Monday, December 31, 2007
What a way to end one year and welcome another by watching the Chick-fil-a Bowl where the Tigers meet the Tigers and Orange clashes Orange.
Even if Clemson loses, we still win because what could be better than Clemson and Chick-fil-a...together!
Also...Chick-fil-a is offering a free breakfast...go heer to git u sum.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
1. Emma, what do you want for Christmas?
A Dora the Explorer Jeep. Pink.
2. Who is your favorite aunt?
3. Do you know you could make some big bucks for the Salvation Army with your little bucket and a bell?
Monday, December 17, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
You know you need a 2008 calendar anyway, so why not spend $5 on a Chick-fil-a calendar and get $30 worth of coupons for FREE FOOD to use all year long?
OR....you can treat yourself to a $20 Chick-fil-a gift card (or give it as a gift) and then you get the calendar and coupons for FREE FOOD for FREE!
'Cuz u no yur gona eet ther enywayz.
Monday, December 03, 2007
I am probably one of the most immature forty year olds I know, but this past decade has been a season of maturity in the sense of life lessons:
I do not need toxic people in my life.
Saying "no" to others is a gift to myself and my family.
I realize that I can't change other people.
Not everyone will like me and I may never know why.
Love everyone, not just my BFFs.
I am created for a purpose and it is my job to pursue it.
Christ completes me.
I am healthy. I have a great family and awesome friends who care about me. I don't NEED anything. And I got to turn forty this weekend.
Life is good.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
1. Mrs. Claus, what is your full name?
It is Jessica Mary Claus, but some fruitcakes think it is funny to call me "Mary Christmas". Pun intended, they say.
2. Why don't you go deliver toys with Santa on Christmas Eve?
Well...somebody has to stay back at the Pole and keep the spirits up and organize the chaos. With the new age of technology, we make our lists and check them twice using computers now. This younger generation of elves insisted on us purchasing Mac computers. Unfortuately with all the high-maintenance computer problems we have had, I have to stick around to constantly reboot and troubleshoot the computers. I'd rather use pen and paper.
3. What do you and Santa do during the Spring and Summer?
You can usually find us in the Florida Keys with some of our retired friends. One year we ran into Mister Heat Miser, which caused us to cut our fun-in-the-sun short. Being in the same place with "Mister Hundred and One" is just TOO MUCH! We ended up in Vegas after that.
4. Why is Rudolph's nose so bright?
Rudolph had a little "accident" in the toy shop and I hit him over the head with a frying pan. His nose fell off and now he wears a prosthetic device that glows red. Oopsie.
5. Do you do a lot of cooking at the North Pole?
Have you seen Santa's jelly belly? I have to make cookies all the time. Thank goodness for the new break and bake versions. And the elves are no better. They think the four food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. I spend a lot of time making sure everyone is happy and well-fed. It's not like we have pizza delivery around here.
Mrs. Claus, you are our hero.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Did I mention that we ate Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant yesterday? Processed turkey meat, instant mashed potatoes and no macaroni and cheese.
This is the stuff memories are made of.
Monday, November 19, 2007
The Christmas season is a time for celebrating personally and publicly that Jesus was sent into the world to make a difference. He had a different kind of birth. A different way of ruling. He wore a different crown. And He has shown us a different kind of love.
Yep. Something is definitely different around here.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The Myriad - awesomely weird/emo. The music was loud, lyrics were solid. And they sported the new fashion for male musicians...girls straight leg jeans.
Phil Wickham - well....um.....you see....nevermind.
Shadow worship must be the new thing, see picture above.
About 50-60 TNC peeps were there.
I love the Township Auditorium...small and intimate. We had great seats on the floor risers.
Why was there a gnome on the stage?
My favorite Remedy tracks: Glory of it All, Can You Feel It?, Everything Glorious, 1000 Tongues
My son's hair looks like David Crowder's in the mornings.
Alan says he is going to grow a "Crowder", the beard thing.
Great night of praise and worship!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
PF Chang's China Bistro - Oh yeah! I have been there once in the ATL. Got the lettuce wraps. Never have forgotten them.
Williams-Sonoma - a girl can't have too many kitchen gadgets.
Barnes and Noble - where I can feed two addictions at once: coffee and books
McAllister's Deli - This is why:
Buckle - what was once my little internet shopping secret is now coming to Augusta in the spring. I love this store!
