Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Resolutions?

I am not much of a New Year's Resolution maker. Maybe because I 'm not a big fan of change (even though I know it's necessary) or maybe because most people don't follow through with them so why bother. I have been thinking about the need for vision. In churches if there is not a clear vision nobody knows where your headed or what your goals are. It's critical that there is vision. So with all that said here's what I've decided:

For the past few years I have joined in with Jentezen Franklin's church in a 21 day first fruits fast. I have signed up to do the same this year. (Sidenote: It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Since I did my first 21 day fast a few years ago I have fasted more throughout the year and for different things than ever before). SO, I am going to spend that 21 days asking God what it is He wants for me this coming year. What are His plans for me (they are always so much better than my plans). What is the vision I need to catch for my life? I'm sure this journey will prove more meaningful than a list of resolutions I come up with on my own...I certainly hope so!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Math test...

Please note the directions: "Draw boxes around the buttons that fit your rule". Well, this student literally drew "boxes" around the buttons! The thing is: She totally knew what the question was asking but was mad because she had just gotten in trouble so she did this! It really was quite humorous to me when I was grading them after a LONG day at school.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thanksgiving Pics...

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake! Yummm!



Kayla checking out the sales paper and making her list.


My brother-in- law and Midnight.

Christmas Wrapping Central!

Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons

More Ribbon...
Have I mentioned that I LOVE ribbon.

Okay, I've been banned from buying anymore ribbon for a LONG time.
My friends and family think I need to go to "Ribbons Anonymous"!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Get to Know Me (Holiday Edition)

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wraps them

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nope

5. When do you put your decorations up? The weekend before Thanksgiving (I leave town for Thanksgiving and like it to be done when I get back)

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert). Sweet Potato Casserole

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Getting to sleep with my sister on Christmas Eve and waking up at 4 A.M. to see what Santa brought.

8. When or how did you learn the truth about Santa? I honestly don't remember

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? yes

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Lots of Ornaments, LOTS of white lights, Ribbons

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it as long as I can stay inside with hot chocolate with a book or TV.

12. Can you ice skate? I can...but I spend a lot of time on my butt!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Cross Stitch Picture of Santa from my friend Charity. My sister, Charity, and I all have a piece of the set. I'm the youngest so I got my last. It was a sort of a rite of passage into adulthood.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Spending time with my family remembering all the funny memories

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Mom's Pecan Pie; Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION? Making chocolate covered peanuts and pretzels with my dad.

17. WHAT TOPS YOUR TREE? This year a star. Some years a big bow. Just depends on my mood!

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving the perfect, well thought out gift.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Oh Holy Night.

20. CANDY CANES, YUCK OR YUM?? Yum for the first one or two.. then Yuck!

19. Gift Cards- thoughtless gift or convenient gift? They're the best! I love shopping!

22. Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman or Charlie Brown? Charlie Brown!

Randomness...

I'm a little behind on my blog writing and until this weekend ALOT behind in my blog reading! I've tried to visit my favorite blogger's and maybe leave a comment so you know I'm still following. I have several thoughts about new blogs and they will be coming. Until then here are a few "tidbits" from my oh so crazy life!

* Thanksgiving pictures and blog are coming. My camera is at school right now and I keep forgetting to bring it home.

* Dr. Pepper or....If you know me you know there are 2 drinks I love. Coffee and Dr. Pepper. I often go to restaurants and ask for "Dr. Pepper" and get the "Is Mr. Pibb okay" comment. Yes, it is. They are basically the same drink. (sidenote: some of you know I purposely ask for Dr. Pepper when I know they have Mr. Pibb just to hear them say "Mr. Pibb" with a great accent). Anyway, the other day I went to a restaurant and asked for "Dr. Pepper". The response was "we have root beer is that okay?". WHAT? NO! How do you make the leap from "Dr. Pepper to Root Beer"? Other than the fact they are both soda and dark in color there is NO similarity. I hate root beer!

*The Church Christmas Performance: I was asked to sing a solo in the Christmas performance. I've done this song for several years and agreed. Now, the first year I sang it my mic did not work. Half way through I switched mics and it was great. The good news is I have a REALLY loud voice and could be heard without the mic. Friday night we had a Dinner Theatre performance. Behind the stage we were remembering the year my mic didn't work. I put a new battery in my mic and got ready for the curtain to open. Earlier the sound guy told me he put some effects on my mic and wanted to know what I thought about them. So I start singing and....the mic is not working. The lights are on but no sound. REALLY?! So I smile, give Ian the eye to get me a new mic, and keep on singing. I told the sound guy I wasn't crazy about the new effects (HA!) and I told Ian I would like to retire that song...it's cursed! I was told that I could be heard even in the back without the mic. Good thing God gave me these great pipes! =D

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We're on schedule...

