Friday, May 30, 2008

Baseball pt.3

Bear had his second game of the season tonight. We were the home team again. Very exciting game.

The games are four innings long or one hour. Going into the top of the fourth the score was 1 visitor -5 home. Going into the bottom of the fourth the score was 6 visitor - 5 home. We won the game 6 - 7! Bear was 0 for 2 on the night striking out both times. This game was on a different field and we didn't have this machine's number like we did last night. Bear is playing center field. He had a few balls hit to him tonight. He's always so excited after making a play. It's very cute! Swinging in progress.
Popeye played in the rocks.
Princess played in my lip gloss. A girls gotta look good around all these cute boys. ;-)

We also took Gigi with us. This was the first time I've ever attempted taking her anywhere other than the vet. She did great, which was a relief because any time a stranger goes in the back yard (adult or kid) she barks nonstop and won't come near anyone. She also went straight from the house to the van and back. She is a great dog and if you're new to the blog check these out.

Favorite Things Friday

10. baseball games
9. sitting in lawn chairs having a good conversation and a glass of iced tea (sweet, of course) at dusk
8. friends that miss you while you're away
7. when my children say please and thank you without being told (particularly the little ones)
6. four pairs of dressy/casual shoes (one pair for each kid) for under $30
5. reading and discussing a book with my husband
4. naps
3. grillin' out with family and/or friends
2. government rebates
1. spending 5 days out of town with my husband

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Baseball pt.2

Bear had his first baseball game of the season tonight! And I forgot to bring the camera. No worries. I took some pics when we got home and he has another game tomorrow night so I'll be sure to get some action shots. Ist inning he hit the ball toward first and the first baseman beat him to the bag. He made the last out of the inning, but our team scored three points. Third inning he hit the ball toward short and short made the out at second. Also the last out of the inning, but our team scored four more. Fourth inning he popped fly toward third, but the fielder dropped the ball so Bear was on first. Next batter moved him to second. Next batter moved him to third. He was stranded on third, but the team scored 6 more. Yes, they won 13-2. The other team only had 7 kids compared to our 9. And we really have some good hitters. (it's machine pitch)
These are the poses Bear came up with. Batting, catching, running, and batting again.
We tried to get him to hitch his pants up so we could see his socks. But he wasn't interested. Liked em long.

Baseball pt.1

Here are two pics from our time in TN. The field was gorgeous. Very professional. I snapped this pic after the teams had warmed up and the grounds crew was making everything pretty for the game. This is the last year for the National Junior College Baseball World Series to be held in TN. Next year it will be in Enid, OK! (I took this pic from our press box) Here is RC doin his thang. He loves calling baseball games. Football too, but especially baseball. He does a great job and is really looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shootin' straight

So the truth is...I'm in a pit. For those of you who are Beth Moore fans you already understand. For those of you who are not, let me explain.

I am stuck.

Sometimes people are in a pit that only involves one area of their life. Sometimes the pit involves every area of their life. But the common factor for any pit (and a very easy way to know if you're in one) is that you are not living a victorious/obedient/joyful/powerful life that relishes the fellowship you have with the Creator of the universe.

and here's why I'm telling you all this:
1. I try to be as transparent as possible on this here blog
2. accountability

I am not despairing, however, because I know whom I believe. And He has given me the answer to getting out of the pit. I cry out to Him. I acknowledge my inability and depend on His ability. My God is faithfull and He will do it. And then...I obey.

I will not let this lesson go unlearned. You see, God freed me from the pit earlier this year. And while this pit doesn't feel as deep as that one did, I know it would not take long for it to end up even deeper. I'm not really sure how I got into that first pit. It doesn't really matter, but I know exactly how I got into this one. I walked. And I know every step I took.

It started with my time in The Word getting less and less until now, when I've gone days without being in The Word.

Some of you might not believe that my being stuck has anything to do with my not spending time in The Word. We all have a right to our opinions, but here's what I KNOW:

I spent the last month hardly in The Word and I am not pleased with who I am right now. I spent the previous nine months in The Word almost every day and my life was very different. Not perfect. And not always victorious. But if you've ever experienced what I am talking about then you's just not the same.

Some of you are probably thinking "Well, she should have just listened to herself because being in The Word was all she used to talk about."

Yes, I agree. Funny how that happens. (but not really)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We're home!

It's good to be home. The kids are in bed. My suitcase is unpacked. And I'm ready for bed.

Thanks for all the prayers. They were felt.

Yesterday we just took it easy. Drove around town, did a little shopping, a little eating, watched a movie, took a nap, and enjoyed each other's company. It was wonderful.

God is so good.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

We lost. =(

We lost today 11 - 2. Bummer. husband's wonderful boss has told us we could stay today and tomorrow and drive home on Tuesday! What a blessing! and I bet you can't guess what I'm gonna say next...

