Wednesday, December 29, 2010

white Christmas? Almost

Can you believe it snowed? We didn't have a white Christmas, but I think that here in rural SC, the day after counts! It didn't last long, but it was beautiful while it lasted. This is exactly the kind of snow that I like......

Christmas pics

Friday, December 24, 2010

trivia part 2

Okay, people, get into the spirit and let me hear from you!!

1.  Wrapping paper or gift bags?  I use both, but I prefer bags or boxes that don't actually have to be wrapped.

2.  Real tree or artificial?  When we were first married we always had a live tree just as I did as a kid. However, after Stevie ate one of the pine needles, and Steve realized he was allergic to them I relented and now we have artificial always. I like the pre-lit one because of the convenience, but they have been a pain over the last year or so with bulbs burning out. I wonder if I bought an expensive one if we would have that problem......probably, it is us after all!

3.  When do you put up the tree? We always put it up on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Usually we are having an open house pretty soon after that, and I need to start decorating asap.

4.  When do you take the tree down? Generally, New Year's Day. We will be out of town this year, though so I guess we will get it down pretty soon that next week. I am usually ready to have my house back to normal by then.

5.  Do you like eggnog? GROSS!

6.  Favorite gift received as a child? I honestly cannot remember, but I loved, loved, loved Barbies so probably something to do with that.

7.  Hardest person to buy for? Steve--by far. He's not really that hard to buy for, but he is horrible to surprise. Like this year, he knows everything he is getting. I think I have been successful ONE year out of 21!

8.  Easiest person to buy for? Both of my girls, but especially Stevie. She likes everything and is not afraid of new things. She generally has a short list, but I always find things I want to get for her so I have to play catch up with the other two. However, we solved that problem this year by putting an amount on their gifts. When the money ran out,  we stopped buying.

9.  Do you have a nativity scene? I have several, and do you know that I do not have a single one out this year. Horrible..... a parsonage with no nativity!

10.  Mail or email Christmas cards? is so impersonal. I am usually pretty good about getting my cards out right after Thanksgiving, but this year several of my cards did not make it out (Sorry, Janet!) and they were so cute.

11.  Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Again, I can't think of anything specific. You know, they say the mind is the first to go!

12.  Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life, Family Man, Mrs. Miracle, Miracle on 34th Street.....I like Christmas movies!

13.  When do you start shopping for Christmas? black Friday, usually. I use to get it all done by Sept., but that was in the days of old. Now, I don't usually start until BF.

14.  Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? yes

15.  Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? peanut butter balls

16.  Lights on the tree, colored or clear? clear

17.  Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night

18.  Travel at Christmas or stay at home? both.....we are always home on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, though.

19.  Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? yes

20.  Angel, star or ribbon on top of the tree? I've had all three and this year I have a star and I really like it!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

driver's beware

Yep, that's little man is now a driver. I cannot believe that he is already 15. What an incredible young man he has become!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

some Christmas trivia

I guess not so much trivia, but trivial! LOL I snagged this from my friend, Janet, because I loved reading her answers. Here's the questions and my answers, and I'd love to read yours!!

1. Open the Christmas presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morn? Our family opens one gift on Christmas Eve and then all of the rest on Christmas morning. When the kids were little, Santa gifts were left unwrapped, but now we wrap everything.

2. Favorite children's Christmas song? Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. We sing it all year long! haha

3. Most annoying thing about this time of year? People who don't put up a tree. Although, the older I get, I kinda understand those empty nesters reluctance to do so. However, I love looking at the lights, so I hope my kids will do it for me if I ever turn into Scrooge!

4. Favorite ornament theme or color? This is a hard one for me because I go with what I feel that year. I love burgundy, green, and gold; but I also love green or blue and silver.

5.  Turkey or ham on Christmas Day? We usually do both.

6. What do you want for Christmas this year? Some good family time. I want the kids to be happy. We love playing cards and watching movies together and we have rearranged our travel time to do some of that.

7. Does anyone in your family dress up as Santa? no

8. Age you discovered Santa wasn't real? I cannot remember. I love the dream of Santa.

9. Eggnog, hot chocolate or apple cider? Hot chocolate unless we are at Starbucks, and then I love their hot cider.

10. Do you have any Christmas decorations on  your roof? Ha! I barely have them outside. We've never done the roof thing.

11. How does Santa get into your house, chimney or magic key? chimney

12. Do you prefer gifts or tokens? Gifts. I put a lot of thought into the gifts I give, and I appreciate it when others do too. Although, just because I give something doesn't mean I have to have something in return. I love the giving part a lot.

There's another part of this that I plan to post tomorrow. I hope you will play along. Leave me a comment letting me know that you are posting on your blog so that I can come and read your answers or just leave your answers in the comment section!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

falling behind

I am so behind this year! Each week has been busier than the next, and it seems like I am just trying to survive! Yesterday was my sweet Luke's birthday, and while he doesn't really care if he gets his own post on this here blog, I kinda like talking about him! Unfortunately, he'll have to wait!

His Christmas concert at the school is tonight, and his party is tomorrow so hopefully, I will have some good pics to share from those two great events. But, right now I am awake at 4 AM stressing about whether or not I will have enough icing for my four classes today to decorate their cookies AND knowing that I need to walk out into the frigid cold and get the stuff to do my PTO deposit!

I'm really looking forward to Sat. afternoon when I can curl up on the couch in my comfy robe and do NOTHING! A whole lotta nothing, I mean! I intend to seriously embrace the nothingness!! But first, I have play practice for the children's musical to be held Sunday night.

For today, I will continue, though, to just be behind with the wrapping, shopping, and general Christmasy stuff that one can get done when one has the time..............

Friday, December 10, 2010

santa's helpers

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa's helper and our #1 PTO President......Yeah, Staci!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

sugar cookies

If you haven't read the book, Sugar Cookies Little Lessons on Love, you should. It's a great book about what love looks like using cookies as the object of affection. It is so sweet.

I read that to my classes on Wed., and then they decorated and ate sugar cookies.....they had a great time choosing their icing colors, placing the sprinkles just so, and then licking their plates clean. It was the cutest thing. I'd love to post pics, but I'm not sure about the integrity of that, so if you'd like to see their little faces check them out on Facebook--BDK Elementary.

