Monday, November 14, 2011
Warren movie passes would probably be a GREAT thing the put on my Christmas list this year!!
Let me know your opinion, whether you've read the books or not!!
Can't wait!!! Eeekkkk!! :)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
There have always been things I've wanted to do but never really thought about making a Bucket List. So here's what I came up with...everyone needs one anyway, right?!?!?
- Travel throughout Rome
- Sky Dive
- Vacation in Hawaii with my hubby
- Hire a maid
- Family vacation to Disney World
- Run a marathon
- Go camping in Alaska with my family
- Read all the Harry Potter books
- Go on a mission trip to Africa
- Learn photography
- Go to the Ellen DeGeneres show
- Stick to a budget
- See the pyramids in Egypt
- Tour the 'Holy Lands'
- Choose the cast for a movie
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Jeana and I surprised Liv and Aub with Taylor Swift concert tickets. Let me just say that I am a BIG TS fan now!! Ha!! Her concert was amazing, and of course her songs are all good!!
We had shirts made for the girls to wear...they looked so stinkin' cute!!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read but kept my attention well enough to keep me wanting more. Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres, so the characters and time period fascinated me. Stealing Jake did remind me a little of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It was nice to read a lighter book after some of the more intense books I seem to find myself reading most of the time! I would recommend this book as a good read!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I'm sure you remember exactly what you were doing when you first saw the tragedy. The world will never forget the lives lost, the heroes who stepped up, and the impact it will forever have on the people of the United States. We are not a country worse off but a country of extraordinary change.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Here is the news article from the Christian Examiner Blog...
Let me know your thoughts or feelings about this!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Find the things that are 'alike' in these pictures!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The recent story about the Rangers just makes me even more of a loyal fan!
Last March, Georgia Bulldog teammates Johnathan Taylor and Zach Cone were in a serious on-field collision during a game. Zach made it out without any injuries but Johnathan was paralayzed from the waist down...never to play baseball again. Monday Cone was selected by the Rangers with the 37th overall pick. Then on Wednesday they used their 33rd-round selection in MLB's amateur draft to select Bulldogs junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor.
Statement made the the Rangers organization:
"We thought selecting Johnathan was the right thing to do," Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg said. "We would have drafted him either way, regardless of any other circumstances involving his injury or Zach's draft status. Our area scout in Georgia, Ryan Coe, has had a relationship with Johnathan since he was a high school player. The club has always liked his passion and ability as a player."
Now THIS is a news-worthy story!!
Click HERE to read more about it!!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Well, I've narrowed it down to 4 books I'd like to read over the summer...
1. Don't Breathe a Word, Jennifer McMahon
Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn’t fear the dark and doesn’t have bad dreams—who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own. But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam’s hardheaded, realistic view of the world. As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed—a promise that could destroy them all.
Check out what Coffee, Books, and Laundry had to say about it. Sounds pretty exciting!
2. A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Walker
This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.
Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs and transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan.
After one of my dear friend, Becky from Becky's Babbles, highly recommended this book I just couldn't turn it down. And since I've always wanted to read a book like this I thought Lone Survivor would be perfect! You can go here and see what Becky has to say about it.
4. 100 Cupboards, Nathan D. Wilson
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Some time later they showed the same video to the kids in the church. Easton, my 9yr old, was very interested in the video. He talked about it for a while afterward. I think God was nudging him. After going to the book fair at the kids school last night, I still feel God is directing Easton. He chose to buy a book called A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This book is based on a true story about two people whose lives cross paths...Nya's life in 2008 revolves around water. She spends eight hours a day walking to and from a pond. In the dry season, her family must uproot themselves and relocate to the dry lake bed where they dig in the mud until water eventually trickles out.
I'm excited to read this book. It's not a large book and I think it will be a quick read.
I want to look for ways I can get involved with Easton in this mission and to develop his interest. You can visit the website if you're interested or want to make a donation.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
1 can (14.5) diced tomatoes, drained (I used Rotel)
2 green onions, sliced
1 tub Philadelphia Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme, divided
3 flour tortillas (6 inch)
Kraft Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
Heat oven to 375
Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add 3/4 cup cooking creme; mix lightly.
Spoon 1/3 of the chicken mixture into 9-inch pie plate; top with 1 tortilla, half the remaining chicken mixture and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Repeat. Top with tortilla, remaining cooking creme and cheese; cover.
Bake 20 min. or until heated through. Uncover, bake until cheese is golden brown.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
•6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
•1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, minced or 1/2 tsp dried (fresh is better)
•2 cloves garlic minced
•1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
•1/2 tsp salt
•2 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
•1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
I used thinly sliced chicken breast (bought at WM). Lightly spray a non-stick skillet with olive oil, lay chicken in warmed skillet. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook slowly for about 30 min on med heat, turning occasionally.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Check out the Tyndale House Publishers website by clicking HERE to see how to win.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I know for me I usually say whatever in a condescending way or to let someone know that I really don't care what they're saying. I know this isn't an attitude of someone who believes and follows Christ. The Bible gives us the perfect definition of the word 'whatever' in Philippians 4:18~
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
The Spirit has led me to this verse today and forced me to drink. It's really easy for us to think on the negative things of this world. God knew this would be a challenge for us, that's why he gives us many things to hold on to for comfort and hope; this is one of them. If we keep our mind on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy God tells us that His peace will be with us, v9. What more could we want?
My challenge to you is to start using this word in a new way. Give it the meaning from Phil 4:8. Memorize this verse, put it in places you'll see it, tell yourself 'whatever' when your mind is overcome with unholy thoughts...whatever you need to do to remind yourself to think on these things. Try it for a week and be in prayer and see where God leads you!! He will never fail you!!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I don't understand how some people can blog everyday and I can barely pull something out once a week. I would love to have a great blog but for now it's just my little lovie!!
