Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

pray for the Heil Family tonight

Today I had the opportunity to help watch one of friends daughter Ava. Ava's mom Katherine lost her sister Sunday night and was getting ready for her visitation. I did not realize that I had met her baby sister Victoria but apparently I had.

My heart is sad for this family. Not because I knew her, but because I know her sister. She is doing well. She told me today that God knows everything. He knows the hairs on our heads and our number of days. Not everyone gets to live to be 100. I accept this. Wow!! Her faith impresses me.

But then I started thinking, I do not want one friend or family member leaving this earth doubting my love. So one of my goals this next year is to love more, through actions, not by words.

I sat there and played with Ava, and just wondered whats going on her head. Will she hear stories of her aunt one day? I am sure she will.

I challenge all of you to love more. The economy sucks. Many of us can not afford a lot, especially expensive gifts. But we can love more. Its not that hard. I hope to find a lot of ways to show love this year.

Will I have resolutions this year? Of course but I have one main one and then it branches off. I want to be more like Jesus. What about you???

Monday, December 29, 2008

True Love - Phil Wickham


Ok, gotta ITUNES gift card for Christmas and i need suggestions..Anything. Artist, song, whatever..

Here is my style.

Love CCM like SCC, MWS, Natalie Grant and so many others. CHurch has been playing a song called True Love during communion and it is stinkin amazing. I forgot his name but will find it later. The words are awesome.. I also love Mandisa. I am up for trying to stuff.

I also listed to some Top 40 and some country like Kenny Chesney, Rascall Flats, Carrie Underwood..

I love great lyrics that make me cry..

Go ahead.. Give me as many suggestion as possible!!!

8 Crazy's

My Friend over at Imagine Alyzabeth Anne tagged me a while ago and I thought I would go ahead and post before I begin some more serious posts like resolutions and stuff like that so here you go

8 Favorite Tv Shows

2.Greys Anatomy
3,American Idol
4. Jon and Kate plus 8
5. The annual Duggar Family show
6. How I Met Your Mother
7. any Hallmark Christmas Movie
8. Private Practice

8 Things I am looking forward to

1. China Baby!!
2. Bringing LynnMarie home
3. Getting closer to God
4. Our first Disney Cruise with LynnMarie
5. Finally losing my 10% at Weight Watchers
6. Going to Florida for our birthday in 2 weeks
7. Adoption Option next Friday
8. Loving LynnMarie and my Michael every day

8 Things on My Wish List
1. Another Disney Cruise
2.Money for China Trip
3. New Carpet upstairs
4. New Paint Upstairs
6. New Front Door
7. debt free
8. not to stress

8 Things we did yesterday

1. Woke up
2. Drove separately to church since I had to work the nursery
3. had a frozen pizza for lunch
4. talked to the dog
5. started watching Get Smart
6. We both played on the Internet
7. We talked
8. We both went somewhere (me- work, Michael-play cards)

8 Favorite Restaurants
1.Cracker Barrel
2.O Charleys
3. Any Japanese steak house
4. Marietta Diner
5, Gondoliers
6. any take out Chinese
7. any take out Pizza
8. Chik Fil A

Friday, December 26, 2008

the day after

Wow.. Christmas is over.

Its been an interesting couple of days. Christmas Eve, Michael and I went to church ( and met Melanie there who had never been to our church) and then went home to our new tradition of a Chik Fil A tray of nuggets and strips. We also watched another Christmas movie as I was trying to squeeze in every Christmas movie I owned before Christmas.

Christmas Day was started with our traditional breakfast at Waffle House followed by gift opening and some resting. We ended the day with dinner with my FIL in Douglasville.

My thoughts this Christmas was strange. Gift wise?? It rocked.I got more than I asked for and hubby loaded me up with new scrubs,cds, dvds and luggage for our trip to China.

As we opened our gifts, I just felt sad. Was it because our LynnMarie was celebrating her first Christmas without us? I am sure that's part of it. I felt as though I had become part of the commercialized Christmas. I am spoiled. I got everything I wanted. I was still missing something. I missed the basics of Chrismas. Celebrating the birth of the one who changed my life. How do I not celebrate that every single day. I missed being with family. I am just tired of wanting more. But at the same time, I just don't feel like I am living my full potential. I think I am in some kind of rut and I hope I get out of it soon.

I hope 2009 allows me to live more simply to give more. I think that will make me happier. God has blessed me far more than what I deserve.

Even though those thoughts were a bit sad, if they happen to help change me this year, 2008 will have been one of my best Christmas's.

But dang, 2009 is going to rock!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope each and every one of you enjoyed making memories with your family today. May we remember that because God allowed Himself to come into our world in the way that He did is why we have the celebrations we have..

Remember to take a moment and reflect and this amazing gift..

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

the one you dont want to miss

If there were one blog post I would want you to see today..It would be over at the adoption blog. Seriously, you do not want to miss this one!.HINT HINT

Monday, December 22, 2008

i dont have a title

As cold as it was going to the gym this morning, I loved it Cold, sunny weather is awesome..Makes me feel just a little more like Christmas.

The past 2 weeks we have had a few friends over for dinner and a Christmas movie. I have really enjoyed this and hope to do this more in 2009, well, without the Christmas movie. I have enjoyed the fellowship and getting to know our friends a bit more.

We have also re-established our community group at church and I look forward to seeing what God has for us.

The Christopher's are also off to Florida in a few weeks for OUR BIRTHDAY. Yes, Michael and I have the same birthday and in case you did not know, Disney is giving everyone a free ticket on their birthday..Check out their website if you do not believe me. So score for us, this is a huge benefit for having the same birthday and we are both excited.

I am still trying to catch up on the many Hallmark movies I have on DVR. Sadly, I have had to delete some..

What are you up to??