I'm so excited!

All right, we're packing up things and heading back to the hotel now. We're gonna have to figure out something fun and cheap to do tomorrow.



Saturday, May 24, 2008

blogging live from Millington, TN

Hello! We just finished the first game. They lost.=( BUT...this tournament is double elimination so we just have to win the next six games and we will be National Champs!!!

Here at the ballpark they have wireless. Our hotel has high speed internet but you have to have a phone cord for that. which we don't. so I thought I would say a quick hello while we are here.

My friend let me borrow her camera for the trip! Yay! Thanks Becca! I'll have pics to post when I get home.

We're going to go eat some lunch now, then take a nap!!!


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman Family

If you don't already know, a tragedy has happened in the Chapman family.

Here is the story.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dancing with the Stars (or sister, whatever) Pt. 2

If you are new to this blog and haven't seen Pt. 1 then click here.
This will have to do until I get a new camera.
This could be their future.=)

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I've been in a green mood lately. I took a color personality test at and was told my color personality is green. It just confirmed my thoughts. I had been wanting to add more green to my decor in my home. So my new curtains are green and one wall in my living room and one wall in my dining room are green. It feels nice. Bright. Cheery.

I'm taking a new approach to decorating lately. I'm focusing more on the atmosphere of my home than on the look. Don't get me wrong. I want my house to look good. But I also want it to feel good. So I have been doing two things in particular to meet my goal.

1. I have been praying. Asking God to fill my house with His presence and peace. I want people to notice God's presence (even if they don't realize that is what it is) when they enter my home. God has shown me some things that can encourage His presence and some things that can discourage His presence. And the most important thing that can do either is MY ATTITUDE. Also, God has shown me how important it is to guard what I allow into my home via tv, computer, radio, and even people. I'm not saying that I only allow people that see everything eye to eye with me into my home. I'm saying that God gives me discernment as to who He wants me to open my home to. And what I've found is that most of the time God has said "yes, let them in". But occasionally there is a "no".

Lately I have been filling my home with music (all kinds), wonderful smells, and lots of fresh air. Not that this is entirely new, but I am making more of an effort these days. When you are at home 90% of the time these things really help.

2. I have stopped focusing on a specific 'look' for my house and have started focusing on what makes me happy. I'll be honest, I used to decorate with others in mind. What will people think when they come over? What does my decor say to people about me? And I decorated with a focus on trying to make sure those questions were answered to my liking. Not any more. I am the one who lives in this house. I am the one who notices the little things. I am the one who spends most of my time here. So now I am choosing things that make me happy. Period. Not everyone is going to like or 'get' my house. Not everyone is going to notice my cool factor by seeing how my house is decorated.

I love my home! God is answering my prayer! (mostly by changing my attitude) And now instead of looking around and seeing the unfinished things or the things that aren't quite right; I see a home filled with God, joy, and lots of opportunities to exercise my creative muscles. And I am beginning to love the process instead of focusing on getting to the finished product.

And this post is a great analogy for my spiritual life as well.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tweet Tweet

No, this post isn't about birds. Though, I do have a bird story.

We have birds in our attic.

I guess I really just have a bird sentence. =)


I have started following more blogs lately. By following, I mean that at least once a day I check these blogs to see if they have any new posts. A few of these blogs are apparently very popular and are visited by many people (thousands) daily.

They are listed in my Favorite Web Stops.

Through these blogs I have become aware of something very interesting. It's called Twitter. Maybe you have heard of it. Maybe you are a member. Or, like me, maybe you are completely clueless.

Twitter (from what I can grasp) is akin to a blog in that you have a web address. But the difference is that it is short, sentence long updates more akin to text messaging. And you can have it sent to your phone, email, or blog.

I don't feel like I'm being very clear. (could be that I have no clue what I'm talking about) Here's an example:

I have a Twitter account. (I don't really. This is hypothetical) I'm fixing peanut butter sandwiches for my kids for lunch. (I'm not really. This is hypothetical) I think that all you wonderful people out there are desperately interested in the minute details of my life. (you're not really. This is hypothetical) (ok. is that getting annoying yet?) (sorry=))

So anywho...I send out a Twitter saying: "I'm fixing peanut butter sandwiches for the kids for lunch today."

And you get a text message, or an email, or any other thing I can send it to so that you can know what I am doing throughout my day.

Now that I think about it, really only people with very interesting lives should Twitter. But somehow I'm intrigued. and kinda want to try it. I haven't yet, but I'm thinking about it.

Do any of you Twitter? What are your thoughts? Or have I just completely confused those of you who are clueless to the web world like me?

If you have time, and a desire to, check out the link and tell me what you think.

(and I'm a poet and didn't even know it) =)

Monday, May 19, 2008

We're off to TN!

