Friday, November 25, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 25

Now that it's Black Friday, I'm so thankful that God allowed us to do our important Christmas shopping (Matthew & Lucy) way before today. I'm thankful that there's nothing, no great deal or important item, that I need, ahem, want badly enough to get out in that craziness! So glad we're done! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I'm thankful for my awesome family and the great time we got to spend together today! I'm also thankful for that yummy Thanksgiving meal, complete with the pumpkin cheesecake I requested. ;) I know it's a shallow thankfulness post, but I truly am blessed beyond measure. Thank you God for your abundant blessings in my life!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 23

What a long day! Today I'm thankful for Liberty Student Ministries and the great kids we get to serve!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 22

I'm thankful today for great meteorologists and technology that help us know so far in advance if there is dangerous weather coming our way. Today was probably one of the most ominous days weather-wise that we've had since the April 27th storms in Alabama. I'm thankful today that the weather died down before it really did anything here, but I'm also thankful that we have lots of great professionals watching out for us when the threat is there.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 21

I'm thankful today for my sweet James and Matthew who took care of our Christmas tree today. It's not James' favorite thing to do, but he lugged everything down from the attic and put it together by himself. I truthfully did very little, mainly because this growing Lucy inside of me causes my back to hurt like a beast. After James put it together, sweet Matthew did 75% of the decorations. Is it exactly how I would've done it? Nope, but I wouldn't change a thing. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankfulness-day 20

Today I'm thankful for two things.
1. Healing.
2. My dear friends Pat and Kristie who have made sure that I never had to give myself a single 17A hydroxyprogesterone injection. I wasn't looking forward to sticking those huge needles in myself to keep Lucy baking, but they made sure I never had to. :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 19

Today I'm thankful for good books. There's nothing like the ability to take others to a whole new world in the simple pages of a book. What a gift!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 18

I'm thankful today for Phenergan. I had morning sickness during my entire pregnancy with Matthew, so I can deal with it. However, I'm thankful for my Phenergan rx because, for some reason, the morning sickness really does something dangerous to my body in this pregnancy. Because of that Phenergan, my morning sickness isn't nearly as frequent. Rather than multiple times each day, it's just a few times a week.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 17

I'm thankful today that I only had to have my finger pricked at my OB appointment instead of a full-blown, no pun intended, blood draw.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 16

Today I'm thankful for 34 weeks of pregnancy! This was the goal my MFMs gave me and Lucy and I have made it! Glory to God for His protection and provision! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 15

I'm thankful today for our microwave of almost 10 years. Sure, we said goodbye to her today, but she served us well.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 14

Today I'm thankful for having all of our Christmas shopping done for our kids! What a huge relief. I'm thankful for God blessing us in such a way that we aren't scrambling to figure it all out at the last minute. I'm thankful now that we'll be able to make it special, not because of what they'll receive, but the memories they'll make celebrating Christ's birth together in a magical way.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thankfulness- Day 13

I'm thankful today for Sunday School and the many great classes I've been a part of through the years. I love having a great peer group to dig into The Word with each week.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 12

Today I'm thankful for the awesome youth groups we've been honored to serve over the last ten years. What a blessing to see these kids grow up and impact the world around them.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 11

I'm thankful today for our Veterans. So many have served and fought just so that I may live the life that I have right now. Because of them, our kids have a better tomorrow.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 10

Today I'm thankful for James being able to go to the David Jeremiah Pastor's Breakfast. When you're in ministry, it's especially refreshing to have that time to be refilled by another pastor who truly understands the trials and blessings of servanthood. So thankful he had that chance to be refreshed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

thankfulness-day 9

Today I'm thankful for great prenatal care. Even though this has been a fairly boring high risk pregnancy, I'm thankful for my MFM docs at UAB who've really watched me and Lucy very carefully.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 8

I'm so thankful for Star Wars today. It seems a little silly, for sure, but it brings Matthew such joy. Plus, there's nothing quite as entertaining as listening to him play out his scenes from the stories.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 7

Today I'm thankful for homeschooling. It's such a blessing to be able to spend these wonderful moments with Matthew. I'm so glad I don't have to share him in that way.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 6

