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Our Story

So I shared Mary's story earlier in the week, but Pop Rocks and I are celebrating our fourth anniversary this week as well, and I thought I would share how we met.

The short answer of how we met is at church, specifically in Sunday School. But I thought I would share the long answer....

I was trying out a new church my senior year of college with a couple of friend. I walked into Sunday School and knew most everyone in the class from school. There were a few people I didn't know specifically a guy and a girl. They were sitting with each other and really hanging out with each other like good friends or, you know, a couple. Of course I assumed they were a couple and made a note. I wasn't really looking for a boyfriend as I am sure I had a crush on someone else at the time.

Well there was also a college Bible study after church on Wednesday's. I decided, at the prompting of friends, to start attending that as well. I decided to do so and since we often rode to church toget…

Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston

I love to read fiction, but for my Booksneeze book, I didn't have any fiction options. I chose Call of a Coward because it sounded interesting. Boy, was I right! I read Call of a Coward over the weekend and I was so blown away! I really didn't want to put it down. This book was interesting, engaging, and heartfelt. The best part was that it was a fun read! Moston share's her (and her family's) story of following God's calling even when it goes against all that is acceptable and sensible. 

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After Moston's husband went on a short-term mission trip to Guatemala he fell in love with "The Project" at which he worked and it just so happened that a couple was needed to oversee the home for women and children. As a family they decide to make a year long commitment to fill this need. They set off on the multi-day drive from New Jersey to Guatemala and what follows is an intriguing tale of adventure and what it means to follow God into a third world countr…

Merry Mary Monday: 7.30.12

This week we will celebrate the second anniversary of Mary's arrival in our life. since I have never shared how she got to be a part of our family I thought I would give you the quick run down.

So Pop Rocks and I were approaching our second anniversary and we had moved into our house earlier in the year. Pop Rocks had a wonderful dog while we were dating (an English Bulldog) and first married. We both wanted a dog, but when we lived in an apartment it was neither feasible or practical. We lived on the third floor!

Anyway, we had our own place and we knew that we could get a dog, but we also had to make sure that we could take care of a dog. Well we had been thinking about it and I mentioned it to a good friend of mine, but nothing really came of it. Plus we hadn't committed enough to the idea of it to really do anything about (like check out a shelter, etc.).

A couple weeks later the same friend and I are talking and she mentioned that her neighbor had a dog for whom he was look…

A Word of Wednesday: Holy

I don't have much to say today. I wanted to share with you the lyrics of a song that has really been speaking to me lately. The song is "What Do I Know of Holy" by Addison Road and I have found a lot in that song. It is so transparent, powerful and real. Go find it and give it a listen. Let it speak to your heart.
What do I know of You who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood but on the shore along your ocean?

What I know of Holy?
What do I know of wounds that will heal my shame?
And a God who gave Life its name?
What do I know of holy of the One who the angels praise?
All creation knows your name on earth and in heaven above.
What do I know of this love?

Lately

I guess I haven't posted much of what I've been up to lately, so I thought I would share...
I've been portraying the "Comic Host" at VBS this week and it has been a blast! I've been a Kermit, gotten a pie in the face and worn lots of fun costumes. Tonight will be another fun night of being less me and someone more crazy! VBS has been about love - epic love to be exact. I have enjoyed the lessons I've been learning each night as I work on the skits. Real love is tough and hard to show. Real love is putting others needs before I our own. Real love is being nice to and praying for our enemies, even when they aren't nice to us!