I've arrived at my sisters. We made our menu and grocery list last night. Then we went to dinner and the grocery store. We were home and unpacked at 10:30 PM.

This morning we had our coffee, got ready, ate at Cracker Barrell, and headed to SAMS. Now we're back home working on desserts and casseroles. Everything is on schedule and we are totally relaxed. We're a little worried that this is too easy and are afraid we will jinx it. I think we've just gotten it down to a science and are really that good! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why I love Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Traditions: Several years ago my sister and began creating the perfect Thanksgiving week. This is how it goes:

She's off Monday and Tuesday and cleans her house. I arrive Tuesday night.

Tuesday night we create the menu... some things are standard some new. We always try out one new dessert and make one fail proof dessert (this year it will be Pumpkin Toffee Cheescake per her husband's request). After the menu is created we go to the grocery store (without the kids!)

Wednesday- Breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Then back home to start cooking. We mix all the casseroles, side dishes and make the desserts. Then eat dinner out.

Thursday - Take the food out of the fridge to get it to room temperature. Go to K-mart and shop at 7 Am because they are open. Come home by 10 and begin cooking. Her in-laws arrive and we have a great meal with too much food. Then it's time to scope out the sales papers and make a game plan. Who has what on sale? What time do they open? What do we need? Clip coupons. Make a detailed list with all this info.

Friday- Up at 4:30. Out the door by 4:45 0r 5. Shopping ALL day long following the list we made the day before. IHOP for breakfast around 10. Starbuck's anytime we start losing fuel.
Get home around 5 or 6. Maybe go out to dinner. Preferably crash and eat left overs.

Saturday - Send the kids to the basement and have a gift wrapping party. All the gifts bought the day before get wrapped and placed under the tree. Most of the Christmas shopping is done. Occasionly there are a few gifts to still buy. I return home late Saturday for church on Sunday and a much needed rest.

We have this thing down to a science now! We look forward to it all year long. I'll try to take and post pictures of our adventures this year. We are a sight to see!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not so G-rated tales from the first grade...

It's been an interesting 2 weeks in first grade. Here are a few stories that explain why it is so hard not to bust out laughing in the middle of teaching some days.

1. Every morning we do a "morning message". After reading it we look for "word tricks" (blends, digraphs, word families). The students are really good at this now and often make-up "tricks" we haven't learned. I asked "does anyone see a word trick this morning?". One student raises his hand and goes to the board and circles "-ass" in the word class!

2. Last week we learned -ick and -ack words. We made a poster of words that we knew that end with -ick or -ack. Put a D in front of -ick and what do you get? A persons name of course! Make sure you capitalize it since it's a name.....I've learned never over react and think quick. Lots of times they have NO idea what they've done!

3. Today I was giving a test on non-sense words. The idea is to see if students can use the "rules" they've learned. The word was fak (notice the short A sound...). My student sounded it out f-u-k and then blended it all together!

I sincerely hope we can make it through the rest of the week without any profanity! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What do we do now?

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)

1 Timothy 2
A Call to Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity

And the winner is....

Napa Valley Stuffed Grape Leaves with Six Pepper SPAM(r), Fruit Relish and Pine Nuts

Runners up:

Key West Broiled Scallops with Spamrizo (like chorizo) and Poke Salet Greens


Herb Crusted Rack of SPAM(r) with Spamcetta Rolls and Crispy Grits and Butternut Squash Puree

I told you it this wasn't SPAM and eggs! The spicy SPAM dogs (like a corndog in a jalepeno pancake batter) were a crowd favorite as well!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

While you were watching the election coverage....

... I was watching the SPAM cook-off on Food Network! Yep, there really is such a thing. I must say I'm amazed an a little grossed out by some of the recipes. I am learning new facts...
1. The state that consumes the most SPAM...Hawaii.
2. SPAM was served in Soldiers in WWII. Probably the only meat they got.
3. There is no limit to what people will make with SPAM. This isn't your mama's SPAM and eggs!

This is so much more entertaining than election coverage! :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Just a Reminder...