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas tradtions

I stole this from Mrs. Ragamuffin Soul AKA Heather

Christmas Traditions, Part 2

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Ok, wrapping paper because gift bags make you want to peak

2. Real tree or Artificial?
i will pre-lit artificial are not good, except for the first year when everything works. Doesnt matter to me

3. When do you put up the tree?
I try to do it as soon after thanksgiving depending on work schedule

4. When do you take the tree down?
as close to Jan 1st, once again depending on work
5. Do you like eggnog?
love it but have not had it this season

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I had a China doll. Well, her head was China but my cousin Christy got on the top bunk and dropped her. I also had a Cabbage Patch Kid

8. Easiest person to buy for? dad, he always wants the staples, t shirts, dress shirts, socks

9. Do You have a nativity scene? yes Michael bought me one when he worked for Family

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I always always mail and try to get some out the Wed before Thankgiving. I really want mine to be someones first Christmas card every year..I know I know, I am odd

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't have one. If I remember something I will come back

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Love Christmas Story, Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Vacation

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? usually early in the morning and whenever money is available

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? not yet but that may be changing

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
egg nog (drink)

16. Lights on the tree? who doesn't?

17. Favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night, Have yourself a Merry Little CHristmas, All I really want for CHristmas by SCC

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? not at the present moment

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
we have both somewhere but neither on the tree right now.,I would say angel though

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, no cheating

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
mean people stealing parking spaces

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
red, I love anything that makes me think of family or memories

24. Favorite Christmas dinner?
Japanese Steak House

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
gifts for LynnMarie, in the hope that she comes home this year

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas movies

Ok so what are you must sees for Christmas movies every year????

Sunday, December 14, 2008

more random thoughts this holiday season

Its Christmas time and I love it!!!

This Christmas is different for so many people. Its a time of hardship and fear. Many of us have had to cut back this year, and in doing so, makes Christmas so much sweeter.

First of all, church on Sunday blew me away. From a power video, to hearing some much needed words, God's presence was just so clear.

I am not good with getting my thoughts out some time. I have to admit, sometimes I like the commercial side of Christmas. I have a list of things that I want each year. Sad, isn't it? No matter what our circumstances our this Christmas, we are beyond blessed.

My heart has been heavy over some things. At church today, I witnessed a mom struggle with some of her child's digestive issues and blaming herself because she had to go to a cheaper formula just to barely make it. Her husband had a massive heart attack just 2 weeks ago at the age of 40 and she is working 2 jobs. This woman still serves. Every Sunday, she teaches.

Last week on my floor, there were 5 new brain tumors diagnosed. I work on a 33 bed unit. 5 little brain tumors were diagnosed. 5 families are walking a new journey. 2 of those brain tumors are inoperable. Can you imagine what life is like with news like this?

This past year, is really the first time that I have ever really been fearful. Fearful of the future, the world we live in, fearful that my faith will not be as strong as I need it. Fearful that people do not see Christ in me. That is my biggest fear.

At the same time, this past year I have felt such amazing emotions for the first time. I have seen people give when they themselves have needs. To me that is just beautiful. I have seen humility that has made me want to be a better person. I have seen someone close to me have a HUGE change of heart.

I have seen dreams crumble, I have seen sadness. But I have also seen Hope.

One of these days, I will get so share some God moments over the past year that have brought me to tears. I can not deny that there is one true God that loves me no matter what I say or do. Its been an interesting year, a pretty rockin year. He has shown Himself to me through blogs, friends, and just circumstances. I am thankful for these God moments.

Certain songs help bring emotions out and this Christmas season is no different. I imagine Mary and Joseph in the stable, loving on that sweet baby boy, trying to protect a future king. Its a beautiful picture in my mind.

Have you heard the Casting Crowns Christmas CD? One of the songs has been on one of their older cds, but I wanted to share some lyrics that have gotten me thinking! The song talks about Bethlehem and what an amazing event took place while the city slept!

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night, in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping?

Are we just not getting it?? Am I personally too selfish that I am going to miss something?? I don't know. I do believe as a country, we have been running away from God but something tells me that there will be people running towards Him.

The more I think about this, the more sad I become. I do believe that I have disappointed my Creator. I am thankful for mercy and forgiveness.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

COMMENT GAME- christmas edition

Christmas EDITION
Here's how it goes: I'll start the game off at the bottom of this post by choosing two words or phrases, like coffee or tea, and which ever one you prefer you choose. You can also explain why. When you have done that you do two new words or phrases for the next commenter to choose from. Feel free to come back as often as you like. Just have fun and lets try to stick with the Christmas theme. If someone derails the game will one of you put it back on track? Thanks

Monday, December 08, 2008

1000th post

Wow!!! Thats a lot of posting. I'm not sure how much substance was in those posts but thats a lot of typing.
My 2009 resolution is one that I am starting now and I want your input. My goal as it should have always been is to live simply and give bigger.

Are you doing this?? How??? I want to quit "wanting". Ugh, I still want material things. I made a Christmas list. At the time, I did not feel guilty. But there are bigger things in this life. I want to know how to give more.

I think I will be doing a massive cleaning out of the house soon and hoping to have a lot of bags of donations. I believe we have found a place that can use financial resources, but more on that another time.

Live Simply. I heard an amazing speaker last Wed on this topic and it spoke to me. How can I do that?
Are we talking, no more appetizers when we go out to eat?? Don't laugh. My mind works in odd ways.

Are we talking no more going to the movies but rather have board game nights with our friends??

What are you doing in general to live simple???

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Amy Grant - Grown Up Christmas List

I think I will always love this song!!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

My brother was nominated for a grammy

Seriously, more about him later but he produced a song called Paper Planes which is sung by a good friend of his M.I.A. and along with the artist who performs, the producer and sound engineer also get nominated

Look for the song and he goes by Diplo!!! We love M.IA too!!!

