This is the song that came to my mind…
Oh great and mighty one,
With one desire we come
That you would reign that you would reign in us
We're offering up our lives
A living sacrifice
That you would reign that you would reign in us.
Reign In Us by Starfield
I look back at that SAT experience and thank God for the calm in the chaos. With all of the stress and going on in my mind, I know God brought that song to my mind to bring me peace. What a neat example of God just loving on me! I could talk on and on about his crazy love for us!
Anyways, if I could encourage you to one thing, I would tell you to fill your heart and mind with uplifting, Christian music. God has used this amazing music to minister to me so much. Whenever I hum or whistle or randomly think of one of these God-glorifying songs, they make me focus on Him. What a blessing!
Especially for you- I have placed a temporary box with a list of my favorite worship songs to the right. Enjoy!
Monday, October 26, 2009
The bible says that we are to rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) This is a very clear command in the bible and I think that it is pretty cool that the command is repeated. I listened to a sermon by Francis Chan on this verse and he found that it is actually the only command in the bible that is repeated. It must be incredibly important to God that we are rejoicing in him ALWAYS. To me, A good place to start living out this verse is by just being a joyful person. My desire is to reflect Christ and His love. How is anyone going to see His light in me when I walk around looking like a stressed out grouch all the time? Its not going to happen. Sure, we all have our bad days, but just like Maddie Kate reminded me today...
...it is possible to be joyful; rejoicing in the Lord, even
when you are doing something you don't want to (like taking a nap...or doing homework haha).Have you said "yay" today?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yes, I do confess and have come to realize that my blog has been neglected for awhile now.
It is quite a tragedy.
I do miss blogging. Life has been keeping me busy and I love it. I really do miss blogging, and even writing in my journal; both of which I haven't had much time for.
I think my problem is that I don't have something consistent to be writing about.
* I'm not a mom, like many blogger, who post adorable pictures of their children and write about their family's adventures.
*I am not a photographer, like many bloggers, who keep you updated with their latest photo shoot.
*I am not a 365 blogger, like many, who think up a fun challenge to do something for and entire year and blog about it. (Maybe I should come up with something to do for 365 days! Ha!)
Well, those are my blogging thoughts for the day. I do hope my dear friend is satisfied with this post and that she feels better soon. I will leave you with a question..
If you had to blog about a particular something for 365 days, what would you do? Think "Julie and Julia."
Have a happy Tuesday!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The trees seem to be appreciating the sunlight! : )
Herschel loves the sun too...even though he looks a little grumpy in this pic. haha
Monday, September 21, 2009
Awww...who is this little lady?
Best buds...could we get any goofier?
Brother in a barrel! I don't know how the girls keep their hands off of him!
Again...corny, but being faithful to the 'ol yearbook staff.
Yes, these are my girls!
We're crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is the type of friend that you just pick right back up where you left off. I love her to death and I am so blessed by her friendship. We have been through the ups and downs of life together and we will be friends forever.
I look forward to being in each other's weddings, and holding each other's babies and being really cute little old ladies together! That's kinda sappy, but really...this is THAT kind of bestfriend! : ) I love you Brittney Ray and I hope you are blessed today!
Weren't we cute?
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I'm a baby sitter.
I baby sit...
I adore the kiddos that I get to care for and I treasure the time I have playing with them.
I always think it is absolutely precious when little ones have a children's Bible that they adore and love to read. Nothing is more sweet than that childlike faith. They believe with all their heart that GOD IS STRONG!
I was baby sitting a little girl the other day and she was only 2 years old, yet she was bringing me her Bible and saying "blue Bible" "blue Bible" (it was blue). And so we sat and read through her little Bible.
I will never forget the moments I had with sweet little Brock, who we lost last year, when we would read his Bible together in his rocker.
Reading the Bible with these children has inspired me to go back and take a look at some of my favorite bible stories as a child; looking at them with a new set of eyes. I tend to neglect many of these stories that I "grew up with" in Sunday school. Just because I know them like the back of my hand doesn't mean I shouldn't go back and read them! I'm excited to see what fresh, new things God shows me through these amazing (true) stories!
What was your favorite Bible story as a small child?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
There is plenty more to this awesome story, but basically I can sum it up by saying that God's plans are so much greater than our own! I have gotten to see God's hand all over Lindsey's placement and adoption! It is super exciting! Jamie, Lindsey's new mom, laughs that she would've never imagined that she would "give birth" to a teenager!