Catching up... Today I'm thankful for a great day in God's house. :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 5

Today I'm thankful for the amazing husband I have. From the fact that he signed up to coach Matthew's basketball team to the Taco Bell he brought me to the library run he did for me to the sweet back rubbing he did the moment he walked in the door, I'm so blessed. He's my best friend and I'm thankful for each moment I have with him. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 4

Today I'm thankful for worship music. There's nothing like a song to express every word you wished you knew how to communicate to our God. I'm so thankful that others have found the words to express what I've always wanted to say.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 3

I'm so thankful for my sweet little Love. Our Matthew is truly amazing and we're so blessed to have him. I'm also thankful to have these homeschooling moments with him. It truly is a gift to spend this much time with him each day. He's brings such joy!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 2

Today I'm thankful for this sweet little Lucy and for a healthy pregnancy. 32 weeks down! Who knows how many to go? I'm thankful for these kicks, rolls, hicups, and even having to roll from side to side all night long. As hard as it's been, I'm thankful for it and savoring it. I may never get another chance to do this.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankfulness-Day 1

I find myself thankful for so many things. Today I'm thankful for God's provision and how it always shows up right on time!

Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Weeks!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Monday- Breathe by Michael W. Smith



Haven't heard this one in a long time, but we broke it out in choir practice yesterday.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Monday-Relient K - Baby



Okay, so forgive the lame "video;" the cover is just so new that no one has really done much with it on Youtube.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Music Monday-Star Spangled Banner

Monday, June 27, 2011

Music Monday: Chris Tomlin - I Will Rise (Live)



Probably should have chosen this one for last week since it was Adam's birthday, but here it is. Been thinking about you this week, but I'm glad you don't have to do this anymore.

Reading: Lesson 100!



Big day in homeschool... finally finished Lesson 100 in our reading book. Now we're off to books, rather than textbooks. :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Music Monday: "Defender (Call Upon The Name)" Center For Worship Concert (Liberty Un...



I know it's a repeat, but it's been going through my head lately.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Music Monday: I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord



M's favorite VBS song.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Music Monday: Kickin' It Old School



Can't help it... totally in VBS mode right now. :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Music Monday: From This Moment On



We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary last week. Can't think of a better song for this week. It goes way back for us. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's real... :)



Due Dec. 27.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Music Monday: California



Haven't heard this one in a while... good stuff!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Music Monday: Firework (kids bop)



Went with Max and Ruby vs. Katy Perry in honor of M's 5th Birthday! He loves this song, but the actual video is just not appropriate! Happy Birthday Love!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Music Monday: Praise You in the Storm/Tuscaloosa Tornado.m4v



Nothing more to say...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Promise



Saw this in the sky moments after an F-5 tornado blew through the communities around us. There is total devastation around our friends, but this is a great reminder that God is still in control.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Music Monday: (God makes) All Things New - Steven Curtis Chapman



Can you read between those lines? ;)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Music Monday- Tell Me the Story Again



What a great song to share as Holy Week begins.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Extreme Couponing


Found this article about the new TLC show Extreme Couponing. It pretty much nails how I feel about the whole concept.


I've only watched one episode so far, but the couple featured uses a $5 0ff/1 Maalox (which costs $5.35 in store). Cool.. I was pleased with that.... until they got 35 stinkin' bottles. How in the world can a household of two people ever use 35 bottles of Maalox before they expire? Even if you only spend .35/bottle, how are you "saving" money on something that will expire before you can even begin to use it? I'm guessing the only way to use that much Maalox is by purchasing/eating all these prepackaged foods that should really only be eaten in moderation, rather than all the time because of the massive stockpiles.