Check out this video of the guys paying tribute to the six USC students and one Clemson student who died in the Ocean Isle beach house fire recently. My own Clemson daughter was at a mountain cabin in North Carolina with her girlfriends that same weekend, so this tragedy hit close to home for me.
The Clemson/USC rivalry runs deep and there is still a football game to be played on November 24. It will be interesting to see how the game and events surrounding it play out.
Because what brings us together makes us stronger.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
"Why do you want to see him so badly, Allison?"
"I don't know. I just have to. I want to be in breathing distance of him."
It was not an unreasonable request, actually. I had nothing to lose by trying. So I emailed the principal and asked if we could work out a meeting with Radio. And the answer was, "Absolutely."
So that is what we did to kick off our four day weekend. We watched "Radio" last night for the twenty-eleventh time and went to T.L. Hanna in Anderson today to meet Allison's hero, Radio, and Coach Jones. They were so kind and funny and down-to-earth...they just blessed our hearts!
Allison and Radio...
My family and BFF Elizabeth with Radio and Coach Jones...
We took Radio some surprises, one of them being the TrueNorth Band CD, Radiate...
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Fat Man's Forest (Laney Walker, Augusta): a family tradition during Halloween and Christmas. Browse the costumes and "spooktacular" gifts. And don't forget the "Almost World Famous Boiled P-nuts"! They are one of my seasonal luxuries, right up there with the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. But not together. That's gross.
Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee (Georgia Avenue, North Augusta): From 10-4 on Saturday, the main drag in downtown North Augusta will be filled with craft and junk food vendors, inflatable jumping thingies, and local entertainment to celebrate the fall season. Your child will be sure to win the costume contest if their costume is homemade and insanely creative. Don't forget to stop by the Pink Dipper to get the kids a single scoop of Coffee Almond Fudge on a sugar cone (not that that's my favorite or anything).
Masters 7 Cinemas (Washington Rd, Augusta): All movies before 6pm are 99 cents. With those prices, who cares about spending a little more for coke and popcorn? The movie listings will be updated on Friday, but I know Ratatouille will still be on!
Hammond Hill Elementary Book Fair (West Woodlawn Ave, North Augusta): I volunteered at the Book Fair this week and they have lots of books and trinkets to choose from. If your kids like books, you might as well buy them from the school because they get to keep some of the money!
Chuck E Cheese (Wrightsboro Road, Augusta): 'nuff said.
Hunger for Life Dance Concert (Monte Sano Elementary, Augusta): Okay, so this is a shameless plug for my friend Beverlee, owner of Tip Toes and Taps Dance Studio, who has organized a fundraiser for the Golden Harvest Food Bank for nine years. Come watch a variety of dance styles that were choreographed by adults and children alike. I think some belly dancers will be there too. For real.
Scarowinds (North Carolina): Carowinds Theme Park is transformed into Scarowinds where you can "hear the creatures creeping up behind". Thriller. Oh yeah.
Edventure (Columbia): Okay, now I really can't decide what to do. Edventure is a Children's Museum in Columbia that is sponsoring an event called "Hallo-Wonka" on Friday night from 5:30 until 8pm. It's all things Wonka with activities such as Nerd Toss, Pixy Stix Art, Roarin’ Runts Relay and more! Visitors can also drool over the “Candy Sculpture” contest where all sculptures are made entirely of Willy Wonka candy.
Boo at the Zoo (Columbia): Riverbanks Zoo is decked out for Halloween and from 6 to 9pm each evening, you can take your costumed little ones trick or treating through the zoo.
TrueNorth Church (North Augusta High School): Church doesn't have to be boring! Music, skits, small groups, and relevant Bible teaching are part of the exciting environment in Journeyland (ages baby to kindergarten) and Kidzstuff (elementary). Our Baptism service, affectionately known as Dunk'd, will be held in the gym at 9:30 and 11:11am on Sunday morning. Come and see!
This is just a sampling...I hope you find something fun to do. Have a great weekend!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
1. How long have you been leading worship?
TJ: Since 2004.
KB:I've been leading worship for a little over 10 years. My first leading opportunity was for my church youth group playing such greats as "Pharoah, Pharoah" and "I've Got A River of Life". Wow, those were the days...