Congrats guys!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Most of you guys know I love memories and look forward to one creating special memories for Michael and I and any kids we have. I was blessed to have a family who gave me such memories.

Thanks Mom and Dad for everything you did to make sure we had a happy childhood. That was one of the best gifts you have ever given us!!!

When I think of Christmas, I think of Jesus, the manger, church, candlelight services, cocoa, looking at Christmas lights, fireplaces, good movies, the gift of giving to others, shopping, wrapping paper, smiles, Santa, cookies, stockings,!!

What things come to your mind when you think of Christmas???

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Traditions

So what are some of yours??? Come on, I really want to know

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

happy thanksgiving everyone. i am thankful for so many things including those who have ever read or commented on my blog

Monday, November 24, 2008


Here's how it goes: I'll start the game off at the bottom of this post by choosing two words or phrases, like coffee or tea, and which ever one you prefer you choose. You can also explain why. When you have done that you do two new words or phrases for the next commenter to choose from. Feel free to come back as often as you like. Just have fun. If someone derails the game will one of you put it back on track? Thanks.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

its almost Christmas time

Can't wait for the season to officially be here. Michael and I have tried to do a Christmas party every this year but this year because of several reasons, we are going to do something different. We want some more personal times with our friends, so we are inviting people over for dinner and a Christmas movie on different dates.. So, if you live in Atlanta and want to come over and have dinner and some Christmas cheer, let me know!!!

everyone is on a budget this year, but i want to hear some creative, inexpensive ways to get into the Christmas spirit???? ideas???

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


If any of you know me outside my blogs, you will know my mind always has several things going on at one time. In fact, if my metabolism was as quick as the thoughts in my head, I would a lot skinnier. Nothing much going on. Have had a good couple of days at work, even when the 4yo sibling got her head stuck in a chair and we had to drill her out...(a whole other story)

so here is what is presently in my head. I am a people pleaser.I will do anything to get people to like me and to make people happy. This is not always a good thing. I am learning how to love who I am and not worrying about impressing others, which has always been one of my weaknesses. when you go so far away to make people happy, sometimes you sacrifice a lot of things and you can lose your self in the process.I want to be liked. i want to be cool. i have always wanted that but my fear is becoming snobby and thinking i am better than others. I despise that character trait and hope it never develops.

What do I want? i want to quit wanting material things and I want to just love. I want to love everyone unconditionally and sometimes it really hard.
this post was much better in my head before I started typing.

I am frustrated that I am not at my best. The One who created me deserves so much more than what I am giving that its shameful. like totally embarrassing. I am not worthy of the Love that covers me. That is what I want, to live life the best way possible. Physically, mentally, socially, spiritually. I am not there yet. I just think there is something wrong with me.. Ugh, I hate that feeling.

I love the season coming up. I wish I felt this way all year round. I find it to be a season of hope. A season to give and love. God chose to live among us through Jesus. I cant understand why that tiny baby grew up to die a painful death so that I might have a hope and a future. I am so not worthy of this gift and yet most of the time my life is not demonstrating how grateful I am. anyone else ever feel like this????

But it is the season of hope, love, family, joy and Christmas it!!!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


It's Sunday afternoon and we are watching a Greys episode. Enjoyed church today and I am looking forward to this series call ed 3:16. Today we heard about the history of the Bible. I got sent home from nursery duty as i am still not feeling well and have to go to church. One of my weight watcher friends who goes to my church came up to me and asked how she could pray for me in regards to weight watchers. We shared some info, but that meant a lot to me.

Yesterday we watched a football game at a local bar and then planned on going by Starbucks. We ended up going to Marlow's Tavern and spending a lot of time with some friends. It was so nice to spend time with such a cool couple!!!!!

I love my Michael. He played some Christmas music in the car and then loaded the cd player with Christmas tunes last night..

I know everyone says they love this time of year, but I really thrive on it...Yeah for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


So, its 2:33 a.m here at Scottish Rite and I have checked my children. They are really sleeping. Its calm and when its calm I start to think.

I love love love meeting new people which is why I so enjoyed the blog party and I hope to see some of those great people again. I hope some of them become great friends.

Do you ever just feel like you are not worthy? Worthy for friendship? you guys know that I struggle with jealousy. I meet so many people who I think are better than me. Some of those people help me want to be a better person. For that I am thankful. But there is still a part of me who knows I will never be good enough to be a friend of some people. I hate that I think like that. Its just part of who I have always been. I am working on this......I know that no one has it all together and the face that we are all different makes this world a sweeter place.
I am not the best friend to have. I love getting together with friends whether its walking or having lunch. I rarely invite anyone to do anything for a variety of reasons.

a) I hate people turning me down. Even if its a real excuse, I automatically take it personally. I really take a lot of things personally.
b) I don't like to call people because I really do not want to interrupt people during their personal time. Especially friends with kids, I am always afraid I am goin to wake someone up.

I know excuses excuses

Anyway, I hope to be a better friend in the next year. I have learned what amazing friends I have and that is scary. I actually have friends that I trust. I have friends that have demonstrated such love through gifts, words, time and prayers. I am beyond blessed. And then there are my blogging friends who have encouraged me through the blog and I hope to meet so many of you one day....

Still working on my address book for Christmas. regardless if you are a friend in my online world or not, I want to get your address..

Friends, Christmas is in the air and if you can remember last season, I am a Christmas girl.

There will be a lot of blogging in December..

Monday, November 10, 2008

pics up

Fyi- pics from the fabulous weekend including the basset bash and blog party are up at the family blog

Sunday, November 09, 2008

13 more posts until my 1000th post-what should i do

If you are one of the cool people i met at the blog party last night, then hello! I had a blast and enjoyed getting to know so many of you. Some of you came up to me to say hello and that made my day. You made me feel cool, even if it was for just an evening..haha!!!!!