Today, Santa comes to visit and have his picture taken with lots of little people (and some bigger ones too). I'm not sure how Santa feels about this experience since little people aren't really THIS Santa's forte'. However, I'm sure that Santa Steve will endure and take a nap when we get home! LOL

Have a delightful day!

Monday, December 6, 2010

December so far

Well, December is finally here, and with it--some cold weather for SC. After enduring 10 months of summer down here, winter has finally shown up. I was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit with it being so hot, but just in time for our annual open house, the weather decided to cool.......and not too soon for me!

Our open house was a huge success even though I have not one single picture of it. I was actually able to talk to our guests this year because we learned a valuable lesson last year in traffic flow! We had a great crowd, and yummy food (I'm just guessing about the yummy part since I didn't get any!). Our sweet church people brought us some really cute things...totally unnecessary, but certainly appreciated! It's always nice to look at something and remember who gave it to's a nice reminder that you are loved, and it gives you the opportunity to say a quick prayer for them, too.

We also went to a couple of parties over the weekend with more to come this weekend. It's just a partying season round these parts. This coming Saturday Luke is in  two parades, so guess what we will be doing! Yep, drinking hot chocolate standing in the cold for the band to walk by so we can shout and wave like idiots making them know we love all of them.

I have just about finished up our shopping. I've had so much fun this year doing that. I love local shops, though, and I think next year is going to be all about the local fare. I love giving small businesses MY business.

I think that's about it for now.....busy week ahead. We are reading Sugar Cookies in the library this week and decorating cookies AND Santa (Steve dressed in a suit)  is coming to take a picture with all of the kids as well. I am sure to be worn out by Friday.

Please keep me in your prayers next Monday as I travel to Charleston to see an oncologist there. Hopefully, we can get to the bottom of this platelet issue soon and our adoption can once again be the focus around here. Honestly, I feel fine. You'd think if something were truly wrong, I'd have some kind of symptom by now. So, I know God is in control and am just trying not to think about it.

Enjoy your week!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

the BEST ever

We had the BEST Thanksgiving I think we've ever had. It started on Wednesday when Shea got to come and visit and spend the day. We enjoyed having her, and then.....she was off.

We decided to forgo the big meal this year, and instead just lounged until we got ready to leave for Atlanta. On the way there, we found a Cracker Barrel and along with many other folks we had a good meal, good fellowship with each other, and then....we were off.

We arrived in Suwanee and immediately began to discuss our Black Friday plans which actually started that night at 12:01 except for Billy whose idea of shopping is.... I'll watch the kids at home thankyouverymuch! Which works because, really, who wants to listen to whining the whole time (and here I'm talking about Billy, not the boys!). We worked out a plan, and then.....we were off.

To Wal-Mart. My idea was...let's get there, get everything we want, check out at 12:01 and not go back for the entire weekend. Do you think that worked out? Of course not! We went back there two more times on Friday, and then when we got home on Sat.! LOL That place casts a spell on people, I think. We were back up at 7 on Friday and off at 8 to the Mall of Georgia. that place was crowded. It was funny, though. Some stores you couldn't get into and some were practically empty. I wanted to go in Aeropostale, but you literally couldn't get IN. So, I went next door to AE and didn't hardly have to wait in line. They had a great sale, too!

We shopped a large portion of the day until it was time for the Alabama/Auburn game ~ Alabama, you let us down : ( 

After the game, we were off again! This time to the movies with just the adults. Billy and Tracy hadn't seen the new HP, and Steve and I saw Unstoppable which is based on a true story and was pretty good. (Even if it hadn't been good, looking at Chris Pine for two hours is bound to make a person smile!)

The next day, we had to leave earlier than we would've liked, but responsibility called. Honestly, this was a wonderful weekend topped off with Georgia beating Georgia Tech.  I hope to make this our NEW tradition.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

so much to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving two days away, it is only fitting that I give space to share what I am thankful for this year.

1. You, my readers and bloggy friends. It's been so nice to get to know you this year.
2. My family, of course, they are a joy to me every day. I've really enjoyed this year watching our kids mature into such fine adults (except Luke who is growing into a fine young man!).
3. My husband, Steve, who I can honestly say I love more today than yesterday and certainly more than 20 years ago when I married him.
4. My job. I need to be there full-time, and I want to be, but I am very, very grateful that I have a job with insurance.
5. New friends. Isn't it amazing how God answers prayers about even the smallest things in our lives?
6. Having the chance to go and spend some time with the extended family this week!
7. Jesus, without whom, I would be lost and floundering.
8. Our church family. They love us, and show it. That is a wonderful experience!

There are so many small things that I could count, but I won't bore you with the details. I hope you and your family have a glorious Thanksgiving season full of family, peace, and joy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

harry potter

I know a lot of people, pastors especially, don't like Harry Potter and the story. However, we do. Thus, we found ourselves at the midnight (actually 12:20) showing Thursday night/Friday morning. I had planned to take a nap when I got home from work so that I could actually stay awake through the entire movie, but when I got home I had 3 extra teenagers in my house so that was not to be. I just stayed out of their way like normal and went about my business, but that didn't include the nap!

After they left, it was almost time to go and get Stevie from her class, so still no nap. However, we did finally make our way to the theater where we sat/stood in line for about 3 hours until they let us in. Now, if you haven't ever been to a midnight premiere of a movie, let me tell you, it is something to behold. Because, the most avid fans are the ones who come out that late! Yes, there were people in costumes.....grown men with their wands (weird, huh?) girls dressed up like Luna Lovegood and Hermione......but my favorite ones were the 5 college boys who came dressed up as.........(DRUM ROLL, PLEASE)........

BATMAN! I think they got confused!

The movie is pretty good, although I think it was about 30 minutes too long since it has some slow places. Of course, the whole point of this movie is building up for the last movie in the series coming in July. But, all-in-all, a pretty good flick. And, yes, we've already seen it again....although this time at the $2.00 theater (gotta love that price!) considering we paid $11.25 for the other one.

So, what's your take on HP?