So, God has worked it out and I get to go to TN with RC! I'm so excited!

We will leave sometime on Thursday and if our team makes it to the finals we will be staying till the 30th!

I'm so excited! (Can you tell? I keep saying that.)

Please pray for our safe travel and for safety and peace while our family is in three different places! (We are splitting the kids up) Also, please pray for God's blessing on RC and I. I really feel like God is giving us some special 'just us' time. We are both really looking forward to it.

And I'm so excited!=)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

play-by-play update

The junior college won the playoffs so they are off to TN with RC in tow. We are hoping his boss will let me go with him.

If God wills.

I told you I would...

So, a few posts back I promised to relay any stories or conversations soon after they happened so as not to lose them for all eternity in this mess of a brain I have. Well, we just sat the kids down to dinner. Some friends are coming over around seven to eat with us, but the pizza arrived earlier than expected and we can't all fit around the table anyway so we are letting the kids eat now.

They, of course, were fighting over who got to sit where. Popeye sat where Bear wanted to sit. Bear had to sit in the left over seat. Popeye said something to him (sorry, didn't catch that part) and Bear replied, "Popeye, (used actual name) the Bible says kids aren't supposed to act like grownups." So in my questioning of said Bible verse, Bear tells me that Bobo told him that the Bible says that kids aren't supposed to act like adults. To which Bobo turns to me and says, "I read where it says 'Do not commit adultery'."

I love it!!!

My Rose

Last night we went to a highschool graduation. Some friends from our life group came over after work, we all went to Taco Bell for dinner, then we headed out to Navajo Highschool. The oldest son of our life group leaders was graduating. As was our Pastor's fourth daughter (he has 5 daughters), and some other kids from the youth group.

This highschool has a tradition where, after the graduating class walks in and the welcome and prayer is said, they play some music and the seniors pass out roses to special people in their lives. They have to pay for the roses and decide in advance how many they need.

We were sitting with our life group leaders, their family, our life group friends, the youth pastor's wife, and kids from the youth group. (the youth pastor had to go to a different HS graduation) So the seniors started passing out their flowers and some of the kids came up to our group to give flowers to the youth pastor's wife and our life group leader's son came up and started handing roses to his mom, his grandma, his aunt, the youth pastor's wife, and other family and friends. Then he hands one in my direction. I thought he wanted me to pass it to someone because we have only known them for less then a year and I didn't even consider receiving a rose. So when he said "for you" I ridiculously blurted out "Are you serious?"

I was so blessed by this precious act of gratitude. And the joy that comes from receiving something so completely unexpected is priceless. I know this might sound silly, but for me the rose was a sign of acceptance. It's not that we hadn't felt accepted by our new church family, it was just a visible sign and from someplace so unexpected. And it was wonderful.

*and if I had a camera that worked this would totally have a picture of my rose attached to it. So picture in your mind a red long-stemmed rose in a white vase on my dining table.=)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday's Favorites

10. Bobo's songwriting
9. Bear's grin
8. a clean kitchen
7. Fridays
6. Luke 11:9-10
5. Wednesday night worship and communion
4. summer trips
3. singing
2. my sisters

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sorry about the long absence

I have alot of catching up to do. So here goes.

Baseball is going good. RC enjoys coaching and Bobo loves having his dad as coach. Bear is doing good, but he is in machine pitch this year and hasn't quite got in sinc with the machine. Games start the end of May but we don't have a schedule yet.

RC got to do baseball play-by-play for the highschool's last game of the season. He loved it! He has always said it was something he wanted to do. He just found out yesterday that he gets to call the junior college playoff games this week. If they win, they will be going to the college world series in Nashville and RC's boss told him he would get to go too. So cool.

I sewed some curtains and painted one wall in my living room and one wall in my dining room yesterday. I'm very pleased with how it all looks. Very fresh and fun. However...

My camera finally decided I had dropped it as many times as it could handle. It's done. So I am planning on purchasing a new one at the end of this month when we get our gov rebate. Sorry, no pics till then.

And now that I think about it, I have lots of things I want to show you guys. Bummer. I guess all I can say is: Look forward to lots of pics in June.

ten minutes later...

See...this is why I haven't posted anything in awhile. I have been sitting here for ten minutes trying to think of things I want to tell you guys and I can't think of anything good to share. We have been really busy (read: my husband has been really busy which makes me FEEL really busy) and my brain just hasn't been able to store any good stories or conversations. Sorry.