Everyone..... I am getting our Christmas card list together and i want to send one to you. So, send me an email with your name address, blog title and if you were at the blog party or if I know you some other way..(

Fall days just make me happy!!!!!!!

and let me know if you are on twitter, come find me so i can follow you

10 ways to pray for our President

no this is not political. i got this from another blog i read, journey to isabella and thought i would share it over here.

10 Ways to Pray for Barack Obama

1. Pray for Obama’s protection:
We already know that some fanatics in Tennessee plotted to kill Sen. Obama during his campaign. Let’s pray that racist hatred is not allowed to spread. Let’s cancel every assassin’s bullet in the name of Jesus. May civility triumph over bigotry.

2. Cover his wife and daughters in prayer:
It is not easy to live under constant media scrutiny. Pray for Obama’s wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia and Natasha, as they face invasive cameras, nosy reporters, maniacal fans and dangerous enemies. Obama is not only a politician but also a husband and a father.

3. Pray that Obama will govern with God’s wisdom:
God rewarded Solomon because he asked for wisdom instead of wealth, long life or vengeance on his enemies (see 1 Kings 3:11-12). Pray that Obama will order his priorities like that. Despite Solomon’s tragic character flaws, his legacy was wisdom. We can ask God to give our president the same grace.

4. Ask God to keep our president humble:
Many great American leaders became corrupt after they moved to Washington. The fatal attraction of fame, wealth and power proved irresistible. The only thing that will guard a man or woman from this pitfall is humility. May God deliver President Obama from the curse of pride.

5. Pray for wise and righteous advisers to surround him:
Godly leaders cannot do their job alone. Even the best leaders have failed because they trusted the wrong people. Pray that Obama will not select his counselors based on party, race, pedigree or political cronyism but on godly character and proven wisdom. Pray also that he will not allow secret traitors into his inner circle.

6. Ask for the spirit of reconciliation:
Some segments of our deeply divided society want nothing to do with Obama now that he has won the presidency. Even some Christians will be tempted to harbor resentment and nurse political grudges throughout his term in office. Pray that God will grant forgiveness and healing so that leaders on all political levels can have constructive dialogue.

7. Pray that Obama will adopt pro-life convictions:
Many politicians have changed their views on key issues while in office. In the 1800s some leaders who favored slavery later denounced it. In the 1950s some who opposed racial integration later became champions of it. Even though Obama won approval from many voters because he sanctions abortion, God could soften and change his heart.

8. Bind all evil forces assigned to manipulate our president:
The specter of Islamic terrorism looms over the United States, and dark forces are ready to infiltrate. Our only hope lies in prayer to the God who is able to expose and outwit the schemes of the wicked. This is truly a time for spiritual warfare, and intercessors must not come off the wall in this hour! Pray that no foreign government, terrorist organization or demonic principality will use Obama as a tool. We must stand strong against the spirit of antichrist that promotes dictatorship, persecution of Christians and hostility toward Israel.

9. Pray that Obama’s door will remain open to the church:
The loudest voices of secular culture—from Bill Maher in Hollywood to atheists in academia—would be happy if religion were removed from public life. Pray that Obama, who claims to have a personal faith in Jesus Christ, will unapologetically welcome Christian leaders into his company and seek their counsel. And pray that false religious leaders (who claim to know Christ but deny His power) will not have his ear.

10. Pray that our nation will enjoy God’s peace and blessing during the Obama administration:
The apostle Paul instructed early believers to pray for all in authority “so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:2, NASB). God’s will is for America to experience peace and prosperity so that we can continue to export the gospel to the nations. This must happen whether a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House. As we cry out for God’s mercy on our wayward nation, pray that He will allow us to be a light to the world as we finance global missions, feed and heal the world’s poor and share Christ’s love at home and abroad.

And may our Lord continue to reign over our nation and our hearts ! God Bless America.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

its Saturday

Today is the first of three days off in a row. This afternoon we will be heading to Norcross for our first Basset Bash and Waddle. There should be close to 100 bassets and family and should be a fun time raising money for the basset waddle.

Then, we are off to the Fickle Pickle in Roswell for the blog party hosted by Whittaker Woman and there are some neat people coming. i have been checking out the blogs and cant wait to meet everyone.

I do think I am coming down with the first cough/sore throat of the year and hoping it doesn't go any farther.

I love the fall. I am looking forward to playing my Christmas music soon. Now i have heard some by accident (the radio, the mall) but for me to play the music is almost ceremonial. I have to pick out just the right cd and play it at the right time to enjoy. its usually an Amy Grant cd but we might change it up this year.

so what is your favorite Christmas cd and when do you start playing it?

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Are any of you presently doing a specific diet or just eating healthy? just wondering!!!!

very last political post ever

thanks for your comments below. not much going on here except we have a busy weekend ahead check out Michael's blog for details.

for the 3rd election in a row, i worked all night. i do not want to do that again. i didn't get the chance to watch all of the speeches but had some great discussions with my patient parents.
now its time to pray. not complain. but pray. pray for our future president. pray for his family and the people he chooses to surround himself with.. pray that those who are disappointed in the outcome will come to grips with the fact that he is our president and that we need to come together as Americans. Complaining and starting debates will only drive our country apart. i am not saying you shouldn't voice your opinion or stand up for the truth, but there is away to do it ( respectfully would help)and i am reading so many blog posts that are passionate about the new president both in a negative and positive way.

I will be honest. I was not an Obama supporter. I still am fearful that we elected a man with no military experience or foreign policy experience as our country's President in the middle of a war. I do not want to fear. I had other issues with both candidates but this was a big one for me. thank goodness this is my last political post..

