Wednesday, March 6, 2013

As White as Snow

Matt and I have collected these posters of ours since 2006; our first concert together. This has become our family tradition, which we will share with our children when they are older. Every year, around Christmas, we travel to Nashville for the weekend and do a little shopping, dinner, and then enjoy this special concert. It's called Behold the Lamb of God created by one of our favorite singers and song writers Andrew Peterson. He, with the help of other incredible artists take you through the story of the birth of Christ with music, to celebrate Christmas every year. It's beautiful. You truly feel the Glory of God in the Ryman that night. His presence is noticeable and breathtaking.
The first half of the show the artists sing some of their own songs and then after intermission the story begins with an excerpt from our favorite children's Bible storybook, read by the author Sally Loyd-Jones...

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn't do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done.
No, the Bible isn't a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It's an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It's a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne - everything - to rescue the one he loves. It's like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is - it's true.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle - the piece that  makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child on which everything would depend. This is the child who would one day - but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning...

Picture it now?

To commemorate this I got our posters heat-mounted at Hobby Lobby for $11.00 each. Eventually I will change the arrangement as I add more posters and other nicknacks to it. But for now I like the way it lines our little hallway.

The artists every year autograph the posters too, which makes it just that much more special.

And I love that they are always printed at Nashville's landmark Hatch Show Print Shop.

Oh, also it snowed last night. It knocked out our power for several hours; so we had a candlelight dinner, and it left us with this.

I can't help but think of Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Have an Addiction

I admit I am a little addicted to television, but in all honesty right now, since Downton Abbey is on an hiatus (along with Matthew *tear*tear*), there are not really any shows on that I couldn't live without, well, except The Walking Dead. Some of my friends have been shocked that this Southern suburb girl would even watch such a show, but it has some of the best writing and storytelling around. Along with, what I find now as hilariously, grotesque zombies roaming the streets. I hate horror flicks; believe me, if this show wasn't good there is no way I would watch it. But it is good. Really good. Edge of your seat good. Gut-wrenching good. Even pull on your heartstrings good.
But since I am bored with The Bachelor now, and there's only so much Nicki and Mariah eye-rolling I can take between decently sung songs, I have been searching for some other tv series to watch. Ones that are finished so I can selfishly watch all the episodes in a row without interruption.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

I can't believe this series was canceled after only 1 measly season! It's brilliant. Written by the creator Aaron Sorkin, whom I love. That's all I must say for now. You'll have to watch it for yourself. Seriously watch it!

Arrested Development

A hilarious take on a messed up family that can make anyone's look normal. This show is pee-in-your-pants funny. I was shocked that it was only around 3 seasons, but it's obviously such a hit that season 4 is making a come back on Netflix this May. Hurry and watch the first 3 seasons so you are ready when season 4 is realeased! Hurry! Go! Now!


This is the series I am currently watching. I know I must have been living under a rock back in the day since I am just now watching it, but I have seen the light now. This show is so addicting. Each season is shot in real time so the entire season is actually shot in one day (hence the title). It's heart-pounding good. I am currently on season 4, and each season has twist and turns that I can never figure out. I am really into it. I need to get finished watching all 8 seasons so I can get my life back and quit living it through Jack Bauer. I think my husband will be glad when I am finished too; although he's getting addicted to it too.

Also coming to a computer or iPhone or iPad near you will be the launching of my new website. I can't wait to share it with you! It's under construction and should finished by next week.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Flu-like Symptoms

Apparently this year the strand of Flu virus that is floating through the air is one of the worst we've ever had. Yesterday I thought I was coming down with it. The only thing that made me happy about this was that this may mean I will be forced to get on the Flu-diet, and since next week I will be gracing the beaches of Florida in my one-piece this would be a little helpful. But let's get real, nothings worth the way I am and will continue to feel if I do have the Flu.

One minute I am breaking out in sweats; the next I am freezing cold. My stomach is KILLING me. Every bone in my body from my wrists to my ankles are sore. And I have a headache that is just taunting me. I didn't feel like eating much at all. This is not good.