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Today we celebrated Veteran's Day at our school with a sweet little program where all of the kids had a chance to sing patriotic songs. Some of the kids had an available veteran to bring to the program, and they got to introduce them. We ended with a parade of veterans....all of the students lined the hallway waving flags while the guys walked through them. So, so sweet....kinda choked me up!

Our little town had a celebration as well which Luke and Steve took part in. The band was asked to come and play for the ceremony, and Steve had the privilege of participating as a veteran. I would love to have been there, but I just couldn't get away.

Today, I say thank you. Thank  you to those who serve now, and those whose service in the past has kept me free. My classes today watched a documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen who people thought weren't good enough to hold leadership positions because of the color of their skin. The story was very touching, and I am so proud that they were successful in spite of the circumstances.

I'm proud to be an American. I'm proud of our military, and I appreciate the efforts they and their families put into making our country strong!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

is my life really this boring?

I cannot think of a single thing to blog about. Talk about writer's block! Our lives have certainly calmed down this week with the ending of the marching season.

Of course, we are beginning to gear up for the holiday season which always makes for a busy time around our house. With the addition of this new medicine that I am on....the one the DR. assured me would make me happier (I thought I was pretty happy before), I am TIRED! I like naps and going to bed early. The upside is that I don't eat as much so I've lost 10 pounds....yeah!

But other than that, at this is peaceful. I like it......because I know that within the next week or so, things will be crazy again!

We are going to Augusta tomorrow for Steve to preach homecoming at the church where we married. I hope to get some pictures of the kids since Shea will be there as well. I need to order Christmas cards!

So, happy daylight savings time to you.....hopefully, my blog will soon have something interesting to say : )

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

faces of joy

They started working last Spring. They marched and trudged through the horrid South Carolina heat. They practiced until their cheeks were soar. They suffered through sleep-deprivation, late nights, and traveling every weekend. And do you know what? It was ALL worth it last Saturday.

Because, that's right folks! The little band that could is the the little band that CAN! Out of 52 1A high schools in the state of South Carolina, the smallest competing marching band also known as the North Central Marching Knights is 7th......and we couldn't be happier, or prouder!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

the way home

I received the dvd, The Way Home, from Thomas Nelson for review. I had no idea what it was about, but knew that it starred Dean Cain and I like him so I figured it'd be alright.

The Way Home is a true story about a family whose son goes missing, but it's about so much more than that as well. It tells the story of a man who has lost his way....feeling that work was more important than family or marriage. It's about a mom who is struggling to connect with the husband she feels she's lost.....and the frustration she feels in having to be a single parent.

The Way Home is a story well-told and well-acted, for the most part. I enjoyed it, finding it suspenseful and touching at the same time. It holds your attention from the first scene until the last, and if you allow it to, you might actually learn something about yourself.

So, do they find their son? Does the husband/father realize his mistakes? Can the mom forgive her husband and herself? All of these are questions that will be answered if you get the video and watch! I promise you will not be disappointed!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

the little band that could

This awesome group of kids......

Qualified to go to the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

today's a big day

Today, our little band will try to qualify to go to the State band championship. We have to be in the top 6 in our division to get there. The kids have worked their tails off, and we are so proud of them, that I just want them to make it so bad!

People don't really understand the sacrifice it takes to commit to the marching band. They put in more hours than the football team during the season, because not only do they practice the same amount of time each day, play at the games on Fridays, they also give up about 5 Saturdays to compete.

So, Marching Knights, get out their and give it your deserve this!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Shea

Last Saturday, my oldest turned 26. It's hard to believe that it's been that long. I distinctly remember bringing her home from the hospital....she was so tiny. Today, she has blossomed into a beautiful woman.

So here's to you, my first born..................

10 things I love about you!

1. You are so beautiful.
2. You have goals and are reaching for them.
3. You are waiting patiently for God to send your husband to you.
4. The way you love your siblings.
5. Your laugh.
6. Your love of God.
7. They way you love your friends.
8. Your self-discipline.
9. Your smile.
10. Your serious ballet moves!

She's been waiting not-so-patiently for this post......hence why she only gets a list of 10....with my new medicine I can barely put two words together coherently, much less 26!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

white-coat phobia

I do believe this is a true, very real syndrome that probably has a name; but, I'm too traumatized lazy to google it. There's something about that coat that turns me: a rational, educated, calm individual into a blathering idiot who probably throws her furniture out the front door so it can be cleaned by the rain.
I honestly don't know what comes over me when I get into that small room--my hands start sweating, my heart starts racing, and my mind (previously filled with all sorts of intelligent questions or requests) goes completely blank.
Then, the minute the babbling brook called my train of unintelligle thoughts ends, the doctor.....wanting to escape the crazy walks out and I turn back into a rational, educated, calm person again who wants to yell, "Wait! Come back. I'll show you I'm not crazy." But, alas, it is too late for he is gone, and I am left on my own to decipher WTH just happened. 


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

words fail me

Being a preacher's wife, we have experienced our share of loss. The strange thing is, that it jars me every.time.

I went to bed last night with an old friend, one I hadn't seen or spoken to in over twenty years, on my mind. Or rather, her family on my mind because, you see, she died. Unexpectedly. Was fine at dinner last week, and not so fine the next morning when she was in a medically-induced coma. I think of her family and how this time last week, they had NO idea that their lives were about to be turned upside down. Completely.

I think about Paige, who was sweet to everyone and very giving.......not realizing that her life would end suddenly. It makes me sad, and a little sick. I have to wonder why.....I know we're taught not to ask why, but really?

What seriously jars me the most, though, is that I ache for the souls of the lost. Did someone share Jesus with her before she died?

However, the more important question is...did I? I doubt it. My life was in a shambles unbeknown to those around me....for we appeared normal enough; and I was very, very centered around my own pain. So, no...I'm sure I never shared Jesus with anyone.

Right now, as another funeral takes place behind my home, words seriously are failing me as I come to terms with yet another loss. So, I will take the words from God and place them here as I vow to pray them each day for Paige's family:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Ps. 23:4

Monday, October 11, 2010

thirty-one gifts

Have you seen this stuff? I'm sure you have since it's everywhere. Well, I'm doing a catalog show. If  you'd like to look and maybe order something,  you can do that even if you don't live close to me! Want to know how? Just follow these simple instructions:

1. go to the thirty-one gifts website

2. go to find a consultant......then type in Myra McLaughlin from SC

3. you will see "events" listed on her on that and I will be on there

4. Click where it says "shop now" beside my name and there you have it! They can ship it directly to you.

Thirty-one is a christian company, and Myra is a fellow pastor's wife so buying from me helps her out as well.