Mary has been doing really well. Shes been kinda defiant lately, but I chalk it up to her age. She loves her daddy so much its crazy! She loves me too, at least when he isn't available or she wants to cuddle in the bed. On July Fourth she spent a lot of time with her two friends. She had a blast even if she had to take more break…

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

As I mentioned I read the book Divergent by Veronica Roth over the weekend. It was a fantastic book and the start of the story that continues in Insurgent. Also, I read this book by the time I went to bed on Sunday night (still in about 24 hours). If you haven't read my review of Divergent, definitely go check it out! Also, if you haven't read Divergent and plan to this will have spoilers for that book. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Insurgent picks up right were Divergent left off. Much like other popular YA series. We find Tris caught in a world that has completely changed. What she thought was a happy place is not and those that were most important to her have gone. She has to figure out who she can trust and how she can protect those loved ones that remain.
On top of that, Tris has done some things that she's not proud of and have left her with guilt. She has to learn to ask forgiveness and also to forgive herself. As she learned in Divergent, selflessnes…

A Word for Wednesday: Love

Its been awhile since I've done a post on Wednesday. Over a month! 
Today will start VBS at my church and I am looking forward to it. We are doing a special VBS this year and the theme is Epic Love. 
That's quite a concept: Epic Love. It goes so far beyond the easy love. Its about loving others, even when it is so hard to do. Its about loving our families, but its not just about loving our families. Its about loving our friends, co-workers, community, and even world. Its God's epic love. Not ours!
There are lots of ways I could be showing Epic Love. Its hard. It has to become a way of life, not just of ideas. It is Epic Love that will cause me to be a witness to my neighbors. It will help me reach out to those we deem unreachable. It will keep me from giving up on what I know is right.  
So the question is this, how are you showing epic love in your life? I would love to hear what you are doing so that it can help me to show epic love to those in my life.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Have you heard of Divergent? Did you like The Hunger Games? My friend that supplies me with good books brought Divergent to me on Friday. She jokingly said that she figured I would have it read by the end of the weekend. I figured I wouldn't. I had stuff to do. (I was hoping to take part in the Pinterest Challenge this time.)
I finished the book about 2 am Saturday morning. Its that good. I couldn't put it down. My plan was to read about half of it and finish the second half Saturday morning. I just never got tired. 
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So anyway... book review:
Divergent is a story about dystopian Chicago. There the world is divided into 5 factions. These factions are based on different values and each member of society has an aptitude for one. At the age of sixteen all children are given an aptitude test to find in which faction they best fit. Then they choose a faction the next day. Oh and its important to remember, "Faction before blood." If these teenagers choose a faction o…

Merry Mary Monday: 7.9.12

I put Mary in bed with me the other night  and I woke up to this. She had tucked herself into Pop Rock's sleeping quarters. I guess she was wishing he was there, or she was tired of me. Either way I thought it was so cute.

Isle of Palms by Dorothea Benton Frank

Before we went on vacation I discovered Dorothea Benton Frank's books at the library. My family moved to South Carolina when I was twelve and I grew to love the Charleston area (the Lowcountry) when my cousin lived there for awhile. Ms. Frank grew up in the Lowcountry and that is where her books take place. 
Isle of Palms of is set on the Isle of Palms (go figure!) and is a story about finding yourself. The main character, Anna, lived on the Isle of Palms until her Grandmother made them move to Charleston after her mother's death. Anna spent the rest of her life longing for the Isle of Palms. So she finds a way to move back disrupting what had been her normal for a long time. Thus starts an intriguing and interesting tale about what is important in life and what really matters. 
I love that Ms. Frank weaves (Catholic) spirituality into her books without making them the over-the-top preaching of many religious novels. She makes you feel what her characters feel. She also uses …

Happy Fifth of July

I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day! I sure did. I spent the day with family and friends. There was a pool party, bubble blowing, and barbeque. Mary's two friends were there and those girls had the best time. I am really tired today, I think from being in the heat for so much of yesterday. I didn't get burned, but I got sapped.

Oh, I finished another book on Tuesday, so I will had a book review coming your way!

Funny Story....

We started doing Nazarene Catechism in Sunday School on Sunday. This involved reading three of our Articles of Faith. The one about Jesus mentions that he ascended. I asked the kids if they knew what the meant and they said he went up to heaven. So we were talking about how cool it would have been so see it and one said, "Yeah, I would have liked to see Jesus ride up to heaven on a cloud of doves."
Me too, buddy. Me too!