Use some sense, folks. There are tons of great coupons each week, but if you're buying something because it's on sale and you've got coupons for it... and only because of those reasons, who cares? The amazing deal doesn't matter if the product ends up in the trash.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Music Monday-"I Need Thee (Hear My Cry)" - Live Album Recording

I fell in love with this song two years ago when I heard it for the first time. It was awesome to hear it again live! I'm telling you, I've lived every word of this song! My God has been there and been everything I need each and every time I need it. All glory to Him!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Music Monday-"God of the Ages"

So ready for Women of Joy! I've been gearing up all week by listening to my Charles! :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Music Monday-Hosanna

I've heard this song lots of times before, but the words really captured my heart last night when Zack Ferrell shared it with us last night. We were so blessed by Zack and his music; here's the Hillsong version of one of the songs he shared.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Music Monday-Great is thy Faithfulness

Monday, March 14, 2011

Music Monday-The Office Theme

Monday, March 7, 2011

Music Monday- Truly Madly Deeply



James brought out our old box of cards and letters from when we were dating and shared several of them with our youth group last Wednesday as part of his sermon. Although somewhat embarrassed to share those inside jokes with others, it was really cool to be reminded of our roots as a couple.

I found lines of this song quoted throughout several of the notes and cards and have had this song running through my head ever since. It takes me right on back to the late 90s and those wonderful moments we spend developing our relationship.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dear Publishers of Early Learning Materials:

It would be super if you would all stick to basic sans fonts when formatting your early learning workbooks and materials. It's often confusing for a young child to recognize even an "a" simply because of font differences, especially when learning to read and write. For that matter, "g" and "g" look very different too. However, although this "b" is just lowercase "b," it can often look like a "6" if you use certain fonts.

Here are two sample pages from a workbook Matthew used when we started homeschooling at age 3. Check out the similarities to the "6" and "b" between the two pages. Also, look at the "g" and "a" on the bottom page. Not cool, considering that very book teaches the child to write those letters differently.
Be consistent, please. It would make life much easier for those of us who are trying to teach our children to read and write. The Hooked on Phonics folks have the right idea. We've been using Hooked on Handwriting for a few months now and they keep the fonts simple. The font for instructions and practice are the same; it's so much easier when it's consistent. This isn't the best example because it's the cover of this book, but you get the idea. Keep it simple, folks!

Music Monday-Gitchi Gitchi Goo



What can I say, it's in my head today!

This film is not yet rated

So, I've been sitting on my tail for the last 48 hours and watching lots and lots of Netflix due to this "pharyngitis." I've been watching The Office (BBC version), Scrubs, King of the Hill, and an assortment of lovely documentaries, one of which was This Film is Not Yet Rated. This was definitely an interesting look at the MPAA's twisted, contradictory rating guidelines.


In many ways, the film victimizes the directors, writers and all of those behind the scenes in the film industry. It explains the Board's process of ratings and implies that the board has the power to censor everything that hits American theaters. In some ways that's true, but it's also amazing to know the sorts of things that these filmmakers were outraged over-be it language, violence, sexuality, etc.

I do agree with the director, Kirby Dick, in many regards. He shows multiple examples of scenes that were equally graphic, yet one received an R rating and the other an NC-17. Dick even goes on to explain the so-called reasons a movie gets pushed into the various rating classes, many of which are ludicrous. He has multiple directors and others from the industry making their pleas about how mistreated they felt because of the "contradictory" rating they received and the editing guidelines they were given in order to reclassify, and how it's all a censorship, anti freedom of speech conspiracy.

It's funny to me, though, because while I do agree that the actual ratings system is completely contradictory, they should all be thankful I'm not on that Board. I agree with all of those interviewed who complained that violence is, for some reason, more tolerated and easily permitted in movies than sexuality. However, as a parent, I'm far more restrictive about what my child watches than they could even imagine. It's crazy to me what slowly sneaks its way into so-called family movies and then eventually into our children's minds and personas.

For example, I can remember years ago when Shrek was released. Sure, it's a "cute" family film that has maintained tons of popularity through the years. I was a childcare teacher and a kid from my class brought it from home for us to watch. The kids were so excited because they loved Shrek. We were only a few minutes into it when the wrestling scene started. Within moments, I became the bad guy because I turned it off. Joan Jett's Bad Reputation was playing in the background of that scene. Seems innocent enough, but music is catchy and I couldn't allow them to be slowly sucked into bad language on my time.