We don't put our trust in the economy, 401 K, or the stock market. God is our source and our provider!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And another one...

Church sign:

Exercise Daily.
Walk with God.

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...the 11th and 12th commandment?!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

False Responsibility

I'm currently reading Mark Batterson's new book "Wild Goose Chase". It's really good! Chapter 2 is titled "Coming out of the cage of responsibility". That really hit me. This summer I had a friend pray for me about my relentless migraines. She got a word that there was a root of "false responsibility". I do not have to be all things to all people. I do not have to do things just because I think others expect me to. I do not have to be "Super Rachel" (a name some friends have deemed on me). It's a process that I'm walking out. I'm certainly not perfect at it yet. But I know it's what the Father wants for me....and you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Signs that make you go hmmm...

Sorry no pictures. My camera has been at school for weeks. I keep forgetting it. Anyway, here are a couple of church signs I've seen recently.

Miss old time religion
Find it here
ummm, no I don't miss it and no thanks! Oh yeah, I don't do the "religion" thing anymore anyway!

The key to heaven hung a nail

Need a new life
God specializes in heart transplants


Sunday, September 14, 2008

DESERT SONG ( HILLSONG)

This is one of my favorite songs off the new Hillsong Album. I love to know the "story behind the song" so I searched it out. The post below this one tells the story of the worship leader on this song. It's amazing, heartbreaking, and an awesome reminder that worship is a choice sometime. Even when we don't "feel" like worshipping there's victory in worshipping when we can't see the light on the other side of our situation.

Desert Song (Blog)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

TP Trauma

I tried to make a quick trip in to Walmart yesterday. I only needed a few items and thought it was possible. I was zipping through my list and was walking briskly through the store when I'm approached by a little old lady pushing a cart full of toilet paper. She has a roll on a silver platter (no I'm not making this up). She says "have you tried the new charmin?". "No ma'am", I reply still moving. She says, "you should feel how soft it is". "Um, no thanks I'm not interested". So she picks the silver platter up (holding a roll of toilet paper) and puts it in front of me. "Just feel it, it's so soft". I really don't have any desire to "feel" your toilet paper! I finally give in and give a quick squeeze so she'll leave me alone! Nope, now she thinks I've felt it I surely must want some! NO!! I finally say "I like my toilet paper and have no desire to change brands, thanks!". Then I walk faster than she can keep up thinking "Did that really just happen?" and Did I really just say "I like my toilet paper" in the middle of Walmart! Good Grief!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tales from 1st grade

It' been a long few weeks settling in to a new school and new grade. I have a great group of students. Here are a couple of my favorite stories so far:

* Hanitizer - this is what one of my students (who happens to be OCD) calls hand sanitizer. For some reason the other students have also adopted this term.

* Highlights - one of my students asked me if I have highlights in my hair. I said 'no'. She replied that I should think about getting some to stick in my hair! Thank you fashion police...and you don't exactly "stick" highlights in.

*Peanut Butter crackers - My students take turns bringing in snack for the class. One parent asked if peanut butter crackers would be okay. "Sure, that's great", I said. Well the next day I find a bag of snacks sitting on my desk. I unpack a box of crackers, a jar of peanut butter, and cheese spread! Like I have time to assemble peanut butter crackers! (I'll be more specific next time). BUT being the super teacher that I am I created a lesson plan for this snack activity (they gotta eat. I believe hungry kids can't learn). We're learning about short vowels. I said vowels are the glue (peanut butter) that holds words (crackers)together! Pretty impressive for only being on my first cup of coffee! :)

I'm sure there will be more to come....

Friday, August 15, 2008

Why I went to Technology Boot Camp this week....

This video pretty much sums up why I needed to learn all the amazing technology that available to make my teaching relevant for today's kids.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I Survived!

I made it through the first 2 days of school. I have an awesome class. I really couldn't believe how smooth everything went. I did have one student get on the wrong bus the first day. I was in the office when they brought him back. He was scared but I gave him a candy bar and water while he waited for mom to come pick him up. I made sure he got on the right bus the next day!

I've been working long and late hours to get it all done. I still have lots to do but for my sanity I'm taking today off! It's PJ and movie Saturday! I need my rest to make it through a full week with students next week!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Classroom update

I finally got to work in my new classroom today. I was asked if it would be okay to move me to another room. The room I was originally in was not on the same hall as the other first grade teachers. My new room is. YAY! My new room is smaller than the other one. BUT the trade off is I will only have 14 students (normal class size is 18-21). I'm so tired but excited too. Lots of changes happening to a girl that really hates change!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Did you know?