2. What is your biggest challenge as a worship leader?
TJ: Remembering the chords and the lyrics!!!!! Really, the biggest challenge for me is trying to veer away from being performance minded. I truly believe that we have to give our best to God and that requires us to practice and strive to get better. However, I constantly have to remind myself to just trust Him...if I do that, then everything always works out.
KB: Removing who I am and what I've done to prepare and allowing God to take control. It's very easy to put confidence in how much I've prepared and how I feel about the songs going into an experience with God. The most challenging for me is to remember God and that He's on the throne, in control, no matter what I'm doing. Jesus said that the rocks will cry out if God's people don't. So he's going to be worshipped regardless of whether I'm involved or not...so I'd rather do it His way!
3. What is your favorite aspect of leading worship?
TJ: Getting to connect with and feel the heartbeat of the church! I get to be one of the few people that faces the people during worship, so I get such a different perspective. It's great to be able to worship God and hopefully take almost 1000 people with me!
KB: I have always been thankful for the unique vantage point of a worship leader. We get to watch others connect with God through song and other things. People have asked me in the past how I worship because I've got so many things I'm responsible for when I lead worship. Well, that's it...watching others. That is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do.
4. Who inspires you musically?
TJ: David Crowder, Incubus, Coldplay, Dave Mathews Band, Hillsong United, Steve Fee (FEE), Future of Forestry
KB:I have quite a range of influences...Harry Connick Jr, Maroon5, the Passion guys (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Matt Redman, etc), Switchfoot, Vertical Horizon...I could go on and on! Oh! And how could I forget Mute Math???? Those guys are amazing!
5. What have you been listening to in your spare time?
TJ: At the house I've been listening to Marshall yelling at the dog. In the car, I've been listening to Francis Chan and Craig Groeschel podcasts. Good stuff!
KB: Spare time? What's that?
Monday, October 15, 2007
We listen to the first sermon, but the second sermon is our time to chill out and take a break. Oftentimes a band has a designated place for congregating called "the green room". Here is a definition I found on the 'net:
This is what our green room at TrueNorth looks like. No fluff, no comfort, just lots of interesting talks, cereal bars, and orange juice. If we miss our cue to get back on stage, just come find us in the stairwell.
Friday, October 12, 2007
1. How were you first diagnosed with breast cancer?
I went for my first routine mammogram at age 40. No lumps were present, just microcalcifications. One biopsy showed stage 3 breast cancer.
2. Has cancer affected your spiritual life?
I developed a staph infection from surgery that almost killed me. My friends and especially my mother-in-law prayed steadily for me. I realized it would take God's power to pull me through that situation and it was a turning point of surrendering my life to Him.
3. How has God been able to use your cancer to help others?
I am a registered nurse and I have a new job where I work directly with cancer patients in research. We are hoping to find a cure and treatments to give patients a prolonged, better quality of life.
4. Many people think that cancer is the worst thing that could happen to a person. What do you think?
I lost my dad suddenly at the age of 64 from a massive heart attack. That devasted me more than being diagnosed with cancer. There are definitely worse things than cancer.
5. How has being a breast cancer survivor changed your outlook on life?
I don't sweat the small stuff anymore. My motto is to live in the moment and not waste a single day.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
What did I learn from this experience?
1. Don't stare at people smoking dope.
2. Have friends who would lay down their life for you!
John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
Monday, October 08, 2007
1. Andy Stanley - He has been reading my mind. After hearing Andy, I knew why God worked it out for me to be there. I felt like I was the only person in the room.
2. Francis Chan - I was mesmerized by him, therefore I took very little notes. The big idea here was "do what God tells you to do, not what other people tell you to do. Believe that you were created for this."
3. Rick Warren - I took two pages of notes from the Purpose Driven Pastor. I loved what he said about being a church of DEEDS and not CREEDS! We should know what we believe and DO IT!
4. John Maxwell - Another extremely valuable and applicable rule of leadership: Be a people person. Value people on purpose. If I ever stop relating to other people, I am firing my own self from leadership.
5. Craig Groeschel - Great communicator! "A practical atheist believes God exists, but lives as though he doesn't." Ouchie.
6. Dave Ramsey - I want to be his new best friend. "What could the people of God do for the kingdom of God if they were debt free?"