In case you're not familiar with it, the song repeats this line over and over again: "I don't give a damn about my reputation." I had a personal problem with feeding those lyrics into the minds of my vulnerable class. First of all, "damn" may not be the mother of all curse words, but it's still a curse word and there would have been consequences for any of those kids if they had used it in my classroom. Secondly, I feel like you should care about your reputation. I know that some folks are just ridiculous and you can't please everyone, but as followers of Christ, our reputations go hand in hand with our witnesses and testimonies. You should care about what others think. That challenges you to truly be the same person whether you're with fellow believers or not.

Anyway, the point is that Shrek received a PG rating, which clearly suggests that parental guidance is recommended. Well, obviously that child's parents were a lot more lenient that I, because I wouldn't let my elementary age kids watch it (nor would I let my own 4 year-old watch it now). It is a constant struggle to find truly child-appropriate programming for my son. It's amazing what producers and writers are trying to pass off on our kids today. Whether it's the subtle message in a song from Shrek or the simple insertion of "GD" in a child's Spiderman DVD, it's clear that my standards are different from most.

I can assure that Kirby Dick and all of those in his documentary would be very thankful that I'm not a member of that Board. Sure, I would rally for more clarity and less contradiction, but I can pretty much guarantee you that my rating for most current PG-13 movies would be an R and that the current R movies would be NC-17. They can call it censorship all they want, but they also are denying that they have incredible power of dictating the moral direction of society. They made many references to morals and how folks are out there living these lives depicted in their films regardless of whether or not it's on the screen. That may be true for some, but the more you show, the more our society makes that the norm.

I've worked with teenagers since I was 20; that was only 10 years ago. Over the last 10 years, MTV has taught our kids that life isn't normal without drama and that's why this generation of teenagers is so eager to stir it up. That's a classic example of the media dictating society. Kirby Dick and the rest of the crew were blind to that point.

To sum it all up, this is just another reason that we are called to be in the world, not of it. Be careful what you're watching out there folks; it is a part of who you are, whether you like it or not. You may not see it publicly manifested, but it's still there; the media doesn't care how sinful and selfish it's telling you to be.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Music Monday- I do



Haven't heard this one in a while, but I was out somewhere this weekend and it was on in the background. Ahh, it takes me back...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dr. Oz?


Here's James testing out a Dr. Oz headache remedy. I can't remember for sure, but I'm pretty sure it didn't work!

W week- painting with wax


Here's a pretty fun (and nicely scented) little project we did.

Bring on Spring!


The weather has finally stared to ease up here... enough to where we've been able to play outside for three days in a row! I really think this is the first time this winter we've been able to play outside like this. Thank You Lord!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Music Monday-Valentine



Not the best quality, but still my favorite Valentine's song for my Valentine!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Music Monday-"What I Am"



In honor of last night's Super Bowl half-time show, I thought I'd share my favorite Will.i.am moment. It's truly him at his best! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Learning to Read

Homeschooling has been wonderful so far; it's an amazing experience and I'm so blessed to share these days with Matthew. Our biggest challenge to date is learning to read. Although Matthew is only four years-old, I felt very sure that he was ready to start reading several months ago. I believe we started working the fundamentals back in October, maybe late September.

He's done very well so far; he's been reading one-syllable, short vowel words for months now; I started introducing long vowels in December and it's moving along nicely. I honestly can't complain. When I started working with him on reading, I was using the methods in Barbara Curtis' book Mommy, Teach Me to Read.



It was a great value and really gave us a great foundation for reading. However, I felt like I hit a total roadblock with teaching this method. I found myself struggling to help him understand the hundreds of thousands of exceptions to the rules of English. He can honestly read lots and lots of words to date, but explaining when the rules apply and when they don't has been hard for me.

My next stop was the library. I remembered seeing Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Engelmann, Haddox, and Bruner when I found Curtis' book. I thought now would be a great time to give this one a test run and see if it could help us round out some of the missing pieces. I'm so glad I got a good look at this book! I really feel optimistic about using this. My personal copy is in the mail and I have yet to review the entire book, but even just using our borrowed library copy has been such a huge help.



I'll keep everyone posted on this one. We've already started at the beginning, using it with our normal schoolwork. Although Matthew is repeating and "relearning" things from a different method, I'm not too worried about any confusion because this book doesn't contradict Curtis' book. Anyway, between Mommy, Teach Me to Read, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and Starfall.com, Matthew is on his way to becoming a great reader. I'm so proud of my little man and am so thankful to share these experiences with him!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Music Monday - Days Go By



Don't get me wrong, we've had a great weekend, but it was just so busy that this song just seems perfect for Mondays like this. Oh God, please help me to savor each moment with my family and friends, please help us all to stop moving so fast.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seeing triple?


Keep in mind that this is merely for the sake of remembering, but I had the weirdest dream last night. I haven't really had many pregnancy/baby-related dreams since the fall, but I had a whopper of one last night. I dreamed we were expecting triplets. I don't remember many specifics, but I remember that we were having two boys and one girl: Boy A (can't remember his name), Marcus Noah (yay for my Noah, not so much on Marcus) and Lucy Kate (Lucy's been on the list for a long time too). I also remember being upset because we had to name them before I gave birth and we forgot to name Boy A after Adam like we had planned.

Weird, huh? Also a little strange: got my latest "Getting Pregnant" newsletter this week. It was entitled "Your chances of having multiples." (Insert Twilight Zone music here) Anyway, I have no reason to think any of this is happening, in fact the mere thought of it is enough to schedule a tubal. I just thought it was all a little weird.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Music Monday-What Do I Know of Holy



What beautiful lyrics to capture how little we truly know of God and holiness.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

the world according to Puptent: I have a Dream today

Posted by a friend of mine yesterday:

the world according to Puptent: I have a Dream today: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-eviden..."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Music Monday- What Can I Do?



I know I post RK songs way too much, but sometimes I just can't find anyone to say it better. I can't say in detail why this song is on my mind, simply because I don't want to start anything. However, I can say that I was in the room yesterday listening to some folks that I love say some awful things. I was furious, embarrassed, ashamed, and disgusted all at the same time, but I didn't say anything. I thought about getting up and walking out, I really did. However, under the circumstances, I was just so stunned and dissapointed to hear such hateful, non-Christian things spewing from the mouths of some of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I found myself wanting to scream, "it's 2011 and the day before Marting Luther King, Jr. Day! Do you people hear yourselves?"

Anyway, I just couldn't find the right words, and I'm guessing that's why I keep thinking of this song. What can I do? So thankful that God can change all darkness into light.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Secret Love



He constantly denies his love for her, but I think this photo says otherwise. ;)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music Monday - In Like A Lion (Always Winter)



Ready for a new season? This is my favorite RK song ever. It's much more complex than most realize. I'm more than ready for this world to thaw, figuratively and literally.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Blazer Boys



A great shot of my Blazer boys as they returned from the truly nail-biting UAB/UTEP game. So glad we won that one after the 3 OTs!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blah... go away!


We picked an awful year to not get flu shots. We had good intentions, but it just never worked out for us to get them. Naturally, the one year we don't get the vaccine, everyone in the stinkin' metro-Birmingham area has the flu! Arg, I'm trying so hard to keep us well, but sick folks keep coming our way. I know they mean well, but leave us the heck alone!

If I'm being honest, I feel like I've been on the verge of getting some form of it for about a week or so now. I don't feel awful, but I'll be so thankful to be back to normal. I'll spare the details and sum it up by saying that I just feel so blah right now.

So, I guess we will continue to sanitize and stay away as much as possible. I guess it won't hurt to really give the troops (white blood cells) a good inspirational talk either.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ff is fantastic!

I already posted it on facebook, but we're talking about the letter "F" this week and I thought I'd share our project here too.


Isn't homeschooling awesome!?!? :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Music Monday- A Long December

Okay, so I know that this isn't exactly an encouraging song, but it's a good one, nonetheless. December really wasn't all that long, but it was cold and rainy. That and all of the germs floating around have left me in a blah mood, thus giving us "A Long December" for the first Music Monday of 2011.