Did you know that the "Alphabet Song" is the same tune as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"???? Seriously, how is it that I'm a teacher and pretty musical and I missed this?

Monday, July 28, 2008

What I'm loving about New Teacher Orientation...

They feed us! We had bagels from Jason's Deli for breakfast and Moe's for lunch today! At my reading training a few weeks ago they fed us breakfast, lunch and snacks all week. I'm sure there are other good things about Clarke County but they obviously know that well fed teachers are happy teachers!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ed and Joel

I love this video! Pay attention to how Joel makes his entrance. I want a stage that does that!!!!

I'm Back

My modem and computer got struck by lightning on the 4th of July. I've been "unplugged" since then. The computer in the clubhouse of my apartment complex was experiencing issues from the same storm. I finally got my computer back yesterday. I was in serious internet withdrawal.

So what did you miss while I was "unplugged"?
* I went to a week of reading training. In 4 (8 hour) days the most fascinating thing I learned was the most recognized word in the world. CRAYOLA!

* I went to see Jason Upton in concert (if you can call a Jason Upton performance a "concert". It's so much more than that). Anyway, it was AWESOME.

* The principal of the school I'm going to be teaching at this year is leaving! He took a job at a middle school that is going through some restructuring. I'm really bummed about that. He really is the most amazing principal ever. (When your staff cries and makes time for a goodbye get together in the summer, you've got to be awesome).


* I've got a week of Technology training next week. Yippee! (hear the sarcasm in that!)

*I've unloaded all my stuff into my classroom. They were cleaning the floors so I couldn't unload or set up. I'm starting to freak out a little about all I have to do. Changing schools is overwhelming around this time of the year. If you don't see or hear from me assume I'm in my classroom!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Summer Highlights

I've been home from vacation for almost a week now. One would think that a single teacher with summers off would be better at blogging regularly. Sorry. It seems that moving to Athens was a great move for me and I actually stay pretty busy with friends. I'm going to use Rick's "blogging by bullets" method of blogging to hit the highlights.

I started the journey in Douglasville with my sister and her family.

* We flew (because my sister is a terrible traveler) to VA to see my parents. I left my car at her house (in the garage so my brother-in-law wouldn't hit it again).

*The plane ride there was rather bumpy. Not scary bumpy but definitely more turbulent than I've experienced before.

*We took Mom and Dad out to dinner (Mother's Day/Father's Day gift).

* The next day we drove to North Carolina to see my grandma and other family.

*I got my North Carolina BBQ and stew! My sister and I usually share meals but I refused to share my NC BBQ with her.

*The next day we went to a family friends house. Kayla wanted to learn how to shoot a hunting rifle. My dad agreed. After some instruction at home we went out in our friend's field and set up targets. Her face was absolutley PRICELESS the first time she shot the gun. The loud sound and slight kick was more than she expected! Despite the shock she's a very good shot!

*I shot the shotgun. I've done it before no big deal. Then dad pulled out the revolver and 45. That's a whole new experience. I'm a terrible shot with handguns. I think I lost some hearing after the 45! Dad would like me to take a gun course and have one for protection. I'm not ready to take that route yet.

*The next day was beach day! It was great. Sunny and hot.

* My sister and I flew out Friday night. The kids stayed.

*Back to Atlanta for a day. Lunch with her husband and in-laws for Father's Day.

*Next we flew to Charleston for a sister's retreat. We stayed in an awesome hotel right in the middle of the marketplace. We shopped and ate. Took a carriage ride. Had the best shrimp and grits EVER! Seriously, that was our favorite part of the trip.

* Back home to Atlanta. Then home for me.

I love traveling but I love being home too!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The History of Coffee

Thanks to Starbuck's I can now answer the question "How did they discover coffee". I feel smarter all ready!

The history of coffee is as rich as the brew itself
, dating back more than a thousand years. The first coffee plants are said to have come from the Horn of Africa on the shores of the Red Sea. Originally, coffee beans were taken as a food and not as a beverage. East African tribes would grind the coffee cherries together, mixing the results into a paste with animal fat. Rolled into little balls, the mixture was said to give warriors much-needed energy for battle. Later, around the year 1000 AD, Ethiopians concocted a type of wine from coffee berries, fermenting the dried beans in water. Coffee also grew naturally on the Arabian Peninsula, and it was there, during the 11th century that coffee was first developed into a hot drink.