I do have a few pics to post so I'll add those soon!!
Love to you,
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
1. Independent Reign - This is another Etsy store and if you love all things sparkly, you'll love this. They have great wristlets in any color you could imagine. They also have adorable key fobs. This would be an excellent place for bridesmaids gifts...if you're looking!
This green and purple one is just one of my favs...
Have a Fabulous Friday!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
My introduction into the deal world was with Groupon. I've actually bought several deals from Groupon and never had a probelm redeeming them. Next I tried out Living Social. I bought todays deal...thinking about getting some 'personal' business cards! All mom's need them, right?!?! Well, today I ran across a new one...GroopDealz. Since today is my first day on this site I'm not sure how good the deals are. One more that I've started trying out is Eversave. This is another fairly new one for me as well. Something I really like about Groupon and Living Social is you can download an app for your phone, pull up your deal at the business, and BAM!!! you can use the deal. No more forgetting coupons at home or losing them. I HEART that part!!
There are probably a ton of other sites like these, if you know of any I'd love for you to send them to me!
Happy Saving :) !!!!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Stay Warm!! Stay Safe!!
Friday, January 28, 2011
So here goes...I hope you enjoy!
1. Jimmy Pickles
First, who couldn't love the name of this store, Jimmy Pickles? Too fun! I love all things bright and 'pursy'. There are too many things on this sight that I want. Let me know what your fav is...it'll probably be more then one!
2. Crafty Girls Workshop
These rolled flowers are everywhere. My m-i-l took a stab at making them and did a great job. I want to make Livie a headband and these necklaces are fabulous. Check out the instructions.
3. Lemon Tree Creations
I know several of you look at this blog already but I thought this was such a neat idea. If you're anything like me you've got a lot of empty picture frames sitting around your house with no pictures in them...I know, sad!! This is a great way to showcase art and fill a big space on a wall. I like that you can make it your own style with color and designs of frames.
I love Valentines Day. I should have made it a mandatory holiday in my house...maybe I will. I love going to Target and walking through the Valentine isle. Pink and Red together make me happy. Having 2 kiddos still in elementary school I always want to make their Valentine cards, but seldom do. Here are some great ideas. It's gonna be hard to decide which I like the best. Stay tuned to see which wins out!
I hope you enjoyed my first 'blogment' of Friday Finds.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
This lovely full-color gift book is based on Beth Moore’s best selling book, Get Out of That Pit.I
If you know Beth Moore, then you know she has an amazing way with revealing God's Word. I have never read anything from her that didn't encourage or convict me in some way. If you haven't read Beth Moore this small gift-style book is the perfect introduction.
At one time or another we've all felt like we're in the pit of life, unable to find a way out. Beth's book is full of godly insight on how we can get out of that pit and stay out...with God's help!! She has a keen sense at looking at things in a positive light! I strongly recommend this book to everyone!!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
At the age of only 11 his parents' global PTL ministry was engulfed by scandal and undermined by Christian backbiting -all of which played out in the 24-hour news media.
Disillusioned, Bakker turned to drugs and alcohol and left his childhood beliefs behind. But along the way, an interesting thing happened: Bakker came to understand, through his personal challenges and suffering (as well as the help of some friends), what God's grace was really all about.
In this book Bakker explores the true nature of grace--what it means for everyday living and the hot-button issues of our day. With disarming humility, poignant observations, and spot-on theology, Bakker both challenges Christians to reassess their understanding of salvation and encourages non-believers to see Jesus with fresh eyes.
Fall to Grace is an eye-opener to the power and impact God's grace should have on our lives as Christians. While I don't agree with everything Jay Bakker writes I do agree with his overall message of grace. It's interesting to me that most, if not all, Christians would agree that God's grace is a gift freely given to all mankind through faith. But as soon as a controversial subject is mentioned, or someones sin is in question, grace seems to go out the window and in comes vengeance...with a vengeance!
Grace was not taught in the church much while I was growing up. I think the hush-hush of this topic has almost made it feel like it's something only given to the 'privileged'...whoever that may be. Anytime grace is mentioned the first thing I think of are two specific stories of Jesus. The first being the story of Jesus forgiving an adulterous woman (John 8:1-11) and then Jesus with the woman at the well (John 4:4-26). Jesus loved both of these women even if at the time they were considered social outcasts.
And this takes me next to the greatest commandment, Matthew 22:37-39. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'
I guess I've stepped up on my 'soap-box' a little but I think what we all forget in the grand scheme of things to love people. We don't have to agree with what they do but God tells us we MUST love them. I would highly recommend this book. Grace is an amazing gift we're given but for some reason we either want to keep it all for ourselves or not even accept it at all. Fall to Grace is riddled full of scripture and sheds great light on the reality of grace.
If you decide to read this I would love to hear your thoughts!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Liv was a little disappointed the Tooth Fairy didn't leave her a note, but we decided the pen was probably too heavy for the TF to lift ;)!!!
Maybe next time Liv!!
- I like change...often.
- Who would I hire?
- And the obvious one...price.
The positive is that I think they look so neat when they're done up right. I also hope that a new and more personalized blog would motivate me to be more regular in posting. Here is where I ask for your help. If you run across a super-cute blog please send me a link or the name of who built it. I would also love to hear what you guys have to say about how you think my blog should look (theme, etc.) that would fit our family!!
Love ya!! :)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Phil went to my family Christmas with me and the kids, and Jeana, for Christmas Eve. The next day we spent most of it with Phil's family! It was a great Christmas!
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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!