Have fun shopping!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


What makes a person a celebrity these days? It used to be that a person needed an actual talent before reaching that "celebrity" status. Now, it seems that any boobalicious or just plain boob can get it. There's no talent involved. Then we have people like the Kardashians (who are these people, anyway?) as celebrities who are proud of the fact that they got into a bar fight.

There's people like this Snooki character and "The Situation", really? Why would you want to be called that? in public, no less. Call me old-fashioned, I don't care. A celebrity is not someone who suddenly finds themselves on a "reality" show and then goes "stupider".

My bookfair at school begins this Friday. The theme this year is "Everday Heroes". Let's talk about REAL celebrities.......firefighters, policemen, teachers, postal workers, volunteers.....these are the people that make our country great.....that make it something to be proud of.

I'm so sick of our culture not recognizing those who are truly special. Those who work day in and day out to take care of their families, and who aren't given breaks for anything and everything they do. Those people who are just "normal" who are at home taking care of their kids instead of bar fighting. These are the ones we should be treating like celebrities.

It's time to wake up to the real world. Especially for the sake of our kids....they need true role models.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

the news!

I don't have that much to say these days....can't seem to find any interesting topics to blog about! However, yours truly was on the news last night, and you can see the story HERE.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

band season

Is kicking our tail! It's been several years now since we have had to give up every single Saturday to be gone out of town from morning until the next wee hours of the morning. Got back in about 1:30 this morning, and of course, Steve has to preach while I begin the children's Christmas musical during children's church.

Last time we did band, we weren't involved with the equipment at all. We simply went and sat in the stands to enjoy the performances. Of course, way back then, our band was usually performing in the last category so you sat with bated breath watching the competition and anxious for how we would do! This year, our band is small like the smallest competing marching band in the entire state!

So, I watch our band at the beginning while Steve helps with the equipment; and then I sit and sit and sit until nighttime falls when finally the awards happen.

It makes for an exhausting day.....but, we love it because Luke loves it! So, right now......that's why my blogging is so sporadic. It takes the first half of the week to recover from the weekend, and I'm too busy the second half of the week.

Hope you are spending your days doing something that you LOVE!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I always feel such a profound sadness when someone young dies, don't you? We found out last night that one of Stevie's friends committed suicide. They were kindred spirits suffering together all of the challenges that come with growing up with ADHD, and he had multiple other issues that I can't reveal.

I just hate that he felt his life was hopeless and that the only way to deal was to end it. He left behind siblings and parents who will mourn forever. I can't imagine a problem so large or despair so deep that would cause me to kill myself, but many people do. The problem is very real amongst younger people, and especially those with challenges. They feel that the world is against them because teachers, parents, friends, etc. just don't get them. I have seen the struggles that my own child has faced with insensitive teachers and church people. Those with whom she should have felt very safe, but didn't.

It's, so sad. Please, I beg you, try kindness. You never know when the words you say may prevent a tragedy like this.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Socastee competition



Saturday, September 25, 2010


You guys know that when it comes to posting pictures, and especially videos that blogger hates me. So, I will instead direct you here to hear Luke's band at the Homecoming game--which wasn't much of a game, but the band was good!

Friday, September 24, 2010

hunger games

After being instructed that I JUST HAD TO read this book by children and adults alike, I relinquished. Mostly, because last Sunday, I found myself bored and unable to nap. I grabbed the book off of Luke's shelf and away I went.....into the world of District 12 and Panem, that is.

I was actually suprised to find that I really, really liked it. So much so, that I finished it THAT. DAY.  I just Couldn't put it down! Now, let's not forget that this came as a shock-a-roo to me because the last time my kids wanted me to desperately read a was Twilight. And that book? WAS JUST AWFUL. I know, I know, most people liked it. But me? No thank you ever again to a Stephanie Meyer of any kind.

I liked Hunger Games so much, that on Monday, I read Catching Fire--the sequel--and today, I finished Mockingjay--the final in the trilogy.

So, if you find yourself bored--pick it up. I don't like science fiction, but was completely compelled by this one.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

let's talk Jesus

Jesus, and only Him.

How do we know Him? Truly, honestly, without question, KNOW HIM?

It's interesting that this week's chapter of Radical discusses this concept as this has been a question we have struggled with over the last month or so in our home about the people who sit in the pews at our church.

Do you hunger?

Do you really, REALLY, want to know Him or are you scared of what you may find should you look too deep?

The situation is dire and heart-wrenching. So many who believe they are saved because they walked an aisle, said a prayer, momma went to church every Sunday, etc. are gonna wake up in Hell one day and wonder what happened or be left behind when the Bride is called home.

Can you be truly saved when your number one question to yourself isn't how will my actions affect those to whom I am a witness?

Many times I have mentioned to my husband that he needs to "just preach Jesus" and let Him take care of the rest. The beauty is that God is taking care of what needs to happen. He is reaching into the depths of hearts that do not even know how rocked their world is about to become. I know, for me, my views are being shattered.

God is a God who expects something, and we are people who owe something. Not the other way around.

Monday, September 20, 2010

radically speaking

I don't think it's a coincidence that our lives starting turning upside down when I decided to do the Radical read-a-long. While I don't necessarily agree with every concept or idea that David Platt has in the book, I  do believe that we can ALL do more.

Let me give a little background on us.....

In 2007, my husband and I walked away from the ministry feeling spent and used-up. What we intended to be "the end", was really just a much-needed respite from the constant concerns associated with being a "pastor's family". In 2008, our wise-beyond-his-years then 12 year old son said, "Dad, why did God send you to seminary just to have  you not be ministering?". A hard question, but one that required an answer. So, we began to pray about God's calling on our lives. We felt that we had MANY, MANY times given up all material possessions, family connections, decent salaries, and concern for the well-being of our children (believing that God would see them through) to do what we felt "called" to do. To do a thankless job where abuse is the norm.