The election is over. It is time to pray. God wants us to pray and turn to Him. Our hope should not be in one man, but to the One who created every man.

It will be sweet to see children in the White House again.

Monday, November 03, 2008

november is national adoption ,month

has adoption touched your life or someone you love?

Sunday, November 02, 2008


Its Sunday. Hoping to spend some time in prayer tomorrow and will possibly vote if early voting is still going on.
ok, what did your kids dress up as for Halloween?
michael has question regarding fasting. help him out at with your knowledge..


vote and pray

I probably don't need to remind you to go vote on tuesday, but please also pray. Regardless of who wins, our country is in trouble and our new President has a LOT of important decisions to make..and i hope that who ever wins, we can all respect his position

Check out Carlos's blog for a great post about prayer here.

I just keep thinking that our country has turned away from God and instead of following him, we choose to do things that make ourselves comfortable and happy.

People have gotten mean over this. When you tell someone who yousupport, a lot of times they quickly tell you why you shouldn't vote for your choice. It's nice to see people passionate though, regardless of who they support.

I do agree with my husband that McCain is not Bush and that i hope are not voting for Obama simply because they do not want another 4 years of Bush. I hope they are voting for him because they believe that his experience,morals. ideas, and his behavior in the past make him the best man for our country's President.

I do like both candidates. I do not like Obama's economy solution ideas at all but is that a reason not to vote for him? i have been reading several blogs with blogs with titles " I'm a Republican voting democrat ' or " I'm a christian voting Democrat'. I want to vote for the right man. I want to vote for the guy that share the same morals that I do because i think that will be how he runs our country.

Enough political talk. I really don't know enough to argue. these are just my thoughts.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just got back from bible study, weigh in and lunch. All were good. Gained .6 over the past 2 weeks and I am okay with that since I had expected much more. Bible Study as awesome today as we studied Joel and got a preview of Amos. The book of Joel is short but has a lot of info. We talked today about the world we are living in and comparing it to Israel and Jerusalem. A lot of us shared our fears and then we talked about the Beth Moore conference last Spring. A lot of people are afraid.

A lot of us discussed the fact that a lot of things we complain about are not necessarily the
government's fault, although its blamed enough. We prayed for our new leader (no matter who he is) and that God will work in the hearts of him now. Do you think we live in a selfish country? One of the lady's said she always felt that we lived in country that was blessed. She now feels we have taken advantage of God's gifts and we are now suffering the consequences. That as a country we are turning our backs on the One who created us. I will be honest. I am scared. Each week that we read a new chapter of the Bible, it just seems more and more real.

I am amazed that the word of God that has been read for hundreds of years all over the world is still so full of hope and direction.
My hope does come from God, and He is also my peace. I hope I demonstrate that. I need to be a light in a world of darkness. People are searching for peace and hope. People are afraid. It's time to run back to God. His arms are open. Why are we running from Him and away from Him?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bullet Posts

-I went to Publix and my eyes watered again. I told y'all I was crazy. Its fall and everyone was friendly. Everyone told me to have a nice day and they were just, well, nice.. and they had scallops to sample.

-Weight loss is not going well. I have gained this week. I am still going to WI tomorrow and will let you know how bad it was, well maybe I will. It will get better.

-Christmas is coming!

-I have started a weight loss blog. I will share on that blog, what i am eating, when I am exercising and my thoughts on the whole thing. If you would love to visit, head over to the its still in the beginning stages. But I will also still share my losses over here too!

-Christmas is coming

-I am working Halloween night and I don't really care which is quite surprising

- a family of a patient that i took care of sent me the sweetest note yesterday and included a worship CD by Laura Story and told me they were praying for our adoption. Like that didn't make me cry and no I am not hormonal or any of that stuff.

-2 friends announced pregnancies this week and 2 friends had babies. Congrats Mindy, katherine, Christine and the Ramsey family!

-Will this be our last Christmas without kids?

-Autumn is a stinker and although I do not believe in reincarnation I can not help but wonder if Lucy the basset hound has left her mark. Apparently she left buried toys for the next dog todig up and find. How kind of her!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cherish the moment

I got a comment on facebook the other day that took me back over a decade ago. Good times. I started remembering my good times and I love thinking back on those days. Just like one day 10 years from now, I will look back at now. I think that's why I cherish photos, I ask for a lot of photos because I want to keep those memories alive. I have had some amazing experiences. Most of them are not like others, and thats okay. I have spent years comparing myself to others and I have wasted so much time. God has given me some really cool personal moments, some things I just can not share. God is so personal! I don't want to live in the past, I think thats dangerous. I don't want to miss THIS MOMENT. I love thinking about each moment and what I can make of it.

If you have read my blog for a bit, or know me in the real world, you know that I am odd. Odd in a special way. I just seem to see things different than a lot of people. I am very silly but I can be very serious and emotional at times.
Seriously, I almost cried at Home Depot tonight when I saw the Christmas lights. Why? My parents were with me and it took me back to years ago, when Christmas was just so simple and yet so wonderful. I will cherish those memories forever. If my dad ever doubts his parenting skills, I hope he reads this and knows what an awesome life I have now due to how he raised us.

Anyway,back to memories. Right now we are waiting for our first child from China. This wait is much longer than we anticipated. But this wait as been awesome and has included some of the most special moments of my life. My heart has grown and I can understand the phrase "Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord". I know I am in the middle of memories. I know its okay to cry every once in a while but dang its been a happy tear year!
I love How to Lose a guy in 10 days. I love the way Ben looks at her. I love her yellow dress at the end. I just smile..Love this movie!!!

Its just too cute!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

weight loss just weight

So now on to other topics if you were not too offended by the post below.

Yesterday was Bible Study (Hosea) and then Weight Watchers with Donna. What a yucky day. I did not gain or lose because I used a no weigh in pass. But I did go to the meeting, which is a good thing.

Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt fat. Now, I know I am fat but yesterday I just felt yet. Yuck! But I guess you need those days to get back on track so that's what I will do.

I read several weight loss blogs and have learned some great tips. I am reading one blog who has a goal of finding accidental exercise each day. I love that. She finds a way to walk just a little bit extra every day

One of my issues is making veggies.Fruit is groovy, you don't have to cook it but I have problems with cooking veggies..I love eating them, I just have no idea how to cook them.

But I did go to the gym today....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A post you may not expect from me or maybe you would


So this afternoon, I had lunch with my friends Kim and Sheridan. We ate and walked around The Avenues, stopping in a toy store. This store is one of those cool, discovery stores that has some old school toys and some neat stuff.

I wandered over to the kids books and saw a lot of neat ones and just flipped through a few. Then I spotted one that was very colorful so I pulled it out as Kim watched, we read the cover of the book. It was called "Where is my Poop?" I giggled like a silly 5 year old and I am sure Sheridan wondered what the heck was wrong with Miss Amy. But then Kim and I began belly laughing as I opened the book. Each page as a different mama animal asking the baby animal if it had pooped today. There was " Not yet Mama", "Yes Mama" and "I felt much better afterwards Mama".

As if this was not enough, you had to find the poop on each page. It had little sticky things you had to lift up to find it and of course the last page, we discover poop in the toilet.

If this book finds you interested, please click here. More than likely, LynnMarie will not own this book unless some unnamed person decides to bring back memories one day.

Monday, October 20, 2008

it's Fall Yall

Ok, time for reader participation. Just got home from work. I am going to bed. Share your favorite things about this season. Traditions you have started in your family, things you look forward to.

I know that I love the leaves, the colors, the smells. love pumpkins and scarecrows and the anticipation of Christmas..

Your turn!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

concert and thoughts

So, the MWS/SCC concert rocked. Go see hubby's pics here.

So after a quick dinner at Moe's, we headed over. Is it bad to expect to be blessed? Cause that is what happened.

This was more than just a concert, it was an amazing worship event. We had great seats and during some of the most awesome songs, my heart and eyes teared up as I turned and watched hundreds of people standing with their hands raised and eyes closed. I know God was smiling.

Then I started thinking of the 2 men who were performing. Now, during my walk with Christ, I have heard some amazing words. But music has always touched me in a more emotional way. MWS was one of the first artists I listened to along with Amy, Wes King, David Meece, Bryan Duncan, DC Talk and other old school artists. I did not listen to SCC until college. In fact I would listed to the Christmas cd driving home from college in Tn to Fl.

Anyway, sometimes I listen to the music and not the words. I need to slow down or I am going to miss something.

These 2 men said YES when God asked them to serve. I can not imagine how many lives have been touched by the music of these 2 men. They both shared their hearts. Steven talked about the loss of Maria Sue and how the family was doing and Michael shared his love for our great country.

It was awesome. its amazing how sometimes things you have heard your whole life just come back to life at the oddest times. Last night reminded me that we have a God, not A GOD, but God, who knows our every thought. Knew our first day and knows our last. Has plans for us that are far better than anything we can come up with. Every Christian concert helps open my heart to new things. This is now expected. I love the worship experience. I love it when my heart and mind are focused on the One who created me.

last night, it was nice to hear some of the music that has encouraged me. It was hard to hear SCC talk about Maria. I have not done a post on the event that changed that family's lives because I didn't feel right about it. I do not know them and I will more than likely never know them. But my heart has been unusually really heavy for them. I don't know why. After the incident,I had a hard time sleeping. My mind was with this family. I wondered what they were thinking, what they were feeling.. At first I wanted it to go way, it was just too odd. But I just prayed everytime the family was heavy on my mind Like many people, the Chapman's have influenced many. When I look at the seeds God planted for our adoption, they are an early part of the story.

SCC talked about how the songs he has written over the years to ministed to others were now encouraging others.

What I am working on coming to grips with is that God is God and we are not. Could it be any more simpler ( the words may be simple but that statment is just crazy cool)? God is not A God, but GOD! He is awesome , beyond anything I can comprehend. There will be bad times, there will be hard times. God has a plan, a journey for us. Sometimes those hurdles on the journey hurt and are hard but if we can keep on walking with Him, we wll experience true awesomeness!

God loves me. God likes me. He has awesome plans for me. Do I always fully trust Him? Do I glorify Him with my words, thoughts and actions? No, but i want to. He deserves so much more than I can give Him. I am so thanksful for eternal life.

Sometimes, as a God follower, I think I think inside the box and that comes across to those who I meet. I do not want to a box thinker. I need to work on that.

Sorry for the rambling. I feel better now.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

i was tagged- again

My very first online friend tagged me and since we met, she has been a rocking friend. Mandy, (oh Mandy) here ya go

Here are the rules…..
1. Post the rules on your blog
2. Write 6 random things about yourself
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post
4. If you are tagged, just do it, and pass the tag along!!

So, here’s my random things:

1) I want to write a childrens book one day. Did you know that? It will be a series called "The adventures of Lucy and Pickle" based on the observed play of our Lucy the basset hound and cat Pixel (Pickle) 2 I eat lemons with salt on it 3) I despise being late. If am going to be late, I just dont want to go. I think people are staring at me 4) In case you did not figure it out, I love Disney Cruises and all things Disney. I am not obsessed but Disney makes me happy 5) I have given up soda for a year before. Failed at this year. May try it again next year. 6) I saw Buffy the vampire slayer the movie over 8 times at the theater. I was having a Luke Perry problem at the time. *** I can quote almost the entire 8 seconds movie. Its what brought Mandy and I together. heehee
Now, I need to tag 6 people
Don and Be ( I think a couples tag is fun)
Jeff and Val- just to see if they come visit my blog


So yesterday started out not so good. I rarely have bad days (the ones where everything goes wrong) but yesterday was trying my patience.

