Wednesday, July 24, 2013

All The Hype

Are you excited about the new royal baby arriving? I am happy for the Prince and the Duchess. I remember the day that we brought J-Man home; it was such a happy day. A day filled with sheer joy and excitement.

I saw a report on television Monday night about the events of the birth of this little boy. One thing that really caught my attention was that reporters, people from other media outlets, as well as bystanders were camped out beside the hospital for TWO weeks. They were waiting for the third male heir to the throne to be born; waiting for the “Royal Child” to arrive. Honestly, I have to say that I am glad I didn’t have people waiting on us to exit the hospital with our first born son… not that we are of any royalty or anything.

I spoke to my mom on the phone yesterday after the news reports had pictures of the baby plastered everywhere. She told me that she took some time to show the pictures off to some of the people in her office. (Mom, please don’t think that I am attacking you – it was just a good example for this post.)

This is an exciting time, I know. I heard a female radio personality this morning talk about how she has watched Prince William grow up from the time he was born. It has been fun/neat/interesting to continue to watch his life and how he is now becoming a father. It is like reading a good novel. You get so hooked in on the characters that you feel like you know them personally.

Are we that excited to share pictures, scriptures, testimonies of our Royal Child – Our Savior and Lord – the one true Royal Baby?

Scripture foretold of the Messiah’s coming, but no one really knew when it would happen (let alone have hundreds of bystanders outside the stable waiting for 2 weeks). An angel went to tell the shepherds and the wise men followed a star. They were very excited to hear of Jesus’ birth. Are we?

Do we only celebrate at Christmas or are we readily that excited to share Jesus’ birth story with others - daily? I ask these same questions of myself… Something to really think about.

I guess the events of this week and these thoughts will come in handy this Sunday as I present a Sunday School lesson to my class entitled “God Promised A Messiah”. Jesus has done so much more for us than the “Royal Baby” of England will ever conceive of doing. More than any other human being on this earth ever has or ever will do. King Jesus was brought into this world to pay the ultimate price for all of our sins. He provided a way for us to be with the Heavenly Father throughout eternity – if we will only accept His gift of salvation. He was born from a virgin and walked the earth just as we are doing. He wanted to make sure He understood how life was on earth. He felt pain, He enjoyed laughter, He experienced every range of emotion, but most of all He loved each and every one of us. He loved us enough to experience punishment for no wrong. He carried our own burden of sin and was “pierced for our transgressions”. (Isaiah 53:5)

I just have to sit back and reflect on how great and awesome He is. We all, as Christians, should. For those who have never met this precious Royal Baby named Jesus, please don’t wait to find out about Him!

By the way, in case you were wondering, Prince William and the Duchess have named their little boy George.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Man in My Life

“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 3:8-13 ESV
I don’t think I could be more proud of the man my husband has become. Not only has he been and continues to be a wonderful husband, he has proven to be an awesome Daddy. He strives to do what is best for our family and makes every effort to ensure we are all happy. He loves his job and goes above and beyond as he feels necessary at work. I am thankful he has learned to balance his work like and home life, for the most part (everyone can have a one-off day, right?). Most importantly, he keeps his eyes on God. He prays for his family and keeps his heart, mind, and soul in tune to what God wants for his life as well as our lives.

All of that being said; he received a call yesterday afternoon from the Chairman of Deacons at our church. He actually didn’t answer the call because his phone was on silent and didn’t hear it, but he was called, by the deacon, to let him know that the church voted to add him to the Deacon Nomination Ballot for final voting later this year. While I am very excited for him, I only want him to make the decision that he feels God is leading him to do. He is just not sure yet. This is definitely not a decision that he wants to take lightly. I pray that he understands that I will support him in either decision he makes. If he does decide to be added to the ballot and he is voted upon to become a deacon, I know he will handle the job well.