God, in His infinite wisdom, knew how we felt and provided a place for us to come where people would genuinely love on us while we ministered to them. However, again, that meant walking away from decent salaries, health insurance, and close proximity to family. We knew (and still do) that this was the right choice.

So, the past year and a half, while busy and demanding, has been fruitful.

What does this have to do with Radical, you ask? Well, I'm getting to it!

We are past the "honeymoon" phase that every pastor encounters when he starts a new church. Meaning, not everyone still likes him...or us, as the case may be. However, we feel that we were sent here with a mission, and it's our job to fulfill it (actually, Steve's job...I'm just along for the ride!). AND, that mission has come to fruition or the beginning stages, at least.

Our church needs to step outside of itself and begin again to minister to the community. Now, they have done a beautiful job in all of the areas that have been asked of them (sacks of love, feeding the HS band, etc.) but, there's so much more work to be done! AND, Satan's not so happy. Here's the deal: how to lead through this stage in the game where you know the hard part has only begun. We're not on the goal line ready to score a touchdown yet, we are on the 50 with a 3rd down and inches to go. Are we going to let Satan and his demons hold us back? I hope not.

However, living "radically" is not a common thing for everyone.....and can be scary! Giving  up the creature comforts we have come to the jobs we've held in the church for 30 years, or the SS room that's always been yours; or holding onto the pew in front of you that keeps you from RUNNING to the altar when you know God is calling.

Our church is at a crossroads. Steve and I have had the privilege of seeing God in action over the past two weeks..... He is alive and well in our community.

However, to get this back to chapter one of Radical, Platt discusses what  you are willing to give up. Sometimes, giving up doesn't mean necessarily material things, but emotional ones as well. While it's nice to talk about the Christians being persecuted in China (and we do need to pray for them), and go to foreign countries to see orphans starving, it is JUST AS RADICAL for some to give up control when they don't understand how God works.

So, while my take on chapter one is significantly different than those I've read...the ideas presented in it are not lost on me. Nor is the timing of my reading it. I believe, with everything in me, that we are about to experience a GOD-EXPLOSION of some kind in our small community and church. Will we get out of the way and let God be God or will we throw our human ideas into the mix? The answers to those questions and more are to come..........

I pray, Lord Jesus, that we are radical in our efforts to open up our hearts and arms to those around us who are hurting.....emotionally, physically, spiritually....because only then will we see Your Holiness in all of its glory!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

good things

I've found some good things over the past few days, and I thought I would share!

Now, this is what I call some GOOD food! I had the Pollo Rosa Maria

Stuffed with fontina and prosciutto, topped with mushrooms and a basil lemon butter sauce

Can I just say....YUMMO!! That was the best chicken I have ever had in a restaurant. We also shared
Sogno Di Cioccolata "Chocolate Dream"
A rich fudge brownie brushed with Kahlua, with velvety chocolate mousse,
fresh whipped cream and homemade chocolate sauce

Which was the BEST DESSERT EVER!

All of this from a gal that does NOT like Italian food.  Needless to say, they cured me.

I also found this great sweater tonight at JC Penney's.

That's it for now! Ta-Ta

Friday, September 17, 2010

all is well

For those of you who read my blog and found yourself in the middle of a family me when I say that there was no other choice to rectify this situation.
However, there MUST be some mighty powerful prayer warriors out there because.....

All is now well.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Love has many faces.

There's the love a mother feels when she sees her newborn baby...that feeling that you could never love another living thing as much as you do that little person.

There's the love that a father feels when he sees his daughter move into a college dorm knowing that he must allow her to fend for herself and find her own way.

There's the love that a newlywed couple has when it's fresh, and then as it is renewed with each passing year.

And then, there's the love that comes after being married for seventy years and that dear one dies, that feels as though you will be torn in two simply because half of you is gone.

We've witnessed this love, and Steve saw it fresh and anew the other day.

This was his view........

A little ninety year old woman standing, facing her husband's fields where side-by-side she had labored with her one and only.....holding his cap up as though she could still see him there and was waving to him. Perhaps she did see him there. Oh, Mrs. Louise, we love you so.....and we know that you miss Calvin more with each passing day. One day, precious lady, Jesus will call for you, too and we all know that Calvin will be the one at the gate holding it open for his love. But He leaves you here to be an example to everyone around you of what TRUE love and faithfulness means.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

our life

Our life has been super busy and complicated lately. Between my work schedule, Stevie's school schedule, Luke's band schedule, and Steve's multiple schedules I feel like we don't always have the time communicate. I certainly feel like I don't have time to adequately blog, so I thought....why not combine the two?

So, here's our update on our lives!

Steve: Started his Doctorate degree classes this week. He's taking three classes, and he thinks that he's going to like them. He has also been voted president of the newly formed band booster club. On top of all of that, he's been having to make many decisions...not all of them the church. A leader has to do what's right, not necessarily what's popular!

Stevie: Started back to college this semester taking four classes. She is riddled with homework, but we have been so proud of her commitment to her school work. She also babysits most Thursday nights which gives her a little spending money. Please, please, please pray that when she takes her driving test this month that she passes! This will make Steve's life a ton easier as he won't be tied to her schedule.

Luke: He is now playing the trumpet and the saxophone in the high school marching band. They go to most football games, have competitions on Saturdays, and practices every day except Wed. after school. On Wed., he continues his lessons with Mr. Jim whom he is learning a ton from! Luckily for him, his school schedule isn't too hard for him this semester. He has very little time for himself.

Me: Fortunately, I am the least busy. I am extremely busy at work, but I can only do so much with the hours they are willing to give me and I am having to learn to let it go! I cannot do anything about the situation, so I am settling in and getting it done. I still don't have an answer to my platelet problem, but I am trusting God to take care of me in that situation as well.

Satan has been attacking us this past week. There are a lot of great things happening in at our church, (like 100 or more in services), but Satan is not happy about it! He is trying his best to put a damper on our spirit, but as I wrote the other day, we are simply going to let God fight this battle for us. What else can we do, really?

So, all in all, things are good. Busy, but good.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Sometimes, people disappoint. This week has been one of those weeks. It's been long and frustrating. We've had several things happen that were just annoying and irritating.