I clocked out from work and then got a phone regarding a situation that I can not discuss but will just add some more time to another shift one day. That stressed me out until I realized it really was not that big of a deal. So I head home and realize my BIL told me tire was low and I stopped off to get some air in the tire. The air thing at the gas station just started and I had the hardest time connecting it to the tire (ugh). I get home and I smell gas but Im in a hurry and I just ignore it. Autumn is waiting for and she is just too sweet. I leave her out of the kennel while I get dressed and she does well. I have to be at Bible Study in 30 minutes.

I put her in the kennel (I have to literally push her rear end in) and walk outside. The gas company is outside and says they want to turn off our gas because we have not paid. Dude, I am in a hurry, can you come back? I did not say that but I did think it. So after calling Michael, we figure out the problem and I tell him about the smell. He says why didn't you call the gas leak line? Huh? I'm still in a hurry but he wants to come check on things anyway. So the dog is whining in the kennel, dude is looking around and the house is dirty. He finds the problem. The stove. It has a leak and its really old( probably was installed when the house was built). So now we have to get a new stove. Ugh!

I have to decide if I want to go to Bible Study and WW since I am already late and I despise being late. I went. I'm glad I did. I had fun. We reviewed Daniel and got ready for Hosea. i then met my friend at WW and tried to get out of being weight since I have not been on program all week. Thing all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobsters x2, cracker barrel, ben and jerrys, pumpkin latte at Starbucks (no, not at one time). I just figured what the heck. Check this out. I still lost 1.2 pounds. I am motivated again. I also ran into an old friend we knew at an old trivia location and I look forward to seeing her on Wednesdays.

My day started turning around. After WW and lunch ( chicken fajitas, corn tortillas, no cheese, sour cream or guac) I headed home to play with Autumn. We played and took a long nap on the couch until Michael came home.

We played trivia and I had my last yucky ( but oh so yummy) meal of the week. Now I am back on track and have already been to they gym and am having my water. Check this out. I left Autumn out of her kennel while I was at the gym and she did fabulous.

There are some wonderful pics over on the adoption blog and Michael still needs 18 people to donate 5$ to his JDRF fund by Saturday. Head over to his blog for the link and to help!

Now, we are watching Enchanted and blogging. Rock on!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Book review-love starts with Elle

Rachel Hauk is one of my favorite new authors. She is right behind Karen Kingsbury, love her. This is my 2nd book in a series and I am hooked. The first book was Sweet Caroline and these are must reads if you like good Christian Fiction. I want to get to know her characters. I want to live in the towns they do..Good Stuff..Read below, check out the other blogs on the tour and don't forget to sign the authors blog for a great contest, all you have to do is leave a comment and you get a chance for a free book!

About Rachel: Rachel Hauck is the author of ten, going on eleven novels, and has recently become an "acclaimed" author. (Yeah, funny how that happened. Some dude found her lottery stub stuck to the bottom of his shoe and tried to "acclaim" her. But her husband refused to pay out.)

Since then, she's gone on to become a best selling author of Sweet Caroline.

Living in central Florida with her husband of sixteen and a half years, one sweet little dog and one ornery cat, Rachel is a graduate of Ohio State University and a huge Buckeye football fan. One day she hopes to stand on the sidelines next to Coach Tressel as a famed, acclaimed best selling OSU alumni, beloved for her work in literature and letters. (She's written at least a couple hundred letters in her life time.)

Her current release, Love Starts With Elle (July 2008, Thomas Nelson) is set in the South Carolina lowcountry, and earned 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Club.

Look for her next release next spring, The Sweet By and By, the first book in the Born To Fly series with award winning country artist, Sara Evans.

Of the writing journey, Rachel says, "I'm humbled by the amazing things God is doing in my life. I love what I do, and am so privileged to work with Thomas Nelson fiction and am excited to see what God has in store for all of His authors and writers. Just keep praying and writing!"

Visit her blog and website at

About the book:

Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his?

Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.

Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweeps her off her feet. She's never known a man like Jeremiah-one who breathes in confidence and exhales all doubt. When he proposes in the setting sunlight, Elle hands him her heart on a silver platter.

But Jeremiah's just accepted a large pastorate in a different state. If she's serious about their relationship, Elle will take "the call," too, leaving behind the people and place she loves so dearly. Elle's friendship with her new tenant, widower Heath McCord, and his young daughter make things even more complicated.

Is love transferrable across the miles? And can you take it with you when you go?

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Autumn-the truth

Autumn is our new foster Basset Hound. Its hard for me to realize she is a foster but we can choose to adopt at any time. TO foster, this means we take her to basset adoption events and love on her. I am hoping she is a perfect fit for our family and that we will finalize the adoption. Did you see the pics on Michael's blog? She is precious. MP told us something at church when we told him we were going to look at dogs. He told us a new dog would take Lucy's space but never her place. Autumn is about twice the size of Lucy. She loves to be outside and loves to play with the cat. Last night, we got Lucy's crate out and after whining for about 20 minutes, she fell asleep and slept all night and didn't use the potty, all good signs her story is that she was a stray and was taken to a shelter. I can tell she was loved . She is healthy and loves to drink water. Today I want to get her a new bone (she found some of Lucy's in the back yard) and maybe a little bed. Shes having a hard time climbing on the couch and the recliner..She has indeed figured out the doggie door. She's really funny!