Steve Fee and Christian Stanfill were amazing worship leaders as usual. There's nothing like singing 'Mighty to Save' with 11,000 of your closest friends!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
And look...this girl didn't even want her whole face to be shown in this picture!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Hello! Phone to the ear...lips moving!
I thought she needed directions or would tell me my tire was flat or something.
Her accent was so thick I could barely understand what she was saying until I looked in her hand and saw "The Watchtower" literature. Once I realized she was a Jehovah's Witness, I told her that I would not read that material, that I would only read the Bible. She was trained well and persisted to debate with me and I had to tell her no... again. She finally gave up.
It makes me sad for her. I am so glad that I don't have to get in people's faces to witness to them. Relationships are so much more meaningful.
Alan just celebrated his TGIF birthday last weekend. That would be "Thank God I'm Forty". For his birthday, I bought him/us two tickets to see Van Halen in Charlotte tomorrow night. We both saw the Van Halen 1984 concert in Augusta and another concert with Sammy Hagar in Columbia in the '90s. So it looks like we're making the show once every decade.
This tour is different though. Shows are selling out like crazy! Tomorrow night will be the FIRST concert of the tour and the first time David Lee Roth has been with the band on stage in 22 years. Eddie's son, Wolfgang (I call him Wolfie) will be replacing bassist Michael Anthony. He brings some youth and freshness to the stage.
This will be a great moment in the history of rock and roll...and I have big expectations!!! I'm so excited I don't even know how to act!!
I know...I need to get a life. Pray for me.
Check out this commercial.
Van. to the Halen.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Why can I remember every word to a song that was made popular when I was seven and now I can't remember to get sugar when I'm at the grocery store? How is it that I forget to return a DVD to the movie store, but I am able to remember dance routines from my years of ballet and tap?
Because the human mind is easily moldable at a very young age.
Alan and I were watching a movie one night at home when Matthew (age 3 at the time) walked through the room just as a four-letter word was shouted from the screen. About one week later, as we were celebrating Mother's Day after church on a Sunday afternoon, Matthew gave his mother and grandmother a present that will never be forgotten...he screamed his new cuss word across the restaurant for everyone to hear. The sad part is that this word cannot be erased from his mind. But he knows now not to ever say it again.
It is a huge challenge for parents today to ensure that what their children are exposed to does not compromise the development of their young minds. From video games to TV shows and movies, to music and online activities, so many opportunities are readily accessible for their minds to be corrupted. I know that I want to be a more responsible parent by helping filter out the filth while my kids are young and before it is too late to correct the damage.
I love what Plato said in reference to childhood exposure to something as primitive as a STORY:
And shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tale which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we wish them to have when they are grown up? We cannot.... Anything received into the mind at this age is likely to become indelible and unalterable; and therefore it is most important that the tales which the young first hear should be models of virtuous thoughts.... (Plato, 374 B.C., p. 72)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Three and a half years later, the SHAPE series has allowed me to reassess myself with another evaluation. I decided to use the same Network evaluation for consistency-sake. This time around, I discovered my top three gifts to be Adminstration, Leadership, and Helps.
Why the difference? I don't think our spiritual gifts change. I think what changes is our DISCOVERY of these gifts. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
As we grow and develop and USE our gifts, we will have a clearer understanding of how God has shaped us to serve in His church. Make sure you don't miss the rest of the SHAPE series because...IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Coke Zero website is fun too. Go to the site and watch the lawyers get punk'd. You can also sue a friend for personal taste infringement (ringtone theft, ordering the same coffee drink, etc).
So, I am waiting in anxious anticipation for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. And it will be worth it!
Matthew: "Mom, did you know that our Earth is the third planet?"
Mom: "Yes, and how did you know that?"
Matthew: "I told myself that. "
Mom: "Do you know what the first planet is?"
Matthew: "Oh yeah. The moon. And then the sun is second. The devil made the moon and God made the sun and there was light and the darkness went away. That's why we are the third planet."
That was deep.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This is Trinity Church, located across the street from the Twin Towers. I wonder how many people have entered this church looking for answers.