Next time I'll stop what I'm doing to tell you all about it so that I don't forget. Cause obviously I'm very good at forgetting. ;) I'll leave you with my Friday Favorites. I know it's not Friday, but I forgot to do it on Friday and I don't want to have to come up with twenty this Friday. (Not that I would have to come up with twenty, this is my blog and I can do whatever I want, but for the sake of trying to stick with something) here goes:

10. Looking outside my window and seeing so much green
9. spending time outside
8. the smell of a freshly painted room (I know it's weird)
7. Pride and Prejudice (starring Kiera Knightly)
6. having a tan
5. Phil Wickham (check out his songs at )
4. when my husband has a tan
3. Popeye's facial expressions
2. Princess's singing performances
1. when my husband comes home for lunch and brings me a cherry diet dr pepper from the Tunnel

Monday, May 5, 2008

Praise Report!

I just got off the phone with Emma's mother Rochelle. Emma was moved out of ICU this morning. Everything internally is healing as it should. Emma had surgery this morning to set her arm. It took 23 minutes. We are hopeful that she will be released tomorrow. Thank you so much for praying!

Father, we give You praise. You are the Master Healer and we know it was by Your hand and grace that Emma is better. You alone are Good. Amen.

Makeover May

This month I am doing some makeovers. My mind, my body, my house. So, today I am organizing my desk and computer. While going through my email I found some really funny ones and since I only forward emails occasionally I thought to post some. Enjoy.

There I was on my way to Wal-Mart... getting into a fight was the farthest thing from my mind ... wasn't even on the horizon ... I was in a great mood ... and then ... I rear-ended a car. So there we are alongside the road and slowly the driver gets out of the car ... and you know how you just-get-sooo-stressed and life-stuff seems to get funny? Yeah, well, I could NOT believe it ... he was a DWARF! He storms over to my car, looks up at me and says,'I AM NOT HAPPY!' So, I look down at him and said, 'Well, which one are you then?'............. and that's when the fight started.

A little girl asked her mother, 'How did the human race appear?' The mother answered, 'God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.' Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, 'Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.' The confused girl returned to her mother and said, 'Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?' The mother answered, 'Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.'

Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it. The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up,stood beside the little boy,and said quietly:'Good morning, Alex.' 'Good morning, Pastor, what is this?' he asked the pastor. The pastor said, 'Well, son, it's a memorial plaque to all the young men and women who died in the Service.' Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked: 'Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:45?'

There will be a meeting of the Board immediately after the service," announced the pastor. After the close of the service, the Church Board gathered at the back of the auditorium for the announced meeting. But there was a stranger in their midst -- a visitor who had never attended their church before.
"My friend," said the pastor, "Didn't you understand that this is a meeting of the Board?"
"Yes," said the visitor, "and after today's sermon, I suppose I'm just about as bored as anyone else who came to this meeting."

An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, resumed his position in the hall, and slept for an hour. This continued for several days. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: "Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar:"He lives in a home with ten children -- he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?"

Hope these made you laugh!

History of Mayonnaise

*Before/After reading this please make sure to read the post right below it. No, they aren't connected, but the post below is a prayer request and it is very important to me. Thanks.

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England . In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico , which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York .

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico . But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York . The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico , who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

Happy 5th of May!!! I got this in an email. Hope it brought a smile to your face!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Please Pray

RC and I have some good friends we've known for about seven years now. Since moving back to A-town we've been able to see them more and just yesterday Bobo was in a coronation at the Doan's May Picnic where their daughter, Emma, was crowned the Doan's May Picnic Queen. As Queen she got to invite her friends to be in her court and Bobo was one of the ones she invited.

Emma's mother, Rochelle, just called me and told me that Emma was in a four-wheeler accident this afternoon. As we were talking, Emma was being life-flighted to Cook's Children's Hospital in Dallas. Rochelle wasn't able to be on the helicopter with her so she was driving there. It is a three hour drive.

Emma is stable, but obviously serious. One arm has both bones broken above the wrist, her liver is bruised and her lungs are leaking air. Emma is in fourth grade. The picture above is from yesterday. The tent was set up for her to change clothes in and we caught her for a picture as she was getting back to the tent when the coronation and pictures where over. For fun I scanned in a picture from Emma and Bobo's preschool Christmas show. Bobo was one of the wise men and Emma was an angel. Now I've got myself all teary-eyed.

Anywho...please lift up Emma, her healing, and her family. Thank you...tremendously.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Favorite Things Friday

Again, I am copying my friend April. She had the idea to list 10 of her favorite things every Friday and seeing as how I have the darndest time coming up with things to post about here are mine.

10. Seeing my kids take care of each other
9. Being on my parents cell phone plan. I can talk to my dad, mom, and sisters whenever and as much as I want.
8. Big, Oklahoma skies
7. Not being controlled by food
6. When my husband gets home from work
5. A cherry coke from The Tunnel
4. Living close to family
3. Sleeping late
2. When my daughter shows me her Wonder Woman action figure, points to it and says 'mom'.
1. When my husband is in a talkative mood

Please share your favorite things. It's much easier than I thought it would be and it really is fun. Brought a smile to my face.