Now I don't know how many males are reading this right now, but it may be time for you to stop at this point. Seriously, I would stop reading if I were you. This is not a joke. STOP.

Dude! Stop reading! You are going to regret it if you don't.

Ok, it's your choice. It's your death wish.

Back to my story. Then in my moment of weakness I thought in my head, well actually I think "Aunt Flo" is on her way to visit. "Aunt Flo", you know, "that time of the month", period, menstruation cycle. Whatever you want to call it....I think it's time for her monthly visit. But surely that's not what's making me feel this way. We did have Taco Bell yesterday, maybe I had a bad Taco? But I eat there at least twice a month or more and have never felt this way? And usually a migraine comes first, and than Aunt Flo, and that's pretty much the extent of it.

After an agonizing evening....Aunt Flo came a knockin' this morning. Right on schedule. Well, there's my answer. Flo why are you so angry at me this month? I guess I will never know. Great, I have a cramp coming on.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pantry Project

So this is the third time that I have redone my pantry. I can't ever get it to work right for me. I do a lot of cooking and it never stays organized. The baskets I've been using are usually too full and aren't able to be used properly. When I look at it it gives me a headache. To the naked eye it may not look too bad, but it needs to be revamped.

So I am going to work on it. I love glass jars. I'm completely obsessed with them. I think I might fill them up.

I also found some white paint out in the garage.

I think I might use these numbers on the baskets with the paint.

That's better.

1, 2, 3.


And a new pantry. We'll see how long it stays this way.

Oh, also Matt got me this cute apron from Anthropologie. See it hanging on the hook right there?

Cute as a button.

I just love it.

Fun in February

Matt and Simms were laying in bed beside me one morning and came up with these, thanks to this handy little app Matt has called iMadeFace. That's me.

Here's Matt.

Here's Simms with his dream Mohawk. And yes it will be a dream forever if I have anything to do with it. And right now I do, so this will be as close to a Mohawk as he will get. And if you look closely at the pic, he looks worried. Coincident? I don't think so.

And here's Evie. Pretty good. But I do want to give her some credit; she has a little more hair than than.

Here's the rest of our own adventurous February. It's a pretty good life.

Bubble Boy * Tink and Me * Bff's * Baby Bff's * Tubes * 1st Birthday Cupcake * Chocolate Booger * 1 Year Reflection * Doc Office * Professional Snowman Builder * My 100 Year-Old Man * Blurry Beauty * Twinkies

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1 Love

Holy Cow! It's already been a year since my precious baby girl arrived in this world. She's 1. Wow!

She lights up my mornings. As soon as I see her cute face peeking over her crib I miraculously become a morning person.

She lights up my afternoons. I just want to kiss those chubby cheeks. Everything about her makes me giggle inside.

Like when her little smile shows all 6 of her teeth and scrunches her deep brown eyes.

Or like when she wears those big bows to compensate for her lack of hair (thanks to my side of the family).

She lights up my evenings. I love the peacefulness that comes when she sleeps and how I could watch her for hours in this state.

She is loved. Loved by her big brother and that love is evidently reciprocated. She's his "cutie pie".

She is loved.

So loved.

Happy Birthday baby girl!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sharing happiness one photo at a time

Ok, so it has been awhile since I sat down to blog. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, sick babies, and birthdays it has been a whirlwind of days that have flown by! I have missed typing these keys; I have missed talking to you! It's like a plug has been sparked as I hit these keys with my rusty fingers. I have this feeling like the look my 1-year-old (yes, 1-year-old! I can't believe it!) when I bring her a cup of warm milk or the look in my 5-year-old's eyes when he's playing the Super Mario Brothers on the Wii. There is a lot of writing that I want to do, but first here are some random pics from my iPhone, for no particular reason except to share my happiness of the past month or so with you.

GOOOO Blue! * Score * My Sweet Baby * Buddies Watching Bball * Celebrating 'Pink' * Happy 11 Months! * I'm A Good Girl * Happy Face * HeHeHe * My Favorite Blankee * New Friends! * New Haircut * Good Friend * Good Times