As dark and depressing as those days were on this side of the TV, no amount of emotion could be compared to what was experienced on those streets.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Check it out...you might see some familiar faces within these laws. I know that I saw a glimpse of myself in a few and it was U-G-L-Y.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I was the only customer in the store as I approached the counter with my unsealed box. I asked how much it would cost to overnight my package. When I found out it was LESS than USPS rates AND I would receive $100 worth of insurance on my package at no extra cost, I decided to go for it. The owner condensed my items into a smaller box, sealed it shut, asked me to fill out a shipping label, totaled my purchase and gave me a free Goin' Postal pen as a first time customer reward. I was also impressed when I checked out the countless stamp designs that were available. (Cute stamps are important to me.) This whole experience lasted five minutes tops!
The franchise name, Goin' Postal, is almost an oxymoron because the store makes you want to NOT "go postal". The people are so helpful and friendly you will wonder if it is for real or just a nice dream. I am Goin' Postal from now on. And if you value short lines, lots of cute stamps, great customer service, discount shipping, and a safe parking lot, you might want to consider Goin' Postal too.
Friday, August 24, 2007
While I was in the waiting room with Beth, inventing stories that were getting more exaggerated by the minute, the doctor came in and said that they ended up doing a full surgery to remove the gall bladder. If they had waited another day or two, the gall bladder could have possibly ruptured, putting Curtis in a very dangerous situation. We got on our phones to share the news with Beth and Curtis' Journey Team and the sounds of those soups cans being opened could be heard for miles.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I'm leaving today 'cause I've gotta do what's best for me
You'll be ok..I've got to move on and be who I am
I just don't belong here
I hope you understand
We might find our place in this world someday
But at least for now I gotta go my own way
Not what I needed to hear while getting my daughter ready to leave for college the next morning!!!!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Allison. My "no, I'm not nervous" daughter is in her first day of middle school as I type. I am sure that she is keeping check of every detail of her day and when she gets home, she will be give me a full report, leaving nothing out.
Matthew. Unlike his sister, Matthew will probably tell me nothing. I mean, he IS a boy. Alan took him this morning for his first day of elementary school and he said there were a lot of crying mamas at the school. That is why I didn't take him.
I am all cried out for this week. Or am I?
Monday, August 13, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Clothes, money, Vera Bradley, and to go eat at Salsa’s!
2. Pick one. The Jonas Brothers or Zac Efron?
3. What are you looking forward to in middle school?
Meeting new people and getting to change classes.
4. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
I have no clue. I don’t think about that.
5. Hey Allison, is my lip gloss poppin’?
Mom! You aren’t wearing any!
Middle school can be hell. I don't know any other way to put it. I hyperventilated more during the summer before Kacie went to middle school than the summer before she started high school. It is a scary place where kids first experience puberty, peer pressure, social stress, bullying, and cliques. Then there are locker combinations, seven different teachers, changing classes, and (gasp!) dressing out for PE.
The terrible twos weren’t so bad. It’s the terrible 12’s that can be more challenging! You know the attitude…hand on hip, finger pointed, neck moving in circles saying “Oh no you didn’t just sing in the car in front of my friends, Mom!” When Kacie did this to me, I ran straight to the bookstore with tear-stained cheeks, looking for a self-help book for parents of middle schoolers. I ended up with “When We’re in Public, Pretend You Don’t Know Me” by Susan Borowitz. What I learned was that they don’t want us around, but they don’t want us to get too far away either!
Middle schoolers are fragile. It doesn’t take much to tear down their self confidence. They want to fit in. They are little kids in big kids’ bodies. And the choices they make during these years will put them on the path of who they will become in their high school years and beyond.
I had fun hanging out with the TNC middle schoolers this week. I fit in better with them than I do some adults! Please pray for this group of kids as they begin a new school year of good times and trying times!
I miss them already!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Move over Sudoku...Rummikub is in the house!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
19 things I have learned since starting my blog one year ago (because I couldn't think of 20):
1. I have never, ever, considered myself a writer.
2. But maybe I am after all.
3. It is sometimes scary to push the 'publish' key.
4. Adding a stat counter helped me to know that people do actually read my posts.
5. How do people from places like Singapore and Guam find my blog?
6. I am encouraged when people tell me that a particular post was helpful to them, made them cry, or just laugh-out-loud.
