Saturday, April 30, 2011

Not your typical Sunday morning sermon....

The New Rules for Sex, Love and Dating is the new series starting Sunday (11am and 6pm eastern). In trying to find an image to put on the blog I found out that Andy went on a very popular radio show, The Bert Show, in Atlanta to do some field research. This is big. I'm actually listening to it now and you can listen here if you're so inclined.  I was nervous for Andy, I'm not gonna lie but turns out that Bert, the show's lead, goes to Andy's church in Buckhead.  So I put my guard down, slightly.  No doubt it's going to be relevant and insightful!

"No appetite is ever fully satisfied." "You grow an appetite by feeding it."-Andy Stanley (listen to the second interview and you'll see what this is about.)

On a side note, I know since Wednesday,  there are so many that are living a reality that is so unfamiliar to them.  The tornadoes that ripped through the South this week were no doubt life changing.  However, no one perseveres through a nightmare the way a Southerner does with a great sense of gratitude in a time when thankfulness would seem the hardest to muster and with a heart felt respect and reliance on our Heavenly Father to lead them through the unfathomable. There's something to be said for the humility and quiet peace that's exhibited by some of those who have lost the most.  It provides a certain level of awareness that keeps the rest of us grounded and appreciative of even the smallest things.

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Here's hoping you all spend some time this weekend with the people you love and appreciating the most mundane and routine aspects of your life.  It's often the everyday that is most precious.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." [Proverbs 22:6]

If you have asked me at any point over the last couple of months, "How's school going for Jane?", you know that we could not be happier.  Her teachers, Ms. Annie and Ms. Beckah, have been outstanding.  They are the ying and the yang of any effective pairing with one handling the structure and routine that every 4 year old needs while the other contributes the flexibility that allows the day to keep moving, even with the unexpected.  All while providing loving discipline and the enforcement of manners that you pray will last a lifetime.

Aside from this are the Biblical truths they pour into Jane everyday.  They learn a Bible verse every month and to hear our 4 year old reciting scripture is a blessing to my heart. Some of the other truths are more subtle but their classroom functions with each child knowing the "rules" which include things like manners, exhibiting self control and in general, practicing how to treat others they way they want to be treated.  Ms. Annie and Ms. Beckah do a beautiful job and it's clear that God had this room with these kids and these teachers specifically in mind for our growing, absorbing, challenging, smart, spirited little girl.

Below is a video that was made at school of Jane reciting her latest Bible verse, Matthew 28:1-6.  In case you don't get it all, the verse says this:

"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look for the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen!"

Jane's does her own substitutions here and there but the best is ".....three I know that you are looking for Jesus...."  For/three, it's all numbers anyway, right? God love!

This happens to my heart every time I hear her!

Happy Easter, everyone and thanks for the week of parental indulgences.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Save yourself!

This is a post only a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather or aunt would find interesting.

This post is dedicated to our 4 year old, Jane!  Today was our girl's birthday and cue Eddie Murphy because we "Partied all the Time".....ALL DAY LONG!

There were gifts littering this place.  Inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs, places she was sure to look, places you'd think she'd never look!  All were found and all were relished!  We've never done that before but it was really fun.  Several hours after they had all been discovered, she casually mentioned we should look for more gifts.  Nice try.

She was showered with attention today from family and friends through gifts and calls and emails and texts.  It was a beautiful day and no doubt she enjoyed it.   Thank you, everyone, for so generously making this day so magical for Jane.

I've got more pictures to organize but these will give you a good taste of the day!

Cinderella DVD that got this party started!

A reversible Cinderella dress from Paw Paw and Gran

The "other" side of the dress and the new soccer net.

Dress from Aunt Lindsey, Uncle Adam and Maddy

New Jammies!

Talking to Nettie and Big Daddy

Plastic princess shoes-she couldn't have been happier!

She wanted pink cupcakes with her face on them.  Here you go.
Thanks, Bailey, Sarah and Ryan.  They were a hit!

She was shocked.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Remember that 4 hour Sunday afternoon drive?

No?  Well, I do and I just had to post the houses that made my heart sing. I'm like a mother when it comes to these houses. I love them all so picking my favorite would be impossible.  Okay, it's the last one but I'd happily take any of them as I think they are great in so many ways! 

House #1
What you can't really tell is that they have an arbor/trellis/an outdoor thingy connecting the side of the main house to the side of their garage that extends beyond their smaller, secondary porch.  Have I mentioned I could do that?  Just saying.

The drive into dream home #2 and #3.
The next two houses are in an area of Milton called North Valley.  One word: wow.  

House #2

And the winner is....House #3!
I told Patti as we were driving around, "we're not moving, just improving."  I came up with that all by myself.  Anyway, the take away is replace the roof with cedar shakes, paint the exterior white, go with classic black shutters and find just the right place for the American flag.  Done!

Here's to dreaming!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Formula for Relaxation

2 Yoga classes
1 Facial
1 book
a minor 'Spring' sunburn
1 movie
1 impromptu dinner out with a great friend
1 church service
4 hours spent looking at beautiful, charming homes while being chauffeured in a convertible
and a husband and daughter perfectly happy while out of town!

Thank you, Lord for such a rejuvenating weekend and thank you that when TBW and Jane get back tomorrow, I will be soooo glad to have them home!