Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Horribly runny nose
Terrible cough
Ear drainage, both ears
No energy
No appetite

For the record, it's officially bronchitis again. Pray for our Bear to feel better soon! He's pitiful. Also, remember the Burgess family as you pray.
Phil 2:5

Monday, January 21, 2008

Oh yeah...

Not that anyone needs to know every little detail, but...

I have started back to school (YIKES!) despite my Relient K "College Kids" philosophy on the whole degree fad. I finally chose Human Resources Management because I thought I could use it in several different ways. I figured I needed to take advantage of my motivation before I change my mind.

Also, Matthew is so snotty and puny right now. We're taking him to the doctor in the morning. I'm sure it's just something we've got to get through, but he's got a nasty cough, his ear is draining again, he has no energy, or appetite. All of that with the constant nasal drainage says it's time to consult the doctor, especially since the FDA has nixed infant cold medicine.

Anyway, I guess this is pretty much it. I need to go calm my self down and try to get my contacts out. I think I just need some quiet time with God. Please continue to remember the Burgess family and all of the Rick and Bubba family in your prayers as they celebrate the life of that precious little boy.


For the record, I'm having to keep my mind off of the tragedy the Burgess family is going through. I had a hard time getting my contacts in this morning because of the dryness and swelling in my eyes. This has really touched me. It's really all I've thought about all day. I was off today, but even got up and listened to the entire R&B show just to hear how everyone is doing and if we can help in any way. My heart and prayers just go out to them more than I can even express...

Bubba said this morning that we need to use Bronner's death as an opportunity to clean up our lives and let God shine in all of this. It seemed as if every song they played was a perfect reminder that God is still in control and that He is still holy, loving, and awe-inspiring, no matter what life throws our way. To be able to say through the heartache, "blessed be your glorious name...you give and take away...my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name" is such a testimony and inspiration to me.

My heart and prayers are with this precious family. I've been a listener of the show for ten years now, and Rick and Bubba have started and (thanks to the afternoon replays) ended my workdays for as long as I can rememeber. I was listening to Mark Prater give the weather update on the show when the first attack on September 11, 2001 happened. I've laughed and cried many times with Rick and Bubba.

Now I'm crying again. Please know that I'm praying for this family to be held by the arms of God. I'm praying for healing, peace, and comfort. In the words of the Natalie Grant song Held, "This is what it is to be loved and to know that the promise was when everything fell, we'd be held."

God Bless You All.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


It's so strange how everything becomes different in your life when you have a child. James and I were talking about this on the way home from Caleigh's birthday party this afternoon. We were talking about the Burgess family and the pain they must be going through. We were talking about how horrible it would be to be crying your eyes out and holding one of your other children trying to comfort them and help them through the loss of a brother. My heart just breaks for that whole family; it's just so awful.

Life is so precious and so wonderful. Every little smile, every little hug, every time Matthew wants a bite of what I'm eating instead of his food, every snuggle, every time I catch him smiling at Jack's Big Music Show, or laughing because he splashed water out of the tub; it's all so wonderful and I'm so blessed to have this little baby in my life. We're so blessed to have been given the responsibility of helping him become the man God needs him to be. Children really are a blessing that you don't truly understand until you have one of your own. I always loved children before Matthew, but I never really understood that bond until Matthew was born.

We're just so blessed to have our little boy. He truly is our gift from God.


I know this may seem silly, but I swear I feel like I know the Burgess family personally. We listen to the Rick and Bubba show every morning and afternoon to and from work. Whether I really "know" them or not isn't relevant...

Please keep the Burgess family in your prayers as they deal with the loss of their youngest son. He was two and, according to al.com, he drowned yesterday. I seem to keep hearing that Casting Crowns song "Love Them Like Jesus" in the back of my mind, but I still can't even imagine. My heart breaks for that family. Please pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding in this horrible time.