7. I appreciate the 5 people who SUBSCRIBE to my blog through bloglines.
8. My blog reflects me and I won't apologize for that. I also blog how I talk.
9. Blogging is not a great way to make money.
10. I have deleted a few posts within 30 seconds of publishing.
11. It is better to have no post than a bad post. Some bloggers disagree on this.
12. I don't always know what I'm going to blog about...I just start typing.
13. Most readers don't like polls, but I do.
14. I can't get my husband to read my blog without my asking, but he can't get me to floss my teeth regularly either.
15. Going on vacation helps fill my mind with creative ideas, which sometimes end up as blog posts.
16. Posting more frequently results in more visitors.
17. I try to keep my blog fresh: guest bloggers, interviews, relevant content, etc.
18. I want/need a new blog design. Anyone up for the challenge?
19. I heart blogs...reading and writing them.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Speaking of Hallmark, where greeting card writers have WAY too much fun... I went to the big Hallmark store in Augusta while I was out that way recently (yes, I played with the musical cards, all 200 of them. Go here to see them). What really caught my attention was the Pop Goes the Culture collection, a new series of cards and gift items based on memorable quotes from famous people, movie and tv shows. I was LOL while reading quotes from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Saturday Night Live, The Office, and Napoleon Dynamite, to name a few. These cards are a fun way to connect with your recipient using cultural references. And for $2.50 a pop, you could get two for the price of one musical card!
Monday, July 16, 2007
1. Justin, what was the first big concert you remember seeing?
2. How long have you been playing drums?
I began playing seriously around age 11.
3. Who are your musical influences?
Peter Criss from KISS, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stevie Ray Vaughan/Double Trouble
4. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
tobyMac, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Family Force 5, George Benson
5. Baseball was once a big part of your life. Do you think you might play again?
I needed to choose between my music and ball because doing both was too much of a time commitment, so I put ball on hold for now. Maybe I'll play old-man softball one day!
Friday, July 13, 2007
4:01am - Alan walks around the house, looking out all the windows and sees a car's headlights shining down the street in front of our neighbor's house.
4:02am - I go looking for him because he's been gone way too long.
4:03am - We both peer out the front windows at the stalker car. Headlights on. Emergency flashers on. Not moving.
4:10am - The car drives off slowly, emergency flashers still flashing.
4:13am - The stalker car drives by again very slowly, lights still flashing. Alan tries to get the make of the car and the license plate number.
4:30am - Stalker car has not returned. Alan comes back to bed.
The next day:
11:00am - I call my teenage neighbor and warn her that there was a stalker car in front of her house at 4:00am, but not to be scared....because she can call me if there is a problem.
2:00pm - I call my dad who, being a senior citizen, is usually awake at 4:00am. And since he lives in my neighborhood, I tell him of our stalker with the flashing lights.
2:02pm - "Laura, that's the paper carrier".
2:03pm - Oh.
Monday, July 09, 2007
One lady asked if we minded if her son drove his toy car on our "pyramid". Doesn't she know the Hard Rock Cafe when she sees it??? And isn't there an unwritten rule that you don't mess with other people's sand art?
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Disclaimer: There is no hidden agenda behind this post. I do not have this disease (unless I am in denial) and I am not trying to infect others. But this condition is not discussed often because people are afraid to get real. The future of church ministry is at stake and a book like Mad Church Disease could put leaders on the road to healing, bringing an end to this epidemic.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
The Egg is now officially banned from his performance.
Allison has accomplished a backflip off the diving board, back dives, and the Flying Squirrel.
It's just more than a mom can handle.
Then there is the constant "Watch me, mom!" "Watch this, mom!" "Have you seen this, mom?" They want to show off for me and win my approval with their great olympic-worthy feats. Did I mention that I get to judge their jumps too? From zero to ten.
Aren't you glad that we don't have to perform for God to win his approval or get his attention? God is not impressed when we say, "Watch me, God!" There is nothing we can do better than what Christ did for us. God just wants our hearts and we get His seal of approval when we accept Him as our Savior.
So let's stop "flipping those gainers" and rest in Him!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The last season of American Idol, number six, reminded me of when the phrase "jump the shark" became part of pop culture. It was when The Fonz did indeed "jump a shark" while on water skis on an episode of Happy Days. It was all downhill after that. Happy Days soon gave birth to Joanie loves Chachi. 'Nuff said.
Other shows and examples of "jumping the shark":
Laverne and Shirley moved to L.A.
Chrissy left Jack and Janet on Three's Company.
Martha Stewart takes over The Apprentice.
Ashley Simpson's lip synching fiasco on Saturday Night Live.
