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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

But for Love

There are times when life gets you down. 

And you only want to bury your head in the sand.


Sometimes you need a light to keep going.

Sometimes you need strength.

Sometimes you need laughter.

Sometimes courage and most times hope. 

Sometimes you need sleep to make the future more bearable.

Sometimes an exciting "play date" with a friend. 

Sometimes only a vacation will do.

But if you have love, you won't give up.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Over the Weekend

Pop Rocks, Mary and I had a great weekend. On Saturday my family came to visit. All of them! There were six adults and 2 dogs in our house and we had a blast! 

They left early Sunday morning and P.R. and I went to church. I wasn't feeling well so we came home and I took a really long nap. It was wonderful. We spent the day being lazy because the house was clean AND all the laundry was washed, dried, folded, and put away! That is a miracle in our house!

Yesterday, I spent time with one of my besties, her husband and her new baby! We had a great visit. There is absolutely nothing better than a baby falling asleep in your arms. She is precious!

After that I headed to spend time with P.R. and his family. We had a great day with each other and, like most summer weekends, I didn't want it to end. Alas, it has! 

Did you have a good weekend?

Thursday, May 24, 2012


For some reason today feels like Friday.... Its not, bummer! Yesterday felt like Thursday, so I guess it makes sense.

I am getting over the crud today. I think I will be completely over it tomorrow. Which is good, because we are having some company this weekend which is very exciting! 

Its been a busy week and I have so much left to do. Like clean my house. (See above). I mean really clean it too! 

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Word for Wednesday: Cool

There is something so wonderfully comforting to me about the coolness of night after a hot day. Yesterday it rained about 4:30 here. It was a wonderfully cool evening. As I took Mary out I thought about how the coolness is so refreshing. It makes you realize that you are taken care of by God. 

The Lord is my shepherd.
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil.
For You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff comfort me. 

You prepare a table before me.
In the presence of my enemy, 
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runneth over. 
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank

I discovered Dorothea Benton Frank while standing on the "F" aisle in the fiction area of my library. (No, I wasn't looking for Tina Fey's book there. Its in Biographies.) (The other book I checked out was by Julian Fellowes.)

Full of Grace 

Full of Grace was the love/life story of Grace and Michael. Its a fantastic (and conservatively-speaking, gritty) Christian novel, that isn't a Christian novel at all. Grace and Michael have settled into life together without ever wanting or planning to get married. Because of this Grace's Italian-Catholic family have written off their relationship and Michael. As things begin to fall apart in Grace's life there is something else at work. 

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I really enjoyed this book! Maybe its because I lived in South Carolina, but the story wrapped around me in such a way that I found myself engrossed. It was a fantastic story about a true faith conversion. It also conquered some of the more interesting things about growing up and keeping (or not) the faith. I recommend this book as a great read! 

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Vacation Reading: Snobs by Julian Fellowes

I love reading on vacation. I don't love being at the beach (its a pale girl's plight) but it made significantly better if I can sit in the warm shade and read. When you are pale it isn't any fun to spend time just soaking up the rays.

Anyway while we were on vacation I picked up two books from the library to take with me. Actually, I picked up three, but I read Bossypants by Tina Fey before we left. I started Snobs by Julian Fellowes sitting in the BNA terminal waiting for our first boarding call. We had of course arrived early and left me with some time to read. 


The story was intriguing. It is a story about an upper middle-class English girl, Edith Lavery, in the 1990s and her quest to rise into the ranks of the upper-class of English society. In case you were wondering, there is apparently a distinct difference between upper middle-class and upper-class. Upper-class members do not usually talk to those below them. Edith meets Charles Broughton, heir to his very well-known families estate. He is a reserved man who finds Edith charming. What follows is a tale about love, lust, heartache, and difficult choices. 

The book was interesting to this American girl because I don't know anything about English society except how it has been portrayed in movies and books. It was an interesting look at a very different type of life. It is also a great book about the true meaning of marriage. Keep in mind however, that it is English and I mentioned that there is lust involved in this story. 

All in all it made for great vacation reading as it was easy to read in bits and pieces. It also kept pulling me back in and making me want to read more.

What is your favorite chill-out activity on vacation?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Word for Wednesday: Rest

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. 
 (Isaiah 40: 28-31)

As a younger person this was my favorite Bible verse, it is still one my favorites. My current favorite bible verse relates to the same thing. Anyway, the point of this is: before vacation I was weary. 

I had a lot going on in my life that was out of my control and that I couldn't fix control change. It had worn me down. I had given it to God and then taken it back again. Given and taken back again. Given and taken back, AGAIN! Rinse. Repeat. Its a bad, bad cycle, y'all.

Anyway, being gone from routine and taking a break has made a difference. Do I still face the same issues? YES! I have however, been able to give things to God and leave them with Him. The break helped me to get some perspective and get on with my life. 

Its hot in Jamaica. (Duh?!) I loved the air conditioning in our room. Much like I love air conditioning in the South (it actually gets hotter here, eventually). The thing is, our room and the buses were the only air conditioned areas of our resort. Everything else relied on the ocean breeze and ceiling fans to keep cool. Most of the time this succeeded. Here's the thing though, the staff, mostly Jamaican natives, did not seemed to be bothered by the heat! It was really incredible to me. I often felt like just giving up and there they were smiling, happy, and really the most wonderfully kind people. 

The point is this: it made me want to be the kind of person who doesn't notice the heat, but relieves the weary like a cool drink of water with a smile or a kind word.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our Vacation

Pop Rocks and I just returned from a week in the Jamaican sun! I am not tan nor am I burned. I am happily as pale as when I left. I don't tan and finally accepted that I never would several years ago. I (somewhat) happily apply my 50 or higher sunscreen whenever I am out in the sun. I joke that I work hard to stay this pale. 

