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Asylum by Ashley Hodges Bazer

The Reason by William Sirls

A Word for Wednesday: Watch

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you.For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears." - The Apostle Paul in Acts 20:25 - 31 (NIV) (Via)

The words above were part of Paul's farewell to the Ephesian Elders. What struck me when I heard them was the use of the word watch. 
Paul says, "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy …

Red by Taylor Swift


That was seriously going to be my post. I have to say it took a little while for me to get to that point. Red is definitely not much of a country album. It is however great! I'm just not that into pop music. The good thing was that I was going on a road trip by myself so I could listen to it three times in a row. By the third go round I was hooked. 

Have you gotten it yet?

A Word for Wednesday: Forthcoming

As the future comes Christians must remember that we are getting closer to being with our Father. The times are changing and will continually become worse for us until the day of his return.

So many of my friends have quoted this line from the song "In Christ Alone" over and over again about life. Its still true today and no matter the circumstances facing us:

"'Til He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I'll stand." 

So today whether you are happy or sad remember we are Christ's and His alone. It doesn't matter who is President, Senator, Boss, Pastor, Neighbor, Friend, etc. We are His!


Tea Party: Smith Byrd House

Several weeks ago I went to visit a friend who lives in Prattville, AL. We went to tea at a cute little tea house called the Smith Byrd House

We shared a Queen's tea with an extra salad and quiche. It was delicious. Everything was spot on. If you live in the area or are visiting you should definitely visit. The food was delicious. The experience was cozy and the customer service was great! 

I really enjoyed the experience. I have never had a tea such as that one. Each item we were served was an exciting adventure for my pallet. The best part was that we were able to sit and visit like we were at our own home because it wasn't super busy. They weren't put out that we lingered over our food and tea. I think that was the best part of the experience for me. I really love to visit with my friends and this was a great way to do so.

Merry Mary Monday: 11.5.12

Mary didn't dress up for Halloween. If we got lots of trick-or-treaters, I would have put her in some type of costume, but we had a grand total of 0 kiddos. I did put her in her (last-year-on-clearance-way-too-big) Halloween shirt.

It says "TRICK OR TREAT SMELL MY PAWS." Its funny though, because it is the only shirt she has from which she can wiggle out.
Since it's the day before the Presidential election I want to encourage you to vote. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for or for whom I will be voting. Its your right to vote and its your right to vote for whichever candidate you feel like will do a better job. 

CMA Awards 2012

Did anybody else out there watch the CMA Awards on Thursday? Or maybe you were there. What did you think?

I have to say that my favorite moment of the night was when Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year. Her speech was amazing. She managed to compliment every other nominee simply because she thought they deserved it more. She was humble, gracious and kind. Way to go, Miranda!

My other two highlights were when Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood danced to Gangem Style (look at Carrie's shoes) and the joke they made about Willie Nelson (too funny). This video is definitely worth watching if you didn't the other night.

So I haven't gotten to watch the CMA Awards from start to finish before since they have been on Wednesday nights the past few years. While looking for the videos above I found this one. It made me laugh a lot. Its a little over six minutes long, but funny nonetheless.


So one of the shows I've really been loving lately is Hart of Dixie on The CW. It is so adorable. Does anybody else watch it? I would love to have someone to talk to about it!

Happy weekend, y'all!

A Shocker

This is not a mom blog. 

I know you're shocked. I realize that I haven't been posting lately and I realized that it goes back to the fact that this is not a mom blog. Simply because - I am not a mom. (Behold, the logic!)

The truth is I tend to find my average every day life boring in the context of my blog. I don't have cute conversations to share. I don't have take the time to DIY that many things. And when I do I forget to take pictures and/or post them. I don't do all these things that other more exciting bloggers do. But if you are here, reading this blog, then you are interested in my life. Thus my life is not that boring.

Don't get me wrong, my life is not boring. I just do the same things every weekday which is 5/7 of the time. I am going to try to do better. I am making it a goal to post more often through the end of this year. I did this last December and had great success. I am going to share more of my adventures that I normally sweep under the rug. Her…

Fall Vacation

Pop Rocks and I recently headed over the mountains towards Carolina. We were excited to be apart of my brother's wedding and spend some time with my parents. Unfortunately, because of the accommodations for the wedding we had to leave Mary at Pop Rock's parents house for the week. We missed her terribly as we always do when we are out of town.

The wedding was beautiful. It was in the mountains between Georgia and South Carolina. They are a beautiful couple and we are privileged to be their siblings! 


After the wedding Pop Rocks and I returned to my parents house where we spent time with them and exploring the town. We popped in at the zoo and those are amazingly the only pictures I took the whole trip!

This giraffe was hoping to get some food. We didn't feed its, that probably why it looks sorta sad. Its really neat to see them so close though! I didn't pet it because they were kind of aggressive about their lettuce of which I had none. Anyway, check out the one in t…

Merry Mary Monday: 10.15.12

Mary got scared the other day. So she ended up here...

And then I couldn't get her out...


Ever since I cut my hair back in the spring, I've been wanting to dye. it.

When I was in middle school I started dying my hair blond. When I got older I decided that I wanted it my natural color. But there was this one time that I dyed my hair and before I rinsed, it looked really dark. Ever since, I've wondered what my hair would look like dark.