Marlena was possessed by the devil on Days of our Lives.
Corey and Topanga got married on Boy Meets World.
And in one word, the point where American Idol jumped the shark.....Sanjaya.
Do you know a show, past or present, that crossed the line and lost its audience because it did something stupid for ratings? Post a comment and tell me about it.
...until I went to No. 1.
I hate myself now.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
1. What prompted your decision to become Mr. Mom?
I did not exactly choose to do this. But due to medical reasons, I had to leave my job, which allowed me this opportunity. We are making lemonade out of lemons.
2. What are the most difficult issues you have discovered about being a stay-at-home dad?
It is a hard job. Some days I think it would be easier to drive my UPS route. But this experience has created a special bond between the boys and me and I am grateful for that.
3. Some people have the impression that stay-at-home parents sit around eating bon-bons while watching The Price is Right all day. What do you think about that?
There may be people who can do that. But with two active boys, I don't have time for such luxuries. It is a non-stop job until they go to bed at night.
4. Do you have a support system in which you get a break?
Tracy's parents are available to help when I need them, but I try not to take advantage of that.
5. Is Tracy going to let you join the Mother's Club?
Absolutely not. She would definitely put her foot down if I started hanging out with the moms!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Many Boys Are Jerks–Do Not Settle!
Some key points here were…
I had a staff member tell me he would change it to “all boys are jerks…and God happens to redeem a few.” I agree!!!
The problem with many single Christian ladies is the temptation to settle. In a recent survey I saw where 60% of the Christians in America are female…so…many of them feel like that have to take what they can get.
I told Charisse, “Honey–it is the year 2019 right now…and many of the single ladies here are more in love with the idea of being in a relationship and being married MORE than they are in love with Jesus, and so, they settled…and during the past 12 years many of them are now divorced and have experienced some serious pain in their lives…all because they didn’t have high standards.”
The Bible says in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to so much more than we could ever ask or imagine…so single ladies should set incredibly high standards…and then watch God blow them out of the water.
Lucretia, my wife, said the following question should be asked before entering ANY serious relationship! “Is this the kind of love God meant when He created Adam and Eve, the kind between two people that truly reflects His love for us (the I Corinthians 13 kind), or are you settling for less than God’s immeasurably more than anything you can ask or imagine?”
What should a man be? What am I looking for in a man who will win the heart of my daughter? (Yes, I will make that call…I am her father!)
A Priest - he needs to be in love with Jesus and know God’s Word. I tell single guys all the time that the best thing they can do to prepare themselves for marriage is to read the Bible over and over again…to memorize it…AND to apply it!!! If a guy doesn’t know Scripture–he cannot spiritually lead my daughter, and I will show him the door. I said in one service, “If he isn’t willing to go through the book of Leviticus for you then he isn’t worthy of you!”
A Protector - if a guy EVER puts a lady into a situation where she feels compromised emotionally, physically or spiritually…then he is NOT a godly man, he is actually acting more like satan–seeking to manipulate her to fulfill his own selfish desires. A true man of God protects a woman AND her reputation. It was also here that I said if a boy ever puts here into a situation like I just described…then I will put him into a “situation” that will allow me to begin a prison ministry.
A Provider - I told my little girl, “Don’t bring home some broke boy that I am going to have to support and who wants to live in my basement!” I want my little girl to date a marry a man who has dreams AND A JOB!!! Single guys–WORK!!! And do not e-mail me telling me that a job isn’t important–that is why you are single you moron!!! Fall in love with Jesus–treat women like women should be treated in the eyes of God–and WORK to provide for her!!!
I told Charisse that I want great grandkids one day…and that we can’t get racehorses breeding with mules…so date and marry a godly man!!!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
This session had 300 students and one or two of their parents....a lot of people to shuffle around. Clemson has a bus system throughout the campus and to the surrounding cities and towns so the kids can go to Walmart, Bi-Lo, the mall, etc....for FREE!
No Starbucks....nowhere. What's up with no Starbucks in a college town???
They split the students and parents up a few times, mainly for schedule advisement and registration of classes. Did they think we were going to try to interfere or something? Gosh!
After everything is in place, then....I will have time to cry.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Thanks, Beth! You can borrow them anytime!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Here he is at H & M:
Too bad we didn't come across a Home Depot or Lowe's for Alan!!!