However, I take comfort in the fact that God does not disappoint. EVER. He is always with us. Always faithful. Always true.

So, I'm hoping for better things to come. And believing that HE. IS. ABLE.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. " Matt. 17:20

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I originally went to to order one of the new Max Lucado books that they had sent an email to me about because, you know, I love Max. However, when I got there, intent on getting his newest children's book to review, I saw that Lo! and Behold! there was actually a christian fiction book available although not by Max.

I ordered it straight away, and I am so glad that I did. In today's christian literary world, with books like, Radical by David Platt; Crazy Love by Frances Chan; and Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado I would have never thought that I would stumble across a book that preaches faith the way this little book did. And, oh boy was it GOOD!

I couldn't put it down....which these days is saying something since I literally have no time to read! (I know, I know...weird for a librarian!) This book, Faithful by Kim Cash Tate focuses on marriage and relationships while remaining faithful to God and His widsom during the rough times. And, there were some rough times. I loved all of the characters and hated when the book was over and I had to say good-bye. I need me a sequel, y'all! It was THAT good.

This book deals with real-life issues in a way that will have you laughing and crying all in the same chapter. The picture on the cover of the book depicts various colors of roses which is used very prominently in the book to show the progression of courtship and marriage and God's great design for that. The book is powerful, with a great message, and is an asset to the genre.

Monday, September 6, 2010

radical read-along

I am participating in a read along with the book Radical by David Platt on this blog. I am excited to read this with a group of people who are interested in discussing the book as well. We heard David preach at the convention this year, and then met him at his book signing.

I just hope that my cynicism doesn't get in the way of what I need to get out of this book. I am praying that I will be open to anything the Lord has for me to learn from this young pastor. Can't wait to share with all of you what I am learning, and if you are interested in joining in, go to Marla's blog and introduce yourself tomorrow!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

to my GA friends!

Trying to find one of these in Large for Luke to wear to school this coming Friday. If  you find one, please msg me on FB so that I can get it from you and pay chance finding one here in the middle of Gamecock country!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

gotta love this time of year!

Oh, the fun!!

Lovin' the whole sit with friends while cheering for the Knights (who, btw, broke an 18 game LOSING streak last night--Way to go Coach Clyburn!)

Yelling into my megaphone....


listening to that AWESOME band play some suh-weet sounds!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

the state of education funding

Politicians are in a state of denial when it comes to education funding. I honestly don't understand what the problem is. They know that children need to be educated, right? They know that they need teachers to do this, right? Research shows that smaller class sizes are imperative to making strong learners, right?
And yet, they continue to cut funding.

The sad thing is, they do not cut their expectations at all. I work in a small school with about 200 students. We have one teacher per grade level with one multi-age class thrown in for good measure. Never mind that we needed two teachers, they only sent one. I am the media specialist. I work part-time. For the past three weeks, the library has been CLOSED for half of the week because they won't hire anyone to help me, and they won't pay me to work. Without books, without reading, children cannot learn. So, why is it a good idea for the library to be inaccessible to groups of students who have no books in their homes?

To say that I am drowning is an understatement. My job is a full-time affair. To say that I feel like I am doing an inadequate job is also an understatement. Being gone half of the week leaves me feeling left out and behind when I return to work. I rush around trying to help teachers who need me, teach classes, help students, and do all of the administrative stuff associated with my job. Do more with less? I don't know if I can.

At this time, we have no book budget, no periodical budget, and not enough staff. When all the rage is to be like China or Japan educationally, technologically, how can we accomplish this? I'm frustrated with the system that thinks public education can fund itself.

Where are we going and what are we doing???? I want some answers!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

a funny story

Luke has been exceptionally tired every day since school started, and has gone to bed nearly as soon as he's walked into the door at 6 from a full day of school and band practice.

However, this past Wednesday, he was tired like I've never seen before. He doesn't have practice on Wednesdays, so he was actually home by 3:30. He went into the small TV room to eat a snack and promptly fell asleep in the chair. So much so, that Steve had to kick his foot to wake him up and tell him to take out the trash. After he did that, Steve asked him to bring the SOL cases of milk over to the church as I was busy preparing the sacks for this week's kids.

Thirty minutes later, Steve and I are over in the church and realize that Luke hasn't made it with the milk so Steve goes to investigate. He finds Luke SOUND ASLEEP with his feel on the ground, his body folded over the cases of milk in the backseat of his car, and his head on the seat. Again, he had to kick his foot to wake him up! He ended up sleeping 14 HOURS STRAIGHT that night.....

Now, that's what I call TIRED!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

today's twenty-somethings

Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a very smart man. I don't generally read his blog because, let's face it, I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT! and I'm okay with that.

However, on Facebook the other day, he referenced the Times Magazine article entitled, “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” and then wrote a response. It is a phenomenon that is sweeping the country. Steve and I have talked about with our friends who have kids in their twenties and we all feel about the same way. Why aren't they more interested in getting on with their lives? What are they doing?

The article and subsequent reflection from Mohler goes on to discuss how many of us (40 or 50 somethings) were married, mostly with children, jobs, mortgages, etc. by the time we were in our mid-twenties. Basically, they are suffering from the "failure to launch" syndrome. They are putting off making commitments until much later in life meaning that they move more, change jobs more, and generally don't get themselves into position to become productive adults until much later. Why do you reckon that is?

Here's what I think. I think that today's twenty-somethings are afraid. Afraid of failure, rejection, and blows to the self-esteem. Why? Because we have raised them to be so. We protect them to the point that they cannot fend for themselves. We reward them for small things when they need to learn to find intrinsic rewards for doing the "right thing". And, we bail them out of scrapes both big and small without making them suffer the consequences of their actions. They simply cannot cope without the safety net that has been provided up until now.

I'm not a proponent of marrying young or starting a family before they are emotionally ready to do so, but I do believe that we do our kids a disservice by not allowing them to burst into the world full of enthusiasm and to be knocked down a time or two. Most of them need the maturity that being knocked down teaches them, anyway.

We have to begin when they are children to lead them toward adulthood so that when they are face-to-face with it, they can embrace it and learn to enjoy it. I know for us, this has been a challenge that we are dealing with now. We see where mistakes have been made, and are working to correct those (read--pushing a little harder!) along the way in an effort to help the next generation of twenty-somethings that come along.