The so-called stimulating properties of coffee were thought by many during these ancient times to give a sort of religious ecstasy, and the drink earned a very mystical sort of reputation, shrouded in secrecy and associated with priests and doctors. So, it is not surprising that two prominent legends emerged to explain the discovery of this magic bean.

According to one story, a goat-herder noticed that his herd became friskier than usual after consuming the red cherries of a wild coffee shrub. Curious, he tasted the fruit himself. He was delighted by its invigorating effects, and was even spotted by a group of nearby monks dancing with his goats. Soon the monks began to boil the bean themselves and use the liquid to stay awake during all-night ceremonies. The other story is about a Muslim dervish who was
condemned by his enemies to wander in the desert and eventually die of starvation. In his delirium, the young man heard a voice instructing him to eat the fruit from a nearby coffee tree. Confused, the dervish tried to soften the beans in water, and when this failed, he simply drank the
liquid. Interpreting his survival and energy as a sign of God, he returned to his people, spreading the faith and the recipe.

The cultivation of coffee began sometime in the fifteenth century, and for many centuries to follow, the Yemen province of Arabia was the world's primary source of coffee. The demand for coffee in the Near East was very high. The beans leaving the Yemeni port of Mocha for trade with Alexandria and Constantinople were highly guarded. In fact, no fertile plants were allowed to leave the country. Despite the restrictions, Muslim pilgrims from across the globe during their pilgrimages to Mecca managed to smuggle coffee plants back to their homelands, and coffee crops soon took root in India.

Coffee also made its way into Europe around this time through the city of Venice, where fleets traded perfumes, teas, dyes and fabrics with Arabic merchants along the Spice Route. The beverage eventually gained popularity with the masses when street lemonade vendors began selling it in addition to cold beverages. Many European merchants grew accustomed to drinking coffee overseas and brought it back with them.

By the middle of the 17th century the Dutch dominated the world's merchant shipping industry, and they introduced large-scale coffee cultivation to their colonies in Indonesia on the islands of Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali. Coffee arrived in Latin America several decades later, when the French brought a cutting of a coffee plant to Martinique. But when a rare plant disease spread through the coffee fields of Southeast Asia in the mid 19th century, Brazil emerged as the world's foremost coffee producer, an honor the country still holds today.

Allergy Answer

My allergies are flaring up again! So I wondered what was blooming that was causing me this misery. My hairdresser said "thistle". I didn't know I was allergic to that but okay. The Atlanta Allergy Clinic says "grass, hickory, and English Plantain". What the heck is "English Plantain" you ask. Well, I wondered that too. Here it is:



Now we know. If you see this strange plant beware!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Moving On

Yesterday was my last day at Jefferson. I've been there for 8 years. During that time I've met some wonderful people and made lots of great friendships. I don't think it has really set in yet. There were lots of teary eyed people hugging me and saying good-bye. I reminded several of them I would see them Saturday at the wedding of one of our co-workers. It's more like spring break...just a few days off and then I'll see you again. I'm sure it will sink in at some point and I'll have a wave of emotions. Right now I'm enjoying my summer. I have 2 weeks of training in July so I'm trying to schedule my trips in June. I slept in and laid by the pool today. I love being a teacher and getting summer break!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sign that makes you go..."WHAT?!?"


This one was on the crummy church signs blog. Obviously some people just don't get it!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Editor

My last post was about the book (well, one of the books) I am currently reading. The first chapter talks about the need for an editor in your life. Nathan was David's editor. He spoke the truth in love to David when he saw him falter. Your Nathan will 1) get under your skin 2) ask questions 3)tell the truth.
Most of us think of this person as accountablity. The author prefers "editability" (he stole the term from another author). Editors call out the things that need to be changed to make you the best you can be.
I have 3 people in my life that I call "all access" people. They are the people that I trust to ask the hard questions and expect an answer. They get to speak into my life when they see good or bad. They know me. I trust that they are looking out for my good no matter how uncomfortable they make me. They are the ones I have to have the hard conversations with so that I can be better. The beauty of it is that they understand they have rights and power to speak into my life and they don't take it lightly. These people are SO important to my life and helping me in my walk.

I won't write about every chapter from the book but I thought this was good and important to share.