I am excited for him and this opportunity. I am so proud to call him mine and thank the Lord everyday for giving him to me. I will continue to pray that the Lord will provide a clear leading in the decision that he has to make. I am sure that he would covet your prayers as well.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


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Picture I found after "googling" the word quiet.
Jennifer said it perfectly a few days ago... "Not blogging for a while is sort of like not calling a beloved friend for too long...the longer you wait, the longer you have to talk/write about, and so you put it off for the "right" time...and then more time passes...and so on and so forth. Quite the cycle."

I realized today, after reviewing my blog feed, that I haven't read blogs in a WEEK. Let alone, not actually blogging in more time than that. I am so behind. I am missing out on the precious words, intriguing thoughts, and beautiful pictures from my blogger friends and you, my readers, are missing out from my blog as well.

I am sorry.

I would love to tell you that I have been so busy doing fun stuff that I just haven't had time but to be honest, life has just happened. That is all. Life. Day in and day out, the same routines. Shower, work, home, dinner, baths, (now adding exercise into the mix) and bed. I often feel like I just don't have make time for anything else.

I did make a trip down to Atlanta with my mom, J-Man and a friend from work over the fourth of July holiday. It rained. All weekend. We all had a good time though. It was nice to see my family again and J-Man had a wonderful time playing with his cousins.

I am sorry if this picture appears
very dark, it was much brighter on
 my phone.
The fourth of July did bring a little excitement for our family. We finally reached the completion point of this masterpiece. It has been a long time in the works (well, maybe really only 4 months, begining with calling contractors to set up quotes) and they were finally able to finish it, on the holiday, between spats of rain. There were some stumbles in the road including rain, incorrect figuring for materials, rain, and did I mention rain? But we got past the issues and were on our way to the finished product. We are so excited to enjoy family time around the fireplace make some s'mores! Now, if the rain will just let up some so that our patio furniture will dry out, our sitting area will be just perfect!  

PS - Are ya'll getting tons of rain too?! I am so thankful for the watering of the Earth, but sometimes, enough is enough. There is a 70% chance of rain today and I don't think it appears to be getting any better for the next week. I am so ready for some dry heat (for just a little while).

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Because I Just Can't Think of Anything Else...

Here are just some random thoughts about ME:



Favorite Color

Favorite Food
french fries (and I am proud to say that I have not had ONE in four whole weeks!!)

Favorite Soda
not really drinking any sodas right now, but if I had to pick, it would be a diet mountain dew

Favorite Store
Target (who doesn't like Target?!?)

Favorite Animal
I like to watch monkeys/apes/gorillas at the zoo

Favorite Movie
How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days (Matthew and Kate have such an awesome connection in that movie and it was hilarious!)

Favorite TV Show
Parenthood (probably not the best show I could watch, but all of the scenarios are so real life)

Favorite Book
I don't read a lot but the books that I have read have been good. I like the Precinct 11 Series by Jerry B Jenkins.

Favorite Music
Contemporary Christian

Favorite Song
Right now? Give Me Jesus by Jeremy Camp

Favorite Season

Soda or Juice?

Dogs or Cats?
I like them both for different reasons. Dogs seem to have more personality and seem to know right when to love you when you need it, but I like cats because they often times don't need quite as much attention as dogs.

Mountain Dew or Pepsi?
Diet please... of either. As long as it is not Coke...

Pen or Pencil?
Pen... gel pen... with a pretty color...

Phone or Internet?
It depends on what I need to do at the time...

What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time? What is that?

What do you wish you had more time for?
being lazy, relaxing

What is your usual hair style?
oh, it is easier just to show you...
Yeah, sorry for the weird "at work photo shoot"...
Oh, and I can really tell I have lost 20 pounds in my face (compared to the picture on my sidebar).

Who is your best friend?
my husband

How did you and your best friend meet?
in junior high school (that is a story for another day)

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be? Why?
on our vacation to the beach that is coming up in a few short months. can't wait to have some time to chill and enjoy my family!