It's an interesting read found at: that you may enjoy....or not, depending on where you stand on this issue if you have a stance at all!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

my recent red lobster experience

What's up with customer service these days? I mean, IT.IS.NO.MORE. Gone are the days of "thank you", "come back soon" or "can I get you some more water?".

Steve and I went to lunch yesterday since I was off and all. We drove up Two Notch looking for some place to eat that would strike our fancy. Finally, I said that I could always eat at Red Lobster and be happy, so we pulled in and got ready to chomp down on some yummy seafood.

We waited several minutes for the server to come and get our drink was very difficult, two with lemon, one without. She brought them back, took our food order, and we commenced our conversation thinking all was gonna be good! Oh, how naive we were.......

Our food came, and I do have to say that it was yumm-o. 

But, does seafood make you exceptionally thirsty? It does me... which is why I drink water when I go there. 
Our server didn't really care that we were thirsty. About 1/3 of the way through the meal, she finally glanced our way long enough for us to choke out that we needed some water. She brought us ONE glass....presumably for us to share. But, being the good wife that I am....I chugged it all down, not realizing we were suppose to stick both of our straws into it and sip while making googly eyes over it like at a fountain shop.  

Fast forward to 1/2 way through our meal and we are both out of water again. I begin to watch our server and the restaurant manager. Our server had two other tables besides ours--actually right across from ours. She spent an inordinate amount of time waiting on their needs. She came to the one booth about six times in the course of ten minutes to bring them things she needed and never ONE time even looked over her shoulder at us to see if we needed something--much less ask! She fiddled around in the kitchen, talked to a few other employees, came back to see if her other two tables were okay, while still never coming to check on us!

Finally, as the saltiness of the shrimp I was eating was drying my tongue out, I picked up my water glass and went to the bathroom and filled it up out of the fountain. Desperate times call for desperate measures. As I was heading that way, I passed her taking food to....yep, you guessed of the other two tables! When I came out of the bathroom, there she finally stood...taking Steve's plate away. Did she ask if we needed something? NO! Did she see my glass in my hand now full of water?  YES! Did she give a crap? NO!!

This has to be the WORST service I have received at a Red Lobster ever. Or seriously, at any restaurant ever!

Had I know that Red Lobster valued their water so highly, I would have brought in my own bottled water. At least, that way, I wouldn't have left thirsty....something I find inexcusable at any restaurant!

Ahhhhh.....well, my days of going to that particular Red Lobster are over.

In case you are wondering, I did speak to the manager, briefly. I was so angry that I knew I would create a scene if I said too much. When we got home, I did shoot off an email about this not-so-stellar experience to their corporate "guest relations". I may get over it, I may not. They are suppose to be sending me a letter from "guest relations"....seriously hope that is better than their service.....and if I'm still not pleased, I will call the corporate office.

I'm tired of giving my money to places that don't appreciate it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

torn and tgif

Ever had a decision that you had to make within a time frame, and you just couldn't make up your mind? I'm kinda feeling that pressure today.

You know those cartoons where the devil is on one shoulder and an angel on the other? Totally me right now! Except that I'm not sure one of them is the devil.....maybe they are both angels and I am being left to make up my own mind.

Here's my I do something I don't necessarily want to do, but kinda feel obligated to do it OR do I just say no and then. perhaps, maybe cause a little (more likely a BIG) stink?

Whatdya think??

Glad I made it to Friday! Although I am only working 2 1/2 days a week, I am still pooped! I am thrilled with my new school....I love how small it is.....but there is so much to do! I ran off my assistant (kidding...she found something full-time!) so my library is closed today while I sit at home. Does this make sense? Not to me, but I am not the one making the decisions.

I now have health insurance and you cannot imagine my relief over that! It's worth the aggravation of cramming 5 days of work into half that!

Hope you have a delightful Friday....I am so ready for the fall season....and some FOOTBALL!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Imma-politics edition

Well, it's time for Imma to come out and play. For you new folks, "Imma" means "I'm going to need....." it's just shortened and I totally stole it from one of Shea's friends!  Love you, Amy!

Imma needs the president of our great country to puh-leeze stop talking about that mosque...or you know, anything else, for that matter unless you are talking about getting some people some jobs!

Imma needs Vincent Sheheen to win the governor's race here in good 'ole SC. Yes, I know he's a democrat, but really, can it get worse?

Imma also gonna need for these politicians...Sheheen keep their pants on! For crying out loud, people, do marriage vows mean NOTHING anymore?

Imma needs some of that stimulus money to come to SC so that my poor little school can get some new books and a full-time media specialist.....hopefully, that would be me, but whatever!

Imma also needs that Iman or whatever the heck he is to SHUT-UP about that mosque....get a grip....NOBODY wants that thing near the 9/11 site. How disrespectful is that??

Imma needs Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh to not make the rest of us republicans look like bumbling idiots...tone it down, people!

Imma needs the state highway department to bring those SLOW DOWN signs that were suppose to alert drivers that a church was near back.....why did you take them in the first place?

What else does Imma need, you ask? Imma has no idea, but is sure she can come up with something else soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the edge of divine

Sandi Patty's latest offering for our reading enjoyment is  The Edge of the Divine: Where Possibility Meets God's Faithfulness. 

The book focuses on Sandi's journey with her weight issues and her decision to have lap band surgery. The book allows the reader insight, sometimes too much, into her life to include her move and its effect on her family. I guess, for me, Sandi Patty has lost her luster.  I find her and this book a little self-indulgent. 

I hate to be completely negative, however, as she did share a battle that I am fighting as well. It's nice to have a book from a Christian's perspective about triggers and why we overeat. The book is one that I may turn to when I need a motivational pick-me-up. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have a weight problem.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for review.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

these are a few of my favorite things

And, Yep! Sound of Music is one of them......

However, I have some new favorite things to share.......

These beads are made of clay and hand-painted. The jewelry is great, and not that expensive. I just bought this to carry my school keys on. I really want a couple of the necklaces and rings (Christmas, maybe? hint, hint, Steve!)