So "Who's your editor?". If you don't have one....GET ONE!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

11

I'm reading a book called 11indespensable relationships you can't be without by Leonard Sweet. It's about building relationship with key people/personality types in order to be the best person you can be. I've only read a couple of chapters but I'll give you a run down of the 11 relationships (plus a few that didn't make the final cut).

Nathan - editor
Jonathan - a true friend
Jethro - a butt - kicker (two people at women's group said this was me!)
Timothy - a protege
Barnabas - an encourager
Peter/Paul - a yoda
Deborah - a back-coverer
Zacchaeus - a reject
Rhoda - a "little one"
VIPs - a Lydia and Lazarus, rich and poor
Jerusalem - you need a place
The invisible 12th - a paraclete

Who didn't make the final cut:
Sarah - a funny bone
Mary Magdalene - stubborn faithfulness
Abram -a sense of adventure
Issachar - a sign reader
Jacob - art of improvisation (clever
adaptability)
Joseph - mature wisdom
Eli - listener
Epaphras - prayer warrior

So I'm in process of reading this book and trying to see who in my life fits these categories. I think there is some good stuff there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Welcome

I would like to welcome Melissa (a friend that lived across the hall at EC); Sarah (a co-worker);l and Katie (another co-worker) to my blog roll. Thanks to Melissa for googling me so we can keep in touch. It's been WAY too long!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Everyone Welcome


Thanks to Sandy and Jason for sending me this one!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

New CD

I got the new Rick Pino CD today. I LOVE the back cover!!!



The front cover is pretty cool too! I can't wait to listen to it!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

And another one...


This one is crummy...but kinda funny too! I'd hate to be in their next deacon meeting!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Drew slams his fingers with the toilet lid

This is what children in Alabama do for fun! :) I love his facial expressions!

Disclaimer: Yes, his parents know that children can drown in a toilet. They never leave him unattended while playing. They also keep it VERY clean.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Alabama Roadside Assistance

If you've been around me much you have come to realize that it's always an adventure with me. My trip to Alabama to visit Miki did not disappoint.

I had been at Miki's house for a while when we went outside to grill. While out there Miki noticed my car looked like it had a flat tire. Well, she was right. It was late and getting dark so we decided to wait until the next day to deal with it.

Let me just say that Miki and I both know how to change a tire. We, however, prefer not to. So Wade was at a meeting and I decided to call my roadside assistance ( this is what I pay for...why break a nail). I forgot that they would be sending an Alabama roadside assistance person. Here's how it went:

First, my insurance called back and said it would be 45 minutes before help arrived. I decided to jump in the shower since I had so much time. 5 minutes later Miki yells through the door that I've got 5 minutes! The guy called for directions and was at most 5 minutes away. I didn't have time to get ready so Miki agreed to go out and "be me" while I stayed in and fed Drew.

I popped the trunk and she met him outside.
* first reason to worry : he looked in the trunk and said "where's the tire"....Miki lifts the carpet to reveal the tire and jack (we should have sent him away at this point)

*He looks at the jack and says "looks like you've done this before". Miki replies "yeah, I was going to do it myself once but decided I pay for roadside assist. so I would let them do it".
He replies "you don't look blonde!"

*He asks if she lives here and she says she's in town visiting a friend. He replies "I feel sorry for the friend!" I'm really surprised she didn't tell him off by this point. She was in shock.

*He bangs under the car a few times and puts the jack under it (not finding the groove, just a solid place). He starts jacking it up and suddenly stops and asks if the emergency brake is on. Miki reaches in on pulls it. He says " I don't want this thing rolling back on me". (It's front wheel drive, it would have been okay!)

* After removing the tire he looks over it and doesn't see anything obvious. Miki takes it and looks herself (we're not trusting his opinion too much at this point). She doesn't see anything obvious either and says "It must be a small pinhole or something". He says," Oh no ma'am. A pin wouldn't fit through a tire". She obviously didn't mean a REAL pin!

*I'm watching out the window during all this and can tell from her expressions things are not going well. Then I see him hold out his nasty hands and they start walking to the apartment. I'm thinking "I know he did not ask to wash his hands! If we were on the side of the road there wouldn't be a sink! Come prepared! They come in and he washes his hands (I'm holding my cell phone ready to call for help if necessary. I'm a little paranoid). He washes his hands, does his paper work (that says Mr. Harrison is the person he's helped), then leaves.

*Turns out the belt in my tire had broken. The tire guy said that it's not unusual for the tire to blow out with that problem. I'm very glad it didn't since I was cruising on the interstate the whole way. A blow out could have been deadly. Again, God protected me from harm....but not the stupidity of others! :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nursery rhyme Easter message...