It has been so great getting to know "Lindsey A" better! She has such an awesome personality and a contagious, enthusiastic love for God! (I think we share a lot more than just our name.) We have been dubbed "Lindsey A" and "Lindsey B" by our families. Some people think "A" and "B" is like "1" and "2" but actually it is because of our middle names, "Anne" and "Beth"!
I thank God for Lindsey and her wonderful testimony!
This is her blog...http://landoflindsey.blogspot.com/
Friday, July 31, 2009
Mr. Smitty and his daughter, Andrea have known me since I was just a little kid. Andrea was my mom's best friend and they have been through thick and thin! Andrea was diagnosed with brain cancer a long time ago and because of all the treatment, she has no short-term memory.
It is very heartbreaking to visit Andrea and her dad. It is crazy that because of their conditions, they are both in the same nursing home together. Mr. Smitty had a stroke a few years ago that caused him to loose movement in the left side of his body. He is such an amazing man of God and I look up to him so much! He has had a very rough time, feeling useless. Every time we see him, we encourage him and tell him that his life has purpose and that God is not finished with him yet.
I had a moment alone with Mr. Smitty while we were visiting. I was telling him that I liked the nursing home and that it seemed very nice. I told him that I look forward to visiting when we come through at Christmas. He said, "Well, I'll be here. I'll be here 'til the day I die." Oh! My heart aches for this man! I told him that I look forward to heaven someday and that I feel like such an alien to this earth. "This isn't our home," Mr. Smitty said "It's our home away from home."
I wonder what It would feel like to be Mr. Smitty. To know that each day, you are either a day closer to dying or a day closer to Jesus coming back.
Mr. Smitty is a person who inspires me to wake up each morning and live it like its my last. To open my eyes and say, "Thank you God that I'm alive! Use my life for your glory!"
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
After a long, hot and dry week, the rain is so welcome.
It is refreshing.
It might be a little humid later on, but I don't mind.
Everything outside will be clean and bright!
Who knew that a long, hard rain could actually put me it an amazing mood?
Oh my goodness.
There is a song that has been in my heart for several weeks now. I sing it. I hum it. I pray it.
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here
Thursday, June 18, 2009
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Can you say OUCH??
Monday, June 15, 2009
That's not even all of them!
This hot pink one was my favorite!
I hope your summer is filled with joy and many "favorite moments"!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
My Junior prom....it was an perfect night.
My friend Jon and I took the SAT the day after prom...we were pooped!!!
It's been pretty busy, but the best memories have been made in the last couple of weeks!
The really good news is...
1) I only have 1 more day of school left
2) I survived the SAT
3) Summer is almost here!!!
4) I am going to six flags on Friday!!!
5) Oh, and I survived the SAT!!!
Is it just me, or are your ready for the summer??
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The pictures on it aren't just random. They are each special to me. For some reason, I absolutely love watching children blow bubbles. I think it so clearly represents their innocence and wonder. The first picture I took while I was in Mexico earlier this month. This cute little dude got a hold of our team's only bottle of bubbles and would not give 'em up! I wanted to impress him with my expert bubble blowing skills and blow some big ones, but no matter hard I tried, I could not get him to give them back! It was so funny watching the other children try and approach him for a turn, only to watch him run away as fast as his little legs could carry him. I also observed from the corner of my eye, this little boy TASTING them! He soon realized that bubbles were not for eating and stuck his tongue out in total disgust. It was pretty cute, to say the least.
On to even cuter things...my baby sis. MK is growing up so fast! Watching her gather eggs during her first Easter egg hunt was so fun! She is fascinated by bubbles right now, but really, what kid isn't? We got a little bubble maker for outside and we blow them while she is swinging. She is such a little princess. I heard the saying the other day, "I'm not spoiled, I'm blessed!." So true in MK 's case. : ] She is one part of my everyday life that just completely leaves me speechless. It is amazing to me that God placed her right into our family. Sometimes I look at her and think, "Wow. Did we really adopt you?" She is such a neat part of our family. I can't imagine life without her! I feel like God called us in such a radical way to follow this command in James 1:27...
Saturday, April 11, 2009
• I am thankful for...special time with my heavenly father while in Mexico.
• I am creating...a memory book of the mission trip to Mexico.
• I am thinking...about the sacrifice Christ made for me on the cross.
• I am going... to the 11:30 Easter Sunday church service.
• I am reading... When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy.
• I am praying... that the people of Matamoros will know God's love.
* I am hearing... MK talking
• Around the house... there are piles of laundry to do and the Easter lunch cooking.
• One of my favorite things... American food and flushing toilets (oops...that was two).
* Here is picture I am sharing...
Lupita and I