So anyway... here we are on our way to the resort:

Don't let his expression fool you, Pop Rocks was extremely excited to be in Jamaica! So after two flights, three airports and one long bus ride we arrived at our resort. This was our second trip to a Sandals resort, the first was our honeymoon, also to Jamaica, just a different resort.

Anyway we spent a lot of time in the sun. Some much need quality time with each other. And a lot of time missing our Mary. 

We also had fun getting different towel creations each day. This was our first one.

I say its a snail, Pop Rocks disagrees and said it was a rabbit without ears, what do you think it is?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Merry Mary Monday: 5.14.12

Mary stayed at what I affectionately dubbed "Camp Mimi & Pa" last week while Pop Rocks and I were on vacation. She apparently had a very fun and busy week while we were gone. When we got her home Saturday night, this is what she did:

She opened her eyes when I took the picture. This is pretty much how she acted all day yesterday. This morning though, she was back to her normal chipper self. 

One more:

P.S. It's this little dog's birthday tomorrow! She will be 3 or 21 if you go by dog years. She'll be celebrating with her food and WATER bowls!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Ever since my good friend lent me Sarah's Key. I've been craving good books. Sometimes thats what it takes. I went to the library this week and picked up several books, one of which was Bossypants* by Tina Fey.

 Bossypants [Book]

Bossypants was a funny look at life from the hilarious Tina Fey. Fey conveys what life is really like as a celebrity as well life on set. Her stories encompass her childhood, young adult life, and life as a working mom. My favorite quote: "Always wear a bra, you'll never regret it."

Pop Rocks has to go to sleep earlier than me because he has to be a work earlier than me (logical, right?). Well I've been reading this book in the bed while he is sleeping. Sometimes I would laugh so hard it would wake him up. I like being near him so I stayed in the bed and tried to move past those hilarious parts, but there was always another one around the corner.

While I don't fully relate to everything that Fey discusses in her book, since I have yet to accomplish some of the things she has, her writing was so poignant that I was able to relate. My favorite parts were her discussion of her honeymoon and about life after college working at the YMCA front desk. The other great part is when she discusses being Sarah Palin on SNL.

If you are looking for a fun and very funny read pick this book up! Just try not to read it in bed while your spouse is sleeping you may just wake them up!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm Back to Reading

I have a wonderful friend with whom I work. She loves to read though often doesn't get to as much as she likes. She has this wonderful habit of bringing me books to borrow. Often they are bestsellers and I have not previously read them. Often I take them home and read them superfast because I am unable to put them down. Last week she brought me Sarah's Key* by Tatiana De Rosnay. 

 Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key is a heart-wrenching book set in the Holocaust. The story is moving and focuses on a little known part of the Holocaust: the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris. I encourage you to read it. I am not going to tell you any more because I will only ruin it for you. I will tell you this: Read the book, then watch the movie.

The great thing about having a friend that feeds my love of reading is that when I have strayed away from books she often brings me back. I read Sarah's Key in about 24 hours and I had to work that day. This week I went to the Library and picked up some more books so be on the look out for some book reviews coming down the pike. I know I was just saying that I haven't been reading much lately, but it looks like that may change!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Word for Wednesday: Drama

I love the movie, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." While I haven't watched it in a long time, one of my favorite lines is, "Drama. Drama. Drama." Its near the beginning when Michelle hasn't shown up for work and Jeannie keeps muttering, "Drama. Drama. Drama." (and yes I had to look up her name.)

There have been times in my life when things were full of drama. Most notably high school and college. I'm not too huge on drama. It just stresses. me. out.

Recently though, I was telling a good friend about something that had happened earlier in the day. They looked at me and said, "That person just really loves to create drama don't they?"

Boy were they right! The person referred to is constantly creating drama in my life. Whether they realize it or not they can take an uncomplicated situation and turn it into an ordeal.

In my Google reader recently was a great blog written by Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy. In it she talks about the "Dramatist" in our lives. I obviously have at least one! While I can't always get rid of them I can acknowledge to myself that they are such people and not give into their dramatics. 

Don't believe me? There was a meeting in my office awhile ago. The new assistant left before their boss. I overheard her boss say, "She is so great. Its wonderful to not have any drama."

The drama of the previous assistant was apparently pretty intense. They continued to refer to to this person's personal drama that had obviously made its way into work. I don't know the rest of the story, maybe she quit. Maybe it just wasn't working out. Who knows, but I do know this:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission by Ronnie Floyd

Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission by Ronnie Floyd is a good book to help you get up and get evangelizing. The book is about living out the Great Commission: "Go and make disciples in Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth." Floyd moves through what Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth look like for Christians and it’s not just mission’s trips. 

The book moved along slowly at first because Floyd hit the same topics over and over. Eventually it picked up steam and really used the momentum to get me excited about taking a focused look at my life and how I can evangelize to those in it. I love that he draws the parallels to our neighborhoods (Judea), our country (Judea) and the rest of the world (the ends of the earth). He makes evangelism more about a lifestyle approach than about specific actions that need to be taken. I got a little bogged down in the first half of the book, but the second half is much better. Floyd brings up the money discussion and what exactly it looks like for Christians to tithe. It is a very enlightening and inspiring chapter that will get you motivated to give your money away. Overall this book has a very encouraging and upbeat feeling that won’t leave you feeling like a failure at evangelism.

*** I received this book free as a part of my Booksneeze membership. The views written here, however, are completely my own.