It's not wrong...just really cheesy. People already think Christians are cheesy. Let's not give them ammo! Plus, if they are not "church" people it probably doesn't make sense.

COTN Easter Sunday - 3-23-08

Monday, March 24, 2008

Conquering Crescents

I am a good cook and have successfully made both simple and pretty difficult dishes. There is one thing that I avoid at all costs because my past experiences were so bad.... Crescent Rolls!

Now most people assume my issue is rolling them correctly to make the cute shape. But it's not. The breakdown for me comes way before I get to that stage. You see, I can't even open the can and pull the little triangles apart successfully. If someone does that part I can roll them into the cute little crescent. I have avoided using them for lots of recipes (pigs in a blanket, casseroles, and taco ring). I have been laughed at on many occasions when I attempted to beat my crescent defect.

So a couple of weeks ago I decided to make the Pampered Chef Taco Ring recipe that I love so much. I was having guests over for lunch so there was a lot riding on my successful completion of this mission. So I bought 2 packs of crescents and brought them home. I carefully opened the can and tried very hard to unroll it and pull all the little triangles apart. Well, they weren't all perfect triangles when I finished but I squished the dough back together determined to make it work. The dish came out beautiful and no one was aware the battle I have with the Pillsbury Dough Boy! I haven't completely overcome my crescent issue but I'm on the way to recovery! Next time, they will be triangles.... I hope!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Coming Soon

I'm thinking my next blog will be about either 1) The "vision" question or 2) Conquering Crescents. Not sure which one I'll get to first. Both are stories of where I am in my life right now. Obviously one is more on the serious side (which I'm not so good at). So now you know what to look forward to from this "Peculiar People". (Shut up Rick... I am not schizo!)

COTN Palm Sunday Human Video

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Snake....

I think I'll pass on visiting this one (despite the inviting sign!) ;)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Easter Facts

Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008

· As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).

· This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

· Found out a couple of things you might be interested in!
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts:

· The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

· The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Baby Drew Walks

Drew and Miki came to visit this weekend. He was walking everywhere holding on to the wall. When he got home to daddy he took his first solo steps!

Starbucks Money

I received several gift cards for Starbucks for my birthday and Christmas. (Apparently everyone, including my students, knows about my addiction!) While using my card one day the Starbucks employee told me to be sure to register my card online. It protects the amount if it's stolen AND they sometimes add money to your balance (she said that they had never done this for her but supposedly that was a benefit). So I registered and didn't think much about it after that...

Today I got an email from Starbucks informing me they added $5 to my Starbuck's gift card!!! YIPPEEE! I'm very excited about free Starbucks money!

If you have or ever get a Starbucks gift card go online and register it. It's quick, easy, and you might get free money!

Monday, March 3, 2008

The More I Seek You - Kari Jobe

Another great song! I just want to lay face down and worship when I hear this one!

No Sweeter Name - Kari Jobe

Miki told me about this song. She heard it at a Pastor's and wives retreat. I really like it! I hope you will too..

Monday, February 18, 2008

Store up your treasure...

Thanks to Sandy for texting me this church sign:

"There are no 401K's in heaven"

I'm moving to Athens on Saturday. I'm sure there are plenty of ridiculous church signs to pass along from there. I'm SO thankful COTN doesn't have a changeable sign!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Dysfunction


"We're dysfunctional..... Come join us!"

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Watch out Athens...Here I come...

After much thought, prayer, and fighting the idea of change I finally found an apartment in Athens. It's time to move! March 14 is my official move in date. I told my current landlords yesterday. They have been the greatest landlords ever! Really, they take great care of me so it was a little sad to say goodbye. However, I know this is where God is leading me and I'm really excited! I'm also THRILLED to be closer to the church and my friends!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dream a Responsible Dream

New Church Sign: "Dream Responsibly" (I didn't have my camera handy for this one)

Hmmm... Sounds a lot like "Drink Responsibly" which is a beer commercial. So they want me to get a designated dreamer? .....They don't want me to dream huge God sized dreams so I don't get disappointed?.....

What should be on a church sign?..... Name of Church, Service times, Pastor (unless there's a high turnover rate :P).... that's about all that's necessary... Keep it simple.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

More Church Signs


WHAT?! I have no comment on this one!


I'm pretty sure that's not the reason! Talk about bad theology...