Thursday, July 31, 2008


If you've got a minute, check out my husband's blog. for a truly inspirational story!

Christian the Lion

My husand told me about this story yesterday. It's movie material.
Check it out.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Adventures in Reading

Let me take this moment to thank Lisa Samson for stepping up to the plate and saving my summer reading from disaster. In the past few weeks, I've read several books that were somewhat of a disappointment. I have several authors I LOVE to read. All of them had new books released this past spring. Two of the books I read were ok...not as excellent as I had expected. One ended horribly and the other was still good, just not great. Somewhere between those two books, I read The Shack. Most Excellent.
Shortly after that, my husband gave me "Embrace Me" by Lisa Samson for an anniversary gift.

Sigh. Happy, contented sigh.

This book needs the glowing halo one often sees in Catholic depictions of Jesus. Can you hear the heavenly choir? I'm telling y'all, you have GOT to read this book. WOW! Oooh, I just can't put it's awesomeness into words!!! Uh-uh-uh.

Monday, July 28, 2008


Yes, I made it. And I even got in a few...ok, 4 or 5...hours of sleep. I got to sleep around 2, up about 6:30 ish.

Wyatt was home with Sam and Abby and he went to bed around 1:30 and got up around the same time as me.

So, like I said, not much different from home!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Ok, here's the deal. Somehow I've found myself going to a lock-in at church this weekend.

Ages 4-12, y'all.

For 13 hours.

Am I scared? Pfh! Welcome to my world, I say! Welcome to my everyday/night FreAksHoW!!. EVERY NIGHT, Wyatt and I are locked in with crazy loud little people from ages 18 months to 8 years. Plus a paranoid dog who feels she must alarm us of EVERY noise she hears. Sometime during the night at least one, sometimes two, of our children weasels his or her way into the bed. And sometimes it's a child that leaks in the night. Mmmmmm...that's fun. And they never wake up happy like that. Tears and yelling ALWAYS accompany wet beds. So you have a wailing wet child in the middle of the night, a confused barking dog, and whoever else is awakened by the noise. If the leaker was in your bed, then you must get up, change the sheets and the clothes of whoever else was in the line of fire. If the leaker was in his/her own bed, you MAY be able to fake sleep and let your spouse deal with it all, but once the dog starts barking...c'mon! Get up, faker. Now one sleeps through that! Once every one is dry you can try to get back in bed and go to sleep, but then it's the dog's turn to go potty. You sure don't want to risk that mess, so you must get up AGAIN and let the dog out. Inevitably, she will decide tonight's the night for midnight stroll, so you lay on the couch and wait for her to return. Once you start to fall alseep, the dog returns. You consider letting her stay out there. Shoot, you're on the couch without any little people to kick you, 2 ceiling fans keeping you cool, why go back to bed? But then the dog starts tearing the door to shreds, (think I'm kidding? Check out our front door sometime), so you get up and let her in. Anyway, you finally do get some sleep, but forget about sleeping in the next morning. If the baby doesn't wake you first, the dog knows when the clock strikes 7:00 and feels that and all must rise by then.

So, I ask you, can a lock-in be any worse than that?

I'm gonna go WAY out on a limb and say, "No."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Faithful and True

Wyatt and I celebrated our 10 year anniversay on the 18th of this month! Celebrate with us and listen to our wedding song that my awesome honey wrote and sang for me on our wedding day.
On Friday we had dinner out and went to a book store. Each of us have a new book to read, and sometime in the fall we hope to take a week off and see what the backroads of Mississippi can show us.
Anyway, I intended to post this on the day of our anniversary but.. SURPRISE!..I'm late getting to it. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2008


A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often. ~Author Unknown

Monday, July 14, 2008

Isn't THAT the Truth????

Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Shack

Read this book!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Quick Update

Ok, I've finished Ms. Julia Paints The Town. It was ok. I LOVE Ms. Julia books, but this was probably my least favorite. Not that it was bad, just not as good as the others. So, now, I'm reading The Shack. I'm halfway through. I should be finished soon. Like, tomorrow. (It's really good) Then I'll write a big fat juicy blog post, and start Odd Hours. So.....see you then!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yet ANOTHER book!!!

My awesome pastor/friend has loaned us the book,The Shack. Another tasty treat I've been waiting to get my hands on! Soooooo, give me at least a week y,all.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Leave of Absence

I recently picked up 2 books from the library....Odd Hours and Ms. Julia Paints the Town. So, I'll be gone for awhile. See you in a few days!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

When I Grow up....

A friend recently asked what new career path she should take. She, like most of us, want somethingt that requires minimal training and maximum cash. I'm no help whatsoever in this department. NONE.
When I was little I wanted to be a secretary when I grew up. Yep. Aim high. And I'm proud to say I "did my dream", thank you very much.

Before that, however, I went to college. In college I studied pyscology & sociology. Tried that as a profession. I was really, really, REALLY bad in the abnormal psych field. I worked for a week in a group home in Texas for people with schizoprhenia, depression and other funky mind tricks. I was horribly paranoid that I had EVERY illness I saw manifested in the people I was supposed to help. I left shortly after one sweet young girl asked me if I was Bill Sykes.

You know, from Oliver Twist.

I did social work for about 5 years. I think I was good at that. I enjoyed it while in New England, not in Texas.

Soon,I had the oppurtunity to live out my life's dream as a secretary. No, I'm not kidding. A secretary at a non-profit grass roots organization. Yep. Aimimg high, I tell you. It was my destiny. It was there that I met (er....worked for) my husband! So now, I use my very overpriced private college bachelors degree in Social Work & Counseling and Pyscology,(PLUS a minor in sociology) to raise our five children. For free. So, as you can see, I'm the last person to give advice on lucrative careers. BUT here are a few things I'd like to get paid for:

1.) Read books. Only the good ones, though.

2.) Taste testing chocolate. Again, only the good stuff. None of that dollar store chocolate that tastes like plastic.

3.)Beading jewelry, but only when the fever hits.

4.) Going for scenic drivess. Of course I would get paid for mileage.

5.)Baking cookies. Well, OK..eating them. Baking them would be overtime.

6.) Drinking coffee, although I realize this would be the death of me and my sweet family.

7.) I'd like to get paid for saying, "Stop whining." or "I'm ON THE PHONE!"
MAN, what a gold mine!

8.) Doing my family's laundry. Another gold mine. Ironing? Overtime.

9.)Teaching my kids. Yes, I know people really do get paid for doing that, but they have to teach about 25 kids at a time. Not this lady. Just give me my 5 and hand me my check.

10.) Smelling leaves burning. Of course this would only be seasonal. Off season smelling of burning leaves would definitely be extra.