So when Vocalpoint sent a request for bloggers to try out Loreal's Nice and Easy Non-Permanent Hair Color I bit.

I got the coupon and then realized that my brother's wedding was coming up and I didn't want to do something that drastic right before I would be in family pictures. Well the wedding was last weekend and I decided to go for it on Sunday morning.

My hair is naturally a golden brown color. It was really blond when I was little and has since turned to this darker blond/brown color.

So I chose Medium Golden Brown. Its darker than my hair, but not super dramatic.

 So one of things that I love about box dye kits is the…

Merry Monday: 10.8.12

Mary decided to play hide-and-seek the other day. Here is her hiding spot...

The River by Michael Neale

The River by Michale Neale is the compelling story of Gabriel Clarke. The story opens with five-year old Gabriel on a walk with his father, John. The Clarke men live at Big Water Adventure Camp in Corley Mills, Colorado. John is a whitewater rafting guide and owner of the camp. While the two of them are on their walk tragedy happens which will define the rest of Gabriel’s life.

Throughout the rest of his life, Gabriel must wrestle with the feeling of being made for The River. He must determine if he will return to The River and let it become his destiny or if he will run from it.

This debut novel from Neale is an intriguing, gripping and heart warming story. While it took me a little bit to get into the story (I’m not much of an outdoorsy person), once I did I really didn’t want to put this book down. It was a wonderful story. What I really liked about this book was that it would be a great book to give / recommend to men. I don’t often read books that would be interesting to men. I p…

Merry Mary Monday: 10.1.12

Since I've been doing a tour of Mary's favorite places (here and here) I thought I would share one more:

She loves to be curled up with one of us when she rests. My favorite part of this picture is that it captures the way she covers her nose with her paws, to keep it from getting cold. 

Normally there is a blanket involved but this particular moment they weren't on the couch.

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A Word for Wednesday: Normal

Have you ever seen the movie "Angus"? It came out in 1995. If you haven't seen it, the movie has a fantastic message. I should also mention, that I only ever remember the made for TV version, back before you were allowed to have any kind of curse words in a program during primetime. I don't think it is a very clean movie, but I'm not really sure.

Anyway the movie is about a high school kid named Angus and his best friend. Angus is overweight and a science genius (nerd). He is continually humiliated by Rick Sanford, the school jock (played by James Vanderbeek). In order to get into the college of his dreams Angus has to come up with a science experiment. In his experiment he discovers that no two cells are alike. (I have seen this movie in a long time, so I could be completely wrong about the details.) There is no normal.

Angus realizes that if one person is considered normal then no one other person on the entire planet is normal, because no two people are alike. T…

Merry Mary Monday: 9.17.12

Since last Monday I talked all about how Mary loves our bed, I thought I would tell you how much she loves her bed. She does!

She hangs out in there whenever she needs some space and of course she hangs out in there when we aren't home. Don't let that sweet face fool you, she is mischevious when no one is paying attention to her. She also sleeps in her bed at night. She loves that little crate. I'm pretty sure it is in her top five places in the whole world... Of course Mary's world is pretty small. This is what she looks like many mornings when I wake her up to go outside: So what makes your Monday merry?

A Word for Wednesday: Fruit

Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.    - Matthew 7:17-20

Everyone bears fruit. Its true. So the question is what kind of fruit do you bear?

How do others view the fruit you bear? Do they recognize you as a who you think you are or do you bear fruit that is different? 

Our fruit defines us. How do you cultivate your fruit? You cultivate fruit with what fills your heart and mind. Everything we watch, read, hear, and think about directly results in the fruit we bear. I know I need this reminder. 

dI have a tendency to think that I can watch a tv show or movie and it won't affect me at all. The same with books. This isn't true, but I continually tell myself (and sometimes even others) that I can get away with it, that I'm above it. That's my pri…

How to Receive a Complaint

A while back I wrote a post about complaining. There is definitely an art to complaining. So anyway I was recently in a waiting room of a popular business. There was only one other person in the large waiting area and he looked miserable.

A gentleman comes out and asks if someone was waiting on a check. Man A stood up and went over. He confirmed he was waiting and Man B introduces himself as the Finance Director. Let that soak in for a minute, Finance Director. 

Well Man A asks if Mr. Director knows what happened that has caused him to wait on this check. Finance Director says that no he doesn't know and he prefers not to. That the less he knows the better. I don't know what your life experience is, but this is the first Finance Director I have ever met that says the less he knows the better. I exchanged looks with one of my family members. This made no sense. 

Well then Man A asks if the Finance Director would like to know what happened. (When someone has been wronged, what they…

Merry Mary Monday: 9.10.12

If you've been reading my blog long enough to have read a few Merry Mary Monday posts then you probably know that Mary loves our bed. It might be her most favorite place in the world; though the competition is pretty close: the couch, her bed, and her crate. 

This is her, "I'm just innocently sitting here" pose.
Consequently most of her pictures are taken in these locations. Our bed is definitely top of that list, because I always find her in the cutest poses there.

If that didn't make you smile then you really are having a rough Monday.

Sometimes though my picture taking disturbs her....

If she could talk she would be saying, "But why, mom?"
Sometimes when she is in our bed she makes herself super comfortable by getting all tucked in. Case in point:

I hope this has left you Merry! In exciting blog news: This is my 200th post. Its fitting that it is a Merry Mary Monday post!
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