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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Art of the Surprise

I recently surprised my Mom on Mother's Day. It was so much fun! I live several hundred miles from my mom and I haven't been with her for Mother's Day in the last six years, so it was a great big surprise. 

Normally, I wouldn't have planned it as a surprise. I just wasn't sure if I was actually going to be able to keep the plans until the last minute. When I walked into the house close to 1:00 am and woke her up, she was so excited. 

Originally she thought that neither of her kids were coming for Mother's Day and was planning on going out of town. My brother and his wife decided to come down too and the cover worked. 

My mom and I spent all day on Saturday talking, even as we went shopping. On Sunday, we went to church and then my dad and brother manned the grill and cooked up some delicious steaks! I took the following Monday off of work so I was able to stay the entire day on Sunday. 

I made the trip with a great friend and that made it so wonderful! The trip is seven hours each way and we didn't turn the radio on once!  Plus we made several longer stops. 

It would have been easy to say that the timing wasn't great. I probably shouldn't have taken the time off of work, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. The big project I was working on was completed in time and everything was great!

Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday's Songs: Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

The song I want to share with you today is one that has been pounding through my mind a lot lately. I hear it most days at least once, usually more on the radio and I'm so glad. It get stuck in my head and honestly I need it there. I need it to resonate in my thoughts and in the way I live my life. Without futher ado, here is Big Daddy Weave and "Redeemed."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

As you are reading this I am (hopefully) hanging out with my mom! I surprised her for Mother's Day because I had a friend who needed to go to my hometown as well this week. This is the first time I've spent the day with my mom since 2007. I am very excited. 

My mom loves the song "I Hope you Dance" by Leann Womack. She always told me it was her song for me, so I want to share it with you today!

I hope that you are spending time with your mom, or at least don't forget to call her!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Its funny but lately I've felt very strongly that I'm so not qualified to give an opinion about anything spiritual. I'm not an expert by any means, but I know Jesus. He is my Savior. All I want is for others to see that in me. 

Its a scary thing to speak truth as a Christian. What I mean is this: when I say that its wrong to lie and then I lie, I feel like people see me as a hypocrite. The real issue isn't me purposely being a hypocrite, its that I'm a sinner.

Thats why I try to keep things encouraging around here. Its also why lately I've been quiet on my usual Word for Wednesday posts. I just haven't been able to find words to express these things. 

I love sharing encouraging music here. Mostly because music is what gets me going. Its what makes me excited and I'm always eager to share it. Thats why I do the Sunday's Songs posts. I hope that they are as encouraging to you as they are to me. 

So anyway I have another song that I want to share with you today. I know its not Sunday, but alas here is a song that I love. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The House on Moody Avenue by Celestine Hannemann

The House on Moody Avenue is the story of a house. Of course you can't tell the story of a house without telling the stories of those who live in it. Hannemann begins her story after the American Civil War, with Lisette, a young girl whose life is quite simply, really sad. Lisette's story is very tangled up with the story of Julia. Julia is determined to find her way into the top of the social sphere of New York City and finds that the house is a tool to do just that. 

After Lisette and Julia move away from the house, it sits empty for many years. In the 1920's it is restored by a former showgirl and becomes a boarding house to an interesting cast of characters. Their stories are told quickly, but interestingly. Each of them are very different and find their dreams (or not) in the Big Apple. 

Fast forward to the sixties and the house is condemned, the question though is how will its end come?

Generally I love stories that take place over many decades and tell people's whole story. This book however left me wanting. There were many grammatical errors and many superfluous words used. I read this book on my Kindle and when I would look up the words there wouldn't even be a definition in the dictionary.

The first story of Lisette and Julia is very sad and takes up the majority of the book. I was expecting each of the parts of the book to be equal so I was confused by this. However the story was interesting and kept me engrossed.

The stories from the sixties were very interesting, but now that I am thinking back on them, I feel like they were incomplete. I would have liked to know what happened after the stories ended, but I guess I will just have to imagine it. The tone of the book is so sad that I’m sure the endings just weren’t very happy.Overall, I'm not really sure that I would recommend this book. 

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday's Songs: 5.5.13

A few weeks ago one of my favorite recording artists announced that he would be retiring from music at the end of this year. Bebo Norman's songs are often songs that I relate to in ways that I rarely find elsewhere. His songwriting is raw and honest. I've seen him in concert several times and each time I found his talent impressive and his person real. With that I want to share one of his more recent songs, "God of My Everything." I hope it speaks to you like it does to me.