So, if you have not met our new friend yet, check her pics out here. Guys, she is just too perfect. Perhaps she is just trying us out and has not showed us her true colors, but I am liking this new friend.
We did have a wonderful Tn trip and you can those wonderful pics here!
more blogging to come later

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I think people lied to me. They said my sadness of Lucy the basset hound would get easier. It hasn't. I miss every part of her and miss the final week of her. I am glad I told her I loved her before I went to work. Hubby did a wonderful tribute to our Lucy last week, click here to see it.

If she had human thoughts, I sure hope she knew how much I loved her and had I known how sick she was, I would have stayed home from work that night.

We are back

We are back from our get away to Chattanooga. I will let you know when Michael has the pics ready. This was one of our best fall trips!

We started late morning Friday and headed straight to the Tn Aquarium which rocked (and has changed since we were last there 4 years ago). I liked this much better than the Ga one but it did make me want to make more frequent trips to our local ones (more on that later). Then we headed to our hotel, checked in and walked over to Red Lobster which has their all you can eat shrimp thingy going on now.

Came back to the hotel, chilled. Oh yeah our hotel (Marriott Courtyard) had a jacuzzi in the room and they gave us an anniversary gift!!! Got some good sleep, slept in and left about 11. We decided to do Rock City which was having their Oktoberfest and it was beautiful. Much better than 4 years ago and they had tons of fall decorations, which meant lots of pictures..Rock on!! So, after a couple of hours, I got my Starbucks Pumpkin latte thing and we headed home, stopping first at Cracker barrel which by the way has tons of kids clothes 70% off and no we did not buy anything. Really, all I got was my to go tea!

We are back. I am thinking about cleaning and putting some fall decorations out and Michael headed out to his Charity Poker Tournament at the restaurant!

A good time was had by all!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

JDRF-juvenile diabetes research

Michael's half way to his goal. I can not count or add because now he needs 30 people to give just 5 dollars to this great cause. If you know anyone who has suffered with this disease, would you consider giving? He has about 9 days to make his go and we would both appreciate it.
Click here to make your donation and see his progress

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

technical difficulties

Its now Tuesday and I just got back from lunch with precious friends who always find a way of making my heart smile and restoring my hope and giving me the extra encouragement I always need.

So Sunday, we made it to church for the early service as I was excited to hear the news series, Coloring Your World. We sat in the theater and there were some technical difficulties. They had a plan B but plan C went into effect as one of the church leaders got up and spoke instead of trying to get the video feed to work. God is so good. We needed those technical difficulties. For the first time, in a very long time, I was silent and poured my heart to God in the most honest way (I am not bragging just saying that talking to my Father felt really good). Craig talked about what are you giving up? What are you hesitant to give up?

So, I asked. I listened. I specifically asked if I needed to give up online time and blogging. I was afraid not to ask because what if this is what HE wants to me give up? I don't think it is. I am still waiting and listening to what God wants because that is what I want.

I have never had visions from God and wasn't really hearing Him but I got this picture in mind and one day I may tell you what it was. It was something I have never really pictured or have any idea where it may have come from, but I am looking forward to what it may bring.

Anyway, I need to change my blog. I need to simplify it and get rid of some stuff. Does anyone recommend a blog designer with very reasonable prices? If I can't find anyone, I will go back to the simple blogger format. No big deal!!!

What I am learning is that God will use whatever means necessary to talk to us. We just have to listen. I am so thankful for Sunday!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Our anniversary

Today is our 7th anniversary and we are rockin! Sure we have some good and bad days and we have hit many valleys but on top of those mountains is just beauty! I am excited to see what God has in store for us!

I love you MJC! You rock my world and I am so excited to see what God has in store for you. Its going to be awesome!

There are a few wedding pics over at MIchaels blog

So, will this be our last anniversary without kids? Makes you wonder, huh?

I need to get to sleep as I just got home but I cant imagine my life without my Michael. Wow, crazy 7 years. But I can now look back and see God's hand on so many things even when I wondered where He was!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

I promise to write something with substance soon but until then, has anything been really on your heart or mind these days? SOmething you just can't shake off?

Reminder, Michael is almost half way to his Juvenile Diabetes Walk. Still need about 30 people to give 5 dollars to help!!! IF you would like to participate and it would rock if you did, click here to see his progress!

Friday, October 03, 2008

weekend is here

Its Friday night and its quiet. I am waiting for Michael to get home. Just got back from an adoption support group and now catching up online stuff. Loving the twitter thing, its kind of addictive.

Did well eating until the potluck dinner, but that's life right? I had a slice of ham, broccoli casserole, a role and a very small slice of pumpkin cheesecake. So, way over points but it was fun. I will start over tomorrow but have a neighborhood BBQ. I have already decided to eat before and to make sure I don't get any BBQ sauce.

Skipped the gym but will go tomorrow.

So, has anyone watched a good movie lately? It can be new or old, just wondering?


Just got home. Walked out of my car and wanted to stand there. I wanted to just feel the air around me. I do not do that enough. I may do that later, I dont know. I drove by my favorite tree this morning. You see, I do have a favorite tree. Each fall, it slowly turns into the most beautiful colors. Perhaps hubby can catch a picture for me sometime.

I love this feeling. I can not wait to go to bed in about 30 minutes. SLeep is good.

But the fall. I do not want to miss this season. I want to slow down and do nothing but enjoy it. Its kind of like seasons of life. Sometimes I want things to quickly pass but if I do that, I will miss something so special. I love my reminders to slow down. I feel like I have probably missed some special times because I am always in a hurry. Life is too precious to be like that.

Anyway, I wonder what God is thinking when we stop and just admire this creation of His. I wonder if we really appreciate the beauty of this earth. I am so happy to just be alive.

7 years ago, we were finishing up wedding plans,and I was buying baskets to make for our hotel guests. I was dreaming of married life and what life in Atlanta would bring. Dreams are good! What a great week we had. A week about us. It was awesome!!!!

Sorry for the randomness of this post!