World Craft Village

WorldCrafts is a collection of unique and beautiful handmade items from around the world. These high quality products are fairly traded items, which means they are produced under non-exploitative conditions by artisans who are paid a fair wage.

When you purchase WorldCrafts, you join with other caring people to provide income, improved self-esteem, and hope to artisans living in poverty. 

I especially love this tote which also comes with wooden handles.

Take One
This is a new series from Karen Kingsbury, Take One, Two, Three, and Four. Sadly, I am on the last one, and the next book continuing with these characters doesn't come out until next year.

You can, of course, purchase these at or get them free at your public library!

Watoto Children's Choir
We were privileged enough to hear this choir while at the SBC this year. They are amazing, and their story more so.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

my thoughts

I've had several blog posts floating around in my head lately and honestly just couldn't muster the energy to put any of them into cohesive thoughts enough for one full post.


I decided to just post my thoughts on several subjects instead. Maybe, or not, I will come back to some of these and see if I can a form paragraphs about them later!

Whale Wars

1. This is the most bumbling group of idiots ever to take a boat onto the high seas. Do you watch this show? We just laugh, and of course, Steve (being a Navy man) just cringes whenever they do stupid things. Case-in-point: last night, one of the "captains" (his ship was the one that got destroyed by the Japanese) created a FIRE and burned a hole in the workroom while he was playing around with some of the equipment.
2. The Bob Barker was rammed by the Japanese which resulted in a hole in the hull where water was pouring in. They have no pump with which to get the water out, so they were scooping it up and putting it into a bucket to dump!
3. Honestly, I could go on and on because these people are stoopid.

Parenting Adult Children

1. As a parent, I thought once the kids were adults I would no longer have to worry constantly about them. Boy, was I wrong!
2. At what point do we as parents give up and let the kids come back to us in their own time when they've gotten mad? This is not what I wanted for my relationships with my adult children. Do I make the first move or should she? I don't know. I'm hurt and confused.

Chris L. of The Bachelorette
1. You were the best contestant ever.
2. I know you want to be near your dad and brothers, but please, the education world needs you.....get back to your chosen profession. Kids need more role models like you in their lives! You can landscape on the side.
3. I don't blame you for not wanting to share anymore of yourself on TV, but seriously, I'd love to watch you for two hours every Monday night. Yummy!

So, you can see that I have many thoughts. None of them are that important......but soon, I will be doing another "my favorite things" post that you will surely enjoy! AND, I know you've been wondering.....because that's what you do.......wonder what I'm wondering.....Imma is going to be making a statement soon.

Until then, Peace out!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

is it friday yet?

Good grief! I had no idea what I was praying for when I requested a job. I am seriously out of practice when it comes to getting up early and doing so much physical labor. Thankfully, I will have some help tomorrow as I have conned my kids and husband to come on out and lug books for me.

Ahhh....the challenges of a working woman. I love it, you know I do! It's funny how my focus has shifted from all things church-related to not even thinking about church-related things. I like it! As a pastor's wife, sometimes I hear and see things that I really do not want to know. I'd rather know NOTHING than too much. It's not that I am not interested in the life of our congregation, I am, and I love them all dearly....yes, even the ones who write anonymous letters....ha! I'd just rather not be "in the know" about everything.

It's also very different working because my focus is not primarily on what Stevie, Shea, and Luke are doing. It gives them more freedom....for which I know they are eternally do their own thing without my constant input. I do, seriously, try to contain it, but it JUST spills out!

So, working, works for me. Really. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

back to work

Whew! I am tired. Last night found me in the bed at 8:30. I felt a little overwhelmed, but today was so much better. I have a ton of work to do before next Monday, I don't know how I will ever get it all done. However, all teachers feel that way at the beginning, and somehow everything turns out fine by the first day of school. So, if I'm absent you know where  you can find me.......moving books around....I'm reshelving the entire library!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

back to school

I can't believe that the summer is over. It seems like except for the first couple of weeks in June, we stayed pretty busy and on the road a lot of the time. However, it's done and it's time to move into the new school year.
This year will be different as I am going back to work after an 18 month forced sabbatical......not being able to find a job and all. Steve will begin his doctorate, Stevie will go back to college, and Luke will begin high school.

Where has the time gone??

It's been fun, but I know that from now on things will likely be different. Once the kids start high school, things begin to change. They don't want to spend all of their time with you anymore, and sometimes they don't even want to travel with you.....although, I don't really anticipate that! Luke will be doing marching band which is an all-consuming activity what with practice, ballgames, and competitions. He's also been challenged (read threatened) to get all As this year as the time for grades to really matter are upon us. Scholarships don't win themselves, ya know.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the start of new things. The days just keep getting better and better!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

sliding rock

Sliding Rock is located in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC. We took the youth group up there and let them experience it. The water was COLD!!


When they tired of sliding, they hung out in the frigid water.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

20 years in the minefield

Dear Steve,

20 years ago today, I walked down the aisle on the arm of my daddy towards you...a man I had only know a few short months. However, I knew in my heart of hearts that God had sent you directly to me, for me. I was right. There is no greater joy for me than to love you.
Though the last 20 years have, at times, resembled a minefield, I've felt confident walking through it with you. You have been with me through many rough patches, but we have also experienced great joys. Those are the times that I choose to focus on today. You are the man I choose to continue to love, honor, cherish,and respect today.
At the end of your portion of our vows you asked me one question....Patty, will you be my wife? I said yes that day, and I'd say it louder and with more enthusiasm today. Because, without a doubt, I'll always be YOUR wife. The one who loves you more than any other.
My prayer today is that we have many, many more years together surrounded by family and friends, filled with God's love, and most importantly, the ability to always find our way to each other at the end of the day.

You are my best friend, and I love you.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

fbc lyons children's building

First Baptist Church in Lyons, Ga built this incredible building. These are only a few of the pictures. They paid a company to come in and paint all of these amazing murals everywhere. I have more pics, but this is all I have time for today!

the registration desk
their play place
it's two stories high...better than mcdonald's
even a place for moms to hang out

the youth area
youth area includes pool and ping-pong
the entrance to the children's building
this huge ship is painted next to the registration desk
looking down the hallway of